Compleat Angler

Swanning through Summer

Many visitors to our gallery travel a long way to see us, so they often wish to see other attractions in the vicinity and ask us for advice. A seasonal favourite of ours is the annual Swan Upping ceremony on the River Thames in nearby Marlow. Rowing in traditional skiffs from Sunbury to Abingdon, the Queen’s Royal…

Aalsmeer

Flamelily Fever

The flamelily, national flower of Zimbabwe, is probably the most recognisable  and universally loved symbol of our country.  The striking red frilly-petaled “Gloriosa Superba” grows in the veld and aptly comes into flower at Christmas.  Many an expedition was embarked upon when we were kids, riding barefoot in the open back of the farm truck…

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The Long and Winding Road

This sculpture has come a long way.  Made from springstone, a dark, hard, black serpentine which is part of a seam of sedimentary rock forming the horse-shoe shaped geological formation in Zimbabwe known as The Great Dyke, the raw stone is hewn by hand in large chunks before being transported to Harare for sculpting.  Richard…

Fillingdon Fine Art

And the Winner is?

Whose roses look better?  Our abundant “Leaping Salmon” flowering so beautifully during our summer opening, or Cathy Layzell’s luscious, opulent blooms in oil?  Our conclusion is that they complement each other perfectly and both bring the utmost pleasure.  And the overall winners surely have to be the buyers of this exquisite soft and subtle painting…

John Aston

The Gift of Stone

As out-going Chairman of the prestigious Armed Forces Arts Society, John Ashton is to be presented with a piece of art as a token of appreciation by the Society.   Previous gifts have been paintings and sculptures by British artists or the members themselves, but John has other ideas.  Long a fan of Zimbabwean Shona sculpture,…

Catherine Brennon

Drakensberg Dream Boxes

“Come and see me,” she said.  Was that an invitation or a throwing down of the gauntlet?  After all, they were so remote that not even the top African craft designers in the Cape would go and see them on site.   But I accepted with alacrity, as I was going to be in Kwa-Zulu Natal…

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The Loyal Professor

For two decades, Marion Hicks has been visiting our gallery, rarely missing an exhibition.   We know she certainly purchased sculpture as far back as 1996, but she may even have been a regular since we opened in Buckinghamshire after our move from London in 1994. Marion has a keen eye and whilst appreciating all…

Who is ‘God’?

When I casually mentioned in passing to the Gauteng ceramicists that I would be dropping in to see Andrew Walford when I was in Kwa-Zulu Natal, there was a collective and audible gasp. “You know what Bernard Leach is to the English?” explained Colleen Lehmkuhl; “well Andrew is our Bernard Leach; he is our ‘God’.”…

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Sunlight makes the Stones Speak

Glorious June weather makes all the difference to outdoor sculptures.  Not only do they look lack-lustre and dull in cloudy, damp weather, but it is no fun for punters huddling on wet grass under dripping brollies, to stroke wet stone.  Even less so to squat and squint to read the biographies,  their posteriors protruding  to…