Thornton & English present 4 PLAY

•October 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment


Featuring Artists
Private View Wednesday 17.10.2018
Join us for Drinks and sample Forman’s world class cuisine
Exhibition continues until 21.11.2018
Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT


Paul Karslake
Paul has been surrounded by creativity and eccentricity his entire life – his father an architectural model maker from whom he learnt perspective  – his South African mother a porcelain doll maker and his older sister married into arguably one of the greatest Rock & Roll bands of all time – the Rolling Stones…


Marty Thornton
London East End pop artist Marty Thornton, has enjoyed international success, with work showing in Moscow, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills and Seoul…

Alan Chapman
When Art is your inspiration, the image of A list personalities become more than the $ sign most photographers see when they approach a pop idol from the view finder of their camera…



•April 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Thornton and English in association with Forman’s present

Lost Street Chicken 

showcasing YBA’s Lilly Vasil, Rosie Mc Ginn, Lusky, Marie Gerard & Anudurani.

Join us for the Private view and complimentary drink

 Wednesday 18.4.2018


Exhibition continues until 16.5.2018

Formans Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT

There it stands, a golden pinnacle of being. What existential crisis has led to this very moment?  From an egg he was different. Other chicks played, he pondered life; always serious, a deep frown above a glimmering beak. he wondered who came first. His life had built up to this moment. The sun beams down on the reflective wings, jeweled eyes peer into the unknown future. This is it, his forefathers had predicted this prophecy. This is the moment where myths are made and legends are born. The shriveled claw draws forward, he looks both ways. Leaving us all questioning why did the chicken cross the road?


Lilly Vasil

Lilly Vasil

My work focuses on dilapidation within our society, taboo subjects, poverty in the UK, with elements from my musical background making an appearance. I follow different narratives and pathways which govern my art. As a performer on stage, at times my art is reminiscent of this.  Doing performance pieces during protest marches are but some of the ways performance enters my work. At present I am focusing on idolatry, dependence; the need for more. My aim is, to change people’s perceptions of those seen to be in the lower rungs of society. I look at Drug dealer chic in all its tarnished shiny glory. Chicken shop culture. A visual dictionary to my experience growing up in North London.

Discarded gold, resin, fetishism, ink and the glittering cocaine communes of the gelatinous glitterati.

Sex, Drugs, and on the Dole.


Marie Gerard

My work seeks to understand the systems that build our universe from the atomic scale to the universal, extracting them from their natural context and reinterpreting or exposing their underlying codes. My philosophy pushes to reconcile the scientific method with the artistic process, combining elements of both to shape my own natural laws. In the last year, I have focused my practice on the systems that build the digital environment, placing special emphasis on the dialogue between the physical and digital space. This process questions the subjectivity of online content within an established reality.


Rosie Mcginn

My work uses video, installation, print and kinetic sculpture to capture the human condition in its many forms. Whether it’s a cluster of bobbing marathon heads, screaming football fans, a talking armchair or a weightlifter continuously struggling to lift the same weight, the pieces often attempt to pinpoint what it is that make us tick. The work features a fusion between low-tech and high-tech, off-screen and on-screen and humour and poignancy in order to tackle questions of contentment in today’s society. My recent work has focused specifically on sport and humans who transcend themselves in order to reach extraordinary physical limits and surges of emotional elation.


David Luscombe

I’m interested in politics, design, communication and literature. I draw inspiration from the negatives in society instead of the positives. I find there is more humour and controversy there. My work is bright and graphically simple because of my employment background and experience in the field of design. Graphic design has taught me over the years, people and clients like things to be bright and positive. Politics and international news however is always contrary to this plastic surface we paint in advertising and the media. I simply take enamel paint and cover a wooden palette to show off these observations in a bright and shiny way. Some are shocking. Some are poking fun at sections of society. I always aim for them to entertain and always wish them to look good in any lobby or gallery



My work, primarily rooted in the mediums of print and installation art, examines the relationship between the millennial and contemporary society through the lenses of mental health, social inequality, cultural appropriation, food and mass production.



Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing

•January 29, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Thornton and English in association with Forman’s presents:

Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing

by Charlie Evaristo-Boyce

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An exclusive art exhibition curated by Marty Thornton & Jennifer English

 When:               Wednesday 21st February 2018, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Where:              Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, E3 2NT 

What:                Art, with drinks & eats

Dining:             Forman’s Restaurant on the 1st floor. Open 7-11pm, last orders 9pm.

Charlie Evaristo-Boyce is a 21st century pop artist who transforms the ordinary into the iconic. His prints celebrate the unassuming images found among the urban detritus of everyday life. Through mirroring and exaggerating these sources, he creates a hyper-real version of reality. While much of his inspiration is drawn from pre-existing imagery found in commercial graphics, food packaging and advertising, Charlie also creates prints from details found within his own photography. These images are cut up, manipulated and printed on a large scale to accentuate the colour and detail, opening the viewer’s eyes to previously unseen aspects. Charlie has his own adhoc approach to printing, which ensures that each print is unique.

In August 2017, during a residency at Printworks London, Charlie was challenged to create an immersive print based installation. Through workshops with community groups, a vast city was constructed entirely from screen-printed cardboard boxes. Here we are exhibiting a select few of these printed sculptures alongside new canvases and editions.

We look forward to welcoming you

Smokehouse Gallery address:

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NT

Nearest London stations: Stratford or Hackney Wick (Overground)

Exhibition continues until 22st March 2018

Gallery Opening Hours:
Thursday -Friday 5pm – 9pm Saturday – Sunday Noon – 5pm

made by Edna – private view 19th October

•October 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Thornton & English in association with Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery 

request the pleasure of your company

Thursday 19th October 5pm – 9.30pm


The word Edna is synonymous with the London nightclubbing scene. Edna, real name Mark McKenzie has been producing original artwork and production for an illustrious list of clients for over two decades. Mark’s first ever public show is arriving this October and the collection will include anticipated club classics, brand new pieces and of course a few surprises.

Edna has made his distinctive pop art décor for almost every major venue in the capital, spanning two decades. From such august establishments as Home House, L’Escargot and Kensington Roof Gardens, to the globally revered and respected Fabric Nightclub in East London, the legendary Ministry of Sound to Heaven in South London and then there’s The Egg in North London which has received several dressings, all created and curated by Edna’s innate ability to envision the events he covets, so well in advance.

Edna was intimately involved in one of the most legendary gay clubs the World has ever seen over its entire staggering 25 year history – trade, the first club to be granted a 24 hour dance licence back in 1990. Edna was asked to produce the décor for the final trade in October 2015 and these pieces will feature heavily in the exhibition.

Gallery opening times Thursday Friday 5pm-9pm
Saturday Sunday noon – 5pm



Formans Smokehouse Gallery Presents Full Throttle

•September 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

thornton and english 5th oct

An exclusive art exhibition by Marty Thornton & Jennifer English

When:               Thursday 5th October 2017, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Where:              Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, E3 2NT 

What:                Art, with drinks & eats

Dining:             Forman’s Restaurant on the 1st floor. 

Open 7-11pm, last orders 9pm.

Full Throttle is a collaboration between artists (and our resident curators) Marty Thornton and Jennifer English.  It is an eclectic mix of the reimagining of images of nostalgia.

Recycling iconography with a blend of street pop culture this is a show full of irony, and humour.

We look forward to welcoming you

Smokehouse Gallery address:

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NT

Nearest London stations: Stratford or Hackney Wick (Overground)

FREE car parking available at Forman’s (limited space so early arrival recommended to secure your place).


•February 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A solo exhibition from SARA LE ROY at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

23rd February – 23rd March

Private View: 23rd February 6pm


Sara Le Roy’s solo exhibition 3D Tales will be the UK’s first 3D painting exhibition, opening at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery in Hackney, London on 23rd February. Le Roy’s ground-breaking oil paintings are designed to be viewed through 3D glasses and are the first of their kind. Le Roy’s stunning macabre renditions of fairytale princesses and childhood icons take the innocence of classic stories to the darkest layer of the human psyche. The 3D effect of Le Roy’s paintings invites the viewer on a surreal journey into the disturbing fate of her re-imagined modern day fairytales. The 3D glasses augment this effect ; we literally go through the looking glass.

Exposing the sinister side of fairytales including Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood often sugar-coated by the film industry, le Roy’s paintings explore the sexualised nature and idolisation of our favourite childhood characters. Commenting on the iconography of these fictional characters, Le Roy’s darkly humorous and modern take on our idealisation exposes how death and darkness lurk behind our treasured childhood stories. In Le Roy’s paintings the goddesses of the Disney world become eerily human, as she takes inspiration from her models and their real-life experiences for her paintings. A fugitive Tinkerbell goes on the run, Sleeping Beauty is confined to a mental ward and a streetwalking Ariel dons seashell nipple tassels to survive in a world that doesn’t care to hear her speak.

To create the 3D effect, after a painting is finished, Le Roy paints a red and green overlay in the same way that the colours are added to film reels to create 3D film. Le Roy has worked closely with Casta Diva Pictures, the leading 3D film designers, to create the perfect 3D effect for her paintings. Alongside her 3D paintings there will be a short series of exploring the iconography that underpins Disney characters like Mickey Mouse.


Sara Le Roy is a self-taught Dutch artist based in London. She began exhibiting amidst the urban art scene, living in a squat in the old Chelsea Art School with trapeze artists, painters, photographers and other creatives, many of whom were the subjects of her paintings. Le Roy has exhibited worldwide, including Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels and State-Of -The-Art Gallery in Hong Kong. Her work is held in private and corporate collections across the world.


Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is an art project space overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Park, and was founded to provide artists with a high-profile platform from which to introduce their work to new audiences. Each month, invited curators will handpick artists from the local, national and international art community to create a dynamic and varied program of exhibitions. The gallery is featured in TimeOut’s 101 Cultural Highlights: The People’s Choice.


Thornton & English

Practicing artists Marty Thornton and Jennifer English are the Directors of Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery. Thornton’s own artworks are owned by the likes of Madonna, Ivana Trump, Kate Moss, Jaime Winstone and Joanna Lumley. English, a true chameleon of the arts, has exhibited in everything from painting and sculpture to ceramics and animation, has had her art bought by Joe Strummer and violinist Nigel Kennedy, and is also a published children’s book illustrator. For more information email



23rd February, 6pm -9pm


Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Stour Road


E3 2NT

Opening Times:

Thursday – Friday: 5-9pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

The Sea, The Sea

•January 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment


The Sea, The Sea


An exhibition of new paintings by Georgie Mason

Guest artists include jeweller Inger and ceramicist Mary Kaun English

When:                 Preview Evening Thursday 12h January 2017, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Where:               Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, London E3 2NT 

What:                 Art, Food & Drink, ceramics & jewellery

Dining:               Forman’s Restaurant  

R.S.V.P –

Gallery Opening times

Thursday/Friday 5pm – 9pm

Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5pm


Exhibition continues until 9th February 2017

The title of the show is inspired by Iris Murdoch’s novel ‘The Sea, The Sea’, in which it is the sea with its ‘miscellaneous nature, its hugeness and unpredictability’, that helps her characters accept life’s contingency and leads them to overcome their solipsism

The sea, and all of nature, does have this effect on people. Many of these paintings are inspired by the artist’s recent trip to Scotland. Georgie says ‘I spent lots of time wrapped in blankets in fields sketching distant mountains or on cliff-tops overlooking thunderous seas, and I hope the works will trigger recognition in viewers of the humbling effect nature may have had on them too’




Inger – Jewellery designer

My work mainly revolves around organic shapes and textures, which gives it a sense of imperfection and authenticity. All my pieces are made to be worn every day. I personally never take mine off – it has become a part of me and I feel naked without it. I hope people who buy my Jewellery will have the same feeling. I can’t think of anything nicer than a stranger developing an attachment to one of my pieces and giving it a whole new life of its own.


Mary Kaun- English ceramic artist

Mary Kaun-English is a contemporary ceramic artist currently living in Kehelland, Cornwall, UK. She was born and raised in Southern California where her passion for nature was evident from the beginning. Living in the then undeveloped San Rafael foothills, she was allowed to explore this distinctive landscape, being conscious of the natural spirit and materials around her; paralleling the movements of the native American Indians, her natural biological forefathers.

Mary has lived and worked for most of her adult life in London and SW England. However Mary’s conviction that her work and life required a stronger connection with nature, lead her to move to rural Cornwall with her partner Martyn Perryman, Landscape oil painter, where there is more space to breath, work and live. The space she now inhabits is ideal for her to concentrate her efforts on developing her personal art practice and to collaborate with other like-minded people.

Mary conducts regular workshops and demonstrations on alternative ceramic firing methods and is an experienced lecturer on the history and contemporary use of Pit Firing ceramics.


Artist Statement:

My intention, in both the process of creating the work and the work itself, is to combine bodily and earthly components with ethereal and spiritual elements in a sustainable process”.


•November 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment


An exclusive art exhibition by Georgia Hall in collaboration with Orah London Jewellery, and Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery – curated by Thornton & English.


When:                 Preview Evening Thursday 17th November 2016, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Where:               Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, London E3 2NT 

What:                 Art & jewellery

Dining:               Forman’s Restaurant  open Thursday – Sunday

Come and see the SKIN art collection of nudes and fashion figures all hand drawn by Georgia, a renowned brand director and former fashion illustrator. “Amazing clear defined lines, very Picasso like” says Chantal Coady, OBE.

This is Georgia’s second collection following on from a sell out exhibition at the Alnmouth Arts Festival.


To request a place on the guest list for the Art Launch Show on Thursday 17th November, please email

The exhibition continues until 11th December 2016

Gallery Opening times

Thursday/Friday 5pm – 9pm

Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5pm


Try on the beautiful silver jewellery collection designed by Orah London who have been selling bespoke bling via Paul Smith, and to fashionistas including Daisy Lowe and Fearne Cotton since 2010. This is an exclusive one-off collection especially for this show. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Smokehouse Gallery address:

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Stour Road

Fish Island

London E3 2NT


Nearest London stations: Stratford or Hackney Wick (Overground)


For information about the SKIN art collection, please see or contact

To find out more about Orah Jewellery see or email



•June 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Forman’s in association with Thornton and English present

‘Feel free to let go’

an eclectic collection of work by London based  Artist Adrian Boswell

Private view Wednesday 29th June 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Formans Smokehouse Gallery

Stour road Fish Island Hackney Wick E3 2NT

Exhibition continues until Thursday 11th August.



In today’s fast paced and chaotic way of life, wouldn’t we all like to simply ‘let go’ for a moment and fall back into a dream like state where life becomes timeless and expectations limitless? Where nothing is what it seems and nothing has to be!

Well, as the title suggests, this eclectic collection of images by contemporary British Artist Adrian Boswell will allow you to do just that! Inspired by the likes of Salvador Dali and 16th century Artist Hieronymous Bosch, both of whom were considered Artists that were producing work well ahead of their time, comes an exciting glimpse into the world of art which, refusing to adhere to a single art movement, explores the realms of abstract, surrealist, modernistic and expressionistic genres.

Take a well-earned journey into the Monty-pythonesque world of fried eggs flying through space, Broccoli jungles, singing fish and a guy in his favourite chair complete with remote, blissfully unaware that there is no television and no earth. This almost primitive collection formulates a new and refreshing balance between comedy and fantasy. Art work capable of provoking a million different thoughts and emotions in each of its viewers. created by an Artist who thrives upon observing how each individual will interpret his work, fascinated by how this will differ from one person to the next and often using these translations from his followers to inspire his next much anticipated masterpiece.


Gallery Opening times Thursday/Friday 5pm – 9pm

Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5pm

Public transport Hackney Wick Overground

Buses from Stratford 8, 26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 488


•March 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Please note that the Smokehouse Gallery will be closed for a private event from Friday 4th to Saturday 5th March.

It will be open again as usual from midday on Sunday 6th March.