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- Unusual art but beautiful with beautiful price tags! They had really unusual metal sculptures, I can't remember the artist at a really good price. There were several pictures by an artist that uses real people positioned to look like famous people. BrilliantbWritten March 6, 2019
- In Battersea Jack’s Place is a modest caff serving garguantuan breakfasts and steaks. In Henley Jack’s Place is an art gallery, something of a dying breed following the closure a year or two of the gallery run by Barry Keene, an artist in his own right, by the riverside. I passed the site of the Whittington Gallery also long since closed and an empty shell. Today marks the last day of the Bohun Gallery in Reading Road, one of the most impressive of any art gallery outside London managing the estate of Julian Trevelyan and stocking a tremendous selection of works by him, John Piper and other significant names in late twentieth century British (and Scottish) art. Now Henley is left with the tat sold by Lemongrove and the prints of Jack Vettriano here. You will probably know a Vettriano if you see one: think a scene of faded elegance with a man in pinstripe trousers shirt and braces leering slightly at and leaning slightly towards the lady in red knickers and bra with whom he is about to mingle (in the Greek sense). Don’t get me wrong I am quite an admirer of Vettriano’s inebriated butler or nude lady in silhouette her hands cupping her protruberances. And I enjoyed an exhibition of Spanish pottery Jack’s Gallery was putting on at the Old Fire Station Gallery to the posterior of the Town Hall. But there are no Vettriano paintings whilst most of the prints are, in fact, unlimited edition posters. And Henley simply deserves a much wider range of quality art and artists than Jack’s and Lemongrove can between them offer.Written March 30, 2019
- I found this Gallery very interesting and very informative and the staff were most helpful and interesting tooWritten October 22, 2018
- Small modern art gallery and shop set over two levels. Reasonable prices on most of the art, and a good range of styles. ‘Something to appeal to most everyone’ was how the curator explained it. And she was right. Lovely, friendly staff too.Written September 21, 2019
- I write this as a practising artist of some fifty odd years, latterly a writer on British mid-20th century art for major newspapers and broadcasting companies - I mention this to give some leverage to my response to futtock21, a visitor who ignorantly described the work in this gallery as 'pedestrian', in his, 'thoroughly subjective opinion'.
Unfortunately, these days, everyone claims a right to express an opinion about art. Mostly this is based on ignorance. Art is an easy target, especially as luminaries such as Tracy Emin and the other insubstantial YBAs, have been sanctified by the so-called 'arts establishment'.
The work in Barry Whittington's gallery is not radical, it is however created by artists possessing traditional skills, aesthetic flair, exquisite colour sense, and finely observed awareness of aerial perspective. No one of taste would give house room to one of Ms Emin's excretions. They would, I believe, find continual pleasure in many of the paintings in this gallery.
In the 2017 Summer Exhibtion, an artist such as Richard Combes, stands out for his appealing still lifes of everyday objects. These small modestly sized (and modestly priced!) paintings in oil will only enhance any environment in which they are shown. Look also at Combe's original takes on London Street scenes, and his 'Generator' is an astonishing and moving memento of World War II naval history. Terence J. Gilbert's Cap Ferrat is an evocative and dynamic design and Aldo Balding's Lipstick II is a remarkable study of light, in a fluid style using entrancing colours.
I should mention that I have no connection with Whittington Fine Art, however I wish this gallery every future success in promoting a valuable and undervalued artistic tradition!Written August 30, 2017
- Great old style sweets from yesteryear - buy your sweets hear and get a treat rather than the awful chain storesWritten April 16, 2012
- Way’s Rare and Secondhand Bookshop occupies a corner of an elegant Georgian property in Henley-On-Thames only a couple of throws of its former disgraced M.P. Boris Johnson into the river. Its entrance is to the side. Unusually for a second hand bookshop Way’s is extraordinarily tidy, so tidy in fact that one can round all its nooks and crannies, past books from editions I recall as a child, historic maps, even the odd print and silly injunction on the wall, only to realise I’m not greatly interested in second-hand books as a product, even new books are obsolete in a world of pixels, kindles and like-futtocks. But others just might be.Written March 30, 2019