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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Dickens and Wilde portraits to be exhibited by the Royal Society of British Artists

The Royal Society of British artists have selected my portraits of Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde to be exhibited at their 2014 annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London, SW1.
The show runs from the 4th to the 15th of March.




Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Pullman Hotel St. Pancras Official Opening

The Pullman Hotel in St. Pancras celebrated its official opening last week and asked me to design an Art room in one for their bedrooms for the event.
I sculpted life-size wall hanging portraits of Oliver Twist due to its proximity to 48 Doughty Street where Charles Dickens lived and wrote the novel.  The sculptures can be viewed on my previous post.

Press links below.

http://pullmanlondonartnight.com/

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/pullman-london-st.-pancras-celebrates-official-launch/

http://luxurialifestyle.com/pullman-london-st-pancras-celebrates-official-launch-with-pullman-artnight/

http://www.conference-news.co.uk/cn/Pullman-London-St-Pancras-celebrates-Artnight-launch


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Gyles Brandreth interviewed in the Telegraph holding my portrait of Wilde, Oct 17 2013

Wilde about Oscar: Gyles Brandreth holds up the great man, who tops the list for humorous entries in the dictionary
Wilde about Oscar: Gyles Brandreth holds up the great man, who tops the list for humorous entries in the dictionary 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/10383324/Gyles-Brandreth-interview-We-survive-byfinding-the-humour-in-life.html

This portrait is on permanent display at the Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street, London.

Oscar Wilde's 159th Birthday at the Cadogan Hotel, London

On the anniversary of Oscar Wilde's birth this year, Gyles Brandreth decided to gather a group of cheery actors, journalists and political types of all persuasions to the Cadogan Hotel. Aside from the Perrier-Jou√ęt champagne sipping, Julie Walters, Ken Livingstone, Rachel Johnson and Ian Hislop started an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday,before Joanna Lumley stood up to read John Betjeman's poem, The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at The Cadogan. It was Wilde.

From Tatler online.

For the event I sculpted a 3/4 life portrait of Oscar Wilde to be on permanent display at the Cadogan Hotel.  We again marked the occasion by the annual awarding of my miniature sculpture of Wilde to a person whose life-enhancing qualities exemplify the spirit of the great man.  Last year it went to his only grandson Merlin Holland and this year was awarded to Joanna Lumley OBE.

Here are some photographs of the wondrous occasion!














Large wall-hanging portrait sculpture of Billy Bond for sale at auction

My large scale wall-hanging portrait 'Billy Bond - Rough Sleeper 28 years, London' comes up for sale at auction on Wednesday 23rd October at the Sotheby's affiliated Summers Place Auctions in West Sussex.
It is lot number 514 and the web link is:

http://www.summersplaceauctions.com/catalogues/current/detail/17134/

www.summersplaceauctions.com







Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Three private views today, 15th October 2013

Today I have portrait work in three events:

The Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries private view today

The Royal Society of Miniature Painters and Sculptors, Mall Galleries private view today
(Mr. Bumble pictured below)

The Cadogan Hotel, the Cadogan 'Oscar' ceremony awarding my Oscar Wilde sculpture to a prominent person who has exemplified living in the spirit of Oscar Wilde hosted by Gyles Brandreth.

The first two shows will be on for a few weeks and selected portraits of mine will be on display at the Cadogan Hotel for the foreseeable future.