We’re renovating our bedroom and have been scouting around for some new pictures. We don’t want to spend thousands of pounds but we do want a few beautiful pictures with lovely frames. These are our favourite sources so far:
8 Holland Street: a great selection of artists from Gary Hume to Howard Hodgkin and Elisabeth Frink. Prices start around £600 (the Philip Sutton below is £950) and you can also contact the Gallery directly to source something specifically (note: they also sell other furniture and accessories, we particularly like their mid-century lighting).
Etalage: based in Gloucestershire, this Gallery sources wonderful prints and oil paintings from around the country. Sometimes they then frame them in their colourful collection of bobbin frames (you can also buy these separately). From Picasso and Matisse prints to vintage landscape oil paintings, these are pictures that you definitely want to live with. Prices start from around £100.
Partnership Editions: they’ve just released their High Summer drop (sign up to their e-mails to receive the VIP sneak previews). Prices start from £200 and artists include Fee Greening and Jessica Yolanda (below).
Wayne Pate: Not a Gallery but an artist selling directly through his own website, based in Brooklyn NY (you can also buy him through 8 Holland Street above). Prices start around $800 for his wonderful graphic collages.
Purdy Hicks: inspired by the recent lockdown, their current online exhibition is entitled Rebooting Nature and includes a variety of their artists’ work. We also particularly like the work of Pierre Bergian (below). The Gallery is based in South Kensington and open for visits from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm.
Wilson Stephens and Jones: run by Rosanna Wilson Stephens and Rita Jones who have the most impeccable taste, this Gallery is the dealer for Hugo Guinness (below) and Ben McLaughlin, amongst many others. If in doubt, do pick their brains as both Rosanna and Rita are brilliant at helping you decide.
Catharine Miller: specialising in contemporary European and South American Art, we particularly like the section under £500 which includes this piece, A Happy Ending below.
Cricket Fine Art: Leslie Pratt started this Gallery (now in both London and Hungerford) as a mother of three young children showing artists she loved from her home. The business grew and now she represents a wide range of contemporary artists including one of our favourites, Lottie Cole (below).
Eames Fine Art: As well as representing some of the biggest names in the Art world (they are currently showing an exhibition of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore prints), look out for the newer, upcoming artists they also represent with extremely reasonable price points. For example, Karen Keogh, whose watercolour below of Tuscany is £460.
One alternative that we’ve found to buying expensive paintings, is to purchase old museum or Gallery exhibition posters. Two brilliant dealers are A Hare in the Forest and Plakatcph which sell posters by Matisse (below from A Hare in the Forest), Picasso, Hilma Af Klint (below from Plakatcph) and many others.