Small is Beautiful XXXIX
Stuart Pearson Wright, Ariadne, 2021, oil and pigmented gesso on oak panel
London, Cork Street + Online

Small is Beautiful
XXXIX

25 November 2021 - 8 January 2022
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Overview

Flowers Gallery is pleased to present the 39th edition of the annual Small is Beautiful exhibition, which will take place at the Cork Street gallery and online.

Small is Beautiful was first established at Flowers Gallery in 1974, inviting selected contemporary artists working in any media to present works with a fixed economy of scale, each piece measuring no more than 7 x 9 inches. Continuing in the same spirit to the present day, Small is Beautiful XXXIX presents a rare opportunity to purchase smaller pieces by internationally recognised names and discover new talents.

Exhibiting for the first time in Small is Beautiful are two newly represented artists, Australian painter Aida Tomescu, and Scottish painter Victoria Crowe. Taking part for the 39th time, having exhibited in every edition since 1974, is John Loker who credits the exhibition with often opening up new directions in his work. He says, “I would normally work on a much larger scale, but I have always regarded this show as a way of standing back from familiar methods. An interesting move to come directly from Small is Beautiful is the use of the glass layering. It would not have happened on a larger scale and yet these 7x9 inch pieces have become as important to me as my canvases of 7x9 feet.”

Also having participated since the inaugural exhibition are artist duo Boyd & Evans, who recall: “Making a painting about space on a tiny canvas makes you apply paint in a different way. Stepping aside from our other work is a breath of fresh air and has often suggested future routes for what we might do next.”

Order before Friday 17 December (UK and Europe) or Friday 10 December (rest of the world) for delivery in time for Christmas. Please enquire below before purchase for Christmas delivery after this date. 

In some cases, where appropriate, vat will be added at the point of purchase.

Michael Kidner Untitled, 2002
£ 2,500.00
Michael Kidner, Untitled, 2002
£ 2,500
Neil Jeffries Untitled (Spiderman & Woman's Head), 1988-89
£ 1,000.00
Neil Jeffries, Untitled (Spiderman & Woman's Head), 1988-89
£ 1,000
Jane Ackroyd Adventure Playground, 2020
£ 1,400.00
Jane Ackroyd, Adventure Playground, 2020
£ 1,400
Jane Ackroyd Alice and the Yellow Box, 2021
£ 1,400.00
Jane Ackroyd, Alice and the Yellow Box, 2021
£ 1,400
William Crozier Untitled, 1990
£ 4,000.00
William Crozier, Untitled, 1990
£ 4,000
Geraldine Swayne Supernatural Being, 2021
£ 1,200.00
Geraldine Swayne, Supernatural Being, 2021
£ 1,200
Nicola Hicks maquette for Child Scarer 2, 2021
£ 2,500.00
Nicola Hicks, maquette for Child Scarer 2, 2021
£ 2,500
Nicola Hicks Circus Matchbox 3, 2021
£ 450.00
Nicola Hicks, Circus Matchbox 3, 2021
£ 450

EMMA TURPIN
(b. 1964)

"As an artist I spend a lot of time alone in my studio, I'm used to it. All of us over the past 18 months have all been forced to isolate, to stay away from other people, to see nobody but those closest to us. My recent work is a response to the paradox of at the same time being forced together with some but forced apart from most. The paintings show collections of buildings isolated in a landscape, always seen from a distance but illuminated by their closeness to one another."

Kate Giles Trampled (Puddles and Fallen Gate near Itteringham), 2021
£ 975.00
Kate Giles, Trampled (Puddles and Fallen Gate near Itteringham), 2021
£ 975
Kate Giles Snagged (Hedge Gap near Itteringham), 2021
£ 975.00
Kate Giles, Snagged (Hedge Gap near Itteringham), 2021
£ 975
Sadie Hennessy False Memory, 2010
£ 2,000.00
Sadie Hennessy, False Memory, 2010
£ 2,000
Tom Phillips Map Walk / Art on the Road, Circa 1970
£ 5,000.00
Tom Phillips, Map Walk / Art on the Road, Circa 1970
£ 5,000
Tom Phillips African Tribal Image, Circa 1970
£ 5,000.00
Tom Phillips, African Tribal Image, Circa 1970
£ 5,000
Glen Baxter The Wonder Book of Sex, 2012
£ 1,600.00
Glen Baxter, The Wonder Book of Sex, 2012
£ 1,600
Glen Baxter The Wonder Book of Sex Vol. II, 2012
£ 1,600.00
Glen Baxter, The Wonder Book of Sex Vol. II, 2012
£ 1,600
John MacLean ABC Post, 2020
£ 450.00
John MacLean, ABC Post, 2020
£ 450
John MacLean 12.4.20, 2020
£ 450.00
John MacLean, 12.4.20, 2020
£ 450

HENRY KONDRACKI
(b. 1953)

"I think of London as a place that has been essential to me, going to the Slade School and meeting many wonderful artists including Jeffery Camp. I think of the many kind and helpful things he did and said, I know he loved London and would draw by the Thames. This small painting [The Thames, 2021], is me remembering him, and what London meant to me. I think of the ebb and flow of time, the many worlds that London is. I think of Hogarth's line of beauty, and of Dickens walking by the river, of Shakespeare standing looking at the Thames, so much poetry inspired by this old man."

Charlotte Colbert Golden Balls, 2021
£ 2,100.00
Charlotte Colbert, Golden Balls, 2021
£ 2,100
Charlotte Colbert Mucous, 2021
£ 2,100.00
Charlotte Colbert, Mucous, 2021
£ 2,100
Tomona Matsukawa I Felt Saved by Those Words, 2021
£ 2,000.00
Tomona Matsukawa, I Felt Saved by Those Words, 2021
£ 2,000
Tomona Matsukawa I Know I'm Not the no.1 For My Daughter Anymore, But I'm Still Living with the Memories She...
£ 2,000.00
Tomona Matsukawa, I Know I'm Not the no.1 For My Daughter Anymore, But I'm Still Living with the Memories She Gave Me, 2021
£ 2,000
Aleah Chapin Blossom #2, 2020
£ 2,200.00
Aleah Chapin, Blossom #2, 2020
£ 2,200
Aleah Chapin Pressed, 2021
£ 4,000.00
Aleah Chapin, Pressed, 2021
£ 4,000
Hyun-Ik Cho Eyes, 2007
£ 400.00
Hyun-Ik Cho, Eyes, 2007
£ 400
Christopher Gee Forest with shooting star, 2021
£ 485.00
Christopher Gee, Forest with shooting star, 2021
£ 485
Christopher Gee Grasmere Lake, 2021
£ 485.00
Christopher Gee, Grasmere Lake, 2021
£ 485

STUART PEARSON WRIGHT
(b. 1975)

Best known for his irreverent and detailed figurative portraits, rich with personality, London-born artist Stuart Pearson Wright drew from an early age and after considering becoming an actor, finally opted for art school. While studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, he won a travel award from the National Portrait Gallery as part of its 1998 BP Portrait Awards. He drove around Britain in a van, producing sketches and paintings as he went, which resulted in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. In their reviews of this exhibition, Godfrey Barker labelled Wright as "A Hogarth for our Times" in the Evening Standard, and Brian Sewell described the works as "images of such eccentricity and even madness that they fit perfectly the English tradition of the odd man out: the Blake, Spencer, Cecil Collins line." In 2001, he went on to win the National Portrait Gallery's BP Portrait Prize and now has over twenty-five works in their collection.

Stuart Pearson Wright Ivy’s Cafe, 2021
£ 12,000.00
Stuart Pearson Wright, Ivy’s Cafe, 2021
£ 12,000
Stuart Pearson Wright Ariadne, 2021
£ 12,000.00
Stuart Pearson Wright, Ariadne, 2021
£ 12,000
John Kirby A Passing Cloud, 1996
£ 5,000.00
John Kirby, A Passing Cloud, 1996
£ 5,000
Jiro Osuga Cycling in the Countryside I, 2021
£ 550.00
Jiro Osuga, Cycling in the Countryside I, 2021
£ 550
Jiro Osuga Cycling in the Countryside II, 2021
£ 550.00
Jiro Osuga, Cycling in the Countryside II, 2021
£ 550
Kevin Sinnott The Red Dress, 2020
£ 600.00
Kevin Sinnott, The Red Dress, 2020
£ 600
Andrew Logan Heart of the Seas, 2021
£ 2,250.00
Andrew Logan, Heart of the Seas, 2021
£ 2,250

CLAIRE OXLEY

"The Flower Moon appears in May; it is a time of lush growth and abundance. This year’s Flower Moon was also a supermoon, reflecting the maximum amount of sunlight onto the Earth.

The full Snow Moon rises in February. It is also known as the Hunger Moon, during this arguably most difficult of months for wildlife (and humans.) Moons are a reminder to us of the pulses and patterns of the universe, whether or not we choose to acknowledge them."

Claire Oxley uses environment, music and seasonal rhythms as a starting point for her paintings. Soundscapes, landscapes and mindscapes are instruments for expressing composition, emotion, and understanding. Her work is centred on East Anglia - its skies, sounds, fields, coastline and seasonal cycles are a constant inspiration. She is, above all, a composer of colour.

John Loker Chack Chacking Choppers 1, 2021
£ 1,200.00
John Loker, Chack Chacking Choppers 1, 2021
£ 1,200
Katie Pratt Camarac, 2021
£ 1,950.00
Katie Pratt, Camarac, 2021
£ 1,950
Katie Pratt Rojorot, 2021
£ 1,950.00
Katie Pratt, Rojorot, 2021
£ 1,950
Shaun McCracken Untitled #728, 2021
£ 1,100.00
Shaun McCracken, Untitled #728, 2021
£ 1,100
Shaun McCracken Untitled #729, 2021
£ 1,100.00
Shaun McCracken, Untitled #729, 2021
£ 1,100
Jack Smith The National and The Geometric (3), 1970
£ 5,000.00
Jack Smith, The National and The Geometric (3), 1970
£ 5,000
John Gibbons I/Am/About, 2020
£ 5,000.00
John Gibbons, I/Am/About, 2020
£ 5,000
Prunella Clough Reflection, 1984
£ 15,000.00
Prunella Clough, Reflection, 1984
£ 15,000

BERNARD COHEN
(b. 1933)

Bernard Cohen's work came to prominence during the 1960s and has since been exhibited extensively. Born in London in the 1930, Cohen was educated in the post-war climate of change and cultural upheaval. The 1960s, for Cohen, "followed the 40s and 50s as years of light following years of darkness." This metaphor of light is central to Cohen's understanding of his practice over this period: "during the 60s," he reveals, "I became consciously concerned with clarity and obscurity in painting, and what I call 'almost order' and 'almost chaos'." The works in this exhibition demontrate early examples of the artist's exploration of the borderland between order and chaos, featuring a suspended tangle of interwoven lines.

Bernard Cohen Study for 'Generation', 1962
£ 10,000.00
Bernard Cohen, Study for "Generation", 1962
£ 10,000
Bernard Cohen Untitled, 1961
£ 6,000.00
Bernard Cohen, Untitled, 1961
£ 6,000
Nigel Hall Ghost Maquette, 2020
£ 1,000.00
Nigel Hall, Ghost Maquette, 2020
£ 1,000
George Blacklock Impervious, 2021
£ 1,200.00
George Blacklock, Impervious, 2021
£ 1,200
George Blacklock Attuned, 2021
£ 1,200.00
George Blacklock, Attuned, 2021
£ 1,200
Peter Schmersal Figure Turning to the Night, 2021
£ 700.00
Peter Schmersal, Figure Turning to the Night, 2021
£ 700
Peter Schmersal Man at Seaside, 2021
£ 700.00
Peter Schmersal, Man at Seaside, 2021
£ 700
Glenys Barton Bird #16, 2012
£ 950.00
Glenys Barton, Bird #16, 2012
£ 950
Glenys Barton Bird #21, 2012
£ 950.00
Glenys Barton, Bird #21, 2012
£ 950
Carole Hodgson Landscape I, 2021
£ 880.00
Carole Hodgson, Landscape I, 2021
£ 880
Carole Hodgson Landscape II, 2021
£ 880.00
Carole Hodgson, Landscape II, 2021
£ 880

ASHLEY CLUER

"I am a London based sculptor, currently in my final year at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford.

My work is centred within materiality, as the texture, form and appearance of my sculptures become an integral resource that enables a viewer to connect with the piece using all of their senses. In particular the cement sculptures are moulded and carved by me with only a chisel and mallet, likewise, the wooden bases that support the cement works are personally selected, sawed and sanded having been recycled from older sculptures of mine.

Growing up in London I have been surrounded by rudimentary industrial materials whose banality enabled my imagination to play. The life and stories I have prescribed to these substances is the reason that I love nothing more than creating in sculptural form the beauty I see in something otherwise ignored."

Ashley Cluer Thank You for the Opportunity, 2021
£ 2,000.00
Ashley Cluer, Thank You for the Opportunity, 2021
£ 2,000
Ashley Cluer Frank and His Sister Louise, 2021
£ 1,200.00
Ashley Cluer, Frank and His Sister Louise, 2021
£ 1,200
Norman Ackroyd St. Kilda, 1996
£ 800.00
Norman Ackroyd, St. Kilda, 1996
£ 800
Derek Boshier Tory M.P.........., 1994
£ 2,000.00
Derek Boshier, Tory M.P.........., 1994
£ 2,000
Michael Wolf Informal Solutions 77
£ 750.00
Michael Wolf, Informal Solutions 77
£ 750
Michael Wolf Informal Solutions 78
£ 750.00
Michael Wolf, Informal Solutions 78
£ 750
Penny Slinger Red Hot Hungry Earth, 2021
£ 5,000.00
Penny Slinger, Red Hot Hungry Earth, 2021
£ 5,000
Penny Slinger The Grail, 2021
£ 5,000.00
Penny Slinger, The Grail, 2021
£ 5,000
Nancy Fouts Spoon a Day, 2008
£ 800.00
Nancy Fouts, Spoon a Day, 2008
£ 800
Janelle Lynch Fern Wreath, 2021
£ 1,250.00
Janelle Lynch, Fern Wreath, 2021
£ 1,250
Kristin Man A-MARE (To Love-to Sea) Symbol in Orange, 2021
£ 1,800.00
Kristin Man, A-MARE (To Love-to Sea) Symbol in Orange, 2021
£ 1,800
Kristin Man A-MARE (To Love-to Sea) Symbol in Blue, 2021
£ 1,800.00
Kristin Man, A-MARE (To Love-to Sea) Symbol in Blue, 2021
£ 1,800
David Hanger Surface Anatomy II, 2011
£ 1,200.00
David Hanger, Surface Anatomy II, 2011
£ 1,200
Ian Dawson Mottisfont11remix, 2021
£ 1,250.00
Ian Dawson, Mottisfont11remix, 2021
£ 1,250
Ian Dawson Mottisfont6remix, 2021
£ 1,250.00
Ian Dawson, Mottisfont6remix, 2021
£ 1,250
Anthony Frost Sonic Forms, 2021
£ 1,600.00
Anthony Frost, Sonic Forms, 2021
£ 1,600
Anthony Frost Colour Pop, 2021
£ 1,600.00
Anthony Frost, Colour Pop, 2021
£ 1,600
Carol Robertson Six Circle Triangle, 2021
£ 1,500.00
Carol Robertson, Six Circle Triangle, 2021
£ 1,500
Carol Robertson Ellipse Triangle, 2021
£ 1,500.00
Carol Robertson, Ellipse Triangle, 2021
£ 1,500

UNSKILLED WORKER

Helen Downie is a London-based artist, best known for her idiosyncratic and expressive style of painting. Working under the moniker of UnskilledWorker, her work is intimate and evocative, mixing characters and nature with the ephemeral and fantastical. Downie is a strong voice for women, and through her exploration of gender enjoys testing new frontiers with her art. She is passionate about inclusion and through her work hopes to develop a narrative on the importance of diversity and freedom of expression, that speaks to everyone.

"Throughout my practice I have always returned to painting imaginary boys. Sometimes I’ve known them; memories of an earlier life."

Robin Mason Portrait of Artist Reflecting on Their Culture 1, 2021
£ 1,200.00
Robin Mason, Portrait of Artist Reflecting on Their Culture 1, 2021
£ 1,200
Robin Mason Portrait of Artist Reflecting on Their Culture 5, 2021
£ 1,200.00
Robin Mason, Portrait of Artist Reflecting on Their Culture 5, 2021
£ 1,200
Daphné Mandel Collection Site: Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2021 - Abandoned Buddhist School #1, 2021
£ 3,200.00
Daphné Mandel, Collection Site: Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2021 - Abandoned Buddhist School #1, 2021
£ 3,200
Tabitha Soren Emotional Wreck, 2021
£ 1,500.00
Tabitha Soren, Emotional Wreck, 2021
£ 1,500
Tabitha Soren Burn it Down, 2021
£ 1,500.00
Tabitha Soren, Burn it Down, 2021
£ 1,500
Sadie Hennessy Strata (New York), 2019
£ 250.00
Sadie Hennessy, Strata (New York), 2019
£ 250
Calum McClure Hazy Light, 2021
£ 950.00
Calum McClure, Hazy Light, 2021
£ 950
Calum McClure Tree Archway, 2021
£ 950.00
Calum McClure, Tree Archway, 2021
£ 950

TIM LEWIS
(b. 1961)

Tim Lewis is renowned for his sculptural works in which inert materials such as steel, wood and wire appear to take on a life of their own through mechanical interventions. At times these autonomously whirring into existence, or responding to the operation of the viewer.

As an extension of the body, Lewis’s drawing machines automate the expressive process of mark-making, building an image over time through the recurrent path of the mechanised arm. One of two machines in this exhibition perpetually writes the word 'love', before crossing it out, while the other, a small red cat, draws a self-portrait.

Tim Lewis Love and Eraser, 2021
£ 2,200.00
Tim Lewis, Love and Eraser, 2021
£ 2,200
Sharon Hall Attraverso I, 2021
£ 1,500.00
Sharon Hall, Attraverso I, 2021
£ 1,500
Trevor Sutton From Norfolk 1, 2021
£ 1,020.00
Trevor Sutton, From Norfolk 1, 2021
£ 1,020
Trevor Sutton From Norfolk 2, 2021
£ 1,020.00
Trevor Sutton, From Norfolk 2, 2021
£ 1,020
Jo Hummel JIB, 2021
£ 1,250.00
Jo Hummel, JIB, 2021
£ 1,250
Rory Menage Iteration 12 of the Lautensack Series, 2020
£ 500.00
Rory Menage, Iteration 12 of the Lautensack Series, 2020
£ 500
Katie Trick Sunset Riders, 2021
£ 580.00
Katie Trick, Sunset Riders, 2021
£ 580
Katie Trick I'd Rather be Blue, 2021
£ 580.00
Katie Trick, I'd Rather be Blue, 2021
£ 580
Virginia Verran Indigo/Umber (Not Only - But Also), 2021
£ 1,200.00
Virginia Verran, Indigo/Umber (Not Only - But Also), 2021
£ 1,200
Virginia Verran Pink/Grey (Storm), 2020
£ 1,200.00
Virginia Verran, Pink/Grey (Storm), 2020
£ 1,200
Paul Andrews Garden Visit, 2021
£ 600.00
Paul Andrews, Garden Visit, 2021
£ 600
Paul Andrews Waiting, 2021
£ 600.00
Paul Andrews, Waiting, 2021
£ 600
Freya Payne Come What May: Return, 2021
£ 600.00
Freya Payne, Come What May: Return, 2021
£ 600
Freya Payne Come What May: Remain, 2021
£ 450.00
Freya Payne, Come What May: Remain, 2021
£ 450
Carl Randall Study of a Head, 2000
£ 400.00
Carl Randall, Study of a Head, 2000
£ 400
Kristian Evju Interventions X, 2021
£ 4,500.00
Kristian Evju, Interventions X, 2021
£ 4,500
Kristian Evju Interventions XI, 2021
£ 4,500.00
Kristian Evju, Interventions XI, 2021
£ 4,500
Joseph Dupre Nowhere Bird, 2021
£ 600.00
Joseph Dupre, Nowhere Bird, 2021
£ 600

JULIE COCKBURN
(b. 1966)

Since lockdown, Julie Cockburn has embarked on making ceramics using traditional methods and processes. In recent works, ceramics have been incorporated into her wider practice, exploring these new materials in various forms of collage and assemblage.

The new works in Small is Beautiful incorporate hand-thrown glazed stoneware vases, which have been paired with found postcards of floral arrangements. Following the traditions of Trompe L’oeil, where illusion is used to create the effect of three-dimensions, these works continue Cockburn’s playful approach to image-making, in which she follows the “irresistible, rebellious urge to discover whatever the imagination has to offer.”

Michael Mulchahy The Outlaw 1, 2021
£ 500.00
Michael Mulchahy, The Outlaw 1, 2021
£ 500
Samantha Cary Sexting in the Night Studio 2, 2021
£ 850.00
Samantha Cary, Sexting in the Night Studio 2, 2021
£ 850
Samantha Cary Sexting in the Night Studio 1, 2021
£ 850.00
Samantha Cary, Sexting in the Night Studio 1, 2021
£ 850
Jane Edden Animated Nature - Brilliant, 2021
£ 3,250.00
Jane Edden, Animated Nature - Brilliant, 2021
£ 3,250
Jane Edden Animated Nature - Umber Brown, 2021
£ 3,250.00
Jane Edden, Animated Nature - Umber Brown, 2021
£ 3,250
Kate MccGwire Whelm (Whorl), 2021
£ 5,000.00
Kate MccGwire, Whelm (Whorl), 2021
£ 5,000
Vanessa Raw Dream I, 2021
£ 900.00
Vanessa Raw, Dream I, 2021
£ 900
Vanessa Raw Dream II, 2021
£ 900.00
Vanessa Raw, Dream II, 2021
£ 900

ELGER ESSER
(b. 1967)

Photographer Elger Esser studied in the 1990s under the tutorship of Bernd Becher and his wife Hilla Becher at the Academy of Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany. Esser sees himself as a craftsman in the traditional sense, employing manual postproduction work to his photographs is an important part of his creative process. Esser utilises traditional photographic techniques, such as the photogravure printing process, which allow for terrific sharpness and depth. Taking inspiration from late-18th and 19th century travel literature, Esser is sensitive and precise in his observation, seeking in his surroundings those moments which reveal the essential character and mood of a landscape.

Elger Esser Marzamemi, 2020
£ 2,450.00
Elger Esser, Marzamemi, 2020
£ 2,450
Elger Esser Vasterival IV, 2018
£ 2,450.00
Elger Esser, Vasterival IV, 2018
£ 2,450