Lucien Freud described the activity of painting as following an ‘internal sense of direction’, maintaining a set of standards and struggling to follow your instincts. He agrees with that great painter’s description. As the title suggests many pictures of Willesden Green are featured in the exhibition, ’Dipti in Gladstone Park’ and ‘View at the front of the Library’ for example. But the show could equally be called ‘People places and objects’. The exhibition starts with a seascape of Skegness beach and ends with a still life of brussel sprouts. ‘Willesden Sunset and other pictures’ is an attempt to show highlights of a personal journey. It feels like going to see a film that I have only known through still photographs.
One of my favourite painters is the late Bhupen Khakhar. He worked for most of his life as an accountant in the mornings and painted the rest of the day. At present I work for four days teaching art in a school and paint in between times. For large periods of my life I have concentrated on other activities like learning Japanese, coaching park football, holding trade union positions or standing as a candidate for Respect in a local by-election. Within all these times my own art has taken a back seat, and yet it all seems to me as if these other activities are some sort of ‘creative compost.’
Tim Danby lives and works in Willesden Green, London
An Exhibition of paintings by Helen Brown and Anna Martin
19 April to 13 May 2011
Helen Brown; I have selected these images from my visits to Andalucia in Spain. The Andalucian landscape is one of dry, hot semi dessert conditions. The aroma of the thyme and rosemary bushes with the pomegranate flowers , and the sounds of the music of De Falla who transposed folk Coplas into such sublime music, provide a wonderful stimulating environment to paint.
Anna Martin studied at the Chelsea School of Art in London, and Parsons School of Design in New York followed by many years working in Madrid in the fields of publishing and advertising. “My work is about expressing colour and emotion, rhythm and dynamics. My paintings are aimed at transformation and eliciting unconscious responses in the viewer. I aim to capture the essence of the subject giving more intensity through working unconsciously, often on several paintings at a time and this results in a unique approach for each painting. My subjects are varied as this keeps the creative momentum going. “
1) Membership of a lively, artistic community.
2) Opportunity to submit artwork for three Open shows a a year.
3) Invitations to exhibition previews, gallery talks, workshops and social events.
4) Information on art events and other opportunities.
5) 20% discount on framing at Wordly, Wicked and Wise. 6) 10% discount on art materials at Tannas.
7) 10% discount on hot and cold drinks at Food for Thought.
We are inviting already established or emerging Curators to organise shows for 2013. Please check the space availability under the Exhibitions page. If you are interested, please contact Joanna for further details.