Ealing Common artist paints challenging picture of borough's arts scene

Foliage & Fish: an exhibit from Diana's collection

Foliage & Fish: an exhibit from Diana's collection

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AN Ealing artist is appealing for affordable gallery space in the area, ahead of her latest exhibition.

Artist Diana Braybrook, from Ealing Common, will showcase 16 oil paintings from her Foliage & Fish collection at her studio in Isleworth, as well as appearing in the Ealing Open 2014 exhibition this weekend.

Her framed works, inspired by Kew glasshouses and aquarium visits, will be shown at her studio, The Garden Gallery, in the stable block at Osterley Park, Isleworth, from Sunday till June 1.

Foliage & Fish will explore the diversity of colour and form found in nature through the medium of oil paints.

Asked what advice she would give other artists looking to showcase their work in Ealing, Diana said: “The options are very limited and it would be great if Ealing Council could organise an annual open house weekend when artists, who either live or work in the borough, could display their work in their own homes/studios.

“Such schemes operate very successfully in Chiswick, Wandsworth, Lambeth and elsewhere.”

Two options currently available to Ealing artists are to become an exhibiting member of a group, such as Ealing Art Group, or to approach local café owners.

Diana is also exhibiting a life painting in the eighth Ealing Open exhibition at PM Gallery, opening this Saturday (May 24).

She said: “I particularly like the fact that all the artworks submitted are shown (unless there are size constraints), as it means the exhibition is truly representative and showcases many different subjects and styles.”

While many local artists assume Ealing Open happens annually, the event is currently biennial.

Due to the shortage of affordable gallery space in Ealing, Diana says each artist realistically gets to show one work every two years in a public space.

Diana will be at her studio daily 11am-4pm, able to discuss the Foliage & Fish collection, with prices ranging from £200-500.

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