SOFA Chicago 2016

This November, Gladwell & Patterson returned to SOFA at the Navy Pier in Chicago. After our success last year, we were excited to return and showcase our new sculptures and kinetics by Simon Gudgeon and a splendid array of traditional and contemporary paintings.

We were met in Chicago by clear blue skies, an unseasonably warm autumn sun and a jubilant spirit echoed throughout the not-so-Windy City. The day before SOFA opened on Wednesday 2 October, the Chicago Cubs won the baseball World Series for the first time in 108 years and we were thrilled to be in the city to experience the celebrations and to see the Chicago River dyed blue. The spirit continued throughout the weekend and a huge amount of visitors came to SOFA.


Anthony had the good fortune of attending the All Blacks vs Ireland rugby match at Soldier Field in Chicago where he met rugby heroes, Sean Fitzpatrick and Richie McCaw. The Irish beat the All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, to the immense delight of the Irish fans that had descended on Chicago for the weekend, many of whom dressed head to toe in green.


Meanwhile at SOFA, we were delighted with the record numbers of visitors to the show. This year the Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Fair had expanded to include a greater amount of paintings and sculpture.

Simon Gudgeon’s Kinetic sculptures received much attention as did his superb ballerinas with their unique patination. Karl Marten’s watercolours were hugely popular and we were delighted that our newest artist, Ewoud de Groot, received much admiration. Our show highlight was Norman Rockwell’s ‘A Scout is Reverent’ which was greatly admired by all those that visited our stand, many of whom instantly recognised this great artist’s masterly painting technique.


Our Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection, which included artists such as Sisley, Louiseau, Jacob and Robin, were very well received. It was the first time that we had exhibited Alfred Sisley’s splendid ‘Lavandières près de Champagne’ which we have also included in our Winter Collection 2016. This Impressionistic landscape is punctuated by a group of washerwomen in the foreground and is much revered for the artists loose and animated brushstrokes which evoke an atmosphere of a gentle breeze in this scene of everyday life in the village of Champagne.


It was a successful week and we look forward to returning to Chicago again very soon.


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