French Absinthe Bar and Bistro to Host Contemporary Figure Painting Exhibition
Five acclaimed young London artists are coming together to showcase their work in the atmospheric setting of Dalston/Stoke Newington’s most talked about new restaurant, Oui Madame!, from Thursday 9th May for 5 weeks.
The exhibition will be launched at 6.00pm on 9th May with free entry and free absinthe for all between 6 and 8pm (les heures verts or “the green hours” as they were known in late 19thC Paris). From 8-12, sharing plates will be available in the bistro’s ambient basement accompanying jazz, blues and soul music. The daily menu will also be available throughout the evening in the restaurant upstairs.
The art on display will be examples of contemporary figure painting; exploring new ideas and narratives through representational mediums. It is the first collective exhibition of independently successful young artists who met at a newly opened Atelier art school - Sean Rohr, Ed Haslam, Luke Haseler, Jack Wallis and Lewis Hazelwood-Horner.
Oui Madame! is an authentic French Bistro and a favourite of the artists. It was chosen as a curious alternative to more conventional gallery spaces; canvases will be hung amid the wall of clocks, velvet chairs and lace doily décor, and great food, drink and music will create an immersive experience.
Newly opened as of two months ago and already acclaimed in the local area and beyond, Oui Madame!’s candle-lit ambience is said to be inspired by the Surrealist ideology that “dreams can solve problems”, and the illicit, mysterious absinthe bars where Parisian artists in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s sought inspiration and indulgence.
The restaurant offers a daily-changing menu of authentic French food with modern twists cooked by Chef Stefan Laugenie. There is also an extensive wine selection championing only independent French producers, as well as cachaca (better known as Brazilian rum), special caipirinhas and cocktails made with absinthe.
The hospitable owners started Parisian institution Favela Chic 20 years ago, and later opened branches in London and Brazil. Oui Madame! is their latest venture- bringing Parisian verve to the hidden basement in East London.
The five artists and Oui Madame! owners would like to welcome all to join them for the launch on 9th May, and to visit during the five weeks following; for a celebration of new art, delicious food, adventurous drinks and soulful music.