I left Newport in South Wales early on Thursday morning heading to London to my first Private Viewing or indeed any viewing of an exhibition with so much talent in various ways. This ranged from ceramics and paintings to photography and sculptures.
It all started when I met a good friend Keith at the Societies photography show and we got talking about art since he is a follower and pretty clued up on the art scene, even though he says otherwise. I arrived at Victoria coach station and quickly headed the short way to my hotel in Vauxhall. After checking in I decided to go and pick up some business cards in Farringdon that were arranged by my friend Anthony because I had a drama getting some delivered on time to my house.
Cards in hand and ready for networking on my new found art scene I met Keith at a cafe where we discussed the exciting idea of exhibiting myself one day. We then headed off to the Royal Army Museum where the exhibition was held and upon entry I was greeted by a fantastic organiser and curator Lisa Gray. A superbly organised event that had everything from eccentric characters in elaborate dress to a DJ playing music where random people enjoyed the whole atmosphere of this viewing. After the initial shock of size and location of the event we headed on in to see the talented artists and their work on display.
The standard off work was the one thing that shocked me and to be around so many gifted people was an incredible experience. The other thing that I noticed was that there was nothing but love and appreciation from artist to artist and even from some artists to me which was nice. Inevitably there was work that didn’t quite hit the spot for my taste but it was still to an amazing standard but I found myself leaning towards images or paintings with people or figures in. This might be down to my own work which nearly always has people involved.
After being made feel so welcome by Lisa, Pedro and all the artists I found myself buzzing at the idea of exhibiting for Flux in the future. After all there was a section called Mini Masterpieces where all work was under £300 that drew some real attention and made great art affordable. This I thought was a masterstroke.
Afterwards artist Joy Trpkovic invited myself and Keith to Chelsea arts club for a drink which was a whole different experience and indeed another story.