A visit to Greenwich could be fully accomplished by a trip to the Ben Oakley Gallery, set in the former bakery ‘Use Your Loaf’. The Gallery opened on 29 April 2011 and is neatly set on Turnpin Lane running alongside Greenwich Market.
The gallery hosts works from five artists comprising of a graphic designer, illustrator, abstract painter, sculptor and Ben Oakley works using hand cut stencils, spray paint, acrylic and emulsion. With a group of personally known artists Ben Oakley is keen on the gallery reflecting his taste of art. As a conceptual artist, his work doesn’t stick to one style, medium or subject matter.
The Ben Oakley venture offers new artists the opportunity of space, obtain feedback on their work and build confidence by contributing with nominal commissions. The space is a Georgian building with the original brick wall forming the backdrop for the art on display.
The art sells from £100 to £6000 and is mainly made up of recycled materials like old doors and windows that form frames. As Ben said, “it is an informal space where one can be creative and express oneself”.
Ben started his working life in graphic design which included art direction for photographic and film shoots. He moved into the film industry and started his own film production company Secret River. He won awards for different projects most notably at the Bristol film festival.
Ben’s 45 year career path has been diverse from lighting, furniture and product design, to striking mosaic installations. Now visitors can enjoy the works of an ex- market trader who is today a proud gallery owner.
You can view Ben’s work and obtain further information via the website www.benoakley.com. The gallery is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday 11am to 6pm.