La inauguración (The private viewing) 50cm x 65cm. Indian ink, coloured inks, crayon & pencil on drawing card. Private Collection

¿Alguno se atreverá a dar su opinión, o dirán todos casas muy bonitas, animados por la necesidad de no meter la pata y el deseo de oír comentarios muy halagadores cuando ellos a su vez expongan?

Will anybody dare say what they really think? Or will everybody be polite and flattering, thinking ahead to the kinds of things they themselves will want to hear when they next exhibit?

This was a good idea for using up a lot of unrelated sketches, turning them into individual paintings. You might look at the elegance of the golden glitterati at this private viewing quaffing their freebie drinks and think that such glamour is the bread & butter of critics & hangers-on in the art world.

But if you look closer, you will see the reality behind the scenes, its makeshift nature, the paper over the cracks