Exhibitor listing
  • Bald Eagle
Watercolour on handmade Indian paaper
58.5 x 38.5cm - Karl Martens
  • American Kestral
Watercolour on handmade Indian paper
56"x36" -
  • Burrowing Owl
Watercolour on handmade Indian paper
22.5" x 29.5" - Karl Martens
  • Golden Eagle
Watercolour on Handmade Indian paper
58.5" x 38" - Karl Martens

Cricket Fine Art

Cricket Fine Art
2 Park Walk
London, SW10 0AD
United Kingdom
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Exhibitor's Artists:

Karl Martens
Biography :
Karl Mårtens was born in San Francisco 1956, and grew up in the vicinity Drottningholm, outside of Stockholm. At the age of 16 he moved to Switzerland and from there to Canada, and eventually back to San Francisco. After 24 years away from Sweden he returned to Sweden at the age of 40. Nature studies, with a special love for birds, has been Karl's main interest since childhood. He has been drawing and painting birds as long as he can remember. As the years have gone by his style has changed from extremely detailed paintings to the present, freer style. The background for Karl's style has its roots in his deep interest for the forms of meditation found I Zen Buddhism. Getting to know one self through attention to thoughts and emotions, and to accept the fact that we will never be fully in control of our lives are some of the thoughts he has found important. This way of thinking is not only reflected in Karl's paintings, but has resulted in his holding workshops in Zen calligraphy, where participants get to practice identifying their emotions, resist planning and then express the emotions on paper with Chinese ink on calligraphy paper. 'When we paint from our true feelings, we all paint something beautiful' Karl paint his birds from memory, using watercolor and charcoal on hand-made paper. 'I look at a bird and a specific expression or posture, which particularly expresses the personality of the bird, sticks in my mind. Then I paint...'

Karl Martens - Golden Eagle
Watercolour on Handmade Indian paper
58.5" x 38"
Golden Eagle Watercolour on Handmade Indian paper 58.5" x 38"
Karl Martens - Burrowing Owl
Watercolour on handmade Indian paper
22.5" x 29.5"
Burrowing Owl Watercolour on handmade Indian paper 22.5" x 29.5"
Karl Martens - Bald Eagle
Watercolour on handmade Indian paaper
58.5 x 38.5cm
Bald Eagle Watercolour on handmade Indian paaper 58.5 x 38.5cm

Other Artists represented by the Gallery:

Kate Boxer
Biography : Kate Boxer was born in Sussex in 1961. In the early 1990s she took classes in London art schools and has exhibited in galleries and at art fairs since 1994. The film maker Bruno Wolheim has written about her work and her ‘idiosyncratic and deeply felt’ subject matter. He points out how in her cowboy paintings ‘Howard Hawks meets high camp, High Sierra and Frank O’Hara. High fun meets high seriousness.’ Discussing her animal images in paint and print, Wolheim notes their ‘engaging eccentricity’ that comes ‘from a fierce understanding of their innate spirit. The snake, bison, or sand-bird are above all themselves, they express their own independence and individuality, with all the implicit comic tragedy… they are free.’ In June 2013 Cricket Fine Art held an exhibition of Kate's portriats entitled 'Hello, this is Caesar" - David Flusfeder kindly wrote the introduction to Kate's catalogue' - 'KATE BOXER has always been a superb depicter of animals, human or otherwise. And the double acts here,where the human half of the pair is the nominal subject, are actually more about the uncredited beast in the pairing and the human’s capacities to share its needs or pleasures. Geronimo can match his horse’s delight in motion and speed.Queen Victoria sits obdurate and statuesque while the elephant who supports her wonders if she can allow herself a little hop and prance and dance. But there is no judgement here: Geronimo is no better or more authentic than Victoria. She is just somewhat lonelier. These portraits, many of writers, convince entirely. Here’s Proust with his complacency and vanity and terror; and Alice B Toklas allowed at last to be sultry.The butterflies around Joan of Arc's head might be about to convince her of her holiness.The star of the show though is the portrait of the film director RainerWerner Fassbinder. Looking at Kate Boxer’s portrait of him you can believe that every man gets the face he deserves. His character is
Lotti Cole
Biography : After embarking on a Foundation Course at Wimbledon Art School and receiving an MA degree in Art History from St Andrews University, Lottie moved to Luoyang, Henan Province China to teach English for a year. Since graduating Lottie has continued to paint and work as an illustrator as well as working for a number of arts organisations including the National Portrait Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She continues to work at the London Library - which has been inspiration for some of her work. She has exhibited in a number of group shows including the National Art Open competition, Affordable Art Fair and at Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea. Cole takes inspiration from her native Sussex. Having visited Charleston Farm and Monk’s House numerous times she has formed a deep appreciation of both, which has inspired many collections of her paintings.These interiors show her interest in colour and mood with tone and light shifting over the whole canvas. There is an additional dimension; the way these images connect back to the space left behind by the Bloomsbury Group writers - Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Virginia Woolf and others.
Hugo Grenville
Biography : Hugo Grenville first exhibited in London at the Chelsea Arts Society at the age of 15, although it took him another 14 years to become a full time painter. After leaving school he travelled the Hippy Trail to India, ran out of money, joined the Coldstream Guards and served as an officer in Northern Ireland, West Africa, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) during the Civil War, and finally as an Aide-de-Camp to C-in-C British Army of the Rhine, during which time he painted whenever possible, and studied part-time at Chelsea School of Art and Heatherley’s. Working first in advertising and then as an art dealer, he finally submitted to the need to paint full-time at the age of 30. With 20 one-man shows under his belt at major galleries in London, New York and Palm Beach, Hugo has forged an enviable reputation as one of the country’s leading colourist painters, resulting in invitations to lecture and teach from institutions such as Falmouth School of Art and the V & A Museum. His fabric designs were included in the Liberty’s Spring/Summer Collection of 2011, and he was short listed for the Threadneedle Prize in 2013. During his career he has painted many portraits of leading figures, including the late Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Runcie, and the counter-tenor Michael Chance in the role of Orpheus at the ENO; he was an Official War Artist in Bosnia in 1995, and has been commissioned by a number of institutions including the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, Edinburgh City Council and The China Club, Hong Kong. As well as writing regularly for The Artist magazine, Hugo has built a reputation as an inspirational teacher, running short courses at The Grenville School of Painting in Bristol which attract students from the US and Europe as well as from all over Britain.
Chloë Lamb
Biography : One of the most significant changes in 20th century art was when the artist sought to FIND and not to MAKE an image.To FIND meant the artist sought to interpret the first abstract mark, colour or shape that they brushed onto the canvas.This is an exciting and adventurous way to paint, meaning the artist cannot predetermine the paintings direction. Chloe has become a daring and fluent user of this method as all her paintings show. Her works are full of linear twists and turns as she chases her imagination over the canvas surface. Her sensitivity to colour rhythms and her dynamic use of large brushes and double cream paint give her work a luscious quality, inviting the observer to enjoy and participate in her every action and colour nuance. Few artists can paint wet into wet as she does to the palpable enrichment of the paint surface. The impact of her paintings are on two levels. She has an abstract feel for areas of colour bounded by searchingly expressive lines that build forms that challengingly come together in many original ways to compose and lock the picture plane. On another level one can read the tantalising forms of a rich and sensuous landscape that invites the observer to search and enjoy the originality of the artists poetic sensitivity. The artist has also a great interest in figure groups that are more simply rendered.These have an elegant ease about them and are finely felt and observed.They always prove a most popular addition to every exhibition. Chloe, is one of those rare painters whose real love of paint, brush mark and distinctive compositional form raise her above other professional painters. One cannot but help to join and rejoice with her in the exuberance and passion of her painting journey. She has a rare and most welcome gift that lifts the spirits and satisfies the senses . I am always left with an expectation and longing for the next exhibition. Robin Child, 2012
Frank Phelan
Biography : Phelan’s paintings broach areas of concer in an informed, highly literate way … His documented track record weaves him Zelig-like into a major strand of Irish twentieth –century art history. Aidan Dunne in The Irish Times, December 8, 2004 Born in Dublin, Frank Phelan was educated by the Christian Brothers and in Tipperary at Rockwell College, before studying at the Royal Architectural Institute of Ireland. He then worked as a draughtsman in a Dublin firm of structural engineers until 1953, when he, his father and his brother Brian emigrated to Canada. For six years, he worked in Ontario at various jobs while taking classes at the Doon School of Fine Arts in Kitchener. Around 1959, he returned to Ireland briefly before moving to London, where he lived with the sculptor Frank Morris. He found work as a stagehand at Joan Littlewood’s innovative Stratford East Theatre, and designed sets for the Unity Theatre and for Charles Marowitz’s Open Space Theatre Company. His theatre contacts eventually lead to an introduction to Nancy Wynne-Jones, who invited him to be an artist-in-residence in Trevaylor, the Georgian house at Gulvel, near Penzance she had converted to a kind of artist’s colony. It was here that Phelan befriended the painter Tony O’Malley, who introduced him to many of the key figures in the early St. Ives circle, including Roger Hilton, Bryan Wynter, Patrick Heron, Conor Fallon. Phelan was also particularly impressed by the work of Peter Lanyon. Throughout the decade, he worked between Cornwall and a rented studio off the Fulham Road, developing highly abstracted, compositional style. By 1966, he had had his first solo show of paintings at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, organised by Richard Demarco. This partnership was one of the most fruitful of his early career, and he also showed his work at Demarco’s inaugural exhibition in Glasgow, in another solo show the following year at Demarco’s Edinburgh gallery, and in severa


Leslie Pratt founded Cricket Fine Art in 1996 to assemble and represent a selection of gifted contemporary artists and introduce their work to a wider audience.

With a degree in Fine Art and many years working in London galleries, Leslie had garnered considerable acumen in recognizing new talent and felt passionately about helping to sustain and promote it. Nevertheless, at that time, as a mother of three young children, it was convenient (necessary!) for Leslie’s first ‘gallery’ to be at home. While this was quite disruptive during exhibitions (her husband grumbled that it was like moving house three times a year), Leslie almost unwittingly discovered that hanging art at home had a strong marketing advantage.

Clients were able to view paintings in situ and, seeing fine art hanging over an abandoned coffee cup or the odd half chewed sneaker — the pervasive art of domestic life — seemed to make visitors immediately at ease with the paintings and able imaginatively to transmit them to their own houses. Consequently, this feeling of seeing art hang “at home” is a concept rooted in the design of her galleries, and each has the welcoming feeling of a furnished house rather than the more traditional spare, minimalistc design of most galleries.

As her portfolio of artists grew and her sales moved beyond a predominantly local client base, Leslie knew that she must find a more central venue for both artists and buyers. Accordingly, in 2003, she opened her first gallery at 13 Langton Street and, in this intimate, charming space, held a number of successful mixed and one man shows, including exhibitions of such increasingly successful artists as Chloe Lamb, Christine Seifert and Jeffrey Pratt. As her artists gained in stature and her business flourished, Leslie decided to move to a larger space and, in the Spring of 2010, opened her new gallery at 2 Park Walk.

Leslie sells art from the gallery as well as} from her well constructed and constantly updated website. In her inviting gallery, the vibrant colourful paintings glow from the soft-toned walls and the smells of sea grass and highly polished furniture do make one feel immediately at home (albeit in a particularly tidy one!). People drop in constantly and linger unselfconsciously among the art, which is just as she would have it, commenting ”that’s where paintings ultimately rest — the more it feels like home, the better.” Leslie’s long represented artists continue to gather ever larger followings and her list of represented artists also continues to grow. She now regularly sells globally and ships works all over the world.

From young mother determined to nurture artists and inspire others to “bring art home”, Leslie has built a successful business that rewards both artist and client; to the first she gives a voice and to the second she gives a love of living with art.
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