Seven Men in London Town
Private View: Friday 23rd of April 2010 - 6 pm to 11 pm
Exhibition runs from: Friday 23rd to 29th of April 2010
Gallery Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 11am - 6:30pm, Sat: 12.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Last day of Exhibition: Thurs 29th of April: 11.00am to 5.00pm
Seven Men in London Town is an exhibition of contemporary printmaking. It is a show by seven male artists who, independently from one another, have discovered a shared obsession with the figure in nightmarish, dystopian and apocalyptic scenarios. Their work harks back to the roots of storytelling as practiced by the shaman: an exploration into what lies in the deepest reaches of the underworld, brought back into the light of day and revealed to the tribe. By drawing and painting their nightmare visions, the artists expel their own demons, and expose them for dissection. Through art, they make their fears tangible, and possess them, rather than by being possessed by them.
Why London? Because to live in London is to live in an ancient and often mysterious city, a city of strange stories and characters, dark with the shadows of souls long since departed. Seven Men in London Town starts with the idea of London as a meeting point for seven very different personalities, and transforms into an evocation of the city as a Blakean nightmare vision.
Jonathan Comerford studied at the Ruth Prowse School of Art, majoring in printmaking and drawing, and at Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen / Tom G Adriani graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2005. He has exhibited in the Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, the Factory Berlin, Somerset House, and the St Pancras Crypt Gallery / Jai Llewellyn studied drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, where he is now a printmaking MA Candidate / Tony Lee studied graphic design at London College of Printing, illustration at the Royal College of Art, and print making at Camberwell College / Eric Storey studied at Cambridge University and the Sir John Cass School of Art. He is currently studying for an MA in Visual Arts at Camberwell College / Julian Ronnefeldt trained as a photographer in Germany, and studied at St Martins and Westminster College, London. He has exhibited both photographic and video work in London, Berlin and abroad / Nazir Tanbouli studied expressive arts at Alexandria School of Arts, Egypt, and is currently an MA Fine Art Printmaking candidate at Camberwell. He has been exhibiting his work since 1989 in Egypt, UK, Germany, Russia, Argentina, and USA