COMING UP: ‘Happiness’ – BHA Photography Competition Exhibition

Wednesday 25th – Monday 30th November
Open 11am-6pm Daily (free admission)

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Happiness… it’s kind of a big deal, isn’t it?

Whatever our background, wherever we come from, we all know what ‘happiness’ is. But for each of us, happiness means something different. That makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, we are all unique.

How often do you really stop to think…’What does happiness mean to me?’

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Happy Human symbol, the British Humanist Association launched a Photography Competition Exhibition on the theme of ‘Happiness’. The celebration of happiness and sharing what it means to us is one small way in which we can build mutual understanding and identify common ground amongst people of differing backgrounds.


It is 50 years since the British Humanist Association (BHA) held a competition to design a new symbol that would encapsulate what it means to strive for a fulfilling existence in a world of our own making. The competition was won by Dennis Barrington, and his Happy Human icon is now recognised across the globe for its capacity to convey humanist values. It states with directness and simplicity that humanity’s agency is a gift, and the only licence needed to find joy in the one life we have.

Since the symbol was designed half a century ago, far more people have embraced a humanist worldview and come to find great purpose in experiencing the world with only their fellow human beings and the natural world as their guide.

COMING UP: Inscape by Emily Thornton

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noun: inscape; plural noun: inscapes
The unique inner nature of a place

Having left her nine to five job to return to painting, Emily Thornton’s first solo
show INSCAPE sets out to create a visual sense of escapism through the
depiction of anonymous physical and inner landscapes. She plays with the
liberating concept that by viewing nameless yet individual landscapes, the
viewer can begin to ascribe their own inner referent to what they physically
see: the liberation of viewing the anonymous yet simultaneously familiar

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Emotionally drawn to coastal scenes, her work is concerned with capturing
the sea’s ever-changing light, energy and atmosphere. Drawn to the stark
juxtaposition between its routine tidal nature and its ephemeral temperament,
she pushes her painted landscapes to the edge of abstraction.
Central to Emily’s first body of work is her interest in how art can penetrate
individuals’ memory. Through viewing the painted landscapes,  she wants the
viewer to escape the present moment and delve into their own inner
landscapes. The physical layering of her paint serves as a metaphor to the
way mankind’s memory becomes obscured over time due to the repetitive
nature of human life. Her work also explores the very sensation of painting
itself, as an artist primarily engaging with the process of creating form, colour
and composition.

Emily Thornton

“ One single second, one single landscape, in which what happens activates
and deactivates what has already happened in endless chain reactions…”
Karl Ove Knausgård, ‘A Time for Everything’


Tuesday 10th – Sunday 15th November
Open 11am-6pm Daily
Private View  10th November 4pm-8pm RSVP

The North London Artist Network (NLAN) is a group of professional artists who regularly exhibit in some of London’s top galleries. Their annual exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to see some of the best artwork being created by North London artists today.

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35 members of NLAN will be showcasing their latest original work which will be for sale at affordable prices. Each day a number of the artists will be available to discuss the art on display.

NLAN is very pleased to announce that BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner OBE, has kindly agreed to open the Private View of NLAN’s annual show on Tuesday 10 November (4-8pm). A new portrait of Mr. Gardner, painted by NLAN member Richard Greaves, will be on display for the first time. If you would like to attend the Private View please contact NLAN for an invitation:

More information can be found at:

COMING UP: The Violet Hour presents
: Brilliant Creatures

The Violet Hour presents: 
Brilliant Creatures

Tues 3rd – Fri 6th November 11am – 6pm
Sat 7th November 11am-4pm
Private View Tuesday 3rd November 6:00-8:30pm

The show’s title is taken from Yeats’ poem, The Wild Swans at Coole. Melancholic and pertinent to autumn, a season of dramatic natural change, the poem is a beautiful lament on our powerlessness to intervene in the passing of time and all that its entails. The artists on show in the forthcoming exhibition differ in the manner that they treat time as both a destructive – and constructive – process.

Catherine Leon’s extrovert pieces, rhythmic with colour and light are so CATHERINE LEONlyrical that they leave the viewer with a visceral sense of abandon. They speak a subconscious language of a longing to experience the elemental truths of Nature, form and Time.





2013 – 2015 BA, Fine Art (Painting)     Wimbledon College of Art
2011 – 2012 Diploma Foundation         Plymouth College of Art

Suzanne Moxhay’s works are a deliberate manipulation of scale, matter and time. Her frozen, filmic SUZANNE MOXHAYscenes are representative of a present that seems in itself artificial, eerie even. Nevertheless, they include visual references which root them in present events or versions of some kind of future.


2004–2007 – Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art        Royal Academy Schools
2001–2004 – BA (hons) Fine Art         Chelsea College of Art

The ordered, geometric precision in Bronwen Sleigh’s architectural BRONWEN SLEIGHetchings and drawings belies the conflict the artist feels over the impact humanity has on its environment: on the one hand a marvel, yet nonetheless inevitably destructive.




2008 MA Fine Art, Printmaking         Royal College of Art
2002 BA Design (Illustration)         Glasgow School of Art

David Degreef-Mounier’s works encapsulate process, over DAVID DEGREEF-MOUNIERall else.
Held in a moment, fire catches in veins on the surface of raw wooden shapes, cut to precision, yet never uniform. Each new work he makes is a development on the last: his chief intention is the journey that links concept with result.





Biddy Hodgkinson’s work celebrates the notion that the process of time is unstoppable, no matter what we are taught. Far from being a cause for alarm, Biddy’s abstraction reminds the viewer of the beauty in natural decay, through her use of various organic elements alongside paint on her canvases, as well as earth and mineral ores.

2008 – 2011 – BA Fine Art         Chelsea College of Art


COMING UP: From African Realism to Contemporary Modernist Classics

In honour of Professor Ato Delaquis 

20th – 24th October 2015
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am—18:00
Free Entry

Gwoktcho - Congolese Women (acrylics on canvas 76 x 115cm)

From African Realism is to Contemporary Modernist Classics is a celebration of artistic excellence, showing explosive and creative use of colour, excellent execution, deft control and charm. Professor Delaquis, the celebrated Ghanaian artist and a national treasure, has over 50 years’ experience; an amazing and dazzling artistic journey from being a teenage cartoonist for Drum, the pan-African magazine, to Dean of the College of Art, KNUST, Kumasi.

Delaquis - Table Top Bargains (Acrylics 111 x 136)

Professor Delaquis is renowned for creating detailed, colour-modulated panoramic scenes of everyday realities of urban life such as open markets, transport terminals and horse riders of the Sahel region.

On the heels of a recent retrospective of his earlier drawings (at the National Museum in Accra), this is the first major exhibition of this great artist in London. It’s not just a unique opportunity to see Professor Delaquis. The exhibition also features exciting works by Anne Blankson-Hemans, Stephen Gwoktcho and Bruce Chidovori.

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Artists: Anne Blankson-Hemans creates figurative works in bold brassy colors and is equally adept at landscapes ; Stephen Gwoktcho is an outstanding contemporary and portrait artist with an unexpected and cheeky twist;             Bruce Chidovori (London based) delivers abstracted and subtle colour fields and creative lines to evoke emotions.

AFRIKart Gallerie Ltd is a virtual gallery established in 2004. Starting with summer soirees for friends and acquaintances in a garden in Chiswick, West London in the late 1990’s AFRIKart operates through commissions and regular exhibitions.

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Coming Up: The Guild of Erotic Artists

The Guild of Erotic Artists presents: “Temptation Rides Again!”
Sexy Art returns to London!
6th-11th October 2015
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am—18:00
Sunday 11:00am-16:00


“Temptation Rides Again!” is the 3rd art exhibition in the Temptation Series featuring The Guild of Erotic Artists. It will opens again at The Strand Gallery, London on 6th October 2015 ending on 11th October 2015.

The human body is a sensual area whichever way it is depicted. Artists over the centuries have allowed their freedom of expression to portray the male and female body in a variety of styles. Everyone has an inner beauty and through art and photography this is brought to life.


“Temptation Rides Again!” depicts how art should be, showing the human body at its most beautiful; the artwork on show is designed to tempt you; a bit naughty but not smutty, artistic but not pornographic; A glimpse into the world of real figurative art.

The Guild of Erotic Artists is a world renowned organisation bringing the best portrayers of sensual, figurative art to the fore. Founded in 2002, it brought together established and emerging erotic artists together as one voice to promote freedom of expression. This exhibition brings together 34 of them with probably the largest display of figurative art in London this year.

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Exhibiting Artists: Paul John Ballard, Winston Benn, Ruth Bircham, Louise Brown, John Clarke, EE Artistry, Chris Francis, Heather McCoy, Elsie McKeegan, Chuck Monroe, Richard Murrin, Eszter Nagy, Gerald Porter, Bryn Sutcliffe, D Thanaselvam, Barry W Tyler, Eric Wallis, Harry Weisburd, Alan Wright.

Exhibiting Photographers: Gregory Brown, Mike Brown, Mike Crawley, Harvey Gordon, Bill Hallett, Neil Huntingford, Toby Jackman, Ronnie Olson, RF Images, Ryan Smith, Steven G White, Jocelyn Woods


Exhibiting Sculptors: Len Gifford, Tony Meadows.

Private View is on Tuesday 6th October. 17:00 – 20:00
Registration for Private View:

(Nearest stations Charing Cross or Embankment)

Guild Enquiries: 07885 803422

COMING UP: Gaelle Desmet

From 28th September to 4th October, The Stand Gallery is proud to host the exhibition of French artist Gaelle Desmet entitled; ‘The Life’. This exhibition will display thirty of Gaelle’s works produced in 2013-14, Toulouse, which represent the artist’s emotions associated with waiting for a child in a very personal and intimate way. She expresses these feelings through geometric shape and colour and aims to produce within the viewer a similar emotional response. The central theme underlining each work featured in this exhibition is, quite simply, ‘life’.

Gaelle’s artistic interest originated at a young age when drawing in notebooks at school. Art represents freedom of expression for the artist, who graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Dunkirk where she studied art history as well as printmaking and drawing.


Particularly taken by the Cubist movement, Gaelle produced numerous landscape paintings incorporating geometric shapes and lines in an abstract fashion. In this specific exhibition, Gaelle has taken her inspiration from her experience during pregnancy and as a mother, with each painting bearing an emotion felt before and after the birth of her son. She tends to draw a lot of children’s paintings and works in connection to the theme of children in a more general sense, with influence from basic sketches and colouring books.


In the gallery space, the artist will further organise a children’s area in which tables will be placed at their own level in order for them to admire the works of art surrounding them. This feature works in conjunction with the added display of work from the artist’s own son, allowing child spectators to not only observe an artist’s work, but the art of another child too.

“Art is the freedom of making an emotion visible by giving free rein to your creativity.” – Gaelle Desmet

‘The Life’ will be on view at The Strand Gallery from 11-6pm each day of the week from 28th September to 4th October. For more information on the artist and her work please visit

COMING UP: Clive McDonnell

From 22nd-26th September, The Strand Gallery is proud to host the photographic exhibition of internationally renowned landscape architect and artist Clive McDonnell.

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Clive has worked on a numerous major design projects throughout the UK, Europe, the Caribbean and even as far as Australia. Most notably, Clive contributed to the detailed planting design for Disneyland Paris’s main park as well as the River Torrens Linear Park in South Australia, of which he designed over 3 kilometers of space.

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Paired with his training in landscape design, Clive further retains a great interest in ecology and natural surroundings, which subsequently fuelled the subject matter of his work. The artist’s empathy with the environment is strongly evident in his photography on display in this unique exhibition, featuring landscapes from often remote and beautiful locations. These settings stem from Clive’s passion for fly fishing in Australia, where he travels every winter to capture these stunning photographic images.


Clive McDonnell’s photographic exhibition will be held at The Strand Gallery from 22nd-26th September 2015, 11-6pm daily – it’s definitely not one to miss.

COMING UP: Hilary James McLaren Tipping ‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’

Opening to the public on 16th September at The Strand Gallery, Hilary Tipping ‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’.

Hilary James McLaren Tipping was born in Dumfries, Scotland on the 8th January 1954, the grandson of the Scottish sculptor Robert Henderson.
He has been painting since the age of four when he threw a tantrum and demanded paper, paints and brushes. His first work was a self-portrait.
At 18 he went to Art School in Glasgow to study Fine Art. At Scotus Academy, Edinburgh, Richard De Marco tutored him in painting and drawing.

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Hilary’s interest in painting developed towards abstract and he devoured the visual feast of Malevich, Klee, Delaunay, Whistler, Matisse, Man Ray, Monet, Pollock, Rothko, Kline, Newman and Picabia.

Hilary’s obsession in the plasticity of texture led him to conduct experiments in oil, paint layering and its viscosity. He uses the force of gravity to shape the flow of the drying canvass. He is much defined in his use of his texture and the structural surface and reaction of paint flow. Hilary is inspired through the actual act of the ‘doing’ of painting.

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Hilary’s obsession in the plasticity of texture led him to conduct experiments in oil, paint layering and its viscosity. He uses the force of gravity to shape the flow of the drying canvass. He is much defined in his use of his texture and the structural surface and reaction of paint flow. Hilary is inspired through the actual act of the ‘doing’ of painting.

A Self Portrait, 2014‘My paintings are instinctive and do not follow line or form but colour. Television and music videos have been central to my life and I employ the same tactics to assimilate and edit my demons. We see inside the head, in the mind, not with our eyes. Our sight is based on light and the images we see are encased and wrapped in our preconceptions. My life has been chaotic and fun; my shorthand instilled in my art represents feelings not figurative representations. This therapy cleanses the mind and clears out the daily intrusions that fill our brains. I unwrap the human psyche.”

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“Memories are inspiring and the subconscious mind has the controlling hand. The energy of my works is straight from the baggage of life and its turmoil. Abstract expressionism is often misunderstood; my paintings are created and formed by the hidden past revealed drop by drop. You will find meaning in my art by looking at it and not by wondering what it might be about or what it is. It is there inside you, just look.”


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Hilary’s other influences are film, television and the music video. His interest in these subjects led him to establish a career in the visual arts. He has worked as a producer on music videos with: Grace Jones, Adam Ant, Elton John, Sex Pistols, The Cure, Police, Rod Stewart, Japan, Ozzy Osbourne, Bonnie Tyler, New Order, Average White Band, Olivia Newton John, Charles Aznavour, John Waite, Leo Sayer, Marc Bolan, Hot Chocolate, The Supremes, Air Supply, Billy Ocean, Queen and many others.

On the night of September 13th 1980 on board the party boat the SS Peking, New York, Hilary saw Andy Warhol. Hilary introduced himself and blurted out he had always wanted to meet him. Andy replied “…and I’ve always wanted to meet you…Hilary.”


‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’ will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 16th-20th September 2015, 11am – 6pm. More work can be seen at

All Images © Hilary James McLaren Tipping.

SPOTLIGHT: Pathy Tshindele

Born and still currently residing in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pathy Tshindele is a contemporary artist who is becoming ever more recognized in the art world. Featuring in the 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair this year, his work combines several media platforms in an unconventional manner. He aims to challenge the oppression of race, gender and nationality through his work, with a particular attentiveness to the native Kin language, rendering his work easily comprehensible for all. In particular, Tshindele employs symbolism and expression with bright, vivid colors and basic forms.

Following from his strong views on cultural discrimination, Tshindele formed the ‘Kinshasa Wenze Wenze’ in 2003, an artistic event which transformed neglected, dilapidated cars from the city into sculptural pieces of work. Through the artist’s creative freedom this project underlined the constant difficulties of the inhabitants within the decaying city in which they were confined. The emotion and energy of the images are heightened by the artist’s expressive use of vivid colors and bold blocking of form.

To find out more about the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and the artists involved, including Pathy Tshindele, please visit

All Images © Pathy Tshindele.