Nov 112016

I have featured the wonderful curated exhibitions of Cavaliero Finn numerous times on Pargy, and they never cease to amaze me with what they come up with next! This month sees the taste-making duo putting on a show with a real difference. Beauty in the Everyday – Appreciating Still Life is a thoughtful homage to the quiet simplicity of the Dutch Still life, bringing to our attention, a carefully selected array of accomplished artists and artisans.

I’ve long been a lover of the brooding, intense presence of Dutch still-life or Stileven, and have always thought that re-imagining it is a great way for contemporary artists who are figurative, to be more explorative and conceptual, rather than purely concerned with depicting surface. Juliana Cavaliero and Debra Finn have taken this idea further, by also including high quality works by artisan makers, designers and craftspeople alongside artworks – curating a space which includes actual still lives made from these objects alongside the works of art depicting still life objects.

A good example of a Stileven, is the image below which the CF team have cleverly put togetherWithin the frame of this image is a tub chair made from pattern depicting illustrations of insects by the upholsterer Sam Edkins. By the side of the chair are porcelain onions and stacked paper plates by Daniel Reynolds, and resting against the wall is a painting by the artist Tony Beaver, whose works elevate humble objects to the status of beautiful centrepiece.

Below I’ve added some images and details of my favourite pieces, which include the picture “Car Boot Sale” by Trevor Burgess – a nod to Manet’s ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergere’, and the hand thrown and hand finished miniature pots by Ceramicist Yuta Segawa who decorates his pieces using a colour spectrum of over 500 specially developed glazes. Other artists included in the exhibition are painters, Joseph Goody, Susan Sluglett, Susan Spencer, Cameron Fraser, Rebecca McLynn, Caroline Popham and Sue Blandford, ceramicists,Graham Clayton, Jo Davies, Sophie Cook and Fliff Carr, sculptor Rowena Brown and designer makers, Elli Popp and the Galvin Brothers.

Beauty in the Everyday will take place at a nineteenth century, disused furniture factory, Brixton East 1871 (100 Barrington Road, London, SW9 7JF) on Friday November 25th – 10.30 am – 6.00 pm, Saturday November 26th 10.30 am – 6.00pm & Sunday November 27th 10.30 am – 6.00pm.


Still Life chair by Sam Edkins, Bowl painting, oil on canvas, 50cm x 50cm by Tony Beaver and porcelain onions and stacked paper plates by Daniel Reynolds


Collection of Miniature pots, glazed porcelain by Yuta Segawa 


Two Peeled fruits, hand built white earthenware, ht. 7cm, diameter 8cm by Danuta Solowiej 


Stand Alone III, varnished acrylic on board, 35cm x 38cm by Sue Blandford


Car Boot Sale oil on board, 91 x 115cm by Trevor Burgess

Contemporary art & design gallery, Cavaliero Finn presents: Beauty in the Everyday – a curated collection of contemporary art work in response to the Still Life Genre

Brixton East 1871, 100 Barrington Road, London, SW9 7JF

Friday November 25th – 10.30 am – 6.00 pm, Saturday November 26th 10.30 am – 6.00pm & Sunday November 27th 10.30 am – 6.00pm

 November 11, 2016  Posted by at 8:27 am Interiors Comments Off on Beauty in the Everyday at Cavaliero Finn
Nov 092016

With the run up to Christmas, I thought it prudent to bookmark some of my favourite design finds on the internet. This week I’ve chosen Jonathan Adler’s delicate Gazelle, part of the ever popular Animal Kingdom Collection. This stunning piece is probably my favourite from Adler’s current selection in the UK. It retails at £150.00, which I think is reasonable considering it’s size, and that it is such a well thought out piece of design. The execution of the Gazelle is also very intricate and has a wonderful finish. A beautiful gift for animal lovers and design aficionados. The below photograph displays the Gazelle in a room-set with the wonderfully ’70s lounge entitled “Bacharach swivel chair”!


 November 9, 2016  Posted by at 11:54 am Interiors Comments Off on Design Find: Gazelle by Jonathan Adler