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September 20, 2017

Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with Liverpool born artist Pauline Amos; one of her works is for sale for £1.3 million   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Myself.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you hesitate, you’ve lost.”   Kerry … Continue reading “Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

July 9, 2017

Expensive Shit

by Matthew Steeples

‘SHIT’ to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington; it comes at quite a price   A painting which simply depicts the word ‘SHIT’ is to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington, London this month.   Offered with an estimate of £2,000 to £4,000 ($2,590 to $5,180, €2,260 to €4,520 or درهم9,470 to درهم18,940) … Continue reading “Expensive Shit”

June 7, 2017

A Take On Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Artist Enzina Fuschini showcases her take on Theresa May at an exhibition in Chelsea; the work is supposedly anything but political   Italian artist and designer Enzina Fuschini held a press preview for her ‘Impact’ exhibition at Chelsea’s 508 Gallery on the Kings Road last night.   Aside from eleven 100cm by 100cm oil on … Continue reading “A Take On Theresa”

May 30, 2017

Rotten Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight   Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf”

May 14, 2017

Spirit & Speed

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea studio house built for “spiritual artist” Arild Rosenkrantz and later home to the extremely eccentric lesbian heiress and powerboater ‘Joe’ Carstairs for sale for £8.95 million   “Spiritual seeker” and artist Baron Arild Rosenkrantz (1870 – 1964) was born in Denmark, studied in Rome and married his Scottish cousin, Louise Mackenzie, in 1901. His … Continue reading “Spirit & Speed”

May 12, 2017

Fun at Faringdon

by Matthew Steeples

£144,000 per year sought for Oxfordshire mansion that was the scene of a most curious ménage-a-trois; it is owned by the writer Sofka Zinovieff   “Tall and willowy” writer Sofka Zinovieff inherited Faringdon House in Oxfordshire at the age of 25 from her eccentric, bisexual uncle, Robert ‘The Mad Boy’ Heber-Percy, partner of the owner … Continue reading “Fun at Faringdon”

May 6, 2017

Jack Schlossberg (AKA John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg)

by General

New York born, Yale educated Jack Schlossberg is the only grandson of JFK. The son of designer and artist Ed Schlossberg and former Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Schlossberg co-founded ReLight New York, a non-profit organsiation that installed fluorescent lights in low-income housing developments, whilst at school and has expressed a desire to pursue a … Continue reading “Jack Schlossberg (AKA John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg)”

April 13, 2017

Alexander Newley – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with contemporary artist Alexander Newley   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Eros, anger, anxiety, love – in perfect and contradictory admixture.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? When fate raises its sword to make you tremble, … Continue reading “Alexander Newley – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

March 31, 2017

A Blank Canvas

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea “studio with living rooms” built for Augustus John and later owned by Dame Grace Fields DBE available to rent   Though the Pembrokeshire born artist, bohemian and pacifist Augustus John (1878 – 1961) was best known for his portraits of Lawrence of Arabia and Dylan Thomas, he is also said to have fathered as … Continue reading “A Blank Canvas”

December 20, 2016

Terrible Tracey

by Matthew Steeples

Tracey Emin announces she’s quitting London after her plans to construct a carbuncle that resembles a Hitler-esque oven are rejected; Londoners rejoice   Tracey Emin CBE, RA is no doubt liked by somebody, somewhere. She’s made a fortune from what she calls “art” and though her unmade bed is often derided as one of the … Continue reading “Terrible Tracey”

October 26, 2016

Sculpting a Residence

by Matthew Steeples

Former residence of sculptor with Liz Hurley as a neighbour for sale in Chelsea   The self-described ‘actress’ and diva Liz Hurley is probably the most famous ‘name’ living in cherry tree lined Redcliffe Road, SW10 but a slightly more talented former resident was a sculptor named Alice Lindley-Millican (married in 1917, died November 1930). … Continue reading “Sculpting a Residence”

October 22, 2016

The Pret Prayer

by General

A new addition to the South Kensington neighbourhood in October 2016, the Pret Prayer likes to get his mat out in front of all and sundry in Pret A Manager in Old Brompton Road, SW7. He also likes to paint and listen to his radio – on full volume, of course. He then joins the … Continue reading “The Pret Prayer”

May 9, 2016

HIM and Hitler

by Matthew Steeples

Likeness of Hitler sells for £11.9 million in New York

February 15, 2016

The art of Coya

by Matthew Steeples

Mayfair restaurant Coya to host a painting masterclass with an Argentinian artist Ana Pérez Grassano

January 19, 2016

Colditz comes to Shropshire

by Matthew Steeples

Shropshire cottage with a most unusual secret for sale for just shy of £200,000

December 4, 2015

What makes art sell?

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times’ first panel debate at the Library members’ club featured four art experts and the question: “What makes art sell?”

November 22, 2015

Team Harris cracks

by Matthew Steeples

Supporters of the paedophile Rolf Harris take to attacking one another

November 20, 2015

Celebrating Orvis

by Matthew Steeples

Orvis marked thirty years on the British high street with a party at their flagship London store

September 30, 2015

Colourful Ruins

by Matthew Steeples

Private view of Nicholas Gibbs’ ‘Colourful Ruins’

August 20, 2015

Francesco Carrozzini

by General

Born in Monza, Italy in 1982, Los Angeles and New York based photographer and director Francesco Carrozzini has worked with everyone from Tony Blair and Ban Ki-Moon to Justin Bieber and Kanye West.

July 4, 2015

Beware of the bitches; bitches beware

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Steven Berkoff’s first novel: ‘Sod the bitches!’ whilst the author shares his take on it in a video exclusive

June 24, 2015

Gone With the Mill

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

June 15, 2015

The art of selling

by Matthew Steeples

A £30 million Mayfair apartment for an art lover that is being marketed by way of an extraordinarily detailed 69-page sales brochure

June 14, 2015

Repugnant Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

Rolf Harris shows his true colours in a letter to a friend (who happily sold him down the river to the ‘Mail on Sunday’)

June 11, 2015

A tour of Topolski

by Matthew Steeples

Two venues that highlight the works of the renowned artist and illustrator Feliks Toposki

June 4, 2015

Picture of the Week: Zobop

by Matthew Steeples

The Royal Academy surpasses themselves in the choice of including a stunning staircase as part of their Summer Exhibition 2015

May 27, 2015

Scandal

by Matthew Steeples

A £25 million Westminster house that was the scene of all things scandalous

March 4, 2015

London is Changing

by Matthew Steeples

London is Changing website voices the struggles of Londoners

February 20, 2015

Charlie Baker

by General

Best known for his stunning window displays for Hermès and Ralph Lauren, Charlie Baker was born in New York’s Upper East Side

January 12, 2015

Count Louis-Marie de Castelbajac

by General

The star of a Nespresso commercial with George Clooney, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac is a fashion designer, actor, artist and Armagnac producer.

January 2, 2015

Aby Rosen

by Matthew Steeples

This Jewish real-estate mogul and contemporary art patron co-founded RFR Holding LLC with his childhood friend Michael Fuchs in 1991.

September 12, 2014

A magical Daimler

by Matthew Steeples

Legendary 1954 ‘Docker Daimler’ heads to auction   Sir Charles Dunstone recently took to the seas in his newly refurbished 65-metre yacht, the Shemara. The vessel, which dates to 1938, was once owned by the legendarily extravagant duo Sir Bernard and Lady Docker and this weekend Dunstone has the opportunity to add one of the … Continue reading “A magical Daimler”

July 26, 2014

Beating his blues

by Matthew Steeples

Conor Mccreedy work sells for £100,000   Aged just 27, South African artist Conor Mccreedy has pulled off an extraordinary coup in selling a painting for just shy of £100,000 (R1.8 million ZAR).

May 5, 2014

Lettice Rowbotham

by Matthew Steeples

This Surrey based violinist and Britain’s Got Talent contestant has been described as “a mixture of the Duchess of York and Patsy from Ab Fab”. Lettice Rowbotham has played for Prince Charles, President Vladimir Putin and at Harvey Weinstein’s 2014 post-BAFTA party and of meeting Oprah Winfrey commented: “No, I didn’t know who she was. … Continue reading “Lettice Rowbotham”

March 22, 2014

The best of BADA

by Matthew Steeples

A roundup of the art worth seeing at BADA   The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair on Chelsea’s Duke of York Square is an annual showcase of art and antiques that range in price from £100 to £1 million. Here, The Steeple Times picks three of our favourite items on display that suit a … Continue reading “The best of BADA”

December 25, 2013

Cyrus Mahboubian: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with photographer Cyrus Mahboubian   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Artistic pursuits take up most of my time.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I think the ethic of reciprocity “do unto others as you would have them do to you” is a … Continue reading “Cyrus Mahboubian: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 19, 2013

Giacomo Brunelli: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with photographer Giacomo Brunelli   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Adrenaline.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill.  

November 9, 2013

Splendor on the Riviera

by Matthew Steeples

Galerie Dumonteil’s ‘Splendor on the Riviera’ exhibition   The opening of Galerie Dumonteil’s latest exhibition, Splendor on the Riviera, in New York was very much an Anglo-American affair.

August 27, 2013

Huguette Clark (1906 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

This heiress daughter of a Montana “robber baron” mining and railroad tycoon was a hence unseen recluse from 1930 until her death in 2011 following a painful divorce from the son of one of her father’s business associates after just two years of marriage.

August 16, 2013

A perfect car for ‘The Throttler’?

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea’s answer to John Lennon adapts a Nissan Primera   A recent addition to the streets of Chelsea is a Nissan Primera whose owner plainly took inspiration from John Lennon’s customised Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

August 4, 2013

Suddenly Last Summer

by Matthew Steeples

Jack Vetrianno puts painting on the market (and throws in a flat)   Whoever buys Scottish artist Jack Vettriano OBE’s £2 million flat in Pont Street, Knightsbridge gets not only a one bedroomed flat, but also a painting titled Suddenly Last Summer.

July 11, 2013

Tom Bem: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with singer-songwriter Tom Bem   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Success and positivity.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’ve adopted the Olympic motto ‘Faster Higher Stronger’. It’s mine now.  

June 16, 2013

Anne Dunhill

by Matthew Steeples

This Roman Catholic novelist and Italian translator’s works have included A Darker Shade of Love, Web of Passion and Anita: A Memoir. A former debutante and model, Dunhill also writes about love, life and lunches on the site Angela Darling’s Blog and is a granddaughter of the luxury goods titan Alfred Dunhill.

June 3, 2013

John Armstrong

by Matthew Steeples

This poet and artist was born in Consett, County Durham and began writing aged just 13 during his time studying at a monastery in Shropshire. Famed for his amazing head of a hair and a regular at the Chelsea Arts Club, amongst Armstrong’s most poignant verses is one from his poem Who Am I in … Continue reading “John Armstrong”

May 12, 2013

Andrew Hancock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist Andrew Hancock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “The increasing sense that time is speeding up”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Fearless for Your Love Forever!” – I inscribed … Continue reading “Andrew Hancock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 11, 2013

Sara Blakely

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest woman to have become a self-made billionaire ever. A former comedian and door-to-door fax machine saleswoman, Blakely founded the privately held Spanx undergarment business at the age of 27. Sales took off in 2000 when Oprah Winfrey endorsed the product and then when she signed a contract with QVC, 8,000 pairs were sold … Continue reading “Sara Blakely”

May 6, 2013

Morgan Delle Piane: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks experimental disc jockey and background actor Morgan Delle Piane: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? All the virtues.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Equality and diversity.  

April 25, 2013

Marina Cowdray: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist and sculptor Marina Cowdray: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Accepting each moment as it appears.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Laugh often and don’t take life too seriously. … Continue reading “Marina Cowdray: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 22, 2013

Mccreedy’s quintessence

by Thomas "T.J." James

Thomas James chats with artist Conor Mccreedy   The quintessence of any artist is what distinguishes them from others. So, when I met with Conor Mccreedy to ask him about his, he begins by reading me his artistic statement:   “I lose myself in a divine invention, where judgment is laid aside and my experiences in … Continue reading “Mccreedy’s quintessence”

April 21, 2013

The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath

by Matthew Steeples

Polygamous Lord Bath is as famed for his “wifelets” as he is for his erotically styled paintings. A prolific writer, this peer passed the management of his Longleat estate to his heir, Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, in 2010. The pair subsequently fell out and in April 2013, Lord Bath stated: “I don’t feel inclined to … Continue reading “The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath”

April 19, 2013

Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist and gallery manager Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Joy, art and love.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my … Continue reading “Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 27, 2013

Taking a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a historic £22 million residence on London’s Cheyne Walk   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea is amongst the addresses that an estate agent would describe as “the most sought after in London”. Up there in the company of the Bishops Avenue, Grosvenor Square and Cadogan Square, it has moved from having been home … Continue reading “Taking a view”

March 15, 2013

Ben Howard

by Matthew Steeples

This singer-songwriter grew up in rural Devon but has become a “word-of-mouth” star and a “one-man One Direction”. This whisky loving Englishman cites his influences as Van Morison, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and won both BRIT Awards he was nominated for in 2013. He states that he “doesn’t really believe in fame” and … Continue reading “Ben Howard”

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

March 4, 2013

Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My old headmaster Peter Pyemont once said in a Friday assembly: “The more you put into life, the more you get out of it”. I have lived by those words ever since. … Continue reading “Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 18, 2013

A Smart move

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the home of a circus heir and the revival of Billy Smart’s Circus   Billy Smart, Sr. (1894 – 1966), a travelling showman and father of 10 children (he was himself one of 23), bought a circus in 1946 and quickly became known as an extraordinary entertainer. One of his son’s, Billy … Continue reading “A Smart move”

January 28, 2013

Jess Black

by Matthew Steeples

An abstract artist, former model and animal rights campaigner. Born near Chicago, Black rejected his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing at the age of 17. His 2012 “Leather Bound in Black or Red” collection about his family’s transition away from the religion attracted great interest and collectors of his works number the American footballer Jay Cutler and … Continue reading “Jess Black”

November 17, 2012

Fry’s delight

by Andreas Kirchberger

Andreas Kirchberger captures the atmosphere at a private view of the works of Robert Fry   On Thursday 25th October, Ilona Pacia and Jesper Thomsen of Mews42 Gallery hosted a private view of the works of Robert Fry in Princes Gate, South Kensington.     Andreas Kirchberger was on hand on behalf of The Steeple … Continue reading “Fry’s delight”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

June 30, 2012

Steeple Rock

by Matthew Steeples

An outstanding painting by Edward William Cooke   At Masterpiece yesterday, a painting immediately caught my eye on Martyn Gregory’s stand but what intrigued me further was the title attached to it.   Steeple Rock, signed and dated 1873, attracted my interest firstly because of its outstanding quality but equally, as I’d never heard of … Continue reading “Steeple Rock”

May 23, 2012

Steven Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

Berkoff is a titan of the stage and a might with a pen. He’s best known for playing the darkest of characters but in reality he’s charm personified. Berkoff beat Julie Burchill in a libel case in 1996 and finds it “flattering” to play evil characters. He lives on the river in a converted warehouse … Continue reading “Steven Berkoff”

May 15, 2012

Peregrine Heathcote

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest ever student at the Heatherly College of Arts, Peregrine Heathcote has morphed from portrait painting to a focus on something a little more Gatsby-esque. He grew up on Cheyne Walk and now lives in the country with his charming wife, Louise. This Old Harrovian’s stunning paintings hang in some of the finest collections … Continue reading “Peregrine Heathcote”

May 13, 2012

Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)

by Matthew Steeples

“Britain’s ultimate interior designer” is a man of many talents and guises. Haslam flits from party to party by night, but by day writes, edits and designs. He’s performed cabaret at The Savoy and Bellamy’s and interior watercolour renderings by him are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum. This trendsetter’s life is indeed summed … Continue reading “Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)”

May 9, 2012

Christian Huhnt

by Matthew Steeples

Co-founder of Artition, a social network and marketplace for artists, dealers, collectors and institutions. This Chelsea resident is often to be found in the V&A library by day but at night he’s most likely to be rocking the club circuit at The Cuckoo Club.

May 7, 2012

Jonathan Yeo

by Matthew Steeples

There is barely anyone this contemporary portraist hasn’t painted. George W. Bush, David Cameron, Minnie Driver, Prince Philip, Paris Hilton and Rupert Murdoch all number amongst his subjects. The son of Conservative politician Tim Yeo, he’s now made it his mission to poke fun at the politicians and personalities he depicts and even went as … Continue reading “Jonathan Yeo”

May 5, 2012

William Cookson

by Matthew Steeples

An “urban abstract” artist who also paints a superb portrait. His family founded the renowned CV Travel empire that turned Corfu into “Kensington-on-Sea.” George Osborne rented his mother’s home in Corfu 2008 and whilst there controversially met with the billionaire financier Nat Rothschild and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. One of four brothers, he’s exhibited at … Continue reading “William Cookson”

April 28, 2012

Ohad Maiman

by Matthew Steeples

Born in Israel, Ohad Maiman served in the Israel Defense Forces for three years but it is photography that is his true passion.

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