Oscar Romp is unique. Currently residing and teaching in Austria, this Royal College Of Art trained artist is dance culture’s Stanley Spencer. I can say this because his expansive murals which adorned the walls of hospitals like Kings were breathtaking and firmly in the traditon of artists like Spencer and Diego Rivera. That said, Oscar is also a club dancer – northern soul to jazz with some boogie and funk in beteween.
I’ve nearly fallen over the man several times in long gone. legendary clubs like the legendary Blue Note in Hoxton Square or That’s How It Is at Bar Rumba. Oscar would down on the amidst the dancers getting it down on paper with charcoal or pastels before spiraling off into a set of dance moves himself, set in motion by a particular tune. This show has a wonderful selection of these drewings from a whole range on settings. I caught up with the artist at the Blackall Studios in Shoreditch, late on Sunday afternoon, when it was all quiet and he gave me a run down, image by image, the various club settings and where they fitted in to his own musical growth.
Unfortunately, the show slotted into a 5 day free window at the gallery and unfortunately finishes today. If you are lucky enough to be in the Shoreditch area in East London – Leonard Street to be precise – make sure you drop in, check it out and meet the man himself. He’s sold quite a few originals and the prints are very reasonable.
If you miss the show, check out http://www.oscarromp.force9.co.uk