Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Homage to the Hambledon Gallery

At the weekend I visited a local 'gem of a gallery', The Art Stable at Child Okeford.

I've often exhibited paintings there, and the owner – Kelly Ross – is an accomplished curator and art dealer who has a talent for putting on exquisite shows.

The current exhibition Homage to the Hambledon Gallery is no exception, and it held much personal interest for me.

The Hambledon Gallery is my favourite clothes and homeware shop. Tucked away in Blandford Forum in the heart of rural Dorset, I was lucky enough to grow up nearby – and I've been visiting and shopping there for longer than I can remember.

The 'Gallery' part of their name comes from the fact that when they first opened, nearly fifty years ago, the upper floor was run as an art gallery.

Kelly Ross has revisited many of the artists who exhibited at The Hambledon Gallery in those early days and put together this exhibition.

The paintings, prints and ceramics – by Mary Fedden, R.B. Kitaj, David Hockney and many others – are well worth a visit if you can get there.

I particularly coveted the ceramics by Richard Batterham, who produced much of his work in the tiny hamlet of Bryanston where I grew up, and where I still paint many of my riverscapes.

If you're close enough to get there before 11 February then do. It'll certainly reward your time and effort.

The photograph above shows my goddaughter Lucia admiring a Hockney print.


Pauline Mills said...

Thank you so much Harriet for alerting me to this wonderful exhibition, which I visited today. I endorse all that you say about both The Hambledon Gallery and the exhibition. Very tempted by Richard Batterham's beautiful ceramics but I restricted myself to a Hambledon Gallery diary ! Best wishes, Pauline Mills

Some worktops gal said...

This looks amazing! Thank you :)