Academy Fine Paintings is an international fine art dealership based in Buckinghamshire, England. We specialise in 19th century British and European oil paintings by some of the most important artists of the period, from Victorian landscapes and subject pictures to Belle Epoque portraits. We are members of LAPADA; the largest UK trade association of art and antiques dealers, and CINOA; the International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers. My name is Gavin Claxton and after 20 years in television and film I turned my passion for collecting fine art into a business. I also appear on BBC television as a fine art expert.
Inspired by a connoisseur’s eye for authenticity, quality, and condition Academy Fine Paintings is a gallery founded on the principles and preoccupations of an art collector rather than just the motivations of the art dealer. With this in mind no painting is offered for sale until it is in the finest condition it can be for its age.
Each painting is first appraised by one of the UK's most experienced fine art conservators and any necessary restoration carried out to the highest professional standards. Where possible our paintings are sold in their original frames, but when an antique frame has gone beyond the point where restoration is not an option it is re-hung in a bespoke gold metal leaf carved wooden frame. These are made to order for us by one of the UK’s finest period frame makers.
I am always happy to advise clients old and new - without charge - on any aspect of fine art collecting.
Your gallery is definitely and by far the best I have found. The paintings are so beautiful, you are so nice to deal with and when they arrive they truly need no cleaning and can be hung immediately”
“Thanks for all your amazing help and guidance. It was a pleasure meeting you. I will always buy with confidence from you. Beautiful painting, speedy safe delivery”.
“It is a pleasure doing business with a gentleman and trusted art adviser. Always perfect in every way. One of the truly great art dealers. Thank you”.
“Gavin was a tremendous help in helping us with our purchase and he alleviated any reservations we had about buying art online. The piece was just as he said, and we are very pleased. Shipping was remarkable... only 4 days!”.
“ We love the painting and bought with confidence from across the Atlantic based on Gavin’s honesty and expertise.”.
“This is my second piece purchased from Academy Fine Paintings. Great communication, shipping, and quality of both pieces. I would highly recommend this fine art dealer."
“I had a wonderful buying experience. It was exactly as anticipated and the shipping of this (very large and heavy) painting was flawless and free of charge. Gavin was considerate and thoughtful in keeping me informed of the steps in the process. Overall, just a great transaction. Well done all!”.
“Gavin was spectacular throughout the process with timely and professional communication. Packaging and shipping matched the communication. And most importantly, the artwork was accurately portrayed in the pictures and description. I would readily buy another piece of art from Gavin again."
“I would - and will - buy from Academy Fine Paintings again. I am extremely pleased with the buying process, the shipping, and the painting itself is magnificent.”.
“Gavin replied to my questions quickly with detailed and useful answers. The piece was very well packaged and arrived as promised. I would highly recommend Academy Fine Paintings and look forward to conducting business again.”.
Our experience, purchase, and shipment was timely and very smooth. The painting is extraordinary and exactly as described."