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Contemporary art comes to West Horsley Place

London art gallery Quantum Contemporary Art is bringing the work of 25 contemporary artists to the 15th-century West Horsley Place in a stunning exhibition from 23-27 June.

If you’ve spent the past 12 months staring at your blank walls thinking it really is time to put something up, a fabulous opportunity has just come your way.

London art gallery Quantum Contemporary Art is hosting its summer exhibition in the gorgeous surrounds of the 15th-century West Horsley Place.

The five-day exhibition – at West Horsley Place’s stunning new event and exhibition space – will feature over 100 artworks by 25 contemporary artists.

The exhibition is open to the public from Wed 23 to Sat 26 June from 10am-6pm and on Sun 27 June from 10am-4pm, with a VIP Champagne Reception on Thurs 24. (If you fancy going along, Muddy has wangled some invites, but you must RSVP to admin@quantumart.co.uk to be added to the guest list.

As well as the art, you might also like to take a wander through the 300 acres of parkland at West Horsley Place.

Wondering who you should look out for? Well, it depends what you love… but here are six artists who caught our eye.

1. Bridget Davies 

Queen of Hearts; Ink and 23ct gold leaf on paper; 30 x 42 ins (107 x 77 cm); £2,750

Bridget’s charming, golden girl paintings evoke the glamour of a bygone era. The ladies depicted in her works are elegant and confident, but also playful and have quirky sense of mischief; they are used to stealing the show. She says of her work “That classic ageless beauty expressed by the fashions of the time holds a fascination for me, managing to be refined and elegant but with its own uniquely flirtatious undercurrent. Fashion illustrators of the 1940s and 50s have always been a major influence on me.”

2. Jessica Brown

Still Life with Three Lemons in a Chinese Bowl and Fruit Knife; Oil on limewood panel; 15 x 13 ins (38 x 33 cm); £12,500

These are exquisite and highly collectable contemporary still life paintings. If you’re coveting a gorgeous collectible, you won’t go far wrong here. The Evening Standard said of her paintings: “She’s revitalising a moribund genre with her zesty, original work.” And you’d be in good company too – her work is in the collections of the Duke of Bedford, Brigadier Andrew Parker-Bowles Lord Salisbury and the late George Michael.

3. Carol Peace 

Come Along Girls; Bronze resin; 74 ins high x 33w x 21d (188cms high x 83w x 52d); Edition of 14; £22,000

Carol creates thoughtful and elegant figurative sculpture. Carol Peace’s sculptures are made in clay, which like charcoal is quick to make marks with, once finished it is cast into bronze, those fluid marks of the making are then fixed forever. “The work is about everyday life, in its minutia, the sheer fantastic-ness of it all.”  

4. Stiliana Alexieva 

Sweet Memories; Oil and mixed media on aluminium; 40 x 48 ins (100 x 120 cm); £5,500

These atmospheric and highly textured seascapes are painted on sheets of aluminium. Stiliana says of her work: “My seascape series are inspired by the many changeable moods of the British and Scottish weather. It stirs my imagination with its drama, peace and serenity. I paint on raw sheets of aluminium. Through self-developed artistic techniques I incorporate the paint with the reflective surface. The different lights of the day are performed onto the metal, creating a play of foreground and background effects, and ever changing scenery.”

5. Cliffy Brown 

Black Pearl; Oil on canvas; 48 x 61 ins (124 x 154 cm); £6,500

Cliffy paints vibrant, powerful women infused with atomic elements inspired by the cosmos. Her vibrant figures are painted using atomic diagrams and patterns – a cosmic reconstruction of the atomic nature of existence. They reflect the wonder behind reality and the beauty that lies beneath the observable universe. Themes such as the elements, colour, heat, space and time are also important in his paintings.

6. Katie O’Sullivan

Blue and White Fly Past; 46 x 46 ins (117 x 117 cm); Oil on board; £17,500

Katie is a highly acclaimed painter of wildlife, and the foremost equestrian artist working in the UK today. Katie’s latest painting features a beautiful, patterned OKA plate surrounded by a flutter of colourful birds. She is married to racehorse trainer Jamie Osborne and lives in Lambourn, Berkshire. Fancy owning one of Katie’s artworks? You’re not alone! Her paintings are in collections all over the world including those of the late HRH Prince Philip, Prince Fahd Salman, Sheik Mohammed, Mr JP McManus, Mr John Magnier, Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber and Mr Roger Waters. The late Sir Peter O’Sullevan CBE said of her that she has ” the enormous breadth of a talent that combines the traditional values of painting and draughtsmanship with a modern flair.”

There is plenty of parking at West Horsley Place, the exhibition is in a large, airy space with plenty of room for social distancing. If you’d like to preview the artwork visit quantumart.co.uk

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