Rodger McPhail at the Rountree Tryon Gallery
One of the most massive perks of writing this ‘ere blog, is getting to attend my fair share of theatre press nights. I’m a dab hand at them (save the time I leant against a canvas thinking it was a solid wall and fell arse over tit in the middle of a really posh press party BOO YEAH) but it’s not often I’m invited to art openings. Cut to a couple of Tuesdays ago, where I spent a lovely evening sipping champagne and nibbling canapes having a ogle at the latest set of paintings from Rodger McPhail at the Rountree Tryon Gallery.
Rodger is a dear friend of the family, as well as a totally gifted artist, so the whole evening was a lovely excuse to not only gaze at his latest set of excellent daubs, but to also catch up with some old pals over a glass of wine in the sunshine at the Royal Academy beforehand, because WHY NOT EH!?
Rodger specialises in country sports and wildlife art – I’ll admit, it’s not my usual cup of tea but they are undeniably BEAUTIFUL- especially the water based ones. How would you even begin to go about painting water convincingly!? And I mean, who doesn’t like a pair of Great Tits (sorry too easy).
The story I most love about Rodger is that he is the artist who painted the ‘Famous Grouse’ grouse. HOW COOL’S THAT?! However, on this occasion, the whole gallery was filled with his hugely skilled, stunning paintings of England’s finest scenery and prized wildlife, plus sets of hilarious cartoons that had us spluttering champagne through our noses (keeping it classy at all times).
If you’re strolling around the many gorgeous little galleries around the Green Park area do pop in and have a gaze at these stunning paintings, they’re like a big gulp of fresh air- you’ll be transported out of the city and into the beautiful Lancashire countryside in the blink of an eye!
I was a guest of Rodger McPhail and the Rountree Tryon Gallery, but as always, had I not loved it I wouldn’t have written about it!