2013 by Dickon Drury
The Other Art Fair 2013
The Other Art Fair has moved with Moniker to The Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane. With stands run by artists, rather than galleries, the East London setting seems bang on; although many galleries have moved back West, artists’ studios are rife here and it feels fitting that their fair stands alongside. Walking round the fair is slightly daunting; with the work’s artist always hovering nearby, initial reactions (whether facial or vocal) need to be curtailed, your viewing coming under constant scrutiny. Having said that, it is refreshing to have the artist on hand to explain and talk about their work, their enthusiasm infectious and your understanding embellished. Dickon Drury was one of the best, the fantastical painter whose lush green paintings beckon viewers into another world. The green of the trees appears to drip with the hot and luxurious steam of palm houses, thickening the paint to seem wet and alive with the jungle. This heavy mist hangs in the distance, blending the sky to a balmy and diluted turquoise. Light is brilliant, as Drury leaves his bright skies unashamedly pure, making leaves dance as white scatters them into pattern. In Jungle Boogie Drury also gives us a curious little group of nudes; standing round a camp fire – one in a hands-on-hip stance – they appear to be posing for the image, friendly and unabashed. This intriguing naked group kindle the feeling of nature within Drury’s paintings; clothes would seem out of place here and their pinkish bodies appear in harmony with the deep jungle that surrounds them. They beckon us in, inviting us to join them before they disappear into the undergrowth.