The best art to see this April

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Exhibition
The exhibition will contain all the winning images which will be decided on the evening of the 23rd April and the competition is based on the model of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. The exhibition is open to the public and entry is free.
24th-28th April at the Mall Galleries, London,

Peter Halley, in conversation with Jo Melvin 
New York born painter Peter Halley is international renowned for defining the social space that we live in through geometric paintings. Having displayed in cities across the globe he will now converse with Dr Jo Melvin, Senior Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design. At Waddingston Custot Galleries.
From: 11th April 2013, 6:30pm 
Contact: RSVP essential –

Kirsty Wither, Private View
 Kirsty Wither’s 6th solo show will feature oil paintings created from compositional sketches. The theme of the exhibition is centred on fruits and flowers, drawing inspiration from her experiences in Italy, France and Devon. At Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London, SW10
From: 10th April (private viewing) until 26th April 2013.
Contact: 0207 493 1888,,

John Stevens MBE, A Selection of Works
British artist John Stevens produces fine art using oils, acrylic and pastel. His work was originally influenced by his previous careers in marine and aviation, and has recently featured landscapes from his home in Norfolk. At The Upstairs Gallery, Exchange Square, Suffolk, East Anglia
From: 5th – 19th April 2013
Contact: 01502 717191,

Julian Stair, Quietus: The Vessel, Death and the Human Body
This solo exhibition features artist-made funerary works to engage with the unpopular and controversial topic of death. This touring show, which opened in Middlesbrough, features cinerary jars, life-size sarcophagi and other ceramic vessels. At the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. 
From: 4th April – 7th July 2013
Contact: 029 2057 3175,

Marcel Duchamp and the Contemporary Readymade, Tell Me Whom You Haunt

Duchamp is a French-American artist perhaps most famous for his association with the avant-garde art movement Dada. He now appears in a group exhibition exploring the phenomenon of “haunting” through the recontextualization of “readymade” objects. At Blain Southern, 4 Hanover Square, London, W1S.
From: 11th April – 18th May 2013
Contact: 020 7493 4492,

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Basil Beattie RA, The Janus Series
 Basil Beattie is an abstract painter that has displayed at the Saatchi and the Tate. This exhibition features paintings displayed under the collective title of Janus – the Roman God who opened the sky at daybreak and closed it at sunset. At Hilton Fine Art, Bath.
From: 12th April – 11th May 2013

Celia Paul, Recent Work, ‘Separation’ and 20 Prints for 20 Years: 1991-2011
Formerly on display in Chichester Cathedral, this series of 14 paintings describes the artist Celia Paul’s grief at the death of Lucien Freud. The former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams described these paintings as showing “a certain rawness of isolation or vulnerability”. Marlborough Graphics will also be presenting 20 of Paul’s prints in tribue to Dorothea Wight and Marc Balakjian. At Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albermarle Street, London, W1S.
From: 10th April – 3rd May 2013
Contact: 020 7629 5161,

Martin Davison, From the Fontainebleau Carousel to Barnes and Kew – Via Winter in Dorset
Artist and musician Martin Davison has created art in a variety of different media since the mid-1990s. Using oils, acrylics, charcoals and pastels his work ranges from simple to the abstract. At St Catherine’s School, Cross Deep, Twickenham.
From: 11th – 14th April 2013
Contact: 020 8876 6026,

André Kertész: Truth and Distortion 
A display of 400 prints of the Hungarian photographer Kertész. This single-owned collection will feature his famous still lifes on one floor, whilst another will display his Distortions series – a collection of nudes distorted using curved mirrors. At Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London, W1U
From: 11th April – 25th May 2013

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 
Turner Prize winning sculptor Rachel Whiteread produces work created from steel, concrete, windows, doors and other materials. Following on from her famous “House” casting of 20 years ago, this exhibition follows depicts the interior and exteriors spaces of a garden shed. At Gagosian Galler, 6-24 Brittania Street, London, WC1
From: 11th April – 25th May 2013
Contact: 020 7221 5000,

Norman Parkinson, A Centenary Celebration 
Acknowledged as one of the greatest British fashion photographers of all time, Parkinson’s work is famous for its elegance and poise. This exhibition will showcase some of his most loved prints and portraits, featuring the likes of Margot Fonteyn and Lawrence Olivier, as well as his Golden Age of Travel series and some of his lesser known World War II works. At Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B
From: 9th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 020 7434 4319, 

Grosvernor School Linocuts, The Cutting Edge of Modernity
 An exhibition featuring the artists who worked with and studied under Claude Flight during the 1920s and 1930s. At Osborne Samuel Gallery, 23a Bruton Street, London, W1J
From: 11th April – 11th May (private viewing 10th April) 2013
Contact: 020 7493 7939,

Liss Fine Art presents 44 Portraits
 Forty-four 20th century British portraits, produced by various artists, are on sale at
From 1st April – 31st May 2013
Contact:, 0207 380 1131

Adam de Boer, Jalan
 African-Indonesian artist Adam de Boer explores his hybrid cultural identity through paintings produced through both traditional and contemporary techniques. It is described as a cross between religious procession and teenage bather caught off-guard. At Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London W1F. 
From: 5th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 020 7439 0000,

Elisabeth Frink, Anniversary Exhibition
This show marks the 20-year anniversary of the death of British sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink RA, as well as the launch of a catalogue raisoneé of her works compiled by Lund Humphries. Her work features the forms of men, birds, dogs and religious motifs. At Beaux Arts, 22 Cork St London, W1S
From: 10th April – 18th May 2013
Contact: 020 7437 5799,,

Chloe Fremantle: Muse in the Garden
 Set in the Oxford Botanic Gardens, contemporary artist Chloe Fremantle captures in painting the essence the seasons using natural materials, colours and patterns. At Oxford Botanic Garden.
From 7th April – 12th May 2013
Contact: 07798 526 252,

Gwilym Prichard RCA, A Lifetime’s Gazing
A celebration of the works of one of Wales’ best loved landscape artists. This exhibition will feature his famous landscape portraits, and coincides with the publication of a book about his life and work. His work documents in paintings his travels from Llyn Peninsula to France and abroad. At the Martin Tinney Gallery, 18 St. Andrew’s Crescent, Cardiff 
From 11th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 029 2064 1411,

Robin Warnes, Paintings & Drawings (& artone contemporary)
This show will feature the works of Robin Warnes from across the decades (since his first exhibition in 1985). His art is produced in various forms, from paint on canvas to pastels drawings, and features still life and landscapes. At 
The John Russell Contemporary Art Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
From: 8th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 01473 212051,,

John Lessore, Paintings 
Hughie O’Donoghue, The Night Swimmer Andrzej Jackowski, The Voyage A collection of paintings, drawings and prints by these three artists. O’Donoghue specialises in abstract figures, Jackowski’s work explores identity and culture, and John Lessore produces portraits of figures and landscapes. At University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
From 5th April – 17th May 2013
Contact: 0191 227 4424,,

An exhibition of the artworks of affichist Jaques Villeglé and the letterist Gil J Wolman. Villeglé presents a number of “lacerated posters” which he collected in the early 1960s, whilst Wolman presents his “scotch art”. This exhibition is a comparison and contrast of the artists’ works, and how they have powerfully manipulated social and political imagery. At The Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London, W1S
From 10th April – 30th May 2013
Contact: 020 7734 3558,,

Bridget Leaman: Collection of 10
 Bridget Leaman is an artist from Britain’s most southerly point, The Lizard. Her art is the product of her exploration into the simple and natural features that her surround her on The Lizard, and this exhibition features blazing colours, dazzling skies and Cornish cliff tops. At Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7
From 9th-27th April 2013
Contact: 020 7581 5451, 

Jane Simmons, 15 years of Daisy
Jane Simmons is a children’s author and illustrator, and this exhibition celebrates 15-years of the well-known character of Daisy. Beginning with the books Come on Daisy and Daisy and the Egg, Daisy the duck has become Simmons’s best-loved picture book character. At 22 Bury Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y
From 4-20th April 2013 
Contact: 020 7976 1727,,

Paul Nash: The Clare Neilson Gift 
The first public showing of the collection amassed by his great friend Clare Neilson which has recently been given to Pallant House Gallery through The Art Fund. Nash (1889-1946) was celebrated for his lyrical depictions of the British landscape, Surrealist imagery and work as a war artist. This collection includes important early wood engravings and etchings, photographs, collage, correspondence and illustrated books. At Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 
From 9 April to 30 June 
Contact: 01473 212051,

Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Messenger of the Spirit at Salisbury Cathedral
This is the first public solo sculpture exhibition of Helaine Blumenfeld, one of Britain’s leading contemporary marble and bronze sculptors. The Messenger of the Spirit will bring together 18 extraordinarily beautiful pieces spanning her career of more than four decades. At Salisbury Cathedral, 6 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire. 
From: 13th April until 8th September
Contact: 020 7439 2822,

Jeremy Annear at Messems. The exhibition shows Annear’s abstract compositions that distil and filter his experiences of life, landscape and locale in a seamless meeting of line, shape and colour. 10th until 17th April. Messum’s, 
8 Cork Street,


Paul Hogarth – Watercolours and Drawings 1953-2001 Part II at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 11 Apr.

Growing Talent
– jewellery and silver creations by 80 jewellers and silversmiths nurtured by the Goldsmiths’ Company. At Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2 until 13 Apr.

Antoni Tapies – 13 paintings by the late Catalan artist created between 1992 and 2011. At Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London W1 until 13 April.

Growing Talent
– jewellers and silversmiths nurtured by the Goldsmiths’ Company. Each participant shows an early piece alongside one of their most recent pieces, demonstrating how their designs and skills have developed over the interim time. At Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2 from Mar 11 to Apr 13.

Candida Hofer – A Return to Italy, at Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brooks’s Mews, London W1 until 12 April.

Cedric Morris and Christopher Wood
: A Forgotten Friendship – at Mascalls Gallery, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent until 13 Apr. (see review in Country Life Jan 16, 2013)

Boyd & Evans Paintings – works from the 1970s to the present by this long standing collaboration whose works encompass many media and ranges from early portrayals of British hinterlands and smaller extracts of urban areas to scenes of North America’s South West, with the influence of photography playing an important part. At Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 from 16 Feb to 13 Apr.  

Massimo Bartolini.
Renowned for experimental art, Bartolini’s work challenges our experience of space, engaging directly with the spectator. The exhibition features a major installation and a selection of small sculptures and works on paper. At The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh from 1 Feb – 14 April 2013.

Outpost, Congratulations, You are the Most Recent Visitor. At Kettle’s Yard
Castle Street, Cambridge 1 March to 14 April.

Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall. This collection presents paintings from the Royal Cornwall Museum as well as many from various public and private collections. Focusing on representations of the figure at work, the exhibition showcases art from pioneering Newlyn and St Ives artists as the second part of the gallery’s annual series of collections from outside London. The works are widely regarded as being an English response to Impressionism, by combining strong narratives with naturalism to encompass a deep admiration for the skill of the working men and women. “Epic in the sweep of their compositions, sincerity of observation and sensitivity to the extraordinary Cornish light”. At Two Temple Place, London WC2R from 26 Jan to 14 April.

Mexico – A Revolution in Art. Focussing on the first thirty years of the twentieth century, this exhibition shows the works of famous Mexican artists, such as José Clemente Orozco, as well as artists whose work was affected by their experiences in Mexico. At the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London from until 14th April 2013.  

Manet: Portraying Life. The first retrospective devoted to the portraiture of the Edouard Manet. Including more that 50 works, this exhibition reveals Manet’s forward-thinking, modern approach to portraiture. At Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 26th January- 14th April (see preview in Country Life Jan 23 2013).

Derek Roberts: Northern Paintings. In 1979 Douglas Hall, then Keeper of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art hung a newly purchased painting by the Scottish artist Derek Roberts in the entrance hall of Inverleith House, the Gallery’s founding home. This spring, visitors to Inverleith House can see a major exhibition of paintings by the artist, the first to be held in fifteen years. At Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh from 9 Feb – 14 April.

The Northern Renaissance: Durer to Holbein at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London from 2 Nov to 14 Apr 2013. (see review in Country Life Nov 7 2012).

David Nash at Kew: A Natural Gallery
– sculptures produced and exhibited across Kew Gardens. Includes installations, drawings and film in place throughout the gardens, glasshouses and exhibition spaces. At Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9. Until 14 April.

Breed: The British and their Dogs – revealing the enduring and affectionate relationship between the British people and their dogs and explores the very beginnings of pedigree dog breeding in Britain by focusing on six pedigree dogs: bloodhound, borzoi, bulldog, collie, Irish wolfhound and Pekingnese, each of which highlights something unique about British history and culture. At the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester until 14 April.

Massimo Bartolini. 
Renowned for experimental art, Bartolini’s work challenges our experience of space, engaging directly with the spectator. This exhibition features a major instillation and a selection of small sculptures and works on paper. 1st Feb- 14th April at The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh.

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men – the early 19th century history of human dissection and the trade in dead bodies explored through dramatic evidence unearthed during excavations at the Royal London Hospital. Brings together human and animal remains, anatomical models and drawings, historical documents and original artifacts, the exhibition reveals the shadowy practices prompted by a growing demand for corpses, and the intimate relationship between the surgeon-anatomists and the resurrection men who supplied them. At the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2 from 19 Oct to 14 Apr.

Biba and Beyond – with its cutting edge yet affordable fashion, Barbara Hulanicki’s iconic Biba store and label transformed the High Street shopping experience in the 1960s and 70s and changed the face of UK fashion. Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Victoriana and Hollywood glamour were all combined to create striking, romantic and sensual designs. What linked all the Biba stores was Hulanicki’s skill in creating environments that complemented the appeal of her clothing. This exhibition celebrates the Biba lifestyle and also looks at Hulanicki’s other successful careers in fashion illustration and design, interior design, architecture and fashion which are flourishing under her creative genius today. At Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex. Until 14 April 2013.

Charmed Life: The Solace of Objects – 380 amulets ranging from simple coins to meticulously carved shells collected by the banker and obsessive folklorist Edward Lovett who scoured London by night, buying curious objects mostly from the East End. At The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester until 14 Apr.

Knock Knock; Seven Artists in Hastings – work by Fiona Banner, Becky Beasley, Prof Stephen Buckley, Jane Hilton, Martin Maloney, Alessandro Raho and Mario Rossi, all of whom operate internationally but have strong affiliations to Hastings. Curated by artist Prof Gerard Hemsworth and on show at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings 2 Feb to 17 Apr.

A Critic’s Choice 1950-2000 – selected by Andrew Lambirth. The third in a trilogy of exhibitions by the art critic, including works by Norman Adams, Adrian Berg, Sandra Blow, Prunella Clough, Cecil Collins, Terry Frost, Adrian Heath, Patrick Heron, John Hoyland, R B Kitaj, Mary Newcombe, Ceri Richards and William Scott. At Browse & Darby, 19 Cork Street, London W1 from 20 Mar to 19 Apr.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
The Mall Galleries in London will be the venue for this exciting collaboration of member’s work which will be hung with submitted work from selected artists across the UK and Europe. The exhibition will be showing fine contemporary watercolours, painted using diverse styles and techniques using water-based mediums on paper. Part of the exhibition will feature Trees & Landscapes. 5th until 18th April. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.

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