Mark Jones

"Still Life With Bicycle"
Acrylic on Canvas
50 x 50  cm

Sitting in a cafe in Amsterdam, I contemplated the creative connection between cafes, coffee and cycling. Cyclists have long congregated at the "cafe stop" before and after a club run. Now the urban cyclists' cafe is a rapidly growing trend, a hybrid place where couriers and commuters hang out. More than just a coffee shop, it is a meeting space for riders, containing a workshop, gallery, place to chill and watch races on the screen. The Italian coffee is good, prepared with the same attention to details as lavished on a hand built bicycle.