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It’s a crazy busy time for seeing artwork!! As well as the solo exhibition which is now in it’s second week at Ink’d gallery in Brighton, this weekend sees the closing of the East17 arts Trail and the opening of the nearby Wanstead Arts Trail, and next week sees the opening of the Wing Assignment at Red Bull Studios featuring over 40 artists work and showing the new piece 2 for Joy.
The exhibition at Ink’d is the biggest collection of work I have shown to date and also the most focused. The workreflects on a hectic 2012 and is a reaction and contemplation of events that have had an effect on the early part of this year. I won’t lie.. it’s been a tough time, emotionally it has been a roller coaster year with massive highs, and some really difficult times too. The work reflects this quite openly. The shards of glass that are prominent in this collection of work developed from the falling thorns in the piece one for sorrow which hangs at the back of the gallery at Ink’d. The increased chaos and noise in the work is elevated too.
1 for sorrow reflected on the helplessness of a situation in my personal life at the time, it was an exorcism for this frustration and the process of creating the work was a huge help to me in dealing with the situation. Talking about this type of work is difficult but I think it is important to understand the relationship between daily life, and what happens in the studio. Most of the work I create is emotionally driven, it is a response to specific situations and the beginning of a piece of work is almost always impulsive, as is it’s creation. Some of the larger works however, span larger periods of time and their creation, although relying on these type of impulses also involve times of deliberate contemplation on the subject.
Of the works showing as part of the fragments exhibition, ’1 for Sorrow’ and’ the Storm’ both underwent a similar process and this is reflected in the finished work. They may not be as light or as clean as other works in the gallery, but the grit and grime of these pieces honestly represent the journey gone through to bring the piece to it’s conclusion. They are both real battles in terms of their creation and the emotional involvement in the work.
If you would like to see the work on show – the exhibition ‘Fragments’ is open daily at Ink’d gallery in Brighton and runs until the 6th October, alternately you can see and buy all work from the show including the newly released giclee prints Guilt, Comfort, Fragment, and the triptych, Mortal, Immortal and Eleven produced by Harwood King.
The Wing Assignment
Inspiration for 2 of the pieces created this year and a planned series of continued work comes from the wonderful wing assignment project devised and curated by Nina Farrel a former colleague at Maidstone College of Art. As well as providing a platform and outlet for the piece 1 for sorrow, the project seemed intertwined with what was happening in daily life. Following 1 for sorrow, the piece 2 for joy is again an intensely personal reflection of receiving the news that I am to be a father to twins this September. Amazingly as timing would have it – the opening of the exhibition coincides with our delivery date. It will be a shame to miss the exhibition as it features a work that is a real contrast to other pieces created this year, it has a real softness and warmth and is purely concerned with our relationship with nature and if you look very carefully beyond the flower of life symbol…
The Wing Assignment opens on the 19th September – if you would like to attend the private view on the 20th September, please contact me via email, as I have a very limited number of guest tickets (including my own which I will be giving away as I will be busy elsewhere!)
For more information about the exhibition which contains the work of over 40 artists, visit the wing assignment homepage at
Age of East 17
This weekend is the last chance to see this great exhibition, brought together by Nadiya Tokarska, at Tokarska gallery Walthamstow. Just a short walk from Blackhorse Road tube, along forest Road. The exhibition features artwork from Carne Griffiths, paintings from Jason Hawkridge, a Mark Burton photography exhibition about the Olympic Torch in Waltham Forest, and paintings from Nadiya Pavliv-Tokarska. The Tokarska Gallery is one of the best permanent galleries in the local area, so it is well worth a visit if you’re exploring the E17 Art Trail (which we will blog about separately).
I am delighted to be showing a small series of floral works, amongst the newly released triptych of prints from Harwood King
Wanstead Arts Trail
I am delighted to be showing work again as part of this year’s Wanstead arts trail, at the Beautiful Blush Temples florist on the high street. Opening today, the small collection of work on show represents the first steps to working as a artist full time. Although they are tighter and show a stronger influence of embroidery design, the pieces show clearly the transition to finding a style of working and to breaking free from the constraints of floral embroidery design in different ways.
Following the busy month of september, I will be showing work at the following art fairs, with Eyestorm and Coates and Scarry.
MULTIPLIED ART FAIR CHRISTIES 12TH – 15TH OCTOBER EYESTORM
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR BATTERSEA 25TH – 28TH OCTOBER 2012 COATES AND SCARRY
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR HAMPSTEAD 1st – 4th NOVEMBER 2012 EYESTORM
I am really excited and extremely privileged to be showing a collection of new work at Ink’d gallery from the 6th September – 6th October 2012.
I have shown work with Dan and the team at Ink-d since early 2011, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to show this new collection of originals, miniatures, and a set of new prints., both self published and through Harwood King Fine Arts, who I have been working with on producing an edition of the Triptych created in November last year.
Ink’d have a great approach to showing artwork, the gallery is always busy with a range of dynamic fresh and exciting artwork and they have hosted exhibitions from emerging and established artists including Dan Baldwin, Sir Peter Blake, Eine, Carrie Reichardt, Andrew McAttee, Jake Wood Evans, Ian Hodgson and Zachary Walsh.
If you would like to put your name down for the guest list and attend the Private view on the 6th September – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s some images of the prints to be launched in September…
Varnish layers and silver leaf catching the light on the print ‘Eleven’, blocked in areas have been scratched back to reveal detail..
iridescent inks are translucent allowing the detail to show through but as they catch the light reveal the overdrawing in green.
Here’s what is happening from the studio, with exhibitions and upcoming projects.
This evening sees the launch of The Stone Space’s One Day’s Walk exhibition. The show features work from 13 artists reflecting on their beloved hometown or the place they grew up – It’s a great eclectic collection of work featuring plaster sculptures, oil paintings, charcoal and graphite drawings, photographs prints and drawings in ink and tea!!
If you can make it to Leytonstone tube station the Stone Space Gallery is just a stone’s throw along church lane and we’ll be there to welcome you with a nice glass of wine, beer or maybe even a cup of tea.. be there from 7pm
‘George’ by Jesus Coromina, ‘Tower Blocked’by Michele Fletcher and ‘Constellations 6′ by Gillian Swan
I will be showing the piece ‘The Green Man’ a drawing which serves to illustrate the influence of my Leytonstone’s natural surroundings on my drawing (as an avid cyclist the lure of epping forest is . Most works in the exhibition are available for sale and all works have been reproduced as a postcard which are available to buy from the gallery for just £1 – all proceeds go to the running of the stone space gallery.
The Green Man, Ink and Tea on Paper
From the studio
Things are hotting up in the studio … literally – whilst work is complete on the first 2 of the series 1 for sorrow, I have begun to experiment with some new portraiture pieces. These are with an aim to producing a new series of smaller works as part of the upcoming show at Ink’d Gallery this September. Here’s a few snippets of what you might expect later in the year…
Really looking forward to working with an East London Fashion house on the production of some garment fabrics inspired by drawings in ink and tea – the work will be playful, colourful and will mark a return for me into the area of textiles… after 12 years designing embroidery it’s nice to be working with fabrics again and I am feeling a draw to some more tactile elements in the work too! watch this space…
That’s all for now… thanks for reading.
Some exciting new projects on the horizon including working with some fabric and dress designs for a London fashion label – more information to come later in the season as the designs progress. Tomorrow I will be taking the new pieces ‘From Chaos’ and ‘Seed of Life’ down to the fantastic Ink’d gallery in Brighton where I will have a chance to see the Graham Carter, Me, Marionette exhibition which is currently showing- been waiting for a sunny day to hit the south coast and enjoy properly!
New Edition Triptych Cards Available Here
Triptych, signed edition – Available to order here for £10
The three cards are on 400gsm matt stock with a solid silver reverse print – the cards are packed in silver Centura wrapping and will be posted in a hand embellished white conqueror envelope sealed with a silver or turquoise wax stamp. Limited to an edition of 1000 cards Each triptych is hand signed and accompanied by a small original drawing on the outside reverse of the envelope. Each card measures 10cm x 21 cm.
Earlier this month saw the launch of Hunger magazine’s second edition – for those who want to get their hands on the mag it’s out now at whsmiths for just £5 or from Other Criteria in Hardback for just £10! -The hefty magazine is an amazing collection of work from the Photographer Rankin as well as features on artisans that inspire and influence his work. I was fortunate enough to be invited by Rankin to translate a photoshoot of the amazing Tuli, into a series of illustrations. Blending my own floral style with the work of another photographer was a real challenge – especially finding a balance between the escapist, automatic style of drawing I enjoy, but retaining the compositional elements which I hope give a new strength to the images.. here’s some pics of the collaboration
Well it really doesn’t feel like it when we are having the wettest may in forever but maybe it is the right time to release the print ‘In Spring’ The artwork originally created to celebrate the coming of spring was created for fashion brand JOYCE and is now available as a 26 x 20″ giclee print in a limited edition of 25 available here for £175
The new print will also be available soon from Art Republic who are currently showing three prints, Strength Rose and the Harvest at the Grand Art Fair which is a new feature at this year’s Grand Designs Live event at Excel.
Debut contemporary have teamed up with fashion company TOMS to create a unique partnership showcasing the work of 7 debut artists as TOMS launch their pop up store in Covent Garden
The launch event took place at 69 Neal Street on Saturday the 5th May to celebrate the launch of TOMS eyewear, TOMS exhibited 7 one of a kind eyewear art frames created by Debut Contemporary Artists Tahnee Lonsdale, Darren MacPherson, Rosie Emerson, duo Twinkle Troughton & Tinsel Edwards, Ben Levy, Dannielle Hodson, and Carne Griffiths. Artists participating in this collaboration will also be mentors to the successful Debut Contemporary Art School award winners.
Showing at Art Republic
Original works now showing at Art Republic Brighton include the piece Closer and the Triptych of work, Mortal, Immortal and Eleven
’2 for Joy’ is now complete and cut from the board in the studio, so I am spending today catching up on some paperwork and arranging some of my giclee prints to go out to galleries in Brighton, Hastings and up to Scotland. Also preparing the 3rd piece in the series and working on some interesting commissions, including a new lightbox which I will be sharing soon.
Here are some pics of the finished work 2 for Joy with a couple of work in progress and detail shots taken along the way. The piece ’2 for Joy’ will form part of a series of 10 works over the course of this year.
Also here are some pics from the launch of the new t-shirt available from Twinne using the piece ‘Seed of life’
Apparently there was a hiccup with the ordering system but you can now buy the Tee’s here
The original artwork is also available for sale.
I am Pleased to be exhibiting the finished work of ’1 for Sorrow’ at ‘Spring’ – an exhibition featuring 50 artists’ work at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Art Catcher has been selected as one of 5 not to miss by Whitechapel and Timeout’s First Thursday’s website. I hope you will be able to join me to celebrate the opening of the exhibition 0n Thursday 5th April from 6-9pm where the smokehouse will be serving salmon platters.
What better place in the world to celebrate the Season of Growth and Renewal this year than Hackney Wick and Fish Island with a direct view of the Olympic Stadium?
Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery and East Village London in collaboration with Art Catcher Ltd present you with works by 50 artists from Great Britain and beyond, working in painting, printmaking, photography, collage moving image and sculpture, expressing an unusual and delightful array of interpretations.
Exhibiting artists include including Adam Graff (Images 36 ‘The best of British illustration’ competition 2012), Carne Griffiths (Cle De Peau’s 30th anniversary exhibition, co-ordinated by Alvin Goh, Hong Kong 2012), Louiz Kirkebjerg-Nielsen (International Printmaking Biennial of Douro, Portugal, 2012, and Qijiang International Print Festival 2011), Sumi Perera (1st Prize-Drawing for Design-Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Drawing Exhibition, London 2011), Jens Marott (Silver Prize London Photographic Awards “Let’s face it” competition 2011), Martin Mossop (John Purcell Paper Prize at the Bainbridge Open in 2011), Fabienne Teyssier-Monnot (Claude Berthault Price in Sculpture 2010, Chongqing, China), and Wuon Gean Ho (Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Prize 2010).
It’s nice to be back posting work here – been working on some great commissions including the just finished series of collaboration work with photographer Rankin for Hunger Magazine – look out for it in May! -So everything is a little crazy right now – hence the title of the new work – it’s good to be busy but it’s great to know I have some time to get serious in the studio
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From Chaos – Ink and Tea on Bockingford heavy 540gsm paper
Model – Lisa Stefaniak