Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

For those who consider themselves to be art enthusiasts, an exciting exhibition celebrating the works of much-loved British painter L. S Lowry, has arrived at the Tate Britain.  Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life displays a wealth of the artist’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes, making the exhibition the first of its kind held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death.

The extensive collection of Lowry’s works does much to demonstrate the painter’s contribution to art history and his matter-of-fact view of working-class society during the 20th century.  The exhibition also features interesting insights into Lowry’s connection to French painting styles and the extent of the influence of his French-born teacher, Adolphe Valette.  Labelled ‘exhibition of the year’ the Lowry collection is one to be seen by art and history enthusiasts alike.

Exhibition highlights include Lowry’s Coming out of School (1927) and the enigmatic The Pond (1950).  To complement your cultural afternoon at the Tate, why not treat yourself to our beautiful DUKES LONDON afternoon tea to relax and refresh?

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

Until the 18th of August the world’s biggest open-submission art exhibition is back presenting more than 1.000 pieces in a variety of styles. With the exhibition being held at Burling House only moments away from St. James Place, why not marvel at the art selected scrupulously by panel of artists and architects across the board from more than 10,000 entries.

The summer exhibition allows you to view the work of well-known and celebrated artists such as  Anselm Kiefer, as well taking you into the creative world of upcoming artists showcasing their paintings, structures, photography, prints, architecture and films. There will be a room dedicated only to portraiture, displaying works from established artists such as, Frank Auerbach, Alex Katz and Tom Philip RA, which takes you through the importance the portrait genre has played in both previous Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and in contemporary art.

Other highlights will be a new large-scale sculpture from Anthony Caro RA and the series of six sublime tapestry pieces ‘A Vanity of Small Differences’ by Grayson Perry.

Tickets cost £6.00 for children and £10.00 for adults and are available here. The exhibition is open from the 10th July until the 18th August. The majority of the work which is displayed is available for the public to purchase, with the proceeds going towards the Royal Academy’s Schools bursaries scheme, the exhibition is also helping to support future artistic talents.

The exhibition opens from 10am Monday-Thursday, Saturday, Sunday until 6pm and on Friday closes at a later time of 10pm. So after wandering around and soaking in the beautiful art why not treat yourself again, to one of our gorgeous cocktails at DUKES Bar?