London Exhibition Chelsea: River to Rooftops. 5th-17th November. Open 10am-6pm daily. 370 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UZ

Kitty North

Kitty has spent the last 18 months painting and sketching by the river, in cafes, on the streets of Chelsea, capturing the landscape, architecture, and - perhaps most importantly - life.

This exciting new collection, includes impressive 6-foot canvases with eye-poppingly bright acrylic paint, to en plein air watercolours, taking in the landmarks of Chelsea Old Church, the Albert Bridge and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, as well as Chelsea homes and streets. 

Kitty says: “My own Chelsea tale began in the early 80s when I lived in Tite Street and studied at Chelsea School of Art. At 17, I was dizzy with the artistic history and the inspiration to be found around every corner - heroes of mine like Turner and Whistler had lived here, Rossetti and Wilde too; not far away was the landscape of Mary Poppins as imagined by P.L. Travers.

I am enchanted anew by the magic of this beautiful corner of London. After many years of painting Yorkshire landscapes, followed by urban landscapes of the industrial areas I decided to try something new. I took a couple of commissions in Chelsea and began to spend time at 75 Flood Street. Number 75 has a wonderful roof terrace and - to quote the Disney version of Mary Poppins (with apologies to Miss Travers) - ‘On the rooftops of London / Coo, what a sight.’ I recognised the start of a new artistic chapter. The view across the city made me feel the extraordinary was not just possible but tangible. The mesmerising Thames with its history, tides and seasons. The studios of Tite Street where entire worlds were imagined and created in pencil and paint. The houses of Cheyne Row and the lives that had been lived there. I spent days sketching by the river, on the streets, in pavement cafes, drinking it all in. This is how Chelsea: River to Rooftops has evolved.

The exhibition Chelsea: River to Rooftops will be at 370 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UZ (near Bluebird) from Tuesday 5th - Sunday 17th November 2019. Open daily 10am-6pm including weekends. For further information please contact / 07894 797300

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