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Exhibition photos

Having posted a journal about my exhibition “A Stark Reality” I thought i would post a few pictures of the opening night. The night was really enjoyable with far more people turning up than we had anticipated with some old friends making surprise appearances. Both Mat (my fellow exhibitor) and I sold work on the night which was a huge bonus and I have subsequently had interest in other works and Mat has sold a number of framed prints.

My only previous experience of exhibiting was an open exhibition which was largely disappointing but this was a completely different experience. Whilst I won’t pretend that it was the most professionally put together show, it was wonderful to be in control. Seven arts centre basically gave us the space and let us hang the paintings how we wanted both within the performance space and through the bar and this allowed us to position paintings that complimented one another.

I also met some fantastic people including other artists and have been asked to submit work to another exhibition in October and some potential collaborations which is very exciting and potentially gives a lot greater exposure.

I think one of the most interesting things that came out of the night was a conversation I had with a gentleman who has some experience of exhibiting and he was complimentary about what Mat and I had done but he said if he was to criticise anything it was that I had underpriced my work!

Setting up during the afternoon

Decided to mix the paintings instead of hanging mine and Mat’s paintings seperately

We also decided to sell framed prints as well which were a bit more affordable

Thankfully my painting blended ok with the shocking pink walls in the bar!

Mat and I trying to pretend there isn’t a slightly drunk photographer pointing a camera at us and telling us to act casual whilst contemplating Mats paintings of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright

Audrey Hepburn next to my painting “caged” seemed a nice juxtaposition

The definate star of the show, Mat’s nephew’s drawing of a kangaroo which was the first piece to sell on the night for the princely sum of £5

Some people drinking, having fun and definately not paying attention to the artwork.

Thanks everyone for sharing my exhibition experience and especially to those people who have helped me along the way with advice and encouragement.



  • kafka
    kafkaover 4 years ago

    Brilliant Nathan! – these pics really put a smile on my face! – great to see you having such a wonderful time and enjoying the experience – also very pleased to hear that you had such a successful opening with some sales and further invites and interest in your work – I bet you can’t wait for the next one!:-)
    Well done and my warmest congratulations.

    ps. love that kangaroo drawing…….:-)

  • Thanks nigel. It was a really fun night and I’m inspired to get painting again. Lots of ideas and one of things I liked about mat’s was the consistancy of canvas size, it was very striking so I think I start on that basis.

    Thanks again for all your support and encouragement.

    – nathanw08

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraover 4 years ago

    Lovely to see these photographs of your exhibition Nathan. I really like the fact you included framed prints under the larger pieces. The shocking pink certainly showed your work off perfectly! Very well done and good luck with further galleried exhibitions and collaborations!

  • Thanks so much alixzandra. I really liked the prints and mat certainly had a lot of success with them. The pink wall is cool!

    – nathanw08

  • janpiller
    janpillerover 4 years ago

    Very cool! congratulations on your success! (and many congrats to Mat’s nephew also! :)

  • Thanks Jan. I think the kangaroo picture was definately worth £5!

    – nathanw08

  • Christine Clarke
    Christine Clarkeover 4 years ago

    What a great story you have shared with us, as a painter trying to organise my own first exhibition, this was very interesting. The artwork looks wonderful – ah – I think my friends will be like your, but at least it’s “bums on seats”. I am scratching around looking for ideas, as funds are very limited. Bravo!!!

  • Hi christine, thanks for your comment. We did ours on a very limited budget. It’s worth considering places such as cafes and bars where they might do quite a bit for you because they want people in buying drinks and because art on the wall helps the vibe

    – nathanw08

  • Christine Clarke
    Christine Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Thanks so much, I think your work is very interesting and thanks for the reply! Oh, bars are a great idea, Yes.

  • Thanks christine, no problem

    – nathanw08