Welcome to Staithes Group Art Specialists, T.B. & R. Jordan's, On-Line Gallery
We're Tom and Rosamund Jordan, leading specialists in the Staithes Group of painters for 40 years, and we believe there has never been a better time than now to invest in the work of established artists. An uncertain stock market, fluctuating house prices, and the lowest interest rate since the 1930s combine to encourage the search for alternative investments. We are certainly continuing to invest heavily in our stock - plus buying some pictures for pure indulgent pleasure!
We have the largest collection of works by the Staithes Group on the market with, at present, around 120 in stock.We never pretend that pictures which we are offering for sale, from our home or from an exhibition, are our own 'collection'. We make a clear distinction between our stock and our private collection, which is always quite separate from pictures which we offer for sale as picture dealers. You may have seen Rosamund with Staithes Group pictures on Countryfile, all of which were from our past or present stock. She is sole author of the 2003 Staithes group Centenary catalogue, detailing 34 Staithes Group and Staithes Art Club artists, and is presently writing a book analysing the Group.
Our next exhibition is in Staithes itself on Sunday 25th May 2014 - the year of the 40th anniversary of our fine art dealing career and our 50th wedding anniversary! Surely we can't be so old! At the Memorial Hall, Cliff Lane, Staithes 10am-5pm, we shall be offering for sale 37 works from the collection of the late Mr. Robert Patterson of Spout House, Runswick, nearly all of that village and many by Staithes Group artists. There are also works by the Weatherill family, Sue Atkinson, David Curtis, Robert Howey and others. Please note the address, as it was given incorrectly in our last Harrogate exhibition catalogue. Sorry!
We will also be exhibiting at the Pannet Gallery in Whitby 5th-20th July (excluding Mondays) and at the Pavilions of Harrogate again 4th & 5th October.
Fine quality pictures have a lot of advantages over ISAs at the moment: you'll have something you can enjoy, be proud of and pass on to future generations regardless of fluctuations in value. Increasing inflation is making them a better option than ever.
Our aim is to use our expertise to select the best works within our price range,both from those which appear on the open market and those offered to us privately. This allows us to present both private and corporate clients with an exceptionally wide choice of pictures from within our narrow specialisms give an added guarantee of quality through our long-standing membership of LAPADA.
We have chosen to spend our lives in the North East of England and divide our time between our house on the banks of the River Tees and our cottage by the sea in Staithes. We have always specialised in the work of Northern Impressionist artists who painted in the area a century ago, especially that of the Staithes Group (sometimes referred to as the Staithes School) and Impressionist members of Northumberland's Cullercoats Colony. American collectors mjght be interested in checking out the Winslow Homer connection.
Many of these Staithes painters trained in Paris at the height of the Impressionist movement and went on to attain great honours in the art world including being elected President of the Royal Cambrian Academy and being named Dame Commander of the British Empire. They exhibited briefly, first in Staithes and then in Whitby, as the Staithes Art Club, and individually in most major British public art galleries.Their work of these Yorkshire Impressionists is in public collections world wide, although the only comprehensive public exhibition is in the Pannett Gallery, Whitby. Please don't be put off by the comparatively low level of their prices - as the work of these exceptional artists becomes more widely known it is steadily increasing in value. Please click on 'Staithes Group Art' and prepare to be amazed! Particularly in the present economic situation they are very attractive investments in every sense of the word!
A more recent interest is the work of mining artists. These are miners who drew and studied part time while working underground and (in many cases during the aftermath of the Miners Strike) became full time professional artists. What separates them from most Social Realists is that they are Primary Source artists, painting from first hand experience a life they knew intimately and had experienced directly and emotionally. We believe the late Tom McGuinness is one of the best of these 'Pitmen Painters'. This is another group which is beginning to have its true place in British art recognised. Billy Elliot fans please check out our Mining Art section to experience life in the colliery villages of County Durham.
We work from home by appointment, hold one day exhibitions in Staithes and stage longer exhibitions in Harrogate and Whitby. We encourage collectors to visit the area which so attracted these great artists and experience its appeal for themselves. With this in mind we also run study days in Staithes itself and are prepared to lecture or arrange study days on the Group out of the area. Rosamund is on the NADFAS list of lecturers and also wrote the Staithes Group Centenary Caltalogue, now a standard reference work which details the lives and works of thirty four of the artists.
We strongly urge anyone interested in Impressionist art - regardless of their location - to look at these pictures as they still represent amazing value for their quality.