Ian Rayer-Smith Solo Exhibition

Ian Rayer-Smith Solo Exhibition

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.

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Statue of suffragist to break male monopoly on Parliament Square

Statue of suffragist to break male monopoly on Parliament Square

This article titled “Statue of suffragist to break male monopoly on Parliament Square” was written by Mark Brown Arts correspondent, for The Guardian on Thursday 13th April 2017 14.36 UTC

Gillian Wearing is to become the first woman to create a statue for Parliament Square after being commissioned to make one of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that Wearing had been chosen for what will be a “milestone project” to get a woman represented in the UK’s most important public space for recognising past national achievements.

The prime minister, Theresa May, gave her endorsement to a Fawcett statue earlier this month, backing a campaign launched in 2016 by the activist Caroline Criado-Perez.

Khan said: “It’s simply not right that nearly a century after women’s suffrage, Parliament Square is still a male-only zone, and I’m thrilled that this is soon to change thanks to Caroline’s inspired campaign.

“This will be an historic moment for Parliament Square, and it’s fitting that the statue will be created by a world-class artist of Gillian’s calibre.”

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Anish Kapoor and Graham MacIndoe: this week’s best UK exhibitions

Anish Kapoor and Graham MacIndoe: this week’s best UK exhibitions

1 Anish Kapoor

One of our greatest artists, this modern Rubens continues the exploration of colour and its emotional power that started with his early experiments in bright-hued sculptural forms in the 1980s. In his latest works, he plays with the idea of painting in the same way a child might play with a doll – by pulling it apart. Spectacular, intensely vivid, somehow erotic wall works deliberately confuse two dimensions with three and voluptuously celebrate the power of art.
Lisson Gallery, NW1, to 6 May

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National Portrait Gallery buys Tracey Emin’s Death Mask

National Portrait Gallery buys Tracey Emin’s Death Mask

This article titled “National Portrait Gallery buys Tracey Emin’s Death Mask” was written by Mark Brown Arts correspondent, for The Guardian on Thursday 13th April 2017.

Tracey Emin’s Death Mask has been purchased by the National Portrait Gallery.

The gallery announced on Thursday that it had bought the artwork, a 3D self-portrait cast by Emin in 2002 as an ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work.

The mask, which is joining the permanent collection, will initially be part of a small, death-themed temporary display. This includes historic works, such as a 17th-century posthumous portrait of the noblewoman Lady Digby by Van Dyck, and more contemporary pieces, such as the final portrait of the film-maker Derek Jarman, made by Michael Clark in 1993, a year before Jarman’s death.

Emin said she created the mask to offer herself in perpetuity as an enclosed specimen or museum display.

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Pedro Sousa Louro – FLUX

Pedro Sousa Louro – FLUX

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.

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Chris Ofili: Poolside Magic

Chris Ofili: Poolside Magic

Victoria Miro is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery in Venice. The first exhibition at Victoria Miro Venice will be by Chris Ofili.

Entitled Poolside Magic the exhibition comprises a suite of pastel, charcoal and watercolour works on paper, which are being shown together for the first time. Poolside Magic, in which a man in coat-tails serves a naked woman beside a swimming pool, riffs on themes of sexuality, mutability, magic and the occult, making reference to the vibrant and sensuous landscape and culture of Trinidad, where the artist lives and works. Source material for the series includes a photograph of Trinidadian artist Boscoe Holder (1921 – 2007) at work in his Port of Spain studio. Opening during the Vernissage for the 57th Venice Biennale, the exhibition marks a return to the city for the artist. Ofili represented Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, when he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach, and in 2015 a suite of Ofili’s paintings were included in All The World’s Futures, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. Chris Ofili’s exhibition Weaving Magic is at the National Gallery, London from 26 April to 28 August 2017.

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