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1 Jul - 31 Aug 2020

Summer Anthology

Long & Ryle launching an online group show in July featuring  Casson's very latest work.

 

Detail of Forrel and Falderals

2020

63 x 63 cm, oil on canvas

April 2019

The Renovated Belmond Cadogan Hotel in London is steeped in Oscar Wilde History

Architecture Digest April issue

by Elizabeth Stamp

 

Extract:

Contemporary art and design elements, such as sculpture lighting, bring the hotel in the 21st century and give a nod to its cultured location. "Adorning our walls are 430 pieces of original artwork, by mainly Britiah artists." says Kabelitz. " One striking piece is the lobby, above the hand - carved reception desk. An original piece by Simon Casson, the piece depicts the history of the Cadogan Estate and is certainly a talking point  for guests when checking in."

Ablement and Ablish

135 x 125 cm, oil on canvas

The title refers to the old English dialect words for strong, academic hard work and the sense of pushing forward intellectually.

The painting has the moth (now extincted) named for Sir Hans Sloane in the bottom left of the canvas. It also has the deer that the clients loved in the middle of the composition, from a time when London was still wild. The painted section top right is the old gatehouse view of the British Museum founded by Sloane. His daughter sips hot chocolate on which his fortune is founded. Botanival drawings feature, referring to his academic studies and the ship harks back to his travels abroad, striving to discover.

 

Febuary 2019 Art Acumen

Interview with Simon Casson on the construction of  the Savoyards.

 

Savoyards

2018

400 x 150 cm, oil on canvas

In the late 17th century the Savoy precinct became a notorius place of sanctuary for desperadoes and outlaws, who were nicknamed 'Savoyards' - a term originally applied to natives of Savoy in France. (Later, the word was used for performers in, or devotees of, the Savoy operas - see below. The performers in the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas Iothanthe and Patience would have been called the Savoyards.

 

The painting includes three female figures, alluding to the Gilbert and Sullivan theatrical performers, alongside elements of the period dress of Eleanor of Castile.

 

There is a little peach to make reference to the dish created for Dame Nellie Melba, the infamous Australian Opera singer at the Savoy on 1892 and a painted drawing of a medieval Canis Lupus - the gray wolf which would have roamed London in the Medieval times.