Galleries - December 2015

on the COVER Sid Burnard ‘Gestaltist’ 2014, driftwood metal & plastic, 45 x 59 x 17cm at Goldmark Gallery Highgate Contemporary Art Find us in the heart of the charming and festive Highgate Village. From 5 December we will be exhibiting a wonderful selection of paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery. Prices range from £40 to £4,000+ and we will be happy to help you select that unique and special gift. 26 Highgate High Street, London N6 5JG Tues - Sat 10.30am-6pm t. 020 8340 7564 silkscreens or engravings; see for an extensive description of printmaking terms. Giclées are something else, described as – “A digital method of printing where original artwork is converted into digital format, stored in the computer and then sent to a high-resolution inkjet printer”. If you want a poster or copy of a work then Giclée has its place but other printing techniques require an alchemy and tactile input between the artist and the ink and paper that makes each image unique. Editions are limited (generally) because plates wear out, steel plate and Giclées are effectively limitless and artificially limited. Precious Objects There is no ‘shop’ equivalent to a handmade jewel or artefact for tactitle resonance, they say pearls improve with wearing and so it is with use of most natural materials, transformed into artworks, worn or lived with. As glass, ceramics, gold and silver literally last for ever and can transend utility as a unique gift, don’t walk away from the single, glass, pot, goblet or spoon – the great benefit of the living artist creator means that you can interact with them personally or through a gallery. Go back for more to add to the collection for babies, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or thanks – Christmas is just the beginning . . . Paul Hooper against long term enjoyment and the ‘psychic reward’, the price of the work becomes more than justifiable. Pictures Things to think about; media, oils, acrylics, watercolours, inks, graphite and charcoal. Curiously this list roughly represents a price gradient which is an unromantic but useful guide and is the first to buying proven work on a budget. A work on paper will always represent a way of buying into an established and known artist’s oeuvre at a price which may be more affordable on the ‘present’ scale than a worked oil. And yet the power of a simple line can demand much more and can reward in a way that may not be the same as the frisson gained from a sea of vermillion brush work, but nonetheless can be as desirable. Don’t underestimate small, signed works on paper. Prints The November Galleries’ back cover features an edition of Goya prints from £6,000 to £10,000 (Before Scratch). Here is an avenue to owning a masterwork at a price that puts it into the range of a considered budget. Prints are generally underestimated from the point of view of imagery and investment but should be seen as a way of putting otherwise inaccesable artists’ work into wrapping paper, of giving and putting a highly original work onto a wall at a price that is right in the ‘present’ range for the stretched pocket, especially unframed. Caveat: That refers to limited editions, lithographs, etchings, Douglas Wilson RCA ‘Dance of Winter’ Abbott & Holder Pictures for Christmas at Abbott & Holder - ‘Quality, Quantity, Variety and Value’. Weekly emails during November and December will introduce ‘Pictures for Christmas’ (eg. 33 wood-engravings by Gwen Raverat), and this is in additon to our November and December Lists (over 400 works), the Brian Stonehouse and the Raymond Booth Exhibitions. Email to receive alerts when new works are online. 30 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH t. 020 7637 3981 Gwen Raverat ‘2 Cooking’ CHRISTMAS 2015 GALLERIES 9