17 April 2018

19th Annual Folk Art Exhibition

As the London summer season approaches, we are preparing for our 19th Annual Folk Art Exhibition.

As usual, the Exhibition will be held in our Battersea Gallery and we will shortly be publishing the accompanying Catalogue (#51), illustrating and describing over fifty works. 

We love the creative process of sourcing and curating this annual event and the opportunity it gives us to welcome you, our friends and clients, both old and new, to view the collection of our recent acquisitions.

The Preview opens on Thursday 10th May at 11:00am and the exhibition will run through until Saturday 19th May, from 10:00am-6:00pm (closed Sunday 13th).

Please sign up to our Mailing List HERE to receive news and updates, or for a copy of our forthcoming Exhibition e-catalogue, which will be available from around the beginning of May. 

We look forward to seeing you then. 












04 April 2018

“#karmacycle” It All Started in Brooklyn and the Ripples Spread

It was late on an unexceptional grey and drizzly Saturday morning.

We’d been to the local Farmer’s Market and had just brewed a freshly percolated pot of coffee.

Glancing through Instagram, at the kitchen table, I came across the image of a hand painted sign, recently uploaded by a colleague of ours in Brooklyn, and was immediately struck by its colours, passion and pathos.

In a pocketful of words, it described the grievance, frustration and loss suffered by an anonymous resident of his neighbourhood. Simply stating:


It was $200 used and I need it to go to work. I can’t afford                                  another one. Next time, steal a hipster’s Peugot. Or not steal!                              P.S. bring it back!”

Reacting on impulse, I contacted Stephen Powers immediately and suggested we should buy the sign from the victim, for the cost of the stolen bike.

I knew that as both an artist, and specialist dealer in folk, naïve and outsider art, he had already been touched by its qualities and the narrative it evoked, which is why he had initially photographed and posted it.

He duly went round to the house, made the deal and the two of us became joint owners of this flattened out, eight-foot-long, cardboard carton and its bright yellow lettering.

Then it went bonkers………………..

The simple story somehow struck a chord, initially in and around NYC, then gradually spreading further afield, until we were receiving messages from various places around world.

It was picked up by The Washington Post, then gradually by local and US National News Stations including Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC, CBC, The Today Show, CBS NY and it was subsequently reported in Antiques Magazine, The N Z Herald, The Hamilton Spectator and The Antiques Trade Gazette in London.

The widespread reactions have been positive, inspiring and warm.  Amanda Needham, the bike theft victim, has picked it up, run with it, and is passing it on. The story of #karmacylcle, (as she has tagged it), goes on and the ripples are still rippling….……..

“Street Art”, “Outsider Art” or however you choose to see it, a simple heartfelt, handwritten sign, created in anger, in Brooklyn, is telling its story all round the world. 




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