ABOUT BILL ALDRIDGE

Welcome to My Website (last update 30 July 2017). 

My ink and wash drawing of V&A ("Henry Cole's South Kensington Museum") is now on display in the Gallery @ Swiss Cottage Library in the Camden Open Open exhibition.  You can see it there until Friday 8 September 2017. 

Thanks due to the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House for offering hanging space in their office to display some of my paintings. Mainly watercolour scenes of Covent Garden, London, I particularly like the large charcoal and watercolour 'Resting' (see below) which I did in one of Sam Messer's life classes at the Yale Summer School of Art in Norfolk Connecticut.

I was pleased to have two paintings selected for ING Discerning Eye 2016 - their 25th anniversary show at the Mall Gallery. 'Autumn leads to Spring', oil on board mounted onto a glazed aluminium sheet and selected by Celia Imrie, sold after the show. 

'Nunhead Cemetery' and 'Autumn leads to Spring' are on exhibition 17-27 November 2016 at the Mall Gallery.  

Nunhead Cemetery Oil on Board 40x30cm 2015 (Selected by Sacha Craddock, Art Critic of the London Guardian)

Autumn leads to Spring. Oil painted board mounted on glazed aluminium. 50x40cm 2016 
(Selected by the actress Celia Imrie) SOLD

These two have been submitted for the RWS Contemporary Watercolour exhibition. 

Tangles 31 x 23 cm  Watercolour  May 2016


Peloton 27 x 27 cm  Watercolour  January 2016

The 'Drawing London' show at the Street Gallery, UCLH Euston Road London NW1 2BU which finished on  27 April 2016 was a great success. Very good turnout for the PV and continued steady interest after.

"Broken Flags" (oil) and "Growing Together" (watercolour) were both on show there:

Growing Together  -  has been submitted to the RWS Contemporary Watercolour 2017 exhibition

My artist heroes are Patrick Heron, Peter Doig and Gerhard Richter (amazing results at the Feb 2015 Contemporary Art auction at Sothebys).  More recently, I came across the work of Paul Feiler, a German refugee from the war who settled in St Ives in the 1950s and died in 2013 at the age of 95 still painting evocative and interesting work. 

See the section on Modern Abstraction for some examples.

More recently I have been drawn back to Abstract Expressionism following the wonderful show at Royal Academy. I rediscovered an interest in Clyfford Still, who, together with Richard Diebenkorn stood somewhat separate from the mainstream Ab Ex crowd working as they both did on the West Coast of the US.

I am particularly pleased with this rendering of the rear garden at Provost Court where I have my studio.  I did this after studying Diebenkorn at the RA's recent retrospective of his work.


David Hockney says landscape is all about space and distance. I have tried to capture this in this work. It's a piece about the passage of time, and I wanted to call it Heraclitus (because he is the Greek philosopher who said you can't step into the same river twice), but I thought that might sound pretentious, so now it is simply called "Cannot step twice".

I work predominantly in oils and watercolour, the latter being good for plein aire painting.  My studio is in Belsize ParkFor the latest news from my Belsize Park studio see Instagram @NW3artist

'Breaking the Siege', inspired by fantastic photo catching the moment the siege of the Paris supermarket was broken is now finished. Turneresque colourfields silhouetting the police in their riot gear.

Breaking the Siege (Oil 2015)

I have recently spent a lot of time driving up and down the M4;so this is one of my latest works (see more at Work in Progress)

Driving the M4  (Oil 2015)

I love London, particularly for its public transport.  You never know who you might see!

Bill Nighy on the Northern Line  (Ink and wash  2015)

I enjoy portraiture; here's a double portrait oil sketch done on a one day workshop with Tim Benson. (See more at Portraits)

Good Friends  (Oil 2014)

I recently completed a watercolour for the RWS Contemporary of the Imperial War Museum illustrating the fading military influence of Britain in today's world.

Imperium  (Watercolour 2015)

One of my most recent work, 'Comes with River View - Narbonne 2014'. This work was inspired by a view glimpsed from the TGV as it approached Narbonne in Southern France.

Comes with River View  (Oil 2014)

I read Julian Barnes "Levels of Life" which inspired this ballooning painting.

       

  I could hear myself living   (oil  2013)

No particular source of inspiration here - the image just appealed to me.  It grew out of playing with creating a textured circle within plain background!

        

 Dark Side   (oil 2013)