Sunday, 26 September 2021

‘Friendly’ art gallery celebrates 40 years

A GALLERY in Henley is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

A GALLERY in Henley is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Owner Patricia Jordan Evans opened the Bohun Gallery in Reading Road in 1973 and says it continues to show the best of British 20th century and contemporary art.

She said: “The gallery has earned a national reputation as one of the leading out-of-London galleries and we still manage to maintain its friendly, welcoming and personal service.”

The fine art gallery has exhibited a number of well-known artists, including painter John Piper, who lived in Fawley and put on solo shows every two years until his death in 1992.

It has also established links with artists Mary Fedden and her husband Julian Trevelyan. In 1993, Ms Fedden wrote: “We both loved the gallery and we quickly realised how professional and discerning Pat was and what a high standard she set. She has never changed in this uncompromising approach.” Last year, the gallery staged a sell-out show of Ms Fedden’s work after her death and much of it remains on display. The gallery now handles Mr Trevelyan’s estate and will be holding a major exhibition of his work later this year as part of the anniversary celebrations.

Other familiar names on the gallery’s roll call include Dame Elizabeth Frink, Maggi Hambling, Donald Hamilton Fraser, Sir Peter Blake, David Hockney, Sir Terry Frost and Sandra Blow.

Bohun is one of only four galleries selected by the Barnes Foundation, which promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, to exhibit the work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, one of the foremost British abstract artists of the 20th century. The reputation of the gallery has led to several high-profile projects, including portrait commissions of Sir John Madejski and Stephen Hawking.

Last year, Ms Jordan Evans curated the exhibition John Piper And The Church at Dorchester Abbey as a celebration of the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

She said 2013 would be an “exciting” year for the gallery as it holds some key shows to celebrate the milestone.

Sir Peter Blake, a pop artist who designed the album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, will be exhibiting his iconic pop silkscreens together with a collection of new work to be unveiled for the first time.

A book on Mr Trevelyan by his son Philip will be launched alongside a show of his work later in the year.

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