COUNSEL FROM THE MOON – Paul Barker
1st March – 14th March
Private View 1st March 7-10pm
The exhibition will concentrate on recent work but will include some paintings from the last 30 years. All the pieces are oils, mostly on canvas with some on board. The paintings are mostly abstract with some landscapes, and vary in size from 15 centimetres (6 inches) to over a metre. Most of the work will be for sale for prices between £40 and £300.
My work is firmly in the tradition of “Lyrical Abstraction”: colourful, decorative and optimistic. There is an emphasis on pattern and movement. The most obvious comparisons might be with the St Ives painters of the last century, like Terry Frost or Patrick Heron. Among living painters the ones I feel closest to would include Gillian Ayres, Jennifer Durrant and the group associated with The Poussin Gallery.
The titles of my pictures are often poetic and mysterious but they are not meant to be clues to be deciphered. I want to suggest a mood without forcing the audience to agree with my interpretation. The names often refer to the original source of the image, helpful to me as I often work in series over a long period. Naming pictures is a bit like naming children, something memorable and attractive that they can make their own. As someone said “writing about pictures is like dancing about buildings”. Come and see for yourself.
Hello? I Love you? – Group Show
14/02/2014 – 28/02/2014
Private View Friday 14th 7-9pm
Ten years after graduating from Norwich School of Art, five artists specialising in print making, painting and illustration have come together to give you their take on the L word. Hello? I love you? Is an exhibition of work by artists Stephen Hennessy, Matthew Gent, Panna Parmar, Jhinuk Sarkar and Samuel Potts at the House Gallery in South East London. Since graduating, illustrator Jhinuk Sarkar has exhibited and taken part in residencies around the world. Yorkshire born, Samuel Potts specialises in portraiture commissions and regularly exhibits in the UK. Printmaker Matthew Gent creates detailed limited edition woodcuts as one off gig posters and gallery commission pieces. Stephen Hennessy is a painter who transforms his observations from his travels into paintings and exhibits internationally. Panna Parmar has exhibited her colourful screen prints and etchings in London. Coming together, these very different artists will offer their take on what the Beatles may say is all you need; Love.
The exhibition starts on February 14th 2014 for two weeks at the House Gallery in Camberwell.
Private View will be held at the gallery from 7pm on Thursday 14thFebruary 2014.
To find out more about each artist please visit their websites:
Samuel Potts www.sampotts.co.uk
Matthew Gent www.handmadeandheartless.co.uk www.handmadeandheartless.bigcartel.com
Jhinuk Sarkar http://cargocollective.com/paperfig
Stephen Hennessy www.stephen-hennessy.com
Panna Parmar www.pannaparmar.com
Timothy Holt – Work to Wickes – Solo Show
3rd – 13th Febraury
Private View Friday 7th February 7-9pm
Technical Sculptor Timothy Holt transforms HOUSE in Camberwell with Work to Wickes, a visual installation encapsulating everyday building material and physical space. Often incorporating the audience, his work concentrates upon the transformation of discarded domestic appliances to create new forms, whilst also retaining part of the original object. Curated by Elena Vasiliadou, the exhibition traces the artist’s playful nature to elaborate the ordinary and raises questions about how objects are perceived.
The centrepiece of the exhibition Art. no. 343 (Work to Wickes), 2014 is an intervention into the space that comes alive through audience interaction. Each individual is welcomed to explore the evenly layered sand creation. This extension of blurring boundaries in a museum context suggests the unanswered, much debated within conceptual practices.
Holts’ supporting work includes Art. no. 326 (Reading Material), 2014 which draws back to the artistic primary research and preparation of the show. Two works Art. no. 331 – 334 and 335 – 338 under the collective title (Hanging the Heads in Same), 2014 stems from the two series of used and unused helmets on a construction site. The artist brings these works together to question the objects’ functionality as well as to explore the matter of chance by calling the audience to have an experience.
The show engages a diverse methodology for appropriating construction within an artistic location, coaxing the spectator to question, tease as well as navigating their way around our current world and thereby heightening our dependent bond to materials.
The death of Margaret Thatcher and other state events
A solo show by Sian Therese
January 24th– 30th
Private View 24th
7pm – 9pm
In April 2013 the artist attended the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.
Love her or hate her she made an unforgettable impact on the lives of many people of the artist’s generation. This show brings together over 30 original prints, photographs and paintings that explore Sian’s feelings of distaste and intrigue that the state complied with Margaret Thatcher’s wish to hold a “state style” funeral in central London. She was taken aback by the absence of any challenge at the event and the feeling of reverence among the crowd. When the coffin passed the crowd started to applaud. By combining her photographs, taken at the event, with other contemporary photographic images she has attempted to redefine both the crowd who attended the funeral and the funeral itself.
Sian has used the device of repeating and rearranging recognisable images such as: the union jack; the crowd; St Paul’s; people with guns; and the uniformed forces. These images are combined with relief or lino prints as well as paint and ink. Although the event of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral dominates this show, Sian has also included a small selection of work that reflect other “state events” such as: the birth of a new prince; Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund; Nigella on trial and George Osborne’s financial statement. As always Sian is keen to discuss her work with other artists or local people who have a view about the political events of the day. She will be at the gallery on 24th January for the private view, and on 25th January between 11am and 2pm.
Caitlin Stansbury has recently graduated from Goldsmiths College with a degree in Fine Art and History of Art.
Her current exhibition, A Time For Everything is an invitation to pause and breathe deeply. Caitlin values process. She encourages the viewer to take a moment to consider the subtle layering of paint and marks, giving time to the seemingly simple. The exhibition presents paintings with direct imagery of trees, and distinguishable landscapes during different seasons, alongside muted abstract works.
There is A Time For Everything. May you be reminded