The Jennifer Lauren Gallery is proud to present
Masao Obata: Drawing Happiness in Red
Launch event 21 June 2017, 6 – 8:30pm
Continues 21-25 June 2017
Dates: 21-25 June 2017
Pop-up Venue: 264 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0JD
Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green – Central Line
Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
“I am happiest when I am working and by working I mean drawing.”
Masao Obata (b.1943) only started drawing whilst in his residential care facility in Japan after the age of 60. Raised by his grandmother, Obata moved around many institutions before settling at Hyogo Prefecture for a longer period of time. His strong urge to create led him to source large cardboard pieces to draw on from the kitchens in his facility, as paper was not strong enough for him and he was concerned it would rip easily.
In the facility Obata could be found night after night continuously drawing often on both sides of the cardboard, completing one piece of work each night. He produced thousands of drawings before his passing in 2010, but many were disposed of by the facility that, in the beginning, had not recognised the artistic value of his work.
Often creating in red pencil, Obata stated that for him this was the colour of happiness and fulfillment. The major themes in Obata’s work include family and marriage, both of which eluded Obata during his lifetime. He did on occasions say that the works featuring a man, a woman and a child were himself and his parents, and that he missed them profusely.
Women were often depicted wearing earrings and necklaces, whilst men were known to be featured wearing ties. His drawings also featured a characteristic attention to detail when depicting genitalia in his representations of humans. Other themes included things he observed: vehicles, landscapes and plants.
This exhibition is the first by the Jennifer Lauren Gallery and the first solo exhibition for the late Masao Obata. Bringing together 15 works on cardboard, along with a film of Obata working, it is hoped that many will get to enjoy Obata’s playful works.
What: Acoustic gig, Viral Nights presents John Moore, with Anto Dust and Billy Doze
When: Friday 24th February, 2017 – TOMORROW!
Where: The Waiting Room, 175 Stoke Newington High Street, N19 0LH. Map
Associated artist, singer and songwriter, John Moore is performing an acoustic set tomorrow night in Stoke Newington. It’s free entry, starts at 8pm. Expect many death-flavoured tunes, pertinent, following his recent A&E outing – more about that here.
Also, sensitive love songs.
You can listen in advance, to John Moore’s Soundcloud profile, here.
Support on the night comes from Anto Dust and Billy Doze. The Viral Nights event page with all essential information is here.
What: Visual art exhibition, group show
When: Until Thursday 19 January 2017, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Where: The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PE
Ten artists explore ‘beauty’ in a group show curated by Peter Herbert and The Arts Project.
“A stunning new art exhibition on the theme of Beauty and the Beast. Service users are among the ten artists whose work will be displayed in The Shapes and Lines of Beauty, including striking images by a former soldier who received treatment at the Trust for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Shaun Cole’s work evokes the colours of the Middle East, where he served as a soldier and he credits his works’ striking use of repetitive dots, reminiscent of aboriginal art, with helping him to “bring order” to his experience of PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).
The aim of this latest exhibition in St Pancras Hospital is to encourage people to consider the nature of so-called ‘beauty’ and to question pleasing appearances.
Arts Project curator, Peter Herbert, who will be displaying two of his own pieces of work, said: “This is an exhibition bursting with warmth, vigour and imagination. Ten artists have produced work celebrating ideas of beauty and covering a broad spectrum. This is a fascinating concept and one that is well worth exploring further”.
Introducing the Artists…
SYBIL ADELAJA expresses the face and body as conduits to the inner soul though obsessive line drawing scribbles, which convey real power and forceful imagination.
CHRIS BIRD’s images which use rapidograph pens to create black lines on white with red colours have been published in THE BIG ISSUE and exhibited over the years. The result is a growing body of work responding to the beautiful and confusing energy of life in the big city. Within complex patterns the artist is drawn to faces in the crowd through which he emphasises marginalised people who inhabit the daily life of our city.
EDWARD BLAKE produces work inspired by a background studying architecture. These composite creations revel in layers of frames within frames, stained glass inserts decorated with flowers, foliage and texts of a personal nature.
RUBY BRADLEY is a self taught artist who contrasts traditional and delicate still life paintings of vases/bowls of flowers with new work, which develop into more abstract impressions of line and colour.
SHAUN COLE is a former soldier who was one of the war artists featured in our earlier ‘THE WAY AHEAD’ exhibition. Here, the artist returns with a wider range of work that evokes the colours of the Middle East, where he served as a soldier. His striking use of repetitive dots, recalls aboriginal art. This is artwork that helps to bring order to the artist’s experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is currently studying for a Fine Arts degree at Ipswich University in Sussex.
MANEL GUELL is a painter who evokes the spiritual genesis of an often troubled Spanish social and artistic history. His delicate work using lines and shapes is rich with references to the surreal abstractions of Spanish artists including Goya and Luis Bunuel.
RICHARD KABY had open heart surgery after suffering a heart attack in 2014. His change in lifestyle while recovering resulted in a new awareness of the minutiae of everyday life and he was challenged to take one photo a day pasted onto Face Book in a project i flower. Using a phone camera as his eye ,the photographer discovers the nature of beauty in flowers, both as they blossom and die, depicting the fragility inherent within the cycle of our lives. Using extreme close-ups, these are photographs by an artist with an eye for the beauty around us, which most of us barely ever see.
KATHY KEEFE creates hats and head wear inspired by a love of millinery artistes of earlier decades including Treacy, Dache and Schiaparelli. For her display, the artist has created a boudoir, set against beautiful backdrops of delicately embroidered transparent lace.
ALBAN LOW has a growing collection of portraits, constructed in lines with splashes of colour to bring out the warmth and passion of musicians. These are drawn ‘live’ by the artist during his visits to the jazz cafes of London. For this exhibition, the artist is also presenting portraits of eight musicians who work with the innovatory programme Key Changes. They will perform a live set on the opening night, curated by manager Peter Leigh.
GEORGIA MATHEWS returns to the gallery for her 6th exhibition showcasing creative embellished jewellery. With this display she specialises in harmony between line, pattern and shape taking influence and inspiration from nature, colour and materials of the earth.
The exhibition includes two installations by PETER HERBERT. One is a fantasia of a carousel horse leaping through rainbow coloured hoops and a second installation involves a log lady made from the trunk of a cherry tree.
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What: Exhibition and Secret Sale
When: Friday 18 November 2016, 19:00 – 22:00
Where: The Koppel Project, 93 Baker Street, London, W1U 6RL
Please join us for the Silver Linings Private View at The Koppel Project, this Friday 18th November, when specially created artworks will be sold via a Secret Sale. Tickets available here.
This will be a unique opportunity to own an original artwork for a fraction of the price, whilst raising money for the arts and health charities Paintings in Hospitals and Daily Life Ltd.
The artworks for sale were created by trained and untrained, known and unknown artists.
These include designers, visual artists, sculptors, craftivists and stylists, many of whom will be joining us at the Private View, including Mental Spaghetti artists Terence Wilde, Jan Arden and Marie-Louise Plum, and Mental Spaghetti friends, Bobby Baker and Cathy Ward.
All artwork will be sold anonymously, only once purchased will the buyer discover the identity of the artist.
Tickets are £5, which includes a cocktail courtesy of our sponsor, Hendricks gin.
All artwork will be on view at the Koppel Project from 17-19 November.
Silver Linings is a collaboration between The Unseen, a luxury design house integrating biological and chemical matter into materials, psychologist and curator, Victoria Tischler and The Koppel Project. To find out more about the project and the event please click here.
What: Exhibition by artists Harrison Moore & Terence Wilde
When: 11 Nov – 02 Dec, 2016
Where: Window Gallery 4, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
Private View and Q&A with Artists: Thursday 10th November, 6-9pm. All welcome! To download invite with all information, click here: PDF Invite to Private View
Shared Insight: A collaborative exhibition.
Shared Insight showcases the work of Harrison Moore, a Central Saint Martins Fine Art Graduate, and Terence Wilde, an artist associated with Outside In.
Harrison and Terence worked together in partnership as part of a four-month residency at Kentish Town Health Centre earlier this year, where they were exploring shared insights of what it means to be artists working in contemporary London.
This exhibition, and accompanying booklet, shows one of their films and its scripts, as well as photographs and artworks created together.
For more information on the residency and previous exhibition, click here.
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What: Visual Art Exhibition
When: 23-26 November, 2016
Where: Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0SF