Watercolours of London, Tuscany and the Ile de Re

Here is an incomplete gallery of the works showing at Lauderdale house from the 25th of November til the 7th of December 2014. You can contact me to buy any you see here, providing they haven’t already sold – 20 have gone already.

They are all watercolours painted on the spot, often with annotations about the place, the people who passed me by, some history or even just how cold or hot I was.

you can also see a better gallery here: The London Ones

Preparing for the Lauderdale House show

I’m busy not painting at the moment, trying to make sure everything is ready for my upcoming shows, of which the main one is my solo show at Lauderdale House. Many paintings are off being framed, and I’m trying to make sure I’ve photographed everything before it goes to the gallery. The largest picture will be this composite of St. Mary le Bow, painted on three sheets of paper, trying to pin them to the easel so I could see at least one other beyond the one I was working on at the time. They don’t quite match up, and aren’t quite as suave as I had imagined, but I do like the slight mis-match of the sheets. And I enjoyed the tricky Heath Robinson quality to my easel arrangements…!

The smallest is probably this quick sketch of the landscape near Volterra I did one afternoon while driving back to Pisa airport:

There will be about 60 pieces, mostly new and recent paintings of London, with a few old favourites of Tuscany, Rome and France dropped in. If you’d like to come along to the Private View, it’s at 19:30 at the Upper and Long Galleries at Lauderdale House, Highgate. There will be wine, nibbles, good company and there’s even a grand piano if somebody fancies adding a spot of music to the event! Drop me a line if you’d like an official invitation.

“Mirador” at Westminster Library

Went to a beautiful little private view last night, in the hidden exhibition space in Westminster Reference Library, right next to Leicester Square. Jason Shuttleworth and Juliette Murphy are showing paintings & drawings there til January the 3rd. A great evening, a some beautiful work on show – I particularly enjoyed Jason’s small pencil sketches, made on site during his climbing trips. More info below:

Jason Shuttleworth Drawings

Westminster Reference Library
35 St Martin’s Street, London, WC2 7HP

The exhibition runs 9 December–3 January inclusive
Opening hours Monday to Friday 10am-8pm Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays and Bank holiday

from the MIRADOR
[Latin: mirari To look, invites the viewer to share two complementary views of a transient world]

Juliette Murphy (BA Fine Art) explores in her recent work
the contemplation of the journey to the unknown. Her imagery incorporates references to narrratives handed down over time – an ongoing deliberation of presence and absence, existence and loss. Juliette has exhibited extensively in Europe and the USA. Her work was selected for the Stowells Trophy at the Royal Academy and shown at the British Institute Barcelona. Juliette is also a print specialist at the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueras, Spain. Her work is in many private and public collections

Jason Shuttleworth (BA Fine Art). Jason’s drawings are like haikus, capturing images of snatched, intimate moments, which reflect a world of opposites and remembrance. The work connects with nature, creating a visual diary of remembered places, juxtaposed with revelations of relationships and friendships nurtured over time. Jason has exhibited in a number of exhibitions nationally
The exhibition runs 9 December–3 January inclusive
Opening hours Monday to Friday 10am-8pm Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays and Bank holidays
This exhibition is curated by Shuttleworth Projects +44 (0)7775 946 216

Judy Gilley’s Private view

Off to Judy Private view and gallery opening this evening – an excellent evening. There are very few photos and they’re not very good because I was so busy chatting to all the NLAN artists, admiring Judy’s work and stuffing my face with the excellent food that kept coming round! It was really inspiring to see how well Judy had converted the front room into a fully fledged gallery space, with excellent lighting as well as a very tidy hanging method. The work was beautifully framed by our favourite Sally Mead and the whole evening was thoroughly charming! Thank you Judy and congratulations! (And who were your caterers! Fantastic food!!).