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Openings: Conor Harrington – “Watch Your Palace Fall” @ Pace London

After nine months of preparation, Conor Harrington (interviewed) has opened a solo exhibition entitled Watch Your Palace Fall at Pace Gallery London in Soho. Continuing his narrative of politically charged oil paintings, the locally-based artist rendered fights between military male characters dressed in 18th century uniforms, with all the rage and thirst for power evident in their visages. The chase for power is certainly timeless and draws references to the contemporary political climate, as illustrated in Sluggers Paradise (2016), a large diptych featuring a tug of war and coloured to represent the classic blue and red of […]
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Previews: Ryan Hewett – “Order” @ Unit London

Following the successful preview show earlier this year (covered), Ryan Hewett (interviewed) is back with The Unit London for his solo. Opening on the 29th of September, the exhibition will introduce a new direction that the South African artist has taken with his work and approach. Slightly stepping away from spontaneous construction and deconstruction and a deliberately chaotic working process, the new works are cleaner, more restricted and thought through. Solid color backgrounds, carefully chosen tones of paint, smooth gradients, perfect circles and use of masking tape for […]
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Previews: Conor Harrington – “Watch Your Palace Fall” @ Pace London

From the 15th of September to the 8th of October, Pace London will be showing new work by Conor Harrington (interviewed). Watch Your Palace Fall will include 10 new large oil paintings in which the Irish-born artist combines realistic brushstrokes with the raw energy of abstraction. The new pieces feature signature scenes of fight and conflicts as well as the recurring motif of the golden mask as a metaphor for hiding your true self and creating a new identity. By obscuring the subject, these works address the commonness of social media selves and the […]
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Upcoming: Ryan Hewett @ Unit London

Only couple of weeks ahead of his long awaited London solo show, Ryan Hewett (featured) and The Unit London shared with us some images of his newest works. Staying true to his abstract portraiture, the South African painter seems to have developed more distinctive and striking visual language since his last solo show with the gallery in April of 2015. Opening towards the end of September, Hewett’s solo show will include a new series of portrait oils created especially for this exhibition. After a great success of the […]
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Showing: Zevs – “The Big Oil Splash” @ Lazarides Rathbone

Last week, London’s Lazarides Rathbone opened a new solo show from Zevs entitled The Big Oil Splash. The new series of paintings (many featuring his iconic drips), monochromes and sculptures continue the French artist’s not so subtle criticism of humanity’s deleterious effects on the environment as well as our consumer-focused society. Take a look at more photos from the show (running through Sept 1st) below… Photos via the gallery & Not Banksy Forum. Discuss Zevs here.
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Upcoming: Zevs – “The Big Oil Splash” @ Lazarides Rathbone

On July 28th, Lazarides Rathbone will be presenting new works from Zevs in a solo show entitled The Big Oil Splash. Included from the French artist, otherwise known as Aguirre Schwarz, will be a series of paintings, monochromes and sculpture featuring his iconic drips and thematically referencing oil spills. He further states – “Ecology is at the heart of this new work. But it was paint, not politics. The work of man on earth extends here in a work of painting on canvas.” Discuss Zevs here.
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Openings: Pejac – “Law of the Weakest” (London Popup)

On Thursday, July 21st, Pejac revealed his long awaited London solo show for a private viewing. Installed as a popup at the Londonewcastle Project Space on Redchurch Street, Law of the Weakest included around 30 pieces created in the last couple of months exclusively for this event. The visitors entered the main part of the show through a dark room in which a large ball pit was placed. Looking ordinary at first, on closer examination, a shark fin could be seen emerging out of the colorful balls, adding tension to a usual place […]
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Previews: Pejac – ‘Law of the Weakest’ Pop-Up Show (London)

Law of the Weakest, the first major solo exhibition by Spanish artist Pejac, opens this Friday, 22 July in London. Held at Londonewcastle Project Space (28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP), the pop-up will run until Sunday 31 July. AM initially mentioned a forthcoming show back in January. Yesterday, we had a look around during the setup, taking just a few snapshots so as to not ruin the whole surprise. The exhibition will be an ambitious affair incorporating around 35 pieces: paintings on canvas and wood; […]
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Streets: Pejac (London)

Only 10 days ahead of his big London debut, Pejac released another fresh intervention created recently on the streets of British capital. As a response to Brexit and it’s causes and consequences, the Spanish artist came up with yet another fresh concept to comment on the sensitive sociopolitical issue. Borrowing a title from the iconic British band Oasis, Don’t Look Back in Anger is a recreation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night scratched with car keys on a hood of a black Jaguar. Mixing vandalism and fine […]
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Upcoming: Von – “Echoes” @ StolenSpace

On July 7th, artist and illustrator Von (interviewed) will be opening a new solo show entitled Echoes at StolenSpace in London. The new body of work in graphite is a continuation of his Elsewhere series – capturing this fleeting moments of personal reflection that is becoming rare in our digital world. The pieces in the show are both detailed and abstract, an aesthetic that fans of the UK-based artist’s work have come to expect. Discuss Von here.
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