Saturday, 15 July 2017

West Greenwich Library Talk 9th June 2017

The 2 videos below are a recording of the talk I gave at West Greenwich Library in June this year. I hope they give an idea of my background, the city life that shaped me and what led me to become so passionate about painting the Thames. The recordings are by Irene Butcher and Delia Scales. Irene filmed the introduction with the jazzy music and did a brilliant job in editing. Delia, who did most of the filming, admits that as a first attempt at filming it's a bit shaky in places with some unusual angles and close ups but I think they capture the gist of it all! Peter Garretty mastered the mysteries of uploading videos! My thanks to a great team and also to all those people that attended the talk and I hope it will be of interest now to many that didn't. Thank you also to West Greenwich Library for their generous support, they truly are a fantastic local resource.    

Part 1


Part 2




Thursday, 13 July 2017

Vogue!

Just found out that I'm in this months' edition of Vogue, sadly not for my great fashion sense but for an image of London featuring alongside an article by Cristina Ruiz...

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Blackheath Halls Summer Exhibition

Last chance to visit our fantastic Summer exhibition at Blackheath Halls, the exhibition is open until Thursday 29th June 10AM - 5PM daily. For more information please visit our Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/www.blackheathartsociety.org.uk/ . This year the society celebrates it's 70th anniversary and as such is the oldest art society in London, launched in 1947 with Graham Sutherland as first President.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A Huge Thank You!

To everyone who visited the exhibition and to all those who made it to the talk and to West Greenwich Library who hosted the exhibition and were so generous with their help and support.I have hugely enjoyed this trip down memory lane and hope you did too? For those that missed the talk but would like to see it I will be posting a video of the talk on this blog soon.



Photo courtesy of Irene Butcher

Photo courtesy of Irene Butcher

Friday, 26 May 2017

West Greenwich Library

West Greenwich Library is a grade 11 listed building designed by Sir A B Thomas in the early 20th Century. It has been greatly loved and valued by the local community over many years as a haven for learning and a quiet place to knuckle down and work or study. More recently exciting events take place there which are advertised by the library. You can find more information on their Facebook page plus a great (first attempt!) video of the Private View for the current exhibition https://m.facebook.com/West-Greenwich-Library-118580911529228/#_=_  . The Library is helped by the Friends of West Greenwich Library, you can find out more about them here;  http://www.greenwichlibrary.org/greenwich-library/friends-of-greenwich-library/ . Please help keep this valuable community resource going by joining up, it's very reasonable and they help support the following;

  • Children’s Outreach: supports the Summer Reading and Reading Readiness programs and partners with the Head Start program to encourage development of early literacy reading skills
  • Greenwich Library’s Book Van: provides weekly delivery and pick-up service to senior residences in Greenwich
  • The Friends Friday Film series: for nearly 40 years has provided an eclectic mix of new releases, classics and foreign films
  • Children’s Programs and Shows: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Grammy winners Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could
  • Concerts in our Cole Auditorium: distinguished Musicians from Marlboro and pianist Jeremy Denk
  • The Flinn Gallery: offers a range of exhibits focused on contemporary artists.
  • The Oral History Project: a collection of more than 800 interviews with people who have helped to make or witnessed Greenwich history.
Contact Anne Shafqat in the Friends Office (203) 622-7938, or email the Friends Office.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Scenes from Post-War London 1946 - 1960 exhibition

Some photos from the exhibition currently on at West Greenwich Library...

Photo courtesy of Irene Butcher

Photo courtesy of Irene Butcher

Photo courtesy of Irene Butcher

Scenes from Post-War London. The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.

9th May - 10th June.

West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.

Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Date of artist talk; 9th June 3 - 4 pm, free.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Blackheath Art Society 70th Anniversary Show

Our 70th Anniversary Show will be held at Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RG from 3 to 29th June. More details to follow...

Friday, 5 May 2017

Scenes from Post-War London 1946 - 1960 exhibition

This is the last of my blogs relating to the 3 large paintings that will be on show at West Greenwich Library 9th May - 10th June 2017...


Detail from 'Before Canary Wharf' , oil on canvas, 28" x 37". £900.

Throughout the 50's and 60's the City of London spread itself serenely with only St Paul's Dome being a lone focal point when viewed from the heights of Greenwich Park. Between the South and the North bank in spite of the river there seemed to be a continuity. All this radically changed when the dynamic tower of Canary Wharf thrust skyward, followed some years later by the construction of a new cubist city. I have made several paintings of this before and after spectacle. This particular work explores the lower reaches of Greenwich Park with just a few industrial chimneys in the middle distance. Originally painted in 1960 and called 'Looking West' I re-titled it 'Before Canary Wharf' as it had such a dramatic impact on the view. The image above is a detail from the larger work.  

Not in the exhibition but by way of illustrating the contrast is this view...


Modern City Ancient Shore , oil on canvas.

Initially I was against the notion of a skyscraper opposite the Royal Naval College but when it was built I was fascinated by the way it changed colour and responded to the light of day. 

More information about the exhibition here and here and by scrolling down below!


Scenes from Post-War London. The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.

9th May - 10th June.

West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.

Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Date of artist talk; 9th June 3 - 4 pm, free.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Scenes from Post-War London 1946 - 1960 exhibition

BBC4 is repeating the excellent Timeshift programme Sailors, Ships & Stevedores: The Story of British Docks this evening at 8pm.

In the forthcoming exhibition I will be showing the following prints from when I worked as a sketch artist for Surdoc magazine...
Arthur Henry Goodwin.

Bill Waymouth.

Denis O'Gorman.

Sister Edwards.

Scenes from Post-War London. The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.

9th May - 10th June.

West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.

Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Date of artist talk; 9th June 3 - 4 pm, free.

Getting ready for the exhibition...



More information about the exhibition here and here



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Vanbrugh Castle from Greenwich Park

This unframed painting was made from a quick pen and ink sketch and completed with watercolours in 2017. The view of Vanbrugh Castle is from the west side of Greenwich Park.

Vanbrugh Castle from Greenwich Park, pen & ink & watercolour, approx 11"x 16", £300.

I've always loved painting castles, below is a slightly battered Private View card for an exhibition held in 1978 entitled 'Castles & Others, 50 Romantic Landscapes'. 


Visiting Jay

This watercolour painting was made from a drawing I made in the back garden. I had no idea what the colourful bird was until I looked it up and discovered it was a Jay. It is unframed and for sale at £300.

Visiting Jay, approx 11" x 16", watercolour, £300.

To see more work like this please visit the 'Nature and Landscapes' page.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

'Warehouse Destroyed by Fire' was painted in 1948 and was a scene I saw in a nearby street. It was gutted by incendiary bombs and left for some years after the war ended. My painting was developed from memory and the experience of witnessing similar devastation on returning to London from my evacuation to Devon.

Detail from 'Warehouse Destroyed by Fire' 1948, oil on canvas, size 40" x 50", £950.   

So much rebuilding needed to be done, hopeless sites too difficult to repair were left in abeyance while more important reconstruction took precedence throughout the late 1940's. The above image is a detail from the much larger canvas and shows the dramatic composition of the girders, like charred bones reaching upwards. these contrast further with the diminutive scale of the scurrying figures below - to see these and the painting in full please visit my forthcoming exhibition at West Greenwich Library, details are below;  

Scenes from Post-War London. The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.

9th May - 10th June.

West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.

Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Date of artist talk; 9th June 3 - 4 pm, free.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Marie Hanging Washing

Marie hanging washing was painted in 1959 and will be exhibited in the forthcoming exhibition 'Scenes of Post-War London - the early paintings of Terry Scales'. The section below is a detail from the larger canvas and shows a scene I witnessed day after day. In the late 1950's Marie was my neighbour in our South Bermondsey village of Prefabs. So strict was the timing of her washing ritual I could set my wristwatch by it.

Detail from Marie hanging Washing, oil on canvas size 40" x 50". £950.

This large oil on canvas was made in 1959, a year before the Prefabs were demolished. For 15 years they had served our community most successfully, fitted as they were with built in refridgerators and cupboards, well ahead of their time and much loved by us occupants.The generous garden spaces encouraged a passion with many to plant shrubs and even fruit trees, so it was a sad occasion when in 1960 they were demolished and the happily established community rehoused in various flats. 

This is one of 3 large paintings to be exhibited, further previews to follow...

Scenes from Post-War London. The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.
9th May - 10th June.
West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.
Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed
Date of artist talk; 9th June 3 - 4 pm, free.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Self Portrait as Postman

Going through some early work I found this painting, painted in 1950. During my summer holidays while at Camberwell I got regular work as postman. The work was well paid and I was proud of it, though the uniform is sadly artistic licence, nothing so grand for me! Materials were costly so I frequently painted on the backs of paintings. Two for the price of one!

Self Portrait as Postman, oil on panel, size 530mm x 375mm - £450.

Nude in the Antique Room (reverse of the above painting).

In the spring of 1946......

together with my mother, for I was only 13, I waited to be interviewed by the Principal, William Johnston, distinguished head of Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. He was not the academic looking type we had expected for he closely resembled James Cagney, an impression further heightened by his New York accent. I discovered later he had spent some years in the U.S.A. rubbing shoulders with the cultural icons of that period. Flipping through my folder he seemed quite satisfied and offered me a place in the Junior Art Department.

Girl with an Ivy Headband £120.

The school itself was a fine building of red brick and Portland stone. It's exterior design owed much to the influence of Ruskin who lived nearby and was was partly responsible for it's presence.

The term 'Juniors' has caused much puzzlement in recent years. It was in fact a brilliant scheme begun in the 1940's to allow those pupils not academically gifted to develop skills in crafts such as pottery, silversmithing, bookbinding and commercial art. Having experienced an assortment of these classes, pupils at the age of 16 would then choose to specialize in the one which best suited their ability and temperament. This highly successful programe lasted until the mid 50's and produced many famous artists and designers, one ex-student conceived the image of the Dalek in BBC's Dr Who!

My weekly programe as a Junior was both varied and stimulating. It consisted of drawing one day a week from costume models (only after becoming 16 were pupils allowed to draw from nude models), one day of sculpture modelling in clay and casting in plaster. In this department Mrs Burns was the excellent teacher. One morning was spent under the tutor Gordon Scott (who lived to be 100, dying in 2017). He taught architecture styles most brilliantly, drawing Roman temples and Gothic cathedrals on a blackboard which we then had to copy. Midweek there was a break from studies with a physical training period held in an old scout house in the street opposite. Drawing from antique castles also occupied one morning, but for me the favourite class was illustration, firstly under John Minton, then Keith Vaughan and then for a longer and personally very influential period under the young teacher Susan Einzig. An older man called Mr Norbert taught anatomy and demonstrated the muscle positions by drawing on a model in red crayon. Two evening classes repeated more costume drawing and the other a most valuable session on period costume from Greek to Victorian styles.

Nude Study £95.

The courses were well designed to give a sound grounding in many related subjects, making available the skills necessary to enter commercial studios and other cultural related employment. The key emphasis throughout was to instill a skill in drawing and observation so necessary in all visual fields.

Seated Nude £95.

This is the background to my forthcoming exhibition (opening in May)....details below.....



Sunday, 2 April 2017

Scenes from Post-War London 1946 - 1960 exhibition

Getting ready for this exhibition where I will have 3 large paintings...details to follow... and a collection of prints of early works for sale.


Tea Time at Carrons Wharf, 1948. Poster colour, crayon and Indian ink. A docker pauses for a mug of tea while children play hoop-la in the middle distance. The pointed shape above his cap probably refers to the steeple of St Marys Church Rotherhithe. Life in London appeared very grim to me, a culture shock after the freedom and tranquility of Devon where I was evacuated to as a child. In 1946 I started as a Junior at Camberwell School of Art and then things started to look up. This painting is sold but prints are available at the exhibition or contact me directly on terryscales.artist@outlook.com.



Scenes from Post-War London. The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.
9th May - 10th June.
West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.
Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed
Date of artist talk; 9th June 3 - 4 pm, free.

Gone Fishing

Just sold this small pen, ink and water colour painted in 1959.


The painting was an imagined scene inspired by listening to dockers talking about fishing, I liked the idea of the contrast between that peaceful activity and hustle and bustle in which we worked.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Euan Uglow and Sargy Mann Book Launch

The South London Gallery recently hosted a book launch for Euan Uglow and Sargy Mann.

The South London Gallery writes;

In the 1960s Camberwell Art School was at the heart of a quiet revolution in figurative painting. Euan Uglow, Sargy Mann and others, including Frank Auerbach were passionately committed to making work about direct perceptual experiences, influenced not just by the work of the masters of European art but also by the revolution in the science of perception which was happening at the time. In very different ways these two artists ask us to think about what it means to see and remind us what a wonderful and extraordinarily complex thing it is to try to communicate that experience with others. South London Gallery website .

To obtain a copy please contact John Rule Art Book Distribution.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Scenes from Post-War London - date of artist talk...

West Greenwich Library has kindly allowed me to do a talk to accompany this exhibition. The talk will be held on Friday the 9th June 2017 between 3 - 4pm. All very welcome. Hope to see you there!

Unloading Casks, Rotherhithe. Indian Ink and Watercolour, 1947.

WEST GREENWICH LIBRARY
146 GREENWICH HIGH ROAD, SE10 8NN.
Tel 0208 858 4289.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Exhibition Press Release; Scenes from Post War London 1946 - 1960 - The Early Paintings of Terry Scales

Scenes from Post-War London 1946 – 1960
The Early Paintings of Terry Scales


The Arrest.

9TH May – 10TH June 2017.

At
WEST GREENWICH LIBRARY
146 GREENWICH HIGH ROAD, SE10 8NN.
Tel 0208 858 4289.

Artist talk - details to follow shortly.


In 1945 I returned to London from a carefree childhood as an evacuee in Devon. The contrast between the steady continuity of farming and fishing communities and devastation of London resulted in a culture shock stimulating my first serious works depicting scenes from war-torn Bermondsey. These were mainly pen and ink drawings, made immediately on entering Camberwell School of Art as a junior student at age 13.

The school was then in its finest period. The staff formed two opposing camps; the Euston Road Group under William Coldstream, who bought my first picture sale, and the Neo-Romantics under John Minton, Keith Vaughan and Susan Einzig. The mantra of the Euston Road Group was ‘Always study the particular’ and this detail is very evident in my early pen and wash drawings where a cracked drainpipe clings to a bombed out building, street urchins squabble and black clouds race over dismal railway arches. 

While the sober Euston Road group gave sound drawing instruction, for me it was the Neo-Romantics who supplied the vision. They spoke to my soul which as a child had soaked up the sensations of Devon countryside; observing one day the rich markings on an adders back and on another the intense red of the clay cliffs. Minton often drew along the Thames shoreline close to where I then lived, and it is true to say his rich, detailed observations were a strong influence on me throughout the late 1940s.

My new city life both fascinated and repelled me. This is the context for these early paintings. Later influences into the 50’s and 60’s after National Service and a short brief as a commercial artist were, most significantly, joining my father as a stevedore in Surrey Commercial Docks where I worked all the wharfs between Tower Bridge and Woolwich. This experience not only provided a wealth of insight and material for later work, but I also became the sketch artist for the personality page of Surdoc magazine under the name ‘Justice’. Many of these early works will be on show. By 1960 I had been asked to join the teaching staff at Camberwell where a new chapter began...

In forming the idea for this exhibition I realised I kept asking the question ‘but why show works made in my teens?’ Perhaps it is something to do with tracing ones first creative impulses and discovering whether time had filtered some of these emotions into my present paintings. Overall there is a strong feeling that ‘memory is identity’.


Tower Bridge from Cherry Garden Pier.

Greenwich Library Opening Hours;

Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

On the Call.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Scenes from Post War London 1946 - 1960 - The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.

I now have dates for this exhibition where I will be selling framed prints of my early works many of which have never been exhibited before. The paintings in this exhibition highlight the chaos and culture shock of post war London with it's spirit of upheaval and change. I will be blogging further about my return to London in the midst of post war chaos and what it was like to be a student at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts at age 13.

Getting ready for the exhibition...




The exhibition to be held from 9th May - 10th June will be held at West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Rd, Greenwich, SE10 8NN. Dates for artist talk to be confirmed (please check this blogsite).

Opening hours are as follows;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed


The Millinery Works Presents... February 2017...update.

The Millinery Works has just released this beautiful invite to the show;

https://www.millineryworks.co.uk/pages/exhiibitions

Hope you can make it!

Monday, 9 January 2017

The Millinery Works Presents... February 2017.

I was very fortunate to be invited to show with 16 other contemporary artists at The Millinery Works, Islington. If you have never visited before this is a fascinating venue with a full program of arts exhibitions alongside it's regularly changing stock of Arts and Crafts furniture and antiques. The paintings selected for the February show are all paintings of a 'manageable size for the home' and the show has a vibrant mix of different artist styles.  

The paintings of mine that will be on show (space willing!) are the following;

Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf. 51 x 40cm. Oil on canvas. Price £950.

Chelsea Reach. 61 x 76cm. Oil on panel. £1200.

Out from Deptford Creek. 40 x 49.5cm. Oil on panel. Price £950.

Rising Mist Deptford Creek. 61 x 76cm. Oil on canvas. Price £1200.

The show starts February 7th and ends 12th March, 2017.

The Millinery Works Gallery,
87 Southgate Road, Islington
London, N1 3JS UK.

Further info to follow...

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A Very Happy New Year!

Photo courtesy of Irene Butcher

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso