Oblivious - New Works by Nigel Cox at Gallery 8‏

Painter Nigel Cox minimalist style has earned him many fans, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who commissioned him to do the only portrait to date of the explorer, and legendary dancer Carlos Acosta.

Now the artist’s new show, Oblivious, opens on 12 November, with an open preview in association with the Terence Higgins Trust.

Cox’s background is one of adventure - he took part in the first circumnavigation of the globe along the Greenwich Meridian via land, sea and ice with Sir Ranulph. Oblivious references the subjects and our own frequent obliviousness to the world around us. Cox often paints his figures from a viewpoint where no face is visible and portrays them against a vague, vast, empty landscape. A deliberate move, designed to focus the full attention on the figure.

Cox paints primarily in oil on linen, building up thin layers of precise paint, developing depth and detail, and bringing an important warmth to the work. The resulting paintings are smooth to the touch and glow with a subtle inner light and life.

A limited edition of two specially selected prints, “Flash” and “Spiderman”will be released on the night, with all proceeds of the price (£150) going to the Trust.

Open from Wednesday 12 November 2014 until Saturday 22nd November 2014, 1100 until 1900 everyday.

Open preview Wednesday 12 November 2014
Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James's, London SW1Y 6BN.

Mike Perry’s My Mother Caught Me Doodling Show

My Mother Caught Me Doodling is a new exhibition and book by prolific daydreamer Mike Perry that looks at the awe-inspiring naked female form.

Throughout November, Mike will adorn the walls of KK Outlet with original female nudes, painted and drawn in bright colors and spontaneous energy. They are nudes conjured not from chilly life drawing classes, but from the recesses of Mike’s mind, the internet or old glamour magazines. However, far from being seedy, these girls have attitude. They revel in their natural state with humour, inviting you to look at them without being ashamed.

The result is a collection of new work and book of the same name that absolutely celebrate the female form in all its phenomenal glory.

Mike Perry’s My Mother Caught Me Doodling book is out now and available through Belly Kids.

Launch Party: Thursday 6 November, 7-9pm
Exhibition Runs: 7 – 27 November 2014.
KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB

The Enchanted Page – an Exhibition of Children’s Illustration

Creating a magical environment for children, this upcoming interactive show features illustrations and cut outs from the latest children’s books with an art trail where children can read, draw, and tell stories. The Enchanted Page is an  installation for children, in a specially constructed environment featuring enchanting images and characters.

Curated and designed by award winning children’s book illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon and John Phillips at londonprintstudio, the show is inspired by beautiful illustrations from 15 younger generation artists.  The show features work by  leading children's book illustrators -  Alex Barrow, Michael Bartalos, Floyd Cooper, Philippe Coudray, Benji Davies, Yasmeen Ishmail, Talleen Hacikyan, Ohara Hale, Emily Hughes, John and Jana, Maggie Li , Julie Morstad, Ben Newman, Rachel Ortas, Frann Preston-Gannon, and Priya Sundram. 

The exhibition is suitable for all children up to the age of 11, and for anyone interested in contemporary illustration.

Opening Party: Thursday 13th November, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Exhibition runs: Friday 14th November until Saturday 31st January 2015
Admission free, Tuesday to Saturday  10.30am - 5.30pm
Closed 22nd December 2014 – 5th January 2015

London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE 

Image:- Sloth by Frann Preston-Gannon

Ronzo X Dr. Dre

London artist RONZO has just announced this latest collaboration which saw him designing the characters for the one and only - the legendary: Dr.Dre himself!

Ronzo developed, sketched, drew and designed this funky little audio characters. These 'funsters with attitude' can now be seen on posters, animations and music videos across all media channels around the globe (worldwide and they have also been made into toys! Booom! Check the video below.

Spraying Bricks with CYRCLE in London

Back in February this year Spraying Bricks had the privilege of meeting two crazy Cali dudes...Rabi and Davey, aka Doug and Doug from art collective CYRCLE. Having just come fresh from PowWow Hawaii it was no surprise that the British weather was a shock to the system. This particular piece was painted over the course of 5 days and nights to mark the launch of their recent show OVERTHRONE, at Stolen Space Gallery early on in the year. The image depicts the statue 'Rape of Polyxena' by Pio Fedi.

CYRLCE take oppressive imagery to create hope and inspiration. Revealing complex ideologies in their simple forms, CYRCLE are combining the aesthetic of classic romanticism with alchemical symbolism. They strive to highlighting dark areas of society and playfully exposing those grey areas of life.