OBEY London Sample Sale

This holiday season sees the OBEY crew roll into London’s East End for their Christmas Sample Sale; from sweats to jackets and from caps to bags they’ll be representing their Men’s and Women’s Collections at marked down prices.

From the opening on Thursday 15th December at 12pm up until Friday 23rd December Obey Clothing will be restocking and re-upping the selection of clothing available; keeping the whole shop fresh whilst littering the rails with exclusive samples and classic vintage cuts!

They will be in their usual spot on Brick Lane in the Old Truman Brewery so whether you’re just picking up a new tee for the summer or restocking your whole wardrobe pop down and come say hello!

Check out the Obey Facebook Event page here to share with your posse.

Opening Times:
Thursday 15th December 12pm - 8pm
Friday 16th December 10.30am - 7pm
Saturday 17th December 10.30am - 7pm
Sunday 18th December 10.30am - 7pm
Monday 19th December 10.30am - 7pm
Tuesday 20th December 10.30am - 7pm
Wednesday 21st December 10.30am - 7pm
Thursday 22nd December 10.30 - 8pm
Friday 23rd December 10.30am - 6pm

Location: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6Q London, United Kingdom 


The worlds of visual art and music will collide when The Dean Collection x BACARDÍ® bring their innovative, experiential platform No Commission to London from 8-10 December 2016.

Following sell out shows in Miami and the Bronx, the UK will play host to the iconic rum brands first event in Europe featuring work from some of the world’s most celebrated street and fine artists, live music acts, and DJ’s. No Commission is a contemporary art fair, curated by music producer Swizz Beatz and The Dean Collection, to forge a direct link between artists’ practices and art patronage.

The platform is designed specifically to support both new and established artists. All artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly to the artists. The injection of immersive music performances from event collaborator BACARDÍ, shakes up the traditional art fair, creating a unique, cultural experience for visitors.

Some of the artists who will be displaying work at No Commission: London include: FAILE, Ricardo Cavolo Sandra Chevrier, DANK (Dan Kitchener), D*Face, Ben Eine, Conor Harrington, Paul Insect, OKER, and Jaybo Monk plus many more.

The Dean Collection X BACARDÍ present No Commission: London runs from the 8-10 December 2016 at The Arches in Southwark, London (Ewer Street entrance, SE1 0NR, off Union St.).

Tickets are FREE but there is limited availability. 
Visit nocommission.BACARDÍ.com for more information. 
Visitors must be 18 years of age or older.

Olivia Descampe's Cut-Out Dreams Exhibition

Olivia Descampe's passion for art came at an early age, as her mother was a fanatic art collector, she was constantly surrounded by art and inspiration. She studied interior architecture and product design but after moving to Berlin at the age of 26, it was there that she discovered her talent for collages.

It all started with a pile of National Geographic magazines from the sixties bought at the little shop around the corner. She found a certain peace in searching for the right images, and shortly after if became clear she wanted to push this further. To decompose images and combine them together to create something new, something different, something surreal, is what she would do from then and now on.

Most of Olivia’s work is made quite impulsively. What takes most of her time but also what she enjoys the most, is searching for new images and then cutting them to create her infinite palette of textures and colours to choose from.

Opening: Thursday 1st Dec / 6-9pm
Usual gallery hours: Tues to Sat / 12-7pm
Location: 1963 gallery space, 129a Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB .

Ugo Gattoni & Mcbess / Sweetbread

Sweetbread is the result of a week of artistic residency with Ugo Gattoni and Mcbess at the URDLA print shop, located in Villeurbanne. For seven days, the two artist friends ate together, drew together, cooked together, laughed together, and created this stone lithography entitled Sweetbread. This residency was the occasion for Ugo Gattoni and Mcbess to immerse themselves and experience one of the major themes of their illustrations - food.

Sweetbread is available exclusively on soldart.com

Ben Eine 3D limited edition sculptures

We all know Ben Eine as the man who loves letters, those slanty, straight or curvy characters that permeate our world, our consciousness, on which modern civilisation is partly built. Letters have clout – artistically, culturally, politically, historically. And while you may or may not have noticed that Eine’s alphabet canvases sometimes omit the letter ‘W’ – their grid layout leaving no room for odd numbers – this exclusive second sculpture release from the artist, produced by Fluorescent Smogg, proves that there’s no love lost.

‘The Missing Letter’, hand-cast in concrete and available in four colourways and one seductive special edition, lavishes attention on the alphabet’s 23rd character – a symmetrical symbol that is both aesthetically and phonetically pleasing, that’s admirable for reasons beyond being the chemical element sign for tungsten and the only letter name with more than one syllable. Stand back, take stock: the letter ‘W’ just always looks good.

So now is your chance to place one in your collection. It may be the Ancient Greeks, the Romans or the Phoenicians we have to thank for creating the alphabet and bringing us the letter ‘W’ in the first place, but Ben Eine now brings it to bold, brilliant, three-dimensional new life. And while his first ‘E’ sculpture release of 2013 sold out pretty much instantly, this accolade to character 23 – in editions of just 10 for each colourway – is likely to follow suit.

Ben Eine x Fluorescent Smogg "The Missing Letter" cast concrete sculpture edition. On Sale Thursday 13th October online from FluorescentSmogg.

SAVE YOURSELVES Exhibition in Hackney Wick

They say home is where the heart is, but in Stour Spaces case, home is where the art is. Well this may have been the case a while back in Hackney Wick, but these days the sights of cranes, bulldozers, developers and hoardings seem to have replaced the now lesser spotted artist.

This October 14th at Stour Space, Aida Wilde (Aida & The Glorious House of Brag) will once again assemble the 'Lunatics' from the recent takeover of the Lord Napier pub (Hackney Wicked 2016), bringing you an immersive, visual and historical experience. By sharing personal photos and archival images and footage with us, the local people of The Wick, Hackney WickED and Save Hackney Wick have contributed to what promises not to be just another gallery show but an insight into this unique community past and present.

For at least a decade, the urban art landscape of the Wick has shaped and developed the aesthetic of this unique pocket of East London. Save Yourselves celebrates the art and the artists who have personal and emotional connections to the area. Many of these artists have gone on to become some of the most prolific street artists of our time. As most buildings are doomed for demolition, subsequently so is the rich heritage of urban art in East London. Is there now anything left to Save, apart from Ourselves?

Join Stour Space to commiserate, commemorate and celebrate what has been, is, and might be, from a community in mourning.


MOBSTR, Donk, Zombie Squeegee, Static, Fatherless, Edwin, Mighty Mo, Sweet Toof, Dscreet, Unga, Deso, Malarko, Float, DONE, Gregg Abbott (The Hidden Print), Vesna Parchet, Teddy Baden, John Atherton, Hin, Sony, Darren John, RUN, Ronzo, Rowdy, Neoh, David O'Shaughnessy, Cristina Lina, Brenda Goodchild, Helen Ashton, Jo Hicks, Anna Chilton, Xenz, Busk, Fifth Wall TV, Rosa Romeo, Felicity Taylor, Gina Pellicci, Juliette Stuart, Allie Li, Ego. A. Sowinski, Pang, Tek33, ODC & Nudo de Víboras.

7-10pm on Friday 14th October, all welcome
AT Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2PA

Exhibition will be open daily until 31st October 9am-5pm, free entry.

'The Boosh Club’ photography exhibition by Dave Brown

The Book Club in Shoreditch will become The Boosh Club this October 20th for three month.

To celebrate 10 years since their first UK tour, Dave Brown from The Mighty Boosh will exhibit his 'on tour photographs from his extensive archive.

Boosh works from comedy photographer Andy Hollingworth and illustrators Ivana Zorn, Jake and Mr Bingo will also be on show. As well as original artworks by Noel Fielding.

Limited edition prints will be available to purchase with a prcentage on profits going to the help refugess charity. The Book Club will also host a series of themed arts and culture events, including a Boosh-themed Artist Lock-in and a Boosh Halloween party. For more info check the Book Club event page here.

Launch date 20th October 2016
8pm – 2am - free entry.
Exhibition runs, 20th October – 29th January 2017
The Book Club, 100 – 106, Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH.

Artist Self-Publishers' Fair - The Sequel at The ICA

Following on from the success of the inaugural ASP: Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair in 2015, this year ASP hosts over 70 UK and international independent artist self-publishers for a one-day fair.

At the fair, the publications are the art works; affordable and available, with the ideas, images and text produced and published by artists who understand the restrictions and freedoms of the printed page. In addition to those selected for the fair, ten places will be allocated through open submission.

Date: 10 September at 11:00–18:00
Location: ICA, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH London, United Kingdom

Topsafe Screening & Magazine Launch Party at the ICA

STOP PLAY RECORD and Topsafe host a free night of films by emerging and leading London based filmmakers.

Watch new films from Will Robson Scott, Hector Dockrill, Bafic, Frank Lebon and Mollie Mills and Dear Mr. Quistgaard and hear from some of the directors following the screening.

Afterwards, Topsafe will launch their new magazine CASEBOOK with a free after party in the bar with music from Sonic Verse & more TBA.

Date: 7 September at 18:30–23:00
Location: ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
Tickets:  Free tickets available here.

35 WORKS ON PAPER Exhibition At Beers London

BEERS London is extremely proud to bring together a diverse selection of artists who have each contributed one-to-two original work(s) on paper for exhibit in 35 Works on Paper. The show features emerging, mid-career, and established artists from around the globe who each bring their unique perspective to an exhibition that celebrates art in what can often be its simplest, most instantaneous - and invariably profound - articulation. The included works cover a large breadth: including abstract, figurative, and even conceptual pieces, as well as proposed sketches, text-based work, painting, drawing, and even collage. All are unique works (none editioned!) either created specifically for this exhibition or culled from the artist's own personal archive.

Featuring work from the following artists:
Dale ADCOCK | Andrew BIRK | Sverre BJERTNES | Laura BRUCE | Yvette COPPERSMITH | Kim DORLAND | Austin EDDY | Danny FOX | Alicia GIBSON | Paul HOUSLEY | Gary HUME | Andy KOLAR | Adam LEE | Rhys LEE | Christian LITTLE | Jonathan LUX | Jessie MAKINSON | Kathryn MAPLE | Holly MILLS | Ryan NORD KITCHEN | Tal R | Josh REAMES | Tony ROMANO | Andrew SALGADO | Mason SALTARRELLI | Daniel SEGROVE | Struan TEAGUE | Kristian TOUBORG | Johannes VANDERBEEK | Paul WACKERS

Preview: Tuesday 23 August 6-8pm
Exhibition: 24 August - 24 September 2016
Beers London, 1 Baldwin Street, London, EC1V 9NU

Distorted Reality - London debut of street artist Alaniz

DISTORTED REALITY will be an intimate exploration of culture and humanity. It is the personal research of a traveller. Discovering the human nature, society and the world - it will question our concept of reality and try to explore what influences it.

From the moment we are born, we are constantly learning and remembering things we see and hear. We are sent to school, where the educational systems are based on archaic archetypes set up by ancient and outdated intuitions. This information we receive is what defines our concept of reality. Education is the first, it is there to lay down the foundations and then as grow older religion, politics and the media come into play – altering the population’s vision of life.

The term 'reality distortion field' (RDF) was used by Bud Tribble in 1981 to describe Steve Job's charisma and the effects it had on his employees. A mixture of charm, charisma, bravado, marketing and persistence, he had the ability to convince others and even himself to believe almost anything. This ingenious recipe is used by many people of power with politians being the prime example.

It is through our own life experiences that we can begin to understand the real world we live in, and try to dissociate between what is told to be true, and what in reality is the truth. Unfortunately, more often than not, instead of finding the answers for ourselves we choose to buy them from our closest reality dealer without even questioning the source of this packaged view of the world.

Many of these concepts of existence, manipulated by systems of power, are no more than old paradigms of what life is thought to be. But over time as the truth manifests and the collective conscious becomes aware, we begin to observe the actual situation of our planet, and can try to comprehend the perishable nature of these ancient conceptions.

In this exhibition Alaniz paints his distorted vision of our reality, based on his experience collected during his journey through different lands and cultures. He uses mostly his own photographs as reference for his paintings, extracting certain parts of information from the original and producing a rearranged version of them. His intention is not the aim of manipulation but to reflect on the personal state of humanity as one single entity.

Exhibition opens 14th September 2016.
Facebook Event Page here. 
Location: 1963 gallery space, 129a Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB.

Oculus by Pyramid Oracle at BSMT Space in Dalston, London

'OCULUS' by @pyramidoracle showcases a collection of intricate and symbolic works that examine the dimensions of human spirit, and the complex world that it inhabits.

In a world where everything is recycled... nothing is new under the sun. With all things constantly being repurposed there is no originality. Only that which is authentic. By exploring the metaphysical, it seeks to capture the often imperceptible geometric systems that permeate through all of nature. And revisit venerable means of understanding the great mysterious architecture of the universe.

Exhibition runs from the 18 August - 24 August.
BSMT Space, 5D Stoke Newington Road, N168BH

RICH SIMMONS - Solo London Exhibition

Self-taught British Pop Artist who hit global headlines yet again with his street art of Superman kissing Batman is back in London with a new ground breaking exhibition. After cracking America and exhibiting in New York and Los Angeles, Simmons’ work is now in some of the best known international collections and has celebrity collectors around the world.

In collaboration with RISEgallery, Simmons brings his unique contemporary pop art paintings to 90 Piccadilly, Park Lane for a week long pop up exhibition. Simmons has proved himself time and again to be one of the most exciting talents in British art and this new body of work is seen as his strongest collection to date.

Facebook Events Details here.
Exhibition dates: 1 September - 7 September.
Location: 90 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NE

Matt Stuart's All That Life Can Afford At The Print Space

This Thursday evening Print Space Gallery is the place to be! They will be welcoming the humorous and upbeat work of street photographer Matt Stuart, who will be exhibiting photographs from All That Life Can Afford for the first time in a London Gallery!

With this exclusive debut we will be celebrating with a beer in hand, and exploring the magical moments Matt has captured within All That Life Can Afford. With weird and wonderful happenings in every photograph, this exhibition is one to lighten your mood and embrace the simple joy that is found in Matt's photography.

So join The Print Space Thursday evening, 18th August at 7:30pm for a beer in the sun and see London in a light you’ve never seen it before.

theprintspace | 74 Kingsland Road | London

Samantha Gare - Wild Giants At Curious Duke Gallery, London

Curious Duke Gallery
are incredibly proud to announce ‘WILD GIANTS’ the first UK solo show from Samantha Gare launching on the 1st September 6-9 at The Curious Duke Gallery London. In these times of political and economic turmoil, Gare’s soaring mountainscapes offer a welcome respite: a chance to step out of the smoke, chaos and tribulations of London, into the undiscovered wildernesses at the fringes of the planet.

During the weeks of the exhibition, every Thursday, the gallery will turn into a northern lights display with meditation sessions and wildness talks – we will be giving Londoners the chance to step out of the their sky scrapers and into the places we go to feel small.

PV — 1st September 6-9pm @ The Curious Duke Gallery.
Curious Duke Gallery, 173 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JT

Nick JS Thompson - Relics Exhibition At BSMT Space

In Nick JS Thompson’s first visit to his grandparents house since his grandfather passed away and his grandmother moved into care, he became aware of the character of the space where once personality had been the focus.

Documented in black and white the images are stripped of their warmth as if something is missing. Without the characters that previously inhabited it, the space itself becomes a gallery for relics that are left behind, and we are given an insight into these characters.

These stark images in a once loving environment show the inability of the artist to reconcile his emotional response to memory and loss.

The scene presented is relatable to anyone who has lost family members, and as such the artist's personal journey becomes a universal experience.

Thompson’s works are known for being strikingly austere, and with this work being his most personal to date the impartiality in which he sees the objects before him is left open to debate.

BSMT Space, 5D Stoke Newington Road, London, N168BH , United Kingdom
Exhibtion dates: 4 August - 7 August
Exhibition Private View 4th August at 18:00 - 22:00

Darker Shades of White - Normski Talk and Zine Launch

YOUTH CLUB in conjunction with Doomed Gallery celebrates this zine launch with ‘Darker Shades of White’, a one-off talk by renowned urban & hip-hop photographer Normski. Discussing the progression of his extensive archive from shooting London family life to documenting the emergence of hip-hop itself, ‘Darker Shades of White’ harks back to the very foundations of urban street culture in the UK during the 1980s. Working with YOUTH CLUB, Normski will produce a limited edition 40 page zine available for sale on the night.

‘Darker Shades of White’ is a previously unseen insight into the early days of Normski’s journey before his career as a TV and Radio presenter, notably as the presenter for BBC’s Dance Energy. Having photographed a distinct range of worldwide musicians such as Run DMC, Barry White and Dr Dre, he adopted the nickname ‘Normski’ whilst on a trip to New York. Through his involvement in music he gained his reputation as a leading authority on urban and contemporary culture, leading him to photograph hip-hop artists and fashion movements for publications like The Face, i-D and Vogue.

Youth Club are proud to launch this exclusive and intimate edit of Normski’s iconic photographs complimented by the very experiences that forged them.

Location: Doomed Gallery, 65 Ridley Road, London, E8 2NP.
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland/Dalston Junction Overground.
Date: 2nd August 2016 from 18.30

‘Situ’ Exhibiton by guyandherbert At Book Club London

‘Situ’ is the first solo exhibition from creative duo guyandherbert.

guyandherbert use the camera as a tool to capture thought-provoking imagery. Presenting expressions based upon their reactions and thoughts influenced by the world around them, they create the surreal in the everyday.

They create dreamlike, raw and playful images, using the environment around them to portray their vision.Traditional and basic techniques are used to capture unusual situations in front of the lens. Location, lighting, props,and actors are some of the key ingredients that go into creating their images. Capturing the moment when it happens, rather than relying upon the comfort of post production - techniques inspired by designers and photographers such as Storm Thorgerson and Gregory Crewdson.

The ongoing 'Situational Masks' series encourages the viewer to immerse themselves in a mix of obvious every day situations and interrelated environments mixed with a colourful palette of ingredients. It asks the viewer to personally conjure up their own unique story and outcome for the subject matter as bold colour and mystery lure in and intrigue us.

As well as the ‘Situational masks’, there's a selection of their striking album artwork pieces on display. Both Guy and Herbert have been involved in a variety of projects and different roles within a broad spectrum of the creative industry. This has heavily influenced their style and approach to their art. Defying design trends, modern technology, and unmotivated by profit, they have developed a cloak and dagger style approach to design. Passion NOT fashion.

The exhibition has been directed and curated by Liat Chen
Exhibition Launch: Weds 17th August 6pm - midnight
Exhibition run until Sunday 16th October 2016
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A4H

Stolen Space Gallery Present ‘Going Against The Grain’ with OKER

StolenSpace is very proud to present ‘Going Against The Grain’ the inaugural solo show by one of the most prolific writers of the London graffiti scene, OKER.

OKER has been painting for over 20 years. His throw-ups were all over South London, and with trains running across the city, he has made an incredible contribution to the London scene, influencing many of the younger generation of writers throughout the years. He is one of the very few graffiti writers in England who can call themselves ‘all city’, having been up in every area of London.

OKER claims he turned to graffiti as a form of self medication in his difficult early teenage years. When he walked along the tracks with other like minds, no one was interested in his personal life, this world was purely about him as a graffiti artist, as ‘OKER’.

After a short spell of living in New York and building relationships with the Kings of New York, he then returned to London bringing NYC’s bombing style with him, gaining the respect from artists such as Eine, Barry McGee, KR and Banksy to name a few…

In 2000 he was sentenced for graffiti and again in 2013 for 2 years for painting on trains. This lead him to rethink his practice, ‘Going Against The Grain’ shows not only OKER’s artistic development, but also a development in the way he thinks about his art and an important step in his artistic practice. He can now safely move forward without the worry of being arrested on his opening night. He’s served his time, and this inaugural solo show will show how far he has come.

Stolen Space Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, London, E1 6TD.
The exhibition opens with a private view on the 4th August from 6 - 9pm, the exhibition will continue at the space until the 28th August 2016.

Brothers & Sisters | Brothers Of The Stripe Collective Show

After 3 busy years working with everyone from the V&A to Glastonbury, the 13 strong collective Brothers of the Stripe descend on London once more, each member coupled with one of the best female illustrators on the UK scene.

Brothers of the Stripe (BOTS) are a collection of illustrators, graphic designers and image makers from all corners of the UK. With many major cities represented, we are able to support each other in presenting our collective works to the various regions. The collective also offers us a soundboard through which to gain brotherly support, collaborative projects and a shoulder to cry inky tears.

The BOTS are made of all an all male team of movers and shakers, all picked for their devotion to their style and craft. An important factor to the dynamic of the team is not only our ability but our philosophies and commitment to the cause, our support for each others and our willingness to play outside our comfort zones.

Private View: Thursday 4th August, 7-10pm, free entry
SlothBoogie playing all night .
Opening times: 5th-29th August, 9am-5pm daily, free entry
Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, E3 2PA London.

D.I.Y. Art Market in Peckham, London

The D.I.Y. Art Market is a celebration of London’s independent publishers, and emerging/established artists, championing original items, an art market for lovers of all that is D.I.Y. and self published.

Showcasing a curated selection of over 50 artists, it’s a great place to discover a new wave of publishers/artists, all exhibiting and selling an eclectic range of original items.

Entrance to DIYAM is FREE ! We want you to save money to buy artwork and books from our exhibitors.

Items for sale will include, art prints, ceramics, zines & independent publications, illustration, photography, jewellery, sewn items, comics, custom tees, homemade cassettes, screen prints, records, and artist books.

Website: hackneyfleamarket.com
Twitter: @diyartmarket
Instagram: @diyartmarket
Email: hackneyfleamarket@gmail.com

Train: Peckham Rye, Queen's Road Peckham
Bus: 12, 37, 63, 78, 197, 343, 363, 484

Copeland Gallery, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN.
Saturday 16th July 2016, 11:00–18:00.

Kaleidoscope Exhibtion At Fold Gallery, London

FOLD is pleased to present a show that will bring a short, sharp shock of colour to the holiday season.

In Kaleidoscope they are presented with seven artists whose practices tackle intense colour in radically different ways. The use of Colour can be approached in an arbitrary manner but artistic development can only occur when the many variables are controlled and understood. 
Each of the artists shown here have developed their own inherent sense of the ‘right’ colour choice. From monochromatic coolness to explosive rainbow-like palettes, they each present a unique vision of how to liberate colour to stimulate and energise the viewer.

Curated by Dominic Beattie
FOLD, 158 New Cavendish St, London W1W 6YW.
Private View Thursday 4th August 2016, 6 - 8pm.
Exhibition is on show until the 27th August.

Profile of Spanish Street Artist Pejac by FithWallTV

Ahead of his London show, Law of the Weakest, FithWallTv have put together a short beginner's guide on the Spanish artist Pejac.

Covering some of his most memorable projects over the last few years this video will hopefully give you an insight into one of the most exciting artists in the street art game just now.

Pejac's Law of the Weakest exhibition opens in London on the 22nd July running until the 31st July at London Newcastle Space, Redchurch St, Shoreditch, London.

Dotmasters presents "Rude Kids"

Graffik Gallery hosts the Preview of “Rude Kids” a collaborative exhibition showcasing new works by this year’s breakthrough artist, Dotmaster, featuring fashion brand Pills and $ Bills new ‘street art’ wear collection.

Launching on 14th July 2016 @ 6.30pm
RSVP via email: art@graffikgallery.co.uk

The Pièce de résistance will be the reveal of a brand new, two-storey mural by Dotmaster on West London’s very first street art gallery – Graffik Gallery Ltd. situated on the iconic Portobello Road.

Graffik Gallery, 284 Portobello Road, W10 5TE London, United Kingdom

Yann Le Bec, Launch Party At KK Outlet, Hoxton

Yann Le Bec’s exhibition, Dog Days is a collection of new paintings that play out like the stills from a French thriller. Yann's monochromatic paintings depict seemingly innocuous scenes, many from the French countryside; a naked torso moist with perspiration, a lone walker on an isolated road, a swimmer and a man looking through trees.

Beneath the surface of this postcard-like scenery there is a slight feeling of unease, a sense of longing and in some scenes fear. Why is the swimmer reaching for a knife? What is the sad figure on the bed contemplating? Will the girl make it out of the way of the car coming round the bend?!

Come down to the launch at KK Outlet and find out...


KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB.

Launch party: Tuesday 12 July, 7-9pm
Exhibition runs: 12 – 30 July

Art In My Mouth at Moosey Art Gallery

Art In My Mouth is back, Moosey Gallery's flagship group exhibition bringing in some of the worlds greatest urban artists to Norwich. This year the celebration is bigger and better, gathering 25 artists both international and homegrown to pull together the biggest exhibition to date.

To keep with tradition our neighbours The Alley will be hosting a live drawing event on the launch evening, featuring some of the exhibiting artists. 2 walls, 10 artists, one night. Enjoy all this whilst listening to live music from Heith Karing. To top it off they are  hosting a Cote Escriva pop up print shop featuring a vast selection of exclusive screen prints.

Artists Include: Gregmike (USA), Millo (Italy), Pez (Spain), Muretz (Brazil), Anmar Mirza (Norwich), Penny, Okuda San Miguel (Spain), Toasters, Lilly Lou, Carl Cashman, Jon Burgerman, Enjoy Daniel (USA), Fanakapan, Don't Fret(USA), Masagon (Japan), Henry Boon (Norwich), Yasmin Sartin, James Oliver, RTMone (Greece), Daniel David, Nadia Stansinou (Greece), Uncle Strawberry (USA), Cote Escriva (Spain) and the legendary DOODLEMAN

Doors open from 6:30pm on Friday the 22nd of July with help from their show sponsors www.verynearlyalmost.com and www.stupidkrap.com.

Moosey Art. 22 Bridewell Alley, Norwich, NR2 1AQ, UK.
Launches Friday 22nd July Ends 13th August 201.

The Coningsby Gallery presents H.Y.T. Studio: ‘Business or pleasure’‏

The Coningsby Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of H.Y.T. studio entitled ‘Business or Pleasure’.

H.Y.T. studio will present a new body of work produced over the past months. Featuring a series of bold, colourful paintings. The exhibition addresses the tensions between a commercially focused style and a personal uninhibited approach.

The artist has used unwanted elements from commercial projects to create bold, semi-abstract paintings. “Most of the graphics and illustrations I make are unused. This is not to say they are ‘not good enough’ rather they have been deemed inappropriate for a specific task”. The rejected elements have been repurposed, organised and overlaid subtly with established corporate motifs. The result is a series of paintings that are visually busy but simple, displaying techniques that are between illustration and design. Stylistic illustration and corporate iconography are objectified to exist in a gallery context, challenging our perceptions of function and purpose, existing in the space between ‘Business or Pleasure’.

H.Y.T. is the illustration and graphic design studio of artist John Slade and operates between London and Ireland. He graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2000. He has participated in exhibitions and been published in a wide variety of publications.

Exhibition Opens: Monday 9th May to Saturday 22nd May 2016
Private View: Thursday 12th May, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London. W1T 4RJ

Fifth Wall TV EP006 - Copyright & Street Art

Having heard about a series of recent cases of copyright infringement from public art Doug over at Fifth Wall TV wanted to scratch the surface of how uncomissioned public art and artistic ownership work.

As with most of these videos this is an invitation for you to make up your own mind on this and hopefully this will encourage you to go keep an eye out for such cases in the future.

Filmed, Edited and Hosted by Doug Gillen for Fifth Wall TV. To check out some of the previous episodes subscribe to his Fifth Wall TV Youtube Channel.

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress Book

The long-awaited monograph of Alan Kitching, world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner, is finally here, available exclusively at laurenceking.com. Spanning over fifty years, this lavish volume leads us from Kitching's first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his most iconic creations at The Typography Workshop.

'With a wizard's mix of inks and fonts, Alan has produced unique posters and broadsheets... he has created a new language of vision: 'Magick' – with a 'K''Derek Birdsall, Graphic Designer.

The collector’s edition has a limited run of 200 copies. Each one comes in a box and includes a hand-printed letterpress signed print, which is numbered and wrapped around the book to form the jacket. Check out the short film below.

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress (in his own words) from Laurence King Publishing on Vimeo.

New Mural in Downtown Madrid by Dourone

Border Line is the new artwork of Dourone inspired by the current world situation. The location chosen to paint this mural is the wall of the famous Madrid Ya’sta club in downtown Madrid, Spain. This is for Dourone the almost eighth consecutive year painting this wall on his hometown.Check out the details of the work in the images below.

KAWS first UK museum show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

KAWS, one of street art’s favourite artists, who has previously collaborated with Pharrell, Kate Moss and Kanye West, is about to open his first-ever UK museum exhibition.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) will present the exhibition by KAWS, the renowned American artist, whose practice includes painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. The exhibition, in the expansive Longside Gallery and open air, features over 20 works: commanding sculptures in bronze, fibreglass, aluminium and wood alongside large, bright canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint – some created especially for the exhibition. The Park’s historically designed landscape becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures, including a new six-metre-tall work, which take KAWS’s idiosyncratic form of almost-recognisable characters in the process of growing up.

Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation. His influential work engages people across the generations with contemporary art and especially opens popular culture to young and diverse audiences.

A dynamic cultural force across art, music and fashion, KAWS’s work possesses a wry humour with a singular vernacular marked by bold gestures and fastidious production. KAWS absorbs popular imagery to produce works that are semi-familiar, with layers of contradictions and subtleties. Outdoors, with their outsize and monumental proportions, KAWS’s sculptures bring to mind dystopian cartoon characters; recognisable personalities from childhood who appear to have lost their innocence. Against the Park’s tree line, the group of six works in natural and black-stained wood, measuring between six and 10 metres in height, are simultaneously spectacular and plaintive. Once bright, iconic characters are rendered in disheartened, world-weary poses; imposing yet full of pathos, they point to an array of psychological narratives, suggesting compassion, surprise and despair.  

 The artist has also made a series of five paintings especially for the exhibition. Each measuring 112 x 92 inches, they will span the largest wall of the spacious gallery, creating a swathe of brilliant colour and complex energy. Constructed with painstaking attention to detail, the abstracted forms overlay and interweave, forming shadows and deepening space to reveal a slinking, enigmatic figure.

6 February–12 June 2016 Longside Gallery and open air
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG.
Visit the YSP website for more info and directions.

All images courtesy the artist and YSP.  Photos — R Jonty Wilde

Neo-Victorian Maximalism Exhibition by Fiftyseven AKA Steve Mitchell

‘Neo-Victorian Maximalism’ is the first solo show from Fiftyseven, the pseudonym of London based illustrator, typographer and graphic designer Steve Mitchell.

Fiftyseven’s unique style is built from a dizzying mix of decoration, pattern and symmetry and typography, an overload of quasi-religious,  occult and masonic symbolism and anything else that fits. Working with a restricted colour palette and especially favouring metallic inks, his screenprints are usually based around a simple visual concept, revealing more and more detail the closer you look. 

Fiftyseven developed the illustration style he calls Neo-Victorian Maximalism when a love of 19th century typography led to designing flyers for steampunk events. From there came the desire to “push the aesthetic as far as it could go, to the point of absurdity”. He’d like to say he’s inspired by the whole history of art and design, but really it’s mostly just heavy metal album covers... further influences include Ian Miller’s intense Tolkien art, the book illustrations of Harry Clarke and (of course) the wood engravings of Gustave Doré.

 Exhibition Launch, Weds 10th February 6-12

The Book Club , 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH

Exhibition runs until 27th March.

Synergy : Lee Jeffries & Jef Aerosol Exhibition

‘Synergy’ is an artistic and social encounter between street artist Jef Aérosol and photographer Lee Jeffries.

Stemming from the original ‘Synergy’ exhibition that took place in Paris at Mathgoth gallery in March 2015, this collaboration casts a new light on a sensitive topic: the homeless.

The artistic chemistry was sparked when the two artists first met in London, early 2014. Mesmerized by Lee Jeffries’ portraits of homeless people, Jef Aérosol contacted the photographer when they immediately decided to combine their work. They both felt the urge to explore and share with the public their vision of this universal issue. Together, they explore faces and confront techniques to give another life to the forgotten of the streets.

The result is an incredibly harmonious project. Lee Jeffries’ powerful yet delicate portraits lend themselves perfectly to stencilling, allowing Jef Aérosol to reinterpret the characters’ faces and stories.

The movement given by Jef Aerosol’s stencil complements the stillness and gravity of Lee Jeffries’ portraits. The detail, the singularity, the strength of the pieces will leave the audience moved and startled. The show features individual works as well as several four-handed pieces, for a combined effect that is truly ‘greater than the simple sum of its parts’.

JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 25, 2016 
French Art Studio, 58 Gloucester Road, SW7 4QT London, United Kingdom

Pam Glew 'Wanderlust Hotel' at Woolff Gallery

Pam Glew, born in 1978, is a well-established, contemporary British artist, best known for her unique bleaching technique on fabric, vintage flags, and handmade vintage quilts. The Woolff Gallery is delighted to present ‘Wanderlust Hotel’, which is Pam Glew's 4th London solo show, since 2011.

Inspired by the intriguing goings-on in legendary hotels such as New York’s Chelsea Hotel and Hotel Marmont in LA, as well as by film-makers such as David Lynch, Glew has created the 'Wanderlust Hotel': a fictional guesthouse frequented by illicit overnight guests, and dark secrets. Populated by characters such as the “weekend” girlfriend, the bride holding a revolver, the maid, the mixologist, the sleeping porter, the receptionist, the Call Girl on a visit to Vegas, as well as the VIP guest, these fictional guests all sweep in and out of the picture frames of this seductive environment.

Playful, self-staged photo shoots make up the majority of the subjects as the artist explores this imaginary world. Glew has invented stories for all the characters in the ‘Wanderlust Hotel’. For example in the artwork ‘Sisters’, Glew explores a meeting of 2 estranged identical twins. One of which is the maid, and one the VIP. An imagined rift is between them as if they have not spoken in years, they both then meet in the hotel room where the maid is cleaning up after her VIP sister, both tension and compassion are apparent in this captivating work.

The element of ‘play’ is further explored in Glew’s miniature ‘Wanderlust Hotel’ model. Here the hotel is bereft of people as the residents that we have become familiar with are now only present in the tiny re-created versions of the exhibition paintings hanging on the miniature hotel walls, and we further explore the idea of the hotel being an escape, a playground for adults…

'Wanderlust Hotel' Exhibtion opens 14 January 2016. WOOLFF Gallery, 89 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PU

Press Play Exhibition with Static

We Like Static's latest collection of layered glass works will be unveiled next week as part of their solo show 'Press Play' at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London.

The show has been born out of the massively popular Game ON! mural they created for Wood Street Walls in early 2015.

'Press Play' reflects on the sub-culture of gaming and how since its inception in the mid-twentieth century it has carved for itself its own sub-culture and global following, which now has far reaching influences. The new work and exhibition also reflects back on how these early graphics have come to influence and inspire contemporary design.

Featuring images from a host of well-known, iconic, games from both arcade machines and early home entertainment systems such as Tetris, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Super Mario & Pac Man!

To be added to the guest list for the opening night, please RSVP the gallery using the email below, including any guests you wish to attend. The evening will take place on Thursday 14th January from 6 - 9 pm.

RSVP: gallery@lawrencealkingallery.com

Exhibition Opening Hours: 15th January- 13th February
Monday to Saturday 11am –7pm or by appointment

Lawrence Alkin Gallery , 42 New Compton Street, London, WC2H 8DA

Beers London Present Gilded Chaos

Beers London is proud to present Gilded Chaos, the gallery’s first solo exhibition with the London-based Benjamin Murphy. Murphy will spend two weeks prior to the exhibition, transforming the entire gallery space with his trademark aesthetic and techniques to create a totally immersive sensory experience. Murphy has created his most labour intensive and detailed body of work especially for Beers gallery. This includes a gallery-wide installation and two-dimensional, 'drawings' that push the boundaries of both scale and subject matter.

Murphy is known primarily for his graphic, time-consuming installations created entirely out of black electrical tape, resulting in a stark recognisable aesthetic. This is borrowed from German expressionism, which in turn creates a subject matter that takes inspiration from Romantic literature and the history of the vanitas in art.

The artist lives in London, where he tirelessly works both in and out of studio to plan and execute elaborate tape-based drawings. Murphy's images work on many plains of perspective and contain various contradictory elements that contain an on-going narrative or macabre. A decadent story-arc is hinted throughout, with the work referencing a range of sources mainly from poetry and classic literature, specifically creating a mystical aura around the work and allowing the spectator to create their own meaning surrounding the work.

Gilded Chaos opens at Beers London on the 14th of January at 6pm.
1 Baldwin Street, London, EC1V9NU - nearest tube Old Street.