Holly Frean Paintings Acquired for The Kennels Contemporary Art Collection.
Updated: Aug 2
These works were exhibited at The Kennels throughout May 2022 as part of an exhibition called DOG by Holly Frean. This exhibition was timed to coincide with Goodwoof, a new event in the Goodwood calendar which 'celebrated all things dog'
The Duke of Richmond and Gordon said of DOG, “We are delighted to welcome Holly Frean to The Kennels over Goodwoof. Holly has an exceptional vision, with her work drawing on the wit and humour that depict our four-legged friends so beautifully, she is perfectly placed to create this brilliant show and help launch the inaugural Goodwoof event this year."
DOG also consisted of six further paintings showing Holly Frean's characteristic grids. These showed multiple (49 and 56) individual paintings as one work.
Both Holly Frean and James Stewart of Zimmer Stewart Gallery, were pleased when The Duke expressed an interest in these works, because they were created specifically for the space at the Kennels in which they were exhibited.
Holly Frean said "I am delighted that these large works, which I made specifically for The Kennels, will now stay for all visitors to see".
James Stewart said "We were extremely grateful that The Duke of Richmond and Gordon asked us to exhibit paintings by Holly Frean to coincide with the inaugural Goodwoof event; and it is a testament to Holly Frean's work that it is now going to be permanently on display at The Kennels".
The two large diptychs demonstrate the power of art, which with good placement can transform a space. The room where Holly Frean's work is now installed leads from the reception area to both the Dining Room in one direction and the Drawing Room in the other. It was little used despite there being adequate seating, it was seen more as a corridor to get from A to B.
During the DOG by Holly Frean exhibition in May, visitors to The Kennels could be seen gathering in this space enjoying the paintings as well as using it as a relaxing seating area to meet friends or work.
The ten smaller works are hand painted gouache on monotype (45 x 37 cm) hung on either side of the double doors to the dining room.
Titles from left column top are:
Forty Winks; Paw; What's This?; Gotcha!; Dinner Time;
Titles from right column top:
Feeling Good; Ready; Sentry; Chase; and Found It.
This set of ten were created to mirror the prints hung in a similar way seen through from one room to the other.
The Dining Room prints are reproductions of original drawings of the animals that were in the Goodwood zoo in the eighteenth century. These included lions, elephants and other exotic beasts to frighten and entertain the Duke's guests!
The Kennels Collection of Contemporary Art
The paintings by Holly Frean join the collection of contemporary art at The Kennels, which includes:
A triptych graphite drawing 'The Prospect of Carne's Seat' by Jason Hicklin, commissioned by the Duke of Richmond in 2006. This large piece, which depicts the view from Banqueting House across the Estate towards Chichester and the Solent, hangs on the stairwell. Jason Hecklin studied at Central School of Art and Design and was a student of Norman Ackroyd. He is a renowned English etcher and painter, and currently teaches printmaking at City & Guilds School of Art.
Two paintings by Sally Temple: Large red abstract work on the stairwell and orange abstract work opposite Holly Frean's Assembly diptych (above left). Sally Temple also studied at Central School of Art and Design and has exhibited both in the UK and internationally.
Two kite shaped linen constructions opposite Holly Frean's Dotty (above right) are by Stathis Lagoudkis, a greek artist who works between London and Athens. Stathis Lagoudkis studied at the Central School of Art & Design, he was awarded the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Edward L.Ryerson travelling fellowship, obtaining an MFA in photography and video.
The 32 (two sets of 16) framed black and white photographs of Goodwood events (motor and horse racing) are by Swedish photographer, Jon Franklin (now based in Malmo, Sweden). These have been taken down make way for Assembly and Dotty by Holly Frean and will be hung elsewhere on the Estate. These images represent over twenty years documenting events at Goodwood by Jon Franklin, who was given his first 'break' by Lord March soon after graduating in 1997.
The paintings by Holly Frean just acquired for the collection complement the existing works and so create a new space for the members and visitors to enjoy.
Goodwood and Dogs
Goodwood has a long heritage of relationships with dogs including hunting, working as well as family pets.
Charles, the 3rd Duke followed the 1st Duke with his passion for hunting and restarted the Charlton Hunt in 1757.
Thirty years later in 1787 The Duke asked famous classical architect, James Wyatt, to build some kennels for his own pack of hounds, now known as The Kennels.
So, not only does the subject matter of the paintings (dogs) suit the venue, Holly Frean's quirky humorous style has created an attractive ambience which people enjoy.
Holly Frean is an award-winning artist whose practice incorporates a range of mediums, from oil paintings on canvas to printmaking. Her imagination and versatility have recently led to coveted textile, ceramic and wallpaper collaborations with Burberry, Paul Smith and US clothing and retail brand Anthropologie.
Having developed a unique and technically accomplished style over the past decade, Holly Frean has work in many private, public and corporate collections.
She has been commissioned by the Duchess of Northumberland, designer Betty Jackson CBE, Paul Smith CBE, Kit Kemp MBE, Alan Duncan MP, comedians Russell Howard, Ricky Gervais and Lee Evans, actor Russell Tovey, clothing retailer Johnnie Boden and Lord Mervyn of Abersoch.
Holly Frean has been the recipient of numerous accolades including the National Open Art Competition Painting Prize awarded by Grayson Perry (2012). She has had work selected for ING Discerning Eye (2012, 2015 & 2016) and regularly shows at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (including 2022 with her Hot Dog painting).
See our Blog Post - In Discussion with Holly Frean, where we look at her career to date in details.
Zimmer Stewart Gallery
Zimmer Stewart Gallery have twenty years experience putting on exhibitions at their arundel gallery (now closed) and at the many pop-ups and art fairs they have participated in over the years.
As well as working with private clients, Zimmer Stewart Gallery are increasingly collaborating with companies to create spaces for visitors, clients and employees to enjoy and benefit from.
This could be a permanent display of contemporary art through their 'search and selection' service, an art rental or simply a temporary art pop-up event.
As part of this Zimmer Stewart have arranged artist talks for clients during exhibitions.
Recent projects have included:
A pop-up exhibition at Farnborough Business Park to delight business tenants
Creating a relaxing space for clients at a Sussex dental practice
Rationalise an existing art collection & install new works into a medical conference centre
Installing eighteen paintings over six floors of a London medical centre via art rental.
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