THE SMALL PAINTINGS GROUP
Some twenty one years ago, in a conversation at the Chelsea Arts Club, with Sandra Pepys
(then chairman of the Society of Landscape Painters) and Dennis Gilbert (NEAC) and others
it was mentioned that many of them often painted small scale works and that it would be
good idea if there were a forum for exhibiting such works.
The potential membership was discussed with a shortlist of names agreed on and the Small
Paintings Society - subsequently renamed the Small Paintings Group -was founded.
It was agreed to approach Duncan Miller at his then gallery in Hampstead and he welcomed
the idea to include only very small paintings. The inaugural exhibition of the Small Paintings
Group at Duncan Miller in Flask Walk in December 1991.
Membership consists of a maximum of 35 distinguished and eclectic artists, many of whom
also belong to other exhibiting societies - NEAC, RWS, RBA and others - and of course paint
on a much larger scale as well. The paintings to be exhibited are limited to 12" by 12" or 144
sq ins and may be in any medium. These are 'cabinet' sized and intimate paintings and thus
easy to place and affordable.
There is a long tradition of collecting small scale paintings in Britain. Many of the Grand Tour
travellers in the eighteenth century purchased such works from the Bamboccianti or
Bentvoeghels in Rome (the Bamboccianti were a loose and convivial group of northern,
mainly Dutch and Flemish, artists working in and around Rome who produced works the size
of a 'palma di mano' - a man's hand - convenient for Milord to take back home. They are the
small jewels of many major collections - Dulwich, the Wallace, Kenwood and the National
Gallery as well as numerous stately homes.
The Small Paintings Group has exhibited annually since 1997 at the Piers Feetham Gallery,
475 Fulham Road and at least twice each year at other prestigious galleries in London and
elsewhere in Southern England. Exhibitions have also been held in Jersey.
Small Paintings Exhibition at The Piers Feetham Gallery 475 Fulham Road, London SW6
Exhibition Dates: 1st -23rd February 2013
Gallery Open: Tuesday - Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-1
Enquiries: 0207 381 3031 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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The exhibition will include work by the following group members
Julian Barrow Ken Howard RA NEAC RWS Roy Pettit
Cinzia Bonada RBA Mary Jackson NEAC RWS Richard Pikesley NEAC RWS
Bob Brown NEAC Peter Kelly NEAC RBA Mike Pope
Jane Corsellis NEAC RWA RWS Caroline McAdam Clark RWS Sallian Puttman NEAC RWS
David Eustace RBA Christopher Miers RBA Barbara Richardson RBA
Judith Gardner NEAC RBA Ronald Morgan RBA ROI Jacqueline Rizvi NEAC RBA
Dennis Gilbert NEAC William Packer NEAC RWS
Christopher Hall RBA David Parfitt NEAC Diana Schofield
Charlotte Halliday NEAC RWS James Parfitt Richard Sorrell NEAC RWS RBA
Charles Hardaker NEAC RBA John Paul Linda Sutton
Ann Heat RBA Sandra Pepys Charles Williams NEAC RWS
Julia Heseltine Melvyn Pettersen NEAC RE Anne Wright RBA