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Ian Bruce | A Portrait of Deptford

Portrait painter, Ian Bruce, is going to take you on a little tour of his neighbourhood. The walk will start at his studio where you can discover the full range of his work from painted animation to an exquisite book of delicately drawn pornography. Participants are encouraged to send Ian a photo of themselves before their visit. At the studio they will find themselves included in a drawing which they can take away with them.

Your own portrait by Ian will be part of a new series of the artist’s work. Alongside incoming commissions IanBRUCE is embarking on a new portrait project to very simply paint people he knows in Deptford. The area is full of musicians, artists and writers many of whom have carved their own unique style in their chosen field.

After a cup of tea the tour continues to Acme artists studios. A stones throw from his front door these studios were built in the 70s in a former ships propeller factory. There Ian will introduce you to his favourite artist and have a perusal of his studio.

This will be followed by a walk through Deptford market, one of London’s oldest and quirkiest of street markets. A diamond in the rough is found more often than you’d think in amongst the stacks of old junk, old trunks and old clothes.

It’ll be lunch time by this point and there is no better place to eat than The London Particular in New Cross. Becky, the head chef, is a genius and you won’t find a better plate of food for around £10.

The walk includes tea and coffee at Ian’s studio, your portrait to take away, and lunch.

  • About the talk/speaker
  • Speaker IanBRUCE is a London based artist specialising in drawing, painting and animation. In dealing with any medium there seems to be a magnetic pull towards portraiture. He consistently plays with the absence and presence of people in their surroundings while developing a long lasting love affair with paint and the humble pencil. Ian Bruce is also 1/2 of the DJ/MC duo The Correspondents.