William Gee Ltd

Acrylic on Canvas

H 50cm x W 70cm




I chose to paint Dalston icon William Gee Ltd as it stood directly opposite a previous painting I made of a cafe (Arthurs Cafe which is now closed). The shop is in an area of London that has seen a huge amount of gentrification yet it is still standing. The shopfront takes you back to a different era, the haberdashery was established in 1906 and is the lead stockist of fabric trimmings and haberdashery products in the UK. I chose the long, low shadows to add a sense of depth and emotion. It always looks like the shop is closed from the outside and I wanted to capture that with the dark, moody palette. The painting was exhibited at the 157th Society of Women Artist's annual exhibition in 2018 at the Mall Galleries in London.




Michelle Heron is a figurative painter from Norfolk now living and working in Italy. Following a degree in Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire she spent the next 16 years in London before relocating to Northern Italy. Her paintings have been exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Hampton Court Palace, London and The Royal Academy, London.


In 2016 Michelle’s work was shortlisted for The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, The John Ruskin Prize and The National Open Art Competition and in 2017 was selected for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This year she has been selected to exhibit at the 157th Society of Women Artists Annual Open Submission Exhibition.


Her paintings depict the British high street and in particular fast disappearing old shops. In recent years, neighbourhoods have changed and lost much of their individuality and charm to modern development. There were 15 shop closures a day in the UK across the first half of 2016, and the country is seeing its fastest rate of shop closures in four years due to a combination of high rents, stagnating wages and an increase in internet shopping. Michelle is also interested in painting other overlooked subjects on the streets such as street furniture and hopes to bring more awareness to what defines a high street and how rapidly they are changing.


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