We were asked by Bristol Life Magazine to contribute to their article on How to buy art. Here it is in the August 2017 edition
This stalwart on the Glo Road is an eclectic mix of styles from illustrations and watercolours to street art, mosaic and ceramics. “The most popular themes are Bristol and nature, says Sarah Thorp. “We live in such an exciting city that most people like to have a little snippet of Bristol in their homes, while including a bit of wildlife, too.”
What do you look for in your artists?
I like to take on artwork that is affordable and artists who aren’t represented anywhere else in Bristol. I’ve just launched an online shop torepresent even more artists beyond our physical gallery; a great way to work out if the art would work in your home.
Which of your artists have proved to be the most popular with Bristol customers?
Jenny Urquhart’s images of Bristol are so bright and versatile; every time one of Jenny’s originals goes in the window it is instantly snapped up as she reflects the vibrancy of our city
Who are the most exciting artists living and working in Bristol right now?
Andrew Burns Colwill. He was one of the original Bristol street artists from the ’80s, and he is now described as ‘the next wave in street art’. His paintings are subtle, reflective, not obvious– a viewer has to work at his painting and is rewarded with hidden insights, environmental, political and social commentary and humour. Rosie Mclay is an exciting young printmaker on her way to the top.
Choose just one piece to take home . . . Toni Burrow’s Arches Fox; her mosaics are made with recycled tiles and takes months to create. Her work is literally priceless as she never sells the originals but her prints do really well.
What’s the most incredible piece you’ve sold over the last year or so?
An amazingly beautiful giant spider creature by Curious Boudoir Dolls. Room 212 always has a display in October when we focus on both the macabre of Halloween and the celebration of Day of the Dead. Laura Robertson always creates a new painting of Frida Kahlo for the exhibition.
We were also asked to send in some images of artists we believe to be a good investment. Bristol Life used this image by Andrew Burns Colwill
Other artists mentioned in the post are Rosie Mclay Toni Burrows Laura Robertson and Jenny Urquhart but of course we have loads more fantastic Bristol artists on offer in our Gloucester Road gallery and from our online shop