Mudge at Mine in March

Just over a year after first meeting photographer (and musician) Bill Mudge at the Frost Fair, the exhibition of his 20 in 15 – The Lives of Artists photography project opened at the Mine Gallery in Carshalton last night. The gallery has been completely changed around in the last week with photographs of the working lives of 20 creative people and organisations on every wall, including many examples of their work – including new works fresh my own kiln this week, a beautiful print by illustrator Alex Foster and an amazing galvanised wire sculpture of a hare from world-renowned sculptor Kendra Haste.  The show runs until March 27th – some photos below. 

And taking centre stage is the phabulous photobook of the project that was created after a successful round of crowdfunding on Kickstarter and launched yesterday at the gallery! The book is now available to buy in the Mine Gallery and also online here: 20 in 15: The Lives of Artists by Bill Mudge. After being the first to back the Kickstarter project, my family is now proud owners of the first two copies of the book and a beautiful enlarged print of my studio (the last image below) that has just gone to the framers today     🙂 

The Lost Works of Carl Lawson

Yesterday I popped into ‘my’ gallery which has been closed for a couple of weeks while mysterious activity went on inside, behind the blocked out windows … I was stunned to see the new gallery exhibition which really does take your breath away as you walk in. It’s a project that has been germinating for quite a while now at the [mine] gallery in Carshalton.

Huge, beautifully worked impressionist canvases are now adorning every wall. They are the work of Carl Lawson who was a leading light in the London art scene in the 1960s and 1970s and associated with Frank Auerbach amongst others. He became reclusive and basically forgotten. Carl has since died and a couple of years ago his boarded up house was finally bought and over 100 perfectly preserved crated up canvases were discovered in the darkness. They very nearly went straight in the skip! But fortunately the buyer had the presence of mind to recognise great art.

Mine Gallery owner Andrew Candy was teasing us yesterday that the whole story behind Carl Lawson is quite something and I really can’t wait to find out more as the exhibition continues. My pictures below don’t do the work justice at all, you really need to see them …