Wednesday 27 November 2013

Kes Richardson exhibition at Fold Gallery

I love Kes Richardson's new work in his show at Fold Gallery (15 Clerkenwell Close London, EC1R 0AA) it runs until Dec 14th. (Fold is open Wed to Sat Noon till 6pm)for more info visit their site:
Above: Happy Kes
Above: Sam
Above: Rich 'n' Darren
Above: Vanessa and Liz
Above: Ceri and Jennie
Above: Julian
Above: Coombes, Cumberland & Daniels
Above: Fold Gallerist Kim Savage with Dom and Dom's Dad
Above: The legendary Derek Jordan with art tramp Simon Ould
Above: Mr Marcus Cope with Kes Richardson
Time Out magazine: "Man's desire to contain and tame nature through conservative garden design forms the basis of Richardson's paintings that question and repel the formality of order over natural impulsion"

Thursday 14 November 2013

Possible artwork to go with Micko Westmoreland's new album

Micko Westmoreland is currently putting the finishing touches to his new album. The working title is Yours Etc ABC. Here is a sneaky peak at some of the unfinished artwork which may or may not be included in the C.D booklet...
(Above: Unfinished painting by Harry Pye)
Above: Westmoreland Butterfly Jigsaw by Team Beswick & Pye (16 x 20 inches, 500 pieces)
(Above Micko Jigsaw by Team Beswick & Pye)
(Above: Gordon pretending to be Micko)

Friday 8 November 2013

The Kontroversial Peter Harris exhibition at Konk Studios

Last night I went to: "Ray Davies Presents: Peter Harris - A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" at Konk studios (49 Church Lane, N8) just half an hour from my house! The show is open Monday to Friday 4pm - 8pm till the 7th of December but it's probably best to book an appointment with rather than just turning up. Before The Kinks Ray was a student at the Hornsey School of Art and recently he curated a Meltdown festival on the South bank. This show is his personal pick of Peter's paintings. As a special treat Ray came and gave a little speech about how much he respected Peter's work and then performed a track from The Muswell Hillbillies album called "Here Comes The People In Grey"
(Above: Ray with The Rebel magazine logo painted by Peter Harris & John Strutton)
Above: "Cheers!"
Above: Peter has a bit of a "I can't believe it's really him" moment
(Above: Ray's speech)
(Above: Artwork by Harris, Shaw & Strutton)
(Above: Artist Matt Calderwood)
(Above: Ray goes unplugged)
(Above: "people take pictures of each other"
(Above: Jared Fisher)
(Above: Roger Evans, Thom Driver, John Strutton. Below: Harry William Pye and Ray Douglas Davies)
I first came across Peter Harris in 2000. I immediately became a fan of both the man and the work. His show Touche featured him making collaborative works with several different artists including John Strutton, George Shaw and Matt Calderwood. I'd left art school in 1995 and had the last 5 years writing about art, interviewing artists, doing fanzines and events. Although I'd made collaborative paintings and drawings that were along the same lines as what Peter was doing but I'd never thought of exhibiting them. Peter was definitely an influence on me and he inspired me to exhibit my own collaborative stuff. The Van Gogh image (painted by Harris & Strutton) became the logo for The Rebel Magazine. Peter was the first artists to put me in a show (he curated Funny at the Andrew Mummery gallery in 2000 which featured work he'd seen in my fanzine)I returned the compliment and Peter's work featured in several group exhibitions I curated including For Peel, 100 Mothers, Viva Pablo, Elvis, I Love You Because, Enough or Too much - and Peter's contribution often turned out to be the most talked about piece in each show. I've always loved The Kinks so it was surreal being in Konk studios listening to Ray Davies read out a speech about why he liked Peter's work and then dedicating a song to him. After the performance Peter cheekily asked Ray if he'd collaborate on a painting with him and Ray seemed interested. I really hope they make a painting together. And I hope Ray also gets to hear the excellent Piper's Son c.d. (which features both Peter's artwork on the sleeve and his pedal steel guitar)

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Horace Panter at The Strand Gallery / The Writing Is On The Wall

Last night was the opening of Horace Panter's splendid exhibition. A great time was had by all.

Friday 1 November 2013

The Roar From Behind by Piper's Son

The Roar From Behind is the debut album by Piper's Son and I think it's the best collection of original songs by a new band that there's been for decades. Singer-songwriter Thom Driver has found himself a brilliant team of musicians and the results of their collaboration are an absolute delight. Hearing The Roar From Behind brought back memories of listing to albums such as Little Creatures (by Talking Heads)The Head On The Door (by The Cure)and even Raindogs (by Tom Waits) for the first time. There are so many great ideas, original lyrics and charming, inventive sounds featured on this C.D that I'd recommend it to pretty much anyone.
Piper's Son are: Victor Bock (Slide Bass), Rick Carbone (Synths), John Cheeseman (Upright Bass), Alison Cotton (Viola), Thom Driver (lead singer, guitar, drums, percussion, piano, samples) Jared Fisher (Harmonica), Dave Fullwood (trumpet),Peter Harris (Pedal Steel guitar)Claire Sellwood (singing)
THE ROAR FROM BEHIND is released on CD on 11 November 2013 by Vacilando '68 Recordings.
Full track listing: Mining/ City Ghosts/ Hollows/ By the Hand/ Please Don't Go Backwards/ Fuel/ Autoconversation/ Fingers From The Future/ Bad Boomerang/ Doctor at the Door/ Hiding in the Cinema/