art in the house
British Psychotherapy Foundation hosts regular art exbitions at our office at 37 Mapesbury Road. It is a platform for our members, trainees and staff members of the bpf to present their work - either painting, ceramic or some small sculpture.
As the bulding is not open to the public viewings have to be arranged directly through contact with the artist.
Penny is a retired psychoanalytical psychotherapist (LCP and Lincoln) but has painted all her life and has a studio at The Chocolate Factory, N22, where she has annual Open Studio weekends.
She is a painter and printmaker and her images tend to be abstract and semi-abstract. She has had solo exhibitions previously at the Tavistock Centre, London Centre for Psychotherapy, WPF Therapy Centre, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Gallery, and Karamel Arts Venue, as well as exhibiting in several group exhibitions through East Finchley Open Artists.
Meet the artist at her private viewing of her work on 25 February 2018 at the bpf from 11:00-14:00.
The exhibition will be on until June 2018.
'The Mysteries’ and ‘In the Beginning’
These collagraph etchings are part of a larger religious series I made depicting scenes from the New Testament and used as meditations by Roman Catholics when praying the Holy Rosary. The original inspirations that I have used to base my work come from iconic frescoes, paintings and altar pieces which at some point in my life struck me as beautiful and moving.
Card mount board is the base material I use to work up my collagraph plates.The plates are built up through a process of cutting,scoring,tearing and glueing various textures onto the mountboard. These are then sealed with Shellac varnish and allowed to dry. The plate is then inked up with the intaglio technique, as it would be when working on metal plates. The inked-up plate is then put through a printing press, and in this series colour has been achieved by adding 'chine-colleé'.
This is a process of adding torn coloured papers which are placed over areas of the plates. Lightly glued, they adhere to the paper when they are run through the press and so become an integral part of the finished print.
Each print is unique, and it generally limits the edition of prints to 3 per plate
Mixed Media Exhibition
From the artist: "I use watercolour, photography, digital manipulation, direct print on aluminum Dibond/acrylic and fluorescent Perspex to create an affect of playfulness tinged with sombre seriousness. Working in this way allows images to surface and come together organically with limited deliberate intervention on my part. I paint, take photographs and in using a computer I attempt to unite different sensibilities. I like to be surprised and I enjoy seeing something materialise out of random endeavours. In reflecting on these images as a whole I imagine tiptoeing around a descent into a dantesque like landscape while anticipating the joy of arising from it. Reflective surfaces and imagery of shimmering water in dark cavernous spaces seem to offer the possibility of eventual rescue from what might otherwise feel like an entrapment. Going down into the depths may bring reward and solace might be the message if there is one but I feel that this is what I understand from a series of work that began in the lower register of colour but evolves, in presentation to allow in the lighter hue."
Mary Cunnell is a Jungian Analyst and member of the BJAA at the bpf. She is in private practice in Maida Vale, London.
All her works are all for sale
Charlotte David Harker
About the body of work including the Mapesbury Road Art Project:
My work originates from a continually developing archive of notes, drawings and photographs from my journeys and observations. For me drawing is a process and technique. My drawings reveal the history of their making.
The project has been to produce a collection of drawings and prints of the Edwardian House including its garden, interior and exterior. This work is shown in a curated exhibition at the house. With the agreement of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf) I visited the house periodically to make sketches, take photographs and collect other information which assisted in the production of the prints and drawings and to develop a portfolio which aims to be a documentation of the Edwardian House in reference to its significance as the childhood home of the neurologist, Oliver Sacks, and its current use by the bpf.
Steven Mendoza trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist qualifying in 1980 and retires from practice this year. Before training he worked as a film editor’s assistant, a market research consultant and a generic social worker and mental welfare officer. His father was a director, editor and writer of sponsored films. He trained as a photographer at the Regents Street Polytechnic and as a film technician with the Crown Film Unit. Steven was brought up with his father’s pictures and tuition, a hand reared photographer, if you like.
Digital photography with its ease of post production and multiplicity of shots stimulated him to carry a camera at all times and his pictures are mostly opportunistic snaps. He finds that going out for the purpose of taking pictures is usually unproductive. His influences are as much painting as photography and his primary concern is to have a harmony of form, colour and texture over the whole area of the picture.
Prints may be ordered at £75 each for prompt postal delivery. Send a description of your selection by email.
Johnny Miller was born in 1962 and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne. From the age of 15 he worked as a cook in a French kitchen and then in the kitchens at St Nicholas’ Mental Hospital in Gosforth. Aged 19 he moved to London and enrolling at art college. Eventually in 1991 he qualified as Master of Printmaking at London’s Royal College of Art. In 1998 he moved to Japan and now lives with his family in the hills overlooking Osaka.
Johnny Miller regularly exhibits his work in Berlin and recently had a solo exhibition in New York.
I hope that my “Visions of Light: Day and Night” will brighten up the next few months: paintings of landscapes evoked from many travels to the English countryside bathed in summer light, seascapes from wonderful Iona in Scotland and full moon and sea paintings, highlighting reflections of light and shadow.
All works for sale: from £15 - £495.00
'Borderlines' - the art exhibition was at 37 Mapesbury Road until 28 December 2017.
From the artist Ana Mejia:
The theme of my work for this exhibition is journeys and family journeys. From there, home, to here, exile, from whole to broken, from being a shattered nothing to becoming something new; the delight, pain and strange rejigging of love.
When you look at an image you also get what you bring, of course. We collaborate, you co-create with me: that is what my work is for.
When something matters I transpose it into an image — that is also the journey of the work and of your engagement. I hope these paintings offer you a sort of mirror.