Friday, October 31, 2014

L. E. Gav Thorpe in
Your County

http://www.yourcountyeastsussex.co.uk/features/legs-feet-lewes/">www.yourcountyeastsussex.co.uk/features/legs-feet-lewesOn Wednesday 29th October 2014, The East Sussex County Council published an article about my paintings of legs, feet and shoes in Your County and also reported on my recent success throughout the East Sussex county as well around the world.

The article is available to read online at www.yourcountyeastsussex.co.uk/features/legs-feet-lewes  and has the fun title of


 It features the image of the painting above
'The Ties That Bind'

and the image below
'The Life of the Shrunken Man'

Here is an extract from the article, that was written and created by the East Sussex County Council communications team and the Your County editor Amy Hutson:

Lewes artist L. E. Gav Thorpe is known for his paintings of legs and feet.
His distinctive works have been used to support various charities, such as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Visual AIDS. Your County caught up with the artist to discuss his work.

Where do you get your inspiration for the art?

Inspiration for paintings can come from several places. Sometimes an idea just comes to mind or it can be inspired by something I have seen on the TV, or in the newspapers or magazines. In some cases, ideas have come from people that I’ve seen and the type of shoes or clothes they are wearing, that can suddenly bring an idea to mind.

I paint the legs and feet where many of the works that I create feature high heels and stockings, however I have have gained far more popularity for including in my works a small man, very often found to be in difficult or comedic situations. My main aim is to create artworks that are full of mystery, enticement and intrigue through having a degree of anonymity and to present this with a modern twist, to create a look which is both fun and saucy.

How often do you create new works?  

I generally am working on paintings most days and usually complete artworks within a few weeks, however it greatly varies on the complexity or simplicity of the image. In most cases the size of a canvas doesn’t affect the overall time it takes to complete a piece, but commissions can take a little longer.

Your County is 24 page magazine published four times a year and produced by the East Sussex County Council communications team. With news, interviews, photographs and competitions, Your County is a magazine about the services that the ESCC provide and the people who live and work in the East Sussex area.

Editor Amy Hutson,
Your County Communications
East Sussex County Council
County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes BN7 1UE

Friday, October 24, 2014

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

A woman laying on a bed with her legs in the air

Title: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Date: 2011 & 2014
Size: 18" X 24" (45.7cm X 60.9cm) Deep Edge Canvas - No need for framing. Sides painted in Deep Black.
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

Price: £299.00

 A woman laying on a bed with her legs in the air 
This painting He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, is a rework of the painting from 2011 titled I Think I've Been Hit By Cupid (featured on the right). The reason why I've changed this painting is that although I've always liked the concept, I wanted change the 'yellow' appearance of her skin and change the background to make it a little less pink. So, I've repainted her legs and feet to make them look more natural and have changed the pink bottom part, so that it looks more as if she is laying on the white sheets of a bed.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Oh No!

A woman about to step on a small man with her bare feet.

Title: Oh No!
Date: 2014
Size: 4" X 6" (10.2cm X 15.2cm) Canvas Paper
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

TO BE DISPLAYED at Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA in support of Visual AIDS

This painting is due to be exhibited at the Postcards From The Edge 2015 exhibition in support of Visual AIDS in New York, USA.

The Postcards From The Edge show covers the weekend beginning Saturday 7th February where proceeds from the sale of small 4" X 6" postcard sized paintings go towards helping those suffering with HIV or AIDS.

What is Visual AIDS?

"Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

Postcards From The Edge is an exhibition and benefit sale of over 1400 original, postcard-sized works of art by internationally renowned and emerging artists. It is the most exciting and affordable way to add to your art collection." -visualaids.org

The exhibition takes place at the Luhring Augustine Gallery, 531 West 24th Street, New York, NY, 10011, USA on the 7th and 8th of February 2015, with a preview show on the evening of 6th February.

Further details on Visual AIDS can be found at www.visualaids.org and details on the Luhring Augustine gallery at www.luhringaugustine.com.

Postcards From The Edge 2014

Last year for the 2014 Postcards From The Edge show, I exhibited a painting titled Inspection, which was purchased within the first hour of the show opening, by the American artist Roger Emmett Braimon.

From the 1400 artworks that were on display, Visual AIDS have selected the painting Inspection
to front the 2015 Postcards From The Edge exhibition.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Put Yourself In Her Shoes

A woman dangling a red sandal from her foot

Title: Put Yourself In Her Shoes
Date: 2014
Size: 8.2" X 11.6" (21cm X 29.7cm) A4 Canvas Sheet
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

Price: £49.00

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cheers! 'hiccup'

A woman laying in a Martini glass whilst drinking wine

Title: Cheers! 'hiccup'
Date: 2014
Size: 13" X 15" (33cm X 38.1cm) Composition Board
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

Price: £69.00

This is a fun painting of a girl in a Martini Glass, titled Cheers! 'hiccup'. I originally was just going to give this the simple title of Cheers! as it looks as though she is giving a toast. But then noticing how the bottle is now empty and how she has just tossed it aside. It sure looks as though she could be more than a little tipsy!

A close up of the painting Cheers! 'hiccup' A close up of the painting Cheers! 'hiccup' A close up of the painting Cheers! 'hiccup'

Saturday, September 27, 2014

L. E. Gav Thorpe in
The Sussex Express

On Friday 26th September 2014, the British Sussex newspaper The Sussex Express featured an article of my paintings of legs, feet and shoes and the success of which I had at the 2014 Artwave festival in Lewes.

The article was featured on page 18 of the newspaper and was given the fun title of

Hotfoot to Gavin's exhibition.

Featured in Sussex Express on 26th September 2014

 It was printed with this image of the painting
'Race For Freedom'

Here is a extract from the article, which was reported by Samantha Clark and was written by Susan King:

‘Fun and saucy’ sleek legs, silk-clad feet and stunning high heels are among the original subjects of artworks by an internationally recognised Lewes painter, which featured in the recent Lewes Artwave Festival. 

Gavin Thorpe, 26, from the Nevill Estate is celebrating success in the Festival where artlovers flocked to buy his strong and colourful works.
He has created artworks for collectors in France, England, the USA and Germany. For this year’s Artwave, he exhibited 12 paintings at the Paddock Art Studios, visited by more than 1000 people. When he invigilated the exhibition on the afternoon of Sunday, August 24, he met 144 individuals from the UK, Germany and France. From this show, he picked up commissions from different people and also received brilliant feedback and comments.

Gavin’s technique and use of colour reminds many of his customers of the works of David Hockney.

For those of you that missed this article or live outside the Sussex region, the Sussex Express has made the article available for those to read online at their website at: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/county-news/hotfoot-to-gavin-s-art-exhibition-in-lewes-1-6320698

I also wanted to add this which was written by Parish Pump correspondent David Sale and printed in the Sussex Express on 19th September 2014:

"ARTWAVE: The following is an excerpt from Nevill resident Gavin Thorpe from his exhibition at The Paddock studios: In total nearly 1,000 people visited the studios and when I invigilated the exhibition on Sunday afternoon, I met 144 people that had come from all around the UK. Some had even come from Germany and France. I picked up a number of commissions from several people and also received some great feedback and comments, such as ‘brilliantly painted and what a great idea’, ‘Magnifique’ and ‘they’re excellent and very very different’. What a result, well done Gavin."

Friday, September 12, 2014

So, Why L. E. Gav Thorpe?

Over the past few months I've been asked some questions that were quite humorous and interesting, so here I have shared a few with you that were quite fun...

What's the strangest thing you've been asked to paint?

I've been asked by many to paint their legs or base paintings on them. But by far the strangest thing I was asked, was from a woman in the US who wanted me to create a painting with her husband being squashed by her foot inside her high heels.
She told me that she loved the painting Don't Squash Me! that has a little man hiding inside the back of a shoe, but would like to see him being squashed inside (I never did know why she wanted him to be her husband!) Unfortunately due to different unforeseen circumstances the painting never was created, but the idea did inspire the painting So, What Happened To Your Boyfriend?

Who is the little man?

The little man isn't really based on anyone in particular but is just an anonymous figure that I suppose could be anyone that you preferred.
A lot of people have suggested that this man is a self portrait of myself that I am including in images along with giant fantasy women, but I can definitely say that this isn't true.   

Where do you designs for shoes come from?
It's a funny things to say, but I am quite a fan of women's shoes.
With some paintings I tend to do a lot of researching into different styles to suit the image, which usually brings about new challenges.

Who's legs and feet are these of? 

This is question I get asked a lot. But most of the paintings are supposed to be anonymous allowing the idea for people to believe that these legs and feet could belong to anyone. This obviously doesn't apply to commission paintings, which have been based on specific photos.

Are you on Facebook?

I do hold a Twitter account @legavthorpe but I am not on Facebook. This is only because I much prefer using Twitter.
If you have seen or do ever see a Facebook account that is either in my name or using any of my photos, please do report it to the Facebook team or to me, because it will most likely be a fake account and a scam.

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