Interview with Eileen Cooper RA OBE in Art Breath

Read all about Eileen Cooper RA OBE in a recent interview with Art Breath here. From her training at Goldsmiths College, to her time as Keeper of the Royal Academy, she discusses her inspiration and influences behind her distinctive work…

Collaboration with Art For Heroes to raise money for NHS Charities!

We have been invited to guest curate Art For Heroes’ art auction this Bank Holiday weekend! Emerging contemporary artists will be donating their works to the auction, in which 100% of the sale proceeds will be going towards NHS Charities to support our hero workers on the frontline. Auctions will be staggered, from 9.30am to 10pm on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May. The first auction will include a new woodcut by Declan Jenkins.

Featured in Artnet’s gallery highlights

We are delighted to be included in Artnet’s highlights of galleries with online viewing rooms in their 6th May article. Link here.

Artists Working from Home: Eileen Cooper

Last spring we were honoured to work with Eileen Cooper OBE RA in her exhibition ‘Short Stories’, a first for the gallery and the start of a wonderful friendship. The show was a colour bath, filled with layers of narratives and versatility in exploring the medium of paper and a range of printmaking techniques, all with Eileen’s distinctive and inimitable touch.  We are working on a budding project together so have been lucky to be in contact during this period of self-isolation.  We wanted to step into her world for a minute so we thought we would catch up with her and see what life is like to work from home now…

‘I’m lucky that I’ve always had a home studio, so everything is set up as normal.  It is a flexible space; at the moment I’ve put painting to one side and I’m concentrating on some graphic works, with a ‘Top Secret’ brief…all will be divulged at Sims Reed next year.  My normal way of working is intensive and I’m always juggling a few projects, but now, in lockdown, I’d describe my way of working as ‘gentle’.  Each morning I’m prioritising pilates and several circuits around my garden.  A new need, to keep in regular contact with family, friends and acquaintances from around the world is taking a fair bit of time.  On returning to the studio, I realise how special it is to be able to lose oneself for hours at a time in another reality’. 

Artists Working from Home: Aaron Kasmin

We were lucky enough to work with Aaron on not one, not two but three exhibitions since 2015. His work is the perfect antidote to our surreal situation, as his drawings transport you away to another world! You can’t help but smile when you see his work. These beautiful immensely detailed pencil drawings are inspired by his personal collection of vintage American matchbooks. Aaron lives in London with artist Sarah Kasmin. We asked Aaron what this time of isolation means for him and what it is like working from home.

“In this surreal time of lockdown, my working life is actually remarkably similar. I am fortunate that my studio is at home upstairs. Isolation is something I am used to; it is the way of life for an artist who paints and draws. My other love is our beautiful garden, which I spend a lot of time pottering about in and sitting in. The inspiration for my matchbook drawings comes from the genius artists who originally created them and also from my love of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood films – the suave and sophisticated, the glamour, the mood. It also celebrates ephemera; something I have had an obsession with collecting all my life.”

Dale Chihuly in Artsy

Learn about how Dale Chihuly – and other artists – are adapting to the new normal and making new work during Covid-19 in this Artsy article here.


Artists Working from Home: Humphrey Ocean

We have been catching up with the brilliant Humphrey Ocean RA who has been keeping busy in his South London studio, where he admits to spending most of his waking hours now.  Though best known as a painter, Ocean discovered printmaking in recent years.  In 2018 we were honoured to exhibit Ocean’s prints, works on paper and sculpture in the show ‘I’ve no idea either‘.  He told us about what life feels like in this period of isolation…

‘I am of course naturally secretive, for my own sake, just superstition about talking before doing, in case one undermines the other.  Perhaps I should not be but I like this, being left alone.  To think, and think a bit more, and allow thoughts simply to connect. I wonder if this is what it was like for Jane Austen, the concentration to put so much into each sentence.  Anyway, all I will say is I am starting again something I began in 2004.  Maybe this is a better time for it’.

Artists Working from Home: Declan Jenkins

As we hunker down and work from home, Team Sims Reed are working out new ways of communicating with our artists as we continue to work on projects together.

First up we’ve been catching up with the superb Declan Jenkins about what it’s like to work from home.  Following RA schools in 2015, Jenkins had a solo show of prints with us in 2017.  He normally works from his studio in South London, where he lives with the artist India Mackie (also RA schools alumni) and baby girl. His expressively carved woodcuts explore the consciousness of being an artist and hover between writing and diagram.

‘The trick is to try and make the most of limited space and materials, but sometimes those limitations can yield real breakthroughs.  Working from home is more diaristic, with a daily routine of drawing and watercolours.  There is more space for reverie and it feels like I have gone back to being a teen, making bits and bobs in the bedroom’.

Chihuly Exhibition Launches

We are thrilled to announce our the launch of our exhibition Chihuly which is now online to view until 1st May. Nearly thirty years of fine art prints and unique drawings are presented in our collaboration with the Chihuly Studio.

For an introduction to the artist’s work which began with weaving and glassblowing, take a look at this fascinating short film here.

(Image: Dale Chihuly, Jerusalem, 1999 © Chihuly Studio. Photographer: Terry Rishel)


New monograph by Humphrey Ocean RA

Congratulations to Humphrey Ocean! A new monograph of Ocean’s work has recently been published. Drawing together his work across many disciplines, together with an essay by the curator Ben Thomas, this can now be purchased at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and online. A secondary published, A Book of Birds, published by the RA is also available.

SRG’s annual catalogue edition #3

Our new annual catalogue of our current selection of modern, post-war and contemporary prints and works on paper is now available to purchase and can be viewed online here

SRG in Tatler’s Insider’s Guide to Masterpiece 2019

Aaron Kasmin’s drawings were mentioned as a highlight of Masterpiece fair in Tatler last week! Read all about it here.

Aaron Kasmin’s new show at SRG: Showtime! Opening 30 May.

News of our new exhibition in The Mayfair Times. Kasmin returns to Sims Reed Gallery with his third exhibition inspired by American feature matchbooks that he passionately collects. The inventive subjects make for arresting images and the drawings shed a new light on American culture. It celebrates, not only the everyday but also the glitz and glamour of life, these works draw attention to these forgotten ephemeral masterworks of art.

Eric Fischl mini-show at SRG

This April and May we are featuring a selection of new editions by American artist Eric Fischl (b. 1948). In his new pinned Mylar works, Fischl creates images that are both striking in their vibrant tones and infused with the subtle tension of figures twisting, reaching and pushing out beyond the boundaries of the picture plane. More info in our mention in the Wall Street International.


Review of Eileen Cooper’s exhibition ‘Short Stories’ by Bob Chaundy (Considering Art)

Thank you to Bob Chaundy, journalist and author of Considering Art, for the  glowing review of Eileen Cooper’s Short Stories exhibition at Sims Reed Gallery! Read all about it here. 

“It’s a seductive exhibition – intimate, sensual and with a lightness of touch. With those bright, paper-layered backgrounds of predominantly orange and brown contrasted against the blue skies, cleverly torn to reveal the impression of clouds, it’s a show that evokes great warmth.”

Derek Boshier in the Evening Standard

A prominent British pop artist, whose work hangs next to David Hockney’s in Tate Britain, has had a sketch he was working stolen from one of the gallery’s public easels.

Boshier made his name in the 1960s as one of the key proponents of British Pop Art, along with contemporaries David Hockney, Peter Blake and Pauline Boty. In the Seventies, the artist created the Clash’s second songbook.

Read more here.

Humphrey Ocean on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Only Artists’

To listen, click here. The artist Humphrey Ocean is Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy of Arts, and his portraits of Paul McCartney, Philip Larkin, Tony Benn and Lord Whitelaw are in the National Portrait GalleryFor Only Artists, he meets the painter Mark Alexander.

Humphrey Ocean & Elephant Magazine

Sims Reed Gallery’s new solo show with Humphrey Ocean RA is featured in this month’s online issue of Elephant Magazine. Click here to read an interview between the artist and Ungo from grafiti collective Broken Fingaz Crew.

Wallpaper* Magazine x St. James’s Art & Design Walk

We are pleased to be taking part in St. James’s Art & Design Walk on Thursday 19th October. This art walk has been organised in collaboration with Wallpaper* Magazine. For more details, click here.

Film of Preview of Declan Jenkins’ exhibition

A film showing highlights of our preview evening of Declan Jenkins’ I sing of armoires.. on 5th September 2017 at Sims Reed Gallery. Including an introduction from the artist.

Artnet Interview with Declan Jenkins

As Declan Jenkins’ exhibition with SRG approaches, Artnet News interviews the artist in their ‘Artnet Asks’ article here.

Artdependence Interview with Artist Declan Jenkins

Art magazine Artdependence interview artist Declan Jenkins in the run up to his exhibition with Sims Reed Gallery in September. Read the interview here.

Masterpiece 2017

Masterpiece 2017

We are excited to be exhibiting at Masterpiece London Art Fair 29th June – 5th July 2017 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Do contact us: for information and complimentary tickets.

Up in Smoke Making Waves

We are thrilled to see Aaron Kasmin’s show Up in Smoke featured in Country & Town House, The World of Interiors and Homes & Antiques magazines. The exhibition runs from 17th May – 9th June.

Aaron Kasmin | The Mayfair Magazine

Aaron Kasmin’s upcoming exhibition with SRG, Up in Smoke, is featured in the May issue of The Mayfair Magazine

Gallery Monthly: Interview with Sims Reed Gallery

Sims Reed Gallery have been included in GalleryMonthly’s series of interviews! You can read all about it here. GalleryMonthly offers a platform for sharing different cultural perspectives and interpretations of art.

Allen Jones: ‘Thrill Me’ Prints from 1959-2007

This exhibition celebrates over forty years of printmaking from one of the masters of British Pop art.  Allen Jones’ work has reflected and inspired British culture,  drawing on themes that include sensuality, erotic imagery, fetish and pin-up glamour.
We enjoyed a jam-packed preview party and were thrilled to be joined by the artist himself.  The show will run until 16th March.

Mayfair Gallery Map

The Royal Academy of Arts has launched a new Mayfair and St. James’s gallery map in collaboration with We are delighted to be featured in this map, highlighting one of the oldest and most important arts areas in London.

Richard Estes Exhibition at SRG

Between 28th November and 23rd December 2016, Sims Reed Gallery presents an exhibition of Richard Estes’ iconic screenprints from his Urban Landscapes series.

Royal Academy of Art’s 10 Mayfair Shows to Visit this Summer 2016

We are delighted to be one of the Royal Academy of Art’s ‘Top 10 Mayfair Shows to Visit this Summer’ on their blog. Our Cool Britannia summer show continues until the end of this month. The article can be viewed here.

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