Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Art Busk - Catching Moving Music - The Book Launch

Bar Catalan 
Sunday 30th July

Entrance to the Bar Catalan and quite a buzz created by our wonderful host Malcolm and Julie Cook, Allan and Ross.

With original paintings on the wall and musicians playing in the courtyard, it was just perfect for the launch.

Here are some photos from the day.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A weekend of firsts.

An incredibly busy time over the last few months.  I have just published a book on Art Busking and am getting ready for my very first Art Busking gig at Warwick Art Festival. All very exciting, even more so as I've never done it before on this scale, and the festival organisers haven't really heard of it before.

Here is a picture of us (that's Chrissy and Jen - my helpers who I could not do without) sorting our gazebo ready for the weekend.

On Friday 28th July, I'm running a workshop at the festival - again a first for me - just taking all my easels, materials and hoping to entice a few buskers who want to be immortalised in paint!

Over the weekend, I'll be painting a long canvas of buskers so that by the Sunday, I should be in a position to donate to the Festival. I really would like to thank the wonderful "Picturesque art store in Warwick for donating the canvas. (

Then on Sunday 30th July, my official book launch takes place at the Catalan Tapas Bar at Warwick. There will also be an exhibition pf some originals and lovely prints by Mikey Cunnane of Gingers the Art of Print ( I am so happy with the results as they are more than just a reproduction.  I am overwhelmed with the support I received in doing the book From the initial kick fro my old friend Steve Boyer; Guidance and a mentoring steer from Ian Haywood; The venue and encouragement from Malcolm Cook(Owner of the Catalan) and Superb editing and support from my wife, panel maker and all round fabulous person (also my key Quality Assurance Manager) Chrissy.  I want to also tank my old mate Ciprano Ponti (Cyppo) for writing an amazing forward. You can order the book by the link on the banner on the right. In the meantime here is what it's about:

This is a book of paintings by Warwick Artist Rupam Barthakur. 
It’s a celebration of live music painted “live”. Often, with just a few quick strokes Rupam captures the moment in oil paints on small homemade panels. The book is a journey from his first inspirations, to painting live in Open Mic sessions and festivals. 
It is also about the musicians and the highs and lows of painting in public. Although a small volume, it has forty paintings which show the vibrancy of the local music scene and will no doubt encourage the reader to go out there and sample it for themselves.
Quote from Paul Englefield (Editor: Hot Music Live): “From a few exquisitely selected confident lines and masses, every picture perfectly captured the essence of both performer and performance.”

Monday, 10 October 2016


Oil on gesso board 6x6 in

This one was from Crete earlier this year. The light, shadows and the scooters had to be painted!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Mandolin Break

6 x 6 in Oil on Gesso Panel

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I love the informal sessions just springing up with total strangers. Here's one from this year's Warwick Folk Festival.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

The "Yellow Jersey"

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8x8 in Oil on Gessoed Panel

On the Island of Crete, great people and characters. I loved the cool shadows in the afternoon sun - lifted me every time. Lots of scooters and's one!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

River Blue

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Oil on gesso panel 8"x8"

Summer on the Avon (Warwick) behind our house. How lucky am I!?

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Fiddle Break

Oil on gesso panel - 7x5 in


Taking in the atmosphere at this year's Warwick Folk Festival, this fiddler in the late sun was meant to be painted! I always love the impromtu sessions. There's a few more of these clamouring to get painted!