It was such a cold, dismal and damp day that it was hard to decide on an outfit to wear at all. In fact, I could have been quite tempted to stay in the warmth with a hot chocolate watching TV but for the fact that the invite had included art works which resembled one of my favourite artists, Tamara De Lempicka. I always find it difficult to dress for these arty functions, laid back arty cool doesn't really come to me naturally. Anyway, I finally decided on the following combo... more due to warmth than anything, and then we set off to collect Mum, who was coming along with us.
Boots: Duo Boots, Skirt: Per Una, Top: Burberry, Bag: Faith
When we got to the gallery I was pleased with the show, and it made the trek out in the cold worthwhile. The opening party was quiet and relaxed, but that was great as it gave us a chance to look at the work properly. There was a whole section of Tamara de Lempicka inspired works which were just phenomenal. The colours leapt off the canvas, and quite creatively the artist had also painted a chest of drawers with one of the images... I wanted it, but could not afford it. The images were so vibrant and rich, and very accurate to her style. Wardle, however, had not simply stuck to this format, but also showed some of his more mainstream portraits which demonstrate a wonderful flair for his artform. Hubby in particular, being an artist himself, loved one of the very skilled and beautiful paintings of a lady. Finally, another wall was dedicated to vibrant images of couples doing the tango all painted in oils. Again, the colours leapt off the canvas, and this, reminiscent of Vettriano was certainly my style. The Lock Gallery is only small, so after a glass of wine and a peruse of all of the images on show we decided to leave. I bumped into a colleague from work on the way out who informed me that the artist is her uncle, why I hadn't thought he could be related from the same name I don't know, but I wasted no time in telling her I loved his Lempickas.
After the gallery we had a quick drink at the Nursery, where there were some pretty cute dogs getting lots of fuss off us. Now we're home, nice and warm and it's not even 10pm.
The exhibition runs until sometime in April, I think for about a week or so (I'll update when I get more details) but if you are in or around the Coventry area in that time, I would definitely recommend popping by the Lock Gallery for a peruse of this exhibition.
As an aside, particularly for Vintage Vixen, here are my vintage Bally shoes from eBay... I hope you like them.