This painting is of the interior of the Poster Bar at the Royal Academy in London. I liked the wide shallow layout of the bar, with its backdrop of colourful posters and line-up of small houseplants with their waving shapes, the rows of bottles against the gleaming steel and mirrors, the display of lemons and the solitary slice of cake waiting patiently beneath its cloche. The bar was fairly empty with a solitary central figure, and the setting faintly reminiscent of Manet’s ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergères’.
I set this up with a friend’s daughter, and I asked her to look off to one side, rather than looking directly at the viewer. It became a painting about the contemplative mood we might feel when working in a public-facing role, caught off-guard in a quiet moment. It’s about maintaining an interior life even in a busy space, of being an observer
Title: A Bar at the Royal Academy
Medium: Oil on linen
Dimensions (h x w):61 x 81cm unframed (24 x 32″) 64 x 84cm framed (25 x 33″)
Price: £2,250 contact (please include the title of the work)