Open House Galleries: Escape From The Art World's Twat Vortex

In an arena dominated by snobby critics and pointless trends, open galleries, such as the one at Robin Lee's Camden flat, may be the art world's saving grace...
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In an arena dominated by snobby critics and pointless trends, open galleries, such as the one at Robin Lee's Camden flat, may be the art world's saving grace...

There's a shitload of snobbery and elitism in what is now known as 'The Art World'. It’s tedious.

Pseudo-academic PR teams have created a wanker’s vortex telling us what is hip and what we are supposed to like (with very little by way of reason). If you are happy to be led in this manner, content to play the tourist, then this is perfectly adequate. But if you have a genuine interested in art and want your indulgence to progress it's probably better to just pay it no mind.

Why let anyone tell you what you should be liking? Just see as much as you can and make your own mind up. Note the artists that you like, regardless of any influence other than your own eyes and mind, and follow them. It's not difficult, most galleries are free to enter and most artists have an online presence.

Don't be intimidated. If you like a piece of work, it is good art. It's that simple. Don't let anything or any person sway you in or out of favour with it with sniffy tuts and smirks.

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Have a good rummage, because as with anything, the good stuff is rarely found on the surface.

After experiencing the 'open house' galleries of Berlin (they are literally houses full of art, welcoming all-comers) and having enjoyed several private viewings in the company of Paul, the owner at London's best art gallery, The Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, I have been refreshed by how friendly and nourishing these places can be and I have decided to open my flat as a gallery.

I have been prompted many times to exhibit my paintings, and I am looking into it, but moving a selection of canvasses to a venue, hanging them, then publicising and staffing it, then dismantling it after a couple of weeks seems like a real schlep when people can just come to my home in Camden, and have a cuppa and a natter and see far more of my paintings, including work in progress, all year round.

My latest series of paintings are large (5ft x 3ft) portraits of friends, completed in a stark and unforgiving manner, all of which were finished in September.

To arrange a visit call 0778 9966387 or email robinlee@blueyonder.co.uk