Sven Berlin – Installation and Private View

The slideshow below features a selection of gallery views of the newly-installed Sven Berlin exhibition, which opened with a Private View on Saturday 12 February.  Images from the Private View van be also seen. The exhibition of  paintings,  drawings and sculpture celebrates the centenary of Sven’s birth in 1911. Many of the works in the show have only recently been released from The Artist’s Studio. To view the exhibition in full, please visit the gallery website.

 

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SVEN BERLIN – Recently Discovered Paintings and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio

Sven Berlin - 'Self Portrait in Blue & White Jacket' and 'Woman with Bird Hat'
Sven Berlin - 'Self Portrait in Blue & White Jacket' and 'Woman with Bird Hat'

2011 is the centenary of Sven Berlin’s birth, and to celebrate this, the gallery is presenting a group of 20 paintings, 4 drawings and 1 sculpture only recently released from the artist’s studio. This vibrant and characterful exhibition will open with a Private View on Saturday 12th February 2011, 6 – 8pm. Those of you who have not received a catalogue for the show and would like one, please contact the gallery: info@belgravestives.co.uk

The exhibition is currently being hung and installation shots of the hang will be published here on Friday. Do come along and see the show…somehow Sven seems perfectly at home here.

Forthcoming exhibitions (St Ives 2010 and Sarah Poland) are now online

Sandra Blow 'Porthmeor' 1995
Sandra Blow 'Porthmeor' 1995

Forthcoming in the main gallery is our annual exhibition of works by artists associated with the group of St. Ives Post-War Moderns. This year, the exhibition includes works by Robert Adams, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sven Berlin, Sandra Blow, Michael Canney, Francis Davison, Stanley Dorfman, Clifford Fishwick. Terry Frost, William Gear, Fred Hall, Patrick Hayman, Isobel Heath, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Bryan Ingham, Margo Maeckelberghe, Margaret Mellis, John Milne, Denis Mitchell, Ben Nicholson, Kate Nicholson, Bryan Pearce, Adrian Ryan, Colin Sealy, Rowland Suddaby, Troika Pottery, John Wells and Fred Yates. The exhibition opens with a Private View on Sunday 13th June, 12 – 3pm. The show may now be viewed in its entirety online on the gallery website here.

Sarah Poland 'Flower Remedy No.6' 2010
Sarah Poland 'Flower Remedy No.6' 2010

Running concurrently with our St Ives Exhibition will be an exhibition of new paintings by one of the gallery’s best contemporary painters, Sarah Poland. This group of small, beautiful, exuberant and lushly painted oils on canvas has been produced especially for this seasonal exhibition, and will be presented in Gallery Two as the perfect complement to the St Ives Exhibition in the main gallery. The exhibition also opens with a Private View on Sunday 13th June, 12 – 3pm, and can now be viewed on the gallery website here.

A little more about Sven, Belgrave and Tate

Sven Berlin's Owl In Flight 1988 has been produced as a postcard by Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin's Owl In Flight 1988 has been produced as a postcard by Tate St Ives

When we heard of plans to re-issue Sven’s book ‘The Dark Monarch‘, we were happy to be able to include the launch of the book with the exhibition of works by Sven that we had been planning for some time. When we then heard some time later that Tate St Ives were planning to use the title of the book as the title for their Autumn exhibition, it made sense for us to time our show to coincide with theirs, and it has been good to have a chance to work more closely with their curatorial team here in St Ives.

Those of you who have seen the Tate St Ives exhibition will know that it includes several works by Sven, many of which are on loan from Belgrave Gallery. The beautiful, striking owl, which we have been showing in our window overlooking Fore Street in Gallery Two, looks really strong in the Tate’s Gallery One, and in the same room you will find other carvings and drawings by Sven on loan from the gallery.

The traffic between the two galleries has been, consequently, pretty brisk; many people visiting the Tate and hitherto unaware of Sven’s work have been visiting us, and conversely, several people who have visited us and really enjoyed Sven’s work have been persuaded to discover more about this colourful artist’s thoroughly life-affirming oeuvre.

Sven Berlin 'The Dark Monarch' - currently on show in Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin 'The Dark Monarch' - currently on show at Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin 'Small Monarch Head' - currently on show in Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin 'Small Monarch Head' - currently on show at Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin 'Baboon' - currently on display at Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin 'Baboon' - currently on display at Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin 'Self Portrait' 1942 - currently on show at Tate St Ives
Sven Berlin 'Self Portrait' 1942 - currently on show at Tate St Ives

There is, of course, a lot more to see both here and at Tate St Ives, but hopefully this small taste will be enough to inspire you to come and see both shows before the end of the month. Speaking personally, I absolutely love the new Tate show. Over 150 works, all interesting, some just amazing. Come on down to St Ives…

The Opening Of Sven Berlin – Sculpture, Paintings and Works On Paper

These pictures, taken quite early in the proceedings last Thursday, record the  opening of our  Sven Berlin exhibition and book launch. The launch was a great success, with our supply of books being exhausted almost immediately, and an undeniably gratifying number of red dots appearing on the walls. It was also great that members of Sven’s family and friends could come and join us for the evening.

Sven Berlin Installed

I’ll write at length about how preposterously busy we’ve been over the past few weeks, what with several shows opening and two book launches, but, for now, I thought you may like to see how the new Sven Berlin show is looking. We’ve been been closed most of the week hanging it, and we opened last night with a very upbeat, vibrant Private View and book launch for The Dark Monarch, which went really well. Photographs of that will follow very soon, but in the meantime, here’s how parts of the gallery looked before the doors opened. Oh, and if you’re heading to Tate St Ives for the opening of The Dark Monarch tonight then we’ll see you there…

Sven Berlin is coming back to St Ives (in style)

What with both Tate St Ives and Belgrave Gallery busy hanging Sven Berlin-related  shows, it seems to me that there is no little poetry in the irony that this flamboyant character, once almost run out of town by its inhabitants, is now being welcomed with open arms. I’ll be writing more after the opening, but in the meantime I thought you might like to see these relevant images.

Sven Berlin – Coming Soon

Sven Berlin - Self Portrait In A Red Cap 1987
Sven Berlin - Self Portrait In A Red Cap 1987

Just to let you know that 26 boxes of catalogues for our forthcoming Sven Berlin extravaganza have just arrived in the building! The show, which coincides (happily) with Tate St Ives’ ‘The Dark Monarch’ exhibition, will be bursting with Sven’s distinctive carvings, paintings and drawings. We’re all looking forward to this one…and hope you are too. Expect the catalogue to land on your doorstep sometime next week. If you’re not on the mailing list and would like a copy, please contact the gallery.