Life is super busy at the moment. Having just shown at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester, I’m now preparing for the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead at the end of October to show as GAS Gallery. I’m very excited about this show as it will be the first time I’ve really shown a full range of both Applied Art and originals alongside limited edition prints.
© Delphine Lebourgeois 2012
It’s very satisfying working with the Artists – Delphine Lebourgeois is working on a stunning set of new prints and originals – I can’t wait to show them! Anna Marrow continues to juggle having two small children and being prolific with a new range of original paintings and prints.
The central theme of what I’m trying to achieve appears to be emerging strongly each week. I’m intensely in love with pattern, process, form and above all beautiful art and design. All of the work is produced to such a high standard. Gordon W Robertson’s pewter work is becoming extraordinary as he continues to perfect his craft and the V&A wanting to own him in their collection. New Artist Fernando Mialski’s intense designs on silk and canvas are breathtaking. Kim Gorman’s gorgeous hand made glass pieces attract people like colourful sweets and nobody can believe they’re glass. Kevin Dutton’s exquisite photographic flower still lives are also just stunning. So… come along to the show. For free tickets email me.
© Kevin Dutton 2012
Alongside preparing for that, I’m also commissioning new exclusive work to be sold via A Little bit of Art - it’s really pleasing to see such great work getting out there and am really looking forward to the Christmas season, getting those out there.
And not only that, I’ve got several sessions visiting Illustration courses at both UWE Bristol and Maidstone. I really love doing this, it makes such a difference to be able to go out there and see what is inspiring the next generation, what their interests and reference points are and how they’re interpreting that in to their work. It’s a difficult time at the moment, but it’s also intensely interesting with technology changes and the challenges that go with that – but there will always be an appetite for images – and that’s what I’m in the business of !
If I had more time, this blog would serve more as an observation of this but at the moment running two businesses is not giving me much chance. So I update this page occasionally. For more information you can follow A Little bit of Art and GAS on Twitter and Facebook:
I am pleased to offer a Gallery Assistant internship opportunity for a keen candidate to gain experience in running an Artist agency and online gallery. This position is to work across both A Little bit of Art and GAS Gallery.
The ideal person will need a passion for Art and Design and Illustration, be computer literate, a good communicator and have a fluent command of English.
You will ideally be a resourceful and practical person who can ‘muck in’ and get your hands dirty when required and who can easily communicate face to face with people.
This is a flexible, unpaid role with an initial period of 3 months. We will pay expenses including food and travel within London’s zones 1-6.
This is a new role and is adaptable and flexible over 2-3 days a week:
We are currently preparing for the Thames Fesitval and Designers Block at the Southbank in September and the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead in November.
The post will give you the opportunity to gain solid experience in:
Assisting at Art Fairs, pop-up shops and other events
Updating websites, blogs and social media
Managing online orders
Handling calls from clients and customers
Updating portfolios and Artist profiles.
Research and administration.
Please send CV and covering email to
Start date: 3 September 2012
It’s been a while since updating my own personal blog – largely due to being incredibly busy with getting GAS off the ground, which is going incredibly well. A Little bit of Art is still popular as ever but with some changes afoot later this year. More soon.
I just put on a really exciting show which was a bit of a departure for me – showing a range of work on paper, silk, metal, slate, wood and glass – all decorated in superb and interesting ways. Here are some images.
Next on the agenda is the Bloomsbury Art Fair which is looking set to be a very good show.
I’m looking for a freelance agent to come on board with me to get GAS Art Agency fired up this Summer, so anyone interested in talking to me about this then please get in touch
Happy New Year to one and all. Last year was intensely busy, and this year looks set to be the same, but with a different flavour. I’ve got quite a lot up my sleeve for this year, but still playing cards close to my chest for now….BUT, GAS Gallery will be at the Affordable Art Fair this March and it’s hugely exciting. This will be the first show that I have had the chance to show a more diverse range of work in a variety of mediums with some original pieces as well as limited editions.
Watch this space for further information.
I’m also on the lookout for a web developer/designer who understands e-commerce inside out along with admin systems for stock control/payments/sales analysis etc… So if anyone out there knows there stuff, then please contact me
It wasn’t until last week that I realised how much of Manchester’s identity is tied up with rain, red bricks and music alongside a very solid burgeoning creative industry. Robert Shadbolt invited me in to give a talk and do some tutorials with the Illustration students at Salford University. It was interesting to see the range of styles and interests that the students portrayed and very encouraging to see a real active involvement with the City’s businesses on projects. What I hadn’t banked on was how much I was taken by the place. Salford is on the agenda a lot at the moment due to the new Media City and although the larger area of Salford is under development, the proximity to the centre of Manchester is so close I had no idea. We went along to the opening of Manchester & Salford Illustrated which was an open submission show with the brief of ‘What does Manchester mean to you’. It seems it means rather a lot to quite a few people! I really enjoyed the show and then a stomp through the rainy streets of Manchester to a lovely bar called 57 Thomas Street selling Marble beer that is brewed in Manchester.
I’ll definitely be going back to explore further – and see what else is up Manchester’s sleeve!
The AOI has asked me to give a masterclass on commissioning illustration, which takes place tonight. I’m currently polishing off my presentation, but I always enjoy doing these events.
It’s quite hard to keep up with all that’s been going on with the London Design Fesitval in the past couple of weeks, and the conflict when you are participating is that there’s very little likelihood of being able to see everything that is on. We spent four days at TENT London, which was partly great but also frustrating since the show had grown and we had a hard to find stand. However, feedback was fantastic for the crazy wallpaper and beautiful metal designs and printed pieces that were on display. It’s very much the beginning for GAS Art since there are a number of directions for it to go in. As for A Little bit of Art, I’m about to start opening the studio for viewings on Saturday mornings from 10-3pm to give people the chance to look at the work in reality and come and see the lovely Iliffe Yard which I absolutely love. Also coming soon will be published exclusive works that I am commissioning from a selection of the artists. So, more to come…..
Jonas Ranson Wallpaper Design © Jonas Ranson
I’m really pleased that Delphine Lebourgeois has agreed to be represented by GAS – she is such a talent and a consummate professional in her approach to work. I’m also delighted to be showing her new work at TENT London, these prints are incredible in their detail.
Delphine’s print work is becoming more and more sophisticated, and I hope to be able to gain her some commissions and place her work in public spaces so that more people can appreciate it.
It’s that time again – the run up to TENT LONDON which will open in 2 weeks time. This year I will be showing as GAS ART AGENCY and will not be showing any work from A Little bit of Art. Plans for the agency have been going well and I am now representing Jonas Ranson, Cornelia O’Donovan, Delphine Lebourgeois, Gary S Holt, Maureen Valfort & Gordon Robertson.
At TENT there will be a really inspiring selection of work which I am hugely excited about. More coming soon, but do check the blog at GAS ART AGENCY and follow the Twitter feed and/or Facebook Page.
I am really pleased to be representing and showing for the first time Gordon Robertson’s new pewter & copper plates at the forthcoming POP UP PRINT SHOP at Frameless next week, from 31 May – 12 June.
These pieces are all hand etched, cut, formed & polished by Gordon, whose attention to detail borders on extreme but these are truly beautiful ‘objects’ that you should come and see. There will also be a small selection of his jewellery that compliments the designs on show.
The plates & bowls are mostly limited edition or one-off pieces, dependent upon the size & imagery and will be available to buy online soon through Culture Label. Gordon’s designs are also applicable to other surfaces including paper, textiles and ceramics and he is available to commission. As his agent, all enquiries please contact me.