Archive for February, 2012

Percy Kelly

February 25, 2012


Percy Kelly ‘Teazle and Poppy Heads’

Whilst trawling through the Guardian website I discovered the work of Percy Kelly (1918 -1993). So excited by the discovery that I thought I’d share. You can read more about him and his work here.

Lucian Freud

February 25, 2012

Man with a Feather (self portrait) 1943.

Girl with a Kitten (portrait of his first wife Kitty) 1947.

I’ve never been a fan of Lucian Freud’s work, but James Brown (artist at Elphick’s) suggested I watch a recent documentary ‘Painted Life’, aired on the BBC last weekend. I found the programme fascinating and enjoyed learning more about his life and work. I’m not sure I warmed to him as a person, or liked his work any more but my curiosity prompted me to visit the National Portrait to see Lucian Freud Portraits. I’m still not a fan, although I do really love his early work which he produced in his early 20’s, above are two of my favourites from the show.

Happy Valentine’s

February 14, 2012

Robert Indiana



Wayne Pate

February 8, 2012

Wayne Pate ‘London’.

Wayne Pate ‘Earthly Delights’

Wayne Pate ‘Contemplating Hockney’.

Delighted to announce that Elphick’s are soon to be stocking a selection of prints by the New York based artist and illustrator Wayne Pate. I’m a big fan so I’m very excited.


Unplanned Magic

February 8, 2012


February 7, 2012

I have been buying bags from Paul at Gardners since I opened the shop five years ago. There are plenty of places where I could shop for my sundries but not one of them would be able to provide the service I get from Paul.

When I first started buying from him my orders were small and I would visit his premises on Commercial Street. Being a bit of a neat freak I was always suprised that he knew where anything was in what seemed like chaos to me. Piles upon piles of bags leaving very limited space to stand.

As my business grew so did my need for bags and Paul very kindly offered to deliver at no extra cost. He now regularly delivers on a Friday, having only received a phone call a couple of hours previously.

I have come to enjoy our Friday chats about his boys, their love of stock car racing, music and karate amongst other things.

Paul is one of the nicest chaps you could wish to meet, he never seems hassled, always has a smile and is happy to help. That’s why I would never consider buying sundries anywhere else.

James Brown has designed Paul a flyer to help promote his business and a limited edition print (featured above) which is available here.

There is a fantastic article written about the history of Gardners on the blog Spitalfields Life. For further reading click here.

Girl in a Bathtub

February 7, 2012

It’s always exciting when you discover a new artist and today’s discovery is Saul Steinberg. Whilst reading an interview with Wayne Pate (I will tell you more about him later), he mentioned his dream would be to collaborate with him. I’ve only had a brief peruse but I absolutely love this. If you would like to know more then have a look here.

Pompadour Press

February 7, 2012

We are now stocking this beautiful card range by Joanne Kernan of Pompadour Press. For the moment they are only available in-store. Using sustainable wood veneer (apart from Ma Cherie), they are little artworks in their own right. I think these would look lovely in a box frame and at £4.75 each would make a very affordable addition to your home.

Hello I Love You

February 7, 2012

Need I say more! Perfect print for valentines. A3 limited edition print by Mengsel Design. Available at


February 7, 2012

New print by the fantastic James Brown. Available online here.