‘In the pleasure that beauty brings’  



54 Gallery 54 Shepherd Market Mayfair, London W1J 7QS  


Show Runs: 21-26 May 2019  Private View: Monday 20 May 2019 6:00 - 9:00 pm  



Beauty is not the source of disinterested pleasure, but simply the object of a universal interest: the interest that we have in beauty, and in the pleasure that beauty brings.  


Roger Scruton, Beauty: A Very Short Introduction


GABRIEL FINE ARTS proudly present a 2-artist exhibition at Shepherd Market’s premier gallery 54 Gallery. William Oxer’s seductively painted portraits will delight and surprise you with their warmth of colour and intricate detail of the human form, a true investment of art for the keen collector, which are contrasted and complimented by the delicate brush of Johanna McWeeney’s charming and colourful rural landscapes. An Aladdin’s cave of delights awaits and welcomes you in this beautifully curated show, not to be missed.




“Johanna’s work is evocative in the extreme.  Her paintings of the coast are simple expressions of delight.” Devon Life Magazine, January 2017  Johanna’s work explores ideas of potential, creative expression and colour. Painting becomes a cathartic and complimentary opposite to the exacting demands of perfectionism, a time to be childlike and adventurous. She studied painting at Newcastle College and portraiture at Exeter College and builds on technique as a means of expression not an ‘abstract’ framework. Favourite artists include Rose Hilton and David Hockney.   Awards:  Selected as finalist in the Devon Life Landscape Painter of the Year competition, 2017   Exhibitions: Mayne Gallery, Kingsbridge, April 2017   ‘Starry Starry Night’ – Exmouth, November/December 2018   ‘I Really Love Myself’ – Paperworks Gallery, Totnes February 2nd to 16th and Glorious Art House, Exeter, March 13th to 26th 2019   Upcoming: Woohoo Summer Exhibition ‘Secrets of a Seaside Town’ - Exmouth, August 2019   Lost and Found - Exmouth Art Trail   Back to the Future - Powderham Castle, Exeter, September 2019 Air and Angels (solo exhibition) – Blanchminster Room, The Castle, Bude, March 7th to 26th 2020  



Portrait of WILLIAM OXER


A fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Arts, William Oxer is an esteemed painter from the UK. Oxer creates unique figurative portraits, principally of the female form, which explore the theme of beauty. Beauty Oxer has been passionate about painting since childhood and has always felt that being an artist was his life purpose. He considers himself a traditionalist, and the notion of beauty is highly important. His paintings are implicit in their suggestion, not explicit, and encourage interpretation; they project the narrative of a moment, filled with nuance, feeling and emotion. Figurative style Oxer creates skilled figurative works, inspired by Classical tradition. His art is principally in oil and acrylic. He sometimes creates thin layers and at other times uses sweeping, gestural brushstrokes, to bring dynamism and vitality to his work. Oxer most often paints the female form, but has an interest in broader portraiture and still life. He is interested in the idea of a painting as an object of beauty, presenting certain works in ornate, hand-gilded frames. National acclaim Oxer has a growing number of worldwide collectors in countries such as the US and Dubai, and he exhibits in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationwide. His commissioned work is also a large part of his repertoire. Last year, Oxer was elected Fellow to the Royal Society of Arts in the UK.              


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