A gallop through the history of Scottish ArtPublished on 05 Dec 2019
James Knox presents “An illustrated art lecture” to guests in Jersey
Since it began life in 1968, the Fleming Collection has grown to over 600 works and remains the finest collection of Scottish art outside public institutions, according to James Knox, Director of the Fleming Collection and former managing director of The Art Newspaper.
“It’s a hugely important collection which is reflected in its loans and touring exhibitions to numerous major UK museums and government collections over the years”, he told guests at an exclusive Stonehage Fleming event hosted in collaboration with the Art Fund at the Jersey Museum and Art Gallery in St Helier.
The art collection holds great significance for Stonehage Fleming. Originally owned by the Fleming banking dynasty, the collection became a charitable art foundation in 2000, endowed by members of the family to enhance the collection and promote Scottish art and creativity.
One of the initial purposes of the collection was to brighten up the offices of Robert Fleming & Co, explained James. Today, Stonehage Fleming works closely with James and his team, and art from the Fleming Collection still decorates the walls of our offices in London, Jersey and Zurich.
James took guests on a “gallop” through the history of Scottish painting and sculpture, highlighting key works from seventeenth century portraits and early landscapes through to photography and their most recent acquisition - a sculpture by concrete poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, marking the 50th anniversary of the collection. “We collect artists right up to the present day. Hamilton Finlay’s time is yet to come”, said James. “He is very undervalued both critically and commercially. I am thrilled to shine a light on his work and to have him in the collection.”