Describe your business?
Stamford Fine Art / Jeffrey Stone is a Modern British Art dealer in London, UK, specializing in paintings, sculpture and other British Modern arts by artists from 1900 onwards.
How much do you enjoy art fairs?
We have only done the one in recent years but the Connect Art Fair is to be the start of a more regular attendance for us at such events. We are very much looking forward to meeting both new and old clients and of course our fellow dealers.
Is this what you wanted to be when you grew up?
My earliest thoughts on art were more to do with being an artist, if truth be told. However my passion for art started early and has never dwindled, however this was fired up further once I had become a Kettles Yard visitor many years ago.
Since then my working life has always been tied to artistic endeavours of one sort of another. These days I work as a part time sculptor and of course the other two hours a week are spent dealing !
I`ve been dealing for around 20 years now …15 of which were mainly spent working behind the scenes with other dealers. Connect Art Fair is really one our newest adventures into the market place and we are looking forward to it with excitement . I guess like so many others in the business it is now and will always be the only thing I do… unless I retire which is highly unlikely as its just too addictive and enjoyable to ever stop.
Your favourite artwork is?
There are many I would love to own …. But if I was keeping it simple I would have to say it`s my most recent purchase. One that sits far outside the market in which I deal. It is a wonderful portrait of Sir William Cecil, 1st Baron of Burghley, Burghley House, Stamford. Dated and painted in 1597 and painted in the last year of his life. It is rare thing but it is priceless to me due to its local history and my interest in all things “Stamford”. This is my home turf and where my studio is, based up in the Kennel Yards of this wonderful Elizabethan mansion. This painting fills me with joy every time I look at it.
The best place to live is – in town, just two miles out of town or deep in the country?
I would say just outside of town but with wonderful countryside surrounding me…… nothing’s far away then !