NEWS

PHOTOGRAPHY: NICOLA BENSLEY

TALES FROM THE LONDON LOCKUP

Ray is back at Beaux Arts London for a second time this year after his show there in March, ‘London Is Up For Grabs’, was curtailed after a couple of weeks of a great opening due to lockdown.

During lockdown he wanted to work, but not at his studio by The Thames in Woolwich. Instead he worked home alone with his sidekick, bull terrier Wee Bri to stay safe. With his wife away caring for her mother, he turned the dining table into a makeshift studio. In their apartment he masked off the whole table with newspaper (leaving an area clear to eat his meals from) and brought materials home from his studio to paint from home and dubbed it the Indoor League Studio.

Over the next twelve weeks, determined to work and to keep sane in what were and are strange times for the whole country, he produced a nice body of small and chunky but funky oil on board paintings of whatever he felt like doing and that came into his nut. This painting away alone at home often felt a bit groundhog day but was interspersed with watching re-runs of Minder, Frasier & classic football matches on TV, having a couple of kick arounds with his neighbour and old football playing Ray’s friend Tony from upstairs, going running and talking to and taking Wee Bri out, making sure that they both ate regularly to give the day some structure.. So that was the form for twelve weeks.

An idea came and a plan was hatched to show this new lockdown work alongside some of the work from the earlier and cut short show form March ‘London Is Up For Grabs’. Some people didn’t get the chance to see that show back then and so the idea of an impact week came up with a reprise of the show with the lockdown stuff and ‘The Tales From The London Lockup’ was born out of working in murky heights’ times so come and have a look, stay safe and keep on keeping on…KTF.

DR LOUISA WAITES

This painting has been made of as part of the #nhsportraitsforheroes project of Dr Louisa Waites, with the painting being given to her as part of a bigger thank you to NHS workers in the current COVID19 pandemic. A print of this painting will be available in due course with 50% of proceeds going towards the NHS in one form or another. The print will cost £100 plus p&p. Please send an email to ray@rayrichardson.co.uk if you would be interested in obtaining a copy of this print.

LONDON IS UP FOR GRABS

PREVIEW 4 MARCH 2020
6.00-9.00PM

Beaux Arts London
48 Maddox Street
Mayfair
London
W1S 1AY

Continuing until 18 APRIL
Gallery hours Mon-Sat 11.00-18.00

SAME MEAT DIFFERENT GRAVY

VERNISSAGE 5 SEPTEMBER 2019
6.00-9.00PM

Zedes Art Gallery
Rue Paul Lauters 36
1050 Ixelles
Brussels

Open every day throughout Brussels Art Weekend 5-9 September
Continuing until 28 September
Regular gallery hours Wed-Fri 12.00-6.00pm, Sat 2.00-6.00pm

AND I LIVE BY THE RIVER

22 MARCH – 27 APRIL 2019
Zedes Gallery
Rue Paul Lauters 36
1050 Ixelles
Brussels

OUR SIDE OF THE WATER

SPECIAL LONDON SCREENING
6 March 2019
6.00pm
Thames-Side Studios Gallery

SE18 5NR

Free but RSVP to info@rayrichardson.co.uk

Our Side of the Water Film by Nina Degraeve in association with Les A.P.A.C.H ASBL in collaboration with H.E.L.B-Cinema.

Filmed around London 2017.

Currently on show at various International film festivals. Recent winner of best short film at Los Angeles Arts Film Festival, USA and Asolo Arts Film Festival, Italy and Oslo Independent Film Festival, Norway.

OUR SIDE OF THE WATER DVD

SPECIAL LONDON SCREENING
6 March 2019
6.00pm
Thames-Side Studios Gallery

SE18 5NR

Free but RSVP to info@rayrichardson.co.uk

Our Side of the Water Film by Nina Degraeve in association with Les A.P.A.C.H ASBL in collaboration with H.E.L.B-Cinema.

Filmed around London 2017.

Currently on show at various International film festivals. Recent winner of best short film at Los Angeles Arts Film Festival, USA and Asolo Arts Film Festival, Italy and Oslo Independent Film Festival, Norway.

MADE IN LONDON

5 – 29 SEPTEMBER 2018
Beaux Arts London
48 Maddox Street
Mayfair
London
W1S 1AY

MADE IN LONDON CATALOGUE