The Knapp Gallery, Regents University, Regents Park, London - January / February Exhibition

by Humph Hack 20. January 2014 12:56

The two artists on show in this exhibition are both inspired by the City. Keith Mcbride celebrates the vibrancy of the capital while Katie Minoprio is enthralled by patterns made by people as they cross the plaza.

Keith Mcbride was born in South Shields in 1978. His love of London began when he moved there from the North East at the age of only 10.

He has achieved an international reputation for his amusing and quirkily iconic images of the capital, its people, architecture and environs.

He enjoys working quickly and freely with acrylics because of their versatility. Each line is intuitive. The resulting fun-filled paintings, deliberately loose in treatment, superbly capture the vibrancy of the UK capital.

Keith is among the top best-sellers of the over 3,000 artists on the site.

Katie Minoprio is a self-taught artist living in Kent. She has shown her work in galleries in London and Kent since 2005 in both group and solo exhibitions.

She recently achieved a First Class Honours degree in the History and Philosophy of Art. This period of study has had a profound affect on her attitude to painting and her chosen subject matter.

She is a very new member of the family. We look forward with interest to her new work.


The exhibition continues throughout January and February. Visitors making the short walk from the nearest bus or tube stop, will be well rewarded.



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A One Man Show at the Knapp Gallery - Regents University - London

by Humph Hack 17. November 2013 19:57

Gena Ivanov is a Russian artist who might be described as a Renaissance Man; his expertise spans a number of very different subject areas. Unusually, we have chosen to give over the whole of the gallery space to a single artist; but what an artist! In the past Gena developed his interest in Modern Dance, he trained as an artist, served in the Russian Army as a military artist, and has also worked as an interior designer. On arrival in England he set up his own studio and gallery and studied to achieve an MA in Fine Art at Norwich University. He writes poetry as well as paints and his eclectic range of styles means that his collectors are never going to be bored.

Many of his works are on a grand scale but just as enthralling are his "Mystery Landscape" series which deserve close scrutiny. The abiding memory of a visit to this exhibition at the Knapp is of a joyous mixture of colour, vigour and whimsy.





The Exhibition runs through to January.


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An Exciting Marine Artist....but so much more to see at the Knapp Gallery

by Humph Hack 16. September 2013 20:03

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth worked as a senior interior designer for a large London West End Interior Design company. During this time she produced water colours providing visuals for clients; many of whom kept them to frame. Part of her job was also producing architectural drawings. 

In 1999 having discovered oil paints, she decided to 'bite the bullet' and take up her brushes full time! She has been painting happily ever since, both in her London studio and in her home in Spain. Her success has been through both group and solo exhibitions and through art fairs where she has sold numerous paintings to clients from across Europe.

One of the high points of her career, thus far, was to be selected by The SHASHOUA Foundation to be part of their exhibition, last shown in Cork Street London in late 2011. This private collection continues to be exhibited globally. 

Last year she was short listed to be included in The Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition, which takes place in the highly prestigious Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London. But, Elizabeth produces more than just seascapes.


Whilst her style is traditional enough to satisfy those who are somewhat sceptical of “Modern Art”, her painterly technique is exciting enough to attract a satisfying level of sales. Her reputation, justifiably, continues to grow.

The exhibition is open every day until October 4th.


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Famous Faces - Great Art

by Humph Hack 25. May 2013 17:17

This new exhibition is in London's Knapp Gallery. The gallery is within the newly recognised Regent's University; formerly Regent's College.

Fame comes to many in the 21st Century. For some the celebrity is simply as a result of "being a celebrity", for others, like those immortalised in this exhibition, the fame is hard earned. The two artists with superb works in this show, come clearly into the second category.

Mariusz Kaldowski works in a traditional medium, but the paintings he produces are startlingly powerful. The richness of the paint he applies to the canvas makes these works far more engaging than a formal portrait. The viewer is able to see into the very soul of the subject via the emotional intensity of the artist. Since coming to the UK in 1996 he has been busy creating, exhibiting and successfully selling his work. In addition he takes portrait commissions and for instance has been a family portrait painter for a number of years for Fred Olsen (of Fred Olsen Cruise Liners). Since 2002 he has been an Artist in Residence in Regent's Park. Since 2009 he started working with the National Trust as their resident artist for the South East region. 

He has also received numerous awards, e.g. 2006 - Main Prize Winner - editor's choice 'The Artist Magazine', and in the same year Nina Hosali 1st Prize - Free Painters & Sculptors Society. Other prizes include: Winsor & Newton, Pro Arte, Caran D'Arche and Royal Talens awards during yearly Patchings Art Festivals.   Barbican Centre (London) 

His work has been exhibited widely:

St David's Hall (Cardiff) 
Gallery 27 (Cork Street, London), 
Arndean Gallery (Cork Street, London), 
Menier Gallery (London), 
Bankside Gallery (London), 
St. John's Smith Square (London), 
The Museum of Lancashire (Preston), 
Palace of Art, Cracow (Poland),
Kunstlerhaus Lenbach Platz (Munich),
National Trust properties,
Regent's Park (since 2002)


Peter Mason has gathered an international reputation for using postage stamps in a very creative manner. His admiration for Lichtenstein, Warhol and the Pop Art Movement in general, has led him to develop a style which turns pixelated images of the famous into fascinating pieces of art where almost the only medium is the colour design and postmark pattern of used stamps.

He has personally presented his work to many of the celebrities he has immortalised. He has received letters of thanks from both Buckingham Palace and St James Palace and his work is on show in public venues across the UK and the USA. Commissions have been completed for clients from Australia, France, America and Portugal as well as the UK.


His largest commission, thus far - a portrait of the Queen, for Whiteley's Shopping Centre Bayswater and used over 30,000 stamps.

The exhibition runs until the end of July.


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