The best exhibitions this February

Lucian Freud: Drawings at Blain Southern, 6 Hill Street, London, W1J 5NF and 21 Dering Street W1S 1AL, 17th Feb-5th April, 2012 (Tel: 02074934492 for tickets or book online at See preview in Country Life 8 Feb 2012

Mary Anne Aytoun Ellis: A collection of paintings ranging from foliage to landscapes of the South Downs. At the Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London, SW1A 1RP. From 16th Feb-2nd March 2012; 020 7493 1888 or visit

David Lachapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers. 10 paintings with subjects around Life and Death and the earths four seasons. At Robilant+ Voena, 38 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NL. From 14th Feb- 24th March 2012. 0207 409 1540 or visit

Ragamala Paintings from India: Poetry Passion Song. A set of miniature paintings depicting various musical modes, ragas, of Indian music. Each painting is accompanied by a brief caption or poem that describes the mood of the raga. At Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE12 7AD. From 25th Jan- 27th May 2012. (See review in Country Life Feb 22 2012) Tel: 020 8693 5254 or visit

Van Dyck in Sicily: 1624-1625 Painting and the Plague. The first exhibition to focus on work by Van Dyck during Palermos plague. At Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE12 7AD. From 15th Feb- 27th May 2012. See review in Country Life Feb 15 2012. Tel: 020 8693 5254;

A Place to call Home: Where we live and Why. RIBA exhibition with guest curator Sarah Beeny looking over the last 250 years of everyday British homes including images and drawings from the RIBA collection. From 16th Feb-17th Apr 2012. At RIBA 66 Portland Place, London. Tel: 020 7307 3888 or visit

Penny Tait:’ A New perspective’. An abstract painter that reduces building forms to their bare geometry. From 15th Feb-17th Mar 2012. At Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LZ. Tel: 0207439 7766 or visit

Julio González: First Master of Torch
. Pioneer of modern sculpture and the
father of the tradition of welded iron sculpture that
extends from the early 1930s to the present day. From 14th Feb- 2nd April 2012. At Ordovas, 25 Saville Row, London, W1S 2ER.
Tel: 020 72875013 or visit

Norman Cornish: The Early Years. The story of Norman Cornish’s prodigious career as an artist who converted his experience as a miner into compelling imagery. From 15th Feb-24th Mar 2012. At Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Tel: 020 7520 1485 or visit

Lisa Hooper: Birds of a Feather.
Lisa works in etching, collagraph, woodcut & linocut &her passion for natural history, particularly birds, is evident throughout her work. From 4th Feb-15th March.
At Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York, YO24 1DF. Tel:01904 656507 or visit

Richard Parsons and Christine Parsons
. From abstracts to still life to landscapes, Richards graphics are unique. Christine exhibits her photographs of East Anglian Landscapes alongside. From 16th Feb-3rd March. At The Upstairs Gallery, Exchange Square, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9HH. Tel: 01502 717191 or visit

Red Chalk: Raphael To Ramsay
. Comprising 35 works from the Gallery’s world-class collection of versatile drawings in red chalk. From 8th Feb – 10th Jun 2012. At Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. Tel: 0131 624 6200 or visit

Pastel Society’s 113th Exhibition. Featured Artist David Tremlett. Forget the traditional idea of pastels being a delicate, temporary media and experience three-dimensional reliefs in pastels. From 14th Feb-25th Feb 2012. At Mall Galleries, The Mall (near Trafalgar Square) London SW1Y Tel: 020 7930 6844 or visit

Discoveries at Colchester Castle
. New paintings responding to discoveries made at some of the UK’s key Palaeolithic sites. From 18th Feb- 29th April 2012. At Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ. Tel: 01206 282939 or visit

Carry Akroyd, Emma Dunbar And Fiona Millais: Drawn to the Landscape. All three artists are drawn to the landscape, inspired and driven by its natural forms, history and colour. Their very different interpretations make for a colourful, rich and varied show. From 18th Feb- 3rd March. The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LN. Tel: 01935 815261 or visit

Picasso & Modern British Art. The first exhibition to explore Pablo Picasso’s lifelong connections with Britain. From 15th Feb- 15th July. At Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG. See feature in Country Life Feb 1 2012. Tel: 020 7887 8888 or visit

Saving A Century: Celebrating 50 years of Victorian Society. An exhibition of photographs of the progress made within the nineteenth century. At Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford from 3rd Jan 2012 – 19th Feb 2012. 020 8568 4757

David Spiller: an exhibition of 25 new works demonstrating a move away from his bold unabashed colour towards a more reflective and elusive style of painting. On at Beaux Arts London, Cork Street, from Jan 25 to Feb 18.
Tel: 02074375799 or visit

Chris Appleby: Towards a Wooden O. This exhibition demonstrates Appleby’s interest in stories, plays and theatre, and over the decades he has developed a personal mythology relating to ‘life in the city’. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London until 18 Feb.
Tel: 020 7734 0386 or visit

Aìda Rubio Gonzàlez: La Vida es Un Sueño (Life is a Dream). This daring new artist uses layers of images, symbols and memories in order to create narratives that draw on the world of American cinema and Spanish culture.
Rosenfeld Porcini, 37 Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1NZ
15th Dec 2011- 18th Feb 2012  

Lygia Pape (1927-2004)- Magnetized Space – sculpture, performance, paintings, films, poems, engravings and collages by the Brazilian atist, whose work brought together daring experimentation and formal rigour. At Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 from 7 Dec to 19 Feb.

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 at Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia Street, London and 17-19 Davies Street, London and Gagosian’s 11 other international Galleries. 12 Jan to 18 Feb.

Landscape: Imprint, The Somerset Levels.
New Paintings by Richard Pomeroy at the Brewhouse Gallery, The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton from 14 Jan to 18 Feb. 01823 273810

The Mystery of Appearance
– an exhibition of 10 postwar British painters arranged as conversations around the nude, artist and sitter, nature and engagement with Old Masters, with well known works by artists such as Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Michael Andrews and Patrick Caulfield. At Haunch of Venison, London W1 until Feb 18.

Anthony Gilbert – drawings from his Studio Estate from his earliest days drawing fashion plates for Vogue, to his later experiments with innovative materials and techniques. At Messums, 8 Cork Street, London W1 from 1 to 18 Feb.

Rebecca Swainston: a collection of new drawings
at Modern Artists Gallery, High Street, Whitchurch on Thames from 4 to 18 Feb.