Art is Alive, with Ian James from Martin's Gallery
I’VE been asked to write a monthly column on Art for the Gloucestershire Echo. You may well ask who on earth is Ian James, and what’s more, what right has he to pontificate about art?
My wife and I have been collecting art for more than 35 years and for the last 10, running Martin’s Gallery in Cheltenham.
We branched out into art publishing in 2011, with five books so far and two more to be launched in February 2014.
Art is something I have always had an interest in and feel passionately that it should be accessible to all, but more importantly, enjoyed by all.
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There is such a lot of interest in art in Cheltenham and a great diversity of activity.
The best source for local exhibitions is by far the e.Bulletin that Bob Freeman puts together every month. You can find this on the Gardens Gallery website gardensgallery.co.uk
There are two relatively new galleries in Cheltenham.
Firstly, The Paragon, just down from the Montpellier Wine Bar, is a great space with interesting sculpture as well as paintings (left). They will be featuring Cotswold artists from October 11.
Secondly, one4art in Imperial Square, opens its second exhibition (inset below) on Saturday which runs until October 12.
The show features the late James Hull who exhibited widely in the 1950s and was one of the pioneering abstractionists of his time.
In contrast, Ric James is a sculptor and an art dealer and has been for many years.
James Fine Art is a gallery tucked away just down from Pittville Circus.
He has a Ken Moroney show starting on October 12. In the 1980s and 90s, I always had difficulty in identifying Moroney’s work as it was very like Ken Howard.
Moving further afield, do you remember the magnificent contemporary sculpture show at Gloucester Cathedral which was masterminded by the well known sculpture foundry, Pangolin?
Well now the Pangolin Gallery based in Chalford is featuring Charlotte Mayer.
This is the first major review of her work, tracing the development of her themes and preoccupations over four decades. Her bronzes are wonderful.
Compton Verney, just into Warwickshire, is another fascinating visit with two new exhibitions opening on October 5.
Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum featuring beautiful and bizarre imagery found in prints from the 15th to 19th century.
If you have knowledge of an art find that you are prepared to share or, you disagree strongly with something I’ve written, do get in touch at email@example.com
Paragon:– 01242 233391 www.paragongallery.co.uk
One4art:– 01242 460689 www.one4art.co.uk
Pangolin Gallery:– 01453 889765 www.gallery-pangolin.com
James Fine Art:– 01242 220555 www.jamesfineart.co.uk
Compton Verney:– 01926 645500 www.comptonverney.org.uk