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, 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 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.

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.

 

Old and New

I was recently clearing out my late Mum’s house, when I came across a self-portrait that I must have painted when an Art School – probably 1983-84. I don’t have any of my old student paintings, and so this is an interesting reminder of my old painting technique. I’ve shown it below along with my most recent self-portrait, to show the difference in styles.

self portraits, old and new