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  • 'She paints like a bloke' Penny Woolcock on Frances Aviva Blane

    In Conversation with Lizzie Collins, Zuleika Gallery
    Penny Woolcock in Frances Aviva Blane's studio
    Penny Woolcock in Frances Aviva Blane's studio

    In this online conversation, film maker, Penny Woolcock talks to Lizzie Collins, Founder and Director of Zuleika Gallery talks about British abstract painter, Frances Aviva Blane. 

  • In Conversation - Femke Dekkers and Anstice Oakeshott

    Zuleika Gallery online recorded talk, coinciding with Photo Oxford Festival 2020
    In Conversation - Femke Dekkers and Anstice Oakeshott

    This 'In Conversation' event with artist Femke Dekkers and guest curator Anstice Oakeshott was hosted live and recorded online from Zuleika Gallery in Woodstock, 6th November 2020, to coincide with Photo Oxford Festival, celebrating the inaugural exhibition of contemporary photography at Zuleika Gallery:

    'Femke Dekkers - Open Space'.

     

  • Artist Studio Interview - Claudia Clare

    In Conversation with Lizzie Collins
    Claudia Clare with her new pots, 2020
    Claudia Clare with her new pots, 2020

    In this interview, filmed at the artist's studio, Ceramicist, Claudia Clare talks to Lizzie Collins, Director of Zuleika Gallery about her new pots, now showing in 'Fragmented - Frances Aviva Blane and Claudia Clare' at Zuleika Gallery, London.

     

  • Artist Studio Interview - Frances Aviva Blane

    An interview about new paintings in the new exhibition: 'Fragmented'
    Artist Studio Interview - Frances Aviva Blane

    Ahead of a forthcoming exhibition with Zuleika Gallery in London, British abstract painter Frances Aviva Blane was interviewed at her studio by film maker Penny Woolcock. The exhibition titled: 'Fragmented' is a duo show of two artists, featuring new work produced over lockdown by Blane alongside new work by ceramic artist, Claudia Clare. In this short video, Frances Aviva Blane discusses the new paintings from the exhibition.

  • Lockdown Artist Interviews - Alyssa Dabbs

    In Conversation with Curator, Amanda Jewell
    Alyssa Dabbs at her studio, in conversation with Amanda Jewell
    Alyssa Dabbs at her studio, in conversation with Amanda Jewell

    In August 2020 during lockdown, Sewell Centre Gallery curator Amanda Jewell visited Zuleika Gallery artist Alyssa Dabbs at her studio to talk about her recent works, the process of producing her large scale abstract paintings, how she's been working in a smaller scale over lockdown, as well as creating a virtual exhibition for her Loughborough University Final Degree Show, 2020. 

    We filmed the socially-distanced studio visit for our series of Lockdown Artist Interviews.

  • Rachel Gracey in her studio
    Rachel Gracey in her studio

    Rachel Gracey R.E. is a contemporary printmaker, working primarily in lithography and lino print. She has developed her hallmark style of landscape printing inspired by seasonal changes in the natural world around her. Rachel’s prints reflect a mature understanding of lithographic processes and traditions, displaying demanding technical skill and complex layers of chromatic juxtaposition. 

     

    Gracey's solo exhibition is currently showing at Zuleika Gallery, Oxfordshire 'The Pacific Coast' 17 August - 13th September 2020.

     

    Read an Interview with Rachel Gracey below about her printing process:

     
  • New Gallery opening in Woodstock, a message from art historian, Dr Janina Ramirez

    We opened our new gallery in Woodstock on 17th August 2020. Art historian and Woodstock resident Dr Janina Ramirez sent us a welcome video message, we are delighted to join the vibrant artistic community in Oxforshire and look forward to welcoming you to the gallery soon!

  • In Conversation with Nigel Hall, RA, July 2020
    In Conversation with Nigel Hall, RA, July 2020

    In July 2020, as lock down restrictions following the Coronavirus pandemic were beginning to ease, Lizzie Collins, Director of Zuleika Gallery visited Nigel Hall at his studio in South London to talk about life during lock down, Hall's works in development including his large-scale and smaller abstract sculptures, new charcoal drawings, and works on canvas.

  • Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) Soldiers Marching, 1944
    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) Soldiers Marching, 1944

    This exhibition is a collaboration between Zuleika Gallery and Harry Moore-Gwyn and features 38 drawings and watercolours by some of the leading exponents of the neo-romantic movement in Britain from the collection of the late John Constable. Constable, who died at the age of 91 last year, was one of life's true connoisseurs and aesthetes, who spent his lifetime collecting and researching art. It has been a pleasure to catalogue this collection, some of which we present here, and we are grateful to his business partner Nigel Collins for all his support in putting this together. 

     

    At the opening of the exhibition Lizzie Collins, Director of Zuleika Gallery and Harry Moore-Gwyn met at the Masons Yard gallery in London to discuss some of the highlights for a short video. We have compiled some of the highlights here, and the highlights video can be viewed at the link at the end of this blog.

     

  • Lockdown Artist Interviews: Frances Aviva Blane - Two Metres Apart

    This short film directed by Penny Woolcock, filmed by Leo Regan and edited by Alex Fry is called Two Metres Apart shot at the time of the virus.
    Susie Orbach in conversation with artist, Francis Aviva Blane at the artist's studio, May 2020.
    Susie Orbach in conversation with artist, Francis Aviva Blane at the artist's studio, May 2020.

    On 20th May 2020, British Painter Frances Aviva Blane was due to talk to psychoanalyst and writer Susie Orbach at ‘Smashed up Paint’ at The Freud Museum, London, before the event was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Orbach visited Blane at her studio, where they undertook a ‘socially distanced’ conversation on the subject of the artist’s paintings, ideas and process, with reference to the current lockdown situation. The short film directed by Penny Woolcock, filmed by Leo Regan and edited by Alex Fry is called Two Metres Apart and was shot at the time of the virus. 

     

    We have transcribed the first part of the conversation to share on the Zuleika Gallery blog, with some stills and images from the studio visit. The 12 minute film 'Two Metres Apart' is available to view on YouTube.

  • Lockdown Artist Interviews - 'Sam Wadsworth: The Nudes, From Drawings to Woodcuts'

    Curator Amanda Jewell talks to Sam Wadsworth about his current solo exhibition at Zuleika Gallery
    Sam Wadsworth b.1980, Reclining Pink Nude, 2019
    Sam Wadsworth b.1980, Reclining Pink Nude, 2019

    During the period of lockdown, we have been undertaking interviews with our artists, either online over Zoom, or by visiting studios and filming socially distanced interviews to share on our YouTube channel, and to feature on our gallery blog. This week we asked Amanda Jewell, curator at the Sewell Centre Gallery, to talk to Sam Wadsworth about the drawings and woodcuts presented in his current solo exhibition 'Sam Wadsworth: The Nudes, From Drawings to Woodcuts', showing online until 20th June. Here's an overview of the interview that took place over Zoom. A filmed studio visit will follow in the coming weeks.

     

    'British artist Sam Wadsworth is known for his portraits and landscapes and is a regular exhibitor with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Based in the Northamptonshire village of Kelmarsh, I spoke to him via Zoom about his current exhibition at Zuleika Gallery and about his personal lockdown challenges...