Thursday, 30 July 2015

Olivia Kemp in Jealous Prize Print Exhibition, Shoreditch

Olivia Kemp, That Which Flourishes Remains
Olivia Kemp was one of the winning artists for the Jealous Prize 2014. The prizewinners are currently on display at Jealous Gallery Shoreditch, 53 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT.

Katie Brookes and Elizabeth McCarten at Mercer Chance

Katie Brookes and Elizabeth McCarten are exhibiting new paintings at Mercer Chance.

Mercer Chance Studio Gallery, 253 Hoxton Street, N1 5LG
Thursday 6 - Sunday 16 August 2015
11 am - 6 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Monday to Thursday by appointment only, please call Rachel on 07715816779

Public Opening: Thursday 6 August, 7 - 10 pm

'Mercer Chance is proud to present SUMMER DREAM, a joyous meeting of two talented young contemporary painters. Madness, beauty, mystery and humour colour this strange new world of intuitive image making.

In this new series of paintings Katie Brookes has used imagination to bypass her observational work and focus on colour and composition, working along the themes of stereotypical British culture, seaside and leisure in the summertime. Focused on the material qualities of paint and the pure enjoyment of colour, these new works explore exaggerated British-ness now. These bold and ironic escapist fantasies first appeared while Katie was on a rainy residency in Scotland, but they have become a promising avenue for a richly inventive studio practice going forward. In September she will attend the Turps Banana painting school, where she hopes to make her paintings “bigger and more… mad”.

Elizabeth McCarten's recent work explores the idea of a dream evoked by real places being re-presented. When we dream we recycle images and experiences that we have had that day, week or a thought that has been on our mind. Our mind breaks these experiences down and reconstructs them into a series of new images, thoughts and sensations. Working directly from observation, she gathers information before deconstructing and breaking down the image to lyrical lines and marks. Her dream-like colour washes serve as emotional responses to the landscape which is used as a means to recreate a world where imagination and reality can merge together in the freedom of paint. Scenes are reduced to shapes and colours that evoke darkness and light, that invite the viewer to see differently into a landscape of possibilities.'

More Alumni in the Ruth Borchard: David Caldwell

David Caldwell, Studio Self-Portrait, 2015
David Caldwell also has a piece in the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize Exhibition 2015.
Read more here.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Ben Nathan in Pyeong Chang Biennale

Following his residency in South Korea, Ben Nathan has been invited to exhibit at the Pyeong Chang Biennale. The Biennale aims to promote art and culture in Pyeong Chang County, the elected host city of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018. The Biennale runs from 23 July - 22 December 2015.

23 July - 22 December 2015
Opening Ceremony, Thursday 23 July 2015, 2pm

Emma Seach Solo Exhibition The Hive, Dalston

Emma Seach has a new exhibition coming up.

The private view is on Friday 24th July from 7.30pm - 10.30pm at The Hive (260-264 Kingsland Road). The Hive is a new multi-storey events space in the heart of Haggerston. Alumni may be interested in the space, which is a very large warehouse space for exhibitions, free to use.

Collecting imagery from Delhi, Detroit and London, Emma makes structural charcoal drawings focusing on rhythms and spaces in the built environment.

From 9pm, 25K MPH will provide a live performance of machine-made electronic music with an industrial edge. 25K MPH is the speed required to leave the earth's atmosphere. The mechanics making this possible is the subject of their first release, they start with the combustion engine...

 The private view is an opportunity to see the drawings together with the music that inspires them.

Complimentary drinks will be provided by Beavertown brewery.
Please RSVP to

The show runs from 16 – 29 July Tue 1-9pm, Thu-Sat 1-9pm at The Hive, and all works are for sale.

You can find some more information about Emma's work on her website here.

Oliver McConnie in Charlie Smith London Anthology 2015

Oliver McConnie, 'Wounded World'
Oliver McConnie has been selected for the Charlie Smith London Anthology 2015. Read more here.

The private view is 30 July 6.30 - 8.30 pm, where the £2,000 cash prize will be announced.
Exhibition continues 31 Just - 15 August. Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm or by appointment.

The jury was Kurt Beers (Beers London), Paul Carter-Robinson (Artlyst), Christine Coulson (Private Collector), Zavier Ellis (CHARLIE SMITH LONDON), Mike von Joel (State Magazine)

Charlie Smith London, 336 Old Street, 2nd Floor, London EC1V 9DR

Oliver has also been selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015.

Kim Scouller at Mercer Chance

Kim Scouller is currently exhibiting at Mercer Chance.

'A Sense of Place'
17 - 26 July
11am - 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Monday to Friday call Rachel on 07715 816 779 to make an appointment.
Mercer Chance, 253 Hoxton Street, N1 5LG

'A Sense of Place is an exhibition of new drawings and paintings, which explores Kim’s experience of nature within urban, domestic and rural environments found in London and Scotland.'

Salma Ali Now Represented by Henry Boxer Gallery

Salma Ali
Salma Ali is now a 'Raw Outsider Artist/Visionary' with Henry Boxer Gallery. Read more here.

Alex Cree also in Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize

Alex Cree
Alex Cree is exhibiting in the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2015, along with Rebecca Harper.
The exhibition of 100 shortlisted works is on display at Piano Nobile Kings Place,90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.
9 July - 9 October 2015.

The prize was previously won by RDS tutor Thomas Newbolt.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Nine Alumni in 'Drawn from the Fleming Collection', London

Olivia Kemp, 'After the Wind Howled'
In a collaboration with the Royal Drawing School, nine alumni have been invited to select a piece from the Fleming Collection of Scottish art, and to exhibit their work alongside it. The alumni are Michelle Cioccoloni, Fraser Scarfe, Olivia Kemp, Tim Betjeman, Paul Fenner, Joe Goody, Alison Boult, Laura Footes and Tyga Helme.

9 July – 26 August 2015
Gallery One, Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8DU
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An artists' talk by Laura Footes, Olivia Kemp, Michelle Cioccoloni and Tim Betjeman will share insight into the reasons why they selected a painting from the Fleming Collection to sit alongside their own works, as well as the creative process and inspiration behind their practice.

9 July, 12.30 pm
Free, no need to book
Refreshments provided
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Charlie Masson Plate Design, New York

"No Smoking", Charlie Masson
Charlie Masson has created a new plate design for Sant Ambroeus SoHo, now hanging on the compact wall of plates as part of San Ambroeus Art Series at 265 Lafayette St. New York, NY 10012.