CURRENT, UPCOMING AND PAST EXHIBITIONS

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Escape into Colour

After lockdown (dates to be confirmed)
The Hull Room, 1b Saltoun Road, Brixton, London SW2 1EN
(online “private view” was held from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November 2020)
Escape into Colour is a pop-up exhibition of new work by four of Gala Fine Art’s painters – Dawn Beckles, Lucinda Metcalfe, Dan Parry-Jones and Lucy du Sautoy. Prevented from being held as planned in London from 19 to 22 November because of lockdown, the exhibition was previewed on this website instead. Dates of the London show to be confirmed.
Because escaping to sunnier climes is no mean feat right now, we decided it was time for an injection of hot colour into our lives, in the form of vibrant original paintings. These four artists’ colour palettes are a tonic for the soul and are sure to lift your spirits in these challenging times. For this selection of artists, colour has many different meanings and purposes: they are an extension of the emotions; they are reminders of the past; they evoke society’s obsession with seeing the world through filtered digital images; they convey the sweltering heat of an LA summer by day and by night; they represent the reassuring glow of city lights illuminating the darkness; and they transport us to a lush English country garden in springtime.

Paint My Meadow

After lockdown (dates to be confirmed)
Magdalen Road Studios, 74-77 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE
(online preview took place from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 November 2020)
When Britain was plunged into lockdown in March 2020, Oxford-based landscape artist Elaine Kazimierczuk turned to social media to find inspiration for her work. Spring is normally a busy time for Elaine, who is renowned for colourful semi-abstract landscape paintings of wildflower meadows. Suddenly unable to get out into nature to make preparatory sketches and take photos, Elaine turned to Twitter and Instagram for help. She invited members of the public to send her photos of their own wildflower hotspots, using the hashtag #paintmymeadow.
Elaine received a huge variety of photographs from all over the UK and the world and she spent the summer creating a series of 18 expressive semi-abstract oil paintings based on her favourite images from those submitted. Taking viewers on a vibrant journey through the lush countryside in spring and summer, the paintings are the perfect antidote to the dark, damp days of winter. The in-real-life exhibition will take place in Oxford at a date to be confirmed.
PAST EXHIBITIONS

This Place, Far Away

Saturday 22 August to Saturday 19 September 2020

Our first online exhibition presented over 40 new works by 9 of the gallery’s artists: Golnaz Afraz, Victoria Ball, Serena Curmi, Elaine Kazimierczuk, Dan Parry-Jones, Annette Pugh, Pen Reid, Claire Sandars and Sara Willett.
Ranging from oil, acrylic and mixed-media paintings to ink drawings, they were created during lockdown, often in makeshift home studios. Some of the work can be seen as the artists’ responses to the confined situation they found themselves in, while others continue to explore previous subjects, made even more poignant by the artists’ restricted contact with the outside world.
All share the common theme of place: the restrictive domestic sphere, the garden as escape, real places once visited, internal spaces, imagined places and a yearning for places new.