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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.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Missed a Spot


A little man cleaning a woman's wedges with a blue sponge.



Title: Missed a Spot
Date: 2014
Size: 8" X 8" (20.3cm X 20.3cm) Deep Edge Canvas - No need for framing. Sides painted in Deep Black.
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

Price: £69.00






A little man cleaning a woman's wedges with a blue sponge.


This is a slightly new idea that I've never tried to do before and that is painting wedges. I've never thought too much about wedged heels, but just recently I've seen a fair number of women wearing them, which got me thinking and inspired this idea.





Monday, August 18, 2014

It's the annual Paddock Art Studios Artwave exhibition


On Saturday the 23rd August 2014 it is the beginning and the opening of the annual Paddock Art Studios exhibition as part of the Artwave festival in Lewes, East Sussex, England.

"The Artwave festival is the Lewes district’s huge annual arts festival spreading from and including Ditchling, Firle, Chailey, Seaford and Newhaven as well as the town of Lewes. It brings together the best established and emerging artists from across the region and takes place in a variety of venues, beginning 23rd August and finally closing on Sunday 7th September 2014."
  - From the Artwave website www.artwavefestival.org

The Paddock Studios are owned and run by the Lewes and District Visual Arts Association (The LADVAA, which I became a member of in February of 2013) and is situated at The Paddock Art Studios, Paddock Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1TW.


The exhibition will begin with a preview show on Friday 22nd August and will run for the whole Artwave festival through to 7th September 2014. During the festival you can also reach Paddock Art Studios via the Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XS www.lewesconclub.com.

The Studios in Lewes were originally built during the late 1700's as a stable block for the Haywards Heath
stagecoach company. By 1946 the building had become derelict through being left unused, but was purchased by Cecil Heathfield who was an Art Adviser for the local town area. He transformed the building it into a studio and gallery, that still remains to this day. After his death in 1969, the building was once again left abandoned and neglected. It wasn't until a committee of trustees joined forces and formed the Lewes and District Visual Arts Association, who took over and still own and manage the building to this very day.

The artworks that I am exhibiting this year are -


A woman wearing black courts stepping out of a New York yellow taxi cab
Sale Price - £249

A woman putting on some very high pink heels
Sale Price - £120

A woman wearing blue crystal encrusted high heeled shoes
Sale Price - £129



A woman's feet wearing black sandals
Sale Price - £40


A man begging for forgivness after spilling red paint on a woman's shoes
Sale Price - £40 


A shrunken man pulling a cord that is wrapped around a woman's heels
Sale Price - £40
A shrunken man on a bicycle riding for freedom away from a woman wearing blue heels
Sale Price - £40

A shrunken man massaging a woman's feet
Sale Price - £40



A shrunken and exercising by pushing up and down a woman's foot
Sale Price - £40

Two shrunken men escaping from a woman's shoe
Wait For Me
Sale Price - £40
 
A woman's feet wearing red sandals
Sale Price - £40
A woman who has broken her heel off in a crack in the pavement
Sale Price - £40


The exhibition opens on the 23rd August 2014 at 11am and is open on the following dates thereafter 24th August, 25th August, 30th August, 31st August and then on the 6th September and comes to a close at 5pm on 7th September. The preview show is on 22nd August from 6 to 8pm.

Opening times are between 11:00am to 5:00pm on each of the dates above.  


Entry is free and all of the works of art above will be for sale.


You will also be able to meet me personally at the Studios on Sunday 24th August 2014, between 2pm and 5pm, where you can ask me any questions.
Hopefully I'll see you there!
 

Map of the Paddock Art Studios in Lewes, East Sussex

Further details about the Paddock Art Studios can be found at www.paddockartstudios.co.uk.

Paddock Art Studios
Paddock Lane
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1TW
01273 483000



Added on Thursday 11th September 2014

The 2014 Artwave exhibition at the Paddock Art Studios was a great success. More than a 1000 people came to see the many artworks (paintings, drawings and sculptures) that were on display throughout the two weeks and three weekends of the festival.

I would like to say a big Thank You! to all of those who came on Sunday 24th August between 2 to 5pm. In total I met 144 people that had come from all around the UK and also from Germany and France!

This is just a sample of what great comments I received from those who visited the studios.

"Brilliantly painted and what a great idea!"
"Very different."
"What great fun artworks!"
"Magnifique!"
"Very Colourful and bright! Stands out from the others"
 "They're great and different!"


Although I never sold any of the paintings that were at the exhibition, I did receive a number of commissions and possibilities from several people. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Be Gentle


A woman stepping on the chest of a man.




Title: Be Gentle
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








This is a rework of the painting from 2011 titled Acting Like a Doormat.
In many ways it almost looks like a completely different painting, however I've tried to keep the basic layout and idea of this image exactly the same.

A close up of the painting by L. E. Gav Thorpe titled Be GentleA close up of the painting by L. E. Gav Thorpe titled Be GentleThe reason for these changes were mainly that both her legs and his arms were very small and skinny and needed to be widened slightly to create a more human look. Other changes that I've added include, her shoes, which are now tall open sided slotted slingback heels, rather than sandals and she is no longer wearing stockings but is bare legged. Also he no longer has his T-Shirt tucked in, but now has it loose, which I thought would make this act far more casual and innocent looking.
She also now is wearing a skirt or dress, which I thought makes her look as thought she is more in control of this act than he is. What do you think?


A woman wearing stockings about to step on a man

This is what the original painting Acting Like a Doormat looked like before any changes were made.






 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Race For Freedom


A shrunken man racing away on a bicycle from a giant woman wearing blue court shoes.
Title: Race For Freedom
Date: 2014
Size: 11.8" X 5.7" (30cm X 14.6cm) Horizontal Canvas Sheet
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

Price: £49


CREATED FOR The Art Moves Festival for a printed version to be used as a Billboard Art Display in Torun, Poland

But the original version was PREVIOUSLY DISPLAYED at the Paddock Art Studios for the Artwave Festival in Lewes, East Sussex, England



This is another painting that has been made, so that printed copies can be used at The Art Moves Festival. The Art Moves Festival use billboards in an innovative way by changing their function to use them not to present advertisements, but to rather showcase moving and thought-provoking art. A great emphasis is made to deepen people's thinking, and to raise their awareness of other different perspectives and views.
 
The festival encourages both artists and the audience to take a good look at themselves and the surrounding world and then ask themselves what is reality today in this rapidly changing economic, social and technological world.

The idea is to use contemporary “walls” that are characteristic for our modern urban landscape, by using both standard billboards, enormous mega-billboards, mobile billboards and electronic street screens.

This years theme is 'More or Less Freedom' and asks what exactly is freedom? Is freedom still a word of great value. In history man has achieved great and wonderful, but also tragic things in the name of freedom. When we have it, we do not notice it and when we do, we take it for granted. So, what does that mean freedom is? Is freedom essential to life today? Does it have limits? Can other people limit our own freedom? Is freedom for some just an excuse to justify ones own selfish behaviour?

The festival takes place from 1st September through to 7th October 2014 in Torun, Poland.

More information on the Art Moves Festival can be found at


+48 604967852
Torun, Poland


The original of this painting is still for sale

The original version of this painting is to be exhibited for the 2014 Artwave festival, at The Paddock Art Studios, Paddock Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1TW.

The exhibition opens on the 23rd August 2014 at 11am and is open on the following dates thereafter 24th August, 25th August, 30th August, 31st August and then on the 6th September and comes to a close at 5pm on 7th September.

Opening times are between 11:00am to 5:00pm on each of those dates above.


Please see the page It's the annual Paddock Art Studios Artwave exhibition for more details.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Ties That Bind


A small man pulling a rope that is tied around the heel of a woman's sandals.Title: The Ties That Bind
Date: 2014
Size: 11.8" X 5.7" (30cm X 14.6cm) Horizontal Canvas Sheet
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

Price: £49


CREATED FOR The Art Moves Festival for a printed version to be used as a Billboard Art Display in Torun, Poland

But the original version was PREVIOUSLY DISPLAYED at the Paddock Art Studios for the Artwave Festival in Lewes, East Sussex, England



This painting has been made, so that printed copies can be used at The Art Moves Festival. The Art Moves Festival uses billboards in an innovative way by changing their function to use them not to present advertisements, but to rather showcase moving and thought-provoking art. A great emphasis is made to deepen people's thinking, and to raise their awareness of other different perspectives and views.
 
The festival encourages both artists and the audience to take a good look at themselves and the surrounding world and then ask themselves what is reality today in this rapidly changing economic, social and technological world.

The idea is to use contemporary “walls” that are characteristic for our modern urban landscape, by using both standard billboards, enormous mega-billboards, mobile billboards and electronic street screens.

This years theme is 'More or Less Freedom' and asks what exactly is freedom? Is it that freedom still is a word of great value in the world today. In history man has achieved great and wonderful, but also tragic things in the name of freedom. When we have it, we do not notice it and when we do, we take it for granted. So, what does that mean freedom is? Is freedom essential to life today? Does it have limits? Can other people limit our own freedom? Is freedom just an excuse that some use to justify ones own selfish behaviour? 

The festival takes place from 1st September through to 7th October 2014 in Torun, Poland.

More information on the Art Moves Festival can be found at

+48 604967852
Torun, Poland


The original of this painting is still for sale

The original version of this painting is to be exhibited for the 2014 Artwave festival, at The Paddock Art Studios, Paddock Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1TW.

The exhibition opens on the 23rd August 2014 at 11am and is open on the following dates thereafter 24th August, 25th August, 30th August, 31st August and then on the 6th September and comes to a close at 5pm on 7th September.

Opening times are between 11:00am to 5:00pm on each of those dates above.


Please see the page It's the annual Paddock Art Studios Artwave exhibition for more details.


Monday, July 07, 2014

Game Over


A woman wearing T-Bar sandals stepping on a small man playing video games on a games console.




Title: Game Over
Date: 2014
Size: 7" X 11" (17.8cm X 27.9cm) Canvas panel
Medium: Oil
Artist: L. E. Gav Thorpe

Price: £49.00







A close up of the painting Game Over
I've heard from a number of women, who are frustrated with how their partners spend more time playing computer games that with them, which inspired this idea of a woman wearing T-Bar sandals stepping on a small man playing video games on a games console.

A close up of the painting Game Over