The 16th – and penultimate – artist featured in our current exhibition – London Bridge OPEN 2 Boundaries – is Robert Wilkinson.
London Bridge Hotel is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager, Julio Marques, has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs re-imagined, screen printing and painting on silk. The theme of the exhibit coincided with The London Festival of Architecture this summer.
St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Colour photograph, mounted and framed
Framed: £90 Unframed: £60* 42cm x 52cm
“I am a long-term Southwark resident, originally from Accrington in Lancashire. I have spent most of my career working with humanitarian aid organisations around the world. I enjoy photography as a hobby and last year joined the City of London and Cripplegate Photographic Society, where I get a lot of encouragement to improve my knowledge and practice of photography.
“My picture is of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, “the Actors’ Church”, built in 1633 by Inigo Jones. The Church contains memorials to many famous theatricals including Southwark’s own Charlie Chaplin. It was unusual to come across the Church at a time when there were no people about. I like to think that this helps to give the picture a timeless quality, linking us to all the great personalities remembered there over the centuries.”
Awards: Winner of Category ‘Around the Streets and Gardens’ Canary Wharf Wildlife Photography Competition, 2018, Winner of Bermondsey Street Area Partnership Anniversary Competition (2017) and Winner Picture Shad Thames Competition (2016).
* If I am lucky enough to sell my work, I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the local branch of the Samaritans where I am a listening volunteer, trainer and fundraiser.
London Bridge OPEN 2 – Over 100 artists submitted work for consideration for London Bridge OPEN 2 with 17 chosen for this second exhibit. OPEN 2 artworks are displayed throughout the public areas of the hotel and its adjoining Quarter Bar & Lounge, allowing potential buyers the opportunity to see an artwork in an environment more akin to a contemporary home. All OPEN art works can be purchased and the exhibition runs until December 2019.
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