Jeremy Green

Get to know the people and personalities that make the BADA, as we delve into their businesses, passions, and insights on buying and collecting. Through a series of interviews, we uncover their stories and discover what drives them in the world of art and antiques. 

 

Jeremy Green

Of The Canon Gallery


The Canon Gallery specialises in 18th, 19th, and 20th-century British and European oils and watercolours. The gallery is run by Jeremy Green, who has more than 30 years of experience in the art and antiques market. Originally established in 1985 in Chichester, the business moved to Petworth, West Sussex, but is now based near Oundle, Northamptonshire. The gallery stocks over 250 oil paintings and watercolours, with prices ranging from £50 to £100,000. The artworks for sale comprise a rich collection of many styles and genres, including Victorian, Barbizon, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Newlyn School, modern British, contemporary, marine, still life and animal paintings. Below is an interview with Jeremy Green. 

 

How did you first discover your love for fine art and antiques? 

Looking at a book on old master paintings that my parents had.

Had you always wanted to work in the industry, or did you have a career change?
 
I went to art school in France and the UK, but I lacked the belief that I could make a living as a painter so went into the trade instead via a spell at Sotheby’s in Sussex.

If you weren’t a dealer, what would you be?

 A farmer or a carpenter.

What is an item that you wish you had never sold to a client and kept for yourself? 

A Sir Edward John Poynter that I sold to the British Museum of Lake Orta in Italy.

How did you first get involved in the industry?

I worked for the Arts and Crafts dealer Michael Whiteway in Kensington restoring stained glass windows.

Could you tell us about a recent visit to a gallery, exhibition or fair you have visited and enjoyed?

Very impressed by the Laura Knight exhibition at the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. It’s a fabulous gallery space that showed off the breadth of her work beautifully.  I do have a wonderful Cornish watercolour by her if anyone is looking to purchase work by her! 

Could you tell us your three top tips for when buying art?

Artist, quality, and condition. Always take time to look hard at what you want to buy and make sure you love the painting.