Rudi Patterson: Gardens and Landscapes at Garden Museum

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20 November 2019 - 27 January 2020

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Fed up with grey, drizzly weather? Look no further than the wildly colourful Rudi Patterson: Gardens and Landscapes at the Garden Museum.

This vivid, uplifting exhibition of paintings depicts plants, gardens and landscapes inspired by the artist’s tropical homelands of south-east Jamaica. One of the first of the Windrush generation, Rudi moved after studying in Kingston to London, where he became a successful artist in the 60s, not to mention model and actor – his popularity even led him to appear in Rolling Stones documentary, Sympathy for the Devil. His art has since been exhibited as far afield as Bahrain and New York, and has been collected by Freddy Mercury, Andy Williams, Twiggy and even Stevie Wonder. The paintings the Garden Museum has managed to lay their hands on came into existence after own after a water skiing accident left Rudi convalescing in a tower block in North Kensington. Deprived of his usual activities, the artist turned to colourful paint, oils and watercolours to conjure up vibrant, dreamlike landscapes that reminded him of home. Expect bright shades of greens and yellows, and depictions of mysterious paths, lost mansions and native fruits and flowers — just the thing to banish the winter blues.