Monthly Archives: December 2008

New In – c.1964 Large Oil On Canvas By Leon De Leeuw

New In today is this large oil on canvas by the artist Leon De Leeuw. It depicts parents walking their child towards a bridge in a park. It dates to c.1964 and was purchased in an exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York in 1965.


‘Born in Paris, De Leeuw came to the United States in 1939. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and master’s degree in creative arts from New York University. He passed away in 1997, but his art, which is characterized as abstract expressionism, continues to be exhibited in various galleries in New York, New Jersey and Denmark.

Energetic, powerful and abstract are words often used to describe De Leeuw’s paintings. His work has been displayed throughout the Montclair State University campus for nearly four decades, no other artist has more paintings on display as part of Montclair’s famous art collection. Nearly 40 works by De Leeuw are hanging in the campus offices and halls.’

I own two other work’s by this artist, which will be featured shortly.

It can be found here

Friend Of The Month, December – Guy Reid

This month I would like to introduce the sculptor Guy Reid. I met Guy when I was working as the Parish assistant in St. Matthew’s Westminster, where Guy was the artist in residence at the time. His workshop was located in the large tower of the Church and each morning and evening Guy would join us for the daily offices which were sung in the beautiful upper chapel within the church designed by Ninian Comper. We quickly became friends and I was fascinated not only by his incredible skill and creativity but also by his discipline, both in his work and spirituality. During 1998/99 Guy asked if he could carve me half-life size and use me as the subject of an installation ……. this was something I shall always remember, although what became of the finished work I know not! – The work was entitled “you are?” and formed part of his exhibition in 1999

Guy Reid was raised in London and Shropshire. He completed his first degree in 1984, a BA in Politics and History at the University of North London. In 1985 Reid began training as a classical carver and restorer and later went to work for the world renowned Spink Workshop where he completed work for institutions as varied as the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Getty Museum California and the Sir John Soane Museum London. In 1997 Reid went on to graduate with an MA in Systematic Theology at King’s College London. He has exhibited widely at groups and solo exhibitions as well as at art fairs in the UK, France and the USA. Public commissions include the controversial and much acclaimed nude Madonna and Child at St Matthew’s Westminster, a figure of Adam for Mirfield College, Yorkshire, a sculpture of St Editha for Polesworth Abbey, 14 life-size portraits held permanently at the Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove and a portrait of the painter Glynn Boyd Harte for the Art Workers Guild London. In 2006 Reid completed a naked crucifixion for Saint George’s Church Paris. A life sized relief carving of the same subject is currently being considered for installation by a Benedictine abbey in the UK. He has also been the subject of a documentary for Japanese Television on Contemporary British Artists and appears in Michael Petry’s anthology Hidden Histories published by Artmedia Press 2004. The Museum of Liverpool Life lists Reid’s Avoncroft corbels as being of international significance. One of these 14 life-sized portraits is of Reid himself and is featured on the National Gallery Website. He is interested in the current debate surrounding painted sculpture and has found that his painted works in particular can still cause controversy, asserting an alternative ethos to the modern tradition which elevates the material …… his work is always informed by the figure in relation to its spatial and thematic contexts and are either painted, partially painted or left in the natural wood.

I am excited that in the spring I will be aquiring two of Guy’s work’s from a private collection which will be for sale and more details about these will be posted here at a later date.

Guy’s website and contact details can be found here

Christmas Opening Times

We will be closing for the Christmas holiday at 6pm on Tuesday the 23rd December and will open on the following days during Christmas week before resuming as normal at 10am on Friday the 2nd of January:

Saturday 27th 10am-5pm

Monday 29th 10am-5pm

Tuesday 30th 10am-5pm

If you wish to speak to me directly or arrange a viewing then please feel free to contact me on 07714 756526


New In – ‘Red Factory’ By Phillip Kelly c.1992

New in today is this very striking industrial painting, an oil on board, entitled ‘Red Factory’ It is the work of the Irish painter Phillip Kelly (born 1950) and is signed and dated c.1992.

Phillip exhibits in galleries both in Dublin, London and the United States. More on Phillip can be found here, courtesy of the Peter & Hall gallery in Mayfair.

It will shortly be framed.

It can be found here

New In – A Geometric Ceramic Sculpture By Eddie Kent c.2004

New in today is an interesting geometric sculpture by the 20th Century British ceramic artist Eddie Kent, using a copper based raku glaze teqnique. Eddie specialises in decorative pots and vessels greatly inspired by Gothic, Celtic, Aboriginal and African motifs in his carved and boldly executed designs. He is based in Buckinghamshire and these pieces date to c.2004.

It can be found here

New In – Aldo Tura Goat Skin Parchment Bar Cart c.1950

New In today is this very stylish bar cart by the famous Milan designer Aldo Tura. The trolley is in excellent condition and is comprises two shelves of rosewood covered in lacquered goatskin parchment. The metal work comprising supports, handle and fretwork gallery is gilt bronze and of fine detail. The casters are made of bone.

This table is signed and numbered and dates to c.1950

More details on Aldo Tura can be found here:

It can be found here