OTTOCENTO FINE ART
Max and Louise Andrews
Ottocento are established fine art dealers who procure not only unusual paintings from Old Masters through to contemporary, but also prints and works on paper. Max and Louise, the husband and wife team behind Ottocento share over 30 years collective experience in the fine art world and are absolutely passionate about sourcing unique and compelling pieces of art.
Max’s extensive knowledge of art derives from his Masters in Textile Design at Central St Martin's and working at Christie’s in London, ending his tenure there as Head of Sale. Louise, herself a Masters graduate from Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, has worked at both Christie’s and Gurr John’s Ltd and with prominent international art collectors and collections.
Max and Louise maintain close contacts with art dealers, auction houses and galleries both in London and internationally, meaning they can find exciting and rare works of art should you wish to find something in particular. They have sold to museums and public institutions alike as well as to individuals who want to add something a little bit special to their collections.
CLOU & ANTIDOTE
Sophie grew up in the Sussex countryside and after a period away, she returned to bring up her young family. Her childhood homes were full of colour, embellished with prints and textured fabrics.the interiors were decorated with wallpapers and bold ceramics from various travels. In her early life she made frequent trips with her Godmother to Liberty’s and the Victoria and Albert Museum which developed her love of pattern and honed her eye for design. Originally trained in Fashion and Textiles she spent the early years of her career as a freelance designer and merchandiser for small fashion houses.Here she travelled widely to source fabrics and organised garment production. Sophie was forced to take a break from her career to bring up her three children. During this period she decided to alter her career path and retrained in upholstery. She now works from her studio based near Petworth in West Sussex.
With my background in textile design, I aim to inject new life into the old, utilising contemporary fabrics to add a new twist. I also rework iconic designs to maintain a connection with the antique. Colour, detail and texture are carefully layered on to these fresh, revitalised and wholly individual pieces. Perhaps most importantly, I want to reflect each client’s criteria and character, so that the furniture is treasured for generations to come. Ethically sourced materials are used and where possible, British designers and mills are supported.
WENDY FARLEY CERAMICS
Wendy grew up in a creative household in South Devon, where she was encouraged to have a go at making anything and everything. After studying ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham and Goldsmiths College, London, Wendy began teaching and has taught in a variety of institutions including primary and secondary schools, colleges and Darmoor Prison. Alongside the teaching Wendy has always created her own ceramics and for the last 12 years has worked from her studio in West Sussex.
Wendy’s pots are mostly vessels, made using hand building techniques. They are scraped back and either burnished or worked on to create textures. All pieces have an initial bisque firing in the electric kiln. Burnished pieces are then smoke fired in one of a variety of methods and textured pieces have multiple firings in the electric kiln, building up layers of slips, underglaze colours and oxides. Wendy finds that the oxides give her the same balance between the control she can impose and the accidental random markings that she appreciates when smoke firing.
My work is a response to the visual and sensual elements of nature along with the beautiful shapes and markings found in tribal art from Africa and the South Pacific. Rhythms, textures, patterns, patinas, erosion and emotion guide my hand. Crashing seas against rugged Cornish cliffs, hilly Devon landscapes, a mellow misty morning view towards the South Downs or the smaller more tactile elements of nature all inspire my creativity. Inspiration is infinite