Tony Rybacki loved to paint all his life, and often found inspiration in scenes from his native North London.
Londoners, especially those who know the area, are sure to recognise many of the places in his work: Pond Square in Highgate, Queen’s Wood, Muswell Hill Road, St James’s Lane, Crouch End, Hampstead, and north into Trent Park.
Tony’s paintings, most of them oils, are also inspired by trips further afield: to Nice, southern Spain, Wales, Devon, Hastings and the banana plantations of La Palma. No matter the subject, his work deftly captures place and time, often with a sharp eye for the strange in the everyday.
This substantial body of work has never been shown before. Last year, Tony decided to arrange this exhibition in Lauderdale House, and was looking forward to organising it, when he died unexpectedly in March after a short illness. Friends and family have got together to carry on with the show, very sadly without him. Proceeds from any pictures sold will go to charities which Tony supported: Centrepoint for the young homeless, and the UNHCR for refugees.