James Dodds exhibition at Messum’s

By Sally Pudney on 15th February 2015
Sunny February afternoon in the Anvil Studio

Sunny February afternoon in the Anvil Studio

. . . . . . .But actually I have been laid low by a nasty virus for the last few days, and haven’t been in my studio since last Tuesday 🙁 This photo was taken last weekend – and what is that on my easel? – all will be revealed in due course!

So, instead, as there has been no painting, I thought I would tell you about James Dodds’ upcoming exhibition at Messum’s Gallery in London’s Cork Street. Some of you lovely readers might remember that James Dodds was kind enough to exhibit some of his huge lino cut prints at the first Lexden Arts Festival back in 2012. It was thrilling to us to have such a ‘big’ name at that time, when we had no ‘track record’, and we were so grateful to him for giving us a bit more authenticity.

This photo of the opening of that first Festival shows (l to r), Graham, me, our Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell opening the Private View – and in the lower right corner you can see part of James Dodds’ print of the Royal Barge, Gloriana – for this was Diamond Jubilee weekend!! What an exciting time that was!!

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell opening the First Lexden Arts Festival in 2012

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell opening the First Lexden Arts Festival in 2012

To come back to the present, though,  James has an exhibition at Messum’s starting on 25th February, and running through to the 13th March. The show is, I think, all paintings and carvings, and looks as if it will be more than worth a trip to London. Here is his wonderful painting, from the show, of a winkle brig, which is a local boat from the Colne and Blackwater estuaries here in Essex. Messum’s is open from 10-6 Monday to Friday, and from 10-4 on Saturday.

James Dodds' Winklebrig 5

James Dodds’ Winklebrig 5

If you are interested in what is happening at this year’s Lexden Arts Festival, do check out our website, www.lexdenartfestival.org.uk which has listings of all the artists with links to their websites, and also all the events which are going on all the week.

Hope you’ve been enjoying the weekend, and that your coming week is full of good things 🙂


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Johnny Messum

25th February 2015

thanks for the great mention of Jamie Dodds' show, it opened last night and has been hugely popular. Lots of people through on the first day and as importantly lots of people saying yes to adding one of Jamie's latest pieces.


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