Joanna Colley of Birmingham’s Reuben Colley Fine Art speaks to us about their upcoming exhibition Master Graphics, featuring some of the biggest names in the artworld.
The exhibition includes work from some of the most significant artists of the 20th Century. How has the list of artists been drawn together?
People buy works of art for different reasons. Some are looking for a thing of beauty which will bring them pleasure for years to come, while others like to be challenged by something that pushes at traditional boundaries. There are also those who buy primarily for investment. In selecting for this show, we are seeking to offer our clients works of art which fulfill all of those criteria: objects of beauty, which are often challenging, but represent sound investments too. All the artists we have chosen have been innovators who have challenged the conventions of their time, from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to Damien Hirst and Banksy.
Can you tell us more about the works on show?
The range of work will be rotated throughout the exhibition. The work on display will include silkscreens and lithographs by Andy Warhol, limited edition etchings by Hirst, we also have a Picasso etching and a Matisse limited edition aquatint.
Is there a particular piece or artist you are most particularly excited to be exhibiting?
There are so many spectacular pieces so it is difficult to choose but the Matisse aquatint is quite exciting!
Why have you chosen to exhibit these types of work in Birmingham?
We felt that as an independent fine art gallery in the UK’s second city it was important to remove the misconception that work of this calibre is only available to view and purchase through London galleries. We also wanted to draw attention to the fact that we have been representing and sourcing this type of artwork for our clients for some time now, working closely with them to ensure they build their perfect artwork collection is of upmost importance to us. We are delighted that Master Graphics now forms part of our permanent portfolio within the gallery. We are extremely proud of this exhibition and we hope that visitors enjoy viewing it as much as we have enjoyed pulling it all together.
The exhibition runs 6 June – 1 July 2017.