From the very beginning, his interest in art was evident. Any piece of paper that ended up in his hands was transformed into a colourful, expressive drawing. As a schoolboy he put all his emotions into his paintings and quickly exceeded expectations in art classes.
At seven years old, his family relocated to a village on the east coast of Malaga, and when he was ten his parents enrolled him in a private art school in Malaga where he studied until the age of twenty one. These eleven years of professional training developed his skills and prepared him for a future artistic career. During this period he regularly had commissions, painting landscapes, marine, nature, and still lifes – all with passion and great success.
During this period he studied and developed his own personal artistic style, characterised by a concise, colourful and positively expressed figurative art. At around the same time, positivity started to become the focal point of his work. (more…)
Artist Darren Waterston Recreates Iconic Peacock Room as a Magnificent Ruin at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery. Contemporary Alter Ego Reveals Dramatic History of Whistler’s Famous Masterpiece May 16
“Filthy Lucre,” an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston, reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century dining room and icon of American art, as a magnificent ruin, literally overburdened with its own materials, creativity and tortured history. Opening May 16, 2015, at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the room is the centerpiece of “Peacock Room REMIX,” an exhibition that probes the dramatic and occasionally unresolved tensions between art and money, ego and patronage, and the Peacock Room’s own exquisite beauty and contentious past. (more…)
14 May 2015 – 30 May 2016
Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist examines the art and practice of Britain’s most important political artist. Kennard’s images have become synonymous with political activism in recent times and inspired many of today’s politically-aware artists from Mark Wallinger to Banksy. This free exhibition at IWM London will be the first major retrospective of his work charting a 50 year career featuring over 200 artworks and related items, including a new art installation ‘Boardroom’ created especially for the exhibition.
During the late 1960s Kennard abandoned painting and sought new forms of expression to bring art and politics together for a wider audience. This desire to make art that spoke to all led him to the medium of photomontage for its ability to show the “unrevealed truth” behind the image. In doing so, he restored the medium’s associations with radical politics, in particular the anti-fascist work of John Heartfield in the 1930s and the Dadaists of the 1920s. (more…)
Gareth Jones had a uncoventional journey into art. After a stay in a psychiatric unit and receiving a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder a psychiatrist suggested trying a ‘creative outlet’; Gareth spent several days in a studio and has not looked back since. Working at speed Gareth has both developed his style and immersed himself in art history whilst easing his bipolar. Inspired by Neo-expressionism and Abstract Expressionism Gareth has an obvious love for artists such as Basquiat. Working predominantly with paint on canvas Gareth creates art that is a visual cacophony of colour. He depicts primitive images with a leaning towards graffiti and urban art that portray his experiences with the tribes people of Sierra Leone, his own challenges with mental health and the brutality of society.
We love Gareth’s work, art that is impactful, art that represents the chaotic and often troublesome truths of reality. There is a fierceness and passionate urgency within his marking that adds to the intensity of his art. Confronting controversy and addressing issues often overlooked Gareth is an artist who puts his whole being, his thoughts and questions on canvas. We are proud to be working with Gareth a very talented artist that is certainly one to watch and we are very excited to see his work develop in other mediums such as sculpture and performance art. You will be able to view Gareth’s work and talk to him about his art at the next FLUX exhibition in London later this year. (more…)
The Palette Pages are very proud to introduce the new exhibition by our friends at Chrom Art. ID will take place later this month and we cannot wait to to go and view the spectacular art they are showing.
Chrom-Art Presents ‘ID’ A fictional journey into the psyche
By Javier Melian (www.Chrom-Art.org co-founder)
We thought that Id had to be the concept of our debut show. Latin for “it”, is Freud’s way to describe the unorganized part of the personality that contains basic instincts and drives. It is the only component of the personality that is present from birth and is the source of our bodily needs, wants, desires and impulses. Id can be described only as a contrast to the ego. The Id knows no judgements of value: no good and evil, no morality. ‘Memento Mori’, ‘Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas’, are recurrent ideas in our show without the usual pessimistic connotations but as a reflection that we are all the same, we are transient and face the same fate. (more…)