Modern British Art is on the ascendant and Bohun Gallery is proud to have been a catalyst in its historical development and to have a place in its future progression. The sheer breadth and variety of British art has never been greater than during the 20th Century as artists, curators and collectors have sought to forge a new style for a new age and this diversity gathers exciting momentum as we move into the 21st Century.
Bohun Gallery has led the field in many of the 'isms' which define 20th Century British Art. As we celebrate another milestone in our history, the exhibition '40 Years of Fine Art' part I reflects on the artists and sculptors who joined us between 1973-1993, many of whom are recognised as important progressional figures in 20th Century art. The exhibition does not try to tell a single coherent story. There is simply one defining feature and that is that each of these artists is the very best in their field. Among this diverse group of British and Scottish stalwarts are Royal Academicians, Presidents of the Royal Society of Watercolours, Royal College of Art Fellows, OBE's and DBE's. We are proud to have worked with these artists and to have offered them a platform to exhibit their work to a wide and discerning audience.
Bohun Gallery's association with Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan has long been documented. It was in 1982 that Patricia Jordan Evans, Director and Founder of Bohun Gallery, first came across Trevelyan's etchings at Durham Wharf. Since then Bohun Gallery has staged nine solo exhibitions of his work, commissioned the Catalogue Raisonne of his prints and launched his monograph 'Picture Language'. Trevelyan is now established as one of the leading exponents of British Surrealism and one of the greatest printmakers of the 20th Century. It is a sign of Mary Fedden's fondness for Bohun Gallery, that she asked Patricia after Julian Trevelyan died to represent his work.
It has long been apparent that artists enjoy the intimacy of Bohun Gallery and recognise the opportunity to meet a wider audience of collectors outside London. This was certainly true of John Piper, who began regularly exhibiting at Bohun from the early 1970s . It was here that the first show of his 'Eye and Camera' work was staged. Taking up Pop Art's concern with bright colours and images from popular culture, these were quite unlike anything the public had seen by the artist but they have gone on to become a defining feature of his oeuvre. As a Memorial show his ' Foliate Heads ' work was brought together for the first time with an introduction by Myfanwy Piper. Elizabeth Frink, another artist who recognised in Bohun an opportunity to launch new work, staged regular sculpture and print shows, much to the delight of her followers. Peter Blake launched his now legendary series of Circus Freaks at the gallery in 1979(???) and has exhibited regularly ever since, culminating with a show to celebrate his 80th Birthday in 2013 at Bohun. Elizabeth Blackadder staged a critically acclaimed show at the gallery in 1981, the year before her first retrospective. Solo shows by Ivon Hitchens and David Hockney and work by Henry Moore have been shown with great success at the gallery, and we are fortunate to continue to do so.
The diversity of Patricia Jordan Evan's curatorial expertise has extended to include tapestries, sculptural jewellery and ceramics. Perhaps it is for this reason that collectors keep returning to Bohun. There is always a sense of excitement and anticipation as they step through the familiar door. Never knowing quite what will greet them, there is a quiet confidence that it will be the very best of its kind. It is to these intrepid and brave collectors who religiously support a busy and varied calendar of exhibitions that Bohun, and their artists, owe a debt of gratitude. Without the support, discerning eye and critical appreciation of our clients, we would not be placed in the exciting position of shaping, developing and above all, enjoying, Modern British Art.
THESE IMAGES REPRESENT A SELECTION FROM '40 YEARS OF FINE ART'. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A PARTICULAR ARTIST, PLEASE CONTACT THE GALLERY FOR ALL AVAILABLE WORK.
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