Dropped some older pieces off at the Tempus Gallery in Brick Lane (East London) today, the rather intimate gallery right in the middle of the street (over the road from Rough Trade), requested them, so why not? Why not indeed, if the pieces spend any more time around here then fresh layers will start to grow….
These pieces are all on the wall (and on sale) at the Angus-Hughes Gallery in Hackney (or is it Lower Clapton) this week (12th December until 21st December, Midday until 6pm), London E5.
These three are £24 each (hard sell coming up), there”s hand made cards £3 each, small framed pieces £12, bigger canvas pieces, £60 each… and you’ve got a gallery full of similarly priced work from ADAM KELLY, ANA M TERZONI , BARRIE J DAVIES, BILL BROCK, C.A. HALPIN, DENISE HAWRYSIO, ELIZABETH VICARY, EMMA HARVEY, FRANCIS RICHARDSON, FRED LINDBERG, GLENN FITZPATRICK, HANZ HANCOCK, IAN GAMACHE, JOHN LEE BIRD, JULIA MADDISON, KATE LYDDON, KIRSTY HARRIS, MARGARET CLARE KENNEDY, MARIANNE SHORTEN, MARTIN SEXTON, MATTHEW STRADLING, PATRICK MORRISSEY, PAUL GOOD, PAUL JOHNSON, PAUL SAKOILSKY, REBECCA FEINER, SARAH SPARKES, SEAN WORRALL, TEAM BESWICK & PYE, WARREN GARLAND, WILLIAM ANGUS-HUGHES, VANYA BALOGH and more – Photos of the rest of the show on the Organ pages, here’s my part….
Click on an image to enlarge, all work on sale this week at the gallery, priced between £3 and £60
Last gallery outing of the year then, well I expect it is, unless something happens to happen before the end of the year happens (nothing is over until it is actually over). This Friday evening then, Friday December 12th, at 6pm until 9pm, the Artists’ Xmas Bazaar, opens at the rather inviting Angus Hughes Gallery. Lots of artists, lots of art, and a rather relaxed way to end a busy year of art making and exhibiting
ARTIST XMAS BAZAAR at the Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, E5.
Open night is Friday 12th December, 6pm until 9pm and the event will run daily, 12 – 6pm, until Sunday afternoon December 21st
I Shall have number of canvas pieces at the bazaar, some reasonably sized canvas pieces, some that have had new layers growing on them since they were last seen. There’s a set of ten hand painted and hand screen printed cards that will be on sale at £3 each. Pieces on found wood, pieces on canvas….
Artists’ Xmas Bazaar – “As a challenge the gallery is asking artists to make work that can be sold between £3 and £60, it is a reaction against the high costs of xmas, and how impersonal it has become. The work will not necessarily have to have an xmas feel, it just needs to be something that someone would like to receive, Work will be hung on the wall and there will be two trestle tables for artist’s books and misc items. Expect lots of gift-flavoured creativity in the shape of original paintings, prints, cards, zines, drawings, “multiples in any medium to sell inexpensively” Expect art on sale in multiples of three, all about the threes like it is on the tree… art prices at £6, £9, £12, £15, £18, £21 all the up to £60….
I paint like I do now because I live in the squalor and mess (and excitement? Sometimes it is) of Hackney. I love the colours, the textures and the shapes I find here, I react to them, I find beauty in the squalor that’s alive. I don’t live in a neat and tidy place, it isn’t pretty here in East London, when you ask me why my art isn’t neat and tiny then my reaction is to say I don’t live in a neat and tiny part of the world. I’d like to think my art and the marks I make always reflect where I am making the art. When I was young I lived by the sea, I grew up by the sea, at this time of year, the empty beaches and the wind and the rain could sometimes feel rather glorious, it was thrilling to stand there and absorb it, to try and paint it. Don’t think I ever did manage to paint it, but the coast is starting to call me back home. Well not really sure if it is “home”, I haven’t been back since I left the island I grew up on. I’ve spent more of my life living in various parts of London now than I did growing on Anglesey, more of my life has been spent living in this city than living outside of it now, it doesn’t feel like home, but it is where I paint, it is where I live, where I make my art – I was going to say this is where I choose to make my art, but it isn’t really a choice to make art, it really is something I have to do, almost a burden, I’d rather be burdened with this burden than the burden that burdens others. The burden of art is a most excellent burden to be burdened with. Painting may not be the things these days, installations are he thing now, video installation and such, I call myself a painter though, an artist yes, but really I’m a painter….
And I paint like I do now because I live in the squalor and mess of Hackney, East London, although when I lived surrounded by the sea on an island off an island off North Wales, there was still squalor alive and layers of marks on the walls. Took these photos back in my early teenage years, whatever happened to the Purple hearts?
and Most of my time has been spent here in North or East London, the paintings were a little less vandalised when we lived in the greenery of West London, before gentrification, greedy landlords and their even greedy agents, sent us scurrying back to the East and the painting on things found on the street over here. Feeling a little under siege over here as the property developers and greedy estate agents close down the gallery spaces and studios.
My recent art has been as much about the art other people are making as the art I make, it has been about community, about collaboration, about shared spaces, not just sharing with other artists, but also with the people who have lived around here all their lives, this isn’t my home, it is their home, rude not to at least invite everyone in. Got to know some great people during Cultivate‘s time in Vyner Street – people born and bred around here, people who came from places like Jamaica in the 50’s, the Turkish taxi garage people. I saw the space in Vyner Street as an artistic statement rather than a conventional gallery, it was about the interaction, the friendships forged, it was about enabling others to show work, bringing people to do things, show things, paint things, to come and collaborate, inviting people in to explore the work. Art needs to be about community, about engagement, about open doors, about shared experience, conveyed emotion, shared…. I don’t like art that hides behind closed gallery doors and uninviting attitudes.
Some growth left in a car park in Liverpool (it was there before Mr Turk parked his car), 2014 has mostly been about car parks, car parks have been far more exciting in terms of art venues and exciting events than the more “conventional” galleries. Rather pleased to say it looks like it will carry on with the 2015 Chinese Open happening down on Level minus seven of that gloriously brutal underground multistory car park in Soho, deepest West End of London. All happens in February 2015, more about it closer to the date…
Rather pleased to be invited to take part in the Chinese Open again in 2015, here’s some Organ coverage from 2014, the year was wholesomely full of car parks in Brick Lane, in Folkestone, in Liverpool, Westminster and Soho, in Hoxton, Shoreditch, 2014 the year of the car park….