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 thorntonandenglish@gmail.com.



23rd February, 6pm -9pm


Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Stour Road


E3 2NT

Opening Times:

Thursday – Friday: 5-9pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

~ by smokehousegallery on February 17, 2017.

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