Robert Fitzmaurice’s current exhibition ‘Companion Pieces’

Robert Fitzmaurice pictured with Blue Fixer (L) and Unique Allure I & II (R)

The current Katesgrove konnection with Deptford, London SE8 is courtesy of local artist Robert Fitzmaurice who has an exhibition Companion Pieces at the no format Gallery.

Companion Pieces features new work created for this exhibition in a range of materials including ceramic and painted plaster. Paired works such as Unique Allure I & II and Splicer I & II (pictured below) are the focus of the show. Two paintings have been cut to make a pair so that they belong together; a reference to the unity of opposites.

All works are for sale at prices from £120 to £880.

The Deptford location is fascinating and it is reflected in the titles of some of the works such as Deptford Director and Deptford Trader. The diarist John Evelyn (1620-1706) lived at Sayes Court in Deptford, and Evelyn Street is named after him. Deptford was also an important royal dockyard from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. For a full day out in Docklands it is only one stop on the tube from Canada Water to Canary Wharf and the Museum of London Docklands.

The no format gallery is in Arch 29 underneath the railway line on Rolt Street. On the other side of the railway, property developer Anthology is currently building flats on the site of Deptford Foundry.

Arch 29 – no format Gallery

When I visited the exhibition it was a beautiful warm sunny October day and so I walked to the gallery from Canada Water (about 20 minutes). The underground station is adjacent to the bus station and there is a very frequent bus service to the Deptford fire station stop. From there it is a short, direct walk to the exhibition along Rolt Street.

Companion Pieces continues until Sunday 14 October; opening times are 12 noon to 6pm, Thursday to Sunday and by appointment on Wednesdays. There is an artist’s talk with Lucy Cox on Saturday 13 October from 3pm-5pm.

  1. Robert Fitzmaurice website
  2. Second floor studios & arts – no format gallery
  3. Anthology – Deptford Foundry
  4. Lucy Cox interview with Robert Fitzmaurice on Soundcloud
  5. Robert Fitzmaurice on the Whitley Pump

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