Coastal Gallery Blog


Lockdown / COVID-19 / Temporary Closure

Dear Friends and Collectors. In line with government guidance, we will be closed from Thursday November 5th until Wednesday 2nd December. Please keep updated with our regular Instagram, Facebook and Twitter postings and you can reserve items from our web site / make enquiries through You may also wish to purchase VOUCHERS which may be redeemed against future purchases at the gallery and can be produced for you in any amount you choose. We look forward to welcoming you back to our shop in December !


John Hansard Gallery : Larry Achiampong online exhibition 14-30 September

Larry AchiampongRelic 0 Online Exhibition14 – 30 September
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Taking place across various landscapes and locations, this speculative project builds upon a postcolonial perspective informed by technology, agency and the body, and narratives of migration.
The series builds upon ideas in Larry Achiampong<>’s practice whilst taking new approaches, marrying linguistic threads and an original synth-based soundtrack with open cinematic landscapes.
At an unspecified future point in time, the African Union has created the Relic Travellers’ Alliance. Amongst an ambitious set of new initiatives the programme was formed to equip Relic Travellers with space-travelling-technology. The sole purpose of this initiative was for Relic Travellers to venture outside of the African Union to retrieve vocal information left by those whom had been historically oppressed as a result of political systems such as colonisation, capitalism and globalisation. These uncovered testimonies are collected and used as a basis for the African Union to responsibly govern the future informed by a bottom-up perspective.
Relic 0, which is the prelude to the series, is a short film that moves between African and Western based vistas and focuses on specific architectures of colonialism as delivered by an anonymous narrator. These discoveries deliver poetic moments of the sublime met with increasingly harrowing tales of trauma – speaking to the sinister way that states of anxiety, fear and displacement are both generated and policed in postcolonial society. The throb of the electronic score and ringing clarity of the narrator’s testimony usher in a new landscape and temporality, born from cracks in a traumatised, apocalyptic present.
This October we shall be premiering Reliquary 2 by Larry Achiampong, the latest in the Relic Traveller series. Reliquary 2 will be available to stream online via our website from 1 October 2020 – 31 January 2021.


Paul Bennett – NEW ARRIVALS !

Paul graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2001. As he puts it, he then ‘fell into Graphic Design’ for several years before setting up a painting studio by Kew Bridge in London.
After several successful exhibitions, Paul became a full-time professional Fine Artist working, at first, on portraiture and then experimenting with abstract seascapes and landscapes. After a decade in London, he relocated to the Lake District with his family and gains much inspiration from the locality.
Paul’s seascapes and landscapes are inspired by the memories and experiences of a place, ‘an eclectic synthesis of place, weather and season’. Back in the studio, Paul sometimes uses photography as reference material for initial mark-making and ideas. He uses oil paint, creating depth through layers of sparingly applied pigment.
‘The paint is applied in this way to give the artwork itself a narrative and history, where the processes of its creation can be glimpsed at in places – not dissimilar to the way in which memory deals with the hazy recollection of a place once visited’
Coastal Gallery<> is delighted to feature Paul’s subtly evocative seascapes. Please contact us for prices and availability.
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Jane Emberson at Coastal Gallery Lymington

Abstract Artist
Jane studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. She combines the themes of nature and mythology to create a unique view of the landscape. Many years spent sailing around Mediterranean coastlines and islands have played a major part in Jane’s work as she continues to explore and express the depiction of her surroundings.
Using a mixture of poured paint and gloss mediums on canvas, Jane invites the viewer to enter a fantastic world of amorphous shapes and organic patterns. Combined with shockingly vivid colours, Jane captures the essence and dynamism of the natural world as she sees it.
Coastal Gallery is delighted to feature Jane’s unique work.
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Coastal Gallery Lymington is a touchstone for exceptional and unusual contemporary art and design in the NEW FOREST. Working with emerging and established artists and designers in Lymington and Nationally, Coastal Gallery champions fine art painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and jewellery designers, based locally and in London, whose work demonstrates outstanding talent, creativity and craftsmanship to help you make the right choice for your ART for INTERIORS ! We are NOW OPEN and have introduced exciting new artists NEIL CANNING and MOLLY PARKIN. Visit our web site<> to view all our artists and designers.



The art world is coming back to life. Almost unbelievably, when so much of the UK remains closed, London’s leading commercial galleries all reopen<,-8%20June%202020&text=The%….> next week. White Cube<> is to open its Bermondsey space and Mason’s Yard branch, while Gagosian launches three<> brand new exhibitions across its London venues. Other galleries due to open on 15 June include Cristea Roberts<>, Hauser & Wirth<> and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac<>.
In the struggle against Covid-19<>, as in a war, we’ve all suppressed some basic and obvious facts in the interests of the greater good. One is the simple truth that however much energy and ingenuity go into online alternatives<> to the living presence of art, virtual exhibitions can only ever be spectral, sadly unsatisfying substitutes for the real thing. In effect, all the online curator’s tours, video visits and newsletters have replaced art with public relations.
Take this post-covid opportunity to re-connect with real time viewing of art in real galleries !


WE ARE OPEN again from week commencing JUNE 15th

Dear friends, artists and customers, following government Covid-19 advice, the gallery is re-opening with reduced hours from June 15th.To safeguard your health, we are allowing one person in the gallery at a time, with one of us, and have appropriate social distancing, PPE and cleaning procedures in place. Outside gallery hours, we will continue to check emails and voicemails; using Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch and update you. We also offer private gallery viewings. Please contact us to make an appointment or to enquire about artwork. Stay safe and well, and thank you for your continued support. []



Due to the current coronavirus outbreak and as a non essential business we are closing the gallery until further notice to help do our best to suppress transmission of the virus. WINDOW SHOPPING Our window displays will be changed regularly and will feature the latest sculpture, ceramics, contemporary art and unusual gifts. Please also follow us on Instagram @coastalgallerylymington or Facebook for featured works and inspiration. We will be monitoring all email enquiries on:<>.uk or contact Stewart on 07973 287666 or Bev 07788 153189 or via social media if you’d like to reserve an item We can process online bank payments and arrange local delivery or pick up at the gallery ‘by appointment’. If you pass the gallery we may well be working inside, so give us a call on 01590 688741 and we can talk you through any artwork in our windows and show you other works ‘through the glass’ ! Stay safe, well and look after each other Stewart & Bev


ANDY WARHOL Tate Modern 12 March -6 September

Andy Warhol<> was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy gay man who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – and changed modern art in the process.
He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working class parents from present day Slovakia. In 1949 he moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its realisation in his ground-breaking pop art.
This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol was an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.​
Andy Warhol


V & A – WONDERFUL THINGS – Until March 22 2220

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things review MuseumsV&A<> , South Kensington Until Sunday March 22 2020 Recommended 5 out of 5 stars [Tim Walker: Wonderful Things review] © Tim Walker
Fantastical. Fairytale. Magical. Lot of words are used to describe the photography of Tim Walker, but rarely this one: sex. Yet as this exuberant solo exhibition at the V&A proves, the British photographer’s special brand of surrealism, honed over decades working for fashion magazines, is far from saccharine innocence.
The first room recaps his greatest hits. There’s the pastel-coloured cats, the house-sized baby doll, the UFO invading suburbia. For fans, it’s all here. Smaller pictures hide at mouse-height and shiny white icing drips from the ceiling.
Next come ten new commissions responding to the V&A’s collection. Sources are as various as an illuminated book of hours, a lacquered dragon-covered snuff box and a painting of Krishna.
The sheer joy of walking around the show – rather than looking at the images in a catalogue – is thanks to Walker’s long-term collaborator, set designer Shona Heath. The world of the photos explodes into the gallery, moving from medieval church to shag-piled domesticity to bourgeois manor and so on.
And throughout it all you keep spotting one thing: cocks. Sex slips into the nooks and crannies of these new projects, sometimes obviously, as with the display of Aubrey Beardsley drawings, and sometimes randomly, like the stocky unicorn sporting a penis for a horn.
The highlight of the entire stellar show is a series titled ‘The Land of Living Men’ showing naked, muscled men posing in the rugged English countryside, wrestling among the fallen apples, or, in one image, lying back with a butterfly balanced on the tip of his knob.
There’s also an extra room dedicated to Walker’s nudes, including a collection of bloody and brilliant photos surely inspired by Francis Bacon. Chiselled bodies are tossed into a landscape of over-scale dripping meat, red walls and sliced white bread.
This is why you want a ticket to Walker Wonderland. Not just for the wonderful pastel fluff but for the weird fleshy fantasias: surrealism picking up where Méret Oppenheim’s fur teacup left off. It’s like he saw the signpost to whimsy on the yellow brick road and gleefully tore off laughing into the deep, dark wood.
Details [Static map showing venue location]<,-0.172507> Venue name: V&A<> Venue website:<> Venue phone: 020 7942 2000 Address: Cromwell Rd London SW7 2RL Transport: Tube: South Kensington Price: £15 Dates And Times
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