Jealous will be hosting 'Drawing Lines', a group drawing show in our Jealous East gallery. We will be bringing together an array of incredible artists for an intricate drawing show, featuring the original drawings of some of our favourite illustrators and artists including Nigel O’Neill, James Green, Yoshimoto Nara, David Shrigley, Danny Augustine, Frances Richardson, Ann-Marie James, Charming Baker, Lloyd Durling, Anka Dabrowska, Delphine Lebourgeois, Jess Wilson, Maria A Marquez and Jess Albarn.
The selection of works will show different approaches made by the artists to creating image, meaning or emotion through the application of line to surface. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the open nature and complexity of the often overlooked and undervalued medium, which is so often regarded as a form of draft rather than fully realised work. Drawing as a medium offers an undiluted and immediate form of expression. The marks made by the artist cannot be hidden or clothed behind further working, evoking a personal and intimate portrait of the artist.
‘Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad’
- Salvador Dali -
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Nigel O'Neill lives and works in east London.He studied at Goldsmiths College University of London,and in 1984 was awarded the degree:- M.A. Fine Art CNAA.
He is also one of the few remaining founder members of Chisehale Artplace. Exhibitions- include The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2008-2015, The
Contemporary Arts Society, and A Different View Spectrum Fine Art London.He is included in many collections including Paul Smith Ltd,in New York, London,
and Amsterdam. His drawings feature in the following publications:- The Sunday Times Style Magazine 5 July 2015,and Homes & Gardens Abstract Modernism
The show will feature Nigel's graphite drawings. These are preparatory to making abstract paintings,also they are original works in their own right. The drawings show the process of arriving at shapes and forms to be used in the paintings.. Earlier thoughts in the drawings although erased are still visible, adding an extra dimension to the work showing the thought process in arriving at the final form. The paintings which are developed from these drawings consist of a number of vibrant coloured planes. The shape of these planes evoke a perspective and illusionistic space, however this is undermined by the juxtaposition of different colours around a central plane. The different edges of this plane are pushed back or forward depending on the colour of each juxtaposed plane. shapes and forms twist and flip back on themselves. This achieves a surface, which is simultaneously asserted and denied, undermining any logical or mathematical interpretation of the work.
First and foremost a portrait artist, James Green draws inspiration from the everyday person – experimenting around their identity. In an attempt to force himself away from early realism, Green established a creative process that would add a looseness to his portraits, purposely minimising the likeness of his subjects.
Green begins by sketching passers-by on the street – limiting the amount of time he has to capture his subjects to a matter of seconds. He then works inquisitively from these studies to form multiple representations of the original ‘sitter’; trying to capture the person and pose with reference to only a single line drawing, and memory alone.As a mixed-media artist with a welcomed lack of patience, Green paints with a hurriedness; resulting in intentional accidental marks, and an unintentional product. “I don’t actually want my portraits to look like the sitter. It’s about painting anyone in everyone, and everyone in anyone – creating the everyday person (plural) through every portrait.”
Ensuring he has all mediums to hand prior to painting begins, Green grabs whichever tool (and colour) feels right at that specific moment – purposely blocking out methodic thought, personal conversation and personal debate so that the resulting interpretation is personal to that moment alone and entirely a one-off – only satisfied when the outcome could never be replicated by himself, or anyone else. “I swear these things happen by accident”.
David Shrigley was born in 1968 in Macclesfield, UK, he is now based in Brighton. Best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical
comments on everyday situations and human interactions. His quick-witted drawings and hand-rendered texts are typically deadpan in their humour and
reveal chance utterings like snippets of over-heard conversations
Ann-Marie James graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012 with an MA in Fine Art and currently lives and works in London. James has exhibited in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Venezuela and the United States and has participated in residencies in Tennessee and Japan. She will be presenting a solo exhibition of her recent works at Karsten Schubert, London, from 6th March- 5th April 2013. Ann-Marie’s work is complex and intentional; working with already culturally defined, appropriated source materials, she develops and mutates the work. The repetitive layers of drawing, print and paint finally give way to abstract compositions that, whilst retaining a memory of their source, proceed to negotiate and create a new language. She says of her print produced with Jealous: ‘The print that I have produced began with the repetition of a single pencil drawing from a series that I made based upon Bernini’s sculpture ‘Apollo and Daphne’. Through layer upon layer of print, drawing, paint and medium, the repetition of figurative elements gives way to a complex abstract composition. Precise drawing intersects with splashes of ink and gestural painterly marks to form a metamorphosis of ‘The Metamorphoses’.’ Ann-Marie’s Jealous Prize print edition is now held in the Victoria & Albert Museum Permanent Print Collection.
Born in Hampshire 1964, Charming Baker spent most of his early life travelling around the world following his father, a Commando in the British Army. At the age of 12, he and his family finally settled in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Baker left school at 16 and worked various manual jobs. In 1985, having gone back to college, Baker was accepted onto a course at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s, where he later returned as a lecturer. After graduating, Baker worked for many years as a commercial artist, also developing his personal work. Solo shows at the Truman Brewery in 2007 and the Redchurch Street Gallery in 2009 were followed by a show in New York in 2010. In 2011, Baker’s London show at the Mercer Street Studios cemented his place as one of the rising stars in the world of Contemporary Art. In 2012, a sculpture entitled ‘Triumph in the face of absurdity’ was displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, (the piece, a collaboration for the 2012 Olympics between the artist and Sir Paul Smith). His 2013 LA exhibition entitled 'Lie Down I Think I Love You' cemented his relationship with the infamous PMM Art Projects, and caused a mass of media interest across America. Baker’s work explores well-trodden and intrinsically linked themes; life, love, death, terror, joy, despair… with an underlying reference to the classics and a dark humour. Although primarily a painter with an interest in narrative and an understanding of the tradition of painting, in recent years Baker has produced sculptural pieces in a wide and varied choice of materials, (from the anciently traditional to the not so). Baker is also known to purposefully damage his delicate painting, including drilling, cutting and occasionally shooting them with a shotgun, intentionally and inadvertently putting to question the preciousness of art, and adding to the emotive charge of the work he produces. Damien Hirst says of Baker’s work; “It’s hard to say exactly what makes a painting great… Its flatness and its depth, its ease and its complexity, a kind of preciousness that’s also kind of throwaway, a risk factor. Who gives a damn? Charming Baker’s paintings are great.” All the prints here are made with Charming Baker in our studio.
Lloyd Durling lives and works in London was born in Solihull, United Kingdom, 1979. He studied BA Hons in Fine Art, Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham, 1997-2000. He has been a recipient of the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial award and the Eaton Fund. Selected solo exhibitions include Bit part, Château de Sacy, France; Laughter Staggers On, Golden, Chicago and Somewhere Better Than This, Pippy Houldsworth, London. He is represented in several public & private collections including Whitworth Art Museum, Nomura Bank, and Progressive Art Collection, USA.
It was said of Paul Klee that he was never directly intimate with nature but through the act of drawing he discovered it (John Berger, Berger On Drawing). In much the same way Durling tries to get close, very close to the forms and rhythms of nature. These playful works explore the dichotomy between form and non-form by employing the use of the silhouette, but replacing line with contact and omission.
Born in Poland and now living in London, Dabrowska adopts the position of an outsider or stranger to respond to a sense of displacement increasingly common to inhabitants of contemporary metropolises.
Anka Dabrowska makes drawings on paper that she customises with geographical details of her native Warsaw. Fine pencil drawings of tower blocks, shop fronts, kiosks and street signage are subtly constructed and spray-painted with humorous and unsettling consequences. Her hybridisation of imagery, recalled from memory and data gathered from fact-finding missions to Warsaw, describe the disparity between one’s personal relationship to (and the collective memory of) a given place. Her work encourages a wider reading of her position between two specific cultures. In recent work, she translates drawings into three dimensional structures. Roughly crafted from cardboard, wood, photographs and concrete, these structures suggest claustrophobic spaces of tower blocks, kiosks and domestic interiors referencing Eastern European architecture.
Delphine Lebourgeois (born 1976) studied Fine Art in Lyon then went on to complete a Masters in Illustration at Central St Martins in 2005. She works in
various medium including digital, collage, pencil, pen, ink, watercolour and screenprint but her working process always starts with an initial collage
of found elements. Her most recent work draws from various stylistic sources (ranging from Botticelli to comics) mixing symbols and cultural references
in a playful and sometimes irreverent way.
In 2014, Lebourgeois created a whole series of original drawings on the power of crowds “The Girl has a Gun” that was launched at the Other Art Fair in October 2014 : "My aim is to tell stories via precise scenarios that explore the realm of power relations whilst questioning Illustrative and Fine Art traditions" Detailed and layered as if to underline the complexity somehow chaotic of groups' psychology, Lebourgeois' figures are replicated and organised in a geometrical way, but heads and expressions are unique, allowing ideas such as conformism and peer pressure, solidarity and belonging to be conveyed.
Her latest series “Smoke” moves away from the intricacy of crowds and armies, with images portraying a single individual smoking alone in calm surroundings. “Smoking' is an interesting topic nowadays... in a society becoming more and more sanitised, we are not far from it turning into the next rebellious thing. For me, it belongs to youth and living the moment”
Delphine Lebourgeois was the winner of the Images 29 Critics Award. She has worked for an extensive list of prestigious clients including The New Yorker, L'Obs, Le Monde, Harper Collins and her work is shown at international art fairs in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Jess Wilson graduated in 2006 and has been living and working in London ever since. Using crayons, paints, inks and paper to create her unique illustrations and typographic works, she draws inspiration from humorous occurrences which happen around her in real life and in the media. Her likes are X Factor, people watching in Weatherspoons, Techno in the morning and You Tube. Her dislikes are Norwich City Football Club, Bono and badly made gravy. Jess uses crayons, paints, inks and paper to illustrate humorous daily encounters. The charming imagery executed via meticulous line making and radiant colour is not merely appealing to the eye, it is anecdotal, perceptive, informative and often satirical. Her playful illustrations have been in great demand across a sea of world-renowned organisations from British Vogue and Lacoste to Coca Cola.
Maria was the first of this years graduate prizewinners to be chosen to work in the studio. Her dark and brooding ink and paint works caught the eye in the Central Saint Martins exhibition. Her stylised imagery of large groups, often students and religious iconography, jumps between the playful and unsettling. Her print for the prize is a reworking of an original drawing that Maria completed in early 2015.
Jessica Albarn is known for her fascination with insects; particularly Spiders and Bees. This has led her into the land of Faerie with her first book ‘The
Boy in the Oak’ which she has written and illustrated. It is a dark tale where it is never wise to trust a Faerie. She has recently made a short film
of the book and is currently working towards the feature whilst drawing more bees! This print was produced for the 2011 Ghosts of Gone Birds Portfolio
and Exhibition at the Rochelle School, and is now part of the V&A print collection.
Frances Richardson’s first limited print edition is titled Sundog 030110 (QI: a sundog is a type of rainbow, a kind of mock sun made by light refracting through ice crystals thought to mark portentous occasions). Sundog 030110 has been generated from a drawing made specifically for the print process. The artist, known internationally for her tonal graphite drawings made up of tiny + and – marks, has used the screen print process not to reproduce the graphite drawing but to exploit the flat consistency of colour that the medium allows whilst retaining the precision of the marks. When stared at Sundog 030110 appears to disappear before your eyes only to pop back in with a delicate luminosity
Danny Augustine, is a recent graduate of MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2014. His work deals predominantly with ideas of identity and gender and how it is portrayed in today's society, be it male, female, transgender or homosexual. Playing with a narrative which starts out as hope, quickly becomes a hegemony of power and a carnival of vice. In regards to love and family Danny's work leaves the viewer both with a sense of what could have been and with a sense of how those feelings have been distorted by gender politics. Danny also currently works at Jealous Print Studio in Shoreditch.
Hayden Kays is a painter, sculptor and printmaker whose work straddles an impossible boundary between street art and traditional visual culture. He has situated himself as an involved, sometimes complicit, commentator on capitalist culture, rather than as an aloof critic of an omnipotent system. His reflections on art and culture are sometimes sardonic, absurd and wry, but they are also revealing, vaguely uncomfortable and almost always true.