ORGAN PREVIEW: John Lee Bird, one more encore, there’s always one more painting…


John Lee Bird, back for a sixth time? Will it be the last one? He said it would be but then he also said there’s always one more person he really needs to paint. The Before Encore series of paintings has been evolving for something like ten years now and the sixth exhibition happens in West London in June, back at The 20th Century Theatre over in Westbourne Grove, London W1 (the scene of one of the prolific artist’s previous triumphs). The latest paintings in the series of rather large pop art flavoured portraits has been capturing the beautiful people of London’s clubs, galleries and more, the beautiful people who come out at night captured in bold colour and sharp line, glorious documentation of a slice or two of colourful London underculture from one of the cities more exciting artists. (sw)

John Lee Bird marks ten years of his before encore project with an exhibition of 36 new portraits documenting London’s mercurial creative counter-culture at 20th Century Theatre

before encore is an ongoing portraiture project in which seminal London artist John Lee Bird documents the influential performers, muses, designers, musicians, poets and artists who exist within the creative spaces between marginal and mainstream popular culture.

2016 sees before encore enter its tenth year and 14th-15th June sees a two day exhibition at London’s 20th Century Theatre of the latest 36 portraits representing a diverse subculture of London’s performance/club/queer/music DIY/art scenes.

Before Encore 6 happens at The 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA on Tuesday 14th and 15th June 2016.  Opening times: Tuesday 14th June = 6pm – 11pm, Wednesday 15th June = midday – 11pm  With Live performances from 7pm -11pm each night! There’s also a chance to win your very own portrait of anyone you choose here 



There’s a whole load of imagery from past shows (and that taster painting at the Reveal show back in January), click on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show.

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