Josie Eastwood Fine Art is situated just outside Winchester. Previously a farm storage shed of twisted black corrugated iron, now a haven of a gallery with beamed vaulted ceiling letting in streams of daylight, it sits across the gravel driveway from her home - two dilapidated barns cleverly joined to form the most gorgeous brick and flint conversion in the heart of the rolling Hampshire countryside. Three times a year Josie’s home is turned upside down and transformed into a living, breathing extension of the gallery with over a 100 paintings shown above the fireplaces, along hallway walls; above the AGA, propped against shelves of books and in nooks and crannies. A further 250 paintings from over 40 of Josie’s artists hang from every wall within the gallery. Contemporary is her thing but never so outré or unaffordable. Prices start at £200 and reach £15,000. Over the years what she has found is that clients love seeing art hung in her home - it's a chance for people to see how naturally pictures fit into decoration and family life. They simply blend with the life of a house. Smaller sculptures sit on windowsills whilst the garden is scattered with stunning larger outdoor pieces.
Josie Eastwood has been active in the art market for over 25 years. Having graduated in Fine Art from Exeter University she went on to various high profile jobs in the art world including working within the British Paintings department at Sotheby’s and at Julian Hartnoll, the highly respected Pre-Raphaelite dealer in the West End. In addition she managed the Cadogan Gallery in Chelsea in the early 1990s when it was jointly owned by Philip Mould and Christopher Burness and worked at Project Art, an art consultancy. In 1996 before pop ups were really talked about Josie booked some space at Battersea Library to show a variety of paintings she particularly loved. The show was a sell out! And from this Josie Eastwood Fine Art was born. She continued the business on moving to live in central Winchester selling art from her home. It was on taking on a barn conversion in 2000 in a nearby village – Chilcomb – that business became more serious with an annual show. Since then the numbers of shows have increased to three and she is now living and running her gallery from her latest home in Sparsholt.
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