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May 2014 / People / by Cassia Geller

My London: Jack Pearce

Slow paced, with ample green space, it wasn’t long before artist Jack fell for Maida Vale’s many waterways and watering holes

How long have you lived in Maida Vale?

Just over three months.

Describe it in five words

Peaceful, green, cultural, Edwardian and vast.

What do you like most about the area?

The amount of green space, all within walking distance of my home, such as Paddington Green and Little Venice Gardens – a great spot for a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. I like the long stretches of canal leading into Regent’s Park, all the way through into Camden Town, the quietness of the streets, too, and being a stone’s throw from Little Venice and its quaint cafés and restaurants.

What are your favourite local places to eat?

Petit Café is a great little place located just off Elgin Avenue, serving anexcellent English breakfast, with tasty fruit-filled smoothies on the menu. And La Cochonnet, also located off Elgin Avenue; you can get a mouth-watering stone baked pizza the size of a dustbin lid for under £10.

Where do you go for an after-work drink?

The Truscott Arms is a great place to grab a drink. They’ve got a selection of London’s best craft beers, and by a long shot the best Sunday roast in town. They also run the Truscott Arts Programme showcasing up-and-coming artists.

Where do you most like to shop locally?

I’m still getting to know the area,  finding new places I love every day, but one I really would recommend is Baker and Spice. It sells delicious freshly-baked granary bread, pastries and cakes, and has a superb selection of homemade jams

How would you spend an ideal day in Maida Vale?

A good way to start the day for me (weather allowing) is by taking a walk down to Warwick Avenue and heading up the Grand Union Canal to St. Johns Wood. As I make my work from home most of the time, a walk to clear your head is pretty crucial! And after a day of painting and being in the same room for hours on end, I find that a competitive game of ping pong in my pong dungeon (yes, really) rounds the day off quite nicely.

Describe your interiors style

Well, I don’t have many personal possessions so I’d have to say my interiors style is makeshift and very minimal!

Finally, what’s new for you?

rsz_atomica_interior_01_ken_flahertyFollowing on from my solo show Bromance at Atomica Gallery, I have a new series of work in a group exhibition at their new space in Covent Garden. The paintings I’ve been working on for this show revolve around ‘dudes having a good time’. The pieces will fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, illustrating bearded tribesmen performing Bromance-orientated rituals. At present I’m also painting a series of murals at the Queen of Hoxton in East London, on the stairwell leading up to the rooftop teepee and firepit.

www.jackpearceillustration.com