•February 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A solo exhibition from SARA LE ROY at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

23rd February – 23rd March

Private View: 23rd February 6pm


Sara Le Roy’s solo exhibition 3D Tales will be the UK’s first 3D painting exhibition, opening at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery in Hackney, London on 23rd February. Le Roy’s ground-breaking oil paintings are designed to be viewed through 3D glasses and are the first of their kind. Le Roy’s stunning macabre renditions of fairytale princesses and childhood icons take the innocence of classic stories to the darkest layer of the human psyche. The 3D effect of Le Roy’s paintings invites the viewer on a surreal journey into the disturbing fate of her re-imagined modern day fairytales. The 3D glasses augment this effect ; we literally go through the looking glass.

Exposing the sinister side of fairytales including Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood often sugar-coated by the film industry, le Roy’s paintings explore the sexualised nature and idolisation of our favourite childhood characters. Commenting on the iconography of these fictional characters, Le Roy’s darkly humorous and modern take on our idealisation exposes how death and darkness lurk behind our treasured childhood stories. In Le Roy’s paintings the goddesses of the Disney world become eerily human, as she takes inspiration from her models and their real-life experiences for her paintings. A fugitive Tinkerbell goes on the run, Sleeping Beauty is confined to a mental ward and a streetwalking Ariel dons seashell nipple tassels to survive in a world that doesn’t care to hear her speak.

To create the 3D effect, after a painting is finished, Le Roy paints a red and green overlay in the same way that the colours are added to film reels to create 3D film. Le Roy has worked closely with Casta Diva Pictures, the leading 3D film designers, to create the perfect 3D effect for her paintings. Alongside her 3D paintings there will be a short series of exploring the iconography that underpins Disney characters like Mickey Mouse.


Sara Le Roy is a self-taught Dutch artist based in London. She began exhibiting amidst the urban art scene, living in a squat in the old Chelsea Art School with trapeze artists, painters, photographers and other creatives, many of whom were the subjects of her paintings. Le Roy has exhibited worldwide, including Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels and State-Of -The-Art Gallery in Hong Kong. Her work is held in private and corporate collections across the world.


Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is an art project space overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Park, and was founded to provide artists with a high-profile platform from which to introduce their work to new audiences. Each month, invited curators will handpick artists from the local, national and international art community to create a dynamic and varied program of exhibitions. The gallery is featured in TimeOut’s 101 Cultural Highlights: The People’s Choice.


Thornton & English

Practicing artists Marty Thornton and Jennifer English are the Directors of Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery. Thornton’s own artworks are owned by the likes of Madonna, Ivana Trump, Kate Moss, Jaime Winstone and Joanna Lumley. English, a true chameleon of the arts, has exhibited in everything from painting and sculpture to ceramics and animation, has had her art bought by Joe Strummer and violinist Nigel Kennedy, and is also a published children’s book illustrator. For more information email thorntonandenglish@gmail.com.



23rd February, 6pm -9pm


Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Stour Road


E3 2NT

Opening Times:

Thursday – Friday: 5-9pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

The Sea, The Sea

•January 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment


The Sea, The Sea


An exhibition of new paintings by Georgie Mason

Guest artists include jeweller Inger and ceramicist Mary Kaun English

When:                 Preview Evening Thursday 12h January 2017, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Where:               Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, London E3 2NT 

What:                 Art, Food & Drink, ceramics & jewellery

Dining:               Forman’s Restaurant  

R.S.V.P – thorntonandenglish@gmail.com

Gallery Opening times

Thursday/Friday 5pm – 9pm

Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5pm


Exhibition continues until 9th February 2017

The title of the show is inspired by Iris Murdoch’s novel ‘The Sea, The Sea’, in which it is the sea with its ‘miscellaneous nature, its hugeness and unpredictability’, that helps her characters accept life’s contingency and leads them to overcome their solipsism

The sea, and all of nature, does have this effect on people. Many of these paintings are inspired by the artist’s recent trip to Scotland. Georgie says ‘I spent lots of time wrapped in blankets in fields sketching distant mountains or on cliff-tops overlooking thunderous seas, and I hope the works will trigger recognition in viewers of the humbling effect nature may have had on them too’





Inger – Jewellery designer www.ingerstudio.com/

My work mainly revolves around organic shapes and textures, which gives it a sense of imperfection and authenticity. All my pieces are made to be worn every day. I personally never take mine off – it has become a part of me and I feel naked without it. I hope people who buy my Jewellery will have the same feeling. I can’t think of anything nicer than a stranger developing an attachment to one of my pieces and giving it a whole new life of its own.


Mary Kaun- English ceramic artist www.marykaunenglish.com/

Mary Kaun-English is a contemporary ceramic artist currently living in Kehelland, Cornwall, UK. She was born and raised in Southern California where her passion for nature was evident from the beginning. Living in the then undeveloped San Rafael foothills, she was allowed to explore this distinctive landscape, being conscious of the natural spirit and materials around her; paralleling the movements of the native American Indians, her natural biological forefathers.

Mary has lived and worked for most of her adult life in London and SW England. However Mary’s conviction that her work and life required a stronger connection with nature, lead her to move to rural Cornwall with her partner Martyn Perryman, Landscape oil painter, where there is more space to breath, work and live. The space she now inhabits is ideal for her to concentrate her efforts on developing her personal art practice and to collaborate with other like-minded people.

Mary conducts regular workshops and demonstrations on alternative ceramic firing methods and is an experienced lecturer on the history and contemporary use of Pit Firing ceramics.


Artist Statement:

My intention, in both the process of creating the work and the work itself, is to combine bodily and earthly components with ethereal and spiritual elements in a sustainable process”.


•November 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment


An exclusive art exhibition by Georgia Hall in collaboration with Orah London Jewellery, and Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery – curated by Thornton & English.


When:                 Preview Evening Thursday 17th November 2016, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Where:               Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, London E3 2NT 

What:                 Art & jewellery

Dining:               Forman’s Restaurant  open Thursday – Sunday

Come and see the SKIN art collection of nudes and fashion figures all hand drawn by Georgia, a renowned brand director and former fashion illustrator. “Amazing clear defined lines, very Picasso like” says Chantal Coady, OBE.

This is Georgia’s second collection following on from a sell out exhibition at the Alnmouth Arts Festival.


To request a place on the guest list for the Art Launch Show on Thursday 17th November, please email info@formansfishisland.com

The exhibition continues until 11th December 2016

Gallery Opening times

Thursday/Friday 5pm – 9pm

Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5pm


Try on the beautiful silver jewellery collection designed by Orah London who have been selling bespoke bling via Paul Smith, and to fashionistas including Daisy Lowe and Fearne Cotton since 2010. This is an exclusive one-off collection especially for this show. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Smokehouse Gallery address:

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Stour Road

Fish Island

London E3 2NT


Nearest London stations: Stratford or Hackney Wick (Overground)


For information about the SKIN art collection, please see gharts.co.uk or contact georgiahall@me.com

To find out more about Orah Jewellery see orahlondon.com or email sarah@orahlondon.com



•June 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Forman’s in association with Thornton and English present

‘Feel free to let go’

an eclectic collection of work by London based  Artist Adrian Boswell

Private view Wednesday 29th June 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Formans Smokehouse Gallery

Stour road Fish Island Hackney Wick E3 2NT

Exhibition continues until Thursday 11th August.



In today’s fast paced and chaotic way of life, wouldn’t we all like to simply ‘let go’ for a moment and fall back into a dream like state where life becomes timeless and expectations limitless? Where nothing is what it seems and nothing has to be!

Well, as the title suggests, this eclectic collection of images by contemporary British Artist Adrian Boswell will allow you to do just that! Inspired by the likes of Salvador Dali and 16th century Artist Hieronymous Bosch, both of whom were considered Artists that were producing work well ahead of their time, comes an exciting glimpse into the world of art which, refusing to adhere to a single art movement, explores the realms of abstract, surrealist, modernistic and expressionistic genres.

Take a well-earned journey into the Monty-pythonesque world of fried eggs flying through space, Broccoli jungles, singing fish and a guy in his favourite chair complete with remote, blissfully unaware that there is no television and no earth. This almost primitive collection formulates a new and refreshing balance between comedy and fantasy. Art work capable of provoking a million different thoughts and emotions in each of its viewers. created by an Artist who thrives upon observing how each individual will interpret his work, fascinated by how this will differ from one person to the next and often using these translations from his followers to inspire his next much anticipated masterpiece.


Gallery Opening times Thursday/Friday 5pm – 9pm

Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5pm

Public transport Hackney Wick Overground

Buses from Stratford 8, 26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 488


•March 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Please note that the Smokehouse Gallery will be closed for a private event from Friday 4th to Saturday 5th March.

It will be open again as usual from midday on Sunday 6th March.

Forman @ Forman’s

•February 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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“The Precious series”
The city of Accra, Ghana: the wetlands of Agbogbloshie. Now a dumping ground for Europe’s spent computers. It is a landscape of reclamation and burning, retrieving all the precious metals from old computers. These paintings and drawings were inspired by Kevin McElvaney’s photos of Agbogbloshie. He shot images of these young people, mostly male, standing on old computers. To me they evoked European art’s heroic statues. It was Men’s fashion week when I started developing these images and began juxtaposing the young male fashion models, often heroic and always desirable, with the youths depicted in the burning landscape of Agbogbloshie. Why are some important, others not. Why bring your fashion here?

Who and What is precious now?


‘This is my life’ – a showcase of the works of Sue Tilley

•September 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery in association with Thornton & English are proud to announce their forthcoming show
showcasing the works of Sue Tilley.
sue tilley

Location: Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Rd, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, London E3 2NT

Transport: Hackney Wick Overground or Stratford; Buses 8, 26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 488

Come & join us for an evening of fine art and fine food.

Exhibition runs until 12th November 2015.

Gallery Opening Times: Thursday & Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon-5pm.

Probably the most recognisable muse in modern British art Sue Tilley has been dubbed the Mona Lisa of the 20th Century. Immortalised on canvas by English portrait painter Lucian Freud, who died in 2011,  Tilley features in four of his works.

Sue spent her first 6 years in Paddington where she developed her fascination for the under belly of life as she stared out of the window at drunks and prostitutes. Her parents subsequently moved the family to the Home Counties as they didn’t think the environment was suitable for raising their children.  She loved art and after studying A level art went on to train to be an art teacher.  When she left college she went to sign on and they enlisted her to work in the dole office where she stayed for 37 years. She moved back to London and embraced the underground night life scene, regularly crawling into work with appalling hangovers. She retained her interest in art, regularly visiting galleries and going to openings.  Several of the Young British Artists such as Sam Taylor Wood and the Wilson Twins signed on at her dole office.

Her life was changed when she met renowned performance artist Leigh Bowery in a night club.  He was to become her best friend and a huge influence in her life. After he died in 1993 she wrote his biography which has become a cult classic.  Bowery introduced her to Lucian Freud. His painting, ‘Benefit Supervisor Sleeping’ went for over £17,000,000 in 2008 which at the time was a world record for a painting by a living artist sold at auction. Earlier this year another canvas,‘Benefit Supervisor Resting’, sold for £36,000,000.

A couple of years ago through a curious string of events Sue started painting again mainly inspired by Portuguese painter Rui Ferreira. He encouraged her creativity and through a strange strings of events, Sue was offered an exhibition at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery by curator and artist Marty Thornton.  At the time, Sue had produced very little work but throughout her life her motto has been to say ‘Yes’ and take opportunities that are offered. She was a little daunted at first but being offered voluntary redundancy from her job this year enabled her to get a studio and to devote herself to producing art. She has never been happier.