National Print Gallery

National Print Gallery Open by appointment The National Print Gallery is located in the modest drawing room of a house in Fitzrovia. It is a concept, not a marble edifice.

In April, 1997 art dealer and organiser of The Contemporary Print Show, Clive Jennings, realised that very few original artists prints could be seen in the national or provincial art institutions, and organised a Symposium entitled “Towards a National Print Gallery” at the Barbican Arts Centre. Sadly, fourteen years on, the situation has not changed enormously, and prints are still largely marginalised and misunderstood by the art establishment,

Great artists have always considered prints an important part of their oeuvre. From Durer to Goya to Picasso to the Chapman Brothers, but it is still very rare to see prints on display in the Tate or The National Gallery. The National Print Gallery deals on the secondary market in contemporary prints and also publishes new editions. It has all the facilities that a visitor might expect in a major public space, but in a vastly reduced size. These include an Exhibition Space, Permanent Collection, Project Space, Library, Archive, Friends Room (the sofa), Internet Centre (the macbook) and of course a Cafe, Cloakroom, Gift Shop, Information Desk, and an Audio Guide (a vintage walkman). The National Print Gallery is a moveable feast and has organised exhibitions at several London Venues. The National Print Gallery is proud to be associated with the forthcoming exhibition by Darren Coffield, Masters of Reality, at:
Pertwee Anderson & Gold, 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ. April 12 - 30, 2013. Open Mon - Fri: 11-6; Sat: 12-5

In their exploration of the themes of celebrity, identity, the function of representation and how we perceive each other, these works subvert the viewer's instinctive faculties for reading human features to create some of the most stimulating and provocative portraits of recent years. Initially the eyes and the brain struggle to interpret the information that is presented in reconfigured format, prompting a personal reassessment of one of the most basic and instinctive human reflexes: the ability to read another human face. Coffield explains: "There is now an excessive exposure to faces in the media. We see in the media faces that have been idealised, manipulated and touched up. When viewed, the face creates in the mind a kind of Orwellian doublethink. We know that we are viewing a manipulated 'untruth' and yet we hold the image to be true, a notion of beauty to obtain or aspire to. The face has a strong social, cultural and historical role. An inverted face is not only difficult to recognise but repositions our sensitivity to the spatial relationships between human features. Here, facial features become strange constellations of communication, whilst new facial recognition patterns emerge." These works are not a simple, formulaic inversion of the features, but a sensitive reinterpretation of the physiognomy. Like any intelligent portrait they have a dynamic aesthetic, individually tailored to reflect the personality of the subject. Even in their reordered state, the features retain the character of the sitter - muddled features, that hang down like a bizarre veil. Some are famous and iconic celebrities, who are instantly recognisable by their pose, and the viewer is lulled into a false sense of security by the shape of the head or a familiar hairstyle; others are obscure actors staring out from forgotten publicity stills. It is impossible not to become enmeshed in the process of identifying the subject. In the 175 years or so since the invention of photography, the function of the painted portrait has evolved from its purpose as accurate documentary representation to a more fluid, interpretive role. Technology has progressed but it is facial recognition, the way in which our features are arranged, that still forms the basis of digital and security systems. We intuitively identify faces from birth, expressing ourselves and monitoring others by the slightest change of expression. We interpret any two random circles with a line underneath as a face, the ubiquitous "smiley" for example. It is these primeval conventions that Coffield questions and reinterprets to great effect. Critic David Sylvester, known for his championing of his close friends Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, and described in his Guardian obituary as "one of the finest writers on art in the second half of the twentieth century," described Coffield as "Another of those magicians who (probably without knowing) know how to imbue pieces of matter with light". In the early nineties Coffield worked closely with Joshua Compston on the formation of Factual Nonsense, a gallery in Shoreditch that became the centre of the emerging Young British Artists scene. The list of participants reads like a Who's Who of young British art, including: Matt Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk, Jessica Voorsanger, Gillian Wearing, Sue Webster and Tim Noble. A new book by Coffield about this exciting period in British Art, "Factual Nonsense: The Art and Death of Joshua Compston" is to published in the UK in 2012. Darren Coffield was born in London in 1969 and studied at Goldsmiths College, Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. He has exhibited widely in the company of many leading artists including Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield and Gilbert and George at venues ranging from the Courtauld Institute, Somerset House to Voloshin Museum, Crimea. Coffield was the only artist to be shortlisted for these three major UK Art competitions in 2010: The John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize; The BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery and The Threadneedle Prize. His work can be found in collections around the world. Coffield lives and works in London. "The Stately Aquariums of England"
1 - 13 December, 2011

The National Print Gallery is proud to present The Stately Aquariums o f England by David Ferry. This is a stunning new suite of prints that explore an imagined collision of two very different worlds: the commercial efforts of the asset rich, cash poor aristocrats of the 1960’s who grudgingly opened the doors of their ancestral homes to the great British public; and the desire by aquarists to furnish their fish tanks with increasingly bizarre and inappropriate aquarium ornaments from the human world that bear no relation to the natural domain of fish. In Ferry’s luscious images, bemused fish navigate a strange under water kingdom where state rooms adorned with fine tapestries and paintings are furnished with submerged London buses, and pirate galleons are becalmed in the drives of turreted stately homes. Fish fanciers consider their hobby to be a creative pursuit, the piscine tenants of their fantastic environments bec oming moving elements in a work of art. Ferry has celebrated this conceit and gently acknowledged both the kitsch world of “aquarium ornaments” and the upwardly mobile aspirations of the creators of these miniature environments, a fantasy world in a tank bubbling away on the sideboard. The scale of the images also suggest an alternative interpretation: a sci-fi future in which England is submerged, and giant mutant fancy fish swim freely through the deserted rooms of our great houses. His medium of montage is both a physical and an intellectual pursuit: the interventions he makes in the images, and the juxtaposition of unlikely and disparate aspects of our culture to deconstruct the notion of British national identity and heritage. Ferry’s Book Arts and Printmaking create a very individual footprint in contemporary art, and bear witness to th e influences of John Heartfield and the classic photomontage tradition. The creative process starts with his defilement of existing books (over 20 in as many years), usually tourist guides from the innocent post war years of the 1950’s and 1960’s, which he deftly subverts using highly selected donor material. In this case, the re-titled “English Aquariums in Country Houses in Colour” whose 28 colour plates Ferry defiled with piscine interlopers. (This unique book was purchased by The National Art Library housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, for their permanent collection, earlier this year.) Ferry explains, “The search for donor material is part of the process of creative recycling, adding a new ingredient, a cycle of change and appropriation”. These ideas are then completely rebuilt, reworked and re-interpreted to inform a capsule collection of original prints that convey the spirit of the unique book. Ferry has exhibited extensively in the UK and throughout the world, including solo exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Poznan and Seoul. His work can be found in public and corporate collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Ashmolean, Oxford; Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is a past recipient of a Po***ck / Krasner major award, and a new seat as Professor of Printmaking and Book Arts was created for him at the Cardiff Metropolitan University earlier this year.

Operating as usual

Joe Hesketh / SEDUCTION & SEDITION / last 2 days / finishes Sat 28 Nov at 5pm / catch it while you can!
27/11/2015

Joe Hesketh / SEDUCTION & SEDITION / last 2 days / finishes Sat 28 Nov at 5pm / catch it while you can!

Joe Hesketh gave a very well received talk, covering everything from Wicca to finger painting (digital art, geddit) to a...
25/11/2015

Joe Hesketh gave a very well received talk, covering everything from Wicca to finger painting (digital art, geddit) to a packed house on Saturday at SEDUCTION & SEDITION at The Fitzrovia Gallery. Exhibition continues to 28th November

Read all about Joe Hesketh - the woman, the work, the witch - in this article in the current copy of Fitzrovia News
14/11/2015
Pendle witch Joe Hesketh exhibits paintings at Fitzrovia Gallery

Read all about Joe Hesketh - the woman, the work, the witch - in this article in the current copy of Fitzrovia News

The Fitzrovia Gallery in Whitfield Street is hosting an exhibition this month entitled SEDUCTION & SEDITION, featuring new work by Joe Hesketh, an artist who lives and works in Pendle, Lancashi...

SEDUCTION & SEDITION at Fitzrovia Gallery will be closed on Tuesday 17th November for one day only.Exhibition continues ...
12/11/2015

SEDUCTION & SEDITION at Fitzrovia Gallery will be closed on Tuesday 17th November for one day only.
Exhibition continues to 28th November. Open: Tues to Fri: 12 to 7; Sat: 12 to 5

SEDUCTION & SEDITION / Joe HeskethExhibition continues to 28th NovemberHere are some installation shots
10/11/2015

SEDUCTION & SEDITION / Joe Hesketh
Exhibition continues to 28th November
Here are some installation shots

National Print Gallery's cover photo
10/11/2015

National Print Gallery's cover photo

The National Print Gallery presents Joe Hesketh
06/11/2015

The National Print Gallery presents Joe Hesketh

The National Print Gallery presents Joe Hesketh

CHART gallery
11/07/2014

CHART gallery

George Galloway In Conversation With Darren Coffield as part of 'QUO VADIS?' Show runs to July 13th.

CHART gallery
07/06/2014

CHART gallery

MULTIPLICITY - last weekend / Sat: 12-6; Sun: 12-4
Prosecco & strawberries on Sunday

Want to know the skinny on the latest developments on the Fitzrovia gallery scene? Then read my latest piece for Fitzrov...
05/06/2014
Fitzrovia’s Galleries: a landscape that has changed rapidly

Want to know the skinny on the latest developments on the Fitzrovia gallery scene? Then read my latest piece for Fitzrovia News, of which esteemed publication I am Arts Editor.

http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2014/06/05/fitzrovias-galleries-a-landscape-that-has-changed-rapidly/

By Clive Jennings In September 2011, I enthusiastically reported “The Fitzrovia Gallery Explosion”, announcing that we now had 37 art galleries in Fitzrovia of which 21 had opened in the preceding ...

Wonderful new exhibition at CHART gallery, 62 Old Church Street, SW3 6DP.  Put it in your diary.  Continues to 8 June.
08/05/2014
CHART gallery / MULTIPLICITY / Private View: Thurs 22 May, 6pm to 9pm

Wonderful new exhibition at CHART gallery, 62 Old Church Street, SW3 6DP. Put it in your diary. Continues to 8 June.

Exhibiting artists: Ackroyd & Harvey, Karen Ay, Fiona Banner, David Burrows, Jonathan Callan, Keith Coventry, Tom Dale, Dalziel & Scullion, Grenville Davey, Sarah Dobai, Graham Fagen, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Mary Anne Francis, Anya Gallaccio, Graham Gussin, Sigune Hamann, Dan Hays, Kenny Hunter, Langlands…

CHART gallery
25/03/2014

CHART gallery

A taster of the works in the exhibition

CHART gallery
25/03/2014

CHART gallery

Simon Patterson, Turner Prize nominee and creator of 'The Great Bear' has created 'The 10 Commandments for the artist's assistant' especially for our current show, DISCLOSURE / The covert world of the artist's assistant. Show continues to April 13th.

TOM MALLOW
17/02/2014
TOM MALLOW

TOM MALLOW

Interviews by Tom Mallow, conducted using Skype, Phone or recorded live. They are showcased; to demonstrate how they can be used, as part of an hou...

Exhibition continues to 9 MarchWed to Sat: 12 to 6; Sun: 12 to 4
16/02/2014

Exhibition continues to 9 March
Wed to Sat: 12 to 6; Sun: 12 to 4

February 14 to March 9

Exhibition continues to 9 MarchWed to Sat: 12 to 6; Sun: 12 to 4
16/02/2014

Exhibition continues to 9 March
Wed to Sat: 12 to 6; Sun: 12 to 4

Installation shots

CHART gallery
03/02/2014

CHART gallery

CHART gallery selected to host Winter Pride Art Awards

Splendid and buzzing FACTUAL NONSENSE private view last Thursday at CHART gallery, the exhibition space in an original n...
15/01/2014

Splendid and buzzing FACTUAL NONSENSE private view last Thursday at CHART gallery, the exhibition space in an original nineteenth century stable at 62 Old Church Street, London SW3 6DP that I co-direct with Sam Walker. Do come and see the show, Wed to Sat: 12-6; Sun: 12-4. www.chartgallery.co.uk

Photographs by Robin Farquhar-Thomson

The National Print Gallery has opened a new space in a 19th century stable:  CHART gallery, 62 Old Church Street, London...
20/10/2013

The National Print Gallery has opened a new space in a 19th century stable: CHART gallery, 62 Old Church Street, London SW3 6DP - directors: Clive Jennings & Sam Walker. Launch exhibition: Pomp & Paradox - Darren Coffield. Do come and see us.

David Ferry / Desirable Ridge Intrusions PV at Gallery Petit in association with The National Print Gallery.
29/04/2013

David Ferry / Desirable Ridge Intrusions PV at Gallery Petit in association with The National Print Gallery.

The hills are alive at Gallery Petit, in association with The National Print Gallery, as "Desirable Ridge Intrusions" ta...
27/04/2013
DAVID FERRY: Desirable Ridge Intrusions - Exhibition - ArtLyst

The hills are alive at Gallery Petit, in association with The National Print Gallery, as "Desirable Ridge Intrusions" take over this elegant Chelsea space. Also Mr David Ferry is presenting one of his famous talks with slideshow on May 9th at 7pm for 7.30pm - an unmissable event in the Art Calendar.

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Private View
14/04/2013

Private View

Private View

Jude Law checks out Darren Coffield's exhibition at Pertwee, Anderson & Gold last night.  Thank you to everyone who supp...
12/04/2013
Jude Law: Darren Coffield Exhibit with Pals!

Jude Law checks out Darren Coffield's exhibition at Pertwee, Anderson & Gold last night. Thank you to everyone who supported the Private View last night.

Jude Law: Darren Coffield Exhibit with Pals!

Darren Coffield featured in Dasha Zhukova's Garage Magazine.
10/04/2013
GARAGE

Darren Coffield featured in Dasha Zhukova's Garage Magazine.

What makes you STOP in the street and stare?

Pertwee, Anderson and Gold are proud to present a series of provocative painted portraits by Darren Coffield, in associa...
07/04/2013
Masters of Reality - 12 - 30 April 2013 | Pertwee Anderson & Gold

Pertwee, Anderson and Gold are proud to present a series of provocative painted portraits by Darren Coffield, in association with The National Print Gallery.

Through the exploration of celebrity, identity and perception, Coffield’s works destabilize the viewer’s instinctive faculties to create some of the most stimulating portraits of recent years. Living in a world whereby the face has become both celebrated and powerful as well as reductive and mutated, from security systems to photo-shopped advertising campaigns, Masters of Reality provokes the viewer to reconsider the role of facial features within the modern cultural landscape.

Opens Friday 12th April - 30th April 2013
Opening Hours :
Mon to Fri : 11 - 6pm
Saturdays : 12 - 5pm

Free admission

For all gallery enquiries contact
0207 734 9283
[email protected]

Pertwee, Anderson and Gold are proud to present a series of provocative painted portraits by Darren Coffield. Inverting the iconic, the displaced eyes stare from chins whilst mouths hover under brows; faces we are hard wired to instantly recognize, from Marilyn Monroe to Kate Middleton, Harry Styles...

Darren Coffield - FACE OFFPlease join us for a reception in the presence of the artist on Wednesday 25th January from 6....
22/01/2012

Darren Coffield - FACE OFF

Please join us for a reception in the presence of the artist on Wednesday 25th January from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

"Another of those magicians who (probably without knowing) know how to imbue pieces of matter with light". David Sylvester, Art Critic
(David Sylvester, who wrote extensively on Bacon, Freud and Giacometti, and was described in his Guardian obituary as "one of the finest writers on art in the second half of the twentieth century". )

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