Fortnum’s X Frank

Fortnum’s X Frank


10 September - 20 October

Now in its third year, Fortnum’s X Frank makes a triumphant return with a formidable collection of works, many previously unseen, from the distinguished modern British artist, John Virtue.

In collaboration with eminent art collector, Frank Cohen, and curated by Robert Upstone, former Director of The Fine Art Society and former Head of Modern British Art at Tate.

The exhibition will feature over 60 large-scale monochromatic works by Virtue, placed throughout our home in the heart of Piccadilly.

John Virtue is one of the most distinguished painters working today in the United Kingdom. Having trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and now residing in North Norfolk, Virtue’s practice is continually informed by natural environments and his geographical moving from Lancashire to Devon, to London, and now to Norfolk.

Virtue’s idiosyncratic black and white canvases, created using a mix of white acrylic paint, black ink and shellac, will provide a provocative juxtaposition among the iconic Fortnum’s colours and gilt.

The works chosen include abstract landscapes that challenge the viewer to see beyond the paint to make out landmark sites.

Awarded the post of Associate Artist at the prestigious National Gallery, this will be the first time since 2005 that such an extensive oeuvre of works from John Virtue has been seen in London.


Fortnum's X Frank

Download the Brochure

Featuring contributions from our CEO Ewan Venters and curator Robert Upstone, plus a complete map of this year's exhibition.

Fortnum’s x Frank Artistic History Tours


Fortnum’s x Frank Artistic History Tours

20 September & 4 October

Join Fortnum's wonderful in-house historian and archivist, Dr. Andrea Tanner, for a tour of the Fortnum's x Frank exhibition and our Piccadilly home.