News & Events

  • Spring Newsletter

    Dear All.

    May has arrived and with it glorious weather for most of us. A few late frosts have done damage to some of our more delicate plants but the warm sunshine has more than made up for this. Mind you in lots of parts of the country people are crying out for rain.

    On the 23rd of May the Royal Hospital Chelsea throws open it’s gates to the public for the splendid Chelsea Flower Show. More and more shops in the area have taken up the challenge of making a huge effort to decorate their windows to reflect this Royal event. Do look out for some wonderfully inventive window displays. Last year I was particularly impressed by those at Soane, Rose Uniacke, Linley, Joanna Wood and Daylesford. I am sure there will be many more to amuse and entertain you.

    John Adams holds regular inspirational exhibitions of 20th century and contemporary art works. From the 23rd to the 26th of May the beautifully observed botanical watercolours of Helen Nicolle will be on display in his gallery on Ebury Street to coincide with the Flower Show.

    London Craft Week happened at the beginning of May and it was wonderful to see so many skills represented in and around the Pimlico Road. Tom Raffield sponsored by Grosvenor installed a beautiful series of bent wood light sculptures suspended from the branches of the trees in Orange Square. Do check out the images for this on Grosvenor’s website or just look up “Lighting the Square” by Tom Raffield.

    We have already welcomed Cox & Cox to our fold but just opened around the corner in Bourne Street we have great pleasure in welcoming “Pinch”. A gem of a shop specialising in furniture, lighting and household accessories. I particularly liked their Noelle sofa and some of their quirky pendant lights in unusual materials. All showing the look and feel of hand crafted items that everyone would want to add to their home.

    June comes hot on the heels of May and with it lots of wonderful specialist sales at the London Auction Houses, some cracking exhibitions in our world leading Art Galleries and of course some wonderful Art and Antiques fairs. The Royal Hospital Chelsea opens it’s gates yet again on the 27th of June. This time hosting the spectacular “Masterpiece”, a fair without parallel in Britain for its outstanding quality, rarity and superb presentation.

    Despite all this don’t forget the Pimlico Road.We still have some wonderful antique dealers who I know will be holding some extra special stock to coincide with this influx of international collectors. Anthony Outred has a delightful and very rare late 17th century North Italian bureau cabinet painted in blues and greys on a cream ground. I also spotted a stunning set of 10 mid 19th century ebony Anglo Indian dinning chairs with him. Their elegantly turned spindle backs supporting a crisply carved top rail .

    Patrick Jefferson, noted for his exceptional furniture collection, often has enchanting accessories as well. I particularly love his late 18th century Chinese enamelled porcelain, Qianlong period cockerels with their iridescent blue wings and red coxcombs. On a side table was an amazing delicately carved wood lidded urn trailing leafy rose buds.

    Further masterpieces of the potters art but this time of the 21st century can be found at FBC London. 20th century cabinet makers unique contribution to the craft can be found at 88 Gallery, Gordon Watson, Rose Uniacke and others. Contemporary furniture masterpieces can be found at Linley, Soane, Howe, Collier Webb and Jamb.

    We are lucky to have in our midst some of the worlds leading Interior Designers who I am sure will inspire you to create your own little masterpiece. Paulo Moschino in Holbein Place and Ebury Street, Jane Churchill, Lulu Lytle of Soane, the wonderful team at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler headed by Wendy Nichols, Fiona Barrett of FBC London , Rose Uniacke, and the team at Jamb are all only too happy to offer their expert help and remarkable service. Joanna Wood has moved just around the corner to her wonderful new showrooms in Elizabeth Street.

    You may have spotted several of our members advertising in “House and Garden” and “Interiors” this month. Rose Uniacke appeared on the cover of the ” Antiques” supplement within “The World of Interiors” June issue . Those of you with a keener eye would have noticed the double page spread , “Inspiration at every glance” promoting the Pimlico Road. This was very kindly sponsored by Grosvenor Estate. Watch out for a follow up spread in the July issue.

    “This Is Mission” are our new PR company kindly sponsored by Grosvenor. The team has been employed to promote Grosvenor’s London Estates of Belgravia and Mayfair. They have 13 years experience in this complicated market and we look forward to working with them to develop our profile further not only in the UK but internationally as well. For any journalists around the world who would like to write an article on our very special Design District please do not hesitate to contact either Hannah or Daisy on grosvenor@thisismission.com

    The anticipation of the Summer season ahead is always a welcome antidote to the Winter blues so put a spring in your step and come and join us for the revels of the months ahead. All the traders in the area have lots to offer you in their stylish and original shops and galleries.

    Regards and best wishes,
    Mark Boyce.

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  • John Adams Fine Art Views & Visions

    Views & Visions
    Clark, Mannoni & Valido
    Thursday 2nd – Saturday 11th March 2017

    This exhibition brings together three modern painters, each with their unique views and visions of reality.

    Mairi Clark (b. 1966)
    Contemporary artist Mairi Clark creates a real ‘sense of place’ in her work, reflecting her love of the sea and the Scottish landscape. Clark’s unfettered tapestries of colour show influences of the work of Joan Eardley and William Turner, yet her energetic application of colliding layers of paint suggests an affinity with the Abstract Expressionists’ methods of working. Clark’s nuanced layers of paint and gestural mark-making capture the perpetually changing interplay between sea, sky and landscape.

    Denise Mannoni (1918 – 2003)
    Denise Mannoni spent an idyllic early life on various French colonial islands such as Martinique and Madagascar and was educated by her parents in European History and History of Art. She began drawing and painting as a child, inspired by her delight in the images of European Art and the beauty of the islands. A move to Paris in 1948 saw Mannoni devote herself to painting and allowed her to observe the vibrant world of artists working in post-war Paris. Described by Pariscope as a “smiling and gracious vision of a world close to paradise,” Mannoni’s work continued to be inspired by the warm and vibrant colours of the French colonial islands.

    Rino Valido (b. 1947)
    Contemporary Italian artist Rino Valido attended art school in Genoa and simultaneously trained as an apprentice in graphic design, specialising in the technical aspects of colour printing. A painting trip to the Camargue region of France had a tremendous influence on the artist’s work, inspiring the distillation of colour, shapes and simple perspectives into unified representations of pure colour and tone. Valido’s meticulous studies of colour and form provide the artist with an innate sense of freedom and allow him to spontaneously capture and fix emotions and memories in time.

    View the e-catalogue
    www.johnadamsfineart.com