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The Modern Pre-Raphaelites at Aidan Meller Gallery in Oxford

The Modern Pre-Raphaelites at Aidan Meller Gallery in Oxford
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The Modern Pre-Raphaelites at Aidan Meller Gallery in Oxford. Oxford’s constellation of Pre-Raphaelite art will see the birth of a new star with the launch of a brand new art gallery on Broad Street, Oxford this September. Enjoy this wonderful event, Yareah friends!

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Sebastian De Grey. Lady Lazarus, 2013. The Modern Pre-Raphaelites. Courtesy of Aidan Meller Gallery.

From September 23rd, Aidan Meller Fine Paintings will be a new centre for art that reflects the ideal of truth to nature, such a big part of Oxford’s world-famous heritage.

The gallery’s programme kicks off with a debut show for the Oxfordians, a group of painters whose work gives the Pre-Raphaelite art adorning locations such as the Ashmolean Museum a vivid new update. Aidan Meller Fine Paintings will offer an accessible new complement to historic sites such as the Burne-Jones stained glass windows at Christchurch Cathedral and Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World at Keble college. The difference is that this will be art not just to admire, but to take home.

Gallery Director Aidan Meller, who has fourteen years in the art business, is delighted to be building on the success of his High Street gallery. He says, “The work of the Oxfordians is contemplative, beautiful and bohemian. It’s very exciting for us to have such talented artists on board. In addition, I’m delighted to be exhibiting rare, original works by the Pre-Raphaelites themselves. We’re very grateful for the success we have at our High Street Gallery and this new space feels like the logical next step.”

The Oxfordians return to their home city hot on the heels of a national tour of other commercial galleries, where their work has proved a bestselling success. The leaders of the group are James Gabriel, Sebastian de Grey, Bethany Meyer and George Oak; painters whose work uses vivid colours and expert draughtsmanship to summon up a world of myth, magic and romance. It’s a style of art that gives that of Holman Hunt, Rossetti et al a fresh new update the 21st century and is set to generate interest with art lovers from Oxfordshire and beyond.

And for lovers of modernism, Meller’s gallery on Oxford High Street will continue its programme of exhibitions of work by artists such as Picasso, Calder, Dalí and Miró, under the new name Aidan Meller Modernism.

AIDAN MELLER FINE PAINTINGS, 14 BROAD STREET, OXFORD, OX1 3AS www.mellermerceux.com

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