Pop-Up London

This is one of our favourite books of cut out paper constructions. Folded away within its pages are many of London’s landmark buildings just waiting to pop-up wherever you choose to erect them. Here is Tower Bridge transported to the top of Primrose Hill. Other pages feature the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, all illustrated by Jenny Maizels and engineered by Richard Ferguson. But due to an unfortunate oversight they neglected a pop-up Rowley Gallery! Demand answers from Walker Books.

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The Dunmore Pineapple

This is one of eight recently arrived pieces from Ed Kluz, made of painted paper, cut out and collaged scenes from Scotland. The Dunmore Pineapple is a summerhouse in the grounds of Dunmore Park, 30 miles north west of Edinburgh. It is available to let from The Landmark Trust, and this dramatic moonlit dream’s-eye view may well be the result of an overnight stay. Read more

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Garden Studio

I thought I would begin my first contribution to the Rowley’s new blog by showing some images inside my studio. It is a large wooden building (35′ x 15′) that I built 25 years ago in my garden in West London after a succession of shared studios. This is now biodegrading with me. I am hoping it lasts me out! Read more

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Open Studio

Chris Keenan, potter and friend of The Rowley Gallery, is hosting an open studio along with fellow ceramicists at Vanguard Court, 36-38 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8QT. The private view is Thursday 1st December 5-8pm. Then Friday-Sunday, 2nd-4th December 11am-5pm.

Pictured here are a set of celadon and tenmoku beakers. See more of Chris’s work on his website.

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Jenny Franklin

We have been blessed with Jenny Franklin’s magical watercolours since 2006, when Kai and I first started showing pictures at The Rowley Gallery. Shown here is Flotsam (Shells), Australia, one of a series of paintings of rock pools. Jenny’s watercolours are virtuoso technical performances. They are also revelations of the world around us, grown out of close observation, transformed and re-presented, they capture the essence of her subject. She quotes the artist poet Jean Arp, who spoke of “a secret primal meaning slumbering beneath the world of appearances”. Read more

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Murmuration

It’s hard not to love this little film, by Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith, of a chance encounter on the River Shannon with one of Nature’s miracles.

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Global Economy

This is a recent piece by Joseph Silcott. Redundant banknotes, no longer in circulation, dexterously hand-cut and metamorphosed into butterflies. Is this a sign of the times or does he just enjoy cutting expenditure?

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Coast To Coast

Over the past few weeks we have been framing 28 landscape photographs, all mounted with hand-written inscriptions, for financial journalist Jeff Prestridge. They are a record of his coast to coast walk in June this year. They will be exhibited at 201 Bishopsgate, London on 29th November, from 6-9pm. All proceeds from the sale of photographs and the associated book will go to the Brathay Trust. Read more

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Christmas Card

This year’s Christmas card is from a specially commissioned painting by David Hollington. Read more

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Suffolk Jelly

On a recent trip to Suffolk, driving up the coast from Orford, we took a detour through Saxmundham hoping I might find a fleece. The weather had turned cooler and we were planning a circular walk from Dunwich. Saxmundham was fleeceless but Sue had spotted some paintings in the window of a frame shop. They were vibrant accomplished paintings of cows heads staring directly back at us. Like a face to face encounter, capturing all the animal’s character and vitality with a few sure brushstrokes. Read more

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