Visiting Society Cafe one day in Kingsmeade Square we encountered the very rude barista again and resolved not to return as their was nothing else very compelling about the café other than that it does have reasonable coffee and it is on the Sainsburys’ side of town. As a compensation, however, we did see hanging on the wall some work by an illustrator called Ben Rothery. Kate liked the picture of an anthropomorphized stag with a bicycle and took a snap of it and the artist’s name for later research.
Google discovered that he should have an outlet at somewhere called The Makery in the Bath laneways. So, when one day we were nearby, we looked it up only to be told that he had moved to a new studio on Northgate. Still intent on tracking Benjamin down we tried to find his studio there and after one abortive attempt located it up some stairs in a building close to Waitrose at the Podium. Unfortunately it was closed. Not to be deterred we tried again a couple of days later and at last met the man in person.
He was a bit confused at first as he didn’t realise what we had come for and actually thought we were clients asking about some work and he was afraid that he had missed a deadline or something. Once we had established that we were interested in buying some of his work he was very happy to show us some of the prints that he still had from the series we had originally seen and to chat to us about his work in general. He is half English and half South African but has been making his home in Britain for last six or so years, I think he said, and was generally very charming indeed.
To cut this long story short, here are the four prints that we bought. First are the bicycle series in black and white:
And then there is Oscar in colour:
He is based on Benjamin’s own cat of the same name. Benjamin showed us a picture of Oscar on his phone and sure enough it was recognisable as the same cat.
We now have to get the prints framed and decide where to hang them in the apartment.