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.
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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.

London to Brighton & back again

•July 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Forman’s in Association with Thornton and English are proud to announce their Summer Exhibition


an art exhibition by four Brighton artists



Celebrating the diverse, dynamic talents of David Apps, Billy Chainsaw, Julie Kuyath & Kitty Finegan. Embracing the D.I.Y Punk Rock ethos of ‘recycling’ ‘up cycling’ ‘beg’ ‘steal’ ‘borrow’.  Nothing is taboo or off limits for the creative process. Expect the unexpected. A unique show with plenty of ‘Attitude’ ‘Irony’ ‘Fun’ ‘Fantasy’ and Intelligent invention.

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, with genuinely affordable bespoke art works.

Sponsored by HOPDAEMON

Exhibition runs until 13th August 2015.

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

Martin McGinn: Selected Works

•April 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Private View Thursday 23rd April 2015 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Exhibition dates 24th April – mid June 2015
Thursday/Friday 5.00pm – 9.00pm Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5.00pm

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is proud to announce the exhibition of over 40 paintings spanning more than a decade of work from innovative British artist Martin McGinn.  His paintings are widely acclaimed and have been extensively exhibited in the UK and abroad; pieces have been included in the Government Art Collection, London Contemporary Art Society and the Saatchi Collection.  If you are looking for fantastic contemporary artwork for your offices, this is the perfect exhibition for you.  The striking large scale canvases are perfect for corporate lobbies and smaller artwork would look splendid in any drawing room.

Lance Forman says ‘If you only attend one gallery event this year, make it this one.  Stunning.

The private Grand Opening of Martin McGinn’s exhibition will take place on Thursday 23rd April from 6pm.  To RSVP for this FREE event please email

Molly Parkin’s Playground

•January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Molly Parkin invites you to her art exhibition, Molly’s playground, which includes her top shelf shop (the first she’s ever run).

After a sparkling career as painter, writer, novelist, poet, fashion editor, television personality…  This exhibition will include all facets of her amazing life. At 83 she is excited to welcome you all.  Expect the unexpected.

Molly’s Playground Preview evening Thursday 5th February 2015  from 6.30 – 9.30pm

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Molly first learned to paint in 1949 at Goldsmiths, going on to exhibit at London’s leading art galleries and selling her work to the Tate Gallery in the ’60s. After divorcing her husband, she supported her two children with a new career in fashion, making hats and bags for Biba. She then became a successful Fashion Editor at leading publications such as the Sunday Times, going on to win Fashion Editor of the Year in 1971. She has also published 10 successful comic-erotic novels. In 1987, after 28 years of alcoholism, Molly found herself drawn back to painting at the age of 55. In May 2012 she was awarded a Civil List Pension by the Queen for her services to the arts and she now focuses her time on creating art.

How has your vocation as a painter affected your wider life?
I live an isolated, dedicated life, painting every day, as I did when a young student. My friends are poets, painters and jazz musicians. I am completely sober and never happier. I now feel capable of intense concentration and long hours, while my party days are in the past…

You have worked in fashion, literature and art – which has been your favourite?
As the fashion editor of Nova, Harpers and the Sunday Times in the ’60s, I lived an increasingly empty celebrity lifestyle: press receptions, Paris couture, TV interviews, all-night parties, swimming in champagne (plus debilitating hangovers). I laughed out loud as I was writing my comic-erotic novels. My plots were all based on my past experiences. Then I dried up, so for 2 years I toured my one-woman stage show, including a headline slot at Edinburgh Festival. Then alcohol took over. At 55 I fought my way back to sobriety, it was the hardest thing I had ever undertaken. But it has rewarded me with art as my favourite, sublime act of creation.

What brought you back to painting at the age of 55?
My painting muse departed after my first divorce when I was 30. It reappeared 25 years later, in 1987, when I attended a self-help group for chronic alcoholism. I have been sober now for 27 years and have never stopped painting. A blessed return to my true self…

EMAIL us at INFO@FORMANANDFIELD.COM to be added to the Guest List for the evening & receive a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.

Retrospective and New Perspectives in Figurative Art

•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Mark Pearson
Retrospective and New Perspectives in Figurative Art

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Private View Thursday 18th September 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Exhibition dates19th September – 19th October 2014
Thursday/Friday 5.00pm – 9.00pm Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5.00pm

Mark Pearson’s work is in a line of traditional figurative painting and many painters throughout the history of art including Caravaggio, Goya, Turner, Degas, Sickert and Hopper have influenced him. His paintings and drawings are characterised by compositions where the human figure is present; the key elements in his pictures are light, space and movement He works in a variety of different mediums including oils, acrylic, watercolours, chalk, pen & ink.

Although his painting is rooted in the tradition of figurative painting, his work is none the less contemporary, as people interacting with each other in public places (for example bars, festivals, beaches, parks and other open spaces) form the basis of his inspiration.

This is the first opportunity to see the influences and development of his work over 26 years, and to view his stunning new paintings featuring the London skyline. Mark will be Artist in Residence, setting up his studio in the Gallery over looking the Olympic Park


Triple Exposure Exhibition – a collection of original photography in London

•May 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment


A series of photographic works from acclaimed and celebrated artists John Thornton, John Stoddart and Alistair Morrison.

Expect to see a mix of visual mediums set in the historic walls of London’s original smokery, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.


Private view: 6.30pm-9pm 26th June 2014 – Invite only

Public view 5-9pm Thursday and Friday, 12-9pm Saturday and Sunday- 27th June 2014 for one month


Triple Exposure celebrates the diversity of photography in all its mediums spanning over 40 years, exploring subject matter from celebrity stardom to the surreal.

Exhibiting are:

John Thornton

Sydney born photographer with over 40 years’ experience, exhibiting unique and surreal images in many of the worlds capitals.

John Stoddart

Has worked with The New York Times, Vanity Fair and French and Italian Vogue. Also known for his portraits of the rich and famous, from The Rolling Stones to Sir Anthony Hopkins, Prince Charles to Tony Blair.

Alistair Morrison

One of the most celebrated British portrait photographers of his generation, Alistair has 82 pieces in the National Portrait gallery and numerous original edition prints in private international collections.

To find out more: Contacts: tel.: +44 (0) 207 739 906