13-20 February 2017
ILLUMINATI NEON HENRY HATE DARREN COFFIELD JULIA MADDISON JEFFREY LOUIS REED RAUL PINA KEELERTORNERO PURE EVIL
Illuminati Neon create beautiful, desirable art, drawing on Punk culture. Using vintage flags and distressed wood, the neon flickers gently with messages creating statements that make you smile, laugh and think. Every neon art piece is hand blown to the highest standard, and every piece bespoke.
Henry Hate is a Mexican/American tattoo artist, artist and former musician living in London, England. Hate is known for some of his high-profile clients such as Amy Winehouse and fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Hate's fine art work has been showcased along with Jamie Reid, Sexton Ming and James Cauty.
Darren Coffield studied at Goldsmiths College, Camberwell School of Art & the Slade School of Art where he received his BA Fine Art in 1993. His controversial portraits include Ivan Massow, former chairman of the ICA, as well as a recent depiction of former Miners Union leader Arthur Scargill made entirely from coal dust. He lives and works in London.
Julia Maddison studied at Exeter and Middlesex University. She is currently artist in residence at Stephens House, Finchley. Julia’s work deals with lies, longing, memory, sickness and sex. Collecting discarded objects and the flotsam of forgotten lives, she reworks and rearranges them, slowly piecing together a museum of domestic misery and secrets; creating new narratives from untold and misremembered stories.
Jeffrey Louis Reed is a painter, writer, filmmaker, DJ and musician. He was born in the US and lives in Hastings and London. A prolific artist, he has exhibited in London, Paris and Tokyo. Founder of Audio Sushi and best known as Disastronaut, Jeffrey travels the world to DJ in many of the world's leading clubs, catwalk shows and festivals.
Raul Pina was born in Mexico. He studied at the Esmeralda School of Fine Art, Mexico's most prestigious art school. He moved from Mexico City to London in 1997, where he has continued to live and work. The provocative imagery and pulsating colours in his paintings feature symbolic characters alongside figures inspired by Renaissance paintings.
KeelerTornero - Chin Keeler and Emma Tornero work collaboratively, suspending their individual artistic vision and preconceived ideas in an animated dialogue of polar styles. In this way they create paintings and collages in which the impossible emerges as something perfectly natural, where characters play parts in an all-encompassing illusory world - a place of dreams, hallucinations and unkempt fantasy.
Pure Evil explains that a chance email from a Chinese ‘copy village’ gave impetus to his Nightmare series. The village offered, via email, a list of artists it could reproduce, including three Andy Warhol paintings. The idea of Warhol’s entire artistic output distilled right down to three small thumbnails of Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor and an Electric Chair became the inspiration for these doomed and dripping celebrity portraits.