To commemorate the reopening of Dreamland in Margate, I’ve produced my first new print in ages. It’s all been done in Affinity Designer, which I’ve been teaching myself. The best thing about it is that it’s only 39 quid! Now to get that printer working!
Ruth Jindal posted this photo on Facebook and I thought, that looks familiar. The lettering is different and the railings have been reinstated, but the colours and shadows are all mine, well, similar! It’s from Riviera Style at the Fashion & Textile Museum in Bermondsey. What do you think?
I suppose it is the standard view, but mine was from this photograph, what I took myself circa 1987!
Yes, it’s May again and each Sunday I’ll be showing some old oil paintings at Curtis Tappenden’s house 17 Clyde Road. It’s a silent auction deal again, starting at £50 ono, and so far there have been no bids for any of these real oil paintings! I’m also showing more recent digital prints, a couple of linocuts and cards. Pop in and say hello!
More details on the Beyond the Level website.
It’s that time of year again, when Curtis opens his house to visitors (Sundays only) throughout May. I’ll have some old work in there, and there will be a silent auction for three old oil paintings of creepy dolls. It’s at 17 Clyde Road, Brighton. I’ll be away the first weekend, but hope to be there the rest of the month. More info at www.beyond-the-level.org.uk and www.aoh.org.uk/may-2015-festival-houses?item=1639
In case you were wondering where you can buy my prints, there’s a small selection at Studio 45 in the recently refurbished Open Market, London Road, Brighton. If you want anything in particular, ask Steve, and he will collar me next time I walk by. It’s a gallery well worth visiting, and exclusively sells Stacey Manser-Knight‘s ceramics.
My stuff is here.
No more murals on the Astoria, either by moi or Janet Brooke, instead there’s a huge graffiti. Incidentally for lots more info on the Astoria, check out www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Brighton/AstoriaBrighton.htm
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.
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.
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.
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.