Dreamed House

  • Long & Ryle
  • May 24th, 2018 - June 22nd, 2018

Private view: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 6 – 8 pm

‘Dreamed House’ is Kate Montgomery’s first solo exhibition at Long & Ryle. Montgomery’s interest in textiles, and her studies in Islamic pattern inform the texture and aesthetic of her painting, where patterns and textiles are very much part of the story. She uses geometric principles and Victorian designs to weave through her works, which are small and intensely painted in casein on board. Her paintings are a look behind the curtains, private moments and domestic quiet. The narrative can be solitary, dreamlike or thoughtful, the subject is often an exploration of personal narratives or inspired by the lives of Kate’s own daughters, occasionally by an unusual historical tale. Childhood features strongly with many paintings depicting a parlour game or a mysterious scene from imaginative play. There is a suggestion of interior spaces associated with female responsibility, creativity and desire – silent houses with children outside, workrooms,…a costume gallery.

‘These paintings recall the interiors and gardens of seaside holiday houses from my childhood and in Brighton and Hove now. Past domestic lives can be imagined through their wallpapers, furnishings and fittings from previous generations. My memories of those spaces are fugitive and embroidered like family histories: formal concerns of colour, space and pattern suspend narrative. The paintings look like stories but do not tell them’. /Kate Montgomery/

House by the Sea by Kate Montgomery 2018, casein on birch panel, 38 x 30 cm

Seen Unseen curated by Melanie Miller

  • Long & Ryle
  • June 28th, 2018 - July 27th, 2018

Private view

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 6 – 8 pm


“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal”

Corinthians 2 4:18

Exhibiting artists: Juliette Losq, Anna Gardiner, Loiuse McClary, Sue Williams A”Court, Alice Oswald, Melanie Miller

Nature is a solace, a rhythm, a reminder that we are part of a cycle, it is a source of joy, curiosity, contemplation and fear. Natural catastrophes and our reactions to them are mirrored in nature but so are our own acts of war and aggression. Nature is scary, beautiful, ugly, opportunistic, tenacious and evolving as is our relationship with it.

The enduring popularity of natural history programmes attests to our fascinations, also our desire to anthropomorphise and rationalise what surrounds and ultimately, survives us. As we explore and plunder we eradicate the natural world. We fetishise and demonise as we worship; we nurture and destroy as we try to align elements to our own lives.

This exhibition presents five female painters and one poet. All of the artists would resist the label of nature or even landscape artists and yet they each present us with a unique interpretation of landscape: from the poetic and idealised to sensory understanding and to a world of urban experiences where manmade structures interact and are softened by nature before being lost to it. Some of the works appears to reflect the realisation that we are losing our intimate knowledge and experience of the natural world. Nature is neither benign nor judgmental, it is relentless; if something is neglected it will be reclaimed but once something is lost we cannot bring it back.

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

  • Berkeley Square, London
  • September 14th, 2018 - September 19th, 2018

Long & Ryle are pleased to be returning to the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in September. Since its inception in 2009, the LAPADA has grown to become a foremost international showcase for art and antiques, as well as one of the most prestigious events on the London social calendar.

It’s one of only two yearly events to grace the beautiful Berkeley Square. At the heart of the modern, cosmopolitan city yet steeped in historical resonance, the location could not be more fitting.

100 exhibitors present work from across the art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum. Including jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, authenticity is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale.

British Art Fair

  • Saatchi Gallery, Duke of Yorks HQ, Kings Road, London SW3 4RY
  • September 20th, 2018 - September 23rd, 2018

Anne Desmet RA’s new exhibition

  • Long & Ryle
  • October 11th, 2018 - November 9th, 2018

Private view: Wednesday 10 October 2018, 6 – 8 pm

Details coming soon!


Glasshouse Kaleidoscope by Anne Desmet RA

Forests, Folk Tales and the Sea

  • Long & Ryle
  • November 16th, 2018 - December 21st, 2018

Private view: Thursday 15 November 2018, 6 – 8 pm

As a provider of material on the one hand, and a bearer of content on the other, the book is the germ cell of Blackwell’s work. One can imagine many stories when looking at these works. 

‘The exhibition is a collection of ideas born out of books, that have been developing over the past two years. My life has changed remarkably over these two years, most notably, I relocated to Hastings ( a small fishing town on the south coast) from London. The landscape to which I look out at every day from my studio has partly inspired the work in the show. The show brings together two of my main interests, ‘fairy tales’ and ‘nature’, and here they overlap and combine.’ /Su Blackwell/