A week from now Martyn Woods and I will be setting up shop at Boxpark, Shoreditch for out inaugral gallery pop-up. Initially showing just our own work it is hoped that we will continue to grow a roster of artists and pop-up in various places in and around London. You will find us at Unit 15 on Bethnal Green Road. We open the doors at 11:00am on Tuesday 4th April and there will be drinks to celebrate from 5:00pm on Wednesday 5th. We now have a website live and an Instagram account.
Over a month without an update! How did that happen. Probably because I have been painting and there have been lots of of domestic things to deal with: Electricians, refits and decorating plans.. My Boxpark pop-up with Martyn Woods is just over two weeks away and I have 15 paintings for that on the go and three more to start on. They are all loosely based around a grid derived from doors of a shipping container. Boxpark is called that after the nickname for shipping ports and is constructed out of repurposed shipping containers. So it seemed kind of fitting to use them as a theme. The one above is one of 10 6" cradled wood panels [50mm deep] that can be displayed stacked in a shipping container stylee or just hung alone in a more traditional way. I also have four 12" panels and two each of 16" and 20" sizes . I may well take some other work too, after we are open. The black and white chevrons are a nod to Boxpark's branding. Anyway, can't stop... There's a eadline looming and there's plenty of shop admin to do as well as the painting.
RA Summer Exhibition
I'm trying again this year, but only one entry this time around. After faffing around trying to come up with something that evoked Spring and [only] connecting with nature I decided that I wouldn't try to make something that fitted the brief but then didn't look like it was my work, so I have entered Never The Twain. I thought I had sold it a week ago; but I didn't hear back, so, I've taken that as a sign that it was so I could make it my entry for this year. I think I've managed a better photograph of this one than I have in previous years entries. I'll find out on March 22nd.
WILDE | WOODS
Next up, is my gallery/shop/pop-up collaboration with Martyn Woods at Boxpark, Shoreditch. We will be in situ from April 3rd - 9th. We will be showing/selling our own work this time round but if the exercise is a success may branch out into curating other shows elsewhere.
I am currently working on some ideas that may be in the show which you can see below. I am also working on an entry to this years Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy and about to start on some works on paper that I'm going to submit to the Blue Shop Cottage open call.
Half the first month is over and I haven't posted any news! Well, now you can keep up to date by subscribing to my Substack. There I will sporadically publish newsletters and even less regularly some blurb about my artworks. get over there now and read what's going on for the first half of the year. And a happy new year.
WILDE | WOODS [Pop-up Gallery/Shop] Boxpark, Shoreditch, April 4th - 9th
Liminal Life, [Solo Show], Sprout Arts, SW16, May 23rd - June 3rd
Solo Show, Woodfield Pavilion, SW16, June 29th -July 17th