Our friend Victoria Kovalenchikova, a fabulous Russian artist (who also happens to be a very beautiful woman!) is thrilled to have her painting “The Mirror” featured on the May cover of Private Equity International Magazine. Emmanuel Ray first met Victoria at the Russian, Eastern & Oriental Fine Art Fair in London, last year. Private Equity International is a globally distributed magazine that reaches over 20,000 firms with influential investment managers in the financial world. The competition for this cover saw many galleries and artists compete in it, but our friend has won it! Victoria Kovalenchikova runs her own gallery in Amsterdam. See her website for more details.
My favourite pub in our neighbourhood is The Shakespeare. Run by the eccentrically fabulous Oscar Toma, the pub is a much loved hang out for locals, city workers and drifting alcoholics! All fun and games, the moment you step into The Shakespeare, you instantly feel relaxed and laid back. In the picture above, you see artist and illustrator Heiner Radau who interns at Alexander McQueen, Myself (wearing Isaac Kotlyarevsky!), writer and copy editor Joanna Caveney, her mum Pauline (a brilliant painter) and her friend Pat. And here’s…