Every year I sit down to write this introduction I sense the sheer brass of neck it takes to appropriate such a weighty historical term for our grubby commercial purposes. Something akin to those artists’ biographies I’m constantly finding on line that claim inspiration from Turner, Picasso and Damian Hirst as if by the mere naming of them they become their natural artistic heirs. In my defence, I cling to the Tate website’s own definition of Impressionism as the “use of rapid, broken brushstrokes, awareness of light and shade and the depiction of scenes form everyday life”. Even after a century of painting in this tradition that definition still holds good for those working in the style today. It is a testament to its popularity amongst art collectors and the general public at large that there are so many ‘impressionists’ among the most successful of professional contemporary painters. This exhibition presents our selection of some of those we feel represent the best of the current school of British impressionism – not by any means an exclusive roll, but each as fine an ambassador of the style as you’ll find.