Before launching this new website, I have given a great deal of thought to writing something that was meaningful and reflected my true feelings. Looking back is strange, but occasionally it is quite helpful.
Throughout my career, that spans over forty years, I believed that as a gallery owner one has a role towards the public. My contribution, to my mind, was to impart my knowledge (after all I was a full time student at the Chelsea School of Art (1973-76) and worked for six years at the Ben Uri as Curator before opening the Boundary Gallery in 1986.
I learned how to look at and how to select pictures that would survive the test of time, in other words, would stay interesting for years to come. This has not been a matter of taste, but of educating one’s eyes, a wonderful thing to share with the people who visited the Boundary Gallery over 25 years. I was always afraid that I would bore people with my lengthy description of pictures, their merits – physical and psychological – all elements towards making the right decision of what to choose – be it a painting, etching, silk screen print, watercolour, lithograph, sculpture or a drawing.
The profile of Boundary Gallery has always been on the serious side and over the years there were exhibitions that I remember with great pride and joy. These included The Anglo French Art School; Women Artists in 20th USA (that teamed up with the Royal Academy exhibition of Art in the USA in the 20th century); The Anglo Jewish Contribution; Ten Polish Artists in Postwar Britain; Jacob Epstein: In Praise of Humanity; David Bomberg: exhibition on the 60th anniversary of his death; Josef Herman Retrospective exhibition.
The Boundary Gallery has always concentrated on quality: good draughtsmanship, wonderful colours, great composition and, of course, it had to be representational art though I never closed the door when an artist changed to abstraction, as was the case with Morris Kestelman.
The annual Boundary Gallery Figurative Art Prize from 2005-2008, was an attempt to restore the status of representational / figurative art. It was aimed at final year and postgraduate art students throughout the UK, it led to the discovery of new young artists who became part of the Boundary Gallery stable.
I closed the gallery six years ago – that left a void but offered flexibility, freedom and opportunities to engage in other types of work – but happily, all to do with art.
I have always been passionate about conceiving, assembling and curating themes for exhibitions and this is the type of work I have missed most since closing the gallery. However, this new website is giving me the opportunity to use this skill again. This is really exciting because it is a fresh way of looking at some familiar works of art and it is wonderful to be able to share this with you.
The first four themes (and there are more to come) are: Work & Workers, Outsider Art, Entertainments and Art Books.