Art of Nude


I’ll be exhibiting “Arrangement on Red Carpet” at the “Art of Nude” exhibition, opening on the 21st September at V.23 – The Old Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements rd, Block F, London SE16 4DG

Open Studio 2018

Well, this years open studio event at Leegate House has been and gone. Many thanks to those that made the journey to this little corner of southeast London. Thankfully the heatwave abated, just for the day, and we didn’t all melt in our studios.

These open studios events are a prerequisite for studio providers to maintain their charitable status – to demonstrate they’re “engaging with the community”. In my experience, many studio providers will only make a token effort, and most artists will see it as an inconvenience.
I’m pleased to say that Bow Arts treated this event with a lot more enthusiasm than some other studio providers I’ve been involved with; as did most of the artists here in Leegate House – it was the most enjoyable open studio that I’ve taken part in. Some of the nicest conversations I had were with local people who’d seen a flyer in the local Sainsburys, and thought “I must go along to that”. I spend most of my time locked away alone in this room on the fifth floor. It’s actually quite nice opening the doors to the public once a year.

Espacio Gallery

Here I am standing in front of a couple of recent paintings on show in the “Perspectives” exhibiton, at Espacio Gallery, London. The show is open until Sunday 13th May.

Perspectives

I’ll be taking part in this show – Perspectives – at Espacio Gallery, London. It’s my first time showing work at this space. It’s an artist run gallery, and one condition of participating in group shows is taking a turn invigilating. So I shall be there on Wednesday 9th May between 1-7pm.

Website Woes

I’ve given my website a much needed facelift. I have been working on it for weeks now, testing it out on another domain. The transfer over to dalessandri.co.uk seemed to go smoothly enough. I was sure I had taken every precaution, and tested everything out. And then I realised that the photos from all my blog entries had disappeared!!!

So I’ve spent the last few evenings going through my blog entries, trying to find copies of the missing photos. Quite a few posts have had to be deleted, because I just can’t find any suitable photos. And so far I’ve only checked about a third of the posts!

Oh well, I quite like the look of my new site, so hopefully it won’t need a revamp for a couple of years.

Exercise in Objectification

I’ve started work on a series of headless nudes. It’s a development of some figure studies I have been working on. I was interested in seeing to what extent a sense of the sitter’s identity could be conveyed if, first, they were stripped of their clothes, and then, as in the case with this painting, their heads were cropped from the painting.

exercise in objectification

Selfie Exhibition

man with ridiculous hair

I’m showing this painting – Man With Ridiculous Hair – at the Selfie Exhibition at Candid Arts Trust.

The exhibition runs from 23rd February until the 4th March. Candid Arts Gallery is located at 3-5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, just a short distance from Angel station.

 

Hoxton Arches

Last weekends’s event “Unexpected”, presented by Stomach, went well. Despite the nearest train station being closed for engineering work, there was still a good turn out. In fact, the security guy had to usher people out the door at 11pm, as the artists were trying to take their works down. Not bad for an art exhibition.

There was music, performance art, and snacks served by a naked waiter. I look forward to seeing Stomach IV next year.

performance art in front of my work

Works in Progress

works in progress

I’ve been struggling with a few smaller paintings recently.  A week away from the studio seems to have helped, and I have managed to finish a couple of them in the past two days.