Exhibition: Terence Wilde – Briteside

What: Terence Wilde exhibition, Briteside
When: 5th April onwards – Private View: 9th April
Where: Café Adagio, Croydon, CR0 6RB.

One of our favourite artists, Terence Wilde, is exhibiting a selection of his colour works at Café Adagio in Croydon, at new exhibition ‘Briteside’.

He will also be exhibiting with us, next month, at our Dragon Café residency, but bear in mind it won’t be the same work, so we suggest you go to both exhibitions!

The private view is this Saturday, 9th April. Download a copy of the exhibition flyer here.

 

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Artist: Tim Bradford

  
‘The Twelve Pins, Finsbury Park’, and, ‘Better Red Than Dead’

“For starters, I’m going to try not to talk about myself in the third person. There’s no way Tim Bradford is going down that route.

The work on my website is divided into seven categories, each containing a small series of paintings representing a particular layer of my obsessions. These are Museum of Reconstituted Charity Shop Art, Irrational Portrait Gallery, Once Upon A Time In The West (Of Ireland), The Patchwork Landscape, Finsbury Park Institute of Football Art, Useful Gods and Botanic Transcendental Paintings.


View more from ‘Botanic Transcendental Painting’, above, here.

It’s also in some ways a celebration of my parallel universe art career as a member of the ‘Bearded Rural Artists Who Prefer Living In Cities’ group. And in this scenario I went to art college instead of studying English at university – making a living as a football arm tattoo artist and getting dumped several times by Tracey Emin.

I am now what is generally known as a new wave wang-eyed pop folk artist. 

Although I’m now considerably older than John Lennon was when he died, and Dino Zoff when he collected a World Cup winner’s medal, I like to think of myself as an emerging artist. I’m just emerging in slow motion.


View more from ‘Irrational Portrait Gallery’, above, here.

For twenty years or so after leaving school I painted semi-regularly, as a kind of grounding mechanism, then stashed the resulting pictures in attics or cupboards and it wasn’t until 2005 that I started to become reasonably prolific.

The year after that we lived in the west of Ireland for a year and a half and I fell in with the notorious Ennistymon artists set, a collection of ferociously intelligent and talented dazzling women painters and intense bearded film maker blokes.


View more from ‘The Patchwork Landscape’, above, here.

In this hotbed of hair and ideas I gained the confidence to put on my own exhibition. In Bachelors Walk I developed some of the themes that had obsessed me for years – fast disappearing landscapes, ravaged old blokes tortured by loneliness or frustration, lovely dreamlike women who know a lot about ‘stuff’.

The vivid, mostly primary, colours are intended to have a life-affirming effect on the viewer, perhaps with the sense of having a revelatory vision, a mild migraine or recovering from a hangover.

When I’m not painting, over-cooking pasta for the kids or wandering aimlessly around the local streets, I do illustrations for the football magazine When Saturday Comes and write non-fiction books.”

Visit Tim Bradford’s website, here.


View more from ‘The Finsbury Park Institute of Football Art’, above, here.

The Mind Machine

Our first exhibition of the year, at the Menier Gallery, London, has swiftly come, and all too swiftly gone.

The Mind Machine was a week-long exhibition featuring eight of the ten artists we are working closely with – Yvonne Mabs Francis, John Moore, Jan Arden, Marie-Louise Plum, Mikey Georgeson, Terence Wilde and Vincent Black.

By all accounts the show was a success, drawing flatteringly positive comments – “the most original exhibition I have been to in years” and “the art is raw, and speaks to me” – and a heady, well attended private view that has resulted in interviews, reviews and new opportunity for our artists, as well as a few sales.

So here we are, saying a massive ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to, well, ourselves, and the artists, and to share a few images from the exhibition, courtesy of Jan Arden, Marie-Louise Plum and Yvonne Mabs Francis.


 

Laura Greenway: Streams of Consciousness

What: Visual Art Exhibition
When: 30/11/15-04/12/15
Where: Proteus Creation Space

From the 30th November to the 4th December, artist Laura Greenway will be showcasing her latest body of work in her debut solo show entitled ‘Streams of consciousness’. Drawing inspiration from her own experiences of mental illness, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of psychiatric illnesses such as OCD, psychosis and depression.

Streams of consciousness, whilst primarily a display of contemporary painting, boasts an amalgamation of disciplines ranging from watercolour to collage and built up textured pieces. Examining concepts of colour theory in relation to emotion, the show intends to create a dialogue about mental health, starting conversations about illness and in turn helping to reduce the stigma that can so often surround sufferers of mental health problems. Laura works completely in abstract, allowing her emotions to spill freely onto the canvas, capturing her daily struggles through gestural brush marks and leaving each piece open to interpretation.

Held at Basingstoke’s Proteus Creation Space, who have been incredibly helpful and generous in assisting with hosting the show, the exhibition is suitable for all ages and is free to attend. Most of the works on display will be for sale in order to raise money for mental illness with 25% of all sales being donated to mental health charity SANE. The artist describes the exhibition as ‘a documentation of mental distress and wellness through the medium of paint’, making it an exhibition not to be missed by those interested in psychoanalysis, mental health and the human condition – this compelling show will leave you both informed and curious to find out more. 

Artist: Laura Greenway


‘Abstract 20’

Laura recently got in touch to show us her artwork and talk a little about her mental health history.
We particularly like her most current abstract work, and her use of colour. Seeing the square tiles of daily paintings piled up is a wonderful thing – a collection of emotions and mental states expressed through colour and line. Laura has been kind enough to write the following – an open description of her mental health history, and how her art relates. All artwork ©Laura Greenway. You can see more of Laura’s work on her website, here.

I’ve battled with mental illness for the majority of my life, suffering from severe OCD, depression and anxiety from the age of 11, and more recently being diagnosed with psychosis.

“I’ve been a mental health service user since the age of 12, firstly being under the care of CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health services) and now under the adult mental health services and the EIIP team (early interventions in psychosis). Despite having a lot of trouble with day to day life, I recently graduated from the University for the Creative Arts, at which I studied a BA honours in Fine art.


100 Squares

Art has always been a huge lifeline to me during times of struggle, and it was at uni that my practice began to focus solely on my experiences with mental illness. Whilst I like to experiment with a number of different mediums (I have used photography, photo manipulation and sculpture in the past) I work primarily as a painter with watercolour being my favourite media.

My work explores a variety of different aspects of mental illness, with my main focus being on art as a therapy. I find art extremely therapeutic and use my paintings as a way of expressing my emotions. The majority of my painting is abstract – I like to paint as a raw communication of how I’m feeling at the time and often work whilst practicing a type of therapy called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique in which a person focuses entirely on what they’re doing in that moment. It involves acceptance of distressing or distracting thoughts, but the ability to try and let the thoughts pass without judgement. When I paint I try and focus on the action of the brush, the colours I am using and how they blend and interact with each other, but as well as this I really try and acknowledge my emotions, letting them spill out onto the canvas. This is why I mostly identify my work with the movement of abstract expressionism.


‘Abstract Experiment’

Recently I have also become really interested in colour theory, and try and use colours in a way that express how I’m feeling as I paint, however I usually try and use colours that jump out at me or that I identify with, instead of going for colours that are obvious choices. For example, I don’t choose the colour blue purely because it’s often associated with depression, however if I am drawn to that colour when I am feeling low then I will explore it. I also sometimes use illustrations to personify the emotions I’m feeling, creating characters that represent my mood and integrating them into the abstract paintings.

The main aim I have with my artwork is to create a dialogue about mental health, hopefully challenging and breaking the stigma that so often surrounds mental illness. Although with a lot of my abstract works it may not be clear at first that they are about mental health, I hope that the work intrigues people enough that they find out about the meaning behind my paintings, opening them up to a conversation about mental illness. I also aspire that my work will encourage other people with mental illness to express themselves via art as I have found it is such a great way to communicate my experiences and to aid in my recovery.”


‘Colourful River’


‘Broken Clouds’

Cee Smith

“I am a newly established visual artist,  tattooist and author. I always have been in touch with my creative side and have a passion for sharing my skills with the world. I was very good at art at school in particular drawing and painting were my two favourite subjects. I did not go on to formally pursue art at any point until now. It has always been my dream to become an artist and follow in the foot steps of legendary artists like Van Gogh who also became an artist in later on in life and has given me much inspiration.

I have Borderline Personality Disorder comorbidity with Bipolar II which gives me the ability to use my unpredictable emotions in my art. I also have dyslexia which helps much with my creative nature naturally I am a person of the right side of the brain. My goals for the future would be to keep improving and developing my art skills and become a recognised portrait artist/tattooist. This privilege of being featured on Mental Spaghetti will help to give people the opportunity to view my work and help to reduce the stigma and raise awareness for mental health.”

Lis.


Hello dear readers. I’m extra excited about today’s entry as I have been nagging this contributor to send me work for a while, I had only seen one piece and I knew it was going to be great. I’m also biased because I’m an illustrator as well as an artist so to see some drawing come our way was very good. In my drawing I always try to remember to add something interesting and challenging, and although I don’t always remember to use this trick, I’m a great fan of distorted angles and points of view, something that Lis has employed in the third picture down. She has also used colour in an interesting way.

Here are some words and pictures from Lis to you…

“I’m Lis, 26 years old and have bipolar disorder.
I find illustrating is an outlet for me, even if the finished work ends up in the bin!

I draw from life and photography, but always draw people. People have always fascinated me. I love sketching faces. Different expressions, poses, individuality. Ask me to draw a landscape and I will look at you like you have gone mad!

Most of my work has been done whilst in an ‘up’ mood, I rarely draw whilst stable or depressed. Due to that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with art, I’ll feel compelled to create something yet will hate sitting still for too long in order to create it, hence all my work is done in a hurry.”