We have had more contributions from Artists and Guests of Front Room Art, including some from children. We have put them Top of the List!
A percentage of all sales go to Charity -we have painting, drawing, etching, photography, prints, quilts and mittens! Scroll down, click on thumbnails for larger view, look for a gift (or something for yourself).
Snapshot verses is a screen print commissioned by the Folio Society as a cover image for a new edition of Philip Larkin’s poetry.
“Snapshot verses” £165 Screenprint- edn of 5 – 36.5 x 24.3 cm Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
“Despite it all” £125 Woodcut – artists proof – 61.5 x 33 cmLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
I completed “Bike” just before lockdown. I entered it into an exhibition of studio practices work at the Ruskin Gallery, Working Mens College, Camden. I was thrilled to win the Witold Library Prize and to attend a virtual Zoom prize giving ceremony.
I dream of being in Saunton Sands, while stuck in the city on lockdown! Wonderful sand dunes, amazing beach, huge skies and all the joys of North Devon.
“Bike, Kentish Town” Photo etching Ltd Edn 30, 20 x 20 cms Unframed £80 Framed £140 Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
“Saunton Sands Beach Huts” Photo etching with watercolours 25 x 5 cms Unframed £65 Framed £110 Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
The ‘stay at home’ instruction meant that my ceramics studio was closed for a time. This was a chance to revive my interest in painting and drawing.
Lockdown provisions Chalk pastels on paper 22*50cm Unframed £65 Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
Garden flowers Watercolour 50*26cm £65 unframed Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
Our current lockdown is literal. For me these pictures illustrate, respectively, captivity to a gun culture and to poverty.
“Vermont Pastoral (2019)” £40.00 20cmX30cm PhotographLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
“Indian Economic Expressway” £40.00 -20cmX30cm PhotographLike to buy? Copy the blue text thenClick here
These two works attempt to capture the way in which the massive migrations caused by wars, greed, poverty, and the dramatic climate change that we are witnessing now are implicated in the pandemic.
‘Don’t look now’ £250 Mixed media – 27×32 cms Framed Like to buy? Copy the blue text thenClick here
‘Noi restiamo qui ‘ £160 Mixed media 24×30 cms unframed Like to buy? Copy the blue text thenClick here
To manage the isolation of lockdown and to keep creative artwork flowing, two art buddies and I set up a weekly Art Challenge. Each week we nominated a theme – medium, subject, style etc – and we all worked at this in our own way. At the end of each week we have a Zoom Crit where we present our work. These two works are each the result of a weekly challenge.
“Sunset Vineyard” £520.0 Oil on canvas- 60 x 80 in cms unframed Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
“After the Apocalypse” £675.0 Oil on gesso board-70 x 100 cms unframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
I have been working from home during Lockdown, so busy on the computer much of the week. Making Quilts, masks and knitting has been a good way to relax.
Quit I £75.00 150*125 cmsLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
Quilt II £75.00 200*125 cmsLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
Drawing is a process which needs you to be fully in the present moment. This practice of mindfulness has been important to me in finding a way through the rigours and demands of Lockdown.
‘Poppies’ £100.00 Coloured pencil 22*20 cms Unframed Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
‘Garden ‘ £60.0 Carbon Paper print 23*20 cms unframed Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
During lockdown I have become more aware of nature, spending time in my garden and exercising every morning along the New River. I find beauty in the development and death of these poppies and begin to imagine them taking human traits. The bud became the Grumpy One and the fading flower became the Dancer. I isolated them from their natural backgrounds to scrutinize every element of their form and beauty
“The Dancer” Digital photograph printed on a Hahnemuhle Photorag. 25.4 x 30.4 m edn 10. £80 Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
The Grump One Digital photograph printed on a Hahnemuhle Photorag. 25.4 x 30.4 m edn 10. £80 Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
Lockdown for me has been a time to focus completely on work. I think all artists are natural self isolators so it has been a time for reflection and thinking about change. I have started to paint again and the world has changed, instead of looking at the world in terms of black and white, I am now looking at colour – all those colours that have no name, trying to find their equivalents in paint.
‘Stream’ Linocut on Japanese paper 27 x 20 cms £120 UnframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
‘Wine Dark Sea’ Linocut 36 x 25cms £160 Unframed Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
I spent a lot of time at my allotment during Lockdown. But when indoors I made these iPad Drawings in my sitting room . I am searching for a new type of image that will suit the way I work on the iPad
“On my Mantelpiece I” £150.00 A3 Digital collage Print UnframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text thenClick here
“On my Mantelpiece II” £150.00 A3 Digital Print UnframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text thenClick here
I have spent my lockdown days knitting leggings, gardening and designing and making stained glass lamps.
“Lantern with Candle” £120. Watercolour on Watercolour paper. 19 x 26cm Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
Handknitted Mittens £30.00 Medium size Mixed yarns usually including Rowan Felted TweedLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
In the past, my work has been influenced by the natural world – pebbles and stone collected from beaches and landscapes of the UK. Now, I am looking closer to home and am in the process of developing work inspired by fragments of concrete, metal and brick found on walks in the area where I live. These pieces also evoke memories of the 1950s pebbledash house I grew up in in the suburbs
“Springfield Vessels” £80 each Stoneware clay with oxides 20 x 11 cmLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
“Springfield Planter” £190 Stoneware clay with oxides 13x 33cm – Like to buy? Copy the blue text thenClick here
During this strange period of our lives drawing and painting has never felt more important to me. It has been a major source of escape and comfort which has been so necessary in these difficult times. Both of the drawings suggest ‘hope’ and remembrance of other times
“Garden Rose” £50 coloured pencil – 42.0cm x 29.7cm UnframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text thenClick here
“Morning Light” £50 pencil – 20.0cm x 25.0cm – UnframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
I have been walking in the countryside near to where I live in Hertfordshire and have been studying, drawing and painting animals in the fields during this period. I have also observed the beauty, grace and peacefulness of horses and the countryside and how thankful I am to animals and natural beauty. I was also touched by the dedication of the NHS and I painted a nurse to show my appreciation.
‘Horse Grazing In Field’ £200 – framed 20.5cm x 29.5cm Like to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
‘Nurse’ – £200 Acrylic – framed 29.5cm x 20.5cmLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
I am a retired, so home is where my wife and I spend lockdown. As an amateur photographer, I found myself drawn to details such as the plant draped down the side of an old wooden desk lit my natural light. Similarly, the sun shone across one of the chairs in the living room. In both there was a sort of moody atmosphere consistent with having to stay at home.
“At home I” £50 A4 portrait. UnframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
“At home II” £50 A4 landscape UnframedLike to buy? Copy the blue text then Click here
Have you made an artwork or a handicraft during Lockdown?
Lockdown has affected everyone differently, with many people in urgent need of financial support. We hope to show YOUR images in our next newsletter as a way to raise money for artists or Charities supporting those in need.
We invite all our Friends and Artists to send up to 2 images of any artwork/handicraft made this year for inclusion in the next Front Room Art Lockdown Newsletter and website post. You can offer your work for sale, with optional 20% Charity discount or as part of #artistsupportpledge.
Find Details Here, then save and Email before June 21 with up to two images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Gilley writes: I now divide my time between the Isle of Man and Buxton. The coastal scenes in the Isle are breathtakingly alluring and we are near to woods and open countryside in Buxton.These works were inspired by the Isle of Man
Kim Valdez writes: We have had such a wonderful Spring that my garden and allotment have been an indispensable inspiration for both physical exercise and art .
Visit us at The Crouch End Gallery, Sandringham Gardens, N8 9HU
May 11/12th 12-6pm
Venue 31 on Crouch End Open Studios map
Andrea Kim Valdez will be showing her Ipad Drawings ‘Endangered Birds, the Grand Canyon and other Landscapes’
Kim Valdez has spent time drawing the birds on her Ipad in London Zoo’s Blackburn Pavilion – and working up Ipad Prints from her
sketches of the Grand Canyon.
Jackie Lewis will show Ceramic Sculpture and Vessels Jackie Lewis is preoccupied with the thrill of chance in her approach to the porcelain and stoneware sculptures she begins to create on her potters wheel. She builds and deconstructs allowing controlled accident and playfulness to bring about unexpected shapes that highlight movement, rhythm and volume. Inspired by the sounds and rhythms of music and the sea, Jackie’s sculptures elicit a sense of tension by being in a state of balance and flux. Her work is often at the point of self destruction and is restored to just teetering on the brink.
Our pre -Christmas Exhibition featured four renowned printmakers and Tazia- an artist represented by Heart and Sold, a Community Interest Company that supports artists wth Downs Syndrome. The Gallery donated its commission on sales of Tazia’s work to Heart and Sold
Saturday and Sunday November 18/19 2017 11-5 pm at The Avondale Gallery
We held a ‘Meet the Artists’ event with coffee and buns
The Festival presented an afternoon Programme of Art and Music with a sale of plants, tea and cakes and raised 1000.00 each for Medicins sans Frontieres and the North London Hospice.
From Left to right: Welcome to The Music Venue, The Show Garden, Art in the Avondale Gallery, Music in the Cakes and Teas Garden,the Finchley Chamber Choir perform in the Avondale Gallery, Butterfly Sculpture by John Morgan.
Mark Rochester has exhibited widely in Devon where his paintings are well known and appreciated.
This year Mark had two paintings accepted for the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition – and because we had spotted his lovely work a couple of years ago we had already planned to bring him to London for a solo show – ‘En Plein Air’ held at The Crouch End Gallery on Oct 8/9th.
The Crouch End Gallery was delighted to show his arresting and beautiful painting and even more delighted that people flocked to Crouch End in order to see and to buy them!
Andrea Kim Valdez showed her acrylic sculptures at The Crouch End Gallery
Continuing the theme of the rainforest previously explored in her memorable room installation ‘Ecos de Las Amazonas’, Kim transformed The Crouch End Gallery into a suitable habitat for her latest ‘Live Edge’ acrylic sculptures featuring exotically coloured macaws and other work inspired by the plants and flowers of the rainforest.
Kim says ‘ The sculptures are made of a special acrylic sheet and exploit the power of this medium to catch normal daylight, making the colours glow along the edges. They can look even better under ultraviolet spotlights.’
Following the success of our Charity event last December, we developed a very special show for December 5/6th 2015. The print above, ‘Oui’ by Sarah Garvey was the prize for our Christmas raffle. It was won by Mari Lanson.
The show introduced our audience to the work of ten talented artists working in various printmaking media – Screen printing, Woodcut, Linocut, and several different Etching processes.