Picture of the Week February 4th
Vertical Bar, Mr Fryer
Framed original watercolour & pencil by Pegaret Anthony. – possibly a companion/preparatory piece for her 1943 Women At Work wartime series some of which are in the Imperial War Museum collection.
Pegaret Anthony (also known under her maiden name of Keeling). 1915-2000
An English artist and lecturer in historical costume and theatre history. She was also a portrait artist, working in various media – watercolours, oils & pencil. She is most noted for her Second World War pictures of women engaged in war work.
In 2002 the Imperial War Museum acquired fourteen of her works, mostly depicting uniform production in wartime clothing factories.
1934/38 she was a student at the Central School of Art and Design and during the 1930s she was heavily involved in costume, theatre and fashion-related activities. She was in charge of the décor and scene painting for a production of Shaw’s Saint Joan in 1938, and was the chief designer for the 1938 Birmingham Centenary Pageant.
She returned to the Central School in 1944, lecturing in Historical Costume for almost forty years. In the 1960s she provided to historical costume advice for several feature films, including 55 Days at Peking (1963), and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964).
On sale in the shop for £95
Picture of the Week 28th January
The Goblin Tower by Antonin Kyriakoulis.
Kyriakoulis was born in Athens and works as a painter, set designer and cartoonist. Beginning his studies in Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses he went on to study Graphic Arts at Doxiadis School (1960-64), and completed his studies at the London College of Printing.
From 1972 he turned his attention to scenography and costume design working both as a designer and board member of the Greek National Opera.
Exhibited across Greece he bridges the gap between illustration and fine art creating a strange, fantastical and subversive world.
Picture of the week 14th & 21st of January
Not a picture of the week in the usual way ! People have often asked me “can you do a caricature from a photograph”? to which I have only been able to reply – sorry no, I’m not an artist myself. However I can now give a different answer – No, but I know someone who can! Local artist Angela Bell (Ang Bell Art) is now the Off The Wall “House Caricaturist”. She did this great caricature of me! If you want to contact Ang just contact me at the gallery/shop.
Picture of the Week beginning January 7th 2019
1950s seaside scene by John Meade.
£150.00 (framed) from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the Week beginning November 5Th 2018
A signed limited edition print by Tim Bulmer
£55.00 (framed) from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the Week beginning October 29th 2018
Entente Cordiale (The tenth Chartreuse)
One of a series of amateur cartoons illustrating faulty French into English translations!
£35.00 (framed) from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the Week beginning October 22nd 2018
A full sheet screen print of a book by Glen Baxter published in Paris in 2009. This is a printer’s proof of the complete book before it was guillotined and assembled into the published format. A stated 750 copies of the book were published. This uncut proof is very rare
£175 (framed) from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the Week beginning October 15th 2018
Evocative print of a 1943 illustration by JH Dowd.
£35 (framed) from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the Week beginning October 8th 2018
Original pen and ink cartoon by Bert Thomas.
Depicting G K Chesterton in pensive pose. Makes me wonder if Ian McEwan is a time traveller!
£110.00 (framed) from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the Week beginning October 1st 2018
Calling the Odds on University Fees.
Original pen and ink cartoon by Larry (Terence Parkes)
Not sure of the date but it is before Polytechnics became universities which is slightly confusing
because that means it predates the introduction of tuition fees! But much more topical now!
£75 (framed) from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the week beginning September 17th 2018
Rabbit lovers caricature by Hugh Dodd
This is an original pen and watercolour artwork signed and dated 1978
The male is holding up his heart and the female (with her anthropomorphic modesty preserved by the strategic positioning of plantpot and flowers!) appears to see the proposition purely in terms of the supply of carrots!) although the thought bubbles seem to suggest carrot supply may be part of the deal for the male rabbit as well!
Hugh Dodd (1948 – 2014) was a scots satirical artist (his own preferred description).
The Scotsman obituary describes his illustrations often revealing “a dark but perceptive insight into the frailty of and absurdity of human nature”. It also it describes him as employing “his own highly individual style which combined the genius of James Gillray with the ruthlessness of Gerald Scarfe”.
That’s some claim! And this more light hearted work doesn’t really provide evidence for or against!
£125 from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the week beginning September 10th 2018
Musical Heading – Bugsby Junction by Bill Hewison
This is an original artwork marked up for publication for the December 16th edition of something, probably Punch! The marks indicate it was expected to be used as a very small image 21/2” high only.
The notes accompanying the print refer to (J B) Basil Boothroyd who wrote extensively for Punch and was a theatre critic and it seems likely that the picture was intended to accompany a Punch review in which the significance of “Bugsby Junction” would have been made clear! However my researches have failed to find any references to Bugsby Junction in the real or any fictional/imagined world!
However the joke of the railway porter ignoring fragile/perishable/this way up instructions doesn’t really need background to be understood!
£75 from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.
Picture of the Week beginning Septemeber 3rd 2018
Red Nose Day print by Quentin Blake
“Thanks A Billion. Quite Literally”
Produced in February 2015 to be used as part of that year’s Red Nose Day fund raising efforts.
It was produced in a numbered edition of 100 (this copy is numbered 51) the print itself incorporates the date it was made and Quentin Blake’s signature.
Quentin Blake is of course best known for his long collaboration with Roald Dahl, providing the illustrations that everyone associates with RD’s books. From 1999-2001 he was the 1st British Children’s Laureate and he won the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 2002.
A great image with QB’s instantly recognisable style
£175. from the Off the Wall shop/gallery at the Piece Hall.