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February 15th, 2023


By Julius Lawless Master

Francisco Gutierrez, 59, has completed 52 paintings of pubs in the capital, with these including establishments in Islington such as The Dame Alice Owen and King's Head Theatre Pub.

He started painting pubs after moving to London from his homeland Chile in 2004 and expects to reach his target “in a few years”.

Francisco said: “When I arrived in London, I immediately went into the city and I was amazed by the beauty of the pubs, their decorations and architecture.

“It’s a lot different from my country where bars and pubs aren’t very nice places normally.

“All I had with me was my luggage, pens and a notebook so I started sketching them in ink and painted them once I was able to get watercolours.

“I discovered that people liked them so I continued and because I was finding more and more pubs I became fascinated by them.”

Francisco’s interest in pubs was sparked partly by his career as an...