On Sundays in London, local artists line the fence surrounding Kensington Gardens along Bayswater Road and sell their work. It’s like one, long, outdoor gallery show.
And as with any art, you get varying degrees of quality. Some pieces I was all “meh” about and other pieces I was “damn, I wish I had the money, and wall space, and a way to get it home.”
But I did manage to find one artist who’s whimsical and clever art made me chuckle (and who was also reasonably priced).
He did a whole series of oil paintings of people viewing famous nude works of art, with their heads totally obscuring the genitalia. It also has a sexual act connotation.
This is the piece I got:
The painting is a John Singer Sargent piece called Nude Study of Thomas McKeller. I love his pose and look, and I especially love the frumpy, old woman with the Tesco (think British Walmart) shopping bags.
Plus– I think Thomas is *whispers* Black.
The guy who did my piece had a whole series of these– featuring this frumpy woman, or an equally frumpy male counterpart– with all sorts of famous nude works. They were all good, but I especially liked this one.
He also does a series of anthropomorphic bears (think the Charmin Bears) but in various classic settings and reproducing art (like The Singing Butler). My favorite of these was the bears reproducing the Kate and Leo “king of the world” bow of the titanic moment.
I plan on framing my piece in a chunky, gold, museum style frame. It will be a lovely addition to my gallery wall.
Oh– and here’s the original Sargent so you can see it without having to google:
Guy does a nice job, eh?