A family enterprise, Thompson’s Galleries have expanded their bases in Marylebone and Suffolk to bring a cultural delight to Westbourne Grove for one month only. On display are a carefully curated selection of Modern and Contemporary paintings and sculptures from a dozen British artists, an exciting celebration of homegrown talent. Historically the gallery has positioned themselves at many international fairs across the world, this time, they opted for an exhibition space closer to home. Offering new avenues for the recognition and display of the artists represented by the gallery.
At the core of their objectives is the interspersion of well-established artists with emerging talent. For example, established Scottish artist Luci Maclaren’s work has a prominent position in the lower level of the whitewashed space. Focused on picturing momentum, her brushstrokes are energetically smeared across the canvas to create the impression of sportsmen in movement. Movement inherently resists being captured on a two-dimensional canvas, yet Maclaren has transcended these barriers to portray a dynamic impression of motion. Introducing a kaleidoscopic colour palette into the mix, her images have become alive with energy and vitality.
Peter King is another artist with a long artistic history, an award-winning Scottish painter who reduces landscapes down to dashes of colour. While on the surface these blends of colour are painterly plays of tonal brushstroke, their expert rendering ensures that from afar they evoke an entire landscape scene. Not only capturing the arrangement of forms, but also a spectrum of moods ranging from atmospheric hazes to sanguine sunrises.
Maclaren and King’s works are displayed alongside artists such as Harry Brioche. Brioche is largely self-taught and less established, yet their alignment in the gallery space informs a special relationship between the group of artists. Brioche’s works have a Turner like quality, seeking beauty in the atmospheric quality of the British landscape. He was brought up in the Seychelles, a tropical upbringing which may have caused his fascination in the paradoxical UK landscape. His panoramic scenes display an acute awareness of the dramatic unfolding of weather conditions, and a revelry in the corresponding effect of light.
The exhibition shows a fantastic range from precise still lives, abstract cityscapes, cubist like scenes of leisure to a display of wispy bronze sculptures. Recognising Notting Hill as a creative hub and infusing the area with a rich array of cultural excitement.