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Bomber Command Maquette

It's rare for a publicly commissioned sculpture to be reproduced and made available to the public. It's even rarer when the sculpture is one of the best-loved and most high-profile in the UK.

All of which makes Philip Jackson’s Bomber Command as very special investment indeed. A limited edition of 20 18-inch maquettes of the national monument is now on sale at the Catto Gallery.

The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park is one of the UK’s most cherished landmarks. Indeed, just a year after its unveiling, a survey of visitors to London ranked the memorial first among 883 attractions.

Its popularity is a lasting tribute to the supreme skill of Jackson. The fact is, the mere idea of a monument to such a destructive fighting unit had aroused some disquiet when it was first mooted. But the protests were silenced when the covers came off.

On June 28th 2012, 6,000 war veterans and their families gathered on a sweltering day in Green Park to attend the unveiling by Her Majesty The Queen. What followed was universal praise for a monument that achieved a perfect balance between respect for the selfless sacrifice of the men and a sorrowful regret at the wastefulness of war.

Jackson says of the work: “My only guidelines were to be non-jingoistic, reflective and non-tribal. So I decided to show the men as they threw off their heavy kit, exhausted after a long raid. I wanted to portray them as 'quietly heroic' because these men were flying six or seven missions knowing that few of them were coming back. They just kept going.”

Of course, we have come to expect the very best from Philip Jackson, who was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2009.

He is simply the greatest sculptor of public works in Britain today. His commissions include Bobby Moore at Wembley, Young Mozart in Belgravia, HM Queen in Great Windsor Park, Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and many more.

In parallel with this glittering public career, Jackson has also built an oeuvre of equally outstanding ‘gallery’ works, many of which are inspired by the masked balls of post-renaissance Venice. He has devoted collectors all over the world.

Now, these collectors have a chance to own a replica of one of the sculptor’s greatest public pieces. And in so doing they will contribute to the preservation of the ‘original’ too: a  proportion of the sale price of every maquette will be donated to the Bomber Command Association to pay for the upkeep of the memorial.

Click here to view a related article by the BBC on the Queen unveiling the Bomber Command Memorial.



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Denim Ray-Bans

Look where our incredible denim artist Ian Berry has been!  In New York hanging out with Debbie Harry at the launch party for new Denim Ray-Ban sunglasses.  

Ian created a huge Debbie Harry out of denim for the event.  And apparently there are lots and lots of stories from the Green Room….

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Fantastic opening night for Chepik Retrospective

Over 400 guests attended our opening of the Sergei Chepik retrospective at The Mall Galleries last Tuesday. 150 oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and ceramics are on display there, along with videos and photos of the artist at work.

We had the BBC’s Andrew Graham Dixon in attendance who gave a speech, and his thoughts on some of Chepik’s most important paintings. The show runs for another week, so now is your chance to see what an incredible and diverse artist Sergei was.


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Ian Berry all over the place

Ian Berry’s (‘Denimu’) opening last Thursday, was probably the busiest in the history of the gallery. Interest has been building in his amazing pictures for months, and many fans turned up to see the artworks – all made from denim samples that he cuts, trims, tears and then glues – and to meet the artist in person.

Ian has been all over the media for the past weeks, including the BBC, Sunday Times Style magazine, Robert Elms radio show, Elle Decoration, and Sportswear International.

Ian’s works of art are still on display (with most already sold) until 12 December. Come in and have a look around.

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Click here to see some of the media interest he has been getting on our Facebook page

This is a clip by German TV company DW filmed on the first day of the exhibition. The BBC have also been round, so look out for Ian on your TV.

Ian talks to the Catto Gallery about his background in design and typography, use of imagery and how he goes about his creative process.

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Ian Berry in The Sunday Times

Our very own Denimu artist Ian Berry had a two-page spread in the Style section of the Sunday Times this week.

Pictures of his amazing artworks, made exclusively in Denim ran alongside an interview with Ian where he talked about how he first got into producing his unique works of art.

According to the article, Ian is unlikely to run out of materials anytime soon, as he is sent hundreds of pairs of jeans from all over the world, and finds bags of denim left on his doorstep from his neighbours in Sweden.

All good news for us, as his upcoming show is predicted to be a huge hit with collectors and fans alike.

Ian’s show opens at The Catto Gallery on 21 November.

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