Sunday, 17 April 2011


THIS is why I've been working so hard since the new year. I will be exhibiting a series of 6 screen-prints along with drawing, collage and print work from five other talented souls (more details below). Please come along, bring your friends (and your wallet!) for a free drink or two on the first Thursday in May.

East Gallery
214 Brick Lane London
06.05.11 - 08.05.11
Private View: Thurs 5th May 6-9pm

Curio celebrates the natural curiosity of the human mind through print, drawing and collage. A collection of five emerging illustrators, create detailed and visually rich work that reflects their collective interest in the bizarre and the curious. Referencing historical fact and folklore, Curio finds magic in the obscure and uncanny aspects typically found in everyday life.



By weaving narrative into the structure of her illustrations, Jennie Webber creates a visual invitation to unravel the layers of meaning that are concealed within. Playing with composition and shape substitution, she builds up dense, intricate drawings that tell the extraordinary stories of colourful characters. The pieces shown within the exhibition are influenced by the medical and social marvels of the Coney Island Freak Show characters.


Polly Alizarin Harvey creates dynamic collages and prints by deconstructing and reworking an image. Collecting and arranging found fragments; objects from the physical world are merged with a strange, often disjointed fiction. This series is an exploration of superstitions rooted in English folklore.

Rebecca Hiscocks finds inspiration in the bizarre and macabre. Her intricate and detailed compositions reflect the uncanny and unusual past of London's streets. The pieces in this exhibition are based on the history of Smithfield and London Bridge.

Ian Watson is based in Cardiff, having studied painting at Howard Gardens and prior to that at Hastings College, close to his childhood home. The work shown here is influenced by a mixture of dream diary entries and nostalgia, for teenage afternoons spent hiding out in the woods and countryside around East Sussex listening to heavy metal.


Maria Vladimirova portrays the world, as if it was seen for the first time. This pioneering view on the world suggests that anything can be beautiful if you look closer. By engaging the viewer emotionally with the visual, she challenges one's taste - before, you might not have thought that such an object can be beautiful. Beauty is a dynamic experience that can be coaxed out of the ugly and obscure.

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