Thursday, 6 August 2020

Treat yourself to some affordable art


"Whose A Pretty Boy Then?" is a new painting made by Harry Pye in collaboration with Rowland Smith, it could be yours for a piffling £200. Don't miss out get in contact: harry_pye@hotmail.com


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Why not commission a Pye portrait?





Harry Pye graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1995. Over the years Harry's paintings have been selected for shows at; The Barbican, Calvert 22, The Discerning Eye Mall Gallery, The Bankside Gallery, The Creekside Art Gallery, and festivals such as; Elefest and Deptford X. 

 Pye's work featured in two group exhibitions at Tate Modern; Save Our Souls, and Inside Job
His paintings have also been exhibited in galleries in; Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, and Estonia. Pye paintings have been sold to raise money for charities such as Art Against Knives, Break Through, Action For Children, Kids & Co, CARA, Depression Alliance, Friends of the Earth, and The National Brain Appeal. His paintings have appeared on record sleeves, posters on the underground and the cover of the Tate Staff Handbook. His work has appeared in numerous publications including; The Times, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Frieze, and Turps Banana. His collaborative exhibition with Jasper Joffe (Joffe et Pye) was rave reviewed on BBC Radio 4. Speaking on Saturday Review, The director of the I.C.A, Ekow Eshun's response to the show was: "Intense feelings about love, loneliness and fear, anxiety, desire and hope, and ambition all come into play into these paintings. Very powerful I thought. What could have been fey, arch, or game playing was actually very warm. Harry was the winner of a Daily Mirror's Paint Tony Blair competition judged by Gilbert and George. The Week magazine said of Harry's work, "Pye's apparent naivety is accompanied by a strong sense of construction and design. Their directness and humour are appealing" And the critic Ana Finel Honigman described him as one of "London's premiere puckish artists and curators." 
 You can commission Harry to paint yourself, a loved one, a pet or someone you admire. No meeting is necessary as he'll work from photographs or j-pegs. The price of the portrait will depend on the size of the canvas. A small painting can be purchased for as little as £100 (not including postage and packing). Contact Harry at: harry_pye@hotmail.com

Friday, 10 July 2020

Issue 7 of Le Document available soon

The new issue of Le Document will be available to view in a few days time. You can subscribe to Le Document by filling in the form: here Issue 7 features an essay on e e cummins, a profile on Sigmund Freud,
PLUS an interview with David Quantick
And Art by Sarah Woodfine
Le Document magazine is made (with love) by; Jo Mama, Harry Pye, Rochelle Roberts, Peter Suchin, and Chris Tosic.
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Saturday, 20 June 2020

John Lennon Video

Paul Speare has composed a tribute to John Lennon. Team Beswick & Pye are making a FAB video to go with Paul's music with a little help from their friends Martin Pickles and Rowland Smith.
Above: Lennon by Harry Pye
Above: Beatles 1 by Harry Pye
Above: (Instant Karma) a.k.a Beatles 2 by Harry Pye and Rowland Smith
Above: Jealous Guy by Harry Pye (badge by Sadie Hennersey)
Above: "The Fab 4" by Harry Pye and Rowland Smith
Above: Lennon by Harry Pye
Above: John, Julian and Cynthia by Harry Pye
Above: Yoko by Rowland Smith
Above: John & Yoko by Harry Pye & Rowland Smith
Above: Number 9 Dream by Harry Pye & Rowland Smith
Above: "There's Nothing To See Here" by Harry Pye
Above: Help
Above: "We All Shine On"
Above: Strawberry Beatles Forever
Above: Black and White Beatles

Monday, 15 June 2020

Issue Six of Le Document

The June issue of Le Document features poetry from John Hegley, and essay by Peter Suchin, and photography from Lee Palmer
Also included is an interview with Brix Smith Start of The Extricated. Paintig by Geoff and Eilidh Lucas, a profile on Dolly Parton and an ink drawing by Norman Kaghma
Find out for yourself by following the link: HERE

Sunday, 7 June 2020

MAD magazine's Al Jaffee retires at 99

Al Jaffee, officially the longest-working comic artist ever, has decided to retire at age 99. He's been contributing drawings for MAD magazine for the last 65 years.
Jaffee is best known for inventing the MAD Fold-In which always appeared on the inside of the back cover.
A few years back it was announced Al agreed to donate his work to the University of Columbia where it will be stored safely for future generations. Jaffee recently told the Washington Post that he was happy with his lot. “I’m living the life I wanted all along, which was to make people think and laugh.”

Friday, 29 May 2020

White Privilege

I have the privilege of a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:
I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson) I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride) I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards) I can play loud music (#JordanDavis) I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones) I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown) I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)
I can go to church or synagogue (#Charleston9) I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hairbrush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell) I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile) I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover) I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese) I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans) I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood) I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo)
I can run (#WalterScott)
I can breathe (#EricGarner)
I can live (#FreddieGray)
I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd)
White privilege is real. Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today. #BlackLivesMatter
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