Paintings and Drawings
Anthony TuffinThu 24 Nov 2005 - Sun 18 Dec 2005
Anthony Tuffin presents a solo show of paintings and drawings, inspired by the Thames and views of south east London where he lives and works.
Anthony Tuffin presents a solo show of paintings and drawings, inspired by the Thames and views of south east London where he lives and works.

The view from high up in his studio-cum-flat in Eddystone Towers, Deptford, has for over twenty years been a source of inspiration for artist Anthony Tuffin. From here he surveys the Thames of this area of South East London, translating from the murky depths of the area scenes bursting with colour and energy, from the power station to the high street, across the railway lines and bridges.



But Tuffin's path has not always been that of a fine artist. Leaving school at 15 he trained as a tailor, and at just 20 years old was established as 'Anthony Tuffin Bespoke Tailor' on the Lewisham High Street. Here he was befriended by the local gangsters who enlisted his sartorial services, as well as taking a shine to the young tailor. The day one of them appeared shot dead in the Evening Standard, Anthony recognised the suit as one of his own.



In the early 80s he made his mind up to study what he had always wanted to do, painting and drawing. Not since he had won the Royal Drawing Society Michelangelo book prize with one of his paintings at school had he had the opportunity to return to his true passion. So swapping his tailor's chalk for paint and charcoal he spent the next four years at Goldsmiths College. 'G Davis is Innocent' in one of the paintings refers to the gangster George Davis, who had been wrongly accused of his crimes and for whom there was a massive local campaign to free him. The campaign worked, and Tuffin later met Davis himself when his barrister threw a benefit for him at Goldsmiths.
Artworks will be added shortly