Classical Roots’ New Paintings

On Saturday we have the opening evening for our ‘Classical Roots’ exhibition featuring an array of talented and award-winning painters. Included in the exhibition is work by Alex Callaway, Will Calver, Comhghall Casey, Andrew Crocker, Marc Entwisle, Nathan Ford, Stephanie Mills, Daniel Nelis, Rob Pittam, Zuzanna Salamon, James Needham, Katherine Jackson, Jennifer McRae, Helen Simmonds, Lotta Teale, Nneka Uzoigwe-Davies, and Conor Walton.

New Paintings

Please join us for the opening evening on Saturday 18 May 6-8 p.m.

Carnation with plums, Oil on Linen Panel 31 x 26 cm. £1,800
Framed: 35 x 40.5 cm


Nneka Uzoigwe-Davies has in recent years won the RP Award and the De Laszlo Foundation Award at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, as well as The Green and Stone Art Prize. Her three still life paintings in the ‘Classical Roots’ Exhibition are framed in beautifully ornate antique Italian frames. Another painter whose work inspires calm is Lotta Teale, winner of the British Art Prize 2021:


Tulips With Japanese Cup, Oil on Board, 25 x 40 cm. £850


This exhibition also features portraits, one of which is this stunning painting by Daniel Nelis. Daniel studied Fine Art at the University of Ulster, followed by an MA at University College Dublin. His works have been exhibited at the Royal Ulster Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, and at the BP Portrait Award annual exhibitions at the National Gallery (inluding this year with its new sponsors Herbert Smith Freehills). In 2019 he was commissioned to paint the Lord Mayor of Belfast.  Daniel has won numerous awards, among them the Royal Scottish Academy Guthrie Award and Medal, the Tyrone Guthrie center Directors Award, the Ulster Museum RUA Perpetual Solver Medal, Royal Hibernian RHA Hennessy Craig Scholarship, the Royal Ulster Academy Portrait Prize, to name but a few !

In this portrait it is not difficult to see why…..

Dark Turned Fields, Oil on Panel 30 x 42 cm. £5,000


Any excuse to quote this extract.  (I recommend reading the complete poem)

From verse 3 of ‘In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984 in ‘Clearances’ by Seamus Heaney

‘When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses.

So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives-
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.’

Other portrait subject matter is available.  I suspect there may be one or two readers of these inane ramblings who appreciae the gentle and affectionate nature of those wonderful dogs – the whippet and the greyhound….

Two Dogs, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 60 cm. £1,200


James has recently returned from a decade’s sojourn in Australia. Whilst on the other side of the world, his work was featured in several prestigious open submission prize exhibitions. His canine sitters (Sylvia and Hemmingway) look so obliging and co-operative…

And finally….

Resonance, Oil on Aluminium Panel, 30 x 30 cm, £1,200.


‘A Modest Proposal’ by Joy Ladin

‘Let’s not kill or die today.
Let’s make angels out of yarn, men of snow, mashed potato animals
that smile as we spoon
their eyes of melted butter.

Instead of killing ourselves or one another,
let’s neatly stack anxiety’s sweaters
and scratch our itchy trigger fingers
by whittling turtles for our mothers,

or pretending to understand Heidegger,
or imagining the sexual embrace
through which time and space
first conceived of matter.

If we still aren’t over killing and dying,
we can search the stacks for library books
that haven’t circulated in generations
and savor the mold

that spores their spines
the way wine snobs savor the nose
of vintage wines bottled
between wars to end all wars.

Look, we’ve played all day
and haven’t spilled a drop of blood
apart from the occasional paper cut.
In an hour or two, when it’s very dark,

let’s make up stories out of stars,
and fill them with all the killing and dying
we didn’t do today, except in our imaginations.
Let’s pull our comforters over our heads

and sing ourselves to sleep
like good little civilizations.’

Click on the images above to take you to the current exhibition webpage for the ‘Classical Roots’ exhibition which runs from 18 May until 22 June 2024. The show runs concurrently with the ceramics exhibiton by Katharina Klug and sculpture by Anna Gillespie

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