‘Fun and saucy’ sleek legs, silk-clad feet and stunning high heels are among the original subjects of artworks by an internationally recognised Lewes painter, which featured in the recent Lewes Artwave Festival.
Gavin Thorpe, 26, from the Nevill Estate is celebrating success in the Festival where artlovers flocked to buy his strong and colourful works.
Gavin has created artworks for collectors in France, England, the USA and Germany. For this year’s Artwave, he exhibited 12 paintings at the Paddock Art Studios, visited by more than 1000 people. When he invigilated the exhibition on the afternoon of Sunday, August 24, he met 144 individuals from the UK, Germany and France. From this show, he picked up commissions from different people and also received brilliant feedback and comments.
He said: “My previous exhibitions have been at the US-based Sikkema Jenkins & Co Gallery, Luhring Augustine and the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. I have also exhibited at the Foundry Gallery for the Artist United show in Lewes and was part of the Object Abuse exhibition at the Spinach Centre, London. Plus, my artworks are being shown at The Duke of York’s Picture house in Brighton.
“My paintings have been used in support of many charities, including Visual AIDS and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and I have also appeared in the Daily Mirror and on News10NBC and BBC TV and Radio.
“I paint the legs and feet and many works that I create feature high heels and stockings, however I am more known for including in many of my works a small man, very often found to be in difficult or comedic situations.
“I paint legs and feet because I like the way that they’re full of mystery, enticement and intrigue through having a degree of anonymity and try to present them with a modern twist, to create a look which is fun and saucy.” Gavin’s technique and use of colour reminds many of his customers of the works of David Hockney.
To see and find out more, his website is: www.legavthorpe.blogspot.com and you can email him at: email@example.com