Award-winning Manchester-based artist Ian Rayer-Smith presents a solo exhibition of new paintings at Zari Gallery from 20 to 29 April 2017.
Strongly influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists and the romantic light of the old masters, Ian Rayer-Smith’s large oil and acrylic paintings effortlessly fuse abstraction, the figurative and the surreal.
Consisting entirely of brand new works produced within the last year, the exhibition explores the very act of painting itself and the process of mark making, which has been man’s most basic form of expression for millennia.
“I like my paintings to carry an emotional charge, not only in its subject matter but also through the energy and visceral nature of the materials I use. Soft and amorphous, they accentuate the tactile feel of nature, avoiding any sense of repetition so as to constantly offer something new
and surprising” Ian Rayer-Smith
Voted one of Manchester’s Top 10 Artists by Manchester Confidential and Winner of the 2014 Warrington Contemporary Prize, Ian Rayer-Smith has been hailed as one of the North’s artists to watch. This is his first solo exhibition in London.
I met Pedro as an artist who was selected to exhibit at the first ever #FLUXExhibition. He has since become a great friend and an even more incredible artist. We are delighted to be showing his work again at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art where he has previously studied.
Pedro Sousa Louro has always lived with cubist images. Pedro transfers his soul to canvas. His work is his way of portraying feelings, emotions and perceptions both consciously and unconsciously. For Pedro art is as natural and needed as food or water. Pedro has studied and continues to study art and art techniques, constantly developing his style. His art shows intensity, a passion and a statement that draws you in and captivates you. His new work encompasses expressions that have been broken up and reassembled in an abstract form, with clear chronological elements aiding the story of his work.
Tate Britain is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Pride in London and will officially launch the two-week Pride Festival at Tate Britain on Saturday 24 June.
A day long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community has been planned to coincide with Tate Britain’s exhibition Queer British Art 1861-1967 and will be the special launch event for the Pride in London festival. Tate Britain will also be flying the rainbow flag above the gallery from 5 April, the opening date of Queer British Art, until the end of July.
Pride in London at Tate Britain will run from 2pm to 10pm on 24 June and will explore and celebrate LGBTQ+ through music, performance, talks, tours and film. The event kicks off the two-week festival which culminates in the annual Pride parade, where Tate will have a float.
Clare Barlow, Curator of Queer British Art, said:
‘We are so pleased to work with Pride in London on this fantastic event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in London and beyond. It is a great addition to the programme surrounding the Queer British Art exhibition and it will be an amazing opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Queer culture in Tate’s collection.’
FLUX Exhibition are so excited to be welcoming back the unique art of Sabina Pieper to #FLUXExhibition at Chelsea College of Arts London
Sabina works on paper which is a medium best suited to capture the first draft of an idea, i.e. something fleeting and still progressing. Paper therefore offers a surface for an artistic process that is reflected in an immediate way, allowing change and release from rigidity. Sabina uses an array of materials and techniques in each of her paintings. Collage, drawing and painting provide texture, layers and complexity to the surface of each composition in which everyday items such as plastic bags and packaging tape mingle with images found on the internet and in magazines. Like an exquisite game of hide and seek, Sabina creates art work that immediately draws you in, yet keeps you looking. The central figures – powerful women, keenly wrought – invite company, but share the space with creatures and objects from the exotic to the ordinary. These women are not set in a certain time frame but exist eternally. Her unique images invite repeated viewing; inviting and yet challenging, calling and yet creating distance. Analogous of the journey into the unknown, the eternal quest for knowledge or fulfilment, Sabina’s work offers us a unique and compelling vision of the beauty and depth in us all.
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi (the repair of broken ceramics with gold) Bond’s ceramic portraits are sculpted then smashed then painstakingly pieced back together creating a disrupted, different surface that offers new meaning. Exploring the fragility and resilience of the human condition through the violated materiality of the sculpted portrait.
Solo exhibition at Riflemaker London
April 27 – 29 2017
The first solo exhibition of work from artist Billie Bond, Perfect Imperfection: The Art Of Healing, will go on show at Riflemaker in London from April 27 – 29.
Bond aims to cross the boundaries of craft with fine art through her act of making and smashing. The violated materiality of the work comes from a physical destruction. After crafting her ceramic sculptures, Bond destroys them – often recording the act of impact as performance or ‘the journey to enlightenment’ – before the work is painstakingly pieced back together.