A gentle scroll through the gallery?

It is with much excitement that we open our doors to our iPad visitors! Like Love Want is named after, and focuses on, encouraging positive emotions and we’ve worked particularly hard recently getting the gallery looking lovely for our iPad friends!

We hope you agree that our horizontal scrolling gallery very much suits the sweeping motions which the iPad encourages.

We love it, we hope you do too. Come for a scroll soon!

Hours to Take

So, at 2am on Sunday the clocks go back and we gain an hour. It’s obviously rare that we are given extra time (although it could be said it was taken from us in March), so this is a good thing.

However, couldn’t you do so much more with an extra hour of day time rather than night time?

What would you do with that extra 60 minutes?

Take some inspiration from our artists for that thought. Why not…

– Enjoy a trip across the Solent and take in the beauty of the Isle of Wight (Marie Reville, Abstract Acrylic (Blue II), top left)

– Take a step away from everything and enjoy ‘me time’ (Paul Wright, A world without people, top right)

– Appreciate the view from where you live and capture its individuality (NDI, The Dark and Stormy City (Blue), bottom)

Spotting the next Damien Hirst: Inspiring a generation

‘Inspire a generation’ was the theme of London 2012 and, through such an incredible Olympics and with new sporting role models, it’s obvious how successful this has been.

Continuing this theme, we did our little bit to inspire a generation (on a slightly smaller scale!) yesterday but this time stepping into the arts and culture.

Marie Reville, one of the artist’s exhibiting on Like Love Want, kindly agreed to relocate her easel for a couple of hours into a local  pre-school and explain to four year olds what it was like to be an artist. Captivating their enthusiasm for creativity, the pre-schoolers with Marie’s guidance developed their interpretation of this generation’s most recognised pieces of art, Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.

Marie herself knew she wanted to be an artist from a very early age so who knows if Spiderman or the Princess (see final picture!) will become the next Turner Prize winner because of this opportunity.

1:Paints ready!

2: Enjoying the sight and smell of an artist’s tool box whilst their painted circles dried.

3: The finished result, Lazer’s interpretation of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings – already hung in the hall and receiving rave reviews!

Stunning sculptures & pretty petals

RHS Wisley in Surrey is always worth visiting for its world-class garden but even more so at the moment as it is hosting the Surrey Sculpture Trail. One of the largest exhibitions of sculpture in the country and showcasing a diverse range of pieces from talented amateurs to top professional sculptors, the Surrey Sculpture Trail is at Wisley from 25 August – 30 September.

The sculptures are all subtly positioned within the existing beauty of the Wisley landscape and include modern contemporary and abstract sculptures as well as traditional sculptures, in a broad range of materials and sizes, at affordable prices. Really worth a visit.

After an afternoon of admiring the sculptures as well as the impressive grounds, it only seemed fitting to admire some of the flora-inspired pieces that grace our gallery. 

Camellia Bud III by Emma Lawrenson is a print inspired by the shape of the camellia. The simplicity of the lines adds to its beauty and the colours used encourage calmness.
When shown horizontally in a set of four prints, NDI’s Shamrock Chrysanthemum’s give the impression that there’s life in the petals with subtle and delicate movements.
And finally, Paul Wright’s original oil painting, Flower Collage 2, is proof that a bunch of flowers can be contemporary – Paul always takes his subjects to another level!