22nd September - 2nd October 2016
BUSTER MANTIS, Resolution Way, Deptford.
Ian Bruce embarked upon a project with a very simple premise for an exhibition for Deptford X. He painted portraits of people he knows in Deptford.
Ian was relatively new to the area having moved in October 2015. He started with portraits of himself and his wife, then his neighbours, then friends who he meets in local pubs and through Deptford's art and music scene, then their friends. And as the circle broadens so too does the diversity of his subjects in how they look, what they do and their relationship with where they live. This project charts evolving friendships to show a demographic of Deptford from a personal perspective with the intimate process of sitting for a painted portrait at its foundation.
The exhibition is the start of an ongoing series that Ian hopes will evolve over the course of years.