AFTER TURNER: PAUL LEWIN PAINTS FROM ST MARY’S VESTRY WINDOW
For a few hours on Friday 14 March, St Mary’s had a resident artist. Paul Lewin, one of our
leading contemporary landscape painters, came to London to paint. Our Battersea landscapes are a far cry from his normal stamping ground – the coasts and cliffs of West Cornwall – but he was interested to find out how London’s answer to the sea (the Thames) and London’s answer to the heights of the Cornish coast (its buildings) would inspire him. Paul regularly exhibits at the Webbs Gallery in Burland Road, and the Battersea area has always had its charms for him, so it was important for him to be able to make the most of his brief visit.
Thanks to the St Mary’s, to Sunny and to London Citizens (who held their meeting in the church proper rather than in the vestry), Paul was able to spend a few hours painting from Turner’s window in the vestry. His thank you and the sketch he made are reproduced below.
Just a quick note to say thank you for letting me paint in St. Mary’s Church, it was a great experience to be sitting near to the spot that Turner had been, although I am not sure he would recognise the view!
The finished sketch is below and other paintings from my recent visit to London will be shown next year at Liz’s gallery.