New paintings on display at EFD Museum

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Epping Forest District Museum is host to two new paintings by local artist Martin Barrall, visit before March 2019 to enjoy them.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall and Bradley Melton with paintings

Exhibition details

Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

When: November 2018 – March 2019

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm

Free entry

The paintings show the famous tea hut, near Fairmead Road in Epping Forest; a friendly stop-off point for bikers, horse riders, dog walkers and other forest visitors. One shows Bradley (who runs the hut), surrounded by the treats and snacks for sale; the other is of a typical afternoon, during a rain storm, with the car park full of bikers and walkers.

The paintings were revealed in an intimate private view on Friday 16 November, at the museum, with Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, the artist, Bradley Melton and guests. The paintings will be on display until March 2019.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall, Bradley Melton and EFDC Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett

Martin Barrall

This is the first time that Martin has displayed his work in the district. The ‘Bradley’s Tea Hut’ artwork was recently on display at The Royal Academy as part of their 250th summer exhibition, curated by artist Grayson Perry.

Martin said, “I have entered the Royal Academy summer exhibition a few times before, getting paintings shortlisted but this was the first time I have had a picture hung.”

Martin worked in Art and Design education from 1974 to 1996 then slowly moved back to painting full time. He has painted many different subjects and themes, from country landscapes to Formula 1, and city scenes and over the last 5 years has mostly painted themes based on Epping Forest.

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Bradley’s Tea Hut

The tea hut, officially named ‘Original Tea Hut’, has been in Bradley’s family since the 1930s. It has become a big part of people’s visit to the forest; artist Grayson Perry is a fan of this hidden gem and was responsible for picking Martin’s paintings to be part of The Royal Academy’s exhibition. The private view was the first time Bradley had seen the paintings; he was delighted to see the painting as never got the chance to see it when it was in London.