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Willem and Walter Dolphyn - W.H. Patterson Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

W.H. PATTERSON is presenting an exhibition of works by father and son, Willem and Walter Dolphyn – from Wednesday, November 7 to Friday, November 30, 2007.

This latest exhibition is a culmination of the past year’s work, which for both, has seen a battle with adversity

Walter’s move to France a few years back has left him an altogether happier lunatic and his true genius emerges through his painting – when his commitment to barbecues for the whole village is exhausted! His obsession with hunting on ebay for the toys and curiosities that form the focus of his paintings also takes much of his time and attention and keeps him from painting. What is accomplished when time permits however, is delightful in content and magnificent in execution.

Walter’s dinky toy paintings not only demonstrate what incredible artistic talent he possesses, but also his wonderfully quirky sense of humour shines through in the mini stories that are told in his paintings. The trompe l’oeil effect that permeates throughout his work is exquisitely eye-catching and the attention to detail is simply marvellous.

Willem has emerged stronger than ever thanks to his sincere professionalism and diligent attitude. His complete dedication to his art has helped him through this past year and his unbridled enthusiasm for his painting this year is evident in the breathtaking collection of treasures on display in this, his 22nd exhibition at the gallery.

Equally adept at subtle or lavish compositions, Willem’s graceful genius makes their creation appear simple. An inspiration to so many of his pupils and to many generations to come, Willem’s outstanding example stimulates the best in all those around him. His work is a rare combination of classical composition and exquisite colour and tone, made possible by his insistence on working exclusively from life and using the natural northern European light.

These still life paintings uphold and enhance the Dolphyn’s worldwide reputation as masters of contemporary realist painting.

W.H. Patterson Gallery, 19 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BB.

Telephone: 0207 629 4119.

Times: Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 5.30pm; Saturday – 10am to 1pm; by appointment at all other times.

Admission: Free.