Wednesday, September 02, 2015

St Paul's Studios Update

An update on my post last week St. Paul's Studios on the Talgarth Road.

St Paul's Studios being sold 'off plan'
(right click and open in a new tab to see a larger image)
My post on Facebook drew this comment from Dennis Spicer - which answers some of the comments about noise.
I used to live very near these and got to know Alan Day when he came to my life drawing classes at Hammersmith Adult Education Centre. He was a designer and lived in the third one from the left in the photo. He had restored the front room as it would have been for a Victorian gentleman artist, including a bookshelf with a full set of The Yellow Book, the hallway was similarly restored and the other ground floor room was his bedroom,and the large studio room was his design studio. He had a modern steel and chrome style kitchen in the basement and the room next to it was his sister's bedroom. I remember the lack of noise in the house, due to a kind of Victorian double glazing system.During the summer break from the Adult Education classes he invited some of us to have a life drawing session in the studio, probably the last time the studio was used for its original purpose! He would often host visiting parties from both the Victorian and Edwardian Societies and the front room was used as a film set on several occasions, notably both Merchant/ Ivory films A Room With A View and Howard's End. He sadly died some years ago and the contents were put up for auction. Have found two sites showing pictures of the interior as I remember them.
The studio at #3 in use as a studio
These are:
The latter contains lots of information about the artists' studios in the area, specifically:
It has two spacious ground floor studios and an exceptionally large studio on the first floor – 10.5 metres by 22.5 metres (35ft x 75ft), comfortably long enough for a cricket pitch.
  • An Arts & Craft Epicentre which references other purpose artists' studios built in the area
  • A House Portrait which contains a rather nice drawing of one of the studios by a chap called Liam Wales who is an architectuiral illustrator
  • The Studios’ First Sales Particulars - interesting to see the original layout unchanged by the occupants - and that the whole of the First Floor was seen as a studio space
  • and finally, it's interesting to see that rather famous people have also lusted after these studios - see Sir Roy Strong’s Dream Home (Sir Roy Strong is a former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and then the Victoria and Albert Museum)
By the way - do have a look at the paintings on Dennis Spicer's website - they're delightful!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016: Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016 has been published.

The Prize has two aims:
  • to encourage the very best creative representational painting and 
  • to promote the skill of draughtsmanship
It's a well regarded competition and one which looks good on a CV!

An exhibition of c. 100 works selected by the Panel of Judges will be held at the Mall Galleries between 7-13th March 2016 (10am - 5pm) followed by an exhibition at Guildford House Gallery in Surrey.

The deadline for entry is 5pm (17:00) on Wednesday 16th December 2015

Given that entry is now digital I'd very much encourage artists to at least submit a digital entry. the expenses of framing and getting the work to London are only incurred if your work gets through the initial judging.

It's also a particularly good competition for younger artists given there are two prizes which are limited to younger artists.

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prizewinners 2015 at the Mall Galleries
Having a good look at the paintings which won prizes in 2015

What's happened in the past?

It's worth looking at those selected and exhibited in previous years to make an assessment of the sort of art which has a good 'fit' with this competition.

You can see the artwork shortlisted for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize on the website on the Past Winners page which includes images for all the competitions 2005-2015. This is the link to the 2015 Exhibition and prizewinners

In terms of my blog posts for the 2015 competition here are:

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016

More of the drawings and paintings selections for the Lynn Painter-Stainers 2015 Exhibition
at the Mall Galleries


This is one of the most prestigious art competitions in the UK. The prizes total £30,000 in value allocated as follows:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Akash Bhatt wins Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015

The prizewinners in the 2015 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition were announced earlier today.

Winner of the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015£10,000 First Place
Blue Room by Akash Bhatt
Akash Bhatt RWS RBA has won the £10,000 First Prize for his latest painting of his mother - called Blue Room.

Over the years the artist has drawn and painted both his parents and developed a suite of work in doing so. His father passed on a few years ago but his mother continues to sit for him.

Akash Bhatt was born in Leicester and now lives in Wembley. He is a member of both the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of British Artists. His work can be regularly seen in the exhibitions of both societies.

Akash also won the London Lives competition in 2010 when his painting featured along the length of Blackfriars Bridge - and I wrote about his win on this blog

The second prize was won by Michael A E Williams for a painting called Land, Sea, Place.

I was unable to identify a painter called Michael Williams who painted using water-based paints when doing my selected artist post in the summer (see below). However the Sunday Times Colour Magazine - which has an article about the prizewinners - indicates that Michael Williams lives in Gloucestershire but has had a very long association with Wales - and that this painting is of the island of Skomer.  As a result, with a few more clues, I've now found his website - and these are some of his recent paintings.

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015 - Second Place
Land, Sea, Place by Michael Williams
watercolour, 74 x 104cms
With those clues I also found two websites with more of his paintings - this gallery site and the Bay Art website which contained this very informative quote about his paintings
Williams is not one to take advantage of water colours propensity for ambivalence. He avoids that wet, blotter-like seepage and slippage, which can easily facilitate atmosphere, approximation and ambiguity. Rather, he rigorously manipulates the challenges of this medium by accumulating discrete marks to gradually build a unifying structure, (he never uses white pigment as a means of reversal or correction). This involves a balancing act between the surface demands of rhythm, pattern and detail (the known) and the desire to actualize light and space (the transcendent)? Consequently, there is a strong sense of particularity in these works that affirms both substance and fragility.
The Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize (£1,500) was won by Leo Davey for a very effective painting of the view of a canal under a bridge and associated reflections in the water.

As I indicated in the selected artists post Leo has been...
selected for this exhibition in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Try taking a look at his page of watercolour paintings on his website
Winner of the The Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize
Drip... Regents Canal, London  by Leo Davey
You can see exhibition for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at three venues on the following dates:
followed by the Smith & Williamson Tour to
I'll be writing a review of the exhibition once it's open.

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015

You can read more about this year's competition in my previous posts:

    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Hesketh Hubbard Exhibition - not enough life drawing!

    I went to see the Annual Exhibition by the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society on Thursday. The Society is London's largest life drawing society

    The Portrait (£175) by John Harper Sutton
    The exhibition is now finished.  This post highlights:
    • my thoughts on the exhibition - and a suggestion for the future
    • the prizewinners 
    • work by artists I liked
    • the artist who had the most visitors - due entirely to positive self-promotion.  It's a learning lesson for very many artists!

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    St. Paul's Studios on the Talgarth Road

    Many artists living in London who have ever travelled west will have marvelled at the Artists Studio from the Arts and Crafts era - with the wonderful large north facing windows - on the A4 just before the start of the Hammersmith Flyover.

    They're called St. Paul's Studios. I've always wanted to know more about them and the sale of one of them means this post includes information about:
    • one which is for sale and 
    • the history of the studios
    • other 19th century artists' studio buildings in London - in Pembroke Gardens, Kensington; Tite Street, Chelsea and Greville Road, St John's Wood.
    I find it fascinating that most of the studios developed in west London in the 19th century and east London at the back end of the 20th century. Where I live (in the East End of London) has more artists per square mile than any other place in the UK!

    St Paul's Studios on the Talgarth Road (courtesy of Google Streetview)

    Artist's Arts and Crafts Studio for Sale.

    You can read more about the house which is for sale on the following links.
    Estate Agent: Featherstone Leigh listing
    Address: 149 Talgarth Road, London, W14 9DA (Grade II Listed in 1970) - formerly known as #8 St Paul's Studios.
    Built: 1891
    Listed Status: Grade II listed - which means that the special features of the building cannot be altered without special permission of the relevant planning authority.
    Asking Price £1.4 million | Offer made: £1.525 million
    Previous occupants: Dame Margot Fonteyn who used the space as a dance studio
    Layout of St Paul's Studios,Talgarth Road, Barons Court, W14

    Past sales

    These studio houses do come on the market from to time - but not very often.
    145 Talgarth Road
    The downside to the houses are that they have the extremely noisy and dirty Talgarth Road to the front (studio window side) and the Piccadilly Line to the rear and only small gardens front and back.  Of course when they were built circumstances were very different

    The History of St. Paul's Studios

    Designed byFrederick Wheeler FRIBA (1853–1931)
    Built: 1891
    Purpose: Designed to house bachelor artists - on behalf of James Fairless a fine art publisher
    • Ground Floor: 3 "living" rooms for the artist
    • First Floor: The "work space / studio" - 30 feet long and 22 ft wide (9.1 m × 6.7 m) with a 20-foot-high (6.1 m) ceiling
    • Basement: Housekeeper's Flat
    Address: Originally number #1 to #8 St Paul's Studios, Red Cow Lane (and subsequently Colet Gardens); the numbers converted to #135 to  #149 (odd numbers only) Talgarth Road at a later date.

    Articles about the studios:

    Other historical artists' studios in London

    This article by The Independent discusses St Paul's Studios and other historic studios in London.  I was surprised to find that some of them were let to artists by the Prudential insurance company who aimed to let studio spaces to artists.

    Pembroke Studios, Kensington (map)- 11 studios, each with a skylight and a floor- to-ceiling, north-facing window.

    Pembroke Studios, site plan, and typical studio plan and elevation. C. F. Kearley, builder, 1890–1
    British History Online

    Tite Street, Chelsea

    Tite Street was home to a number of artists and there's a few houses with very large windows. This is 31-33 Tite Street which used to be the home and studio of John Singer Sargent. Whistler also used #33 as his studio. The odd thing about the properties in Tite Street is that none of them have the much desired north facing window.

    Greville Road Studios, St John's Wood

    This is an article about the planned refurbishment of a listed artists studio - with images - in Greville Road, St John's Wood

    I've always thought it would be fun to create a gazette of the locations of all the artists studios in London!

    If anybody else has links to interesting art studios in London I'll add them into this post.
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