Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Private View: The Patron Saint of Dogs - Thomas MacGregor @ The Palm Tree Gallery

Private View: The Patron Saint of Dogs - Thomas MacGregor
The Palm Tree Gallery are thrilled to present ‘The Patron Saint of Dogs’, a solo exhibition showcasing here for the first time Scottish artist Thomas MacGregor.

T.D.MacGregor’s figurative and pictorial style targets contemporary subjects often using thickly laid brushstrokes and watery shadows to capture attitude and posture in high colour. With symbols and talisman, his work suggests a mythical aspect to everyday life.

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with a Drawing and Painting degree, he took up a long term residency in Edinburgh’s ‘The Stand Comedy Club’ culminating in a series of comedian portraits, including Frankie Boyle, Johnny Vegas and Simon Munnery and the omnipresent ‘Stand Cowboy’. Thomas continued to work as a portrait painter and during this time held a part time position lecturing in art at HMP Edinburgh.

It seems clear that the prison environment helped to feed some of the social realism within MacGregor’s figurative style which also draws heavily on the Weimar artists such as Beckman, Dix, Grosz and the looming presence of Philip Guston and Paula Rego.

Thomas Left Scotland for a residency in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He had three solo shows whilst there in what turned out to be an incredibly vibrant and exciting working environment. This exhibition groups together some of his Bolivian work alongside more recent paintings and etchings as they have transitioned into his current practice.

Private Opening: Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition Opens: Friday, 3rd March 2017, 11am - 6pm
Exhibition Ends: Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 2pm

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

FOCUS group show Nicholas Cheeseman – Troy Edwards – Takayuki Hara – Ian Robinson – Junior Tomlin –

The Muse Gallery proudly presents
group show
Nicholas Cheeseman – Troy Edwards – Takayuki Hara
 – Ian Robinson – Junior Tomlin  –

Private view:  23.02.20176.30-9.00pm

Nicholas Cheeseman

Nicholas Cheeseman investigates materiality and process. His works consider the value of these factors through construction, deconstruction, reconstruction and restoration. He uses the physical act of making as a means of thinking, and the outcomes explore the boundaries of imperfection, incompleteness and impermanence. He uses a variety of media and techniques including drawing, embroidery and sculpture.
Nicholas lives and works in East London. Having studied for his BA in Fine Art at Staffordshire University he recently continued his education at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL) in MA Fine Art. He has exhibited across London and the UK, has work in a number of collections, and has been commissioned to produce work in England, Australia and the USA.

Junior Tomlin

Junior Tomlin started his career creating computer game packaging artwork. his style is reminiscent of science fiction , fantasy, airbrushed book covers. His chosen mediums are acrylics and gouache and a vector package Adobe illustrator. Well known for the art that he produced for the music industry he designed numerous record covers for dance music, techno, trance, jungle, and death metal and fliers for the rave scene.  In Soho he worked in a special effects company, taught graphics and art, and collaborated on two street art installations in Portobello Road.
At present he is still creating digital art, holding workshops in schools and teaches graphics and illustration

Ian Robinson

Framed artwork and recommended amount of unframed prints to be supplied to Muse Gallery. If print supply runs out they can be ordered delivered from and will be uploaded to muse gallery shop.
I am a painter working with themes for the vinyl enthusiast and book collector. Centred in the way I work is my own record collection and my practice relates to a personal hobbyist arena. A world full of the close-to-home activities of reading and listening to music.   In my enthusiasm to capture a subject I visit special collections making enquiries that fuel my own interests. The areas that interest me uncover care and passion, behold a forensic value as the signs and triggers reveal a visual translation.

After graduation with first class honours in 2011 I completed a residency here at The Muse Gallery and had a solo show in October 2012. The work from my graduation show won the Landmark painting prize. The work Stylus produced here in Portobello Road featured in the Griffin art prize and the Guasch Coranty Foundation International Painting Prize. In 2015 I won the Bryant and Keeling painting prize and last year I featured in the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology Future Now.

Takayuki Hara

‘Nothing retains its original form, but Nature, the goddess of all renewal, keeps altering one shape into another. Nothing at all in the world can perish, things merely vary and change their appearance. What we call birth is merely becoming a different entity; what we call death is ceasing to be the same.’ –Ovid ‘Metamorphosis’ Book 15
The idea of shapeshifters has travelled through history. It can be found in many myths and stories all over the world, or even in many forms of contemporary culture such as film and literature. My work is not concerned with the details of these stories, but rather what they represent and reveal metaphorically in this world of uncertainty.
One of my inspirations was the poem "Metamorphosis" by Ovid, in which human forms constantly transform into other entities, suggesting a new potentiality of being. In this world we are living in, nothing ever stays the same, we are in a constant state of flux; shapeshifting. I became interested in the idea of shapeshifting as a way to open up the unknown space hidden underneath the surface where organs are revealed.  Full of potentiality as an opposed idea of psychoanalysis, a concept Freud and Lacan coined, based on the binary ideas of ‘conscious’ and ‘unconscious’, or ‘whole’ and ‘lack’. My aim is to go beyond psychoanalysis to free ourselves from restraint, to reach a place where endless potentiality exists without boundaries.
French Philosopher Giles Deleuze’ coinage: ‘becoming’ and ‘rhizome’ were other ideas that influenced my work. They are models of thinking, an ever-expanding labyrinth without a centre, capable of either opening up or closing down. Although Deleuze’s idea leads to an extreme emergence which excludes others, blurring the boundaries of identities, into the singular entity of immanence. I am interested in the process of our identities becoming blurred and multiple before becoming a singular existence.  A chaotic emergence where organization is impossible, what is hidden reveals itself, what is different no longer differs.
With my work, I would like to evoke the awareness or recognition to open up, the potential to become a new entity, the possibility to embrace the differences, rather than dismissing the differences as demonic, to emerge as one.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, London-based artist Takayuki Hara's work evolves from the idea of shapeshifting: it is an antithesis of boundaries and intransigence of human tendencies. His unique ability lies within the transformation of this idea into graphic and intricate linear drawings. His seemingly eclectic collections of influences are tied together and well-digested, feeding his work visually and conceptually. Hara studied Japanese Literature: Creative Writing in Japan, the rich narrative elements of his work come from the background as a writer. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK, and internationally including United States, Germany and Poland, and numerous Art Fairs across the globe. Recently his work was shown in European Parliament in Brussels, and ‘Before We Fall Again’, solo exhibition at Manggha Japanese Museum in Krakow, Poland in 2016.

Troy Edwards

 “When it comes to my work I do not merely want to capture the images with my pencil — I want to give them life once more, I believe that the emotional value of my work must always trump the aesthetic”. “I hope my art speaks to people from all routes of life and provokes a response, or at least a curiosity in them“.

 Troy Edwards Finlayson was born on December 14,1979 in London, UK. He is a graphic illustrator, portrait artist and photographer. A self-taught artist, raised in Brixton, Troy began drawing at a young age.
Over the years, the London based artist has developed a talent for creating detailed pointillist art. Simple, elegant, and engaging, Troy uses thousands of dots to create texture and depth within his work. These hyper-realistic portraits are made only with an HB pencil and fine liner pens. His pieces are estimated to consist of approximately 100,000 dots, which takes about 180 to 250 hours to complete a single portrait.
His work addresses, race, colonialism, sexuality, intimacy and the frailty of the human condition.

After the show we recommend eating locally with a special event menu at 'Goode & Wright Bistro' three doors down, so why not carry on your evening with a course or two and a glass for under twenty pounds
(The food is excellent)

Friday, 17 February 2017

AGM Tuesday February 21st 2017

Hi everyone, just wanted to remind everyone that our AGM is next week and so you are all invited to a lovely little cafe called Coffee, Cakes and Kisses (aww...sweet!) which is very close to where we had our members exhibition at the Fitzrovia Gallery last year. Check out the link anyway - it's only a minute from Warren St Station:

Committee members are to be there for 6pm for new members selection, and then the official AGM for all members will start at 7pm.  We will provide refreshments (including Coffee and cakes...) and we can also bring our own wine so bring a bottle if you fancy it.

See below for venue details and agenda and do give me a shout if you are interested in taking on any of the available roles listed below.

Please also RSVP if you haven't already.




Tuesday February 21st 2017

Venue: Coffee, Cakes and Kisses | 54 Warren Street, London W1T 5NN

6.00pm: New members Selection – FPS Committee Only


7.00: Start of AGM – Open to all FPS members

7.10: Welcome by FPS Chair and general housekeeping including confirming existing committee and new members

Current Committee members are:

Philip Worth – President
Rob Read – Chair
Sally Buchanan – Vice chair – Exhibitions Administrator and Curator
Gabriel Parfitt - Director, Lead Curator, Membership, Website, Social media, Acting Treasurer…
Pete Murry - Blog
Mike Garland - Creative direction – Visuals
Trustee – Caroline Cary

Committee roles available are:

Guest Curators, Secretary, Marketing, Treasurer and Membership

7.30: Annual breakdown of exhibitions and finances

7.50: Future Strategy – Gabriel | Zoe, Jody and Marek

8.15:  Next Exhibition: FPS Members show 2017

8.15 – 8.30: AOB 

Maria Kaleta: The Pastel Society 118th Annual Exhibition 2017

Dear All,

I am delighted to confirm I have been selected to The Pastel Society 118th Annual Exhibition 2017.

You are cordially invited to join me to celebrate this event.

"...Featuring works created in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal, the Pastel Society exhibits abstract and experimental works alongside traditional representation. The artists, including elected members of the Society and those chosen from open submission, all share a passion for working in dry media. 
Works has been selected from over 700 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading pastel artists. The Pastel Society’s annual exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries in central London between 21 February and 4 March 2017...."

Monday 20 February, 2pm to 8pm
Open 10am to 5pm (closes 3pm on final day)
Admission £3, £2.50 concessions, 50% off for National Art Pass holders, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries, PS Friends and under 18s

Mall Galleries
The Mall, London SW1