Brockley Open Studios Weekend

A quick reminder that this weekend is Brockley Open Studios. We've been twittering about it today and will do the same tomorrow.

This picture is reproduced courtesy of Gillian Golding, whose rabbit-gnawing-on-Parliament was one of our personal highlights today.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

That cat looks horribly smug and self-satisfied - has it just had a bowl of organic cream?

Monkeyboy said...

Cats are, by their nature, smug and self satisfied. Now your dog usually looks needy and a bit deranged.

Anonymous said...

i don't have a dog.

Monkeyboy said...

I was referring to an archetypal dog, available from all good breeders.

picture lover said...

I have been critical of the Brockley Open Studios in the past. The last time I went, admittedly 5 or 6 years ago, it was a grim procession around pleasant houses with, mostly, dreadful offerings.

This time I went without taking my preconception with me, and I have to say, it was great! Enjoyed everybody who I saw (Tressilian/Breakspears/Manor Ave). Some very minor quibbles on the way (has the joy of producing this art outreached the desire to be original any more? – of one particular artist), and even bought a terrific etching of a landscape for a very reasonable £50!

Never let it be said that old(ish) men can't change their views and please allow me to do it on this occasion.

No transparency offered.

Brockley Kate said...

Well I made it to less than half the places on the list, but extremely impressed with what I did see. Don't know if it's non-U to name names, but in no particular order ...
James Allen's portraits were very impressive for one so young, Giles Kent's wooden sculptures added a touch of urban edge to the event, Biddy Bunzl's house and garden were a total knock-out, incredible. Barbara Wiggins' leather bags, purses and stationery were gorgeous (and I have to admit I shelled out on a David Bowie-esque uber-glam wallet), Ruth de Monchaux's drawings and prints were lovely, and Leo Stevenson's paintings of Hilly Fields were extremely accomplished.
Oh, and I echo Brockley Nick's comments on Gillian Golding's animals - kooky, quirky and just a little bit dark.

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quick brown fox said...

Very impressed by Leo Stevenson's work in progress of the Red Arrows and Concorde flying over the Mall for the Golden Jubilee. Most impressive is the incredibly detailed panoramic view of London. He says he still has to paint a million people into the picture(!) Well worth seeing if you have the chance this afternoon.

Headhunter said...

This is my thrd year. Didn't get time to do as many places as I wanted but many of the usual faves were out in force. I even recognised some of the work from last year which has obviously remained unsold but is nonetheless very good.

Leo Stevenson's painting of the Concorde fly by for the Golden Jubilee has been a work in progress for since the time of the Golden Jubilee I think (2002)! Every year I see it and every year he has filled in just a little bit more. I also love that view of Canary Wharf from Hilly Fields which he painted from a zoom in photo hence the compressed perspective, however I would have left the orange kids climbing bars out of the foreground. That's another painting that's there every year. He told me 2 years ago that he had priced it at £6000 because he didn't really want to sell it as it was useful as a demonstration piece.

It was a lovely day for a walk round the conservation area...

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Brockley Nick said...

@HH - have there not been enough threads about the wall to satisfy you? I'm going to delete this, please can you repost your comments there?

Headhunter said...

I couldn't find the last wall story - how can I find it so that I can repost please? What month etc was the last story posted?

Brockley Nick said...

It was in June. Click on June on the sidebar and it will pull up all the stories from that month. Or, type "wall" in to the search engine and it's the second story.

http://tinyurl.com/pts8r9

Anonymous said...

bit tetchy this morning Nick?

Brockley Kate said...

HH - I've actually been meaning to post something about the state of the wall/non-wall for a week or so now. Just haven't got round to it. Will do so within the next few days (unless Nick is too bored of the subject ...!)

Headhunter said...

OK I'll repost there. Just interested in any news on it coz quite frankly the spot is a complete eyesore at the moment...

Bea said...

This is my fourth year now and it was as much fun as ever. Wandering from one leafy road to the next in the purist of art is so relaxing and really makes me appreciate Brockley.

Visited some new exhibitors as well as some old favourites but was particularly impressed this year by portrait artist James Allen, Gillian Golding (would love to own both the Darwin and the Noah’s Arc pictures) and the leather stationary by Barbara Wiggins.

I said...

Maybe Bea and Headhunter have summed up what "Open Studios" is really about - a chance to take in Brockley in an appreciative frame of mind.

Somewhat like giving your youngster a toy as a gift, and finding that s/he's more interested in the box it came in!

Headhunter said...

That is certainly a lot of the attraction to me. I love nosing in other people's homes and admiring the architectural details and size of the enormous rooms and gardens/views across gardens in the large conservation area homes. If the paintings were all lined up in some fancy white walled gallery in Mayfair it just wouldn't be the same. Although I hasten to add I'm not writing off all the art as a sideline, some of it's very impressive.

Brockley Kate said...

I have to admit I had serious house-envy in some of the places I visited ...

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Always wondered what the strange grey building at the rear of 56 Wickham Road was - you see when walking along Ashby Road towards the Wickham Arms.

Now I know.....

Tressillian James said...

I really liked James Allen's portraits. You can't accuse Open Studios of lack of quality if you went here. When I was in the room he was getting commissions from several visitors.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Do you think Gillian Golding could be commissioned to do a pub sign for the Talbot if it ever reopens?

A smug big black and white dog would look good.

Nick, what were the terms of your bet with Hugh? I hope it wasn't that the Talbot reopens in 2009........

I'd swear there was Tumbleweed blowing across the forecourt there yesterday.

Headhunter said...

Nick and a few others said that they knew who had bought the freehold of The Talbot and would reveal all, we're still waiting! I think The Talbot is the same as Dandelion Blue, permanently "under offer"

Anonymous said...

the picture of that cat kills me every time, it's great!

ultra violet said...

I've got a poster of the cat picture, acquired from the Hilly Fields summer fayre-thingy a couple of years ago. I like it a lot (though it's not the nicest-looking cat).

Anonymous said...

It almost sums up everything I hate about Brockley.

Headhunter said...

A painting of a grinning cartoon cat sums up all you hate about Brockley?! Please explain

Anonymous said...

The cosy houses on leafy streets, the smug knowing look of a cat that's just done its weekly shop in a deli.

Headhunter said...

If you hate that about Brockers then definitely don't move to Blackheath, East Dulwich or further west to Clapham etc. In comparison smug deli shopping types are few and far between in SE4. Perhaps you need to move to the Pepys Estate in Deptford? Would that be "real" enough?

M said...

'The cosy houses on leafy streets, the smug knowing look of a cat that's just done its weekly shop in a deli.'

Yeah man - keepin it real! All these middle class Brockley types with their 'houses' and 'food'.

What are you, twelve?

Dr Hoffman said...

Clearly a young man on acid, how else would you get to see cats shopping...

The Cat Man said...

that cat is soooo minging, mine are much nicer looking...

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