Hankvert and Found in Margate's Old Town, opened last year to critical acclaim as a seafood cafe, showing art work upstairs and also in a tiny exhibition space in their basement. They regularly show interesting contemporary art from local artists.
Their new show is by Twinkle Thoughton called "The Frogs Who Desired a King" on till July 10th.
Twinkle's work is inspired by the Aesop's fable, The frogs who desired a king, and are painted with oils and acrylics on paper. Her website here and blog about the Margate scene here
These paintings also make reference to war torn landscapes including Syria. The frogs are painted in rich colours that stand out against the landscapes with gnarled trees scratched with the technique called Sgraffito.
I liked the contrasts in the pictures, the loose brushwork, detailed frogs and textured trees and also the reference to folk tales and symbolic themes, which give more depth and resonance to the work.
10% of the sales will go to the charity Hand in Hand for Syria and there will be a fundraising dinner there on June 30th.