Saturday, 23 February 2013

Fitzrovia Late – Thurs 28th Feb

If you fancy seeing my first solo show, 'Found Memories', at the Nancy Victor Gallery, London but weren't able to make it to the opening night and aren't able to finish work in time to get to the gallery before it closes at 6pm, don't worry. This Thursday the gallery will be staying open till 9pm as part of Fitzrovia Lates, as will all the other galleries in the area.

I'll be there from 6 till 9pm (then off to the pub next door) so please feel free to pop along for a chat or just have a browse. And if you want to know about any of the pieces in the exhibition just come up and ask me – I rarely bite.

If anyone is unsure of how to find the gallery it is in Charlotte Place, the third turning on the left (just after Charlotte Street) as you walk West along Goodge Street, having come from the Tottenham Court Road end. The nearest tube station is Goodge Street - a couple of minutes walk away from the gallery. Here's a map.

Fitzrovia Late View - Thursday 28th Feb (6-9pm)

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Channel 4's 'Four Rooms'

I was recently contacted by a researcher from a production company that makes the Four Rooms program for Channel 4. He told me that his producer had seen my 'And When I'm a Man' sculpture and wondered if I'd be interested in bringing it along to the show and seeing if I could sell it to one of their 'dealers'. 

Okay, I admit that I do dip into a bit of on-line telly (English English (UK speak) for TV) now and again but because of its addictive qualities I decided to throw my television set away years ago. Consequently, I'm a bit out of touch with a lot of the new programmes – Four Rooms being one of them. So I looked on Channel 4's site and Four Rooms appears to be something of a cross between Dragons Den and the Antiques Road Show. The basic premise seems to be that contestants come onto the show with an item of interest (previous examples being things like Winston Churchill's gold dentures, Napoleon's death mask, a Marilyn Monroe self-portrait etc.) and haggle over their items with the show's four dealers. They choose the order that they meet the dealers and if they don't like the first dealer's offer they say no and move onto the next one, and so on until they finally accept or decline an offers. The hook of the program is that once the contestant has moved onto another dealer they can't accept a previous dealer's offer even if that was the better one. 

Anyway – I told the researcher that I no-longer owned the sculpture but I did put them in touch with Andrew Dawood who has it on display at his practice, Dawood and Tanner, in Marylebone, West London. Andrew agreed to go on the show so when the day of the shoot came along I helped him to transport the sculpture over to the studio. As the owner of the sculpture, Andrew got to do all the nerve-racking in front of the camera stuff while I spent the day sat in the green room eating cakes, drinking tea and chatting to the other contestants (sometimes it's a hard life being an artist). Having previously worked on Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies programmes, I'm sure that Andrew was fine being filmed so I'm looking forward to checking out the show when it airs some time in the next couple of months or so. As soon as I find out when that is, I'll let you know.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Nancy Victor Gallery – Opening Party

Thank you to everyone that managed to make it last night to the opening party for my first solo show, 'Found Memories', at the Nancy Victor Gallery in Fitzrovia, London. The turn out was fantastic and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces (some that I'd not seen for years) and to get to meet and chat to loads of new ones. 

I'd also like to thank the staff of Nancy Victor, especially Rachael Hill for her hard work in organising the show - and photographer, Rosie Mayell, for taking all these great photos on the night. Okay I'll leave it at that before it starts to sound like an Academy Awards acceptance speech. 

In the exhibition I'm showing twenty sculptures (ranging in size from around 25 cm to 2 metres tall) and one new screen print, 'Morphed Components'. 

And to give a bit of an insight into the thought processes that go into the creation of my sculptures I've collaged a section of one of the gallery walls with scans of pages from some of my sketchbooks.

A lot of the work in the show has either been made in the last 12 months (with one of them having been completed three days before the opening) or were created a few years ago but not been exhibited before. So for anyone that's familiar with my work there should be something new to look at. 


For those of you that wanted to come but couldn't make it, don't worry as we'll be having another late opening (till 9pm) on Thursday 28th Feb as part of the Fitzrovia Lates. As it's the last Thursday of the month most of the other art galleries in the area will also be opening their doors late so if you're around on the 28th please feel free to pop along and join us for a cheeky after work drink and chin-wag.

'Found Memories'  
Nancy Victor Gallery 
6 Charlotte Place (off Goodge St.)  
Fitzrovia  London W1T 1SG (map

8th Feb - 4th March 2013  
Fitzrovia Late - Thursday 28th Feb (till 9pm)

Monday, 4 February 2013

'Found Memories' (Solo Show - Nancy Victor Gallery)

It's been a busy few weeks but everything seems to be coming together in time for my first solo show, 'Found Memories', at the Nancy Victor Gallery, which opens in a couple of days. The show officially opens on Friday 8th February but we are having an opening party on Thursday 7th between 6:30 and 8:30 pm so if you are in the area why not pop by and join us for a drink and a chat. 

For the last couple of weeks I've been working on this piece; working title – 'Church of the Crab Doll' (I know - not exactly snappy). I finished it a couple of days ago so it is my newest and first sculpture of the year. 

The majority of work that I'll be exhibiting at Found Memories will be made up of new sculptures (finished in the last 12 months) and older pieces that I've not previously shown.

'Found Memories' 
Nancy Victor Gallery
6 Charlotte Place (off Goodge St.) 
London W1T 1SG

8th Feb - 4th March 2013 
Private view - Thursday 7th Feb (6:30-8:30pm)