The Open Studios countdown is on!

Heloise Toop is back from the galleries of New York, and Primavera is ready to shine this July.

I took myself off to New York a couple of weeks ago and have come back feeling all inspired. A compulsory Chelsea gallery trawl left me mesmerised by larger than life figures in oils, weird and wonderful ceramic vessels, and textured collages that I wanted to reach out and touch. Casting my mind back to Primavera here in Cambridge, I realised how much the abundance of work on display mirrored the art on the streets of the Big Apple. 

Primavera does not have the luxury of lofty white warehouse space, but what is does have is the talent, and that talent is packed in to every square inch of the historical building, I felt proud as I wondered the spacious rooms, remembering our own home-grown artists and seeing how well they stood up against the work of our friends across the pond. 

At our little hideout on Kings Parade, we have the figures in oils. My own fairytale portraits hang proudly on the wall, smirking at visitors who I often spot smiling back. A mischievous Goldilocks sits amongst the mayhem she's caused in the house of the three bears, and a Red Riding Hood who means business brandishes her axe alongside her basket of liquor.

Per Hammarström sparks the imagination with his other-worldly vessels and bottles. They conjour up images of alien planets, of kingdoms under the sea, of flora and fauna in distant jungles. 

Karen Stamper draws the eye in with clever collages reflecting her intrepid travel and passion for architecture.

The rainy sidewalks in New York also filled my head with the paintings of Clio Lloyd-Jacob. Her studies of people in scenes have an almost reflective quality. Like a world seen through a pane of glass. 

This July we will be hosting all these artists and more at both our Kings Parade Gallery, and our sister gallery at Magdalene Street. Who needs New York when you have that! We shall see you there.


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