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Tatler July 2016

The Zero Hour Panoramas private view

Jolyon Fenwick and Lady Goodlad

On the eve of the Battle of the Somme centenary anniversary, Mayfair's Sladmore Contemporary gallery threw open its doors for a very special evening to mark the opening of Jolyon Fenwick's exhibition, The Zero Hours PanoramasJemima GoldsmithRobin Birley and Lord Dalmeny were among those who gathered for a first glimpse of 14 incredible panoramic photographs, which have taken over two years to create. Unsurprisingly, photographer and author Jolyon was in huge demand during the evening - retelling stories from his time spent with families of the fallen.

Evening Standard July 2016

Angus and Jemima in the wars

To the Sladmore Contemporary gallery in Mayfair last night, which is marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a series of panoramas by photographer Jolyon Fenwick, called The Zero Hour Panoramas.

Guests at the private view, including Jemima Khan and Angus Deayton were shown the oddly sunny photographs of the tragic battlefield. “Everyone thinks of the Somme and mud, but that wasn’t till later,” Fenwick said. “Looking out that morning, the view would have been exactly the same [as now]. Of course without the war memorials... I knew people who fought at the Somme, and now they are brown sepia photographs.”

The Spectator July 2016

Finding beauty in a battlesite

Talk turned – briefly – from Brexit to another battle last night at the unveiling of Jolyon Fenwick’s ‘Zero Hour’ at Sladmore Contemporary. ‘When I was growing up the word ‘Somme’ was so doom-laden it was practically taboo,’ Fenwick told Miss Steerpike. ‘So I was obviously rather fascinated by it.’ He took himself and a camera off to France and was amazed by ‘how impartial and beautiful’ the landscape was. The book and photography show contains striking images of the battlefield sites, one hundred years later.

Lord Dalmeny, chairman of Sothebys, has also visited – to follow in the tracks of his dispatch-driver grandfather’s Rolls Royce. ‘I’m cross I don’t own one,’ he said disconsolately. ‘But I suppose I’m to blame for that.’ Meanwhile Count Tony Bromovsky admitted he’s never been, ‘but these pictures are so realistic, I feel like I have.’

Other guests included the Marquess of Worcester, Meredith Ostrum, Martha Ward, Tom Parker-Bowles and Jemima Khan. They spilled onto the street to smoke and make merry; in fact, the crowd was so thick that many struggled to see the exhibition at all. Not that it mattered to Nicky Haslam. ‘Olivia de Havilland is also one hundred today,’ he whispered to Miss S. ‘That’s much more important.’

 

Wall Street Journal

Sophie Dickens, great-great grand daughter of Charles Dickens, is a figurative sculptor inspired by ancient Greek tradition, as well as the ‘kinematic’ skills of photographer Eadward Muybridge. Meticulous study of anatomy and a course in dissection for artists, has given her a proper understanding of muscle, bone and sinew. She won the V & A award for sculpture of the human form in 2007.

Luke Syson, curator and Renaissance art historian, is a serious admirer of Sophie’s work. He writes: ‘All the rooms of my New York apartment are energised by the presence of Sophie’s bronzes. I find her pieces powerful, funny, sexy, innocent and passionate.’ Sophie’s Tale of Two Lovers seems self-explanatory, but starts with the lightning flash, continues with passion, quarrels, making up, and final blissful union.

Sophie decided to paint many of her new sculptures in brilliant colours. She says ‘there is a perception that bronzes need to look antique, but in Greece and Rome they were painted, and the colour has simply fallen off with age. I want my sculptures to look new and bright.’ She chose bright orange for ’Still Together Forever’ – the colour of happiness.

Sophie’s work has been commissioned for public and private spaces around the world, including Russia and America. The distinguished architect Sir Michael Hopkins is one of her collectors.

 

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