Too Many Exhibitions Part 4 – Alice Neel

My Animals and Other Family

Continuing my posts about the fact that there are too many amazing exhibitions going on at the moment there is this Alice Neel exhibition at Victoria Miro.

This exhibition focusses on portraits the animals that filled her life.

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Clifton Fine Art

I’ve had a little break from this blog for a while as I’ve started working for Clifton Fine Art - the last week’s been a bit crazy but we opened our new gallery at 8 Perry Road, Bristol (just down from the Cube gallery) on Friday night. The place looked amazing and we were rushed off our feet!

Clifton Fine Art has a core of painters and sculptors that we’ve been representing for a few years as well as a few exciting new additions.

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£15,000 Portrait Prize - Conversation Pieces

As part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters there is to be a new prize for 2015.  The £15,000 “Conversations” Prize is for portraits depicting two or more subjects engaging either with each other or with us the viewer.


To enter register here between now and 9th January


These aren’t entries - they are just paintings are still haven’t finished!

Secret Lives - Beaux Arts, Bath - 13 October to 8 November

Went to the preview night of this exhibition at Beaux Arts Bath last night. Beaux Arts have represent some amazing artists and always do beautiful shows. Amongst my favourites last night were the small portraits by Nathan Ford (unfortunately none of his large pieces which I can get lost in and look at forever).

This is a detail of a large full length portrait.

There were also some delicate lace paintings by BP travel award winner Sophie Ploeg.

New portraits by BP runner up Richard Twose.

And a couple of warm portraits on copper by Jennifer Anderson.

All works here…

And further details of all the artists…

Lime Tree Gallery - Cartman, Jamieson & Kingsley Oct 4 - Nov 4 - Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol

Went to see this exhibition this morning. It’s a beautiful gallery in a lovely spot, especially this morning with the sun shining. The exhibition is well worth seeing particularly for the work of Sam Cartman. His careful, sparing use of paint, vast flat areas of grey with pops of bright orange make for beautifully still, atmospheric landscapes.
This was my favourite piece although this image doesn’t really show how beautifully the paint is laid down or give the full impact of the orange.

For more details go to

More of Sam’s work here

Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize

What an amazing, inspiring woman…

“I’m thankful to my father for not clipping my wings, for letting me fly and achieve my goals. For showing to the world that a girl is not supposed to be the slave. A girl has the power to go forward in her life. 

“She’s not only a mother, she’s not only a sister, she’s not only a wife, but she should have an identity, she has equal rights and she should be recognised as a voice.”

Interview from last year

The Tower of London Remembers

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London is a magnificent installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the moat to commemorate each British casualty in the First World War for the 100th anniversary.
I plan to go at the end of the month - it’s only on until 11th November so if you’re in London make sure you get along to see it!

The work is by ceramicist Paul Cummins and his team in Derby and has been brought into being by stage designer Tom Piper and a team of volunteers.

Buy a poppy

Too Many Exhibitions Part 3 – Paula Rego

Paula Rego has an exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art entitled “The Last King of Portugal and Other Stories”


Its only on until 25th October and I don’t think I’m going to get a chance to go but I love her dark fairytale paintings.

Too Many Exhibtions Part 2 – Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, London starts on 14 October 2014 until 20 December 2014.

Gerhard Richter is a master at whatever he turns his hand to – I don’t think he’s ever done a bad painting…

The gallery is at 5-8 Lower John Street, London, W1F 9DY

Too Many Exhibtions Part 1 – Sigmar Polke

There are too many exhibitions on at the moment that I fancy going to…

A massive, complete retrospective covering many different types of media of Sigmar Polke’s work starts today at Tate Modern.  Continues until 8th February.