Art Exhibitions, May & June

There is lots of exciting art on show in London at the moment, and I thought I would share four exhibitions featuring British artists I will be visiting during May and June.Alice xxx

Christopher Brown

Michal Parkin Fine Art at the Art Workers' Guild

6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London

24th - 27th May 2017

I am a big fan of Christopher Brown's linocuts, and an archive of his work is currently being exhibited at the Art Workers' Guild.  Christopher studied at the Royal College of Art, where he met and later assisted Edward Bawden.  I love his fun, often quirky , and always amusing images in sharp black and white linocut.  There is so much to see in this exhibition and original prints to buy - and the Art Workers' Guild is a really fascinating place to visit.  Definitely pop in!

Jo Vollers

54 The Gallery

54 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London

22nd - 27th May

Jo paints beautifully vibrant works in acrylic and oil, her paintings sit between figurative and abstraction - I absolutely love her use of colour.  She is exhibiting at 54 the Gallery until Saturday 27th May.

Nina Baxter

Royal Arts Prize at La Galleria Pall Mall

 5b Pall Mall Street, Royal Opera Arcade

30th May - 10th June

Nina Baxter paints the most incredible large scale, painstakingly detailed geometric abstract works in harmonious colours.  Nina's work will be on the show at La Galleria Pall Mall as part of the Royal Arts Prize, her works draw inspiration from landscape, architecture, photography and music.  Pop along to see her new works and get lost in these amazing interactions of shape and colour.

Minty Sainsbury

Minty Sainsbury will also be exhibiting as part of the Royal Arts Prize - her architectural drawings are really splendid 😍 🙏.

Jill Barklem

The Illustration Cupboard

 22 Bury Street, St James's, London

10th May - 3rd June

A little trip down memory lane, The Illustration Cupboard are currently displaying the original artwork by Jill Barklem for the Brambley Hedge books.  There are also many many beautiful illustrations in the this jam packed gallery, many from favourite childrens books, absolutely worth a visit.

SAKE, Art Show by Muddy Yard

Yesterday I had a sneak preview of Muddy Yard's new show SAKE.  Muddy Yard is an artist-led project space in south London - and their second group show includes new and very exciting works centred on the theme of 'purpose'.The main ideas behind the show are, 'What is the point to our every day existence without a purpose?'  And 'Is making art a self-prescribed purpose pill?'  Purpose is very important, it gives life meaning, and apparently it has been scientifically proven that you live longer if you have a purpose. So purpose is good, but behind the optimism of living a fulfilling purposeful life as an artist, there are darker questions - it is becoming increasingly harder to make art whilst living in London.  Many of these artists are at the beginning of their careers, forging a path for themselves, whilst also trying to sustain life in London.  Others are well-known in their field, but feeling the pressures of 'producing' a certain type of art to pay the bills.On show are some really fascinating works, each with it's own little story, I am particularly intrigued by Isabelle Southwood's piece, a planter containing the soil she wants to be buried in, Alex McNamee's video of unpurposeful work, and Holly Hendry's beautiful sculpture.  The making process that has gone into each is fascinating and there is a wide variety of mediums.  The band Pleasure Complex will also be playing a rolling set for part of the night.  There is lots of see, and lots to learn, and it is such a fun interesting space.This evening Muddy Yard, is opening it's doors to display these new artworks, and giving us a glimpse into how each of the artists understands their art to be the purpose of their life.The private view is being held this evening, 6pm til late. RSVP: alex@muddypr.com if you would like to attend.Alice xxx

Jamie Stiby Harris