Dan Llywelyn Hall in conversation with Vincent Dowd
We are pleased to announce that Dan Llywelyn Hall’s portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II., was unveiled today at 11:45 am in Cardiff. The renowned Welsh artist, who was awarded The Sunday Times Young Artist of the Year in 2003 and subsequently shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award in 2009, is represented by Sandra Higgins, the owner of Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London. Unveiled by First Minister Carwyn Jones, the Welsh Rugby Union-commissioned portrait will be placed on public display in the Millennium Stadium, accompanied by preparatory studies.
Following a sitting with the Queen late last year at Windsor Castle, the finished portrait is an imposing three-quarter study, painted on a 5ft by 4ft canvass in an expressionist style. The image is literally larger than life and Llywelyn Hall says he was particularly keen to reflect the humanity of his subject.
“To have been granted a sitting with the Queen is an ambition fulfilled and it has been an enormous privilege to be asked to create this work,” says Llywelyn Hall. “As anyone who has ever met Her Majesty will know, it is simply awe inspiring to be in her presence and I wanted to relay that feeling as well as showing the very human side to the Queen’s personality."
Llywelyn Hall discussed the atmosphere at the sitting with Her Majesty in a conversation with BBC Radio commentator Vincent Dowd at a private reception held at Gallery Petit on Wednesday 17th April. To listen to the interview, please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc3q6gKwp04 or watch it below.
The interview was in conjunction with Dan Llywelyn Hall’s most recent solo exhibition Vantage Point held at Sandra Higgins’s Gallery Petit in London’s Chelsea from 21st March till 19th April. For more information regarding Llywelyn Hall’s background, please see the press release accompanying the show: http://www.sandrahiggins.com/current-showcases/DLH-PRESS-RELEASE.pdf
Images of these events are available upon request.
For a review of Vantage Point exhibition, please follow: http://www.1883magazine.com/art-exhibitions/art-exhibition/dan-llywelyn-hall
For any further information and to view other works by the artist, please email email@example.com or call 020 7244 7194 or 07721 741 107
Catalogues accompanying Vantage Point exhibition are available through www.sandrahiggins.com.
Future shows by the artist in collaboration with Sandra Higgins will include Portrait of the Pen: portraits of contemporary writers, poets, bloggers, children’s authors, novelists, art critics and their responses to their portrait. (Date to be announced.) In 2014, plans are being made for an exhibition of paintings and etchings informed by the poetry of Dylan Thomas to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth.
March 2013 Newsletter
Sandra Higgins Newsletter Archive
Read Sandra's past newsletters here:
Sandra Higgins is delighted to present an exhibition of work by
DAN LLYWELYN HALL
Vantage Point (Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London)
21 March - 12 April
This unique exhibition will showcase landscape paintings by renowned Welsh artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, accompanied by previously unseen studies for his recent portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The show is in conjunction with the anticipated Cardiff unveiling of the artist’s portrait of the Queen, commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union.
Dan Llywelyn Hall graduated from the University of Westminster in 2003 and in the same year was awarded The Sunday Times Young Artist of the Year prize. Subsequently, he was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award in 2009 and since then has continued to attract collectors from a variety of museums, public institutions, corporations as well as private individuals. Llywelyn Hall’s portraits of First World War veterans Henry Allingham and Harry Patch were recently displayed at Windsor Castle and are now a permanent feature in the Royal Collection. The Cardiff born artist also currently has work on display at the National Gallery of Wales, the Imperial War Museum (London), the House of Lords, BT’s corporate collection, Barclays’ corporate collection, the Museum of Modern Art Wales and the Contemporary Art Society of Wales.
|Catalogue available here
To see a selection of Llywelyn Hall's works, click here
To download the full press release, click here
'New Possibilities' Talk
If you missed my talk on the 'New Possibilities' exhibition at the Piper Gallery, you now have the chance to hear a part of it online via Regular Arts Magazine on ZoneOne Radio. Listen below or click here
Discover Art Now
To discover new and established artists whose work really must be seen, head over to my new website!
Thoughts on Abstract Art Talk
As part of Fitzrovia Lates, Sandra Higgins will be giving at talk at The Piper Gallery entitled Thoughts on Abstract Art on Thursday 29th November, at 7pm.
This talk will provide the perfect background to the show that Sandra is co-curating with the Piper Gallery:
New Possibilities: Abstract Paintings from the Seventies
The Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London W1T 1PE
16 November - 21st December
Barrie Cook, Courting Colour
Exhibition at the Newman Street Gallery
18 Newman Street, London W1T 1PE
(Lower ground gallery)
The show at Newman Street Gallery will close on the 11th of August but will reopen on the 4th of September in the presence of the artist.
July - August 2012
"In the Rings with Ali"
A retrospective Exhibition celebrating the 70th birthday of
A new Private View will be held on the 23rd of August.
Those wishing to attend should contact Sandra for an invitation
On the right: Sandra Higgins with the artist Roberto Rabanne at Forman's Gallery
The Grey Line Project: The line of twilight
Exhibition 19 June - 15 July 2012
46 Harcourt Terrace
London SW10 9JR
"German Romanticism: a heightened sensitivity to the natural world ... a passion for the indeterminate, the obscure, the faraway; a desire that the self be lost in nature's various infinities." Joseph Leo Koerner, Casper David Friedrich
Joan Edlis explores the gravitational relationship between the sun and the earth with a series of drawings, diagrams, objects and sound installations. In her new show The Line Of Twilight, Joan's work possesses a powerful sense of the relations of elements in space, the result is a compelling harmony of simple form, colour, texture and space, that exudes a delicate peacefulness.
Helen O'Keefe "Mirror Images"
"Mirror Images is a pleasurable wave of colour under the leaden sky of London; surely not to miss."
1883 Magazine | Read the full review here
"...wonderfully colourful, multi dimensional works"
Volt Magazine | Read the full review here
July - August 2012
"In the Rings with Ali"
A retrospective Exhibition celebrating the 70th birthday of
I am pleased to act as the Curator of 'In the Rings with Ali', in collaboration with the photographer and Creative Director, Christina Jansen, on a major exhibition of photographs, art works, memorabilia, audio and video installations, text and poetry to mark Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday. The exhibition will be shown at Forman's Smokehouse Gallery which is adjacent to the Olympic site. Christina and I will organise the installation and liaise with the artists who will exhibit at the show.
Along with the show, we have teamed up with ex-professional boxer, Oliver Wilson on an exciting outreach program he has created himself called 'The Ultimate School School Contender'. The Ultimate School Contender aims to ‘Promote and Improve – Positive Attitudes, Behaviour, Attendance, Tolerance of others and a Healthy Life style of Young People in School.’ Oliver's program shares the same positive ethos in developing our future generations that Christina and I believe compliments Muhammad Ali's positive drive and outlook. This will become a lasting legacy in his memory.
This is a wonderful opportunity during the Olympics and we are excited to keep moving forward! Details of the exhibition and the outreach program will be updated regularly on:
|Oliver Wilson and Sandra Higgins
at Forman's Smokehouse Gallery
|Christina Jansen and Muhammad Ali in 1986|
26 March 2012
Patricia Poullain PURE PAINTING: April 18 - May 12 2012
Private View, Wednesday, April 18
6pm to 9pm
Grace Teshima Gallery
46 rue des Abbesses
Download the invite (English and French)
26 March 2012
Patricia Poullain: Video and Interview
6 March 2012
Sandra Higgins and Joe Hesketh
Sandra Higgins and Joe Hesketh interviewed by Jenny Runacre
5 March 2012
Joe Hesketh: Escapism, Anger and Destiny. Announcement of Private Reception 14 March 2012 London
Sandra Higgins and Simon Desmond are proud to present the work of Northern Artist Joe Joe Hesketh at her first London venue. This exhibition compliments an existing Arts Council show now touring in the North of England which consists of five large scale works by Hesketh in remembrance of the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Executions. This is a subject close to her heart having lived in this area all her life.
The work which will be shown is the social documentation of a young woman surviving in working class England. Hesketh, an artist working in an expressionistic style addresses strong themes of sexuality, abuse and chauvinism. The pictures are international in their outlook following a timeless tradition of artistic commentary on the present state of humanity.
Sandra Higgins is an Independent Art Advisor and Curator who deals with individual clients, corporations and institutions. She has recently begun a series of Private Receptions to introduce the work of outstanding artists in her small gallery/salon in relaxed atmosphere which invites dialogue between the artist and client. Joe Hesketh’s show is the second in this series.
Simon W. Desmond is an Artist's Agent and Dealer in Modern British and Contemporary Art. Working alongside the most creative and dynamic artists in Britain today, Simon works closely with Dealers and Institutions in the genesis of artist's careers.
24 January 2012
Joe Hesketh's new studio
A photo of Sandra Higgins' preliminary visit to Joe Hesketh's new studio near Preston, developing plans for an up and coming show in London to be announced soon.
16 & 17 December 2011
The Chateau de Blavou Presents Selected works by Patricia Poullain
To preview her Retrospective Exhibition to be held at Grace Teshima Gallery, Paris 18th April until the 12th of May
"A propos of explaining one’s art…
I can put into words my aims and methods. For instance I am working on a flat, white plain. I am not trying to deceive the eye, perhaps to tease it a little. My own eye is certainly exercised a great deal as I stare at my canvas. I am fascinated with the backward forward movement of colours, also their very pronounced reactions to each other. Together with the use of the space and the balance of proportions, there is a whole world to work on. I change and change again colours from more to less saturation or vice versa. I re-work the forms and their proportions. Always bearing in mind that Matisse said ‘Plus c’est plat, plus c’est beau’. The more it is flat the more it is beautiful. And we are not out to trick the eye into seeing an illusion of depths or any kind of virtuoso. An artist needs to set himself limitations and remain as personal and identifiable as a signature." Patricia Poullain 2011
Patricia Poullain is of French nationality. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her first job in theatre was in Dundee, Scotland where she spent some time as an assistant to the well-known scenic artist, Kathleen Ankers. Patricia later, married a French United Nations official whom she met while acting as a guide at the UN. Her husband was posted to Korea where Patricia then studied art with Korean painter, Lee Se Duk, who became curator of the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, and who introduced her to abstract painting.
While living in New York, Patricia attended courses at the Art Student’s League and participated in a number of group shows such as: Art Directions 1959; Galerie Felix Vercel “Women Painters of France”, 1960; [Vercel’s gallery on Madison Avenue represented Fautrier and Vieira da Silva at that time] Explorer Gallery, 1961 and in 1963 her work was accepted by a jury including Larry Rivers and Ad Reinhardt for the 21st Annual Oil Competition at the Village Art Center in Greenwich Village.
In 1964 La Maison Francaise of New York University gave her a one-man show. She participated in the Annual UN Art Exhibition for the benefit of UNICEF which was held in the lobby of the UN building in New York every year from 1962 to 1967. [This time in New York was significant in art history when the great abstractionists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell etc. were making a mark. In 1965 the Museum of Modern Art held the exhibition known as “The Responsive Eye” with Frank Stella, Bridget Riley and others. “Op Art” made a big impression on Patricia Poullain and influenced her work significantly.]
Returning with her husband to live in France she exhibited works in group shows in Cagnes-sur-Mer and Tourettes-sur-Loup in the 70’s. Now living in Normandy she was included in the 12th Rencontre des Arts Plastiques in Nogent-le–Rotrou in 2003. ‘In addition Patricia has exhibited frequently in her adopted home, Ireland. In 2006 and 2007 her works were shown in Dublin at Oisin Gallery’s summer exhibitions and she had solo exhibition at the gallery, “Les Notes Bleues.”, 2007 as well as participating in the 15th Rencontre des Arts Plastiques in Nogent- le- Rotrou The Dublin gallery, Hillsboro Fine Art, in company of Ben Shahn, Robert Motherwell and other well known artists.
In November 2010 the village of Bretoncelles (Orne) gave her a solo exhibition.
In London 2011 she participated in the Watercolour and Works on Paper fair with Sandra Higgins.
Her works are in private collections in England, France, Ireland, Italy and the United States.
All works are available through Sandra Higgins.
With special thanks to Nigel Murray for his generous support at this event.
Foundation for Iron and Steel Sculpture Opens at Ironbridge, 22 October 2011
A celebration on Saturday 22 October will launch of the Foundation for Iron and Steel Sculpture at Ironbridge. The Foundation, which has been running informally for 10 years, has already made a significant contribution to the arts and the local economy. The Foundations activities are now being extended to provide unique facilities and opportunities for artists, students and the general public. It will also provide vital support for art in engineering, manufacturing and architecture.
Visitors viewing one of the sculptures
An American and UK crew pour molten iron to make a sculpture at the Foundation
Foundry crew pouring molten iron to make a sculpture at the Foundation
The Foundation is situated within the Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, which is located in the historically appropriate district of Coalbrookdale. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO it is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution with all that meant for the development of the iron and steel industries. The Museum home to an internationally renowned collection of over 70 large steel and iron sculptures by 29 artists displayed throughout 10 acres of beautiful Shropshire landscape. This launch event will be a special public open day from 2:00 pm onwards.
Visitors will be able to participate in guided tours of the Museum conducted by sculptors represented in the collection. A new CD Audio Publication featuring recordings by Pam Brown FRBS, the Museum’s Co-Founder and several of the sculptors associated with the collection has been produced for the day.
An exhibition of smaller works will also be on display within the onsite studio/workshop along with access to the collection of smaller works and maquettes by Roy Kitchin FRBS, the Museum Founder.
For art collectors over 170 works of art ranging from large steel sculptures to maquettes, drawings and prints will be for sale for the first time ever. The artists will be generously donating 50% of the proceeds towards the Foundations charitable fundraising efforts.
To find the foundation and participate in the launch celebrations, follow signs to Coalbrookdale Museums and then look for the signs to Museum of Steel Sculpture. The address is Cherry Tree Hill, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7EF. Telephone 01952 433152.
For further information about the Event contact: Sandra Higgins - firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the Foundation contact: Philip Sweet – email@example.com
For further information about the Museum contact: Pam Brown, Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit www.go2.co.uk/steelsculpture for images and a schematic map of the location.
17 October 2011
Ofelia Rodriguez and 'magic' spaces
|The works of Ofelia Rodríguez expose contemporary culture and identity through works which recall a life in London and Barranquilla.
19 April 2011
Own a Ofelia Rodriguez original painting while helping Gt Ormond Street Hospital - a unique opportunity!
Harestyling is a very moving project launched by the famous hair stylist Michael Van Clarke and his wife whose little daughter Angelica needed lifesaving surgery as a newborn at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In gratitude, they have asked over 200 artists and celebrities from Tracey Emin to Princess Beatrice via Ofelia Rodriguez to contribute a painting of a hare - an Easter play on words!
All paintings are on an A4 canvas and can be viewed at the Heartbreak Gallery in Marylebone. It is an amazing testimony to creativity and originality. You can bid for the works of your choice online (see instructions on the attachment) or by attending the star-studded ball at the Dorchester on 26 May.
17 Bulstrode Street
Marylebone W1U 2JH
From 16 April to 8 May
Open Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm and Sun 11am -4pm
Tube Station Bond Street (Jubilee and Central)
Tel: 020 3219 5170
For online bidding, please follow instructions on this leaflet. If you cannot make it into the gallery, then visit the virtual gallery on www.harestyling.com where you will also find details on the Heartbreak gallery, the Ball and the bidding process. Ofelia's work is # 205.
Bid generously to make sure you get that Ofelia painting you have always wanted! Thank you.
11 March 2011
Sandra Higgins has recently been appointed to act as the Events/Exhibitions and Marketing Advisor for MOSS, the Museum of Steel Sculpture near Coalbrooke, Shropshire.
In this capacity she will actively promote the museum and sell sculptures from both the existing collection (see MOSS sculptors under Artists) and those produced from future workshop to be run by the newly established Foundation for Iron and Steel Sculpture. The future activities will be designed to generate greater general public exposure for the work of the exhibiting artists and to increase exposure, accessibility and publicity for the Museum and Foundation. An open weekend is planned for Autumn 2011 with more information to follow.
The Museum has an ever-growing number of sculptures, currently over 70 by 29 artists. Representing the UK's only open air collection of iron and steel sculptures, it includes a substantial body of work by the Museum's Founder, Roy Kitchin, FRBS. The Museum achieves a sense of totality by being situated in the historically appropriate area of Coalbrookedale.
To visit or for further information please contact Sandra.
Right: Roy Kitchin 'Steel Key II', 1990.