Posts Tagged ‘Banksy’

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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Lokey Solo Show @ WOC Gallery 12/11/10

October 26, 2010

At 6pm on Friday 12th November Weapon of Choice Gallery will be throwing open their doors to the first solo show from the artist  ‘Lokey’.  Lokey was born and raised in Bristol.  His passion for graffiti started in the mid 1980’s following  a chance encounter in a local park with some break-dancing kids who had returned from their American holiday armed with hip-hop mix tapes and photographs of graffiti. 

Lokey is a product of the  Kingswood Hip Hop scene that nurtured the likes of Deed, Cheo, Kato and Soker.  The youngest of the Veterans of Bristol writers he has been painting the streets for the last twenty years during which time  he has been a member of Bad Applez, Dry Breadz, collaborated with many of the big names in graffiti (including Banksy) and is now considered one of the best 3D letter writers around.

This show is an exhibition of artworks adapted from Lokey’s black books, his inspiration for his graffiti, and an insight into his imagination.  This one’s not to be missed!

Show runs until the 5th of December 2010.

Rooftop Burner Fund – Auctions have started on E-Bay

July 1, 2010

These auctions are all about an artist called Rowdy.   You may or may not know him or his work but you will have no doubt seen his trademark crocodiles.   His career has been relentless; establishing in 1987 when he became an integral part of the Bristol graffiti scene  and in which he is still remains instrumental.

We have had the pleasure of working with Rowdy and he has become a good friend of ours and so were obviously devastated to hear when, recently left his house, (and studio) for a walk, he returned just half hour later, to find everything had been burned to the ground. EVERYTHING! ID, money,  clothes, personal possessions, art, the ability to make art, everything gone!

We realise that there are a whole host of charitable causes worth fighting for, countries that have suffered huge natural disaster who need aid,  but there are times too when friends need help and so for the next couple of weeks there are a number of art auctions on e-bay, organised by Steal from Work and Burning Candy.  All profit will go towards helping Rowdy get back on his feet and start over and to support someone who has so readily supported us as a scene by auctioning some art to help him get back to a position where he can do what he does best, making art.

It’s a testament to his popularity and reputation that so many artists have donated work to this auction. All work has been personally donated by the artists and the galleries that represent them: Banksy, Paul Insect, Swoon, Sickboy, Hush, Espo, the whole Burning Candy crew and a whole bunch more… So, it’s your chance to buy something beautiful and at the same time help out someone who has helped in his way to make graffiti and street art what it is today.

The auctions have started but there is still plenty of time to bid on the current auctions plus a promise of more to follow so go and check them out.

http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/stealfromwork

There is also further information at the Steal From Work web-site including information on the lots in future auctions, please click on the image to direct you straight to the site.

* HAPPY BIDDING *

A WORD FROM CLEAN

April 9, 2009

SARAH COCKINGS AND ALICE HODGE (aka CLEAN) WOULD LIKE TO CLEAN A FEW THINGS UP!

Sorry your homework has lead you up the garden path ….. We are not associated with the group THE CLEAN COLLECTIVE who caused the damage to Banksy’s work.

The confusion has arisen from the ‘Appropriate Media’ website being registered to The Clean Collective….

We (Alice Hodge and Sarah Cockings) are a collective called simply …. ‘CLEAN’

Thank you for taking such an interest in our work however we are not in anyway connected to the self proclaimed culprits ‘Appropriate Media’.

MILD MILD WEST DEFACED

April 7, 2009

MILD MILD WEST DEFACEMENT
“Over the last 24 hours a huge storm has blown up in Bristol over the (attempted) defacing of Banksy’s infamous ‘Mild Mild West’ piece on Stokes Croft by a group calling themselves Appropriate Media. Internet chat on local graffiti forums suggests that The Clean Collective (whose work we sell) are somehow linked to this action; an allegation that we are looking into. It seems unlikely, however, that there is any connection between the two groups, not least because the two individuals alleged to be involved are currently not even in the UK. Furthermore it would be extremely odd if The Clean Collective shared the same vehemently anti-graffiti ethos as Appropriate Media, in light of their links with us and – by implication – our roster of street artists. We will keep you posted with any further developments as they occur.”


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