Hampton Magazine Feature | The New Edwardians: A New Initiative Championing Emerging Art and Artists in The Hamptons

Delighted to be featured in The Hampton Magazine, 27th issue Autumn/Winter 2018. Get your copy and read the editorial about Leigh Gallery on pages 20-21.

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The New Edwardians

A new initiative championing emerging art and artists in The Hamptons


We were thrilled to discover Leigh Gallery, a new destination on Hampton Hill where art is presented with passion and energy. In fact it turned out to be an old familiar face with a new look and concept, as Sheldon Paint Techniques (who opened up 5 years ago as a stockist for the Annie Sloan range of decorative paints and as a picture framer) expanded their working area acquiring the lease on the adjacent premises (the old garden shop) and thus a new Art Gallery emerged, the only one in the Hamptons.

Leigh Gallery opened its doors this June 2018, with the idea that The Hamptons would welcome a different kind of gallery, an environment where art is a conversation; so whether you come in to find an artwork for over your mantle, or just stop in to see what’s new, you’ll leave with a little more knowledge and a lot more excitement than you did when you came in.

The gallery provides a wide range of framing services for artists and locals as well as specialist services for art collectors.   

Leigh Gallery was founded by three friends who shared a love of art and wanted to combine their skills to create a better gallery experience and a platform for local artists. The Gallery is owned by Leigh Warnick, who is an artist himself and has a great eye for framing. Doina Moss, a highly regarded architect and artist, resident in Hampton, who had always made art the centrepiece of her designs - cares for the artistic direction, concept and style of the gallery. Fine-art photographer and web designer Cristina Schek is in charge of the social media and digital marketing.

Leigh continues to grow his reputation for his stylish picture framing and quality of the work, and is cooperating with a growing number of artists, so the association between gallery, framer, and artists is now firmly established.

Doina, with her architect’s viewpoint, explains to us how fortunate they are to have two intact, untouched Edwardian style shop fronts. In the adjacent premises Jane continues as an Annie Sloan stockist and runs her popular furniture-painting and applied art workshops; sharing the space with another Hampton treasure, upholsteress Ella Sharrad. Their combined skills in arts and crafts is perfectly in keeping with the philosophy of the Edwardian period and coincides beautifully with the architecture of the premises. See Doina’s fascinating architect’s account of Hampton Hill and the Edwardian period in her blog, on the gallery website.

The gallery specialises in contemporary art and runs a fine-art exhibition programme featuring artwork by local emerging and established talent. We recently visited their Summer Exhibition featuring work by Anthony Dyson PhD RE, Cristina Schek, Doina Moss, Mary Burtenshaw, Stephanie Wilkinson and Sue Roe and we were delighted by the broad range of styles, from representational to abstract. Media include oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolour, ink, etching, photography, and mixed media. A local artist is also featured each month on their social media, providing the many talented artists in the area a platform to show and share their work.

Leigh Gallery is located on 3 New Broadway, Hampton Road, Hampton Hill, London, TW12 1JG.

You can’t miss their ever-changing display windows!

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday by appointment. Tel. 020 8943 0786 | leigh@leighpicturegallery.co.uk

Website: www.leighpicturegallery.co.uk

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