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The Sensational Success of my Strand Gallery Solo Show

I haven’t written on The Daily Norm for almost a week. The reason is probably obvious to all those who have been reading my posts of late. It was because I was otherwise occupied hosting my biggest ever solo exhibition of paintings, illustrations and prints, a show which combined some 165 works from the last 6 years of my creative out put. The exhibition, which was held at London’s preeminent Strand Gallery finished on Sunday, with more bubble wrap and more packing than I would ever have wanted to engage in during my whole life, let alone a single day, and the days which have passed since have been a flurry of deliveries, unpacking, repacking, digesting and collapsing with the exhaustion of 9 months preparations which has still not quite left me. But, despite the energy-sapping effort and the complete bodily and mental exhaustion, I am delighted to be able to report that my solo exhibition, When (S)pain became the Norm, was a complete and utter show-stopping success!

My eyes are close to pricking with tears as I relay how this show not only pulled in crowds into the hundreds, but also sold some 42 works with further commissions arising out of it. Expecting to sell a number in single digits, I was blown away by the support I was shown and just stunned by how many of my works went to new homes. Perhaps unsurprisingly for fans of this blog, the real winner of the show was The Norm, my little blobby character with one arm, the paintings and sketches of which made up around 80% of the sales.

Those beautiful dots signifying multiple sales…

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The collection of Norm paintings based on art historical masterpieces sold out, with only Infanta Norm, which I had saved for myself, remaining. My Norm sketches, made primarily as illustrations for this blog, also sold well, with at least half the collection emerging at the end of the exhibition with red dots upon their titles. And my latest endeavour – printmaking – sold similarly well, especially where the Norm, once again, had managed to creep into the image, making my prints a further attraction to the art-buying, Norm-loving public.

So by way of a final hurrah before I close my exhibition files and move on to the next project, I thought I would share some further photos of my show with you. Not only photos of the gallery looking resplendent when hung with my works, but also full of the very many marvellous people who came to see the show, including my parents who merrily took on the roles of gallery manager and barman, and my dear partner, who supported me throughout.

When (S)pain became the Norm was truly a personal achievement and was undoubtedly the high point of my art career so far. At its close, I emerge not only more confident in my work and the support that exists for it, but also full of excitement for what the future holds.

My new solo exhibition – up, running and beyond all expectations

My new solo exhibition, When (S)pain became the Norm, is up and running at London’s Strand Gallery and already excitement is at an all time high, not only for me, but for those wonderful visitors who have taken the time to visit this comprehensive solo show of my artwork. Already the corks have been popping, the guest book is filling up and little red dots are starting to appear alongside the odd artwork signifying that these precious products of my creativity have found new homes.

In my last post, I promised you some photos of the show, and I have lived up to my word – albeit with only a small selection. With so many of my paintings hanging in one place, and plenty of questions being asked by the visitors to the show, remembering to take shots of the exhibition to share with all of my faithful blog followers keeps on slipping to the back of my mind. But here are a few photos showing the exhibition is some of its vibrant colour-packed glory, from the ground floor hung with my more emotionally impacting accident art works, to the basement which plays host to the vibrant Spanish works and an entire corridor filled with Norm paintings and illustrations – henceforth christened “Norm World”.

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If you are unable to get to the UK or London to see the show, I really hope that you nevertheless enjoy this sneak peak of what is such a proud moment in my artistic life. If you are however able to make it down to London’s Strand Gallery, I hope that this selection is enough to tempt you further, and that I can look forward to welcoming you there later this week.

For now though, I leave you with some sights from my solo show. Enjoy!

Full details of my exhibition can be found on my website here and on the Strand Gallery website.

When (S)pain became the Norm opens its doors to London!

I can’t believe I am even typing this post – that at this very moment, my new solo exhibition of some 170 paintings, prints and illustrations is opening its doors to London, and the world! Located across two floors in the prestigious Strand Gallery in the heart of London’s West End, this exhibition represents the last 6 years of my artistic endeavours.

As I write this post, my body is still aching from the exertion of hanging this most comprehensive show of my career, but seeing how the exhibition has turned out at the end of it all makes every hour of bubble wrapping, every relentless week of painting and every moment’s worry about deadlines and deliveries worth it. Because it just looks great.

We finished hanging the show on the dot of 7pm last night without a single chance to take proper photos. But here are just a few shots of the headlining painting and me hanging my new Marie Antoinette Norm in her glamourous Versailles-style frame. More photos will follow any day now as well as all the news from this exciting new exhibition which will take visitors through three important periods of my artistic development: my accident paintings, my return to painting Spain as a primary inspiration, and of course my paintings and illustrations of the Norms.

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That’s all from me – I have an exhibition to get to! I really hope you will join me there, and if you can’t please tell your friends! More details about the show can be found on my website here.

Three months and counting… My art exhibition is on its way!

In exactly three months time, the Strand Gallery in the heart of London’s West End will throw open the doors to my brand new solo art exhibition, When (S)pain became the Norm. As my first solo show in 6 years, it will be one of the most comprehensive exhibitions I have ever staged with some 50 paintings and 50 sketches and prints covering the triple theme of my 2008 accident, works inspired by Spain, and the Norm after which this very blog is named.

On paper, three months looks like a while, but I know that it will fly by. So as much as the excitement is beginning to build, I face the next 3 months with some degree of trepidation as I look forward to the amount of work which is still before me. Working now daily to promote the event, finish paintings, order frames, sort out catering, buy bubbly and send out invites, the heat is really on, but the anticipation is starting to fill each preparatory activity with the kind of thrill that only an event of this scale can create (something which I’m sure any wedding couple to be can probably appreciate).

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You’re bound to hear a lot more about the exhibition over the next few months, but in the meantime I leave you with the first of my official exhibition posters for the event whose launch marks the start of my marketing drive which commences this week. Just as that poster suggests, I ask that as many of my followers and readers alike consider marking the date in their diaries and heading over to London Town this May 13-18th, to share in this super special event with me.

More details of the exhibition and my art can be found at