Summer Small is Beautiful
Flowers Gallery is pleased to present the first summer edition of Small is Beautiful, which will be held exclusively online and in addition to the 38th annual edition at Flowers Gallery Cork Street later this year. Small is Beautiful was first established in 1974, presenting works by selected artists at a fixed scale, each piece measuring no more than 7 x 9 inches (18 x 23 cm).
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NORMAN ACKROYD (b 1938)
Norman Ackroyd is a London based artist, well known for his depictions of Scottish landscapes in watercolour and etching. A Royal Academician since 1988, he was appointed Professor of Etching, University of the Arts in 1994. His atmospheric work is in numerous public collections around the world, including the Tate, The British Museum and The National Gallery of Art, Washington.
DAVID HEPHER (b 1935)
David Hepher was Head of Undergraduate Painting at the Slade School of Art and has lived in Camberwell for the last 60 years. He is well respected for his paintings of buildings, especially the post war brutalist tower blocks of the nearby Aylesbury Estate, often depicted with cement and graffiti applied to the canvas. His work is included in the collection of the Tate, The Arts Council and the V&A, and he has shown at the Serpentine Gallery, the Hayward Gallery and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
MAGGI HAMBLING (b 1945)
Maggi Hambling is a painter and sculptor of wide renown, her depictions of the sea being instantly recognisable, although her numerous portraits, several of which are in the National Portrait Gallery, are equally expressive. A graduate from Camberwell and the Slade School of Art in the 1960s, her work is held by the Tate, The British Museum, the V&A and the National Gallery, she has exhibited as far afield as the Hermitage, St Petersburg, in 2013 and had a major retrospective at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2019.
MICHAEL WOLF (1954 - 2019)
Michael Wolf was a German photographer whose work focused on day to day life in big cities, in particular Hong Kong where he spent the majority of his life. His large-scale images of high-rise architecture, invariably filling the picture plain, contrast with more intimate studies of found objects and chairs that encapsulate the lives of the inhabitants. His work is widely held in public collections, including the Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His first major retrospective was held in 2017, two years before his death, premiering at the prestigious Rencontres de la Photographie Festival in Arles, then moving on to tour around Europe.
ALISON WATT (b 1965)
Alison Watt is a Scottish painter who won the Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in 1987, while still a student at the Glasgow School of Art. Primarily a figurative painter, she became equally well known for her use of folded fabric as a subject and was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Scottish National Gallery in 2000. She was then an 'artist in residence' at the National Gallery in London from 2006 to 2008, and has works in numerous public collections in addition to the aforementioned, notably The Freud Museum, London and the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
NICOLA HICKS (b 1960)
Nicola Hicks is principally known as a sculptor of heroic sculptural figures, exploring an anthropomorphic relationship to the animal world through portraits of humanised creatures and beast-like humans. Often working in plaster and straw on a large scale, and then casting in bronze, her work is complimented by characteristic drawings in charcoal on brown paper. Introduced to Flowers Gallery by the late Elizabeth Frink, a tutor at the Royal College of Art, she had a major solo show at the Yale Centre of British Art in New Haven in 2013-14.