Chiswick in Pictures

I have spent a happy few days drawing squares and rectangles on graph paper, cutting them out and incessantly rearranging them. Why? Because The Chiswick Calendar is organising an exhibition.

Since its inception our website has featured the work of local photographers and artists with a different picture of Chiswick on the home page each day and for the best part of three years I’ve been thinking about drawing some of that work together for people to see on display. With the collaboration of the Clayton Hotel Chiswick this idea is now coming to fruition.

Called ‘Chiswick in Pictures’ the exhibition will run from Thursday 7 September until Saturday 28 October at the Clayton Hotel Chiswick, 626 Chiswick High Rd, W4 5RY and will feature the work of 16 local artists and photographers, including that of some of Chiswick’s best known artists, Francis and Jason Bowyer and Liz Butler.

The Bowyers are a well-known family of artists. Jason Bowyer P.P.N.E.A.C., R.P, P.S is a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Born and bred in Chiswick, he went to Chiswick School before training at the Camberwell School of Art and the Royal Academy. As well as teaching and exhibiting, he has been artist in residence at Fulham Football Club and Championship artist for Wimbledon. His TV appearances include ‘Watercolour Challenge’ with Hannah Gordon for Channel Four and ‘Britain and the Sea’ with David Dimbleby for BBC1.

Francis Bowyer P.P.R.W.S., N.E.A.C.​ studied at St Martin’s School of Art and Chelsea School of Art. He too is a member of the New English Art Club and exhibits regularly at the Royal Watercolour Society, where he served for three years as president. Winner of The Arts Club Prize at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1994 and the Turner Watercolour Prize in 2014, his work is held in the Royal Collection and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales Collection, so we’ll be in good company looking at his pictures. Both brothers did a stint at Count Bastion in Afghanistan as War Artists with REME, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Liz Butler, MA, RWS was born in Cumbria and educated at Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She is well known for her miniature paintings of gardens and her use of pure watercolour. She has been a member of the Royal Watercolour Society for more than 20 years and her work is in several major collections including the Government Art Collection, the Royal Collection, Harewood House and the National Postal Archive.

Their work will appear alongside that of other local artists whose work is regularly shown in galleries and open studios: landscape artist Joanna Brendon MBE, MA, watercolourist and illustrator Christine Berrington, mixed media artists Jane Price and Jenny Price, print makers Rachel Busch and Rennie Pilgrem, landscape artists Natalia Bobrova, Patricia Wyndham and Arabella Harcourt-Cooze who paints river landscapes in oils, and Jill Meager whose superb birds and animals are drawn in charcoal and pastels.

The photographers’ work you will recognise from The Chiswick Calendar website. Jon Perry is well-known in Chiswick for his artistic landscapes. His picture of a fox having a fish and chip supper on Chiswick High Rd won him a place in last year’s British Wildlife Photography awards.

Anna Kunst is better known for her portrait photography, capturing moments of emotion and turning them into evocative images, but she also places those moments of human interaction in the setting of familiar Chiswick landscapes. Barbara Chandler is known as a street photographer through her prestigious shows in the West End, her book Love London and her prints and textiles which have sold worldwide from London to New York, Paris, Milan, Dublin and Tokyo.

Twenty percent of the sale price of all the work on show will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital. The exhibition will be in a public area in the hotel and you can just wander in and have a look at any time during the show, not forgetting that your Chiswick Calendar club card will get you a ten percent discount in the bar and the restaurant.