The Landmark Show 2015
‘THE COLOUR OF MONEY’
An exhibition of oil paintings
inspired by coins
Wednesday 7 - Sunday 18 January 2015
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
‘The Colour of Money’ is a series of new oil paintings by artist Adrian Fordham, on
display at Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington this January.
Coins depicting warriors, gods and goddesses on horseback - from ancient Greece and Rome, the British
Isles, India, Afghanistan and across Europe - have provided the inspiration for these paintings, to be exhibited
in public for the very first time at Landmark Arts Centre.
Ancient, Celtic and older coin designs were frequently re-interpreted and re-used by later cultures, with
copying and re-copying processes giving them an increasingly abstract quality. Drawing on Celtic mythology in
particular, victorious warriors were sometimes shown in a state of metamorphosis transforming from a human
form into a bird of prey. These elements are reflected in ‘The Colour of Money’ with the artist using bold colour
and form to convey the power and status of the riders.
‘The Colour of Money’ places a spotlight on little-known designs by anonymous artists and craftspeople from
past times, bringing to the fore what are now everyday objects - the coins in our pockets.
Adrian says: “I am intrigued by horse and rider coins from ancient Greece and Rome through to the British
rocking horse crown issued in 1935, and have been collecting for over 30 years. I grew up in Teddington and
the source of my inspiration for this exhibition goes back to that time when, as a boy, I started searching for
coins and interesting artefacts in local antique and junk shops. The coins have been re-interpreted such that I
hope will encourage people to see the objects we take for granted in a different way.”
This solo exhibition marks Adrian’s return to his hometown in the year that Landmark Arts Centre celebrates
its 20th Anniversary.
‘The Colour of Money’ runs from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 18
January 2015 at Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road in
Teddington, TW11 9NN. Free Admission.
For photos, interviews with artist or more information, please contact Alison Fordham:
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07795 211366