My just over a month long show at the Hoxton Cabin, came to an end yesterday. It was originally up for just a month but was extended at the request of the venue, which was nice. It is very hot today so I shall keep this post short.
The Hoxton Cabin is a nice venue. It has a long white while, which has nice natural light from the large windows and good artificial lighting at night. Sitting just round the corner from Hoxton Overground station it is super convenient and acting as a coffee bar during the day and a bar at night you get a nice cross section of punters.
The people at the Hoxton Bar, particularly Anna, who curated the show for me, were super friendly, nice and helpful. I went along with 8 paintings planning to only hang 6 but was pleasantly surprised to have them all fit in and look good.
The main stays of the show were two large paintings, Tree over the River Lea (above left) and Crane over the River Lea (right and at the top of the blog in a Flier designed by the excellent Owen Smith).
I paired this with Graffiti on the Lea Navigation (above left) which was also in the previous show, and went slightly off the topic of the River Lea with Cormorant in Victoria Park (above right). It looked good next to the Crane as it leans in the same way, also I think its pretty good and wanted a chance to show it off.
For the middle wall I had originally planned just two, River Lea Navigation (2nd right) which had been in the previous show, and a new painting that I was quite proud of, Overground over the River Lea (far right). This was the first of my paintings ever in fact to show a vehicle in any detail. I was pleased with what I had managed to do.
However the wall was to large and just the two, was too bare. I had brought with me two very new paintings, both of the Regent's Canal. I was trying out in these a more detailed water effect. I am working on an entire Regent's Canal series and as these two were from just around the corner, I reckoned they could go in the show.
The only error made was in the mounting of the pictures. We chose velcro, which had worked very well in the Indo Bar. Unfortunately the sweltering heat that developed meant that the glue on the velcro strips started to fail and a number of pictures had to be remounted.
When I finished the Indo show I thought if I had another show soon afterwards , I could build on the momentum. Actually one of the results of having two shows so soon after each other was that it was difficult to motivate as many friends and fans to attend as had appeared at the first one.
This left me a little down but in fact, financially this show was more successful. I sold three paintings. I sold the poster piece, Crane over the River Lea. Then I was contacted through this website. Some people had been to the show. I don't know who these people are, but they tipped of their friend who they thought would like my work. He came to my website and he did, and ended up buying Cormorant in Victoria park and also a piece not even in the show. From both shows I wasn't really expecting to sell anything, and in both shows, I have sold 3.
I have 2 more shows booked. One for the month of September at Beans Love Greens in Shoreditch. This will probably be mainly patterns and abstract work.
I then have a much bigger show, in terms of size, running for a week over the Easter Weekend at the Old Fire Station in Henley-on-Thames. Who knows what will come of those. More details in due course.
William John Mackenzie
I am an artist with a specialism in landscapes and still life. My contact details are here.