Dodgems by Leigh Mulley

This is a new painting by Leigh Mulley, a contemporary realist painter based in Folkestone.


And this is the original photo that I took in Scarborough a few years ago. Good likeness, huh?

Dodgems by Leigh Mulley

After discovering that we share a number of interests like the seaside, fairgrounds, ice cream vans and Tunnock's, Leigh asked if she could turn one of my photos into a painting. What an honour, to contribute to this amazing collection of work.

If you're in the area, Leigh has a show on at the Space Gallery in Folkestone until 10 July, and will be exhibiting at Canterbury's Lilford Gallery in August.

There's a new show by George Shaw at the Baltic in Gateshead opening on Friday. He's a British painter who only paints the Coventry estate where he grew up, and he paints it with Humbrol paints.


There's an excellent interview with him in the Guardian where he talks about his art and his upbringing. Very refreshing in a number of ways.

Museum of Everything, Primrose Hill

I was in London last week for a Newspaper Club factory visit and managed to sneak in a visit to the Museum of Everything in Primrose Hill.

The exhibition on now, curated by the artist Peter Blake, gathers some of his amazing collections in one place. Featuring bizarre taxidermy (boxing squirrels!) from Walter Potter, fairground art from Carter's Steam Fair, circus posters, and a miniature shell grotto. Right up my street. No photos allowed, which is rubbish, so you'll just have to see it for yourself if you haven't already.

The exhibition has been extended until the end of January, so get in quick. More info on the Museum of Everything website (warning: music).

Toby Paterson exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery

I was in Edinburgh yesterday for various things including the last few days of the Toby Paterson exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery. It's consciously 'exhibitiony' (as the artist himself puts it) with his trademark architectural paintings displayed on perspex (mostly) around the gallery space. There are lots of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia churches, Victor Pasmore's Apollo Pavilion, a short film of Polphail and two whole walls of research photographs, mostly showing crumbling pieces of European modernism. Excellent work. It finishes on 28 March. After that you'll be able to see Toby's work on the Stratford International Extension of the Docklands Light Railway.

Picture: Fruitmarket Gallery.

A Ton of Bricks by Hans Unger

diamond geezer has a magnificent Flickr set showing the beautiful artwork along London Underground's Victoria Line. It's 40 years old today and still looks fresh as a daisy. The designs by Hans Unger, Tom Eckersley, Edward Bawden, Alan Fletcher and others (quite a line-up) are pretty eclectic, but still look like a coherent set.

Ferry crossing the River Lea by Edward Bawden


As dg points out it takes dedication to spot them all. Nice work!

Jim Lambie floor

Forever Changes, an exhibition by Jim Lambie is showing at GOMA (Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art) until Monday 29 September. I love his patterned floors, intricately made from coloured tape. This one is black and white and swirly for a change, in a Bridget Riley stylee. The big hall in GOMA is a really beautiful space as it is, they look great together. So if you've not been, get in there before it closes next week. I feel like I haven't taken quite enough photos of it so might need another trip.


Joining in with the Pelican-mania sweeping the nation, Jarvis Cocker interviews the artist Harland Miller about his paintings of imaginary Penguin covers, and other topics much loved around these parts such as the British seaside and the north of England. More about Miller and the Penguin paintings at the White Cube website. A live discussion "Harland Miller and Jarvis Cocker: A Look at the Popular" is on at Tate Britain on May 16. It's sold out but will be webcast. Sounds worth looking out for - Jarvis never fails to entertain.

Ben Cove's Practical Mechanics

Practical Mechanics, a new exhibition from Ben Cove opens today at Cell Project Space in London. From the blurb:

Cove’s newly commissioned work will involve hand crafting an oversized pantograph. The pantograph is a drawing instrument that has existed for centuries for the purpose of reproducing images. Though it exists in many states, the basic tool of four hinged arms can be used to copy 1:1, enlarge or reduce an original.

His New Plastic Universal exhibition was also architecturally inspired (he trained as an architect, so that figures). I'd like to see some of his stuff in the flesh some day instead of little glimpses over the web. If this is anywhere near as good as it sounds it'll be worth checking out. Oh, and lovely poster.

Lou Shabner lady

I got this painting at a car boot sale a while ago. It's by Lou (or Loui/Louis) Shabner who was an artist in the same vein as Tretchikoff and J. H. Lynch, but not as well known. I love it. I think she's gorgeous. It sat in our living room for a while but everyone who saw it hated it so much I ended up putting it away in the garage. I was surprised by the violence of people's reactions although while I like some of this mass market masterpiece stuff, I'd rather poke my own eyes out than look at Margaret Keane and all that big eye business. There seems to be a very thin line between what's good and what's totally hideous.

Going back to Lou. I tried to find out about him and couldn't get very far. He was born in England (Enfield, I think) and did some pin-up art (more here), but beyond that seems to have vanished into the garages of history. There isn't much to add except to note that Black Gold, the King Biscuit Time lp (which is very good) has one of his paintings on the cover. Anyone know any more about him?

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