Yesterday’s art event hosted by product/furniture designer and painter, Lupe Velázquez of Occenca was a truly wonderful event with fantastic Mexican food at El Burrito, live music, live art performance and of course great company. It felt like I was in Mexico although I’ve never been before. All I had to do was close my eyes and I was there. Lifted up by legendary Mexican songs sung by a Mariachi band with the three musicians playing their guitars and trumpet, wearing traditional costume and sombreros which I loved. There was joyous singing by all who knew the songs, and I enjoyed hearing them.
I’ve not seen Lupe’s paintings in the flesh before (only his furniture and products at trade shows), and they are certainly something, his painting style and colours are amazing. My favourite piece is “Reiss” designed using cinnamon, but to be honest I like them all.
I will definitely go back to El Burrito for its delicious fast food, great service and friendly atmosphere. It’s a cute little find with a tiny grocer shop, a place where you can eat in or take out, so if you love real Mexican food its well worth a visit. Here’s their details: El Burrito, 5 Charlotte Place, London W1T 1SF
It was a pleasure to see so many people who not only came to see Lupe’s paintings, but also to honour the memory of Lupe’s late friend and artist Manuel Bautista who passed away a few years ago from a terrible illness. I didn’t know Manuel personally myself, but I’m sure he’d be very proud of this event put on in his memory, and his family must be so honoured.
Thank you Lupe for inviting me to this special event, it was good to see you. I’m proud of you and it’s a beautiful idea for Manuel’s family, they’ll love the video and signed card.
Here are some pictures taken from my iPhone. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me so the pictures may appear a little grainy, but hey, you get the idea.
To see more of Lupe’s work visit: Occenca