The Little Picture Show April 28 2015

We have just finalised hanging the art work in readiness for the opening of our new exhibition this coming Saturday 2nd May. There will be lots of new small paintings and prints on display, by both emerging and established Purple Gallery artists.

We will be exhibiting some new prints by Hugh Ribbans. Hugh trained at Canterbury College of Art.  Relief printmaking was his craft subject at college, particularly linocutting, and in 1989 he purchased a restored Columbian press, circa 1830. He produces woodcuts and linocuts, mixing heavily grained wood – often driftwood – and lino in his prints. Subject matter is often derived from images of animals and birds with a stylised treatment much influenced by ethnic art, but all subject matters interest him – including sport. 

Hugh has exhibited at the Barbican Gallery, the National Theatre, the National Print Exhibition, the Printmakers Council Open, The Society of Wood Engravers, the Society of Wildlife Artists and the Affordable Art fair.

Rembrandt's Dog and Sweet Thames! April 03 2015

We made a quick trip to London this week to visit Mychael Barratt to collect some new prints for our next exhibition.    It was great to chat to Mychael about his latest work and his forthcoming solo show at one of the London galleries later this year.

We collected Mychael's latest print - Rembrandt's Dog - which will be added to our own stock of his Artists Cats and Dog Series - to be displayed alongside other framed prints at the Little Picture Show opening here at Purple Gallery on Saturday 2nd May.

Last year Mychael's print Sweet Thames was accepted at the Royal Academy's prestigious Summer Exhibition and has already sold more than half of it's limited edition of 100.

Sweet Thames is an anecdotal and historical map. It is a six plate etching in three sections attached together with archival tape in the manner of an ancient folding map. It is a celebration of London's beloved river and features various random references to things found on, in, or by the Thames.  

We are pleased that we have edition no. 60/100 (framed) which will be on display at our forthcoming Summer show in June 2015.