Sunday, March 01, 2020

Waving in the Distance at Terrace Gallery

Waving in the Distance has been postponed until further notice. We do hope that when the gallery programme restarts, the exhibition and the artists-in-conversation event with artist and writer Matt Lippiatt will go ahead. If you’d like to see the exhibition virtually we have taken loads of photos and are sharing them on and I did a 5-part video walk-around that I put on my Instagram and my website

Waving in the Distance is an exhibition of 17 paintings from six artists, five based in London and one based in Manchester. The painters are all interested in remembered, fractured or imagined landscapes. The paintings include references to the Old Masters, Impressionism, fairy tales, gardens and sunlight. Among other things the artists’ methods include layering, painterly marks and suggestion. The exhibition has been curated by Julie Caves, who is also one of the painters in the show.

Iain Andrews
Julie Caves
Diane Chappalley
Benjamin Deakin
Tom Farthing
Michele Fletcher

19th March to
12th April 2020

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 4-10pm
Sat-Sun 12-10pm

Private View:
19th March

Artists in Conversation evening:
Five of the artists will be in conversation with artist and writer Matt Lippiatt.
8th April, 7-8:00pm
at Terrace Gallery

Terrace Gallery
The William The Fourth
816 High Road Leyton
London E10 7AE

In September 2019 Karl Bielik restarted Terrace Gallery in the back room of its new location, The William the Fourth Pub in Leyton. The primary focus of Terrace is painting.


The image shown on the invitation is a detail of a painting by Tom Farthing.

Information about the artists:

Michele Fletcher
Considered abstracted ruminations on the cyclical changes in a garden, Michele’s work is informed by the natural world. Relying on visual memory, the paintings lie at a point where the abstract touches the familiar. She works in series, distilling form and colour into a rhythm that moves across the surface of the support. The work is shaped through choices dictated by ground, colour and mark making – the entire process building upon itself.

Originally from Canada, Michele Fletcher now lives and works in London. She studied at Goldsmiths (BA hons Fine Art and Critical Theory) and Chelsea, graduating with an MA in 2007.


Tom Farthing
The paintings in the exhibition are all based on fleeting sensations of things observed, which have been reconstructed in paint. In the process of remembering the colours are shifted, details abbreviated into abstraction. The subjects are arrived at through a daily discipline of drawing and sketching, working with whatever is to hand until an image begins to suggest itself. Paintings are layered over each other until an image seems fixed on the canvas.

Tom Farthing lives and works in London. He completed his MA at Chelsea School of Art in 2013 and is currently part of the Turps Studio Programme. His work is involved with ideas of memory and place, and he uses landscapes and places he knows well as the starting point for many of his paintings. 


Diane Chappalley
Diane Chappalley paints scenes that are imagined, autobiographical and art historical. While inspired by the Swiss Alps where she grew up and the hidden green spaces of East London, the titles of the three paintings in this show all begin with ‘In Provence’ which refers to the French region where most influential modernist painters lived and worked. Painted on gingham linen this series evokes a rustic ‘fantasy’ of early 20th century Europe while reflecting her identity. Her paintings overlap places and time and propose a sensory experience instead of narratives.

Born in Switzerland, Diane Chappalley now lives and works in London. She graduated with an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017 and a BA from City and Guilds of London Art School in 2015.


Benjamin Deakin
Arbiter is one of a long-running series of paintings of imaginary hybrid places which represent Benjamin Deakin’s ongoing interest in perception and memory. He is interested in the way in which the human mind seeks to rationalise new encounters by drawing from past experiences, including those from mediated sources (books, films, television), and projecting these onto the world in front of us. These often feel like you are looking at the world through a multi-layered and multi-sensory set of references and associations. The paintings are an attempt to represent the layered and fragmented nature of this experience. Arbiter combines fragments of volcanic landscapes from Iceland, Southern Spain and the Lake District with scenes from Tarkovsky’s film Stalker and Coctueu’s Orphée. The floating checkerboards are a recurring motif in this series which are a reference to Greek and Roman archeological sites as well as the dominance of single point perspective in western art.

Gazer and Surfacer are part of a series of works which reconsider the legacy of Romanticism on western art and mass culture. He is particularly interested in the ‘cult status’ conferred on certain types of landscape, particularly mountains and dramatic views. Gazer depicts the view from a Himalyan tea house that he visited in 2019 in the Everest region of Nepal. He felt that the very generic everyday interiors seemed to distance the astounding landscape beyond so that it became a picture rather than a view of the reality outside. The flattened perspective and handling in the foreground is a nod to late Impressionism. Surfacer is a reference to Casper David Friedrich’s “Das Eismeer”, a famous painting of a doomed arctic expedition. Benjamin found the fractured landscape on a visit to a former chemical plant during a residency in Portugal.

Benjamin Deakin lives and works in London. He studied at Kingston University and completed his MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2006.


Iain Andrews
Iain Andrews begins his paintings as a dialogue, both with a particular folk tale and also with an image from art history – often a painting by an Old Master that may then be used as a starting point from which to playfully but reverently deviate. He is interested in how stories are retold and re-imagined, and how the retelling alters and embellishes the original even as it seeks to render it vital and alive once again for a new audience. Along with this comes a question of how modern developments may be balanced by a dialogue with established traditions and past narratives, and yet not become nostalgic.

Iain Andrews lives and works in Manchester. His works are linked to the narratives and stories that he encounters during his work as an Art Psychotherapist with teenagers, many of whom have tales of neglect and abuse. These stories have very little trouble attaching themselves to the folk tales and faery stories that he has always been interested in, since the themes of the two - loss and abandonment; the violence of parental figures; and transformation and renewal - are so similar.


Julie Caves
Julie Caves is interested in sunlight, creating painterly space, and perceptual ambiguity. When not painting sunshine or distance, she paints objects that are not easily identified. The ambiguity of seeing just a part of something or a group of unspecific objects means the viewer isn’t sure what it is they are seeing and their brain has to try to figure it out, drawing from all their past experiences of seeing things. One person will see folds of cloth across a body and another will see rolling hills in a landscape. Each viewer chooses the meaning and completes the painting with their mind.

Julie Caves lives and works in London and Margate. She has an MA from Camberwell College of Art, did two years on the Turps Studio Painting Programme and completed the Independent Curating course at Central St Martins.


List of works:

Iain Andrews, The Loves of Lady Purple, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 50x40cm

Julie Caves, A Little Warmth, 2020, oil on canvas, 20x15cm

Benjamin Deakin, Gazer, 2020, oil on linen panel, 45x60cm

Julie Caves, In the Distance, 2020, oil on canvas, 20x15cm

Michele Fletcher, Bud (friendly pressure), 2018, oil on board, 20x15cm

Tom Farthing, Gazebo, 2019, oil on canvas, 40x30cm

Diane Chappalley, In Provence VII, 2020, oil on gingham, 35x45cm

Diane Chappalley, In Provence V, 2019, oil on gingham, 35x40cm

Diane Chappalley, In Provence VI, 2020, oil on gingham, 35x45cm

Michele Fletcher, East (a turning), 2017, oil on board, 70 x 80 cm

Benjamin Deakin, Arbiter, 2020, oil on linen panel, 45x60cm

Tom Farthing, Aylesbury Estate (Puddle), 2019, oil on canvas, 25x30cm

Julie Caves, Luxurious Scent, 2020, oil on canvas, 70x60cm

Iain Andrews, The Last Show, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 20x15cm

Tom Farthing, By the River (Evening), 2019, oil on canvas, 30x40cm

Iain Andrews, Buen Provecho, 2018, acrylic and oil on canvas, 60x50cm

Benjamin Deakin, Surfacer, 2020, oil on canvas, 60x75cm

Friday, December 29, 2017

This Year's Model 2018 at Studio1.1 Gallery

Annual Members' Show 2018 

This Year's Model! parts I and II 
'Does the Body Rule the Mind?...'
5 - 28 January (private view Thursday 4th 6 - 9pm)
'Or the Mind Rule the Body?...' 
2 - 25 February (private view Thursday 1st 6 - 9pm)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The Accidental Marks Made While Making Art

I have a photo in this online exhibition with Cultivate Gallery. The Accidental Marks Made While Making Art

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Of All the Possibilities

Of All the Possibilities 1 – 26 August 2017 at Pictorem Gallery 383 Hoe Street Walthamstow, London, E17 9AP

An exhibition of Julie Caves and Daniela Rizzi paintings.

left:  'Droplets in Your Hair', oil on canvas by Julie Caves
right: 'Shape III - Red & Turquoise', oil on canvas by Daniela Rizzi

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Afternoon Tea: Works on Paper

Afternoon Tea: Works on Paper ‘Afternoon Tea: Works on Paper’ is a pop-up tea salon and exhibition of works on paper by over 70 local artists 8 – 16 July 2017 as part of Margate Festival.

Venue: Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, 4 Royal York Mansions, The Parade, Margate CT9 1EZ

Monday, June 26, 2017

Movement Exhibition: Leytonstone Arts Trail

I have a new painting in this exhibition that opens today! Creative Bloc are a lovely group! The exhibition space is Fill the Gap Gallery - next to Leytonstone tube station. 1-9th July 2017. Closing party 9th July. Movement Exhibition

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Blackhorse Lane Open Studios 2017

Blackhorse Lane Studios will be having our annual Open Studios 16-18 June 2017.

Blackhorse Lane Open Studios
16-18 June 2017
Friday 6-9pm preview evening
Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm

* Open Studios - 25 artists open their studios to share their practice with visitors - painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and more
* Silent Auction - get a bargain on contemporary art direct from the studio, a percentage goes to Barbican Arts Group Trust, bids start at £150
* 'Folding and Unfolding Time' exhibition of BHL artists work in the Artworks Project Space curated by Neil Irons
* Kid's Quiz with STEAM themed questions and great prizes provided by Jackson's Art Supplies
* Tours of the studios by BHL artist Julie Caves, times tbc
* Many of the artists in the studios are participating in the '1,000 Swifts' project. See if you can spot the swifts!
* Greenpeace Waltham Forest have teamed up with Blackhorse Lane artist Sandie M Sutton to promote plastic reduction. Transform waste plastic into art at a free family drop-in workshop 2 - 4pm 17 &18 June.
* Part of the astounding E17 Art Trail - you also can visit other great art locations on our street including Gnome House and Blackhorse Workshops

Blackhorse Lane Studios
114 Blackhorse Lane
Walthamstow London
E17 9PD
(Just a 5min walk from Blackhorse Road station)

Franki Austin
Anja Borowicz
Julie Caves
Nickie Counsell
Francesco de Manincor
Elizabeth de Monchaux
Tania Denton
Pauline Evans
Charlotte Gerrard
Jonet Harley-Peters
Adam Hennessey
Neil Irons
Tam Joseph
Matthew Krishanu
Valerie Large
Katrin Maeurich
Jean-Pierre Mas
Helen Maurer
Lucile Montague
Benjamin Parker
Michelle Reader
Daniela Rizzi
William Stok
Sandie M Sutton
Barry Sykes

Friday, May 26, 2017

Atmos Exhibition at Pictorem

Part of the E17 Art Trail 2017


3 - 18 June 2017

In this group exhibition 10 artists show work with the theme of water and steam. Opening evening 1 June 6-9. The theme for the E17 Art Trail 2017 is STEAM, the acronym that recognises the place of Art alongside the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

I have two paintings showing in the exhibition: 'Sunshine Through Clear Water' and 'Sparkling Water'. They are both oil on panel, framed.

Pictorem Gallery
383 Hoe Street
Walthamstow, London
E17 9AP

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bristol Artists Book Event 2017

See you at BABE!
We will be participating in the Passport project so stop by our stand for a stamp!

BABE 2017: Bristol Artists Book Event
Saturday 1 April 11-6pm
Sunday 2 April 11-5pm

16 Narrow Quay
Bristol BS1 4QA

The sixth biennial festival of artist book making, featuring the work of bookmakers and small presses from around the world. Since 2007, BABE has established a great reputation as a relaxed and friendly event to meet and chat to book artists about their work and buy works of art. With more than 80 makers taking part, and prices start from just a few pounds, there will be something for everyone.  Expect performances, interventions, talks and workshops across the weekend too.

Featuring artists from all over the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Norway and South Korea:

ABC@UWE, ABPress, Adie+Maufe, Aidan Moesby, Alembic Books, Alex Czinczel/ TheChincilla, Ambeck Design, Amber Hsu/One Pound Poems, AMBruno, Andrew Law, Andrew Morrison, Annwyn Dean, ANTIC-HAM, Antonio Freiles,, Atlantic Press, BA (Hons) Photography - Manchester School of Art, BA (Hons) Visual Communication - Arts University Bournemouth, Battenberg Press, Bookartbookshop, BookCasePress, bookRoom, Book Transformations, Cafe Royal Books, Carolyn Trant/Parvenu Press, Chisato Tamabayashi, Ciarrai Samson, Collective Investigations, Container UCA Canterbury, Corinne Welch, David Armes/Red Plate Press, David Faithfull, Double Daggers, EAK Press, Eccentric Horace, Elizabeth Willow, Ensixteen Editions, Essence Press, Foreground, Gemma Lacey, Gloria Glitzer, Grizel (Sneezy), Guy Bigland, Hazard Press, Heather Prescott, HG Makes, Impact Press, James Anderson, Jane Cradock-Watson, Jill Carter, Joan Ainley, Joanna Wilkinson, Johan Deumens Gallery, Julie Caves/Little Black Press, Karen Joyce, Karoline Rerrie, Kate Bernstein, Kate Williamson, Leicester Print Workshop, Limbo, Lina Nordenstrom/Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet, Lion and Lamb Press/UCA Illustration, Liver and Lights Scriptorium, London Centre for Book Arts, MA Book Arts/Camberwell College of Arts, Mandy Brannan, Marches Book Arts Group, Mark Hudson, Mark Pawson/Disinfotainment, Mavina Baker/Teacup Press, Micro Library Books, Mireille Fauchon, Mr Smith, Nancy Campbell, Old Bear Press, one.zero6 press, ottoGraphic, PAPER Gallery, paperwallah, Peter Chasseud/Altazimuth Press, p's & q's press, PylonPress/Plymouth College of Art, reassemble, Rebecca Weeks Art, Redfoxpress, Roberts Print, Ryan Gajda, Semple Press, Sue Clarke, Sue McLaren, The Caseroom Press, The Emma Press, Thomas Tomasska, Uniformbooks, UWE Graphic Design, UWE Illustration, whnicPRESS, Wild Pansy Press.

BABE 2017 includes a mini exhibition, performances, interventions, book making workshops and more! See the series of events happening throughout the weekend.

Organised with Sarah Bodman (Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England) and Tom Sowden (Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University).

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Lost and Found exhibition

Ten artists have explored the ideas of ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’ over the last year. The ‘Lost and Found’ exhibition, showing for two weeks at Espacio Gallery (2 - 14 May 2017), fills the two floors of the large, bright space with impressive historical sculpture, colourful painting, beautiful printmaking, skilful drawing, poetic installations, and interactive games and augmented reality.

Lost and Found - the first thing you think of is Lost and Found Property. But take a moment and you’ll quickly see how often the idea of losing and finding is a part of our everyday experience. You can lose - your mind, your temper and your keys. You can find - inner peace, the strength to go on and your keys. At first glance lost is usually negative while found is generally positive. But most of us relish it when we lose ourselves in the moment and you can find a worm in your apple.

Ten artists have explored the ideas of ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’ over the last year through painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and interactive installations. The artists are: Graham Asker, Julie Caves, Esperanza Gomez-Carrera, Nick Hazzard, Martin Howard, Ruth Kathryn Jones, Peter Lang, Chris Mercier, Matt Smith, and Liz Whiteman Smith. Most of the artists have shown together before in the highly acclaimed exhibitions ‘Artists in Wonderland’ and ‘Quantum: A Journey Through the Standard Model”, both at Espacio Gallery. Though structured around a universal concept, each of the artists has approached the idea from a very different perspective and this broad range of responses has resulted in a thought-provoking, engaging exhibition.

The organizer, Liz Whiteman Smith, feels that the strength of the exhibition lies in the fact that the group of artists meets once a month to discuss their ideas and support each other to create work that is well developed and professionally executed. She says “Visitors will find a wide range of mediums from painting to 3D printing, a pin ball machine to installations. Our artists are moving forward and embracing new technology in their artwork.”

Find the time to see this show.

The Artists:

Graham Asker, an engineer and graduate of Cass School of Art, has hand made a pinball machine to explore the idea of lost and found souls using the Parable of the Lost Sheep.

Julie Caves, a painter with an MA from Camberwell College of Art, has used veils of colour to obscure part of her paintings to show that if one thing is lost another is usually found.

Esperanza Gomez-Carrera, a sculptor and graduate of Wimbledon College of Art, uses a sculptural installation based around a stolen instrument to demonstrate that sometimes losing is winning and not finding what you are looking for is finding yourself.

Nick Hazzard, a graduate in Fine Art from Sir John Cass, works in a process that involves alternately applying and scraping back layers of paint – the marks and gestures are buried, or “lost”, beneath areas of paint, then uncovered, or “found”, when those layers are partly removed. He has combined his process-driven approach with his interest in recent research looking into the recovery of lost memories in those with Alzheimer’s.

Martin Howard, a graduate of Slade School of Fine Art, has made black and white mixed-media drawings that record the area of East London situated around the gallery. Howard has engaged with the lively and energetic surroundings, his figures emerge and disappear, in and out of the shadowy areas around Brick Lane.

Ruth Kathryn Jones, an artist with an MA from Colchester Institute of Art and Design, is exploring the losses that may not be refound. She is interested in the gentrification that has removed women’s access to public spaces and services in her local area. Covering one thing with another, the redacted sanitisation of imagery creates a loss of part of the image; Jones asks if the loss of visibility is indicative of a loss of identity?

Peter Lang, an artist and animator who graduated from Hornsey College of Art, has created an illustrated picture book for children called ‘Tincap and the Lost Sock’, that combines illustration and Augmented Reality - when viewed through a smartphone or iOS device the illustrations become animated. He has also created a series titled ‘Respectacles’ - digital paintings of reading glasses he has lost.

Chris Mercier, an artist with an MA from the Royal College of Art, explores objects and processes and he has made prints of hybrid letters he calls ‘Newfound Consonants’.

Matt Smith, a sculptor and digital artist who graduated from Epsom School of Art and Design, is re-creating a lost sculpture by Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni, ‘Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement’ from 1913. Using the few photos that were taken before the work was destroyed Smith has used digital and traditional methods to study and re-create this lost work. In a way Smith is collaborating with the artist who died 100 years ago in 1917. Although many of his works were destroyed after his death Boccioni’s Futurist influence can be found around the world today because the works were photographed and now one of these lost masterpieces has been re-created and ‘found’ again. Smith will be showing prints of the process as well as a life-size sculpture.

Liz Whiteman Smith, a printmaker with a degree in Fine Art from Buckinghamshire New University, will be showing two series of screenprints looking at lost civilisations and cultures. The first is a series of images of ancient temples that were once at the heart of a civilisation but were lost, reclaimed by nature and then later discovered by explorers. Her series of images from Cuba, a country in danger of losing its uniqueness as it becomes modernised, express her hope that Cuba “can find a way to improve living standards for its citizens without losing the qualities that make it special.”

The Gallery
Espacio Gallery is a co-operative gallery that opened in 2012 in the heart of London's East End art scene, at the top of Brick Lane and has had nearly 200 exhibitions since then. It was founded by a group of artists working across all contemporary visual arts media who wanted a space of their own specially designed to meet their needs. Located not too far from Whitechapel Gallery, Espacio is always part of their First Thursday late-night art events.

Opening times:
Tuesday-Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-5pm (closed Mondays)

Espacio Gallery
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG

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