May Art Bulletin
A busy month to say the least! Welcome to all new subscribers from the Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Sunbury workshop and Digswell Open Studios.
“Behind every happy artist ….
… is an exhausted partner”, so the saying goes! I am very lucky to have Jane though – exhausted maybe, but still very supportive. Last weekend, after a hard week at work (for she works full-time, somebody has to earn a living!), she stood in at my Open Studios for the day. I know many of you met her, she was very good at getting people to sign up. It wasn’t all hard work though, she did meet the Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield (above – the Mayor is on the right in case you’re not sure). I was at my workshop in Sunbury, an unfortunate clash. But this is only the latest little bit of support – since I started to learn to draw she has been only encouraging and always getting me to go forward. As a present she bought me my first night-school painting class, and, the big one, when I was thinking of taking redundancy and going full-time as an artist, she was only positive.
Jane works full-time in London, in a very full-on job, so roles in the house have rather shifted. I now do all the cooking and shopping, and most of the cleaning (although there’s a lot less of that than before). But Jane never (well rarely) complains about the mess, or the slightly dodgy meals. And so far it’s working well. Not too sure what will happen when Jane wants to stop working – maybe I’ll have to go and get a real job. But for the moment, I know I’m a very lucky man.
Next weekend I’m at the Landmark Arts Fair in Teddington. This was the first Art Fair I attended 2 years ago now, and was a tremendous experience for me (as it was last year). It is a super venue, in a huge converted Victorian church. So it’s a beautiful space illumiated through glorious stained-glass windows. When the sun shines it’s quite something.
The centre is at the end of the very trendy Teddington High Street (check out Mary Portas’s Designer charity shop, Living & Giving), and there is plenty of on-street parking around the centre. The Private View is next Friday evening, 19th, from 6pm to 8.30. If you would like a complimentary ticket for the Private View, please let me know and I can send you one. I also have 2 for 1 tickets for the weekend, which are also available via the website. On Saturday and Sunday the Fair is open 10am to 5pm.
It takes a very long time to become young
will be on show (and for sale) next weekend in Teddington
My work is also in not one but two Hertfordshire Galleries currently, the Nude Tin Can in St. Albans and the Niko Brown Gallery in Ware.
Landmark Spring Art Fair, 20-21st May, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN
Great Escapes, 27th April – 7th June Nude Tin Can Gallery, Hatfield Road, St. Albans AL1 4JS.
I will have 4 works in this small exhibition, in this always interesting contemporary gallery in St. Albans, just down from Tesco Express on Hatfield Road, free street parking and a lovely cafe next door.
Niko Brown Gallery, 27A Baldock Street, Ware SG12 9DH. I currently have 7 pieces with this lovely spacious gallery in Ware, with mainly other local artists. Worth popping in, you may get a bargain.