February 10, 2022

It's just a feeling thing....

Pair of Portraits by Schwenkfelder Fraktur
Depicted Standing Before an Oval Portrait and
Beneath Two Cherubs Respectively
Pen, Ink and Watercolour on Paper, Retaining Excitingly Strong Colours
American School, c.1820

10" high x 8" wide (framed)

Love tokens and wedding gifts form a significant role in the tradition of European Folk Art. Hearts and other motifs are often found on hand made and individually decorated artefacts that were created as gifts in the courtship ritual.

Some of these are recognised, well recorded and collected, particularly in the Scandinavian Tradition, with works such as Welsh Love Spoons and of course homemade Valentines drawings and works on paper.

However, the engaging and addictive charm of Folk Art is encapsulated in unusual one-off creations… and the unexpected.

Brave, uninhibited, joyful, sometimes even childlike creations, fashioned outside mainstream art practice and with no formal precedent, but individually made to impress or to simply express sentiments of affection or love, have a particularly timeless charm and a significant appeal to collectors.

This unusual pair of naive Courting Pictures have a wonderfully whimsical character and are confidently executed in a bold colourful palette, combined with an engaging graphic appeal.

As with so many of the most exciting “discoveries” we make in our sourcing, we know nothing more about them than what we can see. No name, no date nor narrative. 

Both the blessing and the curse in the understanding of folk art is that it is not a field that can readily be taught or learnt.

Once you understand the nature of authenticity and integrity of original early folk art, going on to recognise special or significant works is not an academic or intellectual process………..it’s simply a feeling thing. 

Also in Journal

A CLOSER LOOK - Settle Down, Bottoms up...
A CLOSER LOOK - Settle Down, Bottoms up...

April 26, 2022

Settle down, bottoms up...

View full article →


March 17, 2022

New venue, New timing, New experience …………… New Beginnings. 

Everything is coming together, Spring and the New York Winter Show are now nearly upon us, and the clocks will move forwards, signaling the start of British Summer Time, on Sunday 27th March. 

View full article →

Collaboration with JGM Gallery
Collaboration with JGM Gallery

March 11, 2022

If you have visited or passed our gallery recently, you will have noticed a vibrant and expressive artwork hanging in our display window. The work is by Maggie Porter and forms part of the new Exhibition of Aboriginal Art being presented by our neighbours JGM Gallery.

View full article →