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Mathanki Kodavasal
Unique Art Prints and Posters of London
Unique Art Prints and Posters of London

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Grafity's Wall on Unbound. Stories of Mumbai.

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This graphic novel on Mumbai is going to be amazing. Please help fund this project and make it happen. Every little will help!

#crowdfunding #graphicnovel #comics #mumbai

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Up on the blog. The migrants of Regent's Park London.

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The Ritzy Picture house.

Stepping out of the busy Brixton station, walking down to the expansive Windrush Square, the Ritzy captivates you with it's characteristic signboard and brilliant old architecture. I moved to Brixton last month, and I'm sure I'm going to be coming here quite often over the next few years!

The Ritzy cinema has stood on the corner of Coldharbour Lane in Brixton for nearly 100 years now. It has outlived competition, survived bombing, and prevailed through the increasing popularity of television.

Opening on 24th March 1911 as the Electric Pavilion, it was designed by architects E.C Homer & Lucas. Like many cinemas of the period, it was fitted with an organ. In 1954 it was renovated by noted cinema architect George Coles who installed cinemascope, and it was renamed "the Pullman" and the organ was removed.

It was later renamed "the Classic" before closure in 1976. After this it was re-invented as "The Little Bit Ritzy", run in collaboration with London Cinema Collective, showing interesting and meaningful double bills, serving delicious home-made cakes. A collaboration between Lambeth Council and the management of the time ensured the cinema's survival, with the facade being rebuilt and restored to near-original condition.

The cinema has been through a lot of tough times but after restoration of the exterior in 1994 and a further four screens with bar and cafe being built alongside (on the site of the WWII bombed Brixton Theatre). Its fortunes have seen a total reverse from the 1970’s when it was nearly demolished.

I wanted to illustrate the present day Ritzy, but also not forgetting the past, the glorious old facade of the Electric Pavilion.

#ritzy #brixton #notonthehighstreet

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Pleased to announce the Eye for London Prints is now on Not on the High Street.
Do have a look at the brand new shop! #shoplocal #notonthehighstreet #printsoflondon

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2016 was truly a brilliant year for Eye for London Prints. But this post is about the special people I have met through my work - well wishers, supporters and those I've managed to touch in a small way through my artworks.

The illustration of the Old Truman Brewery, was for a father whose new born son's name is Truman. He said when his son turns 18, they could share their first pint together, and fondly remember this print. Steppenwolf - personal commission that Ram and I made for a guy as a gift for his best friend, who shared the love for this classic.

The Old Highbury Stadium and The Barbican now gracing the walls of the residents of these spectacular buildings. The Hoover Building, on the walls of the company working on restoring this art deco beauty, and the Rio print soon to be in the lobby of this newly renovated Art Deco picture house.

The shops of Stoke Newington for a Londoner whose grandfather established 'Gino's Barber' half a century ago- featured in the illustration. A lady gifting the Brixton Village print to her best friend moving to New York, to remember the good times they shared together in the market.

A funny co-incidence when husband and wife ordered the same Balfron tower print from me, as a surprise Christmas gift for each other. And a fan girl moment... to receive back to back orders from Droga5 New York! My dream advertising agency, and goosebumps looking at the Madison Avenue address.

I have been so lucky to have been able to reach out to such specific people, from all over the world who seem to relate so closely to the subject of my artworks. I'm looking forward to 2017 and all the interesting developments lined up, and waiting to share more stories through illustrations.

#londonisopen #eyeforlondonprints

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