Image above: The temple at Chiswick House; Jane Price
A picturesque place to live
Chiswick is full of artists, many of whom use the west London landscapes and people of their own neighbourhood as inspiration for their art. Whether you are looking for a memento of somewhere you know well to decorate your own home, or a present for a friend, the Chiswick In Pictures exhibition is a good place to come and look at the work of local artists and to buy if the mood takes you.
We are grateful to the Clayton hotel at 626 Chiswick High Rd for hosting our exhibition. They have a lovely large, airy atrium with lots of light, which is on the ground floor behind the bar and reception area, open 24/7, so you can browse the art works at your leisure.
The exhibition will run from Monday 4 September until the end of October 2022. Here are the artists taking part; some are showing two or three pictures, others more.
Image above: Photographs from the Chiswick Flower Market; Anna Kunst
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.
She is a member of our Club Card scheme, offering a discount on portraits for our Club Card members. She has also become the Chiswick Flower Market’s regular photographer and will be showing a selection of some of the photographs she has taken at the monthly markets as well as some of her other work.
Image above: Barnes, Hammersmith, Chiswick; Arabella Harcourt-Cooze
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: Dukes Meadows allotments; Christine Berrington
Christine Berrington has worked as an illustrator on numerous high profile commissions in advertising and publishing. She exhibits her work in several London galleries and has won prizes in the Royal Watercolour Society Open Competitions.
Images above: And then there was one / Autumnal flora / Before summer passes; Eve Pettitt
Eve is drawn to uplifting, bright colours in her paintings, which range across portrait, still life and landscape subjects. She has exhibited widely, including with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Societyof Women Artists, National Open Art, The New English Art Club and the Chelsea Art Society.
She took part in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and her portrait was chosen by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Image above: Fig tree; Gina Balakrishnan
Gina Balakrishnan’s work celebrates the often overlooked and ordinary by staying as true as possible to the inherent persistence and elegance in life forms across natural micro and macro worlds. She often works in monochrome but occasionally surprises with a punch of colour. She enjoys Chiswick in all seasons and is often accompanied by her immensely patient dog.
Image above: Agapanthus August; Isobel Johnstone
Isobel Johnstone’s work is full of colour and light and is inspired by riotous gardens in particular and the English countryside in general.
Isobel was for many years the curator of 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, which she sells framed or unframed.
She usually shows her work at the Rowley Gallery, 115 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LN or at the Russell Gallery, 12 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1JP.
Image above: Chiswick House Gardens; Jane Price
There is a bit of a theme going on here, apart from that of Chiswick and west London. I love bright, gaudy colours and bold, expressive brush strokes and quite a few of the artists I have chosen paint in that way.
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.
She has created this lovely series of paintings of Chiswick House Gardens specially for Chiswick In Pictures.
Image above: Kew Railway Bridge in winter; Jennifer Griffiths
Jennifer Griffiths is another photographer whose work you will see all over The Chiswick Calendar website. She is a natural photographer who takes pictures everywhere she goes. She often takes pictures along the shores of the River Thames, at Chiswick House Gardens, Gunnersbury Park and Chiswick Business Park.
Images above: Wetlands, Barnes / Along the river between Chiswick and Hammersmith; Jill Spearman
Jill Spearman is a landscape artist with a very wide range of subjects including cityscapes and seascapes, drawing on a lifetime spent travelling. Now settled in London she says:
“Instead of painting and sketching the well known landmarks of London and around the world I seek to find the small places that provide visual tension – an evening light on a building, an allotment in winter, a tree in Richmond park.
These two river scenes from Chiswick Mall and Barnes wetlands are among the paintings she is showing at Chiswick In Pictures autumn show.
Image above: Back Gardens; Joanna Brendon
Joanna Brendon is irresistably drawn to water. A lot of her paintings are of the ‘ever-changing image of moving water, and the point where it hits the land – liquid meeting solid’ in an array of blues and greens: turquoise, aquamarine, cobalt, midnight … But in the absence of cliffs and waves, living as she does in Chiswick, she has given us a charcoal drawing of urban back gardens, with that same freely expressive sense of movement and depth.
Image above: Madeleine Marsh’s ‘Madlark’ mirror
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: The Consideration of Time; Naila Hazell
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: Chiswick Bridge; Paul Harrison
Paul Harrison studied traditional film and digital photography, maths and computer science in Australia before moving to the UK. He enjoys experimenting with technology to create images using techniques such as photo mosaics, time lapse, high dynamic range, augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
Polly Nuttall studied at St Martins School of Art and likes to represent ‘what silently unites us, the common shared unspoken experiences that are stronger than our apparent differences’, which includes a love of London parks.
Images above: Kew Night Flight / Kew After Dark / Moonlit Palm House; Rachel Busch
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, Voysey House and most recently the Palm House at Kew Gardens.
She often picks up architectural details in her art. Her prints often delve into the history behind the buildings she portrays, but her main interest is to interpret three-dimensional architectural form and shape onto two-dimensional paper.
Rachel’s most recent work shows off the architecture of The Palm House at Kew Gardens as imagined during the night, in a series of three prints, deliberately composed to hang together to form the whole building.
Image above: Early; Sarah Granville
Sarah Granville is a London based artist whose work draws on her background in architecture. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, Chelsea Arts Society, Royal Academy (Summer Exhibitions 2019, 2018, 2013), and Bankside Gallery.
Sarah is an Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and a member of the Royal Society of British Architects.
She has recently been awarded the St Cuthberts Mill Award (Chelsea Art Society, 2022), the Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prize (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 2021) and the
Julian Barrow Award (Chelsea Art Society, 2019).
For the Chiswick In Pictures exhibitions she has chosen allotment pictures.
Image above: Keeping Afloat 1; Suz Hartman
Suz Hartman has a passion for combining a variety of different texture and materials. Her work springs out of ‘an excitement about the present and an equally strong impulse to embed and reconfigure elements physically taken from past pieces.’
It is this re-configuring of past experiences, she says, moments in a personal history recorded and expressed through drawings and paintings, that has become pivotal to her practice.
For Chiswick In Pictures she has given us a series of five paintings called Keeping Afloat, which are fantasies, to be interpreted as you like.
Thank you to Clayton hotel and Snappy Snaps
Our thanks to the Clayton Hotel Chiswick and Snappy Snaps Chiswick for sponsoring this exhibition, the Clayton by providing the space and the wherewithal to hang the pictures and Snappy Snaps for offering hugely discounted printing and framing rates and for printing our exhibition programme.
Thanks also to Sipsmith for providing the drinks for our Private View to launch the exhibition. Sipsmith offers Chsiwick Calendar Club Card members a free tour of the distillery.
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