13 - 18 February 2018

Herrick Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of light, love, sex and flowers with exquisite photographs, enticing neons and intimate oils by Rachel Megawhat, Illuminati Neon and Geraldine Swayne, plus special guest Julia Maddison's sexy pants!

"there are in the end three things that last: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is Love." Corinthians 13:13

Rachel Megawhat’s flower pictures are described by the artist as being "deeply shallow". Very deliberately apolitical, these are contemplative works aiming to find objective beauty and eternal truths as a counterpoint to our super-fast information culture, votive images that are both sacred and profane. The images are all made in-camera with minimal post-processing, marking a return to a pre-digital style of photography. All images were taken with Fujifilm-X series cameras. The printing process, chromaluxe, is the most exquisite archival process available in the world today.  Dye-sublimated onto an aluminium surface these scratch, fire and fade resistant prints will last for generations - the antithesis of disposable pixels. Rachel is a London based, British photographer. She trained as a photo-assistant and has worked extensively as a commercial and press photographer as well as exhibiting widely in the fine art arena. Her work has been included in shows in the UK, Korea and USA and has appeared in countless newspapers, magazines, books and websites. She has an MA in fine art graphics from UAL and is a member of the British Press Photographers Association.

Illuminati Neon create beautiful, desirable art from their Shepherds Bush studios. Rooted in the birthplace of Punk, Illuminati Neon draws on the cultural vibes of West London to create artwork that enlightens the whole world. Using vintage flags and distressed wood, the neon flickers gently to give the most wonderful imagery. The highly detailed artwork underlying the neon demonstrates the illuminati fine art schooling, and are now available at Herrick Gallery as framed, hand embellished prints, minus the neon. Punk messages underwrite the neon to create statements that make you smile, laugh and think. Every neon art piece is hand blown to the highest standard, and every piece bespoke. Illuminati Neon can be found burning brightly on the walls of many collections worldwide. 

Geraldine Swayne is a figurative painter, mainly of small-scale paintings. Her work addresses unease in the human condition. The subjects she uses are not deliberately sensationalist, but her work has a filmic atmosphere and dreamlike quality, with slightly disturbing undertones. She works from photographs and collage, choosing subjects drawn both from her circle of friends and anonymous sources. The bodies and faces of her subjects always possess an interior psychological narrative, which she tries to amplify with painterly effects that speak to the nervous system rather than to intellect. The use of metal as a painting surface also lends these paintings an ‘other-worldly’ inner illumination, referencing as it does, devotional Icon painting or early photographs such as Tin-Types. The look and surfaces of her paintings often retain physical evidence of the painterly investigations she is making, such as brush marks and layering, and these artefacts reflect her own struggle to penetrate complex human subjects. Geraldine has an MA in fine art from Kingston University and has exhibited and is collected widely.