Monthly Archives: September 2012

Dazed Digital interview Faris on Creatures in Colour

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OWN THE ARTWORK: Creatures in Colour by FARIS BADWAN

Creations in Colour : Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan; the current exhibition at The Strand Gallery, gives an alternative insight into the creative mind of Faris Badwan. Now in its final week, this is the last chance to buy an original piece of art from the Horrors frontman.

Faris comments on his approach to art:
“What I want to get across is how much of a part of my life drawing always has been. It invades all of my daily routine, be it in the shredded form of masking tape stuck to my walls, line-drawings on restaurant napkins or supermarket receipts, to the sketchbooks I carry with me. It really is the one constant solid thing in my life – a stream which runs regardless of what I happen to be doing or where.”

Map of the World in Colour Part 1, 50x70cm
Original artwork signed by Faris. £1200 +VAT

Compared to Badwan’s graphic line drawings, this image initially appears as a chaotic explosion of colour – then as you step closer the seemingly infinite details begin to pop out and keep your eyes searching and hunting for more. This is one of our favourites!

“My sketchbooks have always been fairly voyeuristic in that many of the drawings spring from watching people or mishearing conversations… shreds of sentences or characters and their personality traits appear on different pages, and then continue to develop and mutate. The effect is a bit like spying on someone through a warped lens.” 

We love the way Map Of The World in Colour gives us a glimpse of Faris’s hectic lifestyle, allowing us to be voyeurs to a snippet of his life.

The Fantastic Four, 28x28cm
Limited Edition Print of 50, signed by Faris £120 +VAT

Faris’ earlier works acts as a diary, documenting everything he sees in a subconscious  flow. Here in The Fantastic Four we see a more considered and controlled collection of portraits, carefully depicting the four other members of the band he fronts. This will defintely be a hit with any Horrors fans.

Creatures in Colour
runs until the 30th of September.
Pirces start at £80+VAT.
To request the full exhibition catalogue or for any sales enquiries please email:


If you are interested in gaining work experience at The Strand Gallery we would love to hear from you…

Behind the Strand Gallery is a small but close knit team of creative people, we provide a platform for emerging artists and interesting events.  Having started out as interns ourselves, we have developed a hands-on work experience scheme which we believe gives a broad insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

We are looking for dynamic and independent helpers who are interested in learning more about the gallery sector.  Our ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, creatively-aware people who enjoy researching into and writing about exhibitions. A keen interest in visual art is absolutely essential.

To apply email us summarizing why you want to join us. Don’t forget to attach your CV. Please email our gallery manager Lucinda:

The Strand Gallery presents…Faris Badwan’s ‘Creatures in Colour’


Musician, artist and front man of the Horrors Faris Badwan is launching his second solo exhibition, Creatures in Colour, here at The Strand Gallery next week. This exhibition explores the progression from Faris’ dreamlike, intricate ink drawings to bold and vibrant new watercolours.

Acropolis, 21x28cm Watercolour, £300 +VAT

Faris’ inspirations derive from artists such as Klimt, Klee and JW Waterhouse; his work echoes their influences, in particular through these spectacular new watercolours. Faris Badwan began drawing from a very young age and studied at St Martin’s College of Art; it has been a significant part of his life ever since. Faris finds drawing liberating due to its escapist nature; much of his inspiration comes from the world around him, creating beautiful  and askew observations and musings on day to day life.

Faris’ obsessive nature of drawing is hypnotic; each subject is drawn to exhaustion, resulting in a depiction of an intimate snippet of a dream world. His subjects are shown in such a way, that the spectator almost feels like they are peeking into a world of brilliant thoughts, illustrated with sketch-like figures. The individuality of Faris’ work is obvious; it echoes the passion for his skill, reflected in every pen mark and brush stroke. The accidental nature of his work gives it a refreshing edge.

I appreciate the value of accidents in art, the way ink doesn’t come out of a pen evenly, or when you slip and fall asleep while drawing which happens more often than you think!” – Faris

Creatures in Colour introduces a new chapter in Faris’ artistic career; launching an entirely new spectrum of works, exhibiting the artist’s experimentation with different styles and colour. They bring his work to life, showing an evolution from his original pen and ink drawings into a new realm of inspiration. These watercolours move away from the repetition of Faris’ instinctive and obsessive drawings, ‘a stream that invades [Faris’] daily routine’, revealing bursts of enthusiasm for a new technique. It is a new and exciting aspect of Faris’ work which has never been seen before.

Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan is showing at The Strand Gallery from 19th – 30th September.

Preview the exhibition here,
or to make a sales inquiry email:

COMPETITION: Win an original signed drawing by Faris Badwan

To be in with a chance of winning, follow these instructions:
1. Head over to the Strand Gallery’s Facebook or Twitter page
2. Share or Re-tweet our Creatures in Colour “COMPETITION” post
3. Make sure you share or RT direclty from Strand to be in for the win!
4. We will be announcing the winner at the end of the show


The selected winner must be able to collect the prize from The Strand Gallery following the exhibition. The Strand Gallery’s decision is final.

EXCLUSIVE: Creatures in Colour pre-sale is open!

We can now announce that the pre-sale of our new exhibition Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan is now open!

To request a catalogue for an exclusive preview of the exhibition, or to enquire about pre-sale, drop our Head of Sales an email:

Creatures in Colour – LOUD AND QUIET feature

Faris Badwan – THE STOOL PIGEON feature

The Creatures in Colour: Sketches from Faris Badwan exhibition is featured in The Stool Pigeon’s latest publication

Creatures in Colour – ABSOLUTELY magazine feature


Creatures in Colour is an exhibition of Faris Badwan’s sketchbooks and latest artworks held at The Strand Gallery from 19th to 30th September 2012

Press as featured in Absolutely City & Angel and Absolutely NXNW