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The Fleming Collection

The Fleming Collection has become known as the embassy for Scottish art in London. The collection comprises over 750 oils and watercolours that span from 1770 through to the present day including works by Raeburn, Ramsay, Wilkie and the iconic paintings of the Highland Clearances, The Last of the Clan by Thomas Faed and Lochaber No More by John Watson Nicol.

It is particularly noted for its works by William McTaggart, the Glasgow Boys, DY Cameron, Anne Redpath and a superb group of paintings by the Colourists. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Fleming Collection’s public gallery in Mayfair.

Peonies in a Chinese Vase
Oil on board, 61 × 50.8 cm (24 × 20 ins)
Courtesy of The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation

The collection has two very different exhibitions taking place this year. “W. Barns-Graham: A Scottish artist in St Ives”, held in association with the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust, runs until 5 April 2012. This major exhibition marks the centenary of Barns-Graham’s work and is currently being held at The Fleming Collection at 13 Berkeley Street, London W1.

View of St Ives 1940, Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 76.5 cm (BGT3271)

The painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham is usually classified as a St Ives School artist, yet her Scottish roots and her continuing close links with her homeland had a huge influence on her work. This exhibition reappraises her career looking at the influence of her artistic training in Edinburgh, the inspirational resource she found in Scotland and its continuing creative importance as she divided her time between Cornwall and Fife.

Barns-Graham was born in St Andrew’s, Fife on 8 June 1912 and, after deciding that she wanted to be an artist while at school, enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art in 1931. The exhibition at The Fleming Collection will examine her training in Edinburgh under the tutelage of such senior figures in Scottish art as William Gillies, John Maxwell, SJ Peploe and briefly William MacTaggart. The delight in drawing instilled by Gillies never left her and the influence of both Gillies and MacTaggart can be seen in her sensitivity to and use of colour. The show includes works which have their origins in the rigorous academic training that Barns-Graham received in Edinburgh.

The Blue Studio by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham c1947-8. Courtesy of The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust

The forthcoming exhibition “Made in Scotland” celebrates Scotland’s contemporary artists and craftsmen at the Fleming Collection. This exhibition will run from 17 April to 2 June 2012.
Silversmiths, jewellers, glassmakers, ceramicists, tapestry makers and engravers will be among those showing their work in the selling exhibition at 13 Berkeley Street, London W1. Proceeds will go to The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, the charity that runs The Fleming Collection.

Among those exhibiting in Made in Scotland will be Malcolm Appleby, considered to be one of the most original and highly skilled craftsmen working anywhere in Britain today. Known primarily as an engraver, his prolific output ranges from sculptural table pieces to small silver buttons and he has also established a reputation as a brilliant designer and engraver of sporting guns. His commissions have included a condiment set for the Prime Minister’s home at 10 Downing Street, the sculptural table centrepiece for Bute House, the First Minister of Scotland’s residence, and the Seal for the Board of Trustees of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

“Promoting the work of Scotland’s contemporary artists and craftsmen is an important part of what we do,” says Selina Skipwith, Keeper of Art at The Fleming Collection. “In 2010 and 2011 we held selling exhibitions of works by Scottish artists and this year we have extended the formula to cover a wider range of disciplines. There is so much talent north of the border.”

Silver cups by Michael Appleby

The Fleming Collection
13 Berkeley Street
London W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7409 5730

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm
Gallery One showing the Barns-Graham exhibition. Admission free.
Gallery Two – The Fleming Collection Highlights including The Glasgow Boys, Scottish
Colourists and Anne Redpath. Admission £3.50. Free for Friends and Members