– PLATES / COLLECTION 1- A Solo Exhibition Tom Buchanan Friday 2nd Nov From 7pm


Tom has been working in London as a freelance graphic artist since the millennium. He claims image making is his vocation and an eternal work in progress. Although in awe of the digital process, he clearly has a love for the tactile and getting his hands dirty. Alternating between illustration projects, Tom experiments with assemblage and the endless possibilities of box art. This study has turned into a series of nationwide exhibitions under the banner of ‘Out of the Box’, celebrating professionals to outsider artists, and the accessibility of this curious art form. As much as an investigation about the joys of collecting, it’s a bonafide antidote to our increasingly cyber world.

The ‘Plates’ exhibition is Tom’s first excursion into ceramics. Tom states his fascination is about the relationship of bringing together unlikely objects. It’s a pure response project, using neglected lonely plates as a storyboard. It’s usually the quirks, textures and imperfections that trigger an idea. He describes the process like ‘palm plate reading’ – you’re never quite sure what adventure might unfurl, but to give it too much thought is a failure, so it’s time to move on to the next. The naming and framing of the pieces has become an integral process. The titles just keep on coming, which has made this discovery yet another great reason to hoard !

smokerJoin us for a drinks reception meet the artist who will be in on the opening night & in residence for the duration of the exhibition here at the Ben Oakley Gallery in Greenwich.


BIG ADS IN A small World. 15th Nov Opposite rough trade Brick Lane

BIG ADS IN A SMALL WORLD  Exhibition PV 15th Nov Opposite ROUGH TRADE RECORDS (ltd spaces on the night) &  22nd Nov Q&A with Giles Walker as we launch the Kickstarter Campaign for his most immersive & CompellingInstallation yet.

Email info@benoakleygallery.com for Guest List (big ads in the message bar) & to register for Tickets for Giles Walkers Installation please also email info@benoakleygallery.com with GILES WALKER in the message bar.

Exhibition sponsored by DBBO  Creative Design (A Talent Company)


Giles Walker

David Bray

Word To Mother


Yvonne Wayling

Ray Richardson

Ben Oakley

ACID FUR  (image unavailable, A1 edition of 10, Screen-print with spot varnish) +

ALWAYS REMEMBER SOMEBODY A1 ltd edition Screen-print of 10, One colour + spot varnish

Fresh work

A Talent Company



‘WHAT WAS I THINKING ?’ A Ben Oakley Solo Exhibition | Friday 12th October 2018 from 7pm sponsored by THE PELTON ARMS & The FUDGE PATCH



‘What was I Thinking?’

A Solo Exhibition by Ben Oakley 12thOct – 28th2018

Oakley is a British Artist who is affectionately known for his “cross medium creations”, in which non-traditional materials are employed in innovative combinations. A creative furball, Oakley is both a Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker and Photographer who incorporates ‘salvaged textural treasures’ into a impulsive canvas creating a hybrid of ephemera & three-dimensional artworks.

9 Turnpin Lane Greenwich SE10 9JA






‘GAIA’ A new show by TRAFFORD PARSONS 14th September





‘GAIA’  14thSeptember – 30thSeptember 2018


Ben Oakley Gallery is thrilled to announce a new unseen collection of works by Master Printmaker Trafford Parsons. An uber creative who has fully immersed himself in the Art world over the last 25 years since leaving Goldsmiths Art College. Revelling in all aspects from Street Art to Screenprinting, Etching, to Film & Fashion including DJ’ing at some the worlds biggest Night Clubs in Manchester, London & New York.

Influences, be it 1970’s icons in his Storm Trooper etchings, or Sci Fi monsters attacking London landmarks in his Gaia series of screen prints, Trafford Parsons embraces fantasy, fun and iconic imagery

Film has been incredibly inspirational for Parsons. He loves Ray Harryhausen movies, 60’s and 70’s classics and British films such as ‘Jason and The Argonauts’, ‘Get Carter’ and ‘The Long Good Friday’. He has explored Professor James Lovelock’s ‘Gaia Theory’, and even experimented with C.T. scans of living people. Parsons is a life-long fan and promoter of funky, underground Pop culture. He’s a quirky and eccentric maverick who continues to create fascinating, unique artwork.


‘HOPES & DREAMS’ by Sam Warr 13th- 27th August 2018






SAM 2Photographer Sam Warr got used to market life in London as a child growing up in Greenwich where his mother had a Market stall. It was this introduction to London at an early age that began his interest in the surrounding architecture and environment. Exploring the Thames and the streets that encircled Greenwich at dawn and dusk fuelled his imagination as he began to view them in a different light. This love of undiscovered London was accentuated whilst working as a cycle courier where he would use all the back alleys and short cuts to cross this dynamic city. It was here that Sam decided to start photographing these interesting locations, and slowly photography grew into his passion. Self taught in every aspect and in full circle, Sam has established his own photographic business basing himself at Greenwich indoor Market. Over the last six years Sam has created numerous collections with his distinctive composition and style focusing predominately in black and white. He continues to seek undiscovered London and bring it into our lives. He currently works on private projects, commissions and corporate work.

In this solo show ‘Hopes & Dreams’ you will find a stimulating variety of unique photographs that reflect on a journey through Sam’s portfolio so far. Images that are dynamic and atmospheric including unseen locations that have been captured on film of this magnificent town we love called London.








A Game of Two Halves:

A joint exhibition of new works by two diametrically opposed artists, Mick McNicholas and Al Richardson.

Mick McNicholas is a representational artist, working primarily from life across a range of media.
Paintings and drawings for this exhibition come from a new body of work focussing on a series of Subbuteo still-lifes.

Al Richardson is an abstract artist working across painting, printing, constructions, and dimensions. Work for this exhibition receives its London debut.

In this exhibition, Al and Mick bring together a show from opposite ends of the spectrum of contemporary art.

A Game of Two Halves
Ben Oakley Gallery, Turnpin Ln, London SE10 9JA
July 31st – 12th August
10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Friday 3rd August
6.00  pm – 9.00 pm





Ben Oakley Gallery brings together painters John McCarthy and David Bray for the second time for a new show entitled ‘YOUNIVERSE’ that opens on the 6thJuly 7pm and runs until 29thJuly 2018. Both artists are currently in fine form, showing in two major exhibitions in London. John McCarthy’s exquisite photo realistic work has been selected for the BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery and David Bray will be part of the Royal Academy Summer Show and has just had work placed in the Louvre, Paris permanent collection.

Unlike their previous collaboration; ‘Hopeless Utopias’, where John and David worked together on the same paintings, this show will have individual work by each artist. John has continued working on his ‘eye’ theme following on from his selected piece in the Portrait Prize and will have eight new paintings.

David has based this series of new work on a tale of fire, magic mushrooms and the myth of the West Farleigh big cat. Ever evolving Bray uses oil and acrylic on board and in addition has hand carved a series of whimsical smoking cats bringing them to life as ingenuous wooden sculptures.

At ‘Ben Oakley Gallery’ we are so lucky to have such amazing artists showing throughout the year and without doubt this is a classic example of the quality we love to bring to you, the B.O.G faithful. We thank you whole-heartedly whom without we couldn’t continue.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 6thJuly.

Thanks in advance for your continued support .



SWELER Snakes & Ladders 15th June

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June 15th 7pm 2018 Join us at Ben Oakley Gallery for another visual explosion, his last Solo show in New York City was a sell out , followed up by a hugely successful show in Paris just recently, now Ben Oakley Gallery are proud to take on the baton and present ‘Sweler’ in his first solo exhibition in London. So far Sweler, hailing from Australia has graced us with his paintings in a couple of group shows @BOG, sold out in the unforgettable two man show with Schoony at the end of last year and has been hard at it since, producing and experimenting with entirely new work for ‘Snake & Ladders’ .The artist will be flying over to be with us in person at the opening drinks reception which will be a tight squeeze in the good old B.O.G so get your names over to us to ensure you’re in on the night for a proper celebration and a warm South East London welcome to our guest artist. The exhibition continues until the 1st July. email info@benoakleygallery.com for opening night.
we look forward to seeing you and your support as ever.

Thanks Ben



1.1 BOG MARK MELVIN Pins and Needles April 2018

Mark Melvin is a Greenwich based impressionist cityscape painter predominately working in oil on board. He knows the South East London streets like the back of his hands. Having grown up in Deptford and Greenwich, Melvin has spent his life walking up and down the banks of the Thames and been inspired by the urban city landscape.


His interests’ lie in the ever-evolving architectural scenes and shapes the City has to offer. With a keen observation documenting the not so glamorous areas now lost to gentrification. Melvin paints his own arenas with an uplifting and recognisable backdrop London Skyline.


For years Melvin worked with only five muted colours creating a very distinctive identity and palette. In this, surprisingly, his first Solo exhibition in London Melvin has added a new hue to a selection of the works elevating the graphic element with new vibrancy as buildings become strong blocks of colour enhancing the framing of each inner city setting.

We are absolutely thrilled to present this exhibition and cannot wait to see this entirely new collection and the next developmental stage of Melvin’s career.
We would like to invite you all to attend the Opening Night drinks reception which will be held at Ben Oakley Gallery 9 Turnpin Lane Greenwich London SE10 9JA Friday 13th April 2018 from 7pm -10pm



thumbnail_rte8           RETURN TO EARTH by DAVID BRAY  opens 9th March 2018

After a year spent in the Kent, East Sussex & Suffolk countryside ‘en plein air’ following the success of ‘Earth’ held at Ben Oakley Gallery in 2017, (his first solo exhibition in the genre) David Bray is set to present ‘Return to Earth’ 2018 an outstanding fresh collection of paintings.

Demonstrating mastery of Acrylic painting his voluminous output ranges from depictions of local topography to atmospheric renderings of pending weather fronts, sunsets, sunbursts and inspiring terrain.

Exploring and developing these techniques and ‘really getting his feet dirty’ this newfound passion in abstract landscape painting is truly bringing out the precision and skills we are all used to seeing from Bray in a totally different light.

First hand observations delicately feathered, subtly coloured brush strokes flow as freely as the grass swaying in the breeze, blending the earth into skies and horizons with an intense atmosphere and depth.

It is our great pleasure to promote this truly versatile and efficacious artist and to host this fantastic Exhibition ‘Return to Earth’ our first show of the year 2018.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday the 9th March at Ben Oakley Gallery in Greenwich from 7pm.

The exhibition ends on the 25th March 2018.

The artist will be in attendance.