Extremely excited to announce this solo exhibition; “Grandly Grimey“!
My first solo exhibition with a gallery since 2012, this will be my biggest yet.
Grandly Grimey will be on show at Westbank Gallery, London, opening on 22nd September 2016.
‘The artworks I’ll be showing work to recontextualize classical ideas of power that were once portrayed through artistic movements such as Rococo into today’s urban counterculture.
I’m working to subtly subvert these old elitist styles of beauty, not to dis respect or dishonour them, but to bring them into the contemporary landscape where anti establishment feelings are the new à la mode.’
Honored to be invited by the curator of Coya members club in Mayfair to exhibit my work. A mix of originals and a few prints are in the public restaurant/bar downstairs and the very slick members rooms above.
Had a great private view there on Tuesday 9th May. Didn’t really get enough photos, but privacy is a thing at members clubs sometimes. Hopefully these above/below give some idea. We might do another private view soon, so if you’d like to attend to see the work get in touch. The work is up for 2 months.
MIX3 is a group exhibition on show at Underdog Gallery, running until April 3rd (2016).
The opening night was 17th March ad attracted a big crowd as the group shows tend to, at the gallery. I heard that about 500 people came altogether!
I have 3 canvas prints in the exhibition showing along side many great artists, (full artists roster below).
Left is one of my hand finished “Coco Chanel” canvas prints hanging in good company, surrounded by Banksy and Shepard Fairey artworks. Click to enlarge.
Banksy – Shepard Fairey – Antony Micallef – Matty Small – Does – Eelus – Mason Storm – Raven Armoury – Trust. iCON – Dolk – Lora Zombie – Daisuke Sakaguchi – Mr Feeney – Jim Vision – James Mylne – Sally Kendall – Daniel Fisher – Charlie Mcfarley – Harper Deyong – Daniel Mernagh – Nicolas Ruston – Paul Wood – Michael Tate – Wreckage International – Nathan Bowen – David Williamson – Arturo Garcia De Las Heras and Miles Khan
For the first time I’ve been asked to get involved with the famous RCA Secret Exhibition. I’ve created 2, which have just been sent off (left photo). Each one took me a couple days work, bit longer than most spend on them.
Every year The Royal College of Art exhibits 2000 original postcards created by internationally acclaimed artists, designers, cultural icons, alumni, & up-and-coming graduates in the same space.
Each postcard is anonymous with the creator only being revealed once the card is bought by a collector (each on is £55). All proceeds go to the RCA Fund, providing scholarships and bursaries for students.
London Exhibition (there’s one in Dubai too) is open 7-15 April 2016, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, Kensington, London. Dubai one: 16-19 March.
Thursday night was the opening party for a very big group show “Big Bang”, which is the first group show ever at the spacious new Westbank Gallery venue between Portobello Rd and Ladbroke Grove, (3-5 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL).
I had 3 pieces in the show and was lucky to be one of the many great artists involved. The show runs until the end of January. Go check it out, they have a bar, kitchen/cafe and music so it’s a fun place to hang out, and its open late.
Just some of the other artists involved:
Mr. Brainwash | Hush | Ben Allen | Mydogsighs | K-Guy | Schoony | Copyright | Gemma Compton | Emmanuel Albert | James Mylne | Cheba | Osch | Carleen de Sozer | Henry Hate | Inkie | RYCA | DANK | Daisuke Sakaguchi
Curated by Ben Moore and following on from the legendary Art Wars opening at Saatchi Gallery in 2013, Art Wars Mayfair was specially planned to coincide with the highly anticipated release of Star Wars 7.
I had 2 pieces in the show “Return Fire” and “Han Solo”.
Artworks by other artists such as: Mr.Brainwash, Hayden Kays, Jake and Dinos Chapman, RYCA, and Alison Jackson.
Fine Arts London put on a group pop up art exhibition in magnificent private residence (in a heritage building) on Hertford Street, Mayfair, London.
I was lucky to have the bulk of any artist’s work on show (13 artworks). Work was also on show by Peter Blake, Jeremy Deller, Damien Hirst, Alexander Massouras, David Shirley, Adam Ball
For a bunch of photos from the opening evening click here.
And/or you can view a short video below.
My work was a mixture of originals and prints, but the prints on show were special edition, never before exhibited pieces and many were hand finished and larger than my usual works are.
The main body of work for these special edition prints (on canvas) was a revisiting & reworking of my Vintage Vogue series that really got my work out there after my sell out solo show at Rook & Raven Gallery a few years ago.
The show also featured the first painting I’ve done on canvas to be exhibited, more on the painting here.
I showed some new originals and prints at The Other Art Fair, AKA TOAF, last weekend.
It’s a big artist centered fair inside the same building (Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London) as the Moniker Art Fair which you can also visit when going to TOAF.
The fair is called The Other Art Fair as it was set up as an alternative to Frieze Art Fair which is open at the same time.
My stand was close to the big bar that sits between the two fairs so it was a busy location. 300 of my postcards went in 2 days (fair goes on for 4 days)! The work of mine that probably got the most attention was my “Hepburn Gag” print, which continues to be a little controversial. Also my biggest new original “Samsara & The City“, which took me 11 weeks to complete and which you can see being closely inspected in the photo above.
The fair went well, but very tiring as I had to educate almost everyone on the fact that my artworks were created in ballpoint pen and were in fact, not photos/collages.
Hope to be there again or at Moniker next year.
Above right image shows an artwork of mine in an Alternative Contemporary group exhibition at Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello rd, Notting Hill, W11 1LR. Show is on until End of June (open weekends too). Go check it out if in London.
Details of my artwork: Hand finished “Hepburn Gag” XL Giclee print on canvas. AP 1/2. Info on the original work here.
Some very interesting artists and visually rich artworks in this show. It’s organized and curated by Ben Moore, founder of ArtBelow.org.uk
.Below shows a couple photos from the opening evening of the exhibition. Was an great turnout!
Such a fun exhibition. It was only a week long (28th April – May 4th), a group exhibition showing a diverse range of work from 10 different artists over the massive 2 floor gallery.
“The Collective” is Organized by Danny Rose and artist Kimberly Thomas, and the group show is a yearly thing (I was also involved in the one last year, which the BBC filmed me and the show for BBC London News).
This was the last ever group show at the iconic West Bank gallery space in Notting Hill as the amazing building (which was originally a bank) is now being turned into flats The gallery is will open up in a different space soon however. And there’s talk of the next Collective group show being overseas. more info soon.
The opening attracted well over 400 people! Click top image for more photos on my Facebook Art account.
Beyond the Hype: Hyperrealism Group Show” is exhibiting hyperealistic artworks by 4 artists including myself. Other artists are, Darren Baker, Charles Moxon, and John Williams.
The opening was last Thursday (few photos at left image link).
The show is open until 1st May. For location and exhibition details see gallery’s website here.
Britain’s oldest art critic, Edward Lucie-Smith, reviewed the show and had this to say for my work:
For James Mylne, photography offers a way of looking at what is real sideways, almost out of the corner of one’s eye. The image fragments as one is looking at it.
And a nice paragraph about me in the exhibition’s press release:
“…James Mylne’s painstaking recreation of images from fashion, film and popular culture, using an everyday ballpoint pen. Mylne, who has been featured in GQ, Stylist Magazine and on BBC News, produces drawings that restore the hand of the artist and sense of aura and authenticity to mass-produced images. His new work challenges the increasingly controversial pieces heralded in the Art World, through a return to the purity and beauty of the hand drawn image.” – Sophie Balfour-Lynn
This was my second 2014 group exhibition which was held at Westbank Gallery (Notting Hill, London). The invite is shown (right).
The group show was “The Collective”, curated and organized by Danny Rose and artist Kimberly Thomas.
The gallery space itself is very large, covering two floors.
On the opening/private view (May 1st), we had over 250 people come and enjoy the artwork and few drinks.
The gallery normally specializes in street, urban and contemporary art.
We were 8 artists; exhibiting an eclectic range of artwork, from new originals & prints of my own artwork to sculpture, digital art, photography, packing tape art, paintings on wood…
Happy to report, largely due to a BBC interview with myself & covering the exhibition (see it here) there was a lot of interest and the show was a great success!
My last big show was October 2012. It was downstairs at Rook and Raven gallery and was my first sell out show. Reviews seen in Telegraph online, Daily Mail online, Grazia online, Vogue online, Huffington Post & more etc. One of the main artworks with some footage from the show at the end in the video below