First For Canine And Equestrian Art In The UK

Rare Treat for Animal Art Lovers

Lovers of animal art are in for a rare treat as a specialist art gallery in Hampshire, ‘Stockbridge Gallery – Dogs in Art’, is bringing together three of the UK’s top animal painters and sculptors for a superb exhibition of works.

Over 75 pieces – many of them specially commissioned – will be available for viewing and purchase during the exhibition, which commences with an invitation-only preview on Sunday 3rd October 2010 and will run until Sunday 31st October.

Entitled ‘Modern Day Animaliers’, the exhibition will be a veritable feast of captivating works by renowned painter Sam Sopwith and sculptors Kate Denton and Georgie Welch. The pieces will make perfect gifts, be treasured as one-off purchases or sit beautifully as part of a larger collection, and will appeal to animal lovers and art lovers alike.

The catalogue of mostly canine and equestrian pieces – with a few additional surprises – will include something for every pocket and taste. ‘Dogs in Art’ curator Victoria Armstrong commented: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to hold this major exhibition, featuring three of the UK’s most talented contemporary animaliers, whose award-winning work features in the private collections of many notable art connoisseurs.

“The ability to portray anatomic precision and fluid movement is a given but the ability to catch the very essence of each animal, to capture their spirit, is an altogether different proposition and is what makes all three artists modern masters of the animaliers genre. How do you capture a spirit? Come along and see for yourself.”

For more information or to request a catalogue for the Modern Day Animaliers exhibition, phone the gallery on 01264 810142, email enquiries@dogsinart.com or visit www.dogsinart.com. The gallery is situated in the picturesque village of Stockbridge, Hampshire and is open to the public every week from Tuesday to Saturday. Private viewings available on request. ‘Dogs in Art’ is happy to ship work throughout the UK, Europe and internationally.

Sample photos attached (many more photos are available on request).

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Note to Editors
‘Stockbridge Gallery – Dogs in Art’ opened in 2009 to great acclaim from the canine loving world – as well as the art world – and is the only gallery dedicated to dog art in the UK. Run by lifelong dog lover Victoria Armstrong, ‘Dogs in Art’ is the manifestation of a passion for our four legged friends combined with an eye for exquisite art in a range of mediums.

Interviews can be arranged with each of the artists upon request.

The artists:

Sam Sopwith studied with the renowned sporting artist Neil Forster, under whose expertise she developed her skills in drawing animals. She then spent a number of years in Italy studying classical portraiture before returning to London, where she established her studio in Fulham. She has undertaken many commissions on a wide variety of subjects, including houses, racehorses, highland cattle, portraits of members of Her Majesty’s Bodyguard and virtually every known breed of dog.
www.samsopwith.com

Kate Denton has worked for 30 years as a sculptor and went to Goldsmiths College where she studied under Sir Ivor Robert-Jones. She took a post graduate qualification in foundry techniques and then worked in Poplar, making her one of the first women in the UK to work in a commercial foundry. Kate has exhibited broadly throughout the UK and South Africa, and was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1993.
www.katedenton.com

Georgie Welch specialises in limited edition bronzes of dogs and horses. Having spent most of her childhood on horseback, Georgie left school and rode professionally until she started sculpting in 1995 and now works solely as a figurative sculptor. She won the British Sporting Art Trust Award in 1998 and all of her sculptures are cast in the ‘lost wax’ method of casting at the renowned Pangolin Editions Foundry in the UK. Georgie was also recently acknowledged as one of the best in show at The Society of Equestrian Artists’ International Open Exhibition.
www.georgiewelch.com

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