My first exploring was going to take place in the Wallace Collection in Marylebone where i bumped into a live portrait competition being filmed live by Sky TV. This was totally unexpected and oh wow! how I respected these artists. I find the idea of competing in art very difficult as I feel IM constantly competing against myself and thats enough for me.
My walk continued through into Mayfair and ended in New Bond Street where I dropped into one of the many galleries. This time it was all about “Bling”, Warhol, Liz Taylor, Spiderman, of course Marilyn Monroe and more bling. I left behind all that glitz and headed into the trendy Soho and the Unit London Gallery to discover Zhuang Hong Yi and his stunning abstract work with floral patterns using origami rice paper. I don't usually connect with abstract art but this was certainly different and I immediately identified with his work.
In contrast to these more high end areas of London, the following day we decided to explore the East End and Islington and discovered the Victoria Miro Gallery. A huge space showing Secundino Hernandez massive abstract artwork. Richly colored “palettes” works with intense impasto surface. Fantastic!
After a quick walk down we arrived at The Barbican Centre taking me back to my childhood 70s in its architecture. I hadn't researched what exhibitions were showing but what we were to see blew my mind. Richard Mosse “Incoming” gave me goose bumps. Using a military grade camera he films refugees traveling and in camps. The effect is overwhelming. Islington and the “New London” of glass multimillion dollar apartment blocks set against hip arty districts. I loved it. It wasn't arrogant felt “up and coming,” and young a bit “Berlin” you could say.
This new feeling was going to hit us again with another bang. We had booked in StreetXO the new restaurant in Mayfair of David Muñoz the three star Michelin Spanish Chef. A fusion of Asian and Spanish cooking set in the background of a cross between a John Paul Gaultier Show and a horror movie. This was the “future” in all its senses. The new was settling itself against the traditional establishment of Mayfair.
The following day we had the David Hockney Show at the Tate Britain. A retrospective of his 60 years in art. WOW! WOW! WOW!. How much I learnt about his relationship with photography, drawing and painting. His creative process, how art formed part of his life and how he presented his life through his art. His need to never drift away from realism or figurative art or the importance he gives to human relationships, partners and his parents. His process continues into the world of photography and how this tool becomes part of his art. His rejection of one point linear perspective which then brings us to his landscapes and how he presents it through his constant moves and travels. Finally, his 9 film recording, his use of the Ipad and how after all these years his art continues to feel young and fresh. Over 60 years of art production he never once leaves his drawing, as he says: “ drawing teaches my eye to see”. This is the lesson I take with me and a “must” for my present and future dedication to the visual arts. I love to draw, always have and yet with so much new technology and methods one easily drifts away from the most humble forms for visual art “drawing.”
Damien Hurst gallery Newport Street was to be our next stop. A sharp contrast to the paintings of David Hockney I was now to step into the world of conceptual installations. For me a world I don't naturally fit into but with a little research does give me great pleasure. Its not my natural habitat but nevertheless I respect it and gradually learning more from it.
The trip ends and I leave London realizing that this city continues to be massive in all its senses and return to Malaga ready to start three months of preparations for my next Show “Quiet Grandeur”.