Chiswick in Pictures 2020

Monday 31 August to Saturday 7 November

We’ll be hanging the work of 30 artists who live locally and take inspiration from the local landscape for their work, at the Clayton Hotel Chiswick over the weekend of 29 / 30 September. There are some new artists taking part this year, in addition to many of those who have exhibited their work with us before.

There’s a great mix of interesting and inspiring pictures, ranging from atmospheric views of the river and Chiswick House and Gardens to urban rooftop landscapes and portraits of well-known Chiswick characters.

Images above: Tulipa China Pink; Tulipa Aladdin; Gisella Jacqueline; – Liz Butler RWS

A summer of beautiful gardens

This year there’s a bit of a sub theme going on with some paintings of flowers to tie in with the opening of the Chiswick Flower Market the following weekend (Sunday 6 September).

Liz Butler RWS is well known for her miniature paintings of gardens, and her use of pure watercolour. She is showing five of her flower paintings, among them Gisella Jacqueline, which you will see all over Chiswick adorning the poster advertising the first Chiswick Flower Market.

Images above: Sitting in the Garden – Alicia Stroud

If there’s a theme for the year, it should be ‘Home’. Forced to make the most of being at home, many of us have concentrated on making home an enjoyable place to be, whether that involved nurturing the garden, having a chuck out and doing a bit of DIY or buying a kitten.

Alicia Stroud, who studied art in Florence and then at the Wimbledon School of Art has produced these pictures of herself in her garden, which will strike a chord with many people as a memory of this particular summer.

Image above: Meditation in Weatherspoons; Back garden W4 – Milton Grubert

Milton Grubert has also painted his own back garden. His eclectic mix of styles and subjects includes everything from abstract and fantasy work to figurative paintings such as this one of a bloke in the local pub, reflecting on life over a pint – Meditation in Weatherspoons.

Images above: Fruit and flower paintings by Jennifer Abbott

For Jennifer Abbott fruit and flower pictures are her stock in trade. Building on a career in advertising as an art director and then as a designer, her distinctive, colourful pictures really lift your spirits.  She has sold her paintings in galleries such as the Mall Galleries in London and Galerie d’Orsay in Paris., and has also sold her images widely as cards.

Images above: Strand on the Green towards Kew; Large tree, Grove Park Terrace; Chiswick House conservatory – Hugh Bredin

Hugh Bredin returns with his meticulously observed watercolours of local beauty spots. Hugh became a watercolourist in retirement, after a career in advertising and publishing, with a side line in cartooning (published in Punch and Private Eye) and has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society.

Images above: Strand on the Green, Classic Bridge at Chiswick House, Barnes Railway Bridge

Humphrey Bangham paints many of the same scenes, in free and fluid bold statement oil paintings. Humphrey has been working as an artist and designer for more than 30 years. He studied Fine Art at Chelsea art college he has worked consistently for private clients, hotel chains, art consultants, film and design practices.

Images above: Figure by the River Thames; Bird Train – Anna Kunst

Photographer Anna Kunst returns to her favourite haunts along the river for her painterly portrait of a figure by the River Thames and a gull contemplating the oncoming train in the mist.

Image above: Leonard – Frank Noon

Photographer Frank Noon has also put together a collection specially for the show, of portraits of well-known local figures, including this one of Leonard, a rough sleeper. Frank and Anna are both professional photographers best known for their portraits of celebrities and high profile events, who take pictures of where they live for fun.

Images above: Rooftops – Eve Pettitt

Eve Pettitt reminds us that Chiswick is part of the urban environment of West London, with her collection of paintings of rooftop landscapes. Eve is a portrait painter and fine artist who studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and the Royal Drawing School.

Images above: Trees at Chiswick House

Jane Price concentrates on the soothing effects of a walk in the woods, with a series of paintings of the trees at Chiswick House. Jane comes from a design background. She works in acrylic and mixed media. Her work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Jill Spearman also captures the variety of greens encountered on a walk through the Chiswick House Gardens, which she is seeing with a fresh eye, having lived previously in Washington DC.

The artists represented here are about a third of the artists taking part. See their work, which is available to buy, at Clayton Hotel Chiswick from Monday 31 August. The exhibition is in the atrium of the hotel, which is large and light and airy, making social distancing easy, and it is open all the time.

If you would like to buy any of the work on show, please email info@thechiswickcalendar.co.uk

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See also: Chiswick Flower Market commemorative poster uses painting by Liz Butler RWS

See also: Anna Kunst, one of The Chiswick Calendar’s contributing photographers