COMING UP: Infinite Human – Crossing Boundaries Beyond the Figure

poster-highresA group show curated by Liliana Gallagher, ‘Infinite Human’ takes the viewer on a journey exploring the human figure, from traditional representational works, expressionist and abstract paintings, through to the contemporary and conceptual pieces.

The human figure provides artists with infinite inspiration, and is as relevant in today’s post-digital contemporary art as it was to our pre-historic ancestors. Eleven artists brought together each explore their own visual language in relation to the human figure, in this diverse show comprising of both established and emerging artists.

 ‘Infinite Human: Crossing Boundaries Beyond the Figure’ will show at The Strand Gallery from 7th – 11th July, 11am – 6pm.

For more information please visit: www.facebook.com/InfiniteHumanLondon

 

 

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Artists exhibiting:

Francis De Vivo

Masoomeh Faraji

Greg Finn

Liliana Gallagher

Stephen Gregson

Tanya Hooker

Mary Law

Crystal Lonsdale

Eve Pettitt

Mita Solanky

Simon Yates

SPOTLIGHT: Jacob Perlmutter

Jacob Perlmutter began his career as a photographer and freelanced from a young age, working for NME, XL Recordings and Vice Magazine. He went on to shoot major photoessay projects such as ’88 Days’, which was a homage to Robert Frank 50 years after ‘The Americans’ were first published and since has gone on to create other photographic bodies such as ‘Sweet India’ and ‘Meanwhile in Rio’.

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As well as focussing on his photography career, he also has a debut album ‘Meanwhile, In Rio’ which was recorded in 2014 and is a filmmaker, having won international awards for several of his short films.

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For Perlmutter, Robert Frank and Gary Winogrand are his main inspiration due to the ‘powerful, yet effortless way’ they capture humanity, which can be seen through his traditional and raw style of documentary photography.

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For more information on his work please visit his website here .

Laura Linck: Never Before Seen ‘Behind the Scene’ Photographs Revealed

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Opening to the public on 23rd June is ‘Behind the Scene’ by photographer and filmmaker Laura Linck. These photographs reveal theatre actors, directors and writers behind the scenes over time and will be unveiled for the first time in this exhibition.

Linck presents never before seen photographs of Dame Judi Dench, Ben Wishaw, Sir David Hare, Eve Best, Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Sir Richard Eyre, Tom Hollander and many others.

Born and brought up in France, Linck has always had a love and passion for film and theatre. In this first exhibition, she offers a glimpse of the unseen in the film and theatre world. The series began when Linck worked as an usher at the Old Vic Theatre, observing the actors at work every day. She discovered this hidden world and decided to document it.

‘Behind the Scene’ brings together work from this body of work as well as a number of photographs produced as momentos of some of the greatest film and theatre artists of today.

Raising money towards Mental Health Research, this charity is the first in the UK dedicated to raising funds for research into mental illness, causes and cures.

Behind the Scene will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 23rd – 28th June, 11am – 6pm.

Now Showing: Wiltshire College Salisbury Degree Show

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Now Showing at The Strand Gallery, is Wiltshire College Salisbury’s Photography degree show and professional alumni exhibition. The exhibition showcases the works of third year photography students who have recently completed their degree in BA (Hons) Photography, alongside leading alumni.

Wiltshire College is one of the leading provincial centres of education for professional photography in the UK. Based on over 50-years’ experience in educating photographers and film makers, the course at Salisbury maintains a tradition of being highly vocational whilst offering a well-considered blend of practical assignments and academic study. It ensures a balance between technical mastery, personal experimentation and creative development, giving the best possible basis for a successful career.

This exhibition will be showcasing a diverse range of works and emerging talents and offers a glimpse into the variety of skills taught and developed at the college.

After a successful degree show last year, Salisbury is excited to be exhibiting at The Strand Gallery again this year from Tuesday 16th June-Saturday 20th June, 11am-6pm.

Now Showing: What are you looking at? by Sue Spaull

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Opening to the public on 2nd June: What are you looking at? by Sue Spaull, a controversial portrait exhibition showing women from politics, the arts, TV and Radio, against a backdrop of nude models, in order to challenge sexism in the media.

With portraits of famous faces included Glenda Jckson, Fi Glover, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Caroline Lucas and Jane Garvey, Sue Spaull brings to The Strand Gallery, life size portraits inviting the viewer to explore and question the use of the female body. Spaull highlights the impact of sexualisation of women in the media, including pictures of topless women in the press.

Caroline Lucas says: “Sue Spaull’s exhibition challenges us to think about how we view women, and encourages us both to question the increasing objectification of women’s bodies in the media, and to celebrate the achievements of all women.”

Fi Glover comments: “I love the premise behind Sue’s work – that although the woman in the portrait might be multi talented and successful, behind the image of every woman lies the powerful force of imagery which still likes to rate women for their sex appeal to total strangers.”

Spaull aims to challenge the casual use of images of naked women by placing them in the same visual field as portraits of well known women. This way she points out the importance of professional women more generally and question the impact of images of women in the media to the way they are received.

This exhibition really does question  “What Are You Looking At?” Do you really see the women in the portraits or is it the nameless naked women that draw your gaze?

What Are You Looking At?  will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 2nd  – 8th June 2015, 11am – 6pm.

Please contact suespaull@yahoo.co.uk for more information or visit: http://www.suespaull.com

All paintings are for sale.

Sue Spaull is a figurative painter who works in oil using neo-classical painting techniques.  Sue lives and works in London and Cornwall. She exhibits in London and has had work shown in the Mall Galleries, as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition and in the Federation of British Artists’ Exhibition. She is Deputy Head of Painting at the Art Academy, London SE1.

Now Showing: Islands of the Blest by The Violet Hour

We are pleased to present our current exhibition Islands of the Blest by The Violet Hour.

With inspirations from London’s Adelphi quarter, five emerging artists come together for this exhibition named after an excerpt from Lord Byron’s The Isles of Greece, playing with the idea of permanence and transition.

The figure of Pythia, the oracle priestess at Delphi, weaves into the motifs that permeate Nicholas Johnson’s oeuvre; vision-inducing reflective pools, heady vapours and the underlying promise of decay, reclamation and repurpose. A closer look at the surfaces of his paintings reveals physical detritus and relief.

The feverish hues in Michael O Reilly’s works appear to ooze and weep from the canvases, whilst beneath the surface the works throb with a heat that hums and buzzes. Islands set in salty, swampy backwaters stand still amongst calamitous yet considered brushstrokes and motifs melt in a close, steady process of decay.

Another variation on mortality, Blaze Cyan portrays ancient trees as decaying and eroded landmarks, totems holding a sense of time within themselves. Appearing half dead, some are completely hollowed out and yet still live, this ambiguity between life and death seems to transcend mortality, something that exists outside the normal parameters of reality.

The observations of the odd and out of place in Kathryn Maple’s layered works seem to grow from the paper. Again, the surfaces change in rhythm, with areas of clear translucency and worked, near-woven pockets.

Like the unattainable, fleeting ideal of paradise, Jane Ward’s pieces are composed of fragments of prints, repeatedly broken down, collaged and scratched away again, creating a state of place that is constantly in flux, like a digital sand dune that shapeshifts and eludes us.

The exhibition will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 26th – 31st May, 11am – 6pm. For more information please visit: http://www.theviolethour.org

COMING UP: John Lewell: ‘Reconnecting’

Opening to the public on Tuesday 19th May is ‘Reconnecting’ by Artist, Photographer and Author, John Lewell. This exhibition will showcase 50 new works, with the aim to renew the connection between art and photography, bringing back some of the latter’s unique characteristics, in particular spontaneity within a moment.

Lewell’s work in this exhibition is based on street photography, and features images that have been taken apart and reconstructed, changing the colour and position of elements. Each piece is composed of 21 portrait-shaped rectangles separated by narrow white lines, within a landscape frame.

A graduate from the University of Cambridge in Fine Art, Lewell is the author of several books including two on photographic software and two on computer graphics . Furthermore, he is the author of Modern Japanese Novelists

Reconnecting will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 19th – 23rd May 2015, 11am – 6pm everyday.

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COMING UP: Doppelgängers

Next week opens  Doppelgängers, an exhibition showcasing the work of young artists and writers based in London.

From 28th – 3rd May, the exhibition will explore the concept of oneself as an anthropological subject and the way creative enquiry exists within day-to-day working lives.

Doppelgängers will be the the debut for future collaborations between young, new, London based artists and writers. The curators, Kate Holford and Julia White, aim to create a network for those to engage and continue their practice in the city and exhibit their work and ideas.

The exhibition’s contributors come from an amalagamation of backgrounds and professions; from students to booksellers, chefs, gardeners and decorators.

For any further enquiries regarding the exhibition and the aritsts please contact: Kate Holford kmholford@gmail.com or Julia White contactjuliawhite@gmail.com.

 

COMING UP: Dawn by Bernard Raphael Gallery

We are pleased to announce our new exhibition opening on April 8th at The Strand Gallery. Dawn by Bernard Raphael Gallery will showcase the works of several emerging artists, alongside the established Lucy Temple and Liza Campbell.

Having opened in 2014 with the aim to act as a platform to support emerging artists to gain exhibition space for their work, this will be Bernard Raphael’s first major exhibition. The wonderful collaborative nature of this exhibition will give a multimedia show combining photography, design and drawing.

For further information on the exhibiting artists, please visit: www.bernardraphaelgallery.com

‘Dawn’ will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 8th – 19th April, 11am – 6pm, Monday to Sunday .

Opening Soon… Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits by Paul Harries

The Strand Gallery is proud to present Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits; a new exhibition of the legendary masked men of metal from Des Moins, Iowa, captured by renowned British rock photographer Paul Harries. This exhibition, launching in conjunction with Harries’ book of the same name, endorsed by Slipknot and published by Omnibus Press, features both previously unseen and iconic photographs of this captivating band.

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Slipknot has successfully retained a mystique that has remained unprecedented in the world of heavy-metal. Paul Harries has been working with Slipknot since 1999, before UK audiences had experienced anything quite like ‘The Nine’s’ spectacular live shows. Granted unparalleled access, Harries has captured this extraordinary union mid-air, on fire, on stage, backstage, on set, on the road and in studios around the globe and this outstanding collection grants you an unforgettable meeting with the men behind the masks.

The Strand Gallery is thrilled to bring you these astonishing photographs, documenting the bizarre journey of one of the World’s most significant metal bands. This exhibition, along with Harries’ book, serves as a remarkable insider’s view into this deeply private and intriguing band.

Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits by Paul Harries will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 6th – 17th May 2015, 11am – 6pm, Monday – Sunday