Current Exhibition

Eric Rimmington
1st November to 22nd November 2014

Over the three decades since he decided to concentrate his studio work on painting 'what is within hand's reach' Eric Rimmington has put his personal stamp on the art of still life. His expert rendering of an eclectic and seemingly random selection of objects (albeit most of them have come into his life with a history) is matched by an unerring knack for design. Apparently off-kilter or unexpected placings make constant variations on the simple themes of a shelf against the wall or a cloth-covered table top.

Skilful and serious as these paintings are, they never fall into taking themselves too seriously. Water-rounded stones or sober earthenware pots are teamed up with cheap and cheerful egg cups in jewel-like colours. There's a sense of humour lurking in these choices; the grand airs of the aesthetically pleasing punctuated by the little impertinences of the inexpensive, broken or recycled. Which, however, in this company, cannot help but themselves become quietly ennobled.

Described by the critic William Packer as ' one of the country's most distinguished exponents in the field of still life', Rimmington richly deserves his place amongst Britain's most celebrated contemporary still life artists. His pre-eminence was stressed in 2013 when he was selected as a guest artist to exhibit at the 2013 Threadneedle Prize, alongside the very best emerging young talent. Rimmington has exhibited regularly at the Bohun Gallery since 2001, following 18 years of exhibiting in London. His work can be seen in public collections across the country and in 2006 he was awarded the ING Discerning Eye Purchase Prize. This selling exhibition of his latest still life paintings offers collectors the opportunity to acquire work by one the most well respected artists working in the still life oeuvre.



Praise for the artist:

The French call it 'Nature Morte'; we call it 'Still Life', I prefer the English name, with its emphasis on life rather than death. The great masters of the genre, from Melendez to Morandi, had a genius for breathing life into inanimate objects, and Eric Rimmington belongs in their company. His still life paintings are more than brilliant exercise in representation, they're reflections on the lives of objects in relation to our own

Laura Gascoigne, Art Critic for the Spectator


Mercifully modest, his paintings ask you in a whisper to notice them and make no unrewarded demands.

David Lee, The Jackdaw


If there is any better still life painter in the country than Eric Rimmington bring him on.

David Lee, The Jackdaw


In painting still life, not as an exclusive but certainly as a principal concern, he has become one of the country's most distinguished exponents in the field, and one of the most particular and distinctive.

William Packer, art critic for the Financial Times


Working in his own way quite untrammelled by self-conscious modernist attitudes and preoccupations, his paintings could hardly be more modern and of their time.

William Packer, art critic for the Financial Times


Rimmington has been described as a master of his genre. His technical virtuosity is evident at first glance. He can create an illusion verging on trompe l'oeil.

Mary Michaels


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Bleached Wood, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 18 ins



Grey Pebble, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 24 ins



Brick and Berries, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 12 ins



Driftwood Block and Charcoal, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 30 ins



Devon Cream, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 22 ins



Feather, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
16 x 14 ins



Field of Flowers, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 16 ins



Red Enamel, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 24 ins



Earthenware with Stripes, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
20 x 20 ins



Binder Twine, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
16 x 18 ins



Red Tile, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 14 ins



Bunting, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 14 ins



Taw, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 12 ins



Blue Chip, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 14 ins



Mountain, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 12 ins



Rope and Stone, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 14 ins



Box and Pebbles, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 12 ins



Shadow Play, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 12 ins



Cotton Reel, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 10 ins



African Pestle, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 12 ins



Blue Diamond, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 14 ins



Four by Four, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 16 ins



Geisha, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
16 x 16 ins



Shadow Play with Eggshells, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
16 x 16 ins



Shell and Sea-worn Stone, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
14 x 14 ins



Ship, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 14 ins



Sun-Maid, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 14 ins



Tent, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 10 ins



Trade, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 14 ins



Balm, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 16 ins



Green Glaze, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 10 ins



White Shell, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 14 ins



Taw and Jedi Jar, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 18 ins



Little Vase with Eggshells, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 18 ins



Painted Pebble, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 10 ins



White Squash, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 16 ins



Metal Box and Bottle, 2014

Oil on linen canvas
10 x 16 ins



Islands, 2013

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 16 ins



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