Monday, 4 May 2020

2 new shows this month

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well in these difficult times. Many thanks to those of you who are key working and on the front-line, please stay safe and well. A few weeks ago, my busy exhibition schedule was cancelled and suddenly there was nothing in the diary.  I was delighted to be invited to take part in two online exhibitions this month, sadly I cannot see you in person but I do hope you will see the shows from the comfort of your sofa, you will, of course need to provide your own drink!
Darren Nisbett has curated The London Group exhibition 'Isolation' opening 5th May
Artist talks 17th at 8pm live streaming from The London Group Facebook page 

The second exhibition '100 days of Solitude' has been organised by Celia Martin Perez. 50% of the sales will be going to NHS charities. My drawing 'You are There' is below

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Friday, 28 February 2020

Alla Samarina - ELEMENTS OF LIFE

Alla Samarina - ELEMENTS OF LIFE

12 - 28 March 2020
Private View: Thursday 12 March 6.30 - 9pm

The Muse Gallery  269 Portobello Road  London W11 1LR
Whether performing avant garde pop in Soviet era Saint Petersburg or modelling for Philip Treacy in London, art has always been the essence of Alla Samarina's being.

Elements of Life is the artist's first solo exhibition and encompasses recent paintings, works on paper and collage.

With an experimental streak defining her approach, she aims to capture that what lies beneath the surface or just out of sight in her abstracted yet predominantly figurative works.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Ashurst Prize and 'This stuff matters':Alexandra Harley

Ashurst Prize 


'This stuff matters'


Rrizko is one of the sculptures I submitted 

to the Ashurst Prize. If you have an Instagram account, it would be great if you could follow the Ashurst Prize @theartprize and please look out for me @harleysculpture on Saturday 25th January. 

The following week I am delighted that I am taking part in a recorded discussion 'This Stuff Matters' at the Unit 3 Gallery, Empson Street E3 3LT. Taking part are three other fabulous sculptors.Gillian Brent, Jill Gibson and Sheila Vollmer. Our first recording will take place on Friday 31st January in the Unit 3 Gallery  at Unit 3 Project space, London E3
We look forward to welcoming you at the private view afterwards from 4pm.
This is a one day event only

Highlights info row image

'Oren;, a stained wood piece h 55cm

'Ekorketa', a new wood sculpture h73cm

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Teresa Wells MRSS Sculptor Multi Award Winning Figurative Sculptor in Bronze and Mixed Media



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Thursday, 24 October 2019

The London Ultra

The London Ultra
  @ Bargehouse, 

OxoTower Wharf,
 Bargehouse St, 

Bankside SE1 9PH

31st October – 10th November 2019 | 
Open daily 11am - 6pm

Preview Party: Thursday 31 October 6pm I 
Open theme Fancy Dress
With Live Performances throughout the evening

 I 7.30pm Prize Giving

The Free Painters and Sculptors Collective 
are delighted to invite you to the London Ultra 2019

Back for its second year, The London Ultra is a unique exhibition
format that brings together artists and performers from a multitude
 of disciplines in an art extravaganza at London's iconic Bargehouse.

Visitors are invited to discover a multi-sensory spectacular of over 
one hundred artists, showcasing styles ranging from traditional to 
eccentric, conceptual to accidental and from minimalist compositions
 to opulent installations and intriguing abstractions. Providing a take 
home piece to suit every visitor.

Paintings, sculpture, installations and photography are carefully 
grouped in curated sections, including The Artist's Garden,
 Gaia’s Room and The Luminism Room, deliberately breaking 
conventional definitions and themes.

West London Galleries Bus Tour

West London Galleries 

Bus Tour

Saturday | 2 November 2019 | 2-6pm

meet at the corner of Portobello Road and Oxford Gardens
The Muse Gallery | 269 Portobello Road | London W11 1LR
The art bus is on the road again for an extended route
 from North to South Kensington and back again for an
after party under the Westway.

All are welcome on the vintage double decker bus with
 live onboard commentary, interviews, opinions and music
courtesy of Portobello Radio.

All aboard!

Monday, 14 October 2019


1985.” Eds. Steve Lobb and Carol Kenna
Published by Greenwich Mural Workshop isbn 9781870100076

Floyd Rd Mural by Greenwich Mural Workshop 1976

Art, culture and politics have long existed in a complex and fascinating interrelation. This is the territory that “FOR WALLS WITH TONGUES” explores as it happened in regard to the creation of public murals in Britain in the late twentieth century. 

FWWT mainly concentrates on formally trained artists who sought, in various styles, to make accessible art by painting large murals in places such as street walls and gable ends, where their work was freely viewable.

The work of thirty-one muralists is included both through striking and beautiful illustrations, and via transcripts of interviews, supplemented with five essays about artists, on their motivations, as well as the techniques, problems and influences that contributed to their artistic creations.

During the time covered by the book most such work was often funded by local and national state bodies, for instance the Arts Council, and the Greater London Council. This is discussed in an introductory essay by the editors.

The economic, cultural and political contexts of the time often led to works which were in some senses ‘against’ dominant cultures and structures Some works explicitly depicted and promoted causes and movements such as nuclear disarmament, anti-racism and feminism. Also, many of the more figurative murals drew on artistic traditions of depicting workers, or local residents of working class areas, as deserving of as much attention and celebration as that customarily accorded to high status powerful individuals in artworks. Arguably, even an abstract mural in a working class neighborhood is a political act, as it has taken art out of museums and galleries, where it might only be viewed by the relatively privileged.

An essay by Professor Bill Rolston about murals in Northern Ireland, includes a place where there was, and is, a different mural tradition, not coming from formal art education, but related to political and physical conflict between republican and unionist communities.

Macey House Mural by Greenwich Mural Workshop 1976

Could a similar movement to the muralists covered in FWWT exist in contemporary Britain? Surely the emergence of climate change as a mainstream political issue must provide muralists with a fantastic wealth of subject matter. However, the drastic cutbacks made to public funding of art, and to almost every other area of society, probably means that we won’t see the like of this public art movement, at least in England, until the stranglehold of neo-liberal economics over public life is broken.

Murals and other public in the spirit of the works presented in FWWT still are being made but in a less friendly climate and new creations may be made in ways which involve different interactions between trained and untrained art workers. Whatever the increasingly uncertain future holds, the work shown and described in FWWT provides an example of the great potential of genuinely accessible public art. Steve Lobb and Carol Kenna have done an excellent job in presenting this.                                       P.Murry 9/2019