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A Look Back at 2013

Now that our first incredible exhibition of 2014 has sadly come to an end, we thought it might be appropriate to look back at the last year and pick up on some of the highlights of 2013 at The Strand Gallery.

Looking back, 2013 has been an eventful year. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s son Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born on 22 July 2013 and Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, sadly passed aged 95. Amongst all of the commotion of the real world, here at The Strand Gallery we conducted an array of inspiring exhibits and had many exciting moments. So, as we move forward to invite an  2014, we thought first of all we will celebrate some of our favourite moments of 2013.

With even our online Spotlight features taking us through a huge range of artists varying from the exquisite colourful and intricate installations of Jee Young Lee, who plays with the boundaries between reality and fiction, to the dark earthy paintings of Lei Chang who captivates multiple layers of emotion, narrowing down a small selection of our successful physical shows has been difficult.

British riots

We kicked off with a successful burst, displaying a series from Press Association photographer Lewis Whyld. The shocking and telling photographs capture the riots that took place back in 2011. Whyld’s positioning during the outburst places us at a level where we are exposed, front row to the raw flames, revealing the full extent of the damage. Not only this, but the images also brought back the memories for the people. Safety was threatened and wider British culture and society was under threat, these harrowing photographs demonstrated this.

The Master

Another fantastic show we had was Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves. We opened our doors to the surreal and comic artist who exhibited a selection of paintings, drawings and ceramics, opening our eyes to a selection of his ingenious wit and talent. Incorporating performance with humour, he led us to surrealist ideas, revealing a Dada-esque quality that is reminiscent throughout.

Showing the Ink by Tristan Pigott

Tristan Pigott exhibited his unique and surreal paintings with us here at The Strand Gallery in March 2013. Piggot explores human behaviour that is relatable, yet composed in a surreal way that it becomes something awkward, something that we are separate from. He plays with the boundaries between the real and unreal. The chalky tones mute the composition heightening the awkwardness of the surreal situation. These extraordinary paintings are intriguing and have provoked great critical attention.

Although we exhibited many, many more incredible shows, these were definitely our top three, and after a successful 2013 we look forward to another year of inspiring shows and online explorations, so bring on 2014!


LAST CHANCE: Hot Valve Leak!

Vic Reeves at Hot Valve Leak

It’s the last week to see our brilliant exhibition Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves, which runs until February 23rd.

With original artworks starting at £550 ex VAT don’t miss out on the chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind. To request an e-catalogue please email: leila@proud.co.uk


Hot Valve Leak: Photographs from the Private View

This gallery contains 24 photos.

COMING UP: Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves

The Strand Gallery opens its doors to the surreal comedic and artistic genius that is Jim Moir or Vic Reeves (to you and me), with a new exhibition of his eccentric and diverse work.  Reeves transfers his outlandish persona onto the canvas conveying similar Dada-esque qualities as seen in his comedy ventures, whilst evoking the importance of his art as performance.

Performance and art are two fully connected forces for Reeves who states that:  I think putting your imagination on canvas or a television screen is the same thing. If you’ve got an idea you have got to have an outlet for it. So if it’s painting, poetry, singing or acting it all comes out somewhere.

Britain's Got Talent, 11'' tall Ceramics, £2000 ex VAT

Britain’s Got Talent, Ceramics, £2000 ex VAT, front and reverse views.

This sense of imagination and its expression through a multiplicity of creative outputs probably draws closest parallels to notions of Surrealism, which would explain the huge influence artists like Max Ernst and Salvador Dali had on the young Jim Moir and his art. Some of his works might seem more conventional at first glance but on closer inspection they hold strange details, which render them eerie and occasionally sinister despite their humorous slant.  Fellow artists Jake and Dinos Chapman perhaps best express the power of Reeves’ art as being:  able to command our laughter as a purgative, to encourage the viewer to leak at both ends. A good example of which can be seen in Reeves’ Britain’s Got Talent vase, which provides a comic take on the celebrity obsessed culture of today yet also has an ominous feel through staring eyes and faceless figures. The narrative style draws parallels with the work of Grayson Perry, whilst expressing fame in almost religious terms through its imagery.

Reeves commented on the subject: Being a celebrity can hamper, people think that being an artist is my second job. It is in fact my first job. Being famous is a great help because people come to see what you’re up to if you’re well known, on television for doing something else.

Icon, 36 x 48'' Oil on Canvas, £4500 ex VAT

Icon, 36 x 48” Oil on Canvas, £4500 ex VAT

This exhibition outlines both the scope and variety of work that Reeves has produced from spidery drawings and collages reminiscent of Peter Blake to more sustained, large scale paintings and even some forays into the world of ceramics. All of which seems to hint at Reeves’ alternative sense of humour whilst conveying his vast array of talents. His paintings such as Icon appear to take inspiration from Classical artworks  with the strange skeletal creatures around the edges gesturing to religious motifs. Reeves questions this by the application of  almost fluorescent highlights, yet in the process creates a work bringing together his idiosyncrasies, artistic talent and humour in a stunningly mature painting.

Sir Winston Churchill, 12 x 7'' Mixed Media Illustration, £1000 ex VATVictoria, 12 x 7'' Mixed Media Illustration, £1000 ex VAT

Sir Winston Churchill, 12 x 17” Mixed Media Illustration, £1000 ex VAT
Victoria, 12 x 17” Mixed Media Illustration, £1000 ex VAT

His highly original artistic stance is probably best illustrated through the mixed media pieces taken from his published work  ‘Vic Reeves’ Vast Book of World Knowledge’ which use collage and original drawings surrounded by witty and absurd text to give an insight into Reeves’ creative ramblings. His portraits of Sir Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria perfectly satirise these iconic historical figures whilst Reeves’ handwritten text provides an alternative humorous narrative to run along side them.  What seems to connect all these artworks is his preoccupation with the Icon, whether that be the cult of the modern day celebrity or the enduring legacy of historical figures, Reeves takes conventional imagery and alters it through his outlandish personality, to create a truly refreshing vision.

The Strand Gallery is really excited to exhibit the work of this man of many talents, with choice pieces from the varied catalogue of his artistic career. Prepare yourself for a colourful and humorous journey into the creative mind of Vic Reeves where all is not quite as it seems.

To request a catalogue e-mail info@thestrandgallery.co.uk
Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves will run February 13th-23rd at The Strand Gallery.

REGISTER FOR PRE-SALE, Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves

Calling all comedy superfans and collectors of surrealist whimsy, you can now register for the pre-sale of our forthcoming February exhibition Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves. This exclusive exhibition is made up of one of a kind artworks, from small-scale sketches and collages to mural-sized oils on canvas.

For your chance to puruse the catalogue and snap up an original before the show opens, register your interest by emailing: info@thestrandgallery.co.uk marking the subject line “Hot Valve Leak Pre-sale”.

Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves
will run at the Strand Gallery between February 13th – 23rd 2013.
Admission is free.

Exclusive: The Strand Gallery opens its doors to Vic Reeves in 2013.

The Strand Gallery is excited to announce a new exhibition journeying into the creative mind of comedian Vic ReevesHot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves will explore how his many artistic influences have come together to produce such a wide-ranging and eclectic output, while evoking the importance of performance to all his creative endeavours. Works range from drawings and collages to large scale paintings all with hints of wit and absurdity. Prepare yourself for this colourful and humorous show by a man of multiple talents.

Hot Valve Leak: Visual Ramblings of Vic Reeves will run February 13th – 23rd 2013.