Monday, 30 August 2010


Susan Mumford, who runs Mumford Fine Art in Soho, London, is one of the entrepreneurs featured in an article in the Financial Times written by Jonathan Moules this weekend.  It appears in the Money section
Excellent article about networking and in all four entrepreneurs are interviewed, they are:
Susan Johnson Mumford, Andy Lopata, Mark Lee and Tom Ball.

There is an excellent photo of Susan Mumford too, which she mentions on her Facebook page, with a credit to the photographer Charlie Bibby.

After reading the article I have decided to up my networking efforts!  Maybe David Cameron invite to the London Lives exhibition at Bankside? Or even Barak Obama?.  No, maybe I am getting a bit too ambitious!

Here is link to  Mumford Fine Art      The gallery is at 12 D'Arblay Street, London W1F 8DU  and is where Xavier Pick was showing his paintings earlier in the year.  See my blog entry  Xavier Pick Paintings and Drawings

Sunday, 29 August 2010


This is an excellent exhibition, much better than I thought it would be.  Not just a lot of prints and cartoons, but sculpture, original paintings and drawings, film, photographs and a comprehensive history with well-written captions to the works.

But huge, it takes hours if you want to read all the text and examine the cartoons carefully.  Particularly good is Room 2, where there are comments on the Hogarth prints done by the writers for Viz comic, and huge screens covered in blown-up comic pages, plus reproductions from the Viz letter page, including hints on making green from D Hockney (mix blue and yellow), and how to reproduce an Anish Kapoor in your living room from A Gormley.   Nicholas Serota is also 'quoted'.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


 I am very pleased that my acrylic painting has been selected for this competion.

The sponsors of the exhibition are Network Rail, Bankside Gallery and Cass Art, and the exhibition runs from 9 September to 19 September, gallery open 11 to 6 every day. 

The competition was featured in The Guardian newspaper.  I am one of the 100 artists whose work will be on exhibition at The Bankside Gallery, Hopton Street, London near the Tate Modern on the South Bank (London, UK).
My painting shows the cycle riders in the annual Smithfield Nocturne cycle races which are held every summer in Smithfield Market, London during an evening in June.

This year the event was on 19 June.
The cyclists who take part are a cross section of keen amateurs and professionals, and teams in the team-events wear the same cycling colours.

My painting is for sale at the exhibition.  Please come along and see all the work, which will be on the theme of - as the title suggests - London Lives and will be in various media, all two-dimensional.

The ultimate winner of the competition will have their image projected on to Blackfriars Bridge, on the East Side, for 12 months


Saturday, 7 August 2010


Cartier Gold Cup day is one of those days when the well-off and those with aspirations to be well-off collect together to consume lots of champagne and Pimms, to eat picnics by their cars and to thrill to the top class polo games.  There is one game in the morning, and the main event at 3 in the afternoon.
The reason for my attendance was to enjoy the polo and to take lots of photos, so I can continue with the paintings of horses and  riders.  Also to consume some nice cool white wine and have a picnic too.
Luckily it was a bright day, with cloud and a little sun, so the photos are fine.  Will add a couple.
The major game was extremely exciting, England versus New Zealand, and before the game, we had the New Zealand display of dancers in what looked like straw skirts and battle paint, but they were too far away to make them out or hear anything much.  They displayed in front of the Royal Box where HRH The Prince of Wales sat up on the balcony.  No lady seemed to accompany him, that I saw.
I talked to two nice people who run a gallery called Equestrian Art UK who had an interesting display of horsey paintings on their stand.  They told me they attend all the major horsey events, like Cheltenham, Newmarket, Goodwood,  eventing etc etc.
It was fun looking at the crowd, which seemed to comprise mostly quite young and very young people, the girls dressed to kill - in killer heels too!  Wonder how they managed to walk on the turf.
I suppose the older well-off nobs were on the other side of the ground, in the South Grandstand and expensive seats near the Royal Box.  We were in the cheaper North Grandstand but even so the tickets plus the cost of car park cost an arm and a leg.

This oil painting has just been completed, based on two riders in the teams of Hurlingham (blue) and the Prince of Wales (red).  The painting is 30cm x 25cm.  The title is 'Golden Jubilee Trophy. 2010'