Image above: Reflections, Anna Kunst
The Chiswick Calendar is holding an art exhibition at the Clayton hotel, 626 Chiswick High Rd, from Monday 28 March until Sunday 8 May. As we have done in previous years, we are showcasing the work of local artists who feature Chiswick and its neighbourhood of west London in their work. Among the artists taking part …
Anna Kunst is a professional photographer who lives and works in Chiswick, doing portrait, wedding and corporate photography professionally and landscape photography for pleasure. If you are a regular reader of The Chiswick Calendar you will have seen many of her photographs on these pages.
Arabella Harcourt-Cooze is a landscape artist “obsessed by water, seas, rivers and above all The Thames.” She catches the light on the water during all seasons along our stretch of river from Kew Bridge to Hammersmith, working largely in oil on canvas.
Image above: Bike by the bridge, Arabella Harcourt-Cooze
Carol Tait rediscovered a passion for painting during lockdown, painting prolifically in watercolours, oils and acrylics from photographs and memories that made her happy, including landscapes and portraits. Now there is no stopping her.
Image above: Dukes Meadows Allotments, Carol Tait
Frank Noon has also chosen the river as his theme, with a series of black and white photographs of Chiswick Ait. Frank is a professional photographer who travels the world doing corporate work. He is about to go off to Namibia on a shoot, but while at home during the pandemic has been concentrating on subjects closer to hand.
Image above: River wall, Frank Noon
Hugh Bredin paints meticulously observed watercolours of well-known Chiswick places.
Image above: Hogarth’s house
Isobel Johnstone for many years ran the Arts Council Collection at the Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre. Since leaving that job she has been able to focus on her own creativity, producing paintings, drawings, pastels and prints, framed and unframed. She is showing a series of paintings of Hammersmith Bridge.
Image above, Hammersmith Bridge, Isobel Johnstone
Jane Price uses mainly acrylics on canvas: “my process is quick & deliberate, in the hope of capturing a sense of energy & movement.” Her work is shown in several galleries and has been selected & shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition.
Image above: The year of the tree 81, Jane Price
Jennifer Griffiths will be selling her work for the first time. She is a natural photographer whose lovely pictures of Chiswick and its environs can be seen across this website. Here’s one she will be showing.
Image above: Solitude amongst the trees; Jennifer Griffiths
Jill Spearman is a landscape artist with a very wide range of subjects including cityscapes and seascapes. For this exhibition she has concentrated on her allotment in Duke’s Meadows.
Image above: Duke’s allotments, Jill Spearman
Madeleine Marsh is a sculptor, painter, jeweller and mudlarker. She collects bits and pieces from the Thames foreshore and creates mirror surrounds with what she finds. Her mirrors are both works of art and historical records. She researches her trophies and provides a record of their provenance with the mirrors.
Image above: Madeleine Marsh’s ‘Madlark’ mirror
Naila Hazell is the RSA Winner of Lyon & Turnbull Award 2021. Her speciality is portraits, often painting people in busy London bars and markets. Growing up in Baku, Azerbaijan, she was taught by renowned Soviet social realism painter Boyukagha Mirzezade while getting her MA at the Azerbaijani Fine Arts Academy.
Image above: Untitled, by Naila Hazell
Nick Raikes is a professional video journalist who takes photographs for fun. Having grown up in Chiswick, he took the two photographs in the exhibition while he was following the walking trail In Georgian Footsteps, in a bid to learn some of the history of the neighbourhood.
Image above: Powell’s walk, Nick Raikes
Rachel Busch is a printmaker whose work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She produces completely hand made lino cuts, cardboard cuts and mono prints. Her subject matter is the local scenery: tube stations, Hammersmith Bridge, The Thames and Voysey House as well as the many beautiful trees that line London’s streets. She often picks up architectural details in her art and is currently working on a series of prints of the Palm House at Kew Gardens.
Image above: Palm House, Kew Gardens, Rachel Busch
After 20 years as an award-winning dance music musician, travelling the world DJing, recording albums for EMI Records, and running his own underground breakbeat label TCR, Rennie has switched his main focus to visual art. He still DJs occasionally in London and internationally. Rennie fuses a melting-pot of digital, photographic and traditional techniques that result in unique mixed media paintings and original prints. His pictures for this exhibition are of the River Thames in fog, but here’s one of Rennie, as Hogarth.
Sandy Wall has a bold, lively style. An American in London, she studied at the College of William & Mary in Virginia and more recently at the Art Academy and Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London. Her landscapes are mostly of west London.
Image above: Facing East, Sandy Wall
The exhibition is in the atrium of the hotel, which is open every day and evening. Come and get a drink at the bar, wander round and enjoy the paintings at your leisure. Or come to the launch event on Tuesday 5 April at 7.30pm.
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