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LAST CHANCE TO BUY: Voices from Westminster

Lord Hume

Lord Hume

We’re now coming in to the last few days of our exhibition ‘Voices from Westminster‘ by John Stewart Farrier here at The Strand Gallery. If any of these fantastic shots have caught your eye for purchase then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the gallery at leila@proud.co.uk to request a catalogue and add one of these invaluable portraits to your personal collection.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Voices from Westminster ends Saturday 13th July, these really are the final days to catch it!

Email info@thestrandgallery.co.uk for further information.

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COMING UP: Voices From Westminster

The Strand Gallery is proud to present Voices from Westminster, a collection of political portraits taken by documentary photographer John Stewart Farrier. Sumptuous black and white photographs taken during, but not exclusive to, Thatcher’s reign; this collection includes images of Harold Wilson, Enoch Powell, Jeffery Archer, Denis Healey, Quentin Hogg, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and many more.

Enoch Powell

Enoch Powell

This fascinating portfolio showcases a host of notable (and some controversial) political figures and offers a rare glimpse inside the walls of Westminster. Including previous Prime Ministers Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher and Garret Fitzgerald, Farrier’s collection shows eminent political figures as they are rarely seen; relaxing in their homes, reading papers at their desks and socialising at private events.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

John’s ability to capture his sitters at their most comfortable is evident in the charming results on display at The Strand Gallery; some subjects chuckling at the camera, others playing up to their media stereotypes, and in some cases caught mid-gesture while enthusiastically recounting their time in the cabinet. Callaghan has famously boasted of his own portrait, “the art is John Farrier’s, the warts are mine!”

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer

The Strand Gallery invites you to take a tour through the political history of Westminster. This summer, enjoy a unique opportunity to see various Voices from Westminster, past and present, all under one roof!

Lord Hume

Lord Hume

Voices from Westminster can be seen at The Strand Gallery between 3rd – 13th July.

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SAVE THE DATE: Art Book Sale at The Strand Gallery

Save The Date: Art Book Sale at The Strand Gallery

We love books. We love art books so much, our collection has grown into a library so vast we’ve run out of shelves!

So, for the first time ever we’ve decided to host an art book sale with some ludicrous discounts off leading titles. If you love books as much as we do, pay us a visit on the first weekend of June and come have a browse.

Book Signing: Any Day Now – David Bowie by Kevin Kann

If you love Bowie as much as we do (which is to say, lots) then see below for the chance to meet author Kevin Cann, creator of “Any Day Now: David Bowie”, who will be doing a book signing at our sister gallery Proud Chelsea.

Kevin’s book features many of the photographs currently on display at the V&A. Guest list is very limited, so be sure to RSVP to secure a spot.

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WE’RE HIRING…

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The Strand Gallery seeks a hard working gallery assistant to help with weekend staffing. This role would be suited to a recent graduate looking to start a career in the gallery sector. Candidates must be able to work independently demonstrating initiative and motivation for all tasks at hand. Ideal applicants will have good writing skills, knowledge of social media and blogging is advantageous.

Please email a CV and covering letter to:
info@thestrandgallery.co.uk

COMING UP: A-Ha Photographs by Stian Andersen

The Strand Gallery is pleased to announce an exclusive exhibition of Norwegian superband A-ha; a series of stunning black and white images of the band’s intimate and iconic moments from acclaimed photographer Stian Andersen. To the very first photo he took of the band in 1994 to the very last concert on December 4, 2010, Andersen has been closer to the band than any other photographer. Backstage, on stage; in private planes and hotel rooms: all taken with Andersen’s analogue film camera – apparent in the grainy, atmospheric quality of the images – see A-ha as you have never seen them before.

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Andersen worked as A-ha´s photographer for ten years shooting the band’s different album covers and promotional photos. To capture the images in this exhibition he travelled with the band across the globe to twenty cities in twelve different countries for a total of 37 concerts: to places like Tokyo, Osaka, Rio, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago De Chile, St Petersburg, Minsk, Moscow, London and New Jersey. He was even there for the recording of their last ever album “Foot Of The Mountain” and the band’s emotional final concert.

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Andersen went to the UK and London five times (to different venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena, Heaven and Wembley Arena) to capture six UK A-ha concerts. In this collection – brought to the UK for the first time and based on Andersen’s book A-ha Photographs 1994-2010 – see loyal fans clutching banners, arenas packed with chanting fans and the band performing in the spotlight. Andersen documents the energetic and globally-celebrated reunion of A-ha.

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A-Ha Photographs by Stian Andersen runs between 28th February – 17th March at The Strand Gallery.

For sales enquiries or to request a catalogue please email:  info@thestrandgallery.co.uk

OWN THE ARTWORK: Creatures in Colour by FARIS BADWAN

Creations in Colour : Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan; the current exhibition at The Strand Gallery, gives an alternative insight into the creative mind of Faris Badwan. Now in its final week, this is the last chance to buy an original piece of art from the Horrors frontman.

Faris comments on his approach to art:
“What I want to get across is how much of a part of my life drawing always has been. It invades all of my daily routine, be it in the shredded form of masking tape stuck to my walls, line-drawings on restaurant napkins or supermarket receipts, to the sketchbooks I carry with me. It really is the one constant solid thing in my life – a stream which runs regardless of what I happen to be doing or where.”

Map of the World in Colour Part 1, 50x70cm
Original artwork signed by Faris. £1200 +VAT

Compared to Badwan’s graphic line drawings, this image initially appears as a chaotic explosion of colour – then as you step closer the seemingly infinite details begin to pop out and keep your eyes searching and hunting for more. This is one of our favourites!

“My sketchbooks have always been fairly voyeuristic in that many of the drawings spring from watching people or mishearing conversations… shreds of sentences or characters and their personality traits appear on different pages, and then continue to develop and mutate. The effect is a bit like spying on someone through a warped lens.” 

We love the way Map Of The World in Colour gives us a glimpse of Faris’s hectic lifestyle, allowing us to be voyeurs to a snippet of his life.

The Fantastic Four, 28x28cm
Limited Edition Print of 50, signed by Faris £120 +VAT

Faris’ earlier works acts as a diary, documenting everything he sees in a subconscious  flow. Here in The Fantastic Four we see a more considered and controlled collection of portraits, carefully depicting the four other members of the band he fronts. This will defintely be a hit with any Horrors fans.


Creatures in Colour
runs until the 30th of September.
Pirces start at £80+VAT.
To request the full exhibition catalogue or for any sales enquiries please email: leila@proud.co.uk

The Strand Gallery presents…Faris Badwan’s ‘Creatures in Colour’

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Musician, artist and front man of the Horrors Faris Badwan is launching his second solo exhibition, Creatures in Colour, here at The Strand Gallery next week. This exhibition explores the progression from Faris’ dreamlike, intricate ink drawings to bold and vibrant new watercolours.

Acropolis, 21x28cm Watercolour, £300 +VAT

Faris’ inspirations derive from artists such as Klimt, Klee and JW Waterhouse; his work echoes their influences, in particular through these spectacular new watercolours. Faris Badwan began drawing from a very young age and studied at St Martin’s College of Art; it has been a significant part of his life ever since. Faris finds drawing liberating due to its escapist nature; much of his inspiration comes from the world around him, creating beautiful  and askew observations and musings on day to day life.

Faris’ obsessive nature of drawing is hypnotic; each subject is drawn to exhaustion, resulting in a depiction of an intimate snippet of a dream world. His subjects are shown in such a way, that the spectator almost feels like they are peeking into a world of brilliant thoughts, illustrated with sketch-like figures. The individuality of Faris’ work is obvious; it echoes the passion for his skill, reflected in every pen mark and brush stroke. The accidental nature of his work gives it a refreshing edge.


I appreciate the value of accidents in art, the way ink doesn’t come out of a pen evenly, or when you slip and fall asleep while drawing which happens more often than you think!” – Faris

Creatures in Colour introduces a new chapter in Faris’ artistic career; launching an entirely new spectrum of works, exhibiting the artist’s experimentation with different styles and colour. They bring his work to life, showing an evolution from his original pen and ink drawings into a new realm of inspiration. These watercolours move away from the repetition of Faris’ instinctive and obsessive drawings, ‘a stream that invades [Faris’] daily routine’, revealing bursts of enthusiasm for a new technique. It is a new and exciting aspect of Faris’ work which has never been seen before.

Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan is showing at The Strand Gallery from 19th – 30th September.

Preview the exhibition here,
or to make a sales inquiry email: leila@proud.co.uk

COMPETITION: Win an original signed drawing by Faris Badwan

To be in with a chance of winning, follow these instructions:
1. Head over to the Strand Gallery’s Facebook or Twitter page
2. Share or Re-tweet our Creatures in Colour “COMPETITION” post
3. Make sure you share or RT direclty from Strand to be in for the win!
4. We will be announcing the winner at the end of the show

GOOD LUCK!


The selected winner must be able to collect the prize from The Strand Gallery following the exhibition. The Strand Gallery’s decision is final.

EXCLUSIVE: Creatures in Colour pre-sale is open!

We can now announce that the pre-sale of our new exhibition Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan is now open!

To request a catalogue for an exclusive preview of the exhibition, or to enquire about pre-sale, drop our Head of Sales an email:

leila@proud.co.uk