Belvedere Bargue - By Jess

Work Experience at Gladwell & Patterson

Jess is 19 years old and spent a week with us on work experience.  She is currently studying at the Florence Academy in Italy that was founded in 1991 by Daniel Graves to provide the highest level of instruction in classical drawing, painting and sculpture. We asked her to write about how she found the experience.

I greatly enjoyed the week I spent with Gladwell and Patterson and helping Anthony, Cory and the team prepare for their current exhibition. I love being in their gallery and it’s so easy to be seduced by the beautiful works of art on display, I wondered how they managed to get any work done as I found it so easy to be drawn into staring at the paintings, but they do, in fact they rarely stop, the phone is constantly ringing and I have learnt that no two days are the same there are always new jobs to be done and new opportunities to take.

It was great to be amongst such a wonderful, family orientated, team, each of whom is extremely knowledgeable and accomplished at what they do. It was an amazing experience to see the day-to-day running of such an established business, and I learnt a great deal from my week working with them; from presentation and marketing to buying and selling art. I even gained an insight into what it takes to produce great art, after viewing so many paintings and observing what works and what doesn’t.

As an art student I was particularly interested to see how a gallery works with its artists, but I was also keen to see how it works as a commercial enterprise.  The highlight of my week were the auctions that we visited, and on my first day I found myself in the prestigious auction house Sotheby’s, where we were fortunate enough to be  guided through the catalogue and see the art which would be auctioned that evening.  It was an incredible experience as we were able to look closely at Picasso’s and Monet’s under UV light and have Anthony and Cory explain to us that they were looking for in ensuring the integrity of the piece.   It made me realize how important it is to be with someone who really knows what to look out for and what a great depth of knowledge Anthony has, something that only comes after being in the business for so many years.

We also spent a day at Christie’s, another distinguished auction house, and attended two further auctions. The auction held in the evening was incredible and is an experience I shall never forget, it was terribly exciting to watch and be amongst people who were bidding large sums of money for paintings that are so famous you have been taught about them since infancy. It was great to have Anthony talk through the bidding and auctioning process.

We also visited Masterpiece, an impressive and renowned art/ luxury goods fair held in Chelsea, where I learned the significance of presentation and how important it is to have a stand that customers are drawn to and feel confident in purchasing some beautiful works of art.

Being surrounded by so many beautiful and accomplished paintings this week has further inspired me to put all my efforts into art because, whilst it is extremely difficult to produce, when you get it right you can give people so much pleasure, and this in my view is what Gladwell and Patterson do so well.

 

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