Published: 14 April 2020
Thompson's Gallery London are thrilled to near the opening date of Lewis Hazelwood-Horner RBA's second solo exhibition, titled 'Real Life'. After a strong debut in 2019's breakout 'One to Watch' exhibition, the prodigious painting talent unveils a new body of work celebrating the extraordinary everyday of British lifestyle. Featuring London's iconic marketplaces, tailors of Savile Row, coopers of Kent, and unique moments in London's social scene, Lewis Hazelwood-Horner brings us back to paint, back to 'Real Life' in all its glory.
(Above: 'Cupid's Pit-Stop' by Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Oil on linen, 42x30 inches, £5950. Debuting in 'Real Life' at Thompson's London.)
A traditionalist at heart, Hazelwood-Horner adheres to the core tenets of oil painting, interacting in real time and painting on site with his subjects, whether a group of new acquaintances in a crowded pub or fishmongers selling their freshest catch early on a weekend morning. The motion and energy conveyed through this discipline is evident, not photoreal but extremely lifelike. The magic of placing his easel in the moment itself, in the environment for hours on end, is distilled in the painted surface.
(Above: 'Lot & Teun' by Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Oil on linen, 32x20 inches, £3500. Debuting in 'Real Life' at Thompson's Gallery London.)
'Real Life' reminds us to pay attention to the glorious little things in everyday life. Far from monotonous or banal, Hazelwood-Horner's depictions monumentalize a prep table in the kitchen before Sunday lunch in the form of still life, and alchemize a pub gathering to highlight the roost-ruling French bulldog whose spotless attendance earned him a chair in Covent Garden.
(Above: 'Frenchie a gogo' by Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Oil on linen, 20x20 inches, £2300. Showing in 'Real Life' at Thompson's Gallery London.)
Join Thompson's Gallery in celebration of London's unique everyday, led by the deftness of Lewis Hazelwood-Horner's paintbrush. 'Real Life' opens online 3rd June 2020; please direct all questions and interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or dial +44(0)2079353595.
(Above: 'Spring Onion' by Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, 20x20 inches, £2300. Part of 'Real Life' debuting online for Thompson's London 20th May).