The Reflecting Eye exhibition finished with a lively closing night party on the 23rd Jan, thanks to everyone who joined us and to all the musicians who gave us some great live performances to see the exhibition off with a bang! Photographer Jason Wilde also set up his Free Portrait Studio and had a busy time making over fifty portraits on the night (http://jasonwilde.com/venues-1/st-pancras-hospital)
Thanks to him, also to Peter Herbert the curator and all the other artists in the show!
My latest still life is also finished and with everything happening at ULU (University of London Union) where I’ve been employed for many years, I’ve included some of the portraits from the project I made there ten years ago. I’ve had many of the students pose for me in the time I’ve worked at ULU and the sketchbooks in the painting, together with the laminated drawings, contain around 200 portraits of staff and students.
ULU is facing major changes this year including ceasing to be a student union after nearly 60 years. As someone who studied at a small art college I’ve always been amazed by the facilities available to the students at the University of London. ULU was opened by the Queen Mother in 1955 and has bars, cafes, shop, gym, sports clubs and societies, student campaigns, a 33 metre swimming pool and a gig venue full of history (try typing ‘ULU Gig’ into youtube). The building is also home to the London Student newspaper and staff alumni during my time working in ULU include several musicians and Ricky Gervais who was an Ents Manager there in the 90’s. The students are protesting against the changes which are due to be implemented in July this year.
January usually sees me drawing a lot and this year is no exception, so I’ll finish this post with some of the last drawings of 2013 and the first of 2014. Thank you as always to everyone for posing.
(Click on any image for full size).