Gary Churchward Interview: Online versus High Street – crunch time for art galleries
By James Brewer
The future of the fine art market is in your hands – or, more precisely, in your internet browser.
Online art sites are challenging the traditional way of buying and selling, as the cost of running gallery property and maintaining adequate staffing continues to rise.
London businessman Gary Churchward, who has tested both the premises-based and the online options, has come down firmly in favour of the latter. His venture, www.thechurchwardgallery.com is ringing up steady sales of mainly contemporary prints and paintings.
While bricks-and-mortar galleries have long flourished thanks to the face-to-face relationships of proprietors with customers, virtual platforms offer flexibility and ease of transaction, and generate new audiences for artists, galleries and private sellers. It is little wonder that many old school galleries now include an online purchase facility.
Research in 2013 by insurer Hiscox revealed the growing trend for buying art online – with, at that stage, 71% of contemporary art collectors surveyed having bought artwork on the strength of a JPEG image. Buying art in that way has become the norm rather than the exception, said the insurer, although its study found that the majority of traditional galleries had resisted the move to e-commerce.
Mr Churchward relates how he came to be a champion of the online choice. He said: “Ten years ago or so, I started collecting art purely for personal enjoyment, meeting and building relationships with some of the artists along the way. One thing led to another and the next step was to operate my own online art gallery as the amount of stock I had compiled had become substantial, and the contacts I had made encouraged me do so.
“I had opened ‘pop up’ galleries in Shoreditch and in Southfields, different parts of London. Both had elements of potential success but also paved the way to showing that a high street presence, although wonderful to operate, costs a vast amount to sustain. I came to the conclusion that a viable high street establishment would be incredibly expensive, and highly risky without a good deal of investment backing in place. → Read more
January sales has been a very successful month for both sales and orders. February will see Mr Sly raising his prices to £250.00 per print and £450.00 for the framed versions. This still represents incredibly good value for money. Nice to have sold a Mr Von Hugo and we expect his work to surge forward. Mr Sly is still offering great art pieces so stay tuned! Below are SOLD pieces
Mr Von Hugo
Sold and making it’s way to Epping Forest. £190.00
Otto Schade was born in Chile on the 30th October 1971. He initially studied Architecture at the Bio Bio University and Construction and Design Architecture in Concepcion, Chile. As a successful architect he has been awarded for public and private projects. → Read more
‘LOVE IS THE ANSWER….’, by Deborah Azzopardi. The event will take place at The London Art Fair, on Thursday 19th January, 6-7.30pm at The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Stand G1.
Amy Winehouse is the subject of Pop Artist Deborah Azzopardi’s latest work, created at the request of Mitch and Janis Winehouse as a tribute to their daughter. In creating this work, Deborah Azzopardi has merged the icon of Amy Winehouse into one of her most iconic images, ‘SSHH…’.
Deborah comments: “Sometimes we need to rest, pause, and just breathe, eyes closed, and take time out. A moment of silence whilst continuously sharing love.”
The limited edition screen-print has been signed by the artist, Mitch Winehouse and Janis Winehouse. The signing took place at Tagsmart, who will be supplying the authentication and certifications for this edition. Each screen-print has been biometrically tagged using special technology.
We are delighted to announce that a portion of sales from the limited edition silk-screen print will benefit The Amy Winehouse Foundation, London.
“All icons leave a mark on this earth.
There never was and there never will be anyone like Amy Winehouse.
Her profound fragility as a musician left the world scarred emotionally.
As a lyricist, she was a courageous storyteller, chronicling her own experiences with love head on and did not hold back.
Her honesty was truly compelling and was, more importantly, relatable. She showed love in all its guises.
Her music taught us that Love is the answer… and inevitably is needed by us all.
Deborah Azzopardi brings her iconic ‘SSHH…’ sentiment to a reflective poised Amy Winehouse, a peaceful adulation of a truly soulful genius.”
Julie Smith – Masters of Art Business, Sotheby’s Institute of Art
One of the a art world’s challenging artists. Dirty Hans produces these very cool images and are being bought across the entire world. Priced to afford everyone a little bit of Dirty Hans. These are just a taster of what is available. Check his entire selection out now!
Excited to be representing Mr Sly. His discipline is already proving to very popular indeed with interest generating a great following. Only time will tell but at the present time the future looks very bright indeed. These computer generated images are selling now for £250.00 unframed, £450.00 framed which has seen an increase as from February 2017.
Syrett artist. Something very special indeed from the studio of Syrettartist. These nail varnish prints selling for £200.00 each are proving to be a big hit for the interior design world. These are new to the art market and Daniel Syrett has a deep knowledge in the art world. Keep your eyes open for these prints
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Churchward Gallery Showcases Liverpool’s Contemporary Artist ‘Dirty Hans’
High impact contemporary art from self-taught talent brings an edge to The Churchward Gallery.
London UK, Monday 9th November 2015 – A forward thinking online art gallery has recently announced its intention to offer buyers an opportunity to appreciate and own original works by the Liverpool based, innovative artist, ‘Dirty Hans’. ‘The Churchward Gallery’ is excited to be working with ‘Dirty Hans’ in order provide a global platform from which, exclusively sought after and high impact works of art, can be viewed and purchased. In contrast to many other contemporary artists Hans is entirely self taught and has built a far reaching reputation for striking works, combining painting and illustrations. From a young age Hans has drawn influence from uniquely different artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, combined with a personal love of iconic 1950’s styles, including media, culture and film – influences which is identifiable in Hans’ current high impact pieces which are often created in a spray painted pop-art style. Hans commented “I take inspiration for my work from many things including the imagery of the 1950`s culture, movies, comic books, pulp-magazines, travelling and studying more traditionalist contemporary artists. I don’t have the vocabulary to put into words what I want you to feel, see and sense when you see a painting of mine, so I try to let my paintings do the talking for me and hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did painting them.” Having recently exhibited worldwide, including Miami, Toronto and Berlin, Hans pieces have been acquired by both individual art enthusiasts and large multi-nationals, such as Lego Company, Opal Telecoms and 105 Century FM. The Churchward Gallery will be showcasing a broad range of works by Dirty Hans, which can be viewed online at https://thechurchwardgallery.com/artists/dirty-hans/
About The Churchward Gallery: Brainchild of London businessman and purveyor of art, Gary Churchward, The Churchward Gallery is an eCommerce based contemporary art gallery, enjoying success working closely with a broad range of both established and emerging artists. The online gallery offers a high profile platform for new artists to break into the modern art market.
Contact: Gary Churchward
Telephone: +44 (0)7860 576608
Web: www.thechurchwardgallery.comRelease Ends
Each and every month we will be asking artists the questions you were too scared to ask and find out what makes them tick…
Sara Pope has been producing her innovative designs from a background in design and fashion. Her work has been displayed across the globe and one piece is permanently displayed in the Vatican.
Good morning Sara:
You were born in Stoke-on-Trent and spent time living in Spain. Where is home? I’ve lived in several places but Brighton is my new home. I moved here a year ago and I love it. I also spend a lot of time in Paris and in Italy.
Your lips images are so iconic. What’s your inspiration for them? All my work is ultimately about communication. My first paintings were portraits, as I was interested in exploring the emotion that it was possible to convey. Lips are a distillation of that, the mouth is integral to our ability to communicate and express feelings. Coming from a fashion back ground, when looking for inspiration I look at fashion and advertising, which I think is reflected in the lips, the seductive, glossy way that I like to paint them, and the quite sexy, flirtatious quality they have.
What has been the reaction to the visit to the Vatican and the acceptance of your work by the Pope? It’s been incredible, the story appeared in the Sunday Express on Easter Sunday, and then the phone didn’t stop ringing. I was interviewed live on Sky News, BBC News, BBC Radio and several regional newspapers. On a more personal level, acquaintances and friends, particularly those who are Catholic have expressed to me how much they love the portrait, and what a wonderful achievement it is.
What’s the best and worst parts of being an artist? It’s all pretty great to be honest, to be able to do every day something that you love, and that takes you to places and to meet people that otherwise you never would, such as the Vatican private quarters! It can be very frustrating when work is not working out but when it goes right it’s a fab feeling.
Which artist do you admire the most and have you met them? Francis Bacon, I love the immediate, visceral quality of his work. Also he was such a charismatic, articulate man, it would be amazing to go back in time and meet him. I think a night out with him would be one you wouldn’t forget in a hurry!
What would be your advice to any budding artist? Think big, the sky’s the limit.
What are your plans for 2015/2016 regarding new work, collaborations and exhibitions? Well, I’ve got a very exciting 2015 planned. I’m doing a collaboration with bareMinerals make up brand at the moment. We already did a really successful event in March, resulting in my work featuring in Sunday Times Style magazine, and we’ll be doing another event in June for the launch of their lip oil balm range ‘Pop of Passion’. I’m going to be part of the Brighton Fringe Festival on 31st May, exhibiting with artrepublic Gallery. I have a solo show at Boxpark in East London at the end of June to launch the print of my Pope portrait (it will be a POP-e UP show!) And for 2016 I’m in talks to do some very exciting collaborations, but I can’t say too much yet!
If you weren’t an artist what would be your dream job? It would be as a shoe designer, which I’m lucky enough to have already achieved and continue to do, consulting for a Danish brand.
Your favourite holiday destination? Hot or Cold? Hot definitely, nothing says holiday to me like a sparkling blue sea, and enough heat to make me want to jump right in.
Lastly…Are you a full English or Continental breakfast kinda girl? I’m all a bit healthy for breakfast, fresh juices and granola style, but you can’t beat rashers and maple syrup every now and then.
For more of Sara Pope’s work, please visit her Gallery Page.
The gallery is currently offering a 10% discount on all pieces for April.
Los Angeles, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 04/21/2015 — An online Art Gallery has announced they are offering a 10% discount on all pieces during the month of April. The Churchward Gallery presents the outstanding pieces of an array of new talented artists that cover the best contemporary and urban art. Among the upcoming stars are Alain Magallon, Otto Schade, Azure, Emo Rapheil Astoria, Gemma Hadley, Jane Bristowe and more.
The current featured artist, presented by the Churchward Gallery is Otto Schade, who thanks his background in architecture for his unique style. His art has been shown worldwide in countries like Russia, Chile, Germany, Netherland, and the USA. His works range from surrealism and abstract to urban art, using some metaphorical personages with an ironic, sharp touch. Some of his popular paintings are Aquarium, Amy, Bob Marley, Bruce Willis, Butterfly Kiss, Cabaret, etc.
Azure uses landscapes and music in his paintings, being deeply interested in energy, sounds and movements of the surrounding world. Some of his paintings include Afterflow, Battersea, Deluge, Flowform, Overflow, Jazz Movement, etc.
Alain Magallon’s strength is in images’ manipulation, using techniques from different periods, changing their context and providing them new emotional power. Art lovers have become very interested in his paintings Diamond Kate, Dita, Crisis? What Crisis?, Dragon, and more. → Read more