Grey Funnel is a small art gallery in the popular seaside town of Shanklin on the Isle of Wight which opened in October 2019. We specialise in marine paintings and modern British art but also have an interesting range of collectables and art books. The shop is currently only open at weekends but these times will be extended in the future.
The shop at 3 Carter Road was built on land originally owned by Vice Admiral Thomas Wren Carter (1787-1874) and so Grey Funnel (an informal name for the Navy) was an apt choice for the gallery.
Before the gallery was opened some refurbishment to the layout of the previous bookshop was carried out to better suit the display of paintings.
Grey Funnel is owned and run by Adrian Rowe who has lived and worked on the Island for many years. After leaving school he took up an engineering apprenticeship with Elliott Turbomachinery in Cowes (formerly J Samuel White Shipbuilders & Engineers) followed by employment across a range of engineering industries.
The art business was established in 2010 and traded under the name of Silverpoint Fine Arts exhibiting works at local art and antiques fairs. When the shop was purchased in 2018 the name of the business was changed to Grey Funnel to reflect the maritime theme of the works we sell. Our website can still be reached from our old web address of www.silverpoint-arts.co.uk
Image: 'PS Merstone Approaches Ryde Pier' by Richard Grant
A large proportion of our stock is by Island artists including works by Deryck Foster (1924-2011), Martin Swan (b.1951), Cavendish Morton (1911-2015) and Mervyn Pearson (b.1934). We also have works by modern British artists including Mary Fedden RA (1915-2012), Ken Howard RA (b.1932) and Elisabeth Frink RA (1930-1993).
Image: 'The Thames at Henley' by Cavendish Morton RI, Hon ROI
Contemporary limited edition lithographs and screenprints individually printed by hand in a traditional manner. Our prints include favourite works by Mark Hearld, Clare Curtis, Carry Akroyd and Emily Sutton.
Image: 'I is for Ice Cream' by Emily Sutton printed at the Penfold Press in a limited edition of 75.
Collectables, objets d'art, ceramics and decorative works of art.
Image: A large Poole Pottery charger with hot air balloon design by Nicola Massarella. 41cm diameter.