Christmas Emporium

This season we have stocked the gallery with some non-fine art offerings such as hand poured candles by Clement and Claude, Cushions by Made by Mrs M, Jewellery by Gabriela Szulman and stationery by Sarah Hamilton.

Thursday 26th November sees our second birthday at the gallery and we will be open late to celebrate and launch the new works for Christmas.  The gallery will be open til 8pm.

Art at the gallery includes the new prints by Maria Rivans, Paintings by Roo Waterhouse, the new pieces by Simone Truong and the Kaleidoscope series by Joe Silcott.


Sarah Hamilton Orso Major Orso Major Gallery Dec15


New Screen Prints by Janet Brooke arrive at the gallery

New Screen Prints by Janet Brooke arrive at the gallery this September.  Some of the prints previously shown last autumn return along with new pieces that present the forgotten urban landscape in all it’s gritty glory.


In contrast to her recently shown work highlighting the beauty of London’s architecture with a focus on the churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren, these new prints highlight the gritty urban environment of East London.  Many of the scenes shown in these work no longer exist and therefore in some case, present a snap shot in time into East London’s past. Others highlight the contrasting nature of the urban landscape such as “The House by the Gas Works” which shows the contrast of domestic living with the inescapable industrial features of the city such as the gas works. Of this print, Janet Brooke says she was “always fascinated by gas works”

Brooke was inspired to capture these neglected aspects of our urban environment, recognising that soon they would be gone, and the memory of them would fade much like the paint on the fascia. In her work “Shop Local”, Janet has used complex screen printing techniques to produce a vibrant display of East London life. It features a Bangladeshi store, highlighting the diverse nature to this area and the multitude of products available in the window make you want to explore the shop!  Visit Orso Major to see these fantastic prints!

Orso Major is voted Independent Retailer of Waterloo 2015

We’re delighted so many of you voted for us to Independent Retailer of Waterloo 2015.

You can read about the competition and the gallery in this post by We Are Waterloo.  We Are Waterloo

Thanks so much for all your support and we look forward to seeing at the gallery soon!

Aiming for Eternity – Janet Brooke’s Wren Church linocuts

Aiming for Eternity; a series of lino prints of the Wren churches of London by Janet Brooke

In 2005 Janet Brooke produced a print of St Brides Church which she didn’t realize at the time would become the first of a series of Wren Churches of London.

The series was completed in spring 2015 bringing the total number of prints to 33. Aiming for Eternity is the exhibition of these prints that are shown together for the first time.  These sophisticated lino prints are inspired by the Japanese woodblock tradition where you can see the tonal changes across a surface.

Brooke captures little known vistas of these old spires, many of which are dwarfed by the neighbouring tower blocks of modern London. Often set against contemporary construction cranes and street furniture, the artist creates a tension with the use of red traffic lights, bollards restricting access and one way street signs. The historic churches, often overlooked by many busy pedestrians, are presented with all the paraphanalia of the square mile.

The exhibition title takes it’s name from a quote by Sir Christopher Wren who wrote ‘Architecture aims at eternity’; quite apt given these churches stand proud some 300 years after being rebuilt.

Aiming for Eternity is on display at Gallery 101 at the Salvation Army HQ at 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EH from Monday 18th May to Friday 19th June 2015.

The exhibition is free entry.

The opening times are 0830 to 1615 Monday to Friday. Closed weekends.

The prints in the exhibition are available to buy through Orso Major.

Paintings by Roo Waterhouse join Orso Major

The fabulous original paintings by Roo Waterhouse join Orso Major this spring.  Roo Waterhouse is an artist based in West Yorkshire with collectors of her work all around the UK.

In her work Roo likes to observe and contemplate the (extra)ordinary things of everyday life depicting objects in situ, often larger than life. She loves to paint using oils – the traditional medium of reverential portraiture. Her beautifully detailed oil paintings observe and appreciate our relationships with the often unnoticed familiar artefacts in our everyday surroundings; exploring how they can hold onto the stories of our lives, becoming links to past times.

Her oil on board paintings are small intimate pieces, the image measure 13 x 18cm set in frames 23x 28cm.Architectural Reference_24x30cm by Roo Waterhouse

Her paintings on canvases are on the 3cm deep canvases, turning them simply from 2d pieces to objects in themselves.

Her fascination with books and bookshelves – and what they say about their owners, led her to start painting the stunning art works that you see at Orso Major.

You can see the paintings by Roo Waterhouse here

Prices range from £250 to £900

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Still Life paintings by Harriet Porter

Tranquil still life paintings by artist Harriet Porter evoke both Morandi and William Nicholson with their muted palette and subjects of highly polished silver.

The hyper realist oil paintings by Harriet Porter need to be seen in person to truly understand the exquisite detail by this masterful painter.  The images on this newsletter and the website, can make the art works look like photographs.  Head over to the gallery and take a quiet moment to truly enjoy them.


H_Porter-Silver Vessel 25x35cm H_Porter-Empty Bowl 60x30cm Harriet Porter-Long Shadow 35x35cm