7 July 2013

Red Gate by Guan Donghai

Red Gate
This new sculpture, ‘Red Gate’ by Professor Guan Donghai 关东海 , on display in the Chinese Glass gallery, was donated by him to the Art Gallery The castwork is one in a series called City Gates, exploring the motif of the gates of ancient Chinese walled cities. It is in fact a very valuable donation because many of his works sell for £I8,000 a piece. Professor Guan often uses opaque glass, worked to look like other materials such as jade or bronze. In the piece he has donated, the gate appears to be fashioned from stone or marble with a terracotta roof. Protruding heads arranged in a line resemble ancient Chinese bronzes.

9 June 2013

The Mouth of the Avon, near Bristol

Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (1775-1851) The Mouth of the Avon, near Bristol, seen from Cliffs below Clifton, c.1791-2. Pencil and watercolour heightened with white. 22cm x 28.5 cm.  Image: © Tennants Auctioneers Ltd.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery – with the support of the Art Fund and the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery – recently secured a watercolour of the Avon Gorge by JMW Turner (1775-1851). It was painted during the young Turner’s stay with family friends in Bristol when the artist was only sixteen years old.

2 June 2013

Two Stunning New Pieces For The Chinese Gallery



Further to the recent News Report of the acquisition of the Red Gate glasswork, two further objects have been acquired by Kate Newnham, Curator Far Eastern Art, as follows:

Free Essence 32 (aka ‘The Wave’)


This exquisite example of contemporary glassware by Japanese artist Niyoko Ikuta was displayed at the recent Collect Art Fair. The work was formed by many layers of sheet glass adhered together to make the form of a wave.
The cost of the piece was £8,075 inc transport and VAT, which The Friends agreed to fund in full.