John Monks at 60 Threadneedle Street

  • 60 Threadneedle Street EC2R 8HP
  • September 28th, 2017 - January 11th, 2018

Private View: Wednesday 27 September, 6 – 8 pm

VJB Arts and Long & Ryle are pleased to be showing new work by John Monks at 60 Threadneedle Street. Follow this link to watch our film on John Monks’ work. 

‘In my life painting serves a dual purpose. It is my career but also my daily preoccupation and my way of engaging with the world around me.

The starting point for a work can be a very minor incident such as glimpsing a reflection of a room in a night time window. This subconscious prompt then takes on a life of its own and develops into an image that mirrors life but is in fact an invented reality.

A painting is, in some ways, never really finished. Rather it reaches a point were the original concept has more or less successfully been reached. This then provides the stimulus to create a new work building on the experience of its predecessor. 

Every painting I make has for me, its own meanings and points of reference, however, rather than elaborate these, I think a work of art succeeds when the input of the artist is strong enough to allow the viewer to connect with it and form a narrative from their own experiences.’ \John Monks\


Mirror Image by John Monks, 2017, oil on canvas, 214 x 275 cm

The Journey

  • Long & Ryle
  • October 5th, 2017 - November 1st, 2017

Private View: Wednesday 4 October 2017, 6 – 8 pm

Nick Archers new landscape paintings focus on our relationship with the natural world and its place in our imagination. The works are at first glance made from beautiful passages of rich colour which have been flooded onto the canvas, exposing interior landscapes that echo hollow fear and an inner amazement like a child watching an abandoned fairground coming alight in the dark. An imaginary landscape where a seemingly enchanted landscape lifts off the canvas and into the mind’s eye.

The new series of forest paintings Archer has made are like a scene from a dark fairy tale. Rows of trees often lead to a distant light which guides the viewer through the forest. Archer sees the forest paintings as a metaphor for the passage of time and our journey through life. This theme is also reflected in the process of how the paintings are made: Layer upon layer of coloured oil paint and leaves of gold foil build a rich surface which reveals the passage of time like the layers of a rock formation.

The Passions

  • Long & Ryle
  • November 9th, 2017 - December 16th, 2017

Private View: Wednesday 8 November 2017, 6 – 8 pm

Ramiro Fernandez Saus last exhibited in London in 2012, so it is with great excitement that we are able to present a new series of paintings based on the theme of the ‘Passions’.  In the last two decades Fernandez Saus has become one of the most well known Spanish artists of his generation. In 2005 he was given a retrospective at the Museum of Sabadell and his works are in the collections of the Reine Sofia in Madrid and the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Fernandez Saus has a particularly strong following in the UK of important collectors who remain passionate about his work.

Tigers, monkeys, parrots and sailors remain among the cast playing within the grounds of this garden, but characters also travel further afield on sea voyages to exotic lands, riding blue whales and writing love letters in ship cabins. Ramiro captures the imaginative thrill of discovering unexplored lands and encountering the mysterious and outlandish. Even within his interiors, patterned wallpapers become jungles.



The London Art Fair

  • Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1
  • January 17th, 2018 - January 21st, 2018

Long & Ryle are pleased to be returning to the London Art Fair in 2018.

Annually launching the art world year since 1988, London Art Fair provides a supportive environment for collectors of all levels. With a large display of museum quality Modern British art alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists, covering the period from the early 20th century to today, presented by respected galleries and private collections.

The 30th edition of London Art Fair takes place from 17-21 January 2018.