AN EYE FOR BEAUTY Meet the gal­lerist show­cas­ing fine Bri­tish paint­ings at the La­pada art fair

The gal­lerist Jenna Burling­ham will show the finest ex­am­ples of Bri­tish paint­ing at La­pada

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Contents - By CATRIONA GRAY

Vis­i­tors to La­pada tend to linger in front of Jenna Burling­ham’s stand, where out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of Mod­ern Bri­tish and con­tem­po­rary art are hung above com­fort­able so­fas, mak­ing you feel as if you’ve wan­dered into a spec­tac­u­larly taste­ful sit­ting-room. ‘I like to show my work in a do­mes­tic con­text,’ says Burling­ham. ‘My clients buy for their own homes, not just as an in­vest­ment.’ That said, as a long-es­tab­lished ex­pert in her field, Burling­ham has an eye for a good paint­ing, hav­ing been a spe­cial­ist at Phillips art auc­tion­eers be­fore open­ing her own gallery eight years ago. ‘I’d far rather buy a great piece by a lesser-known artist than a bad work by a fa­mous name,’ she says, firmly.

Burling­ham is bring­ing some of her most ex­quis­ite ac­qui­si­tions to the fair – fig­u­ra­tive pieces by Dun­can Grant and Au­gus­tus John, and paint­ings by the St Ives School, in­clud­ing Roger Hil­ton, Peter Lanyon and San­dra Blow. ‘They have a nice, spare aes­thetic,’ she says. ‘Even af­ter all th­ese years, they still feel very con­tem­po­rary.’ La­pada Art & An­tiques Fair (www.la­padalon­don.com) runs from 15 to 20 Septem­ber in Berke­ley Square, Lon­don W1.

Clock­wise from left: art­works by Ivon Hitchens; Craigie Aitchi­son; and Au­gus­tus John

A Peter Joyce (above) and a Mary Fed­den (be­low) that will be on show at Jenna Burling­ham’s La­pada stand

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