South London's Ben Oakley Gallery opens its latest exhibition on Friday 17th down in Greenwich. Tales from the Saarf Side features two artists that are bound together only by the location of their birth, well that and the fact that they both are teetering on the edge of greatness.
Barry Bish already with one sold out solo show to his name piles the paint on the canvas straight from the tube, building up a colourful texture that you want to run your hands over not just look at.
Mark Melvin will be having his debut showing and for us at artbleat is the hidden gem in the pairing, his small but beautiful urban street scenes portray the back streets of London, the industrial buildings and the dull and ignored landscapes that Mark grew up in and around and still lives amongst. Mark once told me he only used a limited pallet of greys for the majority of his work, he now looks to have expanded his colour choice but not lost the gritty realism.
Barry's work will probably sell out again before the doors open, but I'm going to hazard a guess that Mark's will not be far behind.
Photo's to follow as always.