When my daughter started school she was asked by her classmates what her father did. She answered "He looks at pictures". To which they replied " That's not a proper job!"Now seventy, pensionable and over forty thousand pictures...
When my daughter started school she was asked by her classmates what her father did. She answered "He looks at pictures". To which they replied " That's not a proper job!"Now seventy, pensionable and over forty thousand pictures later, I am intensely aware of just how fortunate I have been to have indulged a life long passion, married, raised a family, bought a house, receive a pension and yet never had a proper job!I started by failing my degree not once but twice. My supportive parents in Northumberland assumed I was hard at work studying the History of Art as an external student of London University.What I was actually doing was enjoying life in the "Swinging Sixties"... attending Vietnam War demonstrations, hanging out at The Alexander Palace "Technicolour Dream Shows" and running a stall on the Portobello Road... I'd sell anything I could lay my hands on during the week, scouring the numerous junk shops in Ealing, Acton and Hanwell. What I really wanted was to be an artist myself!After four wasted but formative years I emerged into the real world unemployed, unqualified and pennyless. It was at this low point that I had the great good fortune to meet Ian Read, a successful businessman and picture collector. We opened the Bourne Gallery together in 1971. He was sufficiently trusting to give me enough rope to hang myself with and the rest as they say is history.It was our privilege over the years to sell to many hundreds of collectors and to place many pictures with Public Galleries and Institutions. These included:The Victoria and Albert MuseumThe British MuseumThe Gray Art GalleryNorthwich Salt MuseumExeter MuseumThe Paul Mellon FoundationVestry House Museum, EssexColchester MuseumHampshire Museum ServicesGuildford House MuseumThe National Museum of ScotlandThe Museum of LondonLondonderry Art GalleryPoole LibraryThe Palace of WestminsterThe National Library of WalesRoyal Devonshire Regimental MuseumThe Worshipful Company of ButchersThe Guildhall Art Gallery, LondonThe Courtauld Gallery, LondonThe Watts Gallery, Compton, SurreyThe Panett Gallery, WhitbyYork City Art GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery, London
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