Mark Rochester ‘En Plein Air’ a great success!

Mark Rochester has exhibited widely in Devon where his paintings are well known and appreciated.

This year Mark had two paintings accepted for the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition – and because we had spotted his lovely work a couple of years ago we had already planned to bring him to London for a solo show – ‘En Plein Air’ held at The Crouch End Gallery on Oct 8/9th.

The Crouch End Gallery was delighted to show his arresting and beautiful painting and even more delighted that people flocked to Crouch End in order to see and to buy them!

Stop Press! We signed Mark Rochester for Solo show on October 8/9th – now he’s a star at the RA Summer Exhibition!


Scoop! We bring a star of the RA Summer Exhibition to his first solo show in London!
Mark Rochester was featured in the June 11th issue of Radio Times- then his two paintings were sold even before the RA Summer Exhibition opened – and because we spotted his lovely work a couple of years ago, you can join his growing audience and view his work here in Crouch End! Save the Date: Oct 8/9th 10.30-5 pm

For entry Email us at


On the Edge of Beauty- April 31-May 9 2016


Andrea Kim Valdez showed her acrylic sculptures at The Crouch End Gallery

Continuing the theme of the rainforest previously explored in her memorable room installation ‘Ecos de Las Amazonas’, Kim transformed The Crouch End Gallery into a suitable habitat for her latest ‘Live Edge’ acrylic sculptures featuring exotically coloured macaws and other work inspired by the plants and flowers of the rainforest.

Kim says ‘ The sculptures are made of a special acrylic sheet and exploit the power of this medium to catch normal daylight, making the colours glow along the edges. They can look even better under ultraviolet spotlights.’

Printmaking Unwrapped – our Christmas Show raised over £1000.00 for UNICEF in support of Syrian Refugee Children.


Following the success of our Charity event last December, we developed a very special show for December 5/6th 2015. The print above, ‘Oui’ by Sarah Garvey was the prize for our Christmas raffle. It was won by Mari Lanson.

The show introduced our audience to the work of ten talented artists working in various  printmaking media – Screen printing, Woodcut, Linocut, and several different Etching processes.

Read more about our artists under the Printmaking Unwrapped sidebar

Printmaking Unwrapped – our Christmas/Festive Season Selling Show which will support Syrian Refugee Children. December 5/6 at the Avondale Gallery….

Following the success of our Charity event last December, we have devised a very special show for December 5/6th this year.

‘Printmaking Unwrapped’ is now hung! 

The show will introduce you to the work of ten talented artists working in various  printmaking media – Screen printing, Woodcut, Linocut, and several different Etching processes.

All work will be priced from £25-£350- and we are donating 25% of our total sales to support Syrian Refugee children via UNICEF, our chosen Charity!

Join us on Sunday afternoon December 6th  for a last chance to buy Raffle tickets and Meet the Artists at 3pm

To sign up and receive an invitation for this show, CLICK HERE

Read more about our artists under the Printmaking Unwrapped sidebar

Paint and Pixels – Visit us on September 4/5/6

“Paint and Pixels” will be showing on September 4th/5th/6th at the Avondale Gallery. Invitations will be sent out in early August  to Friends of Front Room Art.

“Paint and Pixels”  is a joint exhibition of Judy Gilley’s gouache still lives and Kim Valdez’s iPad paintings from the Amazon.

Kim and Judy will both be present to discuss their work, and Kim will be pleased to demonstrate drawing on the iPad.

More about the exhibition
The traditional medium of gouache is combined in Judy’s paintings with a bold design element that explores unusual juxtapositions in domestic interiors.

Kim’s iPad prints bring the domestic into dialogue with a concern for the fragility of nature in the wider world .

Printed with archival inks on Hahnmuhle German Etching paper, these digital prints are derived from drawings made on the Ipad using the Brushes app. This app allows images to be built up from a variety of sources. I have scanned and included original pen and ink or pencil drawings I made on my visits to the Amazon, as well as photographs I took there.

The final image is made from multiple layers – one layer being the drawing I have made directly on the Ipad.
Each layer on the iPad can be treated separately in terms of transparency, colour and relationship to the layers above or below. The final composite image is one possibility amongst hundreds that I as an artist choose to print.

This image collection, which is  titled ‘Wilderness’, represents our ambiguous and potentially disastrous relationship to nature. Orchids today are one of the most popular houseplants, and my drawings were made from these. On the other hand are the real rainforests and wilderness places where Orchids originate, and these, like the layers of drawing on the iPad, are being transformed and disappearing from view.

‘A Sense of Place’ at the Avondale Gallery

Paintings by Michael Kirkbride NEAC and Judy Gilley Friday 8th May, weekends 9th/10th and 16th/17th May 2015 from 10-5. Preview Thursday 7th May 6.30-9.30.

Michael Kirkbride’s small sensitive plein air oils and watercolours are quite a revelation to those of us more familiar with his large figure based oils. They are nicely complemented by Judy Gilley’s vibrant gouache landscapes.” Patrick Cullen NEAC

Michael Kirkbride will be known to many of you for his award winning works. A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools and member of The New English Art Club, his work is primarily about invention, conjuring from the mind’s eye, yet with its foundations in observational drawing. Michael has been working on a new series of watercolours specifically for this exhibition which will also include a selection of his oil paintings. Judy will also be showing new work. Although her landscapes differ in many respects from the visible reality, she hopes that many people will recognise something important for themselves in the paintings, not literally but as an experience or a state of mind.

Jane Human at The Crouch End Gallery

The Crouch End Gallery is delighted that Jane Human will
present our inaugural exhibition

May 9/10th 12-6pm 

The exhibition is presented as a part of the Crouch End Open Studios weekend
All Visitors Welcome – 

Jane says: I am often drawn to coastal terrain and transient shifting vistas, those vast spaces defined only by the horizon, where one can see the connections between land, sea and sky. I’m interested in places which reveal their beauty slowly, and reward patient looking. Everything starts with drawing and painting on location – the experience of being there in the environment taking account of fleeting colour, light and atmosphere all being vital to the development of my visual ideas. It is a contemplative experience which feeds back into the work as an endeavour to create spaces in which to meander and as an exploration of a sense of place.