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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



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 is TO BE 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 is TO BE 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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artists United begins 6pm - 3rd July 2014



The 3rd July 2014 marks the opening of the Artists United exhibition, which is taking place in Lewes, East Sussex, England.

The private preview show starts at 6pm on the 3rd July at the Foundry Gallery, 32 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PH, where all paintings, photographs and other artworks will together be showcased. They will not however be available for sale until the official opening which is on Friday 4th July 2014 at 10am.


The dates for the exhibition are Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014. Opening times are 10am each day until 6pm (though the show closes at 3pm on the Sunday). The preview show is on Thursday 3rd July between 6pm to 9pm.


Entry to the show is Free.


"Artists United is an annual art exhibition created by Lewes Community Football Club to bring together the best established artists and emerging talent under one roof. Local artists have come together to support the club since 2009, and we hope the 2014 show will be our most successful yet. Last year we exhibited over 150 pieces by more than 70 local artists.


At Artist United 2014 I will be exhibiting the following paintings:


A shrunken man with his jaw dropped at the sight of a woman's legs and shoes.

Sale Price - £120

A woman putting on some very high pink heels

Sale Price - £120

A shrunken man hanging from the heel of a woman's dangling shoe

Sale Price - £120
 
A girl sitting on a couch with her legs crossed dangling a shoe

Sale Price - £120


A woman who has broken her heel by stepping into a crack.

Sale Price - £49

A small shrunken man hanging from and caught up in the laces of a woman's strappy sandals

Sale Price - £49

Party Feet - A painting of a woman's feet wearing black two strap high heel sandals

Sale Price - £49

A shrunken man begging for forgiveness after spilling red paint on a woman's new black shoes

Sale Price - £49


Rescued from relegation to the history books by a group of concerned local residents and ardent fans, Lewes CFC goes from strength to strength as a not-for-profit, co-operatively owned community football club and academy. The exhibition supports its goal to remain at the centre of the community and each year 45% of the sale price of every piece sold goes to support the club and 55% goes to the artist. Last year we raised well over £1000 for the club. For further information about the club, please visit the website www.lewesfc.com

The Foundry Gallery has, itself, risen from its post industrial ashes and we are delighted that it escaped the ruin of the recent blaze earlier this year that sadly claimed its neighbouring unit and the creative endeavours of those inside. Repairs to the gallery are currently underway and set to be complete in time for Artists United in July. For further information about the club, please visit the website www.artemis-arts.co.uk." - The Artist United Team


©Artist United 2013

Artists United
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/artistsunitedlewes 
Twitter - @ShowOf2Halves


Organised By
Lewes Community Football Club,
The Dripping Pan
Mountfield Road
Lewes, East Sussex
BN7 2XA
Tel: 01273 470820
Fax: 01273 483210
www.lewesfc.com

Held At
The Foundry Gallery
Old Market Lane Garage
32 North Street
Lewes
BN7 2PH
Tel: 01273470376 or 01273 486595
artemis-arts@macdream.net
www.artemis-arts.co.uk


Added on 13th July 2014
The Artist United 2014 show the most successful show yet and hugely well received by everyone who visited over the weekend. Over the three days hundreds of people came to view the 293 artworks as well as numerous prints that were on display from the 3rd-6th July 2014. The show was great fun, with wine, pizza and ice cream available for free to those who attended, plus (for anyone who could play it) a free to play piano provided by the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. Although many people did attend and more artworks than the past years were on display only a hand full sold and it was generally the more inexpensive prints that were purchased. In total Artist United raised just under £3000 for the grass roots community projects of the Lewes Community Football Club

©Artist United 2014

Artist L. E. Gav Thorpe Tweet:
Anonymous paintings of the legs, feet and shoes also with a funny shrunken man.
Everyday situations with a fun, saucy and slight kinky twist.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wait For Me


Title: Wait For Me
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

TO BE DISPLAYED at the Paddock Art Studios for the Artwave Festival in Lewes, East Sussex, England



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.



A close up of the painting Wait For Me


This is a slightly new idea of introducing two little guys with a giant woman. I like how in this painting it looks as though one will escape from her red mules, but the other has slipped and his fate could be sealed.