20 May 2013
It’s May and festival time. That means the Artists’ Open Houses, and this year – like last – I’m in Curtis Tappenden’s Annual Return to the Wrong Side of the Tracks, part of the Beyond the Level trail. I was originally with Curtis all those years ago, until I was headhunted by The Dragonfly House, but now I’m back. He’s only open on Sundays so it’s not so taxing. However I’m also invigilating on Saturdays at Stuff, up the road at 46 Clyde Road where Susan Sainsbury and others are selling stuff from the empty basement of her house. I’m flogging Ladybird books, Dr Who annuals and Midwinter pottery. So, not much spare weekend time to visit other Open Houses.
Along with the usual prints, I’m selling some vintage oil paintings and watercolours by silent auction. They are:
- Elvis’s hideouts #3 Argus House, 1993, oil, which is currently up to £80
- Mrs Malevich anticipates the Bauhaus after a glass of Bass, 1993, oil, on £50
- St Bartholomews, watercolour, 1992, on £100
- St Bartholmews, ink, 1992, no bids so far, starting at £50 – if it gets no bids, I’ll consider offers.
it’s the last weekend this weekend, so come along on Sunday and make a bid – or email me! Elsewhere in the festival I painted a door (not very well) at Bom-Banes restaurant in George Street. The theme was black and white and it was to accompany a crossword treasure hunt type thing. Doors were also painted by Bongo Peter and Baron Gilvan (who is also showing at 17 Clyde Road). The shows I’ve been to so far are listed on my other blog.
15 October 2012
After the saga of my Astoria murals (I had to give Shoreham Airport back to the council), finally one of the controversial murals – Seven Sisters – has been erected at a secret location on Portslade. Part of the sorry story is documented here, but the upshot was that the man from the council was furious they’d been given away whilst he was on holiday! The occasion was celebrated by Aldi prosecco and cakes, than a walk down to Portslade lagoon with my nephew, niece and assorted other family members to watch people falling into the water. Photo by Clare Penfound.
7 August 2012
Astoria murals by Janet Brooke
Well my Astoria murals have now come down, but they were saved for the nation by a phone call from their maker Tony of Doubledot in Henfield. So, after an appeal on Facebook, homes were found for three of them: Seven Sisters went to my nephew Richard; Astoria went to my niece Clare, both in Portslade, and the Embassy Court went to Joseph and Myf Nixon. Shoreham Airport is currently sitting in my hall. I’d like it to go to the museum at Shoreham Airport, but have yet to hear back from them. The new murals are based on linocuts by the very talented Janet Brooke, who has exhibited up the road at 30 Gerard Street during the Artists’ Open Houses, as well as her studio in Hanover. A big thank you to Matt Easteal of the council for commissioning them, and to Danny for picking them up in his van.
Murals by Janet Brooke
8 May 2012
Two of my Astoria muriels have been taken away for their annual restoration and have been replaced temporarily by ads for the Brighton Festival. These have also been joined by an Intervention! The cosy living room scene is I think by Deborah Bowness, who is showing at the nearby Phoenix Gallery, as part of the HOUSE festival. She’s been installing wallpaper-type interventions all around Brighton, but the only other one I spotted was in Gardner Street. The festival is going OK for me, I sold a couple of prints and an oil painting (Reef 2007, to Sally Kennedy) at 17 Clyde Road, plus a pile of cards.
2 May 2012
This year I won’t be showing at the Dragonfly House, as I haven’t made much new work in the past year. Instead I’ll be showing some older work at 17 Clyde Road, which is where I used to be many years ago – but it’s only open on Sundays! Depending on what Curt will allow me to hang, there will be some oil paintings at knock-down prices, probably 50 quid a pop regardless of size and age. You can see some of them here on Flickr. If it’s not there it may well still be in a stack in my studio, so get in touch if you want one! Once they’re gone, they’re gone for ever. There will also be the same old Art Deco prints, plus two new (unframed) watercolours, including the one of the Granada, Portland Road, Hove, shown above. There may also be prints available at 99 Ditchling Rise.
17 May 2011
My second blog of 2011 is now up on the AOH website. And there’s an interview with me by Paul Dutnall on Festival Radio available at Soundcloud.
10 May 2011
Two of my murials are back outside the Astoria, just in time for the Brighton Festival, where I’m showing prints again in the Dragonfly House.
Also, I just blogged my Open House adventures this Sunday on the AOH website.
6 May 2011
I thought I’d collect together all the info on the various prints I’ve done in recent years.
Black Rock lido
Black Rock lido was formally opened on 8 August 1936. It was designed by the Borough Engineer David Edwards in ‘Seaside Moderne’ style. The pool closed in 1978 and the changing room and cafe buildings demolished. It is currently a car park for coaches. This is the only print I’ve done of a building that no longer exists.
Saltdean Lido was built in 1937-38 to designs by the architect Richard W H Jones, who also designed the Ocean Hotel (once owned by Butlins) up on the hill. In 1987 it was granted Grade II listed status and last year this was upgraded to Grade II*. There is some debate as to its future. www.saltdeanlidocampaign.org
The Grade II Listed Astoria was designed by Edward Albert Stone, who also designed the Astorias in London. The Art Deco auditorium decorated by Henri & Laverdet seated 1,823 people. It opened on 21 December 1933, closed in 1977 and was a bingo hall until 1996. Its owner Mike Holland plans to demolish it and build a ‘media hub’ on the site. The Astoria Moving Picture Trust is working to save it.
This Grade II* listed block of flats was designed by Wells Coates in 1935-36. Famous residents included Keith Waterhouse and Terence Rattigan. Rex Harrison, Max Miller, Diana Dors, Graham Greene and Lawrence Olivier also spent time there. Restoration of the building took place in 2004-6. www.embassycourt.org.uk
Although there has been an airport on the site since 1910, the Grade II listed terminal building was designed by Stavers H Tiltman and opened in 1936 and is still in use with a modified tower. It has appeared on TV in Agatha Christie’s Poirot and the film The Da Vinci Code.