Forman @ Forman’s

•February 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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“The Precious series”
The city of Accra, Ghana: the wetlands of Agbogbloshie. Now a dumping ground for Europe’s spent computers. It is a landscape of reclamation and burning, retrieving all the precious metals from old computers. These paintings and drawings were inspired by Kevin McElvaney’s photos of Agbogbloshie. He shot images of these young people, mostly male, standing on old computers. To me they evoked European art’s heroic statues. It was Men’s fashion week when I started developing these images and began juxtaposing the young male fashion models, often heroic and always desirable, with the youths depicted in the burning landscape of Agbogbloshie. Why are some important, others not. Why bring your fashion here?

Who and What is precious now?

‘This is my life’ – a showcase of the works of Sue Tilley

•September 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery in association with Thornton & English are proud to announce their forthcoming show
showcasing the works of Sue Tilley.
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Location: Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Rd, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, London E3 2NT

Transport: Hackney Wick Overground or Stratford; Buses 8, 26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 488

Come & join us for an evening of fine art and fine food.

Exhibition runs until 12th November 2015.

Gallery Opening Times: Thursday & Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon-5pm.

Probably the most recognisable muse in modern British art Sue Tilley has been dubbed the Mona Lisa of the 20th Century. Immortalised on canvas by English portrait painter Lucian Freud, who died in 2011,  Tilley features in four of his works.

Sue spent her first 6 years in Paddington where she developed her fascination for the under belly of life as she stared out of the window at drunks and prostitutes. Her parents subsequently moved the family to the Home Counties as they didn’t think the environment was suitable for raising their children.  She loved art and after studying A level art went on to train to be an art teacher.  When she left college she went to sign on and they enlisted her to work in the dole office where she stayed for 37 years. She moved back to London and embraced the underground night life scene, regularly crawling into work with appalling hangovers. She retained her interest in art, regularly visiting galleries and going to openings.  Several of the Young British Artists such as Sam Taylor Wood and the Wilson Twins signed on at her dole office.

Her life was changed when she met renowned performance artist Leigh Bowery in a night club.  He was to become her best friend and a huge influence in her life. After he died in 1993 she wrote his biography which has become a cult classic.  Bowery introduced her to Lucian Freud. His painting, ‘Benefit Supervisor Sleeping’ went for over £17,000,000 in 2008 which at the time was a world record for a painting by a living artist sold at auction. Earlier this year another canvas,‘Benefit Supervisor Resting’, sold for £36,000,000.

A couple of years ago through a curious string of events Sue started painting again mainly inspired by Portuguese painter Rui Ferreira. He encouraged her creativity and through a strange strings of events, Sue was offered an exhibition at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery by curator and artist Marty Thornton.  At the time, Sue had produced very little work but throughout her life her motto has been to say ‘Yes’ and take opportunities that are offered. She was a little daunted at first but being offered voluntary redundancy from her job this year enabled her to get a studio and to devote herself to producing art. She has never been happier.

London to Brighton & back again

•July 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

london to brighton

Forman’s in Association with Thornton and English are proud to announce their Summer Exhibition


an art exhibition by four Brighton artists



Celebrating the diverse, dynamic talents of David Apps, Billy Chainsaw, Julie Kuyath & Kitty Finegan. Embracing the D.I.Y Punk Rock ethos of ‘recycling’ ‘up cycling’ ‘beg’ ‘steal’ ‘borrow’.  Nothing is taboo or off limits for the creative process. Expect the unexpected. A unique show with plenty of ‘Attitude’ ‘Irony’ ‘Fun’ ‘Fantasy’ and Intelligent invention.

Location: Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Rd, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, London E3 2NT

Transport: Hackney Wick Overground or Stratford; Buses 8, 26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 488

Come & join us for an evening of fine art and fine food, with genuinely affordable bespoke art works.

Sponsored by HOPDAEMON

Exhibition runs until 13th August 2015.

Gallery Opening Times: Thursday & Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon-5pm.

Martin McGinn: Selected Works

•April 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Private View Thursday 23rd April 2015 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Exhibition dates 24th April – mid June 2015
Thursday/Friday 5.00pm – 9.00pm Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5.00pm

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is proud to announce the exhibition of over 40 paintings spanning more than a decade of work from innovative British artist Martin McGinn.  His paintings are widely acclaimed and have been extensively exhibited in the UK and abroad; pieces have been included in the Government Art Collection, London Contemporary Art Society and the Saatchi Collection.  If you are looking for fantastic contemporary artwork for your offices, this is the perfect exhibition for you.  The striking large scale canvases are perfect for corporate lobbies and smaller artwork would look splendid in any drawing room.

Lance Forman says ‘If you only attend one gallery event this year, make it this one.  Stunning.

The private Grand Opening of Martin McGinn’s exhibition will take place on Thursday 23rd April from 6pm.  To RSVP for this FREE event please email

Molly Parkin’s Playground

•January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Molly Parkin invites you to her art exhibition, Molly’s playground, which includes her top shelf shop (the first she’s ever run).

After a sparkling career as painter, writer, novelist, poet, fashion editor, television personality…  This exhibition will include all facets of her amazing life. At 83 she is excited to welcome you all.  Expect the unexpected.

Molly’s Playground Preview evening Thursday 5th February 2015  from 6.30 – 9.30pm

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Molly first learned to paint in 1949 at Goldsmiths, going on to exhibit at London’s leading art galleries and selling her work to the Tate Gallery in the ’60s. After divorcing her husband, she supported her two children with a new career in fashion, making hats and bags for Biba. She then became a successful Fashion Editor at leading publications such as the Sunday Times, going on to win Fashion Editor of the Year in 1971. She has also published 10 successful comic-erotic novels. In 1987, after 28 years of alcoholism, Molly found herself drawn back to painting at the age of 55. In May 2012 she was awarded a Civil List Pension by the Queen for her services to the arts and she now focuses her time on creating art.

How has your vocation as a painter affected your wider life?
I live an isolated, dedicated life, painting every day, as I did when a young student. My friends are poets, painters and jazz musicians. I am completely sober and never happier. I now feel capable of intense concentration and long hours, while my party days are in the past…

You have worked in fashion, literature and art – which has been your favourite?
As the fashion editor of Nova, Harpers and the Sunday Times in the ’60s, I lived an increasingly empty celebrity lifestyle: press receptions, Paris couture, TV interviews, all-night parties, swimming in champagne (plus debilitating hangovers). I laughed out loud as I was writing my comic-erotic novels. My plots were all based on my past experiences. Then I dried up, so for 2 years I toured my one-woman stage show, including a headline slot at Edinburgh Festival. Then alcohol took over. At 55 I fought my way back to sobriety, it was the hardest thing I had ever undertaken. But it has rewarded me with art as my favourite, sublime act of creation.

What brought you back to painting at the age of 55?
My painting muse departed after my first divorce when I was 30. It reappeared 25 years later, in 1987, when I attended a self-help group for chronic alcoholism. I have been sober now for 27 years and have never stopped painting. A blessed return to my true self…

EMAIL us at INFO@FORMANANDFIELD.COM to be added to the Guest List for the evening & receive a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.

Retrospective and New Perspectives in Figurative Art

•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Mark Pearson
Retrospective and New Perspectives in Figurative Art

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Private View Thursday 18th September 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Exhibition dates19th September – 19th October 2014
Thursday/Friday 5.00pm – 9.00pm Saturday/Sunday Noon – 5.00pm

Mark Pearson’s work is in a line of traditional figurative painting and many painters throughout the history of art including Caravaggio, Goya, Turner, Degas, Sickert and Hopper have influenced him. His paintings and drawings are characterised by compositions where the human figure is present; the key elements in his pictures are light, space and movement He works in a variety of different mediums including oils, acrylic, watercolours, chalk, pen & ink.

Although his painting is rooted in the tradition of figurative painting, his work is none the less contemporary, as people interacting with each other in public places (for example bars, festivals, beaches, parks and other open spaces) form the basis of his inspiration.

This is the first opportunity to see the influences and development of his work over 26 years, and to view his stunning new paintings featuring the London skyline. Mark will be Artist in Residence, setting up his studio in the Gallery over looking the Olympic Park


Triple Exposure Exhibition – a collection of original photography in London

•May 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment


A series of photographic works from acclaimed and celebrated artists John Thornton, John Stoddart and Alistair Morrison.

Expect to see a mix of visual mediums set in the historic walls of London’s original smokery, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.


Private view: 6.30pm-9pm 26th June 2014 – Invite only

Public view 5-9pm Thursday and Friday, 12-9pm Saturday and Sunday- 27th June 2014 for one month


Triple Exposure celebrates the diversity of photography in all its mediums spanning over 40 years, exploring subject matter from celebrity stardom to the surreal.

Exhibiting are:

John Thornton

Sydney born photographer with over 40 years’ experience, exhibiting unique and surreal images in many of the worlds capitals.

John Stoddart

Has worked with The New York Times, Vanity Fair and French and Italian Vogue. Also known for his portraits of the rich and famous, from The Rolling Stones to Sir Anthony Hopkins, Prince Charles to Tony Blair.

Alistair Morrison

One of the most celebrated British portrait photographers of his generation, Alistair has 82 pieces in the National Portrait gallery and numerous original edition prints in private international collections.

To find out more: Contacts: tel.: +44 (0) 207 739 906


•February 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Ian Swift or ‘Swifty’, as he is more commonly known, is a lone wolf
within the global graphic design community. For over two decades he
has cast a distinctive shadow over the visual landscape and became a
legendary graphic artist before the term even existed. While his
carefully crafted title sequences periodically materialize on our TV
screens his natural habitat has been the cultural underground. In the
early 90’s, Swift was based in Hoxton and at the epicentre of the
blossoming ‘Acid Jazz’ scene. He cut his teeth designing logos, club
flyers and record sleeves for the likes of Gilles Peterson and James
Lavelle.  Swift’s Mo Wax logo and original artwork were at the root
of the label’s aesthetic and are celebrated in the forthcoming 21
Years Of Mo Wax – Urban Archaeology book and exhibition at
Meltdown.  In the mid 90’s Swift coined the phrase ‘Street Art’ to
describe his revolutionary campaign for Fosters Ice, catching the
attention of graffiti writers worldwide and inspiring Banksy and the
Bristol crew to take up the mantel. In recent times Swift has opted
to explore a more personal dimension with his works and subsequently
divides his time between creating and exhibiting his own artworks and
his commercial graphics practice. Silk screen print remains a
constant medium for him. He adopts a lo-fi in house technique to
expose and make his screens. Each print is hand pulled and
deliberately given that personal touch in true Warhol tradition! Also
in this show are Swifty’s new ‘Sound Installations’ which are
inspired by Jamaican sound system culture and take it all back to his
musical influences. In 2014, Swifty continues to blaze his own unique
trail, mixing and mashing up techniques, mediums and genres in what
he feistily tags as, “True plagiarist style!”

david apps – Based in the unfashionable part of East London, the artwork of david apps  is taken from his digital photography. david will only use an image he has taken, and re-works them in his dark, angelic, evocative, kitsch and very British works of art.


Lynne Blackburn -Lynne’s work explores the memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings – the human traces left behind in buildings, and on everyday objects, from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones. She is interested in how the fabric of a building, and the objects within it, show and mark the passing of time and how, by recording traces of personal memory, a sense of a broader social and historical memory is evoked.

Ian Bailey – Student of the late Seventies, Ian’s art often appears on contemporary materials as something functional such as wallpaper, lampshades, bags and tees using up to date methods and repeat pattern. designs are inspired by Pugin, Strummer, Reid, Ickey and Orwell

Pop goes the easel

•November 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

gallery invite


Curated by Marty Thornton



Few artists could claim to be in the collections of such a distinguished line-up of celebrities as that claimed by MARTY. His works are owned by Madonna, Ivana Trump, the legendary Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame, Kate Moss, Joanna Lumley, Rula Lenska, Molly Parkin, Lulu, Jamiee Winstone, Rochelle (The Saturdays), Marvin (JLS) and Debbie Moore of Pineapple Studios to mention a few.

Born in London’s East End, MARTY proudly boasts of his Romany background that brings to his work a unique fire and light which is his distinctive hallmark. Coming from a designer background, much of MARTY’s career has been involved with interior design which has taken him to the four corners of the world branching out from there into bespoke jewellery design and now fine art, too.  Marty’s favourite colour is glitter, pop art at its most colourful.

As well as curating POP GOES THE EASEL at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Marty’s work is currently on show in Moscow, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills & Seoul.



Tristram Schoonraad is based at Elstree Film Studios and has worked on numerous feature films including Batman, Tomb Raider, Star Wars and with a sparkling array of Hollywood stars.   Recent exhibitions of his work include the Private Club at The Ivy he and is a regular exhibitor at the Bricklaying Art Carboot Fair with Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake and Marty Thornton.  His works are constructed from resin and hand-finished with fine detailing.

His works recently sold out at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in October 2013.


Jennifer English studied Fine Art Painting at N.E.L.P   On graduating Jennifer became the last protégée of Queen Elizabeth II’s milliner Aage Thaarup, and following his tutelage designed and produced a collection of hats for Harrods of Knightsbridge.  A true chameleon of the arts, Jennifer has exhibited in painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, animation and is also a published childrens book illustrator.

Jennifer has designed and made sets for Theatre, fashion and community events such as Notting Hill Carnival. Other examples of her work can be seen on television shows such as ‘the bill’ ‘The Echo’  and ‘spaced’.  Jennifer’s work has been sold across the globe, her buyers have included Joe Strummer of the clash and violinist Nigel Kennedy. Jennifer has worked as a visiting Lecturer in Painting at Thurrock Technical college, and as a result of her work at Griffin Signs, she has paintings featured in Public Houses  throughout the UK.

In 2011 Jennifer became interested in early 19th century textile practices.  She exhibited her first textile work at the Chelsea Art Gallery in 2012.  Jennifer has spent the last year working on a collection of ‘Iconic pop art images’ to be seen for the first time at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.

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MARTY THORNTON PRESENTS @ Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery


Stour Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NT

Opening times until January 2014
Thursday & Friday 5.00-9.00pm
Saturday & Sunday noon-5pm

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE by Elevator Gallery

•August 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Fri 16 August 2013.   Launching Hackney WickED Festival for 2013
Open Viewing: 8-10pm 

Performance: Winnie the Poof at 8.30pm



Elevator Gallery  presents The Tomorrow People: Artists of the Future Now 2013; the annual open exhibition showcasing a handpicked selection of emerging artists and the talent of the future.

Alessandro Carboni, Ana Cvorovic, Conrad Clarke, Fantich & Young, Fay McCloskey, James Marren, Jim Woodall, Joanne Wardrop, Josephine Chime, Liam Ryan, Paulina Otylie Suyrs, Phillip Barnes,  Rob Branigan, Robin Tarbet, Tapiwa Svosve, Thomas Whinstanley.

In its 6th year The Tomorrow People offers a platform to the most exciting emerging artists; supporting transgressive new work including installation, sculpture, photography and video.

Elevator Gallery is an artist run space, which showcases work that is innovative and thought provoking. The gallery is committed to exhibiting artists at all stages of their career. As well as regular exhibitions of international contemporary art the gallery has a regular programme of live art, cinema and musical events.

Forman’s Restaurant and Bar featuring the best of British Foods and award-winning English wines. Amazing riverside views of the Olympic stadium. Restaurant open Fri 7-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Fri 12-5pm 2013
Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Exhibition continues 16.08.13- 08.09.13

Thursday- Friday 12pm-5pm by appointment only then from 5pm-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm