Giardino's Covent Garden
Kennedy Brookes plc London
In the early 1980s I had the good fortune to be employed as House Artist with Kennedy Brookes plc, a London restaurant company run by Roy Ackerman. His first commission was an edition of twelve illustrations of KB's restaurants. As the company grew I began to paint more of their properties, including ones refurbished, so getting to paint some restaurants in two versions. Eventually I painted 58 paintings for the company before it was sold to Trusthouse Forte in 1987. Many of the images were produced in promotional material, including KB's monthly magazine, a poster and several prints, and KB generously sponsored four exhibitions of my paintings.
My work was seen by various architects and developers and I gradually acquired a regular circuit of clients in London. The pub and restaurant group, Chef and Brewer commissioned a small number of paintings of their famous London pubs, like The Lass of Richmond Hill, The Albert and the Prospect of Whitby, which were published as postcards.
In 1981 I painted St Mary-le-Strand Church in London for the Revd Edward Thompson. I published the image as a greetings card which proved to be very popular. Continuing the theme I also reproduced my painting of Westminster Cathedral as a greetings card.
The Circle London SE1
Jacob's Island Company London
Jacobs Island Company, run by Andrew Wadsworth from a floating office on the Thames at Bermondsey, was the first of many development companies to redevelop dockland warehouses in the east of London into apartments and offices. My first major contract for Jacobs Island was to illustrate The Circle, a large development near London Bridge designed by the flamboyant Piers Gough of the architectural practice CZWG.