United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
The Fairfax Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery is one of the longest established businesses on The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. It juxtaposes contemporary art with its spacious listed building on the Lowers Walks.
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The Fairfax Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery is one of the longest established businesses on The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. It juxtaposes contemporary art with its spacious listed building on the Lowers Walks. The art gallery was established in 1995 by Andrew Fairfax Scrutton and holds ongoing art exhibitions featuring established, award-winning and emerging artists, so there is always something for visitors to enjoy.
In the ever-evolving art world, there is still no better way to appreciate original artworks than to view them at your leisure, in the relaxed, unpressured environment the Fairfax Gallery offers. In the undiluted world of millions of artists images on social media, the Fairfax helps distil the strongest work in various artist and genre in one place. This is done by researching as well as looking through over 1000 artist applications each year and selecting the strongest to join its stable of artists.
The Fairfax’s beautiful period building retains many of its residential features helping clients visualise how works may look in their homes. At all times, the gallery boasts a stock of over 100 paintings and ranging from landscapes, figure paintings, as well as sculpture for the home or garden. Increasingly popular with clients is the option to view artworks in their homes. This has proved a great way to find a centrepiece or with a grand project. The gallery keeps its standards high by surrounding itself with an ever-growing stable of successful artists. Some of them it had been working with since its opening exhibition nearly 25 years ago. The gallery’s success has enabled it to grow beyond Tunbridge Wells, with a permanent Gallery in Burnham Market as well as flying the flag for Tunbridge Wells at major art fairs in London, New York, Hong Kong & Singapore.
The Fairfax Gallery genuinely exhibits a standard of art rarely seen out of London (no surprise as it had a gallery in Chelsea for 7 years). This achievement was highlighted in 2016 when it was voted ‘Best Gallery’ in Kent in the Muddy Stilettoes Awards against strong competition such as the Turner gallery.
Artists exhibited include Shaun Ferguson, an award-winning painter who graduated from the Royal Academy Schools London.
Mary Jane Ansell, a figurative painter who has been a regular finalist in the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery London, as well as having work in its permanent collection.
Dorion Scott, an artist from Toronto who paints everyday objects in an unusual setting using oil paints on wooden panels.
Lee Madgwick has exhibited Internationally and with the Fairfax Gallery for over 10 years. In 2015 Lee Madgwick was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. Lee was asked by Banksy to showcase his work alongside internationally acclaimed artists at an art project titled ‘Dismaland’. In 2018 Lee Madgwick’s painting ‘Shroud’ was selected for the Derwent Art Prize.
Alice Scrutton, who was selected at her St Martin’s degree shown and offered a solo exhibition in London’s West End. Alice is best known for her paintings of the North Norfolk Coast and has held over 30 successful solo exhibitions.
David Atkins, a Plein air landscape painter who has exhibited with the Fairfax Gallery since 1995 and held over 10 solo exhibitions featuring paintings of The Ashdown and North Norfolk Coast.
Adrian Parnell studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and the Slade from 1970–77. He exhibits at the Fairfax Gallery, major London Art Fairs, and selected London galleries that specialise in landscape painting. He is an associate member of the Penwith Society, St. Ives, Cornwall and has work in the Tate Gallery’s collection at Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
Adrian Parnell’s work is undoubtedly innovative: examining the visual quality of his chosen subject, be it landscape or industrial motif, his work explores the language of representation itself – how individual strokes of paint are built into a representation.
Jack Frame, whose stunning blossom paintings on gold leaf along with his landscape paintings are a firm favourite with clients, Barry Wilson, whose distinctive paintings have been exhibited in major museum and galleries worldwide with international acclaim, winning the celebrated Saatchi award in 2012.
Louise Balaam, a painterly abstract landscape painter who is a member of the RWA and NEAC.
Justin Weeks was originally one of the youngest artists to the Fairfax Gallery. His abstract oil paintings immediately proved popular with gallery clients, and his paintings are going from strength to strength. Justin’s works have sold out when represented by the Fairfax Gallery in London, New York, Hong Kong & Singapore and have become a firm favourite.
Carol Peace, The Fairfax Gallery, has represented Carol for over 15 years and hold works in Bronze and Bronze Resin examples are detailed below. Sculptor Carol studied at the Winchester School of Art 1989 – 92. Carol has exhibited in successful solo exhibitions with has been represented at major London and International art fairs with the Fairfax Gallery as one of Carol Peace’s longest-standing galleries.
Helen Sinclair has been represented by the Fairfax since 1995 and is our longest exhibited sculptor. In addition to exhibiting sculpture in the original Fairfax Gallery on the Pantiles.
The Fairfax Gallery currently has two permanent galleries in the UK and a website to enable the artworks to be enjoyed and purchased worldwide.