|As ever, our festival began with a visit to previews at two well-established Hove Arts Open Houses, beginning with a champagne reception at Dion Salvador Lloyd . Lloyd, a self-taught artist, surrounds himself with his inspirations, the natural ephemera of skulls, antlers, shells and flints, their muted colours reflected in his home and his work. His paintings [perhaps storms, planets, oceans or heaths? – you decide] range from epic scale naturescapes to intriguing miniatures, or “smalls.” Stand-out piece: “Edgeland”
… and on the final day we made a return visit for a glass of wine and a chat about how it had all gone this year. Lloyd’s private view is always a big draw, and it’s good to be able to sit quietly and see the work in tranquillity here at the end of the festival.