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.

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
East Sussex
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!"
"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. 

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