Archive for April, 2012


April 30, 2012

As his new solo show ‘Pattern Interrupt’ opening approaches, our friends at Recoat Gallery visited Mark Lyken in his Glasgow studio to see how the preparations were going.

Here are some photos they took whilst they were there, you may spot some corners of the new works as you look through them.


We are expecting the the new collection of work to arrive on Tuesday, closely followed by Mark himself, who will then be given complete control of the gallery, watch this space for more tit bits as things progress.

BOSWELL @ The College

April 29, 2012

Had a visit from Mr Boswell on Thursday (26th April), and despite the horrid high winds and heay showers, he got out and got up! Found himself a nice little sheltered corner and here is what happened.


April 26, 2012

Lyken is a Visual Artist & Musician based in Glasgow, Scotland.  He was among the first to write Graffiti in Scotland in the 80s & transition to Gallery work. His paintings toy with scale and time, worlds within worlds, chemical universes at a microscopic level. His music reflects this same detail, decayed sounds and transmissions shimmer in space, a melodic sea of scientific musical patterns that chime with that certain universal emotion.

Growing up, his family moved between Scotland & South Africa, never remaining in one place for longer than a year or two. This resulted in quick adaption to new situations, people and opportunities. He drew endlessly as a child and recorded mock radio shows on his Grandad’s reel-to-reel. At sixteen he asked for a drum machine rather than driving lessons for his birthday.

A restless curiosity means he continues to record, travel & exhibit, applying his abstract style to different surfaces & mediums.  His Debut album “Bit Rot” is out now on Gamma Proforma.

He still can’t drive.

Which means he’ll be getting the train down to Bristol next week in preperation for his new solo show opening at Art-el of Friday 4th May.

Here’s a little taster of what is to come.

Gamma Proforma – GP2011 Dual Channel’s. Lyken’s ‘Bit Rot’ show at XOYO London with additional live painting footage in East London.

All visuals and music by Lyken. Copyright 2011 Gamma Proforma.

New Rowdy Work Available @ Art-el

April 21, 2012

We have just released 3 new pieces of work by Rowdy on the Art-el web-site.

Two beautiful pieces on hand woven fine art paper and a mini painting on box board.

A piece of Rowdy’s work sold at the recent Bonhams auction earlier this month for £2,000, so the prices for these pieces are a great opportuntiy for those looking to start collecting Rowdy’s work or contempary art generally.

Zadar (2) - £370

Quiotica (2) - ALREADY SOLD

Corsican Vista - £335



April 17, 2012

For those of you reading this blog from a seat in Bristol you might very well be interesting in attending the World and Community Night on Thursday 19th April at Zion.  The Doors open at 7pm  and admission is free.

Mike Bennett, Place Making Director at Bristol City Council, founder of E3 Media and Chair of Bristol Media discusses his work and new role at BCC. Your chance to find out more about the ‘See No Evil’ urban art project and other ambitious projects planned for 2012.

Zaras Chocolates will also be sampling her lovely confectionary!

Zion, Bishopsworth Rd, Bedminster Down, Bristol, BS13 7JW

 0117 9231212

t: @zionbristol

f: Zion Bristol

New piece @ The College

April 11, 2012

New piece at The College by Khoi & Midas

Amazing Art-el Gallery Pictures

April 10, 2012

We were e-mailed these incredible photographs of the gallery over the Easter weekend from JoE Clarke who is a co-resident at The College.

The e-mail simply read “Happy Easter”.

Check out more of JoE’s work at his website or check out the coming together of his new blog spot whilst you’re exploring wordpress

Mr Jago ‘Doldrums’ (a re-post with with further details)

April 9, 2012


‘The painting is about being stuck, stagnated, in a state of frustrated un-change.  Inasmuch as the world changes, it stays the same.  Negative cycles of have and have nots, preservation and destruction, and progress and regress repeat upon themselves.  Doldrums, in the sense of oceanic winds, can manifest in both calms and storms.  The archaic meaning of the word refers to stupidity and tantrums.  The painting strives to capture the  futility and redundancy of economic, political, and social cycles of modern civilisation”. Mr Jago

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, famously describes doldrums.

All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Studio Drop In

April 7, 2012

So having decided to award ourselves by having the weekend off from the gallery, we were up bright and early to tread (or more likely drive) the streets of Bristol to get some flyers our there for Art-el’s next show ‘Pattern Interrupt’ (a solo show with Mark Lyken opening 4th May 6-9.30pm incase you didn’t know!).

So even when we’re off, we’re working!  However we soon learnt that this wasn’t the case for all as we hit closed door by closed door!!  So with a failed mission in view we decided to drop in on a few friends who too were working!

Mr Jago and Chinamike busy painting in the studio (also shared with Andy Council, DAN, 3rd Eye and Gregor Minto), here are few shots from the studio of creativity and complete madness!

For more of the weird and wonderful from the art ghetto see our flickr set at

Notts Boys, Onga, Kid30 & Boaster paint @ The College

April 6, 2012

Last Saturday we were on our way down to the gallery when friend and artist, Onga called to say he had some friends down from Nottingham and were there any spots to paint at the College.

Within the hour Onga, Boaster & Kid30 were at the college and doing their thing which we like very much, plus lovely, lovely people and a great day.

For more pictures of this piece coming together and other work from the college visit our flickr set