Sir Francis Claude Barry  (1883-1970)

2nd May -22nd June 2018

Until recently, Sir Claude Francis Barry was not a widely known name in British modernism. This is possibly because he came from a wealthy, aristocratic family and sold few of his works during his lifetime, leaving a prodigious body of work in his studio on Jersey when he died. Barry was educated at Harrow and, against the wishes of his family, followed his inclinations as a painter from the moment he left school. He studied in Newlyn – then a burgeoning centre of painting – and from the age of 23 exhibited at the Royal Academy and later at the Royal Society of British Artists and the Saloon des Artists Français. Indeed, his style was in some ways more aligned to French than to English painting.

Barry was a pacifist; he had spent World War I as an agricultural labourer and at the outbreak of World War II he reluctantly returned from years of living and travelling in France, Italy and Germany to settle in St Ives. There he studied for a time with Stanhope Forbes, and he would have come into contact with other artists working there at the time – among whom Laura and Harold Knight, Augustus John and Alfred East. After the war, Barry moved to Jersey and lived here for over 20 years, regularly using the island as his subject.

Despite his being a pacifist, the subject of war clearly inspired some of his best known work. He experimented with different styles, most obviously the French Pointillist style of separating colours into spots and using them in conjunction with each other to deliver a more vibrant result. However, one also sees evidence of his having looked at the British Vorticists and some of his impressive, war-related canvases of the 1940s were painted in a combination of these styles. The fountains of coloured lights in these paintings dramatically intersected by angular searchlights, provide some of his most successful compositions and one such work is the centre piece of the exhibition. His work is now very much sought after at auction and in specialist dealerships, with early works fetching hundreds of thousands of pounds, whilst the later works from Jersey have barely been marketed since leaving the studio so are available at much more competitive prices.  His most recent UK museum retrospective in 2011 was reviewed by the Financial Times under the headline, The Greatest Artist you’ve Never Heard Of, a situation that has finally begun to change since that show.

Le Puy

Polychriome on board

91 x 81 cm ( 36 x 32 in)

Carcassonne 67

Oil on canvas

140x170cm (55x67in)

Victory Fireworks, Moscow, 1945

oil on canvas

177.8 x 224.8 cm. (70 x 88.5 in)

A summer day Jersey

Oil on board

140x147cm (55x58 in)

 

Past Exhibitions 

Arcadian Dreams

1st March –  22nd April

 

The next exhibition at CCaSM Modern & Contemporary Art in St Helier is a celebration of artists who translate the beauty of the natural world into their own visual language.

It is a group show that includes artist from East Asia, South Asia, North America and Europe at various stages of their careers, and includes works by some of the most famous artists in working in the world today.

The interpretations of nature vary greatly across the artists in the exhibition. At one end of the spectrum acclaimed Korean master photographer Boomoon selects his monumental images from over 10,000 elaborately set-up shots taken standing in the freezing plunge pool of the Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland, at the other end, art superstar Damien Hirst’s adds to his ongoing personal encoding of human chemistry in his dot series, which is a key part of almost every important collection of contemporary art in the world and represented in this show through the most recent of his rare, museum-quality wood-block prints.

The exhibition will include works by Boomoon, Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Sue Arrowsmith and Nissa Nishikawa.

 

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Boomoon Waterfall #2069 2015

Archival Pigment Print 200 x 150 cm © Boomoon

Gary Hume Paradise Printing Four 2012

Linocut 128 x 93 cm (50 3/8 x 36 5/8 in  © Gary Hume

Anish Kapoor Red Shadow 2 2016

Etching 72.5 x 96.5 cm (28 9/16 x 38 in)  © Anish Kapoor

Wunderkammer – A Winter Salon 

December 2017 – January 2018

The next exhibition at CCaSM Modern & Contemporary will be a festive celebration of 400 years of art from across the globe, entitled Wunderkammer – A Winter Salon. We will be filling the gallery spaces from floor to ceiling with masterworks from the 15th century through to the modern day by some of the world’s greatest and most fascinating artists, from contemporary European and Asian works, American and European modern masters, 18th century Romanticism and all the way back to the renaissance.

We sincerely hope that you can make the opening on the night of the 6th of December, but if not please feel free to make an private appointment or drop in any Thursday or Friday evening between 5pm – 7pm or on Saturday afternoons between 12pm-5pm for our public events in the lead up to Christmas.

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Statute and Liberty Matisse and the Abstract Expressionists

20th September – 28th November 2017

To introduce our art consultancy service to Jersey, CCASM Contemporary is very pleased to present the first displays in our offices on Phillips Street in St Helier.

As CCASM is a consultancy designed to bring the very best of the international art market to Jersey, the theme of the first display at Sommerville House combines two of the pillars of the era of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Modernism and Abstract Expressionism.

The library room houses a small survey of the print work of Henry Matisse, spanning his output from the 1920s to the 1950s and is given some context by the current survey of the artist’s work at the Royal Academy in London. Matisse, along with Picasso, is arguably one of two greatest artists of the 20th century.

The main viewing room is filled with works inspired by Matisse’s late colour cut-outs, made by some of the most famous American artists in history. The Abstract Expressionist group changed art practice for all the subsequent generations of artists, and CCASM are very pleased to show works by 4 artists that span the wider group in age and style, including the three most senior members of the group who still have unique works available on the market.

The 4 artists are headlined by one of the true heavyweights of post war painting, Robert Motherwell, and the exhibition also includes rare and very beautiful works Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler and Jon Schueler.

The display will run from September 15th until November 3rd and is open by appointment at CCASM Contemporary, Sommerville House, Philips Street, St Helier, Jersey.

Sam Francis (1923-1994) Untitled, 1964

Gouache on paper 57.2 x 75.6 cm

Jon Schueler (1916-1992) o/c 481 Changes, Romasiag,Scotland,1974

Oil on Canvas 36 x 32 inches 91 x 81 cm

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) The Brown Stripe, 1967

Printed paper collage and tempera on board 35.6 x 21 cm

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Nu pour Cleveland, 1932

Etching on Arches Velin paper Edition of 250 50 x 40 cm