Lewes artist L. E. Gav Thorpe is known for his paintings of legs and feet.

His distinctive works have been used to support various charities, such as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Visual AIDS. Your County caught up with the artist to discuss his work.

Where do you get your inspiration for the art?

Inspiration for paintings can come from several places. Sometimes an idea just comes to mind or it can be inspired by something I have seen on the TV, or in the newspapers or magazines. In some cases, ideas have come from people that I’ve seen and the type of shoes or clothes they are wearing, that can suddenly bring an idea to mind.

I paint the legs and feet where many of the works that I create feature high heels and stockings, however I have have gained far more popularity for including in my works a small man, very often found to be in difficult or comedic situations. My main aim is to create artworks that are full of mystery, enticement and intrigue through having a degree of anonymity and to present this with a modern twist, to create a look which is both fun and saucy.

What do you like about East Sussex?

I was born in Brighton, but I’ve always lived in Lewes. Lewes is a great little arty town, which makes sourcing materials and equipment very easy and has enabled me to meet with many other artists working in different mediums and styles.

The Life of the Shrunken Man by L. E. Gav Thorpe

The Life of the Shrunken Man by L. E. Gav Thorpe


Have you any local exhibitions coming up?

My artworks are currently part of an ongoing display at the Duke of York’s Picture house in Brighton and I will be exhibiting for the Artist United show next July. I am a member of the Lewes district’s visual arts association, so will be exhibiting during 2015’s Artwave, At the moment, I’m also in talks with several other galleries, so other exhibitions are possible but not yet confirmed.

How often do you create new works?

I generally am working on paintings most days and usually complete artworks within a few weeks, however it greatly varies on the complexity or simplicity of the image. In most cases the size of a canvas doesn’t affect the overall time it takes to complete a piece, but commissions can take a little longer.