Watercolour painting of a cyclist and traffic in Picadilly Circus, London, by artist John Haywood

Exciting exhibition news!

I’m delighted that I can finally go public with the news that in only a few weeks time, I’ll be part of a small – and delightfully select – group exhibition in Brighton entitled SPRING.

Some time ago, I was contacted by the owners of 35 North Gallery, a small gallery in the heart of Brighton to see if I would be interested in submitting works for a small group show. Naturally I was flattered and delighted and, after a few emails and a brief meeting with the gallery owners, there was no turning back!

It’s a small, intimate space, and the exhibition will feature the work of five artists. Each artist will be represented by about four paintings each.

For my part, I submitted quite a large number of works in different sizes and left it to the gallery owners to select the paintings that they either liked most or felt would work best alongside the other works.

Here are the four works that were selected (and you may need to click on any of them images in this post to see them in full):

What I particularly like about this selection is that without any prompting of any sort, the selected paintings span the themes of landscape, cityscene and interior – the three subjects that excite me most!

The exhibition will open to the public on Friday 15th March, and will run until the end of April. The gallery isn’t open every day, but I think it’s open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – I’ll try to confirm this next week!

The artists that I’ll be showing alongside are, with links to each of their instagram profiles:

Emily Jolley

Lily Rigby

Tania Rutland

John Whiting

Most of these artists are familiar to me, to lesser or greater degrees – but what’s in common is that I admire all of them as artists and I think it’ll be really interesting to see our works together in the same space. In addition to the selected works, I expect to also have a browser filled to the brim with other works that will all be mounted and ready for framing!

There’ll be a private view on the evening of Thursday 14th March from 6-8pm. If anyone would like to attend the private view, please do send me an email via the contact page (and I’ll need to pass your details on to the 35 Gallery North as they’ll be sending out the invitations and keeping an eye on numbers!)

In other news…

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying spending my time with my sketchbook! Following on from last week’s A4 sketch of Devil’s Dyke – here are some new ones!

And these next two were based on two photographs that an artist call Liz McQueen whom I follow on Instagram shared recently. They both leapt out at me and seemed to cry ‘paint me’, and Liz was kind and generous enough to allow me to share them.

I’m really enjoying the freedom of working in the sketchbook purely for the joy and the permission that it allows to experiment and make mistakes!

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  1. That’s good news John! Wish I could get down to see. Have to say I love your puddles! 😂 that ditch at the bottom of your post is great, but I love the waterlogged painting already. What a pity you can’t just give up work and paint! Good luck with the show xx

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