This is me and Seymour Totti, the well known nightclub bouncer from Gloucester. He and I are at the Garden’s Gallery, Cheltenham until the 22nd. Come and see us, we are both originals, at least I try to be. Open from around 10 in the morning till around 5-00, for more info take a look here:
Come and take a look sometime.
As is the final of this one…
Post did one very similar to the one above, and my drawing is a homage to the man. Pont: Graham Laidler, and the British Character
The one about the washing up is of my own invention and is really based on personal experience. I’m told that I’m a messy cook and my cynicism about washing up machines is unjustified ( I don’t much care for them ) The washing up theme would not have worked in Pont’s day as other people ( servants ) would have done the dirty work.
I’ve been here at the exhibition all day and so far had a very positive response. Chortling has been heard, and by way of a change, not just from me.
Thanks to my chums helping me to put up my exhibition, it’s here and open now. So far the reactions have been very good and it’s always great to hear people laughing at one’s work! This is a great little venue for an exhibition space in the middle of Cheltenham and could not be more apt for the subject of the British Character, being in the middle of Middle England.
I’m here for most of the day every day till it closes on the 22nd. Come along and take a look.
From here I have a view of the bandstand and the green that is Montpellier Gardens in a very smart part of town.
Here’s one of my drawings that did not make the ‘cut’ for my exhibition that opens tomorrow at the Gardens Gallery. It will be there but not in a frame on the wall as it is one a few that’s not finished. I’ll be taking it along to see if I can rescue it. There’s much renovation needed to the work.
It’s one of the drawings in the ‘Pont’ series about the British Character. His original was entitled ” A liking for wooden beams” and looked nothing like this one, it was better for a start! That aside it is quite close to my heart this week having just moved house, fortunately not to somewhere quite as run down as this, though in our search for somewhere new to live we’ve seen stuff that is mind bogglingly run-down. The estate agents still seem able to find adjectives that make them sound acceptable. ” In need of some updating” should read “In need of a large bulldozer” in some cases.
I’ll be working on this drawing to see if I can renovate during my stay at the gallery. Why not pop in sometime? I’ll be there till the 22nd, so a week to get it right, or start again.
Why the bear?
Someone was rather taken by my drawing of the loft here in the poster, and never mentioned the bear. How did it get there and is it real? Well, bears do not thrive in loft spaces so it’s not recommended. This is a wooden bear and probably arrived there in my subconscious when I did the rough idea for this. My Uncle Edward and Auntie Anne had a bear like this, beautifully crafted in a dark wood, must have weighed a ton, as we say. It lived at the foot of their stairs in Warrington where my dear Uncle was a proper doctor. Some of my cousins from those days emigrated to Canada, and I believe the bear is out there somewhere now, with them. Canada: best place for a bear to feel at home, much better than a loft or my subconscious.
The finished version in my show starting Wednesday, come along. There will be no blank canvasses!
This is the line work for one of the drawings about the British Character, the final piece is framed and ready to display from Wednesday next week. You can see loads more either at the show or if you can't get there drop into my website www.pauldaviescartoons.gallery
I will be there every day, for most of the day, looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
My exhibition here in Cheltenham starts next Wednesday the 16th. Apart from a series about The British Character, cartoons that are a homage to the 1930s cartoonist ‘Pont’, there are a number on Apt names and Emma is one. She’s an expert upholsterer with the surname Royd. See where I’m coming from? The original and many others will be on display and for sale at the show. It’s free and I’ll be there, thinking up other silly ideas to bother people with.