Monthly Archives: November 2014

Deborah Lanyon - Earls Court Life

Deborah Lanyon at Gallery 286 – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Gallery 286 on the Earls Court Road is showing again this month.

Deborah Lanyon has exhibited with Quantum Contemporary Art since 1999. She studied art at St Martins College and then Byam Shaw and then the Putney School of Art. She graduated in 1990. She has had 9 solo shows in London and participated in group shows with Arts Guardian, Bonhams, Ghent Art Fair, Islington Art Fair, Florida Art Fair, Lincolns Inn and Art London. Her work is in the Park Lane Hotel, Anton Mossiman, Serco plc and The Square Restaurant in Bruton St London W1. She travels extensively and has a home in the Pyrennees, inspiration from which is evident in much of her work.

In her words:

“I entitled this recent body of work “A View of the Landscape” because when we look at the landscape we all respond visually, emotionally or physically and at times a combination of all three. It is these responses that I am interested in exploring.

My visual interpretation is not about illustration or picturing what I see. Instead it is my intention to keep the eye guessing and to provide a language of mark-making that helps best describe what I am looking at. As a result this way of working can often become more abstract.

My emotional response to the landscape can be guided by weather conditions, colour, light or perhaps the time of day. My response to the landscape is quite often instinctive – if I feel that the land is soaring and the rhythms deep I might paint in a faster, seemingly more agitated state.

The application of the paint, whether it is thickly applied, washed, veiled or dripped, is an intentional act to augment a more visceral response. My physical response can be determined by a space I am looking at or one I am physically in. I try to organise this space by using shapes and colour on the canvas. I hope that the spectator can therefore sense the physical and emotional experience which I had face-to-face with the landscape and share its journey into painting.”

Deborah Lanyon

13th – 30th November 2014

Private Views:
Thursday November 13th  6.30 – 8.30pm
Sunday November 16th  12.00 – 3.00pm

Plus Open Days on
Wednesday November 19th  12.00 – 6.00pm
Wednesday November 26th  12.00 – 6.00pm

With viewing by appointment
at other times.

 286 Earls Court Road W.8, London SW5 9AS
020 7370 2239

 

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The Kensington Quarter – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

This month we see the arrival of another new neighbour in Earls Court, welcome The Kensington Quarter.

Then Kensington Quarter is the latest edition to the Quarter Group, launched by Doron and Valeria Zilkha in 2006. They’re bringing their neighbourhood homemade food concept to another vibrant corner of London – Earls Court!

Their view being that nothing brings people together more than a great shared drink or meal. The KQ team is led by restaurant manager, Bee Ansari, and food is freshly prepared by head chef Riad Zaik.

Doron and Valeria are inspired by delicious, simple and healthy food, and with the chefs, have created an eclectic menu with a Mediterranean influence – available to eat in or take away. The menu is a modern mix of seasonal comfort food, including healthy breakfasts, sandwiches and wraps, sharing platters, hearty salads, pastas and risottos.

A delicious selection of freshly baked pastries, cakes and bread is also available. From freshly squeezed juices and smoothies bursting with goodness, to wholesome lunches, scrumptious dishes from their a la carte menu and indulgent afternoon teas, there is something for every occasion.

Kensington Quarter
34-44 Barkston Gardens
Earls Court, London
SW5 0EW
Tel: 020 7370 9130

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Chingari - Earls Court Life

Chingari – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Chingari, the newest addition to Earls Court’s restaurant set, serves Progressive Indian Food. As strap-lines go this could be construed as somewhat new-age, hipster speak for whatever the current favourite farm-to-table/organic/allotment grown (reared?)/shirataki-not-rice food trend happens to be.

But fear not. Progressive Indian Food simply means there is an emphasis on classical Indian cooking, using a mixture of traditional and fresh, locally sourced, ingredients, to produce combinations of dishes not usually found in western versions of Indian cooking.

And the food is very, very good. Chingari have produced a menu that surprises and delights in equal measure and all without pandering to the perceived pallet of the average British diner.

We began with some spiced potato stuffed aubergine that on the face of it should have tasted like those two things combined, and would have been unremarkable had it not been for the fact that both me and my guest were experiencing a brand new flavour that I can now only describe as ‘my new favourite thing to eat’.

We also tried the Macchi Amritsari which is whiting in a carom and gram flour batter with vine tomato chutney for dipping. Divine.

We shared our main, Makhani Chooze, a chicken tikka simmered in a rich tomato fenugreek sauce finished with cream and a basket of garlic naan and, while still absolutely delicious, this was our only nod to the ‘cheeky curry’.

We finished with a classic Indian dessert recommended to us by a fellow diner who had overheard our outwards ruminations on the benefits of a saffron poached pear verses a duo of brulee.

 

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TipoPils - Earls Court Life

Meet the Brewer at Finborough Arms – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

On Wednesday the 19th November the fine folks at The Finborough Arms in Earls Court will be hosting a very special evening of beer tasting with a difference. Punters will have a chance to ‘Meet the Brewer’, and in this case the brewer is none other than Agostino Arioli.

AgostinoArioli - Earls Court Life

Arioli is a legend in Italian craft brewing circles. He started his brewery 17 years ago, long before the independent brewery scene in the country developed. His brewpub, Birrificio Italiano, in Lurago Marinone (a suburban area of Como) produced over 700 hl of craft brewed lagers for his packed brewpub last year.

On the 19th he will present six of his beers on tap – Tipopils, a dark beer, a saison, a wheat beer, a bock and an “imperial pils” – matched with cheeses of his choosing.  The pub opens (as usual on a weekday) at 5pm with all the beers on tap at £4.90 each. Cheese will be complimentary. Agostino will speak at 7.45pm.

The Finborough Arms
A revived Victorian pub serving twelve great beers and ciders on tap. The Finborough was built in 1868 as part of the Earl’s Court development and has been a landmark ever since. London’s leading off-West End theatre is housed in the pub’s former function room upstairs. We show live sport on our big screen and are subscribers to both Sky Sports and BT Sports so you won’t miss any of the action at the Finborough.
 
118 Finborough Road
Earls Court, SW10 9ED

 

 

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