THE SPRING SHOW 2012

The Spring Show

For the first time, Chris Beetles Gallery displays all aspects of its wide-ranging stock in a single exhibition, encompassing 300 years of the best of British art, from 18th century watercolours to new paintings, and also including illustrations, cartoons, etchings, photographs and sculpture.

While there is something to please everyone, some distinct groups stand out from the dazzling variety:

The delight and dexterity of illustrators and cartoonists the gallery's dominant speciality are demonstrated in diverse ways: George Sheringham's masterly decorative panels of The Cauldron of Annwn reveal how an illustrator can work at large scale; pen and ink drawings by Edward Ardizzone and Eric Fraser are reminders of the golden age of Radio Times; Peter Brookes of The Times and Matt of the Daily Telegraph, essential chroniclers of our day, hang alongside a brief history of political cartooning from John Tenniel to David Low.

Examples of work by the highly inventive H M Bateman anticipate the exhibition, The Man Who Went Mad on Paper', at The Cartoon Museum from 11 April to 22 July. Click here to visit the Cartoon Museum Website

A survey of the great tradition of British landscape art includes watercolours of far-flung destinations by the Victorians, Albert Goodwin and Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, etchings of London by the Edwardian artist, William Walcot, and photographs of classic English sites by the mid-twentieth century Edwin Smith.

The distinctive vision of Thomas Hennell is shown here as a foretaste of an exhibition 'Thomas Hennell, 1903-1945. Kent Artist, Painter of Rural Life; Circle of Ravilious & Bawden' at University Centre Folkestone from 4-19 April. Click here to visit the University Centre Folkestone Website

Traditional contemporary painting at its most skilful and satisfying is represented by the work of our own gallery artists: Peter Coker, Keith Grant, Lesley Fotherby, Val Archer and Geraldine Girvan.

Dynamic figure sculptures, from maquette to life size, inhabit and enliven the gallery spaces, especially those by Sydney Harpley who, for many years, was the favourite of visitors to the Royal Academy, and is ever popular today.

THE BRIDGEWATER SALE by PAUL COX

THE BRIDGEWATER SALE

IT'S THE CUTS ... FOUR HORSEMEN, ONE HORSE! by PETER BROOKES

IT'S THE CUTS ... FOUR HORSEMEN, ONE HORSE!

THE PEN TRAY by VAL ARCHER

THE PEN TRAY

COURGETTE AND GARLIC by VAL ARCHER

COURGETTE AND GARLIC

COSMATI: NODO
Knot by VAL ARCHER

COSMATI: NODO Knot

BLACKCURRANTS by VAL ARCHER

BLACKCURRANTS

MERLETTO
Lace by VAL ARCHER

MERLETTO Lace

CHIAVE
Keys by VAL ARCHER

CHIAVE Keys

CIRCOLI
Circles by VAL ARCHER

CIRCOLI Circles

RIBES ROSSO
Redcurrants by VAL ARCHER

RIBES ROSSO Redcurrants

QUINCE AND APPLES ON COSMATESQUE by VAL ARCHER

QUINCE AND APPLES ON COSMATESQUE

ON THE SICILIAN COAST by CECIL ARTHUR HUNT

ON THE SICILIAN COAST

SHOOTING IN THE SNOW by WILLIAM FRASER GARDEN

SHOOTING IN THE SNOW

THE STUDENT
OR THE PROPER STUDY OF MAN by HENRY MAYO BATEMAN

THE STUDENT OR THE PROPER STUDY OF MAN

PORTRAIT BUST OF A WOMAN by SYDNEY HARPLEY

PORTRAIT BUST OF A WOMAN

RELIEF HEAD by SYDNEY HARPLEY

RELIEF HEAD

GIRL IN A FUR HAT by SYDNEY HARPLEY

GIRL IN A FUR HAT

HOMEWARD by HELEN ALLINGHAM

HOMEWARD

THE KENTISH FARMHOUSE AT CROCKHAM HILL by HELEN ALLINGHAM

THE KENTISH FARMHOUSE AT CROCKHAM HILL

FRUIT ON A SHELF by GERALDINE GIRVAN

FRUIT ON A SHELF