Loaded with a myriad of connotations, the skull has always been a source of inspiration for artists. From Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Skull With A Burning Cigarette’ to Damien Hirst’s notorious platinum and diamond-encrusted creation, they can be found in countless masterpieces. For Everyone’s Got One Atomica has curated work by a variety of artists who have also used the timeless icon as their subject…
Each interpreting the skull in their own distinct way, the work on show will include Ramon Maiden’s re-appropriated vintage illustrations, detailed digital paintings from Tom Bagshaw, Nick Sheehy’s dreamlike characters, an exclusive limited edition print from Juxtapoz magazine cover artist Charlie Immer, plus much more.
27th February – 29st March 2014
Opening night: Thursday 27th February
The Circle, 21 Noel Street, W1F 8GP
Complimentary drinks provided by The Kraken Rum
Alexis Diaz, Puerto Rican artist and muralist renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, line by line, will present several new works on canvas.Diaz’s surreal work incorporates thousands of linear brushstrokes atop sharp bursts of colour to establish remarkably corporeal depictions of zoo animals with human elements.
Jaz, long-time name within the Argentinian graffiti and street art scene, is known for his unique painterly convention to urban art. Linea will display several new works that explore the “Hooliganism” of football, featuring “lucha libre” style wrestling part-man, part-beast figures locked in combat throughout the city.
A limited edition Screen Print by Alexis Diaz will be available online and at the exhibition.
06 Mar, 2014 to 12 Mar, 2014
Private View: Thursday, 06 March 6 – 9pm
RexRomae - 132 Commercial Street - E1 6NG - London
Join The Wick Art Store in demonstrating the unique, creative sub-culture that is ‘The Wick’ this Friday at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In collaboration with Stour Space and POSCA get involved with a drawing workshop with the Pen Pushers team and create a fairy tale interpretation of Hackney Wick and Fish Island complete with pirates and canal monsters. Featuring NJGM, Bob Motown and Hicks54
You can find them in Lunchroom 1 in the Sackler Centre (Education centre) 6:30 - 10:30pm on 28th February. Free entry (we recommend heading down to the V&A as early as possible to avoid a long queue!)
Friday 28th February 2014, 6.30 – 10.30
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL
Opening March 12th all girl collective HYSTERIA (Collagism, Aida Wilde and Shuby) come together alongside Jeffrey Disaster at the legendary gallery/ patisserie, Maison Bertaux, for a special exhibition of mayhem and delight.
Hysteria’s sui generis take on popular culture promises to be a feast for the eyes. Be prepared for scoops of sumptuous Technicolor “one off” artworks with their trade mark eggs, legs, bananas, bunnies and bold iconography.
The UK based collective will be bringing their Collage, Screen Printing and Installation talents together to present an exhibition which includes Hysteria’s latest joint panel works, collages and prints.
This two-floor exhibition promises riotous visual misconduct and infamous bad behavior using mainstream, historical and religious imagery all to be enjoyed with the sumptuous taste of Maison Bertaux’s legendary tea and cakes.
Private View — Wednesday March 12th 6-9pm
Open to public from the 13th March – 15th June 2014
Maison Bertaux - 28 Greek Street - Soho - London - W1D 5DQ
Test Space are very pleased to be hosting the first solo show by Nick JS Thompson at their space at C/159 in Camden.
Nick is a London based documentary photographer who has worked extensively in South East Asia since 2008. His passion in documenting his surroundings started when he was involved in the local London BMX subculture.
It is the interest in capturing community that has remained the key interest for Nick and through his journeys in South East Asia he has come across distinctive communities that have had a profound impact on him.
For this exhibition Nick will be showing work from his Phoumi series. Phoumi (meaning village in Khmer) is an extended project documenting the communities that live in floating villages on the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. Inhabited by a mixture of Vietnamese and Khmer fishing communities, they travel up and down the lake depending on the seasons and rainfall. The villages face a serious ongoing problem of access to clean and safe drinking water. The overpowering feelings created by the colour grey are used heavily in this collection to emphasise the economic disparity and hardships that people face. Whilst allowing injections of the vivid colours usually associated with Cambodia to highlight the strong sense of family and community that living in this situation creates.
Opening night 27th February 6pm Onwards
Exhibition is open daily until the 5th March.
C/159 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JY
Join Stolen Space Gallery on Friday the 21st february 2014 for the launch and to meet many of the featured artists.
Friday 21st February, 6 - 9pm
StolenSpace Gallery,17 Osborn Street, E1 6TD
Red Stripe set Jo the challenge of re-making the hit for a video to mark the introduction of the authentic Jamaican stubby bottle to the UK.
The video forms the latest instalment in Red Stripe’s series of Make projects and celebrates the lager beer going back to its Jamaican roots with the launch of the stubby bottle. Over 95 different sounds were created by Jo and fellow street musicians over the course of just one day. Bass notes, melodies, riffs and atmospheric effects were gathered from Brixton’s unique collection of bars, stalls, shops and side streets. They included a fishmonger’s rattling ice, a guitar chord sequence courtesy of a busker, bananas and mangoes, a junk shop’s eclectic wares, mannequins and huge saucepans.
The reactions of the public were also captured, including a surprise cameo from none other than The Clash’s very own Mick Jones; a former Brixton student who has a longstanding affiliation with the area.
Jo said: “Collaborating with Red Stripe on this project has been a lot of fun, full of new challenges and opportunities for creating sound. It’s been a real platform to create something unique that totally fits in with the DIY way I like to do things – working with whatever’s to hand and making something special out of it to get people smiling, as I have done for years on the streets of London – but on a much bigger scale!”
What better way to share a love for typography than to bring a collection of designers, typographers and illustrators together to share their work? The Book Club is hosting such an event, called 'Play-Type'. The show, which launched February 20th, has brought a diverse range of talents together, all with typographical work specifically created for the event.
A typography exhibition work by Charles Williams, Andre Beato, Tiago Pinto, Koby Barhad and Zohar Koren showcasing new and recent works exploring ideas around observation, orientation and perspective, all artists been selected by the curator of the book club Liat Chen, the artists are defining design such as beauty, intelligence, repetition, symbol, and humor.
Exhibiton opens 20th February.
The Book Club - 100 Leonard Street - London - EC2A 4RH
As part of their 25th anniversary, Boxfresh are looking for a photographer to document 25 different celebratory events staged throughout 2014. The winner of the competition will win a one year paid placement at Boxfresh, working as their official photographer.
To help promote the competition, Boxfresh have been in touch with a number of well-know and up-and-coming photographers to ask if they'd submit an image or two that they feel fits with the competition brief. The result is a series of diverse images from a list of photographers which includes Ewen Spencer (also a judge for the competition), Jason Evans, Shaniqwa Jarvis, Luke & Nik (co-founders of Wandering Bears) and Leo Cackett.
To take part in the competition and upload your images head over to the Talenthouse website where you can find all the details you need to take part.
Submit your entries by: Monday February 17, 2014
Voting Period: Tuesday February 18, 2014 - Tuesday February 25, 2014
Artist Selection: Friday March 14, 2014 All phases close at 6pm GMT.
Patrick started his career as a freelance designer after gaining a Degree in Graphics and Illustration with Commendations for Print Making at Kingston University (London) in 1998. He is currently studying at The Royal College of Art.
Having worked extensively for many years with illustrious fashion houses including Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Chanel and Prada. Patrick's work is synonymous with glamour and luxury.
The title of the exhibition alludes to what it is to be a material girl. The predilection of acquiring a rich and affluent life, rather than aspiring to romance and relationships. It explores the notion of 'buying into luxury as a lifestyle'.
Patrick was once quoted as saying: “Think for yourself, be inspired by those at the top and don’t be afraid to compete with the best. Don’t be beaten by the first hurdle of life and WORK HARD.”
Marshall, a graduate of Coventry University Fine Art degree who also studied Graduate Abstract Painting at CSULB, one of California's finest art schools, has enjoyed success in the UK and America, and is bringing his work back to Coventry for a landmark UK solo exhibition.
Originally a graffiti artist spray-painting the walls of Bristol under the tag ‘Vermin’, Marshall was sectioned in 1999 in one of Britain’s oldest asylums, St Lawrence’s Hospital in Cornwall.
Walls with Wounds draws inspiration not only from graffiti and Marshall’s time at St Lawrence’s, but also from his studio, a former Victorian workhouse in North Wales, its decaying walls inscribed by children over 100 years ago.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, DASH – Disability Arts In Shropshire through the IN Project. There are a series of artist- lead events linked to this exhibition including an In Conversation on 20th March and two Workshops on 5th April and 10th May featuring Dale vN Marshall and his wife Georgette. Tickets for all of these events are available at www.theherbert.org
Exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
Saturday 15th February to Sunday 18th May 2014
Known across the streets of the UK for his trademark roses, Copyright is the clear choice for a Valentine’s show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery this February. Using his works to explore ideals of modern culture through classic icons of beauty– butterflies, flowers and gorgeous women – One Red Rose Forever explores the impossibilities of idealism and the unattainable visions of beauty found in fashion, music and popular culture.
Fusing street art, graffiti and more traditional styles, Copyright uses a mixture of classic painting techniques and spray can art, citing influences from the Pre-Raphaelites to Alfred Hitchcock. His works are highly popular, collected by the likes of The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett and exhibited in sell-out shows from London to Tokyo. One Red Rose Forever sees Copyright work across a variety of media, including wood, paper and canvas, and the opening night will see the first 50 attendees being given one of his much sought after prints, a Valentines gift of epic proportions…
Lawrence Alkin Gallery, 42 New Compton Street – London - WC2H 8DA
14th February to 8th March 2014
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra delivered a new mural in Sao Paulo – Brazil. The artwork was based on Auguste Rodin's “The Thinker”, one of the most famous sculptures by the french artist. The wall is located in the east side of the city and carries Kobra's typical style: an explosion of colors and geometric forms along with an impressive realistic painting. Checkout some of the photos from the artist.
Lazarides is pleased to present Twenty-Four in London, a continuation of the critically acclaimed ‘Waiting’ series by American contemporary artist Brett Amory. Following his 2012 and 2013 exhibitions, Twenty-Four in San Francisco and Twenty-Four in New York, respectively, Amory’s first solo exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone will present twenty-four paintings of London's most iconic locations, including The National Museum, Abbey Road and The Blind Beggar alongside multimedia installations in their flagship gallery on Rathbone Place.
Amory’s creative process to this particular series involved over a month of research and observation, taking in the length and breadth of the nation’s capital by bicycle and documenting over forty locations with more than fifty hours of video and hundreds of photos at each place. From Kensington and Wimbledon to Hackney and Brixton, each painting portrays a localised arena featuring a diverse demographic of the city dwellers including night clubbers, commuters, school children and traders all going about their daily routine. Each unique setting is quietly and calmly depicted through the artist’s distinctive painterly brushstrokes and scenic anticipation.
These shows are for the locals. I want to give the viewer an experience. By having painting, photography, video, installation and found object I hope the viewer walks away with something, the same way a great movie or book affects you. You take it home with you and chew on it for a few days or even weeks.
This body of work—simultaneously soothing and troubling to the viewer—offers visitors an intimate and thought-provoking snapshot of London through the eyes of one of California’s brightest young talents.
Private View: 6th March 2014
7th March – 13th April 2014
Lazarides - 11 Rathbone Place - London - W1T 1HR