The best art to see this week

Jerwood Encounters: After Hours – an exhibition of personal work by graphic designers, with works by Robert Ball, Anthony Burrill, Alan Kitching, Magpie Studio, Craig Oldham, Steve Royle, Jim Sutherland, Young Creatives Network and others. At Jerwood Space, Union Street, London SE1 until 23 June.

Paintings from the Bay Area School – Californian Artists from the 1940s, 50s and 60s – the first ever group exhibition to be staged outside the US – at Thomas Williams Fine Art, 22 Old Bond Street, London W1 until 22 June.

Margaret Hunter – Stepping Places – the Berlin which Hunter encountered when she moved there in 1985 is now a radically transformed city. She witnessed the heady moments in 1990 as the Wall came down, and joined 119 international artists to mark this moment with paintings on a specific section of the previously inaccessible eastern side of the wall. The East Side Gallery, has become an international memorial for freedom, 1.3 km long and it was completely renovated in 2009 to commemorate Germany’s unification. Hunter has created a version of her Wall painting on large sheets of paper as the focus of her new show. In addition, there are three figurative sculptures in wood and metal and panel paintings, richly coloured with characteristically inscribed surfaces that convey a fresh range of gestures, a shift in palette and sometimes a sense of reverie – partly inspired by the warmth and ease of outdoor living made possible by the Mallorca studio she has been working in. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London W1 until 22 June.

Will Maclean – Reliquaries
– two groups of new intimate works, The Postcard Series (referring to travel in a seafaring community) and the Lantern-Slide Series (referencing aspects of the war at sea during World War 2), incorporate elements of layering and collage, and both are in themselves culturally defining ‘totems’, deriving from Maclean’s childhood. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London W1 until 22 June.

Helen Simmonds – Out of the Shadows – 13 still life paintings evoking the beauty of everyday objects found in the artist’s home – at Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 until 1 June.

Man and Dog – paintings by Tom Barrett, Robert Organ and Robin Rae and ceramics by Clementina van der Walt and Prue Cooper, showing their love for man’s best friend. At the Art Room, 80a The Strand, Topsham, Devon from 19 May to 9 June.

Mary Fedden (1915-2012) – 22 oil paintings, and 13 watercolours
painted between 1965 and 2006 assembled by the gallery over several years – Richard Green, 33 New Bond Street, London W1 until 1 June.

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Joseph Lacasse – large solo exhibition on the School of Paris artist (1894-1975) at Whitford Fine Art, 6 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 28 June.

Charles Correa – India’s Greatest Architect
– at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1 until 4 Sep.

Johnny Dewe Matthews
– Behind the Scenes: Kitchens, Orchestras and Filmsets, an exhibition spread over two galleries – Gallery 27, Cork Street, London W1 (until 18 May) and 21 Cork Street, London W1 (until 25 May). 07940 816501

The Beekeeper and The Bee
– expressive charcoal drawings and atmospheric oil paintings chronicling the seasonal work of beekeepers, the culmination of nearly three years spent shadowing local beekeepers and their swans by the popular Somerset based artist Kate Lynch. At Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon until 29 June. 01404 45006

The Matter of Life and Death – an installation of ceramics inspired by York’s collections and the architecture and space of the church, exploring the theme of mortality with an emphasis on rituals of death – at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, Castlegate, York until 7 July.

Richmond Art Society’s spring exhibition – over 200 art works, including paintings, drawings, pastels, prints, sculpture and ceramics by some 60 of the Society’s 200 members. At The Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington 17-19 May.

Annual Summer Exhibition
– Paintings and Sculpture for Gardens presenting the work of 12 artists and 14 sculptors in the Sussex barn and landscaped gardens of the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, near Petworth from 18 May to 22 June.

The Wilder Shores of Love – 4 leading artists united by the Romantic tradition of painting – Gareth Edwards, Kurt Jackson, Janette Kerr and Michael Porter – at Hilton Fine Art, 5 Margarets Buildings, Bath from 18 May to 15 June.

Anthony Eyton RA – Near and Far –
a 90th birthday exhibition by one of Britain’s best figurative artists, feauring over 35 new works. At Browse & Darby, 19 Cork Street, London W1 until 7 June.

Houghton Revisited: The Walpole Masterpieces from Catherine The Great’s Hermitage – over 40 works, including paintings by Rembrandt, Poussin and Velazquez – at the Walpole ancestral home of Houghton Hall, Kings Lynn, Norfolk from 17 May to September.

The Heat of the Plains – paintings of African animals by Karen Laurence-Rowe at Alexander Meddowes, 39 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh from 20-31 May.

Sargy Mann at Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 from 21 May to 14 June.

Elizabeth Magill – Quasi-Real and Branch-Like, at Wilkinson, 50-58 Vyner Street, London E2 from 17 May to 30 June.

The World of Dave McKean
– original artwork by the writer, film director, concept artist and book illustrator who has collaborated closely with Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, The Rolling Stones and Harry Potter. At The Illustration Cupbaord Gallery, 22 Bury Street, London SW1 until 8 June.


Joan Eardley; Anne Redpath – at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 17 May.

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,

Michael Williams; The Blue Table – watercolours and still lifes at The Art Stable, Kelly Ross Fine Art, Child Okeford, Dorset until 18 May.

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,,

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,,

Toil and Soil: Somerset People in the Landscape. An exhibition of photographs taken by Pauline Rook in rural Somerset over the past 20 years.
At The Rural Life Musuem, Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury until May 25. 01458 831197

Barocci: Brilliance and Grace.
A celebrated 16th century Italian artist, this exhibition displays a selection of Federico Barocci’s altar pieces, devotional paintings, portraits, preparatory drawings and oil sketches. At the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London from 27th Feb to 19th May

Master Drawings Uncovered
– Piranesi’s Paestum drawings – his last great graphic project – reunited for the first time. The preparatory work for his Differentes Vues de Pesto, finished by his son and published posthumously in 1778, they depict views of the three great Doric temples in the former Greek colony of Poseidonia, colonized by the Romans and re-named Paestum. At Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 until 18 May. (See review in Country Life, Apr 17, 2013).

Superspectivism – an exhibition of new ‘Reverspective’ oil paintings by Patrick Hughes. Nine works present Hughes’ characteristic reversed perspective to create the extraordinary visual illusion of moving painting that challenge the viewers’ perceptions of life, presenting reality in reverse. From 24th April until 18th May at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London, W1

Xu Bing: Landscpe Landscript. Xu Bing is one of China’s most renowned and critically acclaimed artists, and this is the first exhibition dedicated to his landscapes. At the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford from 28 Feb to 19 May.

Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship
. Don Justino de Neve, canon of Seville Cathedral, was a friend and patron of Spanish Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Neve’s commissions made a significant contribution to the artist’s body of work. This dramatic exhibition will bring together over 30 paintings documenting the relationship between Murillo and his patron as well as Dulwich’s own collection of works by the artist. At the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21 from 6 Feb – 19 May 2013. (see review in Country Life 6 Feb)

Bright Land: West of the Rockies, South of the Thames. The exhibition celebrates the Canadian Artist in Residence Liz Charsley-Jory, inspired by the Gallery’s 2011 blockbuster show ‘Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. ‘Bright Land’ will feature work created by Charsley-Jory this year along with a selection of exceptional works by students of all ages from throughout the year’s programme of courses and events which she led and coordinated, including her two sell-out Masterclasses as part of the Gallery’s Public Programmes strand. 25th March until 19th May. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE2.

Intersection – artist Alexander James will be staging a major solo exhibition, the culmination of his long-standing fascination with the theme Vanitas. Using objects from nature and handmade props, the artist constructs ephemeral sculptural installations underwater in black tanks filled with highly purified water and photographs the scene, all free from post-production and digital editing. From 26th April until 23rd May at The Studio Building, Notting Hill , 21 Evesham Street, London W11.

Drawing the River – works by Leon Morrocco
bringing together large-scale canvases alongside working sketches and pastels painted along he banks of the Thames at various points between Battersea Power Station and Blackfriars. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London, W1 from 26th April until 25th May;

Behind Closed Doors – Pete Hawkins’ new solo exhibition
features miniature modern fables on antique doors. Each painting possesses the slightly macabre undercurrent present in both Pete’s work and the most memorable folktales from one’s childhood. Married to the possibility a door represents, the pieces become potent fetishes representing opportunities taken or missed. From 25th April until 25th May at The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DG;

Jo Bemis and James Bemis – Tides and Times – paintings by the Isle of Wight based artists at The Minster Gallery, 3a Great Minster Street, Winchester, Hampshire until 25 May.

Ian Jarman – mixed media pieces and oil paintings on board portraying the iconic urban landscape of Manchester and tranquil scenes of the Suffolk coast; and Ghislaine Howard – Poetry, Passion and Painting – paintings, prints and drawings inspired by the poets – at Wendy J Levy Gallery, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester until 24 May.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters
– exhibition at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London until 24 May.  

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