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Curator's Choice: Abby Trow, Editor

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Abby Trow, editor of online eco interiors magazine, tells us why five works from Buy Art | Buy Now stood out for her.

My drawing skills became petrified when I was five so I'm always deeply impressed by anyone who can draw anything that looks even faintly recognisable – a lemon that looks like a lemon and always a horse that looks like a horse. In short I'm in awe of all the artists whose work is available on Buy Art | Buy Now. I tend to like impressionistic or abstract-ish landscape paintings that will transport me to a place I may know or generally like to be, such as by the Cornish sea, while I like paintings full of colour. I also like works whose subject matter makes me curious and feels like it could be the start or end to a story.

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Natalia Kuptsova

Afternoon at Waterlow Park, £950

This is an soft, impressionistic and very warm painting in lovely spring greens of a park close to where I live and where I used to walk my children when they were little. I love the colours of the painting, the way the artist has captured the abundant foliage and the paleness of the Catholic church in the if it's almost a whisper. It's a painting of a little gem of a park, a snapshot of greenery.

Stephen Message

Woodcock, £1,000

I know this is an accomplished nature painting, capturing the countryside at dusk with a Woodcock rising from the trees. I love the dark velvety colours and the burst of moon and the reflection of moonlight on the puddle; but I respond to it because I know that if I were on that path myself as it was getting dark, I'd be feeling a little anxious and my imagination would start working overtime. I've been lost on walks on a few occasions as it was getting dark and it's an experience that heightens the senses and I feel that's what this painting does.

Janet Darley

Approaching Setthorns On The Twenty First of October

I love the softness of watercolour and the way colours blur into each other so works have that slight abstraction. But this painting seems quite unusual for a watercolour because it's vibrant and the colours are strong. I like the subject matter, I want to know where the road or path is and where it leads to; and it does immediately take you to a hot early autumn day when the leaves are just starting to change from green to reds and browns. I feel it's place I'd like to walk in.

Gary Ramskill

Winter Sunset on Lake Windermere, £165

I love the colours of this work, its slight graphic quality and its simplicity. I don't know Lake Windermere, but this print makes me want to go there and go there in winter. I like the way the artist captures the rippling water and the snowy mountains that rise up around the lake. It's a work that feels very unhurried.

Tony Feld

Beach Huts, Whitstable, £950

I like this painting because at first glance you do a double take and wonder if it's a photograph. Of course it's not but it's the way the artist paints the sky that gives it a certain photorealistic quality. I know of Whitstable and its beach huts and I like the fact that this painting doesn't portray them as entirely benign. The door to one is open, showing its little frilly curtain with the sun blazing on it, but you don't know who or what is inside it, or in the one next door. I like the colours..the left hand side of the painting suggests a sunny day but get to the right side of the painting and it's dark and somewhat mysterious.

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Gary Ramskill, Winter Sunset on Lake Windermere

Curator's Choice: @CamberwellCollector - John Watson


Known on Instagram as @CamberwellCollector, John is the current chairman of the St Ives Society of Artists (STISA). Formed in 1927, STISA is housed in the Mariners Gallery, a deconsecrated church and their home since 1945.

John has an extensive art collection, containing artists who were students and teachers at Camberwell School of Art between 1945-85.  This interest started during his 17 years living in South East London, where he taught in various schools. He also collects figurative en plein air Cornish artists.

Follow John on his well-curated Instagram account where he regularly posts work of Camberwell Artists and the day-to-day goings on at the St Ives Society of Artists.

"The portrait of me was painted by Michael J Strang a Camberwell student in the early 1970s. It was a real treat to be painted by a former student of the art school I principally collect."

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Peter Clossick NEAC

Walled Garden Malta £3000

I love the composition of this picture with the light on the walls of the houses and the shadow in the tree and foliage of the garden. I like strong angles in pictures and with the diagonals and verticals in this image was immediately attracted to it.   

Peter attended Camberwell School of Art in the early 1970s. If ever a picture was Camberwellian this is it. It echoes the work of many of his tutors and peers that I have in my Camberwell collection.  If you get the chance to see an exhibition of Peter’s work then see it, you’ll love what he does with paint. 

James Bland NEAC

Steamroller in the Snow, £2,050

I am very interested in pictures about pictures. This work was painted from drawings inspired by Constable’s ‘A Hay Wain Crossing a River.’ A seemingly incongruous scene provides this very strong composition. The fascinating feature of the line of steam forming such a strong diagonal has me returning to this image again and again.

Daniel Preece

Gasometer from Battersea Park, £1,000

An iconic landmark in South West London from the Slade trained artist. I love the slabs of colour that form this picture. The greens and blues with good strong shapes make this a favourite picture of mine on the Mall Galleries website.

Andrew Farmer

Sky Study Over Farm Houses, £570

This is a fantastic picture, with its super sky and buildings, tonal shadow and light on the fields and fence. There is a great feeling of movement here with a typical en plein air feel to it. A moment caught in time with the movement between brooding rain filled clouds giving way to brighter skies. I really enjoy looking at Andrew Farmer’s pictures, with their economic, small marks.

Benjamin Hope

Greenwich Church Street, £1,050

This was part of my route home to Deptford from the Isle of Dogs. Being a fan of Iain Sinclair’s books any picture with a Hawksmoor church in it is a winner for me. The tower of Hawksmoor’s Baroque masterpiece St Alphege’s church rises above the rooftops of Greenwich. This picture has such dazzling light in it. The quintessential en plein air London picture.

Peter Brown NEAC RP PS ROI Hon RBA

Sun on Glasto Mud 2016, £2800

No choice of work from Mall Galleries would be complete without a Peter Brown (Pete the Street) painting. I love this picture as the muddy puddle gives great definition to the image. The consummate en plein air painter, with such great observational skills. I love the dayglo jacketed steward right in the middle of the image.

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Artist Spotlight : Sally Wyatt

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Anna Preston talks to Buy Art | Buy Now featured artist Sally Wyatt about her painterly practice.


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You have described your painting process as 'intuitive'. How do you go about creating a work intuitively?

Something unusual will catch my eye in a landscape and become the creative trigger. I may know the subject well, make a brief figurative sketch, collect some little curiosities of nature in my pocket or take a photograph. Whether outside or in the studio, I turn away from any preliminary figurative studies I have made and boldly apply paint onto the canvas in a manner that feels right and true to my original experience. I use big brushes, palette knives and bare hands. Exciting layers of paint build up, get scraped away, get re-applied again and again.


Would you say that oil paint is your medium of choice?

I love oil paint for its gorgeous malleability, sheen, subtlety and versatility. It's slow drying time can be an advantage. But I love the looseness of water-based media and their practicality for working en plein air. However, I will almost invariably want to work over the top of acrylic paint in oil. Recently I've been experimenting with the translucency of egg tempera. I won't pin myself down to any one medium!


Your oeuvre reveals a special relationship with the wilderness of the British countryside and coast. Tell us a bit more about how you use your native landscape as inspiration.

I've grown up loving the countryside, the wilder the better. I walk everyday whatever the weather and I sail. It's the little enigmas that inspire me; disturbed water and ice formation, tangled and decaying vegetation, pebbles and strange rock forms. I studied the 'geo' sciences and my husband was a plant biologist. These things rub off.


What roles do imagination and alchemy play in the viewing experience of your work?

Viewing my work requires imagination and alchemy but also observation. The alchemic processes that happen with expressive painting mysteriously mimic nature's forces and processes. I rely on my accurate observations and understanding of nature to imagine recognisable forms emerging from the chaos of texture and colour. My choices of subject matter are complex and uncertain, so I like my paintings to invite question and imagination too. Our perceptions and emotions are fascinating and so different.


Finally, what's next for you, artistically?

I was mentored at The Newlyn School of Art and shall be returning in a group exhibition at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens early in 2018. Critique is creatively invaluable and who knows how my art will develop. These exhibitions will expose my work to new audiences and feedback will inevitably influence direction. I want to communicate my unique vision of landscape beauty.

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Brisons Veor by Sally Wyatt

The Reception Selection: Ben Hope


Ben Hope is the second artist to participate in The Reception Selection, a select grouping of works from Buy Art | Buy Now hung specially for the Mall Galleries reception at 17 Carlton House Terrace.

Depa Miah talks to Ben about his processes and inspirations.



Benjamin took an unconventional route to a career in art. Despite wanting to become a painter very early on, he decided to study Mathematics and Physics at university, which eventually led to a PhD from Cambridge. During his time in academia, he developed his painting in summer breaks and during a year out between degrees. After graduating from Cambridge, Benjamin had a spell as a “quant” in the City with the sole aim of setting up a studio in South East London. In 2011 he quit that job to focus on his art full-time.


Talk us through your creative process, how you decide on subject matter, scale etc?

This varies. I work from life almost exclusively. When painting outside I just walk around until something hooks me. It’s often something about the light or the shapes and juxtaposition of buildings. I then set up and start painting. I sometimes work in pastel but usually oil. Scale depends partly on what feels right but also on what I can physically carry (I don’t drive). I use a lot of painting mediums and what I choose often depends on the

light and time of day. For example, late in the evening when the sun is going down, I generally use an impasto medium whereas I paint more thinly when I’m interested in the detail of a daylight scene. I usually have multiple paintings on the go at once and I’m forever checking the weather and working out how I’m going to progress each one. Recently I have started to create very large studio paintings that are based on plein air studies. They aren’t just straightforward enlargements. I’ve been trying to develop the surface quality of my paint, which is something that can get neglected when working at speed on the street. Portraits and still life are a different game altogether. I wish I could spend a lifetime on each of these genres.

Is there a particular subject matter you enjoy most?

Once I’m in the swing of things, I see paintings everywhere. I think most artists experience this – it’s inspiring but also frustrating because the list of ideas and potential paintings grows too fast to keep up. That said I am particularly drawn to light striking rows of windows and I like compositions that are sliced up with verticals, which is often the case in cityscapes. I love sunsets, sunrises and the golden hour; old faces and hands; china and crockery wrapped in paper.

What are you working on at the moment/future plans?

I am currently working towards two shows: one in Gallery Different (15th to 24th June), which is a joint show with sculptor Ben Hooper; and the other with Island Fine Arts on the Isle of Wight (27th May to 24th June). They’re almost simultaneous so my current workload is fairly huge. I am particularly enjoying the large studio pieces since I am using a lot of new techniques.

Who are what are your inspirations/influences when it comes to landscapes and cityscapes, is there a place that inspires you most?

In terms of artists I’d name Ken Howard, Tom Coates, Pete Brown, Andrew Gifford, Roos Schuring (and many others). I couldn’t name a place that inspires me more than London but that’s probably because I’m painting it a lot at the moment. I tend to get inspired to paint wherever I am.

Where haven't you painted that you would really like to?

Various cities in the US. San Francisco in particular. Also I was on holiday on the east coast of Canada last year and was gripped by their incredible tangled mass of telegraph wires. I want to go back and paint them.


Jack Haslam's Animal Kingdom

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Jack Haslam is a young London-based artist whose tender and genuine works reflect the themes of ‘friendship, loyalty and control’, especially in his artistic treatment of wildlife.


Browse Jack Haslam's works here


Readers may have seen Jack's work in previous exhibitions at Mall Galleries in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Award. He now has six works, predominantly portraits of animals, on Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art Buy Now.

Jack, why have you chosen these particular works to feature on Buy Art Buy Now, and how do you feel about being one of our Buy Art Buy Now artists?

I was delighted when I was invited to show my work on the Mall Galleries Buy Art Buy Now site. It is a wonderful opportunity as I have been exhibiting in various exhibitions at the gallery for several years. As a self-taught artist with Asperger's syndrome I feel privileged to participate. The Mall first showed my work as part of the BITE printmakers show in 2012 and many shows ever since. I chose these particular images for the online gallery as they are my favorites and show a variety of printmaking techniques, etchings, mono prints and silk screen prints.

Regarding media, you create pieces using many different materials and techniques, such as monoprinting, screenprinting, etching and embroidery. What is your favourite at present and why? 

The main reason I have experimented with different media is mainly practical. If I am having trouble with my OCD with one medium I will move on to another so that I can keep working. I have had phases of casting, making dolls, models and painting and photography. But my favorite way of working is drawing and making prints. I love it when you peel back the print to show the new image. I now have a large etching press at home.

You have stated that your work is about 'rituals which make you feel happy and safe'. Is this ritualistic process linked to your creative inspiration? How do you go about creating work?

Drawing for me is like turning on a tap. There is no self reflection, ego or pretence about it. I sit at an old bureau to work, everything has to be just so: paper, pencils the right rubber etc. Then I will start by just drawing a few lines. When these are to my satisfaction I will proceed with the drawing using purposeful lines, sometimes without taking my hand off the paper. I work from photographs and life. I was once lucky enough to meet a pair of my favourite animals, anteaters, in their compound in London zoo. It was feeding time the keeper let me into the cage to get up close. I prefer to look at animals - I don’t like touching them in case it spoils it.

I love that you create portraits (as opposed to pictures) of animals, and my personal favourite is your monoprint of a bear, which you have rendered with great affection. Is there a story behind it?

I have always loved bears, I used to watch all the documentaries on the National Geographic. I love the standing position that they adopt and the bear in my drawing appears to be waving. The monoprint came about after a time away from the etching studio. I did not have much equipment to hand so went for a monoprint, making a drawing with a second layer of ink to create the very dark effect I wanted. The outside shape or silhouette is quite important for me in my drawings.  I create images of animals to help me relate to humans, so I would like my drawings to find homes with people who like them and see what I see when I look at their portraits.

Finally, what is next for you creatively and in terms of exhibiting your work?

I have worked with Shape Arts for a while. They have been very supportive in mentoring me and I have exhibited in the Shape Open for several years. It is through them I have received funding from the arts council to make a short film with my assistant, Ben Frederick. This is a completely different direction but something I have always wanted to do. I want to make a sci-fi, zombie / space themed film in the new year. Print-wise I am thinking of working on a larger scale...maybe screen printing using more colour and maybe even trying my hand casting in bronze. I am also planning a field trip to Panama this year to see and draw some anteaters in the wild.


Interview by Anna Preston

View Jack’s Mall Galleries artist profile and works here

View Jack’s website here


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Macaque by Jack Haslam

Curator's Choice: Tabish Khan, Art Critic at Londonist


Tabish Khan, Arts Critic for Londonist, tells us why six works from Buy Art Buy Now stood out for him.

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All of the artists on Buy Art Buy Now are extremely talented. But I was looking for works that take traditional subjects and either look at them through a different lens or transform them in unexpected ways. Examples of this include showing a field in moonlight instead of sunlight, or taking something notiecable ugly like a crane and finding a simplistic beauty within them. This difference can often be subtle, but it helps a work of art stand out among its peers.


Karen Read Coley, Harvest Moon

Water based media, 19 x 18 cm (36 x 34.5 cm framed), £390.00

I love how the corn glows in the light of the moon, and contrasts with the inky blackness of the forest beyond. The low light levels mean that rural nocturnal paintings are rare and therefore this work stands out all the more for offering a different perspective.

Elisha Enfield, 1603-1604

Oil on board, 20 x 30 cm, £1,075.00

There is beauty in this fiery, almost apocalyptic, scene that is both graceful and deadly. It reminds me of the works of John Martin, a painter whose powerful paintings I greatly admire.

Lawrence Dyer, The East Dart

Oil on panel, 46 x 61cm (53 x 68 cm framed), £1,350.00

This is the most traditional painting of my choices. The water is painted with a viscosity that makes you feel that if you dipped your hand into the painting you could feel the weight of the water as it runs around your outstretched hand. The light and the level of detail are also superb.

Rebecca Hathaway, Crane

Charcoal on Paper, 59 x 42cm (65 x 48cm framed), £450.00

Cranes are often seen as a blight on the cityscape, blocking the view of better looking buildings. By not showing any buildings and presenting them in monochrome, they appear much more sympathetic and this forces the viewer to acknowledge their elegant simplicity as well as their necessity in a developing city.

Bernadette Timko, Elisa

Etching (Edition of 10, 10 available), 14 x 9 cm, £180.00

We love portraits as they convey so much emotion and provide an insight into the sitter's personality. By only capturing the back of the head, we're invited to speculate as to who this person is, what is their relationship to the artist and what expression is being concealed from us. It's a great mystery that makes this work so appealing.


David Wightman Emmaline II

I've followed David's paintings of landscapes on textured wallpaper for many years now. His prints capture this unique texture, with a surreal colour palette making these views look familiar yet alien at the same time. 


Tabish Khan is an art critic specialising in London's art scene, covering contemporary and historical exhibitions. He visits and writes about hundreds of exhibitions a year covering everything from the major blockbusters to the emerging art scene.



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Curator's Choice: Louise Balaam NEAC


Louise Balaam NEAC discusses her picks from Buy Art Buy Now

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Louise Balaam NEAC


I was looking for some fresh, contemporary work which was technically excellent and which also stood out from the crowd in terms of originality and visual appeal. As a gestural painter myself I'm also particularly drawn to a luscious use of paint!

Elisha Enfield, 1603-4

Oil, 20 x 30 cm, £1,075

I love the drama of this little painting - the beauty of the paint belies the destructive nature of the subject, which sets up a fascinating tension.

Sally Wyatt, Blackthorn

Oil, 56 x 56 (74 x 74 framed), £1,650


This painting uses gestural brush strokes to communicate the artist's emotional response to this everyday part of the natural world. Her background encompasses both earth sciences and textiles, and I feel there's something of both these disciplines in the way she approaches the subject.

Jack Haslam, Fox

Screenprint, 29.7 cms x 42 cms (Unframed), £370

I like the spare, graphic treatment of the subject and the unusual viewpoint. Jack has a singular way of looking at the world which expresses itself in an intense engagement with animals of different kinds.

Gareth Kemp, King Harvest Has Surely Come

Acrylic, 140cm x 140cm, £2,120

Gareth's work makes use of elements from other artists or from popular culture, carefully arranged and rearranged into a poised composition, with a shifting perspective suggested by partly-erased shapes in the background.

Jack Sutherland Sparse Move

Acrylic, 25 x 20 cm, £520

Three fragmentary shapes, like torn pieces of paper, hover near the edges of the frame. I love the precarious balance they achieve and the subtlety of interaction between the scratched and sprayed colours.




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King Harvest has Surely Come by Gareth Kemp

Curator's Choice: Lewis McNaught, Director Mall Galleries


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I’m attracted to colour and the way an artist chooses to apply their paint to canvas or board. I also enjoy looking closely at the brushwork: to see what I can discern about the personality and presence of the artist.  By contrast, soft tints, photographic accuracy and sterile reproduction all leave me rather cold.  Great artists leave an imprint of their own personality in the finished work.  Those are the works I like to collect.


Laura Smith, Shakers

Laura Smith’s painting ‘Shakers’ combines all the best qualities I look for in an oil painting: a wonderful colour palette, exciting execution and an intriguing subject composition that encourages you to return.   This is no ordinary still life.  Set within a semi-abstract framework, it’s a composition that holds your attention and draws you back to investigate what you first thought may be going on.



Louise Balaam’s paintings draw deeply on her emotional response to nature and I feel that ‘Low Tide, Dark Coast’ is one of her most expressive paintings. First, I’m attracted to the speed of her brushwork and the physical application of paint.  This is painting in the raw; it’s a direct and personal response to her subject.  Next, I’m excited by the expressive use of colour, which for me helps to convey the sense of place.


Louise Balaam NEAC, Low Tide, Dark Coast



Jack Sutherland is not just Weekend and Duty Night Manager at Mall Galleries he is also a talented painter who creates little masterpieces of abstraction.  He describes his painting style as “post-painterly” with “elements of minimalism”.  In ‘Updown’ I perceive carefully observed elements of colour, washed across the board to create a neo-figurative composition - as exciting as a Howard Hodgkin.


Jack Sutherland, Updown


Sarah Jane Moon, Near Lauzerte

Sarah Jane Moon is probably best known for her portraits, but I’ve selected one of her landscapes.  I’ve chosen ‘Near Lauzerte’.  While the impact of the colour is a knock out, it’s the immediacy of engaging with the landscape that makes this painting a winner.  I feel that I’m standing alongside Sarah and her easel, carried away to the edge of a tiny village in the south of France, where the heat and rolling fields of sunflowers invigorate my spirits.



Lachlan Goudie ROI, Morning Calm, Loch Scridain

The Scottish Colourists remain a fascination and an inspiration to the Glasgow-born artist Lachlan Goudie, whose oil painting ‘Morning calm, Loch Scridain’ combines a vivid colour palette with Impressionistic strokes of the brush.  It’s the economy of brushwork that draws me closer into this work and holds my attention.  Colour follows by enriching the visual excitement of this painting; nothing fussy is allowed to distract from conveying this coastline’s natural beauty.



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Curators’ Choices Explained

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Every two months we'll be asking invited curators to choose a selection of works from Mall Galleries' online gallery, Buy Art Buy Now.

Our curators are artists, collectors or art professionals and their choices give us an insight not just into the works they have chosen, but how art lovers build collections.  

We start with selections by Mall Galleries Director and seasoned art collector Lewis McNaught, New English Art Club member Louise Balaam and Londonist Art Critic Tabish Khan. In the following blog posts they talk about looking for the stamp of an artist’s personality in a painting, turning traditional subjects in a contemporary manner and being drawn to painterly qualities.

Learning about different ways of seeing art broadens our own perspectives and sheds new light on artists we know well.  We hope that by following these selections both through the Buy Art | Buy Now category of this blog and on Buy Art | Buy Now itself, you will discover new artists and gain inspiration for your own art collection.  

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Introducing Buy Art | Buy Now


Buy Art Buy Now, formerly the Click & Buy Collection, is now live.

It's packed with new features from zoom tools to colour filters. We've made it easier for you to find the artist or the genre you're looking for and to discover new ones in the process.

You can explore the new site yourself or browse our new Curators' Choices section. Our first curators are Louise Balaam NEAC, Tabish Khan, Londonist Art Critic and Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries.  You'll also be able to read more about the Buy Art artists on this blog, including young wildlife artist Jack Haslam, who was recently interviewed by Anna Preston, as well as Buy Art best seller, Bernadett Timko, and others.

Part of the ethos of Buy Art is that we support artists who have shown at Mall Galleries in open and curated exhibitions. This allows you to follow an artists' work both in the gallery and online.  You can build knowledge of an artist's technique and style both by seeing their work in the flesh and by viewing their work digitally, accompanied by insightful information in the form of videos, artist quotes, biographies and relevant articles.

We will also be running dedicated Buy Art exhibitions in the Mall Galleries office reception.   The 'Reception Selection' is a mini-exhibition held in Mall Galleries reception at 17 Carlton House Terrace and simultaneously on Buy Art Buy Now.  We begin this series with Daniel Preece's colourful medley of London scenes to be followed by oil and pastel works by Ben Hope.  The Reception Selection is handled by Depa Miah, our Reception Manager, so don't be afraid to ask her all about the artists you see on the walls around her when you visit.

Co-managed and curated by Mall Galleries' Digital Manager, Liam Kilby, and Art Consultant, Anna Bromwich, Mall Galleries' online gallery soft-launched in February 2016 as the Click & Buy Collection.  Having built a name for itself, the site underwent further development in late 2016 to be relaunched as Buy Art | Buy Now.  Works on Buy Art have a four-month exhibition period meaning the selection is constantly shifting.  To keep up with new additions or receive updates, sign up to our mailing list below:

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