Havering Studio One Artists keeping 2012 special in Hornchurch, with a little help from Boris Johnson

An art group’s work – including one piece inspired by the sort of canvas not usually connected with paintings – is now on display in Hornchurch.

The annual exhibition of the Havering Studio One Artists – a group who meet at Fairkytes Art Centre, Billet Lane – is now taking place at the Queen’s Theatre, in the same street.

The loose theme of the exhibition this year is London in 2012, with many of the pieces having connections to the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Pauline Fynn is a founder member of the group which was formed in 1993.

She said: “Some of our artists in this exhibition are giving a nod to the events of London 2012 with the inclusion of Olympic and Paralympic-styled abstracts, a Thames Barrier Painting and a large canvas of the larger than life Mayor of London with the Royal Jubilee Barge floating on the Thames in the background.”

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The Boris Johnson piece is her own work – inspired by a chance meeting with the Mayor earlier this year when they went out for very different types of canvassing.

The 66-year-old said: “It came about after I actually met him when he was in Romford canvassing. I’d always thought he was a character, but that’s what prompted me to paint him.

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“I actually had just been in to buy some canvas and so had it tucked under my arm.”

“He was like an overgrown schoolboy, he’s got a very pink complexion.”

She later created her portrait of him using different pictures in newspapers and magazines.

Originally founded under the guidance of oil painting teachers, members of the group meet regularly and are “self-governing” giving each other help with their work.

It now uses other mediums in addition to oil painting.

The exhibition is in the Queen’s Theatre foyer and caf� until October 14.

For more information about the group visit: http://haveringstudiooneartists.yolasite.com.

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