Quarantined at home for 10 days after visiting her mum in her hometown of Lisbon, Portugal, Jessica used some of this time to browse the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition online.

“My most favourite is ‘Orange’ by Hashim Akib, the bright colours and sharp contrast are so beautiful. It makes me remember hot summer days being outside with friends having drinks and ice cream. The painting is of Vinegar Yard, in London Bridge, an area I know well from having previously worked nearby. But this scene could be anywhere that the sun shines.”

Hashim Akib Orange Acrylic 66 x 81 cm £1,100

“I also really like ‘Studio Scene’ by Kayoon Anderson. The attention to detail in the clothing and building outside the window is fantastic. I love the warm colours in this portrait of a girl reading a book. Having an interest in True Crime myself, I am also fascinated by this being a location used by The Clerkenwell Crime Syndicate, ‘the Adams Family’; the tape on the window covering a bullet hole according to the artist! I’m now following Kayoon on social media, there are many more of her works that I like. I hope to see her work in person once my period of self-isolation is over.”

Kayoon Anderson Studio Scene Oil 88 x 63 cm £2,000

Jessica Dias is an Administrator at the Royal Courts of Justice, London.

She'll be returning to work and gallery visiting this week, after completing her period of self-isolation and testing negative for covid.

If you are also self-isolating, you can view the exhibition online and take our virtual tour. If you are out and about, book a ticket to come and see the show in person (just remember to wear your face mask!)

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