There’s a good looking exhibition on at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until the end of October. True To Life – British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s includes 80 paintings from 50 artists, such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Laura Knight, James Cowie and Winifred Knights. here are just a couple. Above, A City Garden, 1940, by James McIntosh Patrick, and below The Fried Fish Shop, 1936, by Cliff Rowe.


There were plenty of good things to see at the 2016 London Design Festival. And here’s one that merited a visit: an exhibition of London manhole covers (’street covers’ to the politically correct), rendered in vibrant colours by Pentagram designer Marina Willer, using brass rubbing techniques.

Overlooked ran at Protein Studios, EC2, from 23-25th September. More here.

A weakness for lobsters meant that this was a must buy item at this year’s St Jude’s In the City exhibition at the Bankside Gallery. Lively Lobster is a pochoir/stencil print by Mick Manning and the show, featuring a brilliant line-up of current British artists, runs until 4th December.

Both of these lovely Paul Catherall prints are on display at the St Jude’s In The City exhibition, at the Bankside Gallery until Sunday 4th December. Routemaster at King’s Cross above, and St Paul’s Cathedral below. More info here. I’ll show you what I bought, tomorrow.