Galleries - April 2011

47. GALLERIES APRIL 11 The Framers Gallery @ Artefact GALLERY FOR HIRE Friendly & Intimate Space, Fantastic Location Affordable Rates, No Commision, Fully Staffed Professional Picture Framing (special discounts) 36 Windmill Street, London W1 2JT T: 020 7580 4878 Bespoke Picture Framing, Conservation & Exhibition Framing, Art & Frame Restoration, Canvas Stretching, Mirrors, Installation & Hanging 36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT Contact us for a free quotation 020 7580 4878 London’s most prestigious GALLERIES FOR HIRE La Galleria Pall Mall i s situated next to Trafalgar Sq & The National Gallery with 165 sq mts of gallery space on Ground floor, height 4mts, 18mts display windows & movable Panels. ROA Gallery · 150 sq mts divided on three floors, 3mts window onto Pall Mall. Both galleries are fully equipped , we have a large mailing list and give support to all our exhibitions. The outdoor covered Arcade space is perfect for the evening preview parties. 5b Pall Mall · Royal Opera Arcade · London SW1Y 4UY Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 8069 – OBITUARIES SINGING PRAISE Gordon French of Gallery 19 recently rang us with the sad news of the death of well- respected art dealer Duncan Campbell, whose shows often featured on our editorial pages. Gordon writes of his good friend: “Duncan opened his Gallery in Thackeray Street, Kensington in January 1986. A passionate champion of British Contemporary Art, he had great success in encouraging up and coming artists, giving many their first exhibition – at the same time also showing established British painters, most notably the watercolourist Rowland Hilder. Duncan will be greatly missed by his many friends in the art world and, of course, his family and beloved grandchildren whom he lived for.” I second all of that and would just like to add a note about Duncan’s readiness to show the work of older, gifted artists whose work had fallen into undeserved neglect – a cause with which I readily identify. There’s to be an ‘Open Gallery Weekend’ from 1-3 April with a wide variety of works shown by his artists over the past 25 years. Details: A HIGHGATE ECCENTRIC Recent news too of the death of a stalwart of the East Anglian and then London scene, Noel Oddy, aged 83. Having already had a successful City career, Oddy first bought the Phoenix Gallery in Lavenham in 1977 and over the next decade or more made it into a hugely successful precursor of the kind of upmarket country town gallery we now take for granted, showing a whole range of established RAs. Returning to London and Highgate Fine Art in 1988, he continued to develop and expand the theme with great success until his recent retirement. His long-time colleague, now carrying on his traditions at Highgate Contemporary Art, Laurie MacLaren, writes of the latter space “The gallery became known as a hidden gem and Noel its eccentric and charismatic face.” PETER THURSBY News also of the death, aged 80, of much respected sculptor Peter Thursby, a book of whose work we reviewed on these pages in 2007. Based for much of his life in Exeter, where he taught over a long period at Hele’s School, he was very active in the artistic life of the region, becoming, at one point, the first sculptor-President of the Royal West of England Academy (a very active and good one too) while his powerful abstract/symbolic sculptural style won him a number of public commissions in his native city and, latterly, the USA. NU