Is it Just Me or is This the Way Love is Supposed to Be.

October 17, 2013




We’ve been selling Russell’s work since 2009, following a tip off from a couple of friends who’d seen his debut show ‘Tales from a Park Bench’ in Camden.

Always a successful staple at Elphick’s, Russell’s attribution of emotions to animals has appealed to me and customers alike.

The thought provoking text evokes powerful emotions, which are often funny, touching and sometimes shocking.

His work combines illustration and collage with found ephemera, which is often housed in vintage frames.

The new works are available in-store at Columbia Road and a run of limited edition prints are available online.

Seb Lester

April 24, 2013


Lovingly hand-drawn by Seb Lester at Pick Me Up on Monday. Love it.

Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays 2012

November 7, 2012


Only three weeks to go until the first, of four Christmas Wednesdays on Columbia Road.

Discovering work by Jon Klassen

November 5, 2012

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Bauhaus Bouquet

October 10, 2012

Monica Bella Ullman-Broner.

Exercise from Josef Albers preliminary course 1929 – 30.

Collage of patterned wallpaper.

Bauhaus Bouquet. Sharon Elphick.

One of my favourite exhibitions this year  has to be Bauhaus: Art as Life, held at the Barbican from May to August. A piece that really caught my eye was by Monica Bella Ullman-Broner. The wallpaper collage (pictured above) was an exercise from Josef Albers’ preliminary course and was created between 1929 – 1930. I loved the simplicity of the idea and how effective it was, it also appealed to my love of pattern. Inspired and armed with compass and scalpel I set about creating a series of floral collages based on the same exercise. ‘Bauhaus Bouquet’ is one such collage in the series and the first to be released as a limited edition print. The print is £80, is an edition of 30 and measures 27cm x 19.5cm. Available from this weekend at Columbia Road. It will also be available online over the next couple of days.

New Collages by Sharon Elphick

October 10, 2012

1970. Sharon Elphick.

Flower Face. Sharon Elphick.

In the Summer I found three 1970’s interior magazines at Spitalfields Antique Market. There’s something about the colours, patterns and even the smell of the magazines that I find inspiring. I started on a series of collages using the pages for backgrounds, shapes and floral arrangements with a view to show them at Columbia Road.

Somehow things got in the way (school holidays), in the main, so I never quite produced as many as I’d hoped. However, rather than wait until I have a larger body of work, I’ve decided to show them now. I took these two to the framers today and I am expecting them back next week. They may also be available as limited edition prints so keep an eye out on the shop

Bird Cat

October 4, 2012

Say what you see! I have no idea what this piece is called but I was delighted when I discovered this magazine at Spitalfields Antique Market today. After a little research on the internet, I found out that the illustration was by Günther Stiller.  Love it.

A little more Ingela

October 4, 2012

Owl. Ingela P Arrhenius.

Svart Katt. Ingela P Arrhenius.

Lion. Ingela P Arrhenius.

WWF. Ingela P Arrhenius.

Four new prints by Ingela P Arrhenius arrived at Columbia Road this week. If you can’t make it to the shop, they are available here.

Seasonal Etchings by Sharon Elphick

October 3, 2012

Spring. Sharon Elphick.

Summer. Sharon Elphick.

Autumn. Sharon Elphick.

Winter. Sharon Elphick.

Four Seasons. Sharon Elphick.

I started working on this plate at The Prince’s Drawing School back in 2008. Recently I decided to work on a set based on the seasons and for some reason squirreled them away. Maybe it was the arrival of Autumn that made me think of them again and put them in the window at Columbia Road. They had such a lovely response last weekend, that I’ve decided to share them here too. They are available to purchase as individual seasons or as a set of four right here.

Audrey Jeanne

October 2, 2012

Fur and Glasses.

Kitty and Bird.

We have two new, rather sweet posters available by the French illustrator Audrey Jeanne. Both are available here at a very affordable £18.


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