When I received the press release about this I was so excited. All my favourite street artists in one exhibition! Wall to Wall’ is Hang-Up Gallery’s upcoming exhibition and it will feature work from some of the world’s leading street artists, including:Banksy, KAWS, Faile, Swoon, Futura, Matt Small, Shepard Fairey, David Choe and Ben Eine. It will also feature an exciting installation by italian artist RUN.
The main gallery space will recreate the organised chaos of a street artist’s studio to intensify the viewing experience. Expect to see paint splattered walls, empty spray paint cans, collage material cuttings and tools of the craft transporting the viewer deep into the creative process of how and where art is made.
In a nod to spring’s imminent arrival, Getty Images Gallery will showcase a selection of images from maverick American photographer Slim Aarons in its latest exhibition Slim’s Riviera, opening in March. Known for his work with high-society publications, this latest Slim Aarons exhibition portrays the luxury and frivolity of a generation at play. The collection includes previously unpublished work, showcasing the iconic playgrounds of the rich and famous in all their glory.
Slim’s Riviera, developed from a total re-edit of original boxes of transparencies and negatives, is a selection of 49 lesser known and classic works from this iconic American photographer.
Slim’s Riviera runs from 20 March – 10 May 2014 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus. Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 12.00 to 5.30pm Saturday.
Calling all land lubbers! A new exhibition coming to London will give you some insight into the lives of people who work at sea.
The Lifeboat: Courage On Our Coasts’ exhibition is a touring exhibition of photographs taken by one of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members, Nigel Millard and features striking photographs which capture the important work of the RNLI- the charity that saves lives at sea.
The exhibition features some of the most striking photographs from the collection and runs in London from 27 January until 10 March. The free-of charge, open air exhibition will be available 24/7 in all weather conditions- just like the life-saving service provided by the RNLI. An accompanying book containing more than 400 iconic images taken by Millard over two years, was released on 30 September 2013. The Lifeboat: Courage On Our Coasts book is written and edited by Huw Lewis-Jones, with the foreword by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, with the RNLI receiving royalties from each book sold.
British graphic artist Patrick Thomas with be exhibiting at the Hang Up Gallery from 1 Feb – 16th March 2014.
Silkscreened bold heart ideograms combined with found imagery and collage will be a recurring motif throughout the exhibition, which is timed to coincide with Valentines Day.
100 BPM will be the artist’s ﬁrst solo exhibition in London since 2008 and ﬁrst time that this collection will be shown publicly.
The majority of works on show will be limited editions and unique pieces created using free-form screen printing and collage, a technique which the artist has been investigating over the past 18 months in Berlin and Barcelona. This work explores the area between the unique artwork and the edition. A selection of prints will be perforated with a laser cutter to simulate arrow shots. Several will have real arrows embedded into the gallery walls.
If you’re looking for some great art to liven up your walls don’t miss this!
Sorry a bit behind due to illness but here is the next in the series of Christmas treats to look for.
Day 8 – See Mandela’s paintings and sketchings at the Belgravia gallery
Over the weekend I met a friend to go gallery hopping. I’ve always wanted to visit some of the smaller galleries on Albermarle street but in the past have been too intimidated. I don’t why I was so worried, each of the galleries were very welcoming. During our jaunt we discovered The Belgravia Gallery were exhibiting Mandela’s work (who knew he painted?). We felt like we had been given a special privilege of seeing his work considering he has just passed. If you do visit make sure to check out the fantastic work of charcoal artist Charlie Mackesy.
Day 9 – Christmas Gift Idea – Street Artist Eine’s 3D sculptures.
‘E Is The Magic Number’ – is Ben Eine’s first foray into the 3-D art world. A run of 50 x super limited edition hand cast resin sculptures available exclusively via Fluorescent Smogg.
Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists who specialises in the central element of all graffiti – the form of letters. Internationally known since Barrack Obama was gifted an Eine piece by the British Prime Minister to mark a state visit.
I love discovering new artists so I was really pleased when I received information about Lauren Baker’s upcoming show at the Hang Up Gallery. Just in time for the festive season, the exhibition promises an intoxicating combination of neon lightning bolts, gold plated fingers, a 6ft infinity coffin and a pumping heart sculpture to name a few.
The show will take you on a journey through Lauren’s Enchanted Afterlifeseries of beautifully hand painted, embellished human skulls and animal skulls and then onto The Storm, an appreciation of science in the form of an incredible sound and light installation set up in room two of the gallery. The production will incorporate lightning bolts, smoke and crackling thunder.
She has recently dressed the renowned Christmas windows of Selfridges, Harrods as well as Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen’s vintage clothing boutique ‘Lucy in Disguise’.
The show opens to the public the 7th December 2013 – Check out some of the pieces that she will be exhibiting below.
Yesterday evening, I quickly ran home after work to get glammed up to attend my first Frieze Art Fair Party courtesy of sponsors beluga Vodka. Vanity Fair in conjunction with the Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s auction house threw a party at The Sorting Office building to celebrate Thinking Big. Thinking Big is a major exhibition of contemporary sculptures and installation which will be sold to benefit the Saatchi Gallery’s Foundation.
During the night we were entertained by Dj Isaac Ferry, plied with copious amounts of champagne and Beluga Vodka and enjoyed some good old fish and chips. London’s most beautiful, stylish and rich were out in mass, we even spotted a few celebrities. Made in Chelsea’s Mark Francis Vandelli, Nancy Dell’Olio, Sugababe – Jade Ewen and Rap Superstar Eve! The art on show definitely encapsulated the slogan thinking big.
I woke up this morning a little worse for wear but with some nice memories of the night. See below to see some of the art that is part of Thinking Big.
You can see the exhibition for FREE until tomorrow 18th October at The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street.
It’s a new month guys! Argh! One month left until my birthday and only a couple months left to the end of the year. So if you haven’t been getting out and seeing what the city has to offer drop what you are doing now! Okay slightly melodramatic but you catch my drift. I have to apologise for the slackness in blog posts last month between travelling and working life got busy. However this month I am going to make up to you. I am also looking to recruit writers, so if you think you would be able to contribute some interesting London based content on a semi regular basis – email me at email@example.com.
This post is the first in a number of posts on things to do in London each with a theme. Today it will be ART!
Following two hugely successful solo shows in recent years, Megan and the Burobbu Boutique will see Tom taking over a space in BOXPARK, Shoreditch from 4th October to 24th December (with more that a little help from those mysterious pink blobs, The Burobbu).This mini show is a playful sneaky peak into the future wandering of Tom’s mind, as the colourful small scale sketches hint at themes which will appear in his upcoming 2014 show.
Buy art at Moniker Art fair from Oct 17 – Oct 20 at East London’s Old Truman Brewery.
Moniker Art Fair returns for its fourth year, having ﬁrmly established itself as London’s premiere event for contemporary art with its roots embedded in urban culture. This year sees the fair take another ground-breaking step by venue-sharing with London’s leading artist-led fair – The Other Art Fair – in what will be a showcase of independent and established talent all under one roof in East London’s iconic Old Truman Brewery.
Be sure to visit the Hang Up gallery when you visit the fair and check biro artist Mark Powell who will be pushing the boundaries with his latest body of work created specially for Moniker.
Dedicated to showcasing the highest quality under-exposed art, the space will include pieces of Pop Surrealism, illustration, and tattoo artistry, and will also host the ‘Bromance’ collection, an exhibition by contemporary artist Jack Pearce.
‘Bromance’, the first solo exhibition from British artist and illustrator Jack Pearce, combines traditional ideas of brotherhood within a modern context. Jack explores male relationships and rituals through his unique tribal-influenced style, and visitors can also enjoy a special Soho installation, painted live by Jack between 28 September and 3 October.
Atomica gallery and shop: 75 Berwick Street, W1F 8TG. Runs until – 25 October 2013
For every contemporary art lover the Frieze Art Fair event is something to look forward to. The event at Regents Park will feature many works from some of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.
When I first heard about this show, I thought er..”random”. Art Wars sees the biggest names in art form an alliance with Andrew Ainsworth, the creator of the Stormtrooper. The exhibition features a regiment of Stormtrooper helmets that have been left at the mercy of some of the best the art world has to offer, including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mr Brainwash, Paul Fryer and Joana Vasconcelos. It’s well worth seeing if your a Star wars fan.
Take part in The Big Draw – October to 3 November
The Big Draw is back! If you want to express more of your creative side then get involved with one of hundreds of events that will be happening across the country.
Zaha Hadid recently launched a new gallery showcasing her furniture and designs on Goswell Road in Islington. Her opening also coincided with Clerkenwell Design Week. I’ve always been a fan of Zaha Hadid’s work especially her design for the Olympic aquatic centre. The party itself was good fun, I mingled with design types and trendy looking architects and Zaha herself made an appearence (I was too shy to ask for a photo). If you are a fan of her work and find yourself in the area I suggest you go and visit as the gallery is now open to the public. Here are some of the things you can expect to see.
The gallery and showroom is now open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday between midday and 6pm at 101 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EZ
Starting today and until the 21st of February, Jester Jacques Gallery will be opening a Pop up shop in Boxpark, Shoreditch. During this four day event you will be able to purchase prints by local and famous street artists such artists Shepard Fairey, Sweet Toof and Jimmy C.
Also taking place throughout the 4 days: badge making as instructed by artist Rosemary Cronin, a mural spray painted by a surprise local street artist for you to add your tags to, a beginners guide to producing your own ‘zine’ with printmaker Ben Rider and exclusive coupons to be used in store or online.