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Extremely excited to announce this solo exhibition; “Grandly Grimey“!

grandly grimey exhibition image
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.’

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  • I aim to have between 12 – 16 artworks created for the exhibition on show, the most unseen pieces I have ever had in one place by far. Luckily, I started work for this back in February ;)
  • Expect more than just 2D artworks on paper & canvas.
  • Westbank Gallery is a new, huge exhibition space along with its own bar, kitchen, sitting area and balcony. The capacity is about 400 people & we aim to make full use of this!
  • Westbank Gallery is located by Portobello market, in between Ladbroke Grove & Portobello rd.

  • Buy Art Fair, Manchester

    I will be exhibiting four new originals (see below images) at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester in association with Leon Martyn who will have two stands (stand 235 & 120). The fair runs from 27th – 29th October.
    Please see, after artworks below, for the description of the stands, the other artists and associated projects he will be undertaking over the weekend.
    t4t“Rise Above”,
    Ballpoint pen, spray paint, markers & crayons on card
    30x30cm (unframed size)
    t3t“Drive Vibe 53″,
    Ballpoint pen & spray paint on card
    30x30cm (unframed size)
    t2t“Tired of Playing”,
    Ballpoint pen & spray paint on card
    30x30cm (unframed size)
    t1t“Tears of Liberty”,
    Ballpoint pens & spray paint on card
    30x30cm (unframed size)
    For prices of above artworks send a message here.

    LEON MARTYN (stand 235)
    Leon Martyn is an art consultancy based in Manchester providing a personalised service to clients looking to start, add to and manage their collections. We work in direct collaboration with a broad range of top contemporary artists and studios – works will be available at the fair by James Mylne, David Bray, Matt Small, Pryce Lee, Word to Mother, Ben Eine, The Connor Brothers and Paul Stephenson.

    We will also be screening a documentary at 4pm on the Saturday (28th) following the reuse of Andy Warhol’s original acetates to create new ‘Posthumous’ paintings, as described by Rainer Crone (leading Warhol academic). The new paintings will be available to purchase on the stand afterwards.

    PAPA’S PRINT SHOP (stand 120)
    Papa’s Print Shop is a subsidiary of Leon Martyn’s consultancy with a particular focus on prints; working in direct collaboration with artists to produce and release limited edition prints alongside acquired modern and contemporary pieces.

    At the Buy Art Fair we will be releasing a brand new Ben Eine ‘Manchester’ print with 10% of proceeds going to the Mustard Tree homeless charity. Alongside new limited edition prints by The Connor Brothers and Paul Stephenson as well as showing pieces by renowned artists such as Banksy, Gormley, Hepworth, Hodgkin, KAWS, Levine and Lowry.

    In collaboration with Ben Eine The Print Shop will also be spilling out on to the streets so keep an eye out for further details!

    Check out Leon’s Instagram (@leonmartyn) and Leon Martyn and Papa’s Print Shop stand pages for further updates.

  • London Art Exhibition Visit & Interview

    Kovats-visit-InterviewDavid Kovats used to work in valuations at Sothebys, he is now an independent an art advisor. He got in touch with me through Instagram and was interested in talking about the “on Lux Bag” artworks I was doing. David also has a vlog and wanted to feature my artwork in one of his videos so he flew over from Budapest to film me working on my new series and see my current exhibition here in London.
    The video is really well edited I think. Check it out below:

  • Exhibition @ Coya, Mayfair

    coya-inviteHonored 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.2-jrm

  • “MIX3″ – Group Show – Underdog Gallery

    bcoco chanel canvas print at Mix 3 group show
    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

  • RCA Secret 2016, Exhibition

    rca-secret-exhibRCS-Secret-sent-smlFor 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.

  • “BIG BANG” Group Exhibition Opening @ Westbank

    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

  • Group Exhibition: “ART WARS – MAYFAIR”, December Show.

    art wars mayfair thumbs
    ArtWars_Mayfair_6Curated 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.

  • Winter Pop Up Exhibition, Mayfair, London

    post show web image sml
    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.

  • Exhibited @ The Other Art Fair

    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.

  • Summer Group Show, Notting Hill

    3 imgs inside smlAbove 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!
    2 imgs - crowd in and out sml

Group Exhibition, The Collective 2014

-1This was my second 2014 group exhibition which was held at Westbank Gallery (Notting Hill, London). The invite is shown (right).
groupshow 2 2014

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!

Solo Exhibition, “Vintage Vogue”, Rook & Raven Gallery

8093624103_af52c53839_z8080261478_b43206049f_zDSC_5318My 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

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