Island of Jersey 2017: Reflections

Jersey shimmered this week under a hot sun. It’s glittering pink stone houses, sandy shores, washed by blue Atlantic waters, and fields full of abundant produce  set a beautiful scene for the arrival of Gladwell & Patterson on the Island. We all felt warmed by this convivial atmosphere and by the fantastic reception we received for our pop up exhibition at Ogier’s law offices in St. Helier. Ogier had kindly partnered with us and we took over a selection of training and board rooms and set up an exhibition of a select range of our paintings.

Opening Night

Our still life work from Stewart Lees and Paul S. Brown reflected well the gastronomic delights of Jersey. Fresh herbs, cheese and wine all resonated with visitors. The flavours and tastes in our paintings can be found in the many Michelin starred restaurants around the Island.

Over two mornings we had over 200 people visiting us from all walks of life. They were so pleased to have an exhibition like this taking place on the Island and couldn’t thank us enough for taking this step. 

Our magnificent paintings of African wildlife by David Shepherd, including one of elephants in the dust, captured many hearts and minds. These paintings become increasingly iconic and sought after as the wildlife they represent becomes sadly increasingly scarce. For many visitors they commented on how it reflected well the work of Jersey Zoo locally and its conservation work through the Durrell Foundation. 

Jersey history is influenced by its strategic location between the northern coast of France and the southern coast of England; the island’s recorded history extends over a thousand years. Jersey of course has strong Norman connections, the Island still looks very much towards France. Street names and signs are all in French and there is an atmosphere of Brittany in many of the bays and coves around the Island. Our paintings by Georges Robin, delightful French landscapes and harbour scenes bought to life this connection between the Island and France. 

The major attraction was of course paintings by some of the most celebrated names in French art. Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley and Pierre-Auguste Renoir graced the walls of the main room. Visitors delighted at being able to study brushwork and paint colour in these works by celebrated masters. Many art students in particular found this to be a once in a life time chance to see such paintings on the Island. 

Of course there was also just time for a little exploring and being located on the Esplanade, Jersey Heritage said we must set off to visit a local landmark.


Built on a rocky islet in St Aubin’s Bay, Elizabeth Castle has defended Jersey for more than 300 years. We took a quick stroll out at low tide and took the chance to enjoy some sun, sand and the amazing Jersey coastline. This really is an island shaped by the sea, that’s small on size, but big on personality and one which we very much look forward to returning too.


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