Established twenty years ago by Nicholas and Elizabeth Bayldon Pritchard, the Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Eton, Berkshire, specialises in contemporary Scottish and British painters and Zimbabwean Shona sculpture. As art dealers we represent a range of famous contemporary artists; from established Academicians (RA, RGI, RSW, PAI) to young emerging Scottish and British painters. Many of our artists have work in major UK public and private art collections.
The artists we represent range across many genres in British contemporary art, creating figurative and narrative art, still life, landscape painting, surrealist, colourist, realist and portrait paintings. Our African art is exclusively Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe.
We are veterans of the many contemporary art fairs that take place in London and the rest of UK. You can meet us at many of the major art fairs where we often reach an international audience. Our regular series of shows in the centre of Eton are a highlight for many people throughout the year. Our website is an important place for announcements of such shows, so please keep checking back, as the site is updated regularly.
This website provides examples of art for sale along with the artists' biographies, and strives to be as informative as possible.
Our collection of British art includes both Scottish and English painting. We are known for our specialist advice on Scottish and British contemporary painting and have excellent connections with artists from Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond.
The rich history of modern painting in Britain has its legacy in today's painters. With our artists you can find spectacular and powerful still lifes, decorative displays of form, sumptuous landscapes from Scotland to the South of France, humorous surrealist imaginings and meaningful narrative figurative compositions.
We cover the full range of contemporary painting and pride ourselves on sourcing original works painted to the highest standards.
For many years we have been a major UK exhibitor of Shona Sculpture, also called Zimbabwe Sculpture. The term Shona Sculpture is used to describe a movement in art that actually includes many more societies than the Shona. This multi-ethnic dimension means work can vary greatly in its cultural significance, technique and stone textures. In our opinion Shona sculpture represents some of the most spectacular modern African art.
But in Africa a great movement is stirring … Something new is happening here, a fresh creative flood that will burst out to give a new dimension to international expression
Art Reviewer Michael Shepherd (Sunday Telegraph)
the exhibition at the Musee Rodin … was a myriad spectacle of form, color,substance and line that filled the viewers with that intangible quality through which nonverbal communication is perceived and received. This was art in its ultimate dimension
Arts Review, London (Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit)
It is this urge to manifest the connection between the physical world and the world of cause and spirit which takes Shona sculpture into that major league of art and sculpture and humanity's profoundest expressions.
The Times, London
These marvellous Shona sculptors from Zimbabwe … speak for Africa, but they also speak for us all; they restore a dignity to art which it is in danger of losing.
The Sunday Telegraph, London
Now that Henry Moore is dead, who is the greatest stonecarver in the world? In my experience there are three outstanding contenders … and all three come from Zimbabwe.
The Sunday Telegraph, London
The quality of finish, the style and the concept of the work add up top the most complete definition of late 20th Century sculpture … clean, sharp creativity produces work which I should call great as well as beautiful.
Art Review, London
This is the birth of a great national art, capable of speaking about the whole of creation, from personal and family feeling to the world of spirits, soul and self. It is a thrilling adventure of contemporary art.
Irish Sunday Independent, Dublin
these giant stone sculptures are the most hauntingly evocative images Africa in the past century … the greatest contemporary collection of African art ever seen in this country.
Arts Review, London (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, England)
This exhibit gently pulls us back to re-examine the source from which most contemporary art has evolved. These Zimbabweans sculptures have gone beyond the roots of mankind to a place which existed before in the heart and essence of the stone.
Evening Standard, London
Shona sculpture is perhaps the most important new art form to emerge from Africa in this century.
The New York Newsday - Les Payne
unlike art found in much of the rest of Africa, Shona sculpture … has become a wholly indigenous modern art form created exclusively as a form of artistic expression.
Picasso was an admirer of early Shona sculpture; now evidence is surfacing that he was influenced by it, too.
New York Times
During the past decade, Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture has become the most collected form of African art.It has found its way into important repositories such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Rodin Museum, and into the homes of the Rockefellers and the Prince of Wales.
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