Salt in Tea was painted following a two-year residency at the bespoke umbrella shop James Smith & Sons in London’s West End. The title refers to when the craftsmen jokingly put salt or too much sugar in one another’s tea. In a first for the competition, Lewis’s Salt in Tea was also named ‘Visitors’ Choice’ from the exhibition of 92 works shown at Mall Galleries. As winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 Lewis received a cash prize of £20,000 as well as this solo exhibition at the Mall Galleries. He also won an additional £10,000 for the Visitors’ Choice Award.
All works in his solo exhibition were created during Hazelwood-Horner’s residencies at a number of London businesses, continuing his interest in the theme of craft in London, as demonstrated in Salt in Tea. His works reveal how old practices have evolved over time, showing the importance of the lightness of touch of a skilled and experienced craftsman (or woman), that cannot be replicated by machine. Many of his works relate to brewing and gun manufacture, leading to the exhibition’s title, Beer and Guns.
Katie Sheasby, Operations Manager at Howling Hops Brewery describes a painting by Lewis Hazelwood-Horner of her colleague, a brewer, at work as “a beautiful celebration of the otherwise unseen and little acknowledged hard work undertaken every day by a really humble craftsperson – especially as Gianmaria was brewing in the basement of the Cock Tavern so was literally out of sight and underground!”
She also found “something very timeless about both the process of painting and the process of brewing, which I think really came through the finished piece – it could have been 100 years ago as easily as it was 2015! It also captures a unique time within the beer world when the more ‘old fashioned’ labour intensive processes of brewing, rather than the larger scale more industrial ones, are enjoying a revival.”
Samantha Rigby, Director of the Redemption Brewery said of Lewis Hazelwood-Horner’s residency, “Lewis was such an engaging artist, bringing the spirit of our brewery to life through his paintbrush. Lewis has an extraordinary talent”.
The exhibition runs 19th to 24th September 10am to 5pm (closes 4pm on final day) Admission Free Mall Galleries The Mall, London SW1 www.mallgalleries.org.uk