Jenna Burlingham Fine Art
Muddy says: Kingslere’s inspirational gateway to fine art and interior design. Expect modern, British works from Moore, Lowry, Hitchens, Frink and more.
In a previous life, Jenna was Bonhams’ 20th Century British Art expert and director at specialist London dealer, Offer Waterman. It shows.
She has a deep knowledge and appreciation of Modern British Art with an international client-base; the gallery holds regular exhibitions in The Capital.
Kingsclere, though, is HQ. A higgledy building, all mid-century furniture, beams hieroglyphed with age and stonking works of 20th Century British Art. Did I mention Henry Moore and the occasional Lowry?
It feels like a home, albeit exquisitely appointed, so it isn’t hard to imagine these works in a domestic setting. *Sigh. Attempts not to compare own toddler-proofed dwelling.*
Feeling impressed, yet slightly intimidated? Fear not, you could call the gallery a gateway to fine art, especially for women — and especially for women passionate about interior design.
You’ll find none of that, oh-so-common, art-world snobbery when it comes to viewing paintings in terms of interiors.
Yes, Jenna knows the virtues of Vorticism verses Cornish Abstraction (no, me neither…), but she will also gladly guide you to the piece which will make your brand-spanking new kitchen sing.
After an initial visit to the gallery to gauge preferences, she often loads her car with works to try out in clients’ houses.
As well as regular tie-ins with Colefax and Fowler, Jenna runs the Modern British Art section at the tri-annual Battersea Decorative Arts Fair.
Highly respected and full of juicy design inspiration, it is also beloved by c’lebs: Oprah’s a regular and the whole shebang is often closed for private views by a certain by Mr and Mrs D. Beckham.
So yes, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art is definitely playing with the big guns of the art and interior design world, but its ethos remains genuinely friendly.
There are exquisite pieces of art, ceramics and sculpture here from established modern British artists such as Ivon Hitchens and Elisabeth Frink, to respected contemporary players like Nicholas Turner and Lindy Guinness.
Unlike her metropolitan counterparts paying megabucks rent though, Jenna can also afford to support new artists and show work with a price-tag under four figures.
Art lovers and students are very welcome, even if they don’t have plans to purchase. One regular visitor rarely buys but simply pops-in as a mood lifting distraction from her mother’s illness.
So whether your pockets are deeper than the Mariana Trench or more akin to Mudeford flats, you must visit.
Feature image: Ivon Hitchens, River and Fields