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Mr Jago – ʻPiltdown Tacticsʼ 18:10:13 – 16:11:13

October 10, 2013

Art-el Gallery has had the honour of working closely with Bristol based artist, Mr Jago for a number of years.  His art is unique and collected and recognized all around the world and it is great to see that one of the UK’s most prominent gallerists has realised the potential within the artist and his work.

The Outsiders Gallery, part of the Lazarides group will be hosting ‘Piltdown Tactics’ an exhibition of new works by Mr Jago, please see below for the official press release.

EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE – The Outsiders Newcastle

Mr Jago - ʻPiltdown Tacticsʼ

18th October – 16th November 2013

Private View – 6-9pm – Thursday 17th October 2013

Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 6pm, admission free.

The Outsiders Newcastle is honoured to welcome UK urban art star Duncan Jago for his first solo exhibition with the Lazarides group of galleries, Piltdown Tactics. The show features Jagoʼs trademark large format canvases in acrylic and spray paint, the largest measuring six feet high by ten feet wide, and a number of works on paper.

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Mr Jago, to address him by his street handle, has honed his own form of graffiti-influenced abstract expressionist art over the past decade and a half. His lavish canvases, seemingly effortless synchronisations of a loose painting style and coherent composition, are things of beauty that can be marvelled at on a purely aesthetic level.

“In terms of form, I absorb everything I admire,” explains the artist, “from Japanese woodcut prints, to early Manga comics, and concept artwork for science fiction movies. I was ten years old when graffiti began coming over from the States, growing up in rural Suffolk, so I donʼt want to claim that it all comes from that.”

However, behind the opulent strokes and deftly assembled colour palettes a voracious mind and an avid imagination work in tandem to portray a complex vision. Like the finest instrumental electronic music, the canvases and their dramatic titles slam human perception into overdrive – bridging the gulf of comprehension between the average Western metropolitan experience and the all-too- threatening issues we as a generation are only just beginning to confront.

“Violence is perhaps the most regular theme in my work,” says Jago, “not just physical violence alone, but that which seems to thread through modern society.” To the viewer, the hulking futuristic forms looming out of Jagoʼs compositions could represent rampant emotional aggression, the overlooked cruelties of a hypocritical social democracy, or indeed the enforced scarcity that provides the ichorous fuel to keep our modern world turning. “My paintings are imagined futures,” continues Jago, “I suppose Iʼm processing a fear of the days to come. Itʼs difficult to be optimistic when wars of resources are still going on. Moreover, I canʼt see any way out either.”

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The heralds of Jagoʼs brutal new age are cybernetic kraken, champions of entropy and ushers of catastrophe. Their forms are often visible in the artistʼs portrait-format character studies, to anyone with an over-active imagination or a doyenne of dystopian science fiction. His Human Fossils series is inspired by the thought of epic conflict between these brutes, each on its own side as a metaphor for individualismʼs unseemly scramble, where sharp elbows become plasma cannons and a thick skin is represented by an ablative exoskeleton. There truly are no friends in this game, and for what? “All that crap weʼve harvested, will we be buried with it like the tribal chiefs of old were buried with their treasures?” says the artist, “archaeologists in eons to come would find it very confusing.” In this way Jagoʼs ambitious works depict the Piltdown Tactics of the exhibitionʼs name, as we all scrap in this florid muck for the sake of a legacy like that of the hoaxed millennia-old human remains unearthed in Piltdown, southern England.

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What delineates Jago though is his use of aesthetic beauty, however transcendent, to represent this sobering vision. This may be a shocking melodrama, but it grips the imagination with the ingenuity of the master storyteller, the wit of the court jester, and the bombast of the prodigal composer.

Notes to Editors About The Artist

Duncan Jago studied art in Bristol and became a staple of the cityʼs Scrawl Collective. In recent years he has exhibited at Parisʼ Galerie Le Feuvre, New Yorkʼs Opera Gallery and the Thinkspace gallery in Los Angeles. He is considered both a pioneer and an exemplary ambassador of the abstract graffiti movement. His immensely popular murals can be seen at the See No Evil event in his native Bristol and the Pow Wow mural festival in Hawaii. He was born in 1972.

The Outsiders Galleries, Newcastle and London

The Outsiders galleries sell affordable original works of art and limited edition prints from the Lazarides stable of artists. Emerging talents are also showcased alongside experimental and boutique projects from established names. The exhibition schedule focuses on work produced by artists who thrive “outside” of the orthodox gallery system. The Outsiders project was launched in 2008, with a group show in New York that attracted more visitors than a corresponding Gilbert and George retrospective at MOMA NY.

The two spaces in London and Newcastle upon Tyne occupy the sites of Lazaridesʼ original galleries. Having hosted some of the earliest gallery showcases by the likes of Banksy and Jonathan Yeo, and the first European exhibitions by American artists including David Choe, they boast a proud heritage on the contemporary urban art circuit. Artists exhibiting recently include Antony Micallef, Conor Harrington and Invader.

The book Outsiders is out now published by Thames & Hudson and the organisation is featured in Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. A dedicated print studio, Execution Dock in east London creates all the galleryʼs editioned works. Incorporating the thriving online art store http://www.theoutsiders.net, The Outsiders welcomes over ten thousand visitors annually.

www.theoutsiders.net

Lazarides

Lazarides is one of the worldʼs most influential galleries, with three permanent spaces and extensive high profile off-site activity. The group is dedicated to emerging international artists who defy categorisation, often existing outside of conventional artistic career structures. This vision has resonated with the general public and major collectors alike.

Founded in 2006 by Steve Lazarides, the gallery represents some of the most exciting and innovative artists working today including Antony Micallef, David Choe, JR, Vhils, Faile, Jonathan Yeo, Charlie Isoe, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, Stanley Donwood, 3D, Invader, Zevs, Mode 2, Todd James /Reas, Blu, Paul Insect and BÄST.

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The Outsiders | 77 Quayside | Newcastle upon Tyne | NE1 3DE | UK | + 44 (0) 191 2212560 | http://www.theoutsiders.net

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SHOW OPENING TONIGHT (13:09:13)

September 13, 2013

Just a quick reminder that tonight is the opening of Geargina Anton’s solo exhibition – Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Storm.

Doors open at 6pm at the Co-Lab shop on Fairfax Street in Bristol (on the corner of the infamous Nelson Street) and there will be tunes and refreshments.

If you can’t make it tonight you have until the 27th September to drop by and feast your eyes on the beauty of this new collection of work.

Please see the flyer on the blog post below or contact Art-el Gallery at all@art-el.co.uk for further details.

For a sneaky peak see below :-)

 

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Show Opening 13th September

September 8, 2013

After launching the first collection of  beautiful, fresh and feminine originals by Georgina Anton,  Art-el Gallery are now very proud to present a brand new collection of work in Georgina’s first solo – Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Storm, opening at Co-Lab on Friday 13th September 6pm – 11pm until Friday 27th September (see flyer below for full details).

We would love for you to come and join us on the opening night (you can find us on the corner of Fairfax Street, Bristol) and see for yourselves just how truely stunning and imaginative Georgina’s work really is and there will be refreshments and some good tunes spinning too.

 

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Georgina Anton – Matchboxes

September 2, 2013

Further to the launch of new artist Georgina Anton onto the Art-el Web-site we have also just made available on-line a new series of hand-painted matchboxes.

Unique and original and priced at only £15.00 (plus p&p) each these make brilliant gifts.  Each is signed on the end IMaGINAtion.

 

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In other news Art-el Gallery is hosting Georgina’s first solo exhibition at Co-Lab which opens on the 13th Spetember – more to come very soon.

Coming to Art-el Gallery soon – Georgina Anton

July 23, 2013

Art-el Gallery will soon be introducing new artist Georgina Anton to the web-site.  Her work is of differing contrasts from light and airy to dark and moody, but all her paintings have one thing in common and that is that they are simply stunning.

Beauty is in the eye of the storm:  An introduction to Georgina H. Anton

Beyond the contrasting conditions of a youth spent in Leeds, Sheffield and Sydney Australia as an art student, the lifelong works of Georgina H. Anton have ultimately been shaped by the opposing powers of dark and light, tension and tranquillity and by Mother Nature’s ability to combine the chaotic with the clinical.  Street art, Blue Note LP sleeves and the merging of far-removed techniques like textiles and music, were all sources of inspiration when honing her skills, before she went on to  follow in the footsteps of peers Canaletto, Rene Mackintosh and Brett Whitely to name but a few.

'Midsummer'

‘Midsummer’

Once a humble, selective florist with an enviable client-base that featured an array of Australian A-list celebrities, as well as assignments for the Royal family, Bristol-based Anton effortlessly endeared VIPs with her unassuming approach. This held her in good stead and as her career path evolved, it led her to become an artist and collaborator who worked with prestigious contemporaries such as Psyops, Australian Fashion Week and L’Oreal New York, where top teamwork-derived results were produced by adopting Anton’s open creative process.

'Double Denim'

‘Double Denim’

The opportunity to combine fine art with floristry afforded Anton some invaluable insight into her organic creations and instinctive output. Whilst creating less flirtatious works that would signify her coming-of-age as a conceptual artist, designer and illustrator, she became friends with many established creatives including Mark Tappin & Simon Gofton (founders of TappinGofton) and photographer Kate Peters.  Throughout every textured design, whether floral of otherwise, Anton still preserves her admiration and unapologetic reverence for spontaneity.

'Dodge a Bullet'

‘Dodge a Bullet’

It could be said that Anton, whose love of graffiti inadvertently led her to failing the 11+ exam, owes it all to a dedicated art teacher and the monetary gift of encouragement they left upon their passing, so as to nurture her obvious talents.  Today, Anton’s audience remains appreciative of both her line and brush work, which thrives on the freedom she grants herself when working.  Anton’s atmospheric creations continue to reflect her love of nature, aesthetics, simplicity and style, with loose, crisp edges currently guiding her long-serving curiosity with all things strangely beautiful.

Please visit www.georginaanton.com for further information.

Words by Ant Standring.

EKO hand finished Flyers for Brother Dolomite Solo Exhibition

May 24, 2013

As part of the Brother Dolomite exhibition, Eko hand finished 20 of the show’s promotional flyers in gouche and ink.

The flyers are digitally printed with the show information on one side and the other side was printed with a very basic pale blue design, that forms the basis of the hand finished imagary.  A very beautiful show souvenier priced at £60 each.

These will be released on the art-el website  later today.  Please see below for a selection of the available flyers.

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New prints by EKO

May 24, 2013

EKO’s solo show Brother Dolomite is now open and in full swing at Art-el Gallery but is only open until the 7th June so if you haven’t been to check it out already, hurry down, the clock is ticking.

Co-LAB
2-4 Fairfax Street
Bristol
BS1 3DB

The show prints are now available to purchase from the Art-el on-line gallery.  Priced at £45.00 they A3 in size and in a limited edition of 30, signed and numbered by the artist.

More work from the show will be released shortly, so please watch this space.

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EKO’s New Show Prints

May 8, 2013

It’s all been go this week turning the plans into actions and EKO spe nt bank holiday monday at the Mark My Words screen-printing studio perfecting the all new EKO print to be release at the Brother Dolomite show opening on May 17th.

Here’s a little teaser for you all – further details to follow.

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BROTHER DOLOMITE – NEW WORK BY EKO

May 5, 2013
Art-el Gallery are proud to present revered artist Eko, and to unveil his latest retrospective work, the eagerly anticipated ‘Brother Dolomite’ collection.Eko’s newest and original range of mixed media artwork features canvas boards and papers as well as a fanzine and exclusive exhibition screen print.

‘The ‘Brother Dolomite’ collection affords viewers an almost long-lost insight into yesteryear’s pastoral psychedelia movement. Whilst reanimating this civil yet corroded and largely undiscovered artistic spate, Eko’s renderings create a micro cosmos of imagery that’s brilliantly bound by the ethereality of a seemingly prodigal yet precious past.

Brother Dolomite
Artel Gallery @ Co-LAB
2-4 Fairfax Street
Bristol
BS1 3DB
Opening Reception Friday 17th May 6-9pm

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10TH TEMWA ART FOR AFRICA AUCTION 11th MAY 2013

May 4, 2013

 

IT’S THE 10TH TEMWA ART FOR AFRICA AUCTION – AND YOU’RE INVITED!

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This year, Temwa will be hosting a very special ART FOR AFRICA AUCTION – the 10th auction since the first was held at the Tobacco Factory in 2003. This years anniversary event will celebrate the huge and positive impact the artistic community has had on the people living in northern Malawi.

Over the last ten years Temwa has grown and developed alongside the urban art scene, artists have become established on a world wide scale, and Temwa’s projects have expanded to help tens of thousands of people to dramatically change their lives.

To date, £85,000 has been raised through Temwa’s art events. 

This years event kicks off with with live painting from some of the urban art scenes finest talents, including Mr Jago, China Mike, Mau Mau and more to be confirmed. PLUS Babyhead frontman Tom as the entertaining auctioneer. And as if that isn’t enough, there are some legendary DJs and beatboxers lined up to carry the party on into the wee hours.

Viewing begins at 6pm, auction starting at 8pm.

The catalogue of work can be found on-line at Temwa’s  new website at http://www.temwa.org/  and while your’re there check out  the amazing work Temwa do

 


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