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Current Exhibition - Rare Original Exhibition Posters 2016

02/07/2016 to 30/07/2016

All the posters on display in this Exhibition were produced in period through the lithographic process, i.e. printing from an image worked into flat stone or metal plate. Most of the examples in this collection (but not all) were printed by the Atelier Mourlot in Paris between 1949 and 1990.

Thus, these posters are original prints, but because of the purpose for which they were designed, namely promotion, they are not numbered or signed. The imagery embodied in each poster has been created by the artist concerned and worked by him or her directly on to the stone surface from which the print is taken. The lettering on each poster will have been designed by the atelier, who will have been responsible for the rest of the printing process.

Atelier Mourlot was established in 1852 and specialized in producing top quality wallpaper and chocolate papers. They were chosen to produce posters for the Delacroix Exhibition of 1930 (as well as exhibitions for Daumier and Manet at the French National Museums) and the art poster became regarded as works of art per se. The first artists to work with Mourlot to produce Iithographs were Utrillo and Vlaminck, and when in 1937 Bonnard and Matisse became so impressed with the quality of Iithographs produced for them by the atelier, the firm became firmly established as the studio of choice for such work.

Also in the 1930's the founder's grandson, Fernand, actively attracted younger artists such Chagall, Dufy, Léger, Miro and Picasso to work directly on to stone in the workshop, thus founding the tradition of artist/printer collaboration that still exists to this day. For Picasso, between 1945 and 1969, Mourlot virtually became a second home for months at a time; here he produced over 400 Iithographs, not only developing the scope of the medium but also extending his artistry.

The posters on view in this collection were produced in reasonable volume (the exact number is not known) but naturally the number that survive is only a proportion of those printed. Thus they are now prized and achieved ‘collectabIe' status.

Current Exhibition - Summer Group Exhibition 2016

09/07/2016 to 27/08/2016

A changing exhibition of new from the gallery artists.

This Summer Group Show, we also introduce a number of new artists to the gallery - ceramicists Jan Lewin-Cadogan and Mary Jones and painters, Pete Monaghan, Ken Maycock, Philip Huckin and Peter Kettle. Plus, we're also very pleased to have Nick Holly showing with us again.

Fountain Fine Art Gallery in Cardiff and Llandeilo

Fountain Fine Art is a commercial fine art gallery owned by Richard Braine with premises in both Cardiff and Llandeilo. The gallery represents 45 leading painters, sculptors and printmakers and specialises in contemporary Welsh art.

Our art gallery in Llandeilo was established in 1989 and has 80sqm of exhibition space arranged over two floors. Our Cardiff gallery opened in 2012 and has 60sqm of exhibition space situated within Cardiff's chic Morgan Arcade. Both galleries hold a continuous programme of exhibitions from solo to mixed group shows. At any one time Fountain Fine Art holds over 200 works and this stock may be viewed at either art gallery on request.

Our website reflects both Cardiff and Llandeilo galleries, their respective exhibitions and available stock and work may be bought online through our e-Commerce facility. We also encourage visitors to sign up to our mailing list to get the latest information about our exhibitions and publications and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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