Wow! My pictures are in the front window
Selling pictures is unknown territory for me and I've recently had the very good fortune to have some prints accepted by The Arterie Gallery and Picture Framers in East Dulwich. It was exciting when they first went into the display rack but when I heard two of them were on show in the front window I had to run down, take a photo and shout about it.
Founded in September 1986 by Leon Bernal and his son Simon, the main part of the business in North Cross Road is picture framing but the shop has always offered artwork for sale. In the early days it carried cards and reproduction prints but over the years it has evolved into a showcase for south east London artists and there is usually something new to see as the weeks roll by.
Leon passed away several years ago but Simon continues to run the business and has a steady flow of returning customers. He is assisted on the gallery side by Sanchia Lewis, a skilled artist in her own right. Jeff, Simon's very friendly springer spaniel, is often in residence as well.
The images in the window are Tour de Pinhole, pictured above, one of a series of multiple exposures of a toy cyclist made with a pinhole camera, and Cavalry Hero, below, a four-part image formed from a single photo of a toy 7th Cavalry standard-bearer.
Taking inspiration from Andy Warhol, I altered the colour balance in each frame to create a piece of digital "pop art".
Visit the Arterie: If you are in South London, take a trip to East Dulwich and see The Arterie Gallery and Picture Framers for yourself. The shop is at 37 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9ET, telephone 020 8299 3970.
Any questions? If you'd like to commission some photography or organise some tuition, Contact me.