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18

Dec
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

TM Lighting to illuminate London Art Fair 2019: The Living Collection

On 18, Dec 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

London Art Fair 2019: The Living Collection, lit by TM Lighting

TM Lighting is pleased to partner with London Art Fair in 2019 as Museum Partner Lighting Sponsor, collaborating with Towner Gallery to illuminate their exhibition, ‘The Living Collection’.

Towner has been chosen as the Museum Partner for the 2019 edition of the London Art Fair, which takes place from 16th to 20th January. Towner will be presenting The Living Collection, an exhibition that celebrates the gallery’s rich heritage of collecting, exhibiting and championing contemporary art for almost a century.

Towner’s exhibition at the fair will showcase a selection of works that are significant to the history of the gallery and its collection and will look at the way it has been shaped by its dedicated and innovative curators, who have sought to promote and support the most significant living artists of their time. As the gallery moves towards its centenary in 2023, the collection will play an important role in interpreting the last hundred years of regional history and be used as a catalyst to talk about the future.

Demonstrating the strength of the Towner Collection as an active, evolving body of contemporary art, the exhibition will feature modern and contemporary works by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Nash, William Nicholson, Duncan Grant, William Gear, Gertrude Hermes, Tirzah Garwood, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

This selection will not only highlight the role of Sussex as ‘The Artists’ County’, a place of inspiration which has nurtured artists and makers but will also champion key figures from its history that promoted radical thinking and inspired social change throughout the twentieth century.

To celebrate their exhibition at London Art Fair 2019, Towner is commissioning a new wallpaper artwork responding to the collection, which will form the backdrop of the Towner’s display at the Fair.

TM Lighting – Leading Specialists in Lighting Art

TM Lighting work closely with some of the world’s most prestigious clients to light and preserve their art collections, through vastly superior lighting, combining their products with technical expertise and a highly specialist advisory service. TM Lighting design and manufacture award winning luminaires and lights which incorporate advanced LED technology and a unique balance of colour rendition, temperature and consistency. Superior picture and accent lights ensure the colour within each artwork is rich, the canvas evenly illuminated, and the pigments conserved.

Clients range from stately homes such as Waddesdon Manor Rothschild Collection, English Heritage Apsley House, Historic Royal Palaces Hillsborough Castle and Hampton Court Palace to high-profile global galleries and auction houses such as The National Gallery, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, high-end retail spaces such as Harrods and Selfridges and a roster of private clients, collectors and residences all over the world.

At London Art Fair 2019, TM Lighting will provide specialist art lighting for Towner Gallery’s important exhibition utilising the LED GalleryOneFifty, a high-performance spotlight with narrow optics and a magnetic, quick change lens, which is ideally suited for lighting in galleries and museums with tall ceilings and rolling collections. Additionally, TM Lighting will use their superior Slim Light Pro Picture Lights.

TM Lighting are pleased to also be lighting JGM Gallery’s presentation (Stand 4) for their group show of work by contemporary artists Ralph Anderson, Juan Bolivar, Alice Wilson, Doris Bush Nungarrayi, Bob Gibson, Dominic Beattie, Danie Mellor.

To coincide with this presentation, TM Lighting will host ‘Satellite’, a group exhibition curated by JGM Gallery, on display at TM Lighting Gallery from 18th January – 15th March 2019. A Private View of ‘Satellite’ will take place at TM Lighting Gallery from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Wednesday 13th February 2019.

On Wednesday 16th January TM Lighting is participating in London Art Fair’s Museum Day talk at ‘Going Behind The Scenes for Curatorial Care’, 12 – 1pm.

Talk description: What are the concerns around conservation in heritage and modern collections? How can technology enable better care and display? What are the considerations for artists, curators and gallerists to display exhibitions in a safe and cost-effective way?

The discussion will include:

  • Cristina Alfonsin, Collection Manager for Rothschild Foundation, for the collection displayed at Waddesdon Manor and Spencer House
  • Andrew Molyneux, Co-Founder, TM Lighting
  • Matthew Travers, Director, Piano Nobile
  • Corinne Farmer, Conservator, Towner Gallery

This talk aimed at museum professionals is by private invitation by London Art Fair, only. For more information about London Art Fair visit www.londonartfair.co.uk/

Image: Eric Ravilious, Downs in Winter, 1935, (c) The Towner Collection

13

Dec
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

Satellite, a group exhibition by JGM Gallery, at TM Lighting Gallery

On 13, Dec 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

TM Lighting Gallery presents ‘Satellite’, a group exhibition by JGM Gallery, alongside London Art Fair 2019

To coincide with London Art Fair 2019, TM Lighting is delighted to announce ‘Satellite’, a group exhibition presented and curated by JGM Gallery, will be on display at TM Lighting Gallery from 18th January – 15th March 2019.

JGM Gallery is presenting a group show at London Art Fair 2019 which will be lit by TM Lighting and enhanced by a ‘Satellite’ project at TM Lighting’s gallery located near London’s Kings Cross, close to the London Art Fair venue.

The presentation across both venues is a showcase of mid-career and established talent from London and Australia, with particular attention drawn to abstraction, landscape and cultural heritage. Exhibiting artists include: Dominic Beattie, Juan Bolivar, Bob Gibson, Danie Mellor, Alice Wilson, and Ralph Anderson.

Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi, Director of JGM Gallery, comments, “The gallery seeks to show great contemporary art regardless of ethnicity or origin. We’re very pleased to be able to present the work of these artists both at London Art Fair and for an extended period at the ‘Satellite’ exhibition at TM Lighting Gallery”

 

TM Lighting, art lighting specialists, will collaborate with JGM Gallery to illuminate the works of art in ‘Satellite’ using its high colour rendition Gallery One Fifty LED spotlights to bring the works of art to life at the TM Lighting Gallery.

Andrew Molyneux, Co-Founder of TM Lighting comments, “It’s very exciting to collaborate with JGM Gallery to bring works of such diversity into a group exhibition and to present and light them at our new gallery space, part of our annual programme supporting contemporary artists.”

 

Artists Biographies:

Alice Wilson (b. 1982, UK)

Alice Wilson (b. 1982, United Kingdom) received an M.A. in Fine Art, in 2011 from Wimbledon College of Art, UAL, and her BAhons 1st Class in 2005, from the Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Recently completing a residency in Aarhus, Denmark during May 2018 supported by the British Council, she returned to Aarhus in October for a significant Solo Exhibition at Godsbanen. Other recent exhibitions include HarderEdge at the Saatchi Gallery, London, Dec 2018 – Jan 2019 Unlearning a Solo Exhibition @ DOLPH projects, September ’17, and Recreational Grounds, a public intervention in a disused South London car park, April 2018.

Dominic Beattie (b. 1981, London, England)

Dominic Beattie completed his BA in Fine Art Painting from Camberwell College of Art in 2003. Beattie is an abstract artist and contemporary furniture designer. Most recently Beattie has installed an artwork over five floors in the Hyperion Groups’s central London offices. Dominic has exhibited his work widely at The Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Academy, JGM Gallery and Fold Gallery, In 2015 he won the UK/Raine prize for painting at The Saatchi Gallery.

Ralph Anderson (b. 1977, Glasgow, Scotland)

Ralph Anderson received an MA. in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art, UAL in 2012 and his BA in Fine Art from London Guildhall University in 2001. 2005-08 he was part of ‘The Viewing Club’ a European painting group that put on exhibitions predominantly in London and Berlin but also featuring other European cities. Recent exhibitions include Lucent Umbra Paintings at JGM Gallery 2017 and One Thousand Years at TM Lighting Gallery 2018, both significant solo representations, in addition he has been artist in Residence at Paris’s Gare du Nord, Eurostar Business Premier Lounge where his work was on display for the duration of 2018.

Juan Bolivar (b. 1966 Caracas, Venezuela)

Bolivar Graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2003 receiving the Warden’s Prize. He has received a Pollock-Krasner Award twice (2000, 2009). Juan Bolivar’s paintings deal with language, abstraction and formalism. His work is in important collections such as The Government Art Collection, and he has been selected for significant exhibitions such as New British Painting, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton (2003), East international, Norwich School of Art (2007), and more recently in 2015 included in Nanjing Museum’s first international exhibition of contemporary art, where he was a prize winner. He lives and works in London

Bob Gibson (b. 1974 Papunya, Northern Territory)

Bob Gibson Tjungarrayi was born at Papunya,( Northern Territory) in 1974, before moving with his family to Tjukurla in the remote Gibson Desert,  during the time of the homelands movement. The son of renowned artist Mary Gibson, Bob paints his ancestral stories with a raw intensity. His palette of wild hues reveals an unrestrained joy for experimentation, tempered with nostalgia as he recalls his father’s country around Patjarr and his mother’s country of Kulkuta.Bob Gibson currently lives and works in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia.

Henry Skerritt, Art historian and senior curator of Kluge Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia,USA writes. “Gibson’s works are not simply unmediated depictions of country, but integrated and resolved extensions of cultural knowledge.”

Danie Mellor 9b. 1971, Queensland, Australia)

Danie Mellor is today one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Born in Mackay, Queensland in 1971, his Aboriginal family were from the rainforests of Northern Queensland, and his father’s family emigrated from California, coming to Australia in the early 1900s. Mellor has lived in Australia, Scotland, South Africa and England and currently lives and works in Bowral, New South Wales. His twenty first century works unravel connections between his familial cultures and the secrets inherent in Australian history.

In the catalogue to his 10-year survey exhibition Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties atThe University of Queensland Art Museum in 2014, Dr Cambell Gray writes: “Danie Mellor’s work is at once beautiful and a calling to account. Finely crafted, embellished and framed, with images and devices that disarm with humour, narrative and a play on the ‘exotic’, the work nonetheless confronts and confounds our understanding of the past. Mellor tells stories that are neither simple nor complete. Instead, the view is presented with multiple layers that challenge assumptions. Stories collide and metaphors reach further than expected.”

A Private View of ‘Satellite’ will take place at TM Lighting Gallery from 6.30pm – 8.30pm Wednesday 13th February 2019. This exhibition at TM Lighting Gallery is in association with

 

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Image: Danie Mellor ‘Creek View’, 2018, Diasec Mounted Photograph, 120x145cm edition of 3

Exhibition dates: 18th January – 15th March 2019.

Exhibition open hours: weekdays 10am – 5pm, by prior appointment.

Private View, 13th February 6.30-8.30pm. RSVP Press@tmlighting.com

Exhibition address and contact: TM Lighting Gallery, 7 Cubitt Street, London, WC1X 0HF | www.tmlighting.com | info@tmlighting.com | t: +44 (0)207 278 1600

 

For further information about the artists exhibiting in ‘Satellite’, images, and sales enquiries, please contact JGM Gallery: info@jgmgallery.co.uk

For more information about JGM Gallery: www.jgmgallery.co.uk

 

For more information about London Art Fair visit www.londonartfair.co.uk/

 

TM Lighting is pleased to support artists through hosting annual exhibitions and providing complimentary exhibition space for artists, and gallery collaborations. Exhibitions in the TM Lighting gallery are lit by the GalleryOneFifity (G150) LED spotlights. As with TM Lighting’s full range of LED luminaires the G150 uses high CRI 95+ colour rendition LED’s.

For further information please contact: marketing@tmlighting.com

 

About JGM Gallery

JGM Gallery is an exhibition platform for enriching contemporary art. The gallery was established in 2017 by owner and director, Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi, following her successful years as a private dealer trading as JGM Art., established as the most distinguished source of contemporary Australian Indigenous art in the United Kingdom.

JGM Art’s agenda is to create greater awareness of significant contemporary Australian Aboriginal art, both in the UK and internationally.

Today, JGM Gallery presents art from indigenous Australian artists alongside contemporary British and International artists in an exciting annual exhibition program.

About TM Lighting:

 

TM Lighting is the UK’s leading art lighting specialist, manufacturing exceptional high colour rendition LED picture lights and luminaires for the art market. With a shared passion and appreciation for art, Founding Directors Andrew Molyneux and Harry Triggs established TM Lighting in 2012. The company mission is to transform international art collections with light, and to educate collectors about the advances in lighting technology. TM Lighting’s award-winning lighting products bring art to life within private residences, stately homes, galleries and institutions, with commissions for high-end contemporary spaces.

03

Dec
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

TM Lighting provide art lighting for Damien Hirst artworks at the new Brasserie of Light

On 03, Dec 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

26th November 2018

Brasserie of Light – a new destination restaurant and bar from Caprice Holdings

“It is about light, make-believe and dreams. Dreams in this restaurant will come true!” (Richard Caring, Caprice Holdings).

Contemporary, artistic and elegant, Brasserie of Light is a new destination restaurant and bar offering all day dining in a chic, Art Deco space set within Selfridges department store, London.

The centrepiece of the restaurant is a 24ft crystal encrusted Pegasus statue created especially by Damien Hirst, his largest scale artwork in London. The sculpture is set in a spectacular interior design from Martin Brudnizki, which features bold, colourful and light filled interiors, with an impressive central bar and private dining room. Diners enter the double-height restaurant via an exclusive entrance on Duke Street.

TM Lighting worked hand in hand with Hirst, Pangolin and We Make It Happen to provide specialist LED art lighting to highlight Hirst’s new work within the destination restaurant.

 

TM Lighting selected their GALLERYONEFIFTY LED spotlights and designed a custom mounting stanchion to integrate seamlessly into David Chipperfield’s monumental Duke Street glass façade.  The G150’s illuminate the gigantic crystal and diamond dust encrusted Pegasus statue by Damien Hirst. The spotlights were custom finished to match seamlessly with the interiors and architecture of the space.

 

The GALLERYONEFIFTY (G150) is a high-performance track mounted art light specially developed for high ceiling spaces typical in galleries, museums and contemporary spaces. The G150 utilises high CRI 95+ full colour rendition LED’s to ensure true colour accuracy and bring art to life.

 

TM Lighting’s RIVOFORTY (R40) LED accent lights were also used to illuminate smaller crystal Pegasus editions that adorn the mirrored columns in the bar. TM’s RIVO Forty was selected for its combination of classical design features, antique finish and high colour rendition LEDs, echoing the chic style of the new art-deco brasserie.

 

Brasserie of Light officially opened on 26th November 2018.

 

Find out more and book here

 

Brasserie of Light

Duke Street Entrance

Selfridges

400 Oxford Street

W1A 1AB

 

Images Courtesy Caprice Holdings, Photography, @wonderhatch

26

Oct
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

TM Picture Lights at The Foundling Museum

On 26, Oct 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

The elegant The Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, London tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. The Museum is responsible for the care and maintenance of two collections – the Foundling Hospital Collection and the Foundling Museum Collection, which includes the Gerald Coke Handel Collection. These encompasses everyday objects used in the Foundling Hospital; books, documents and records, musical scores and librettos, photographs and oral history recordings, as well as significant works of art, clocks, furniture and interiors many of which were created especially for the Hospital and donated by their makers.

Their current milestone exhibition Ladies of Quality & Distinction celebrates the important history of the women who founded the hospital.

TM Lighting is proud to have been commissioned to install high colour rendition LED Classic Picture Lights to illuminate the art collection at the Foundling Museum.

For more informati0n about The Foundling Museum visit their website.

 

Image courtesy Foundling Museum, 2018 © Peter Mallet Photography.

05

Oct
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

Ralph Anderson, One Thousand Years, Exhibition at TM Lighting Gallery

On 05, Oct 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

TM Lighting Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition by British contemporary artist Ralph Anderson from 18th October – 21st December 2018. The exhibition will showcase Anderson’s bold abstract paintings including a large-scale, three panel triptych The Dog of Flanders, based on the Rubens altarpiece Descent from the Cross, in addition to a new multi-panel work Epicurus’ Interplanetary Conservatory which brings a more recognisably representational aspect to Anderson’s exploration of colour and gestural mark making. Additionally, examples of Anderson’s drawings and works on paper will compliment the larger aluminium and plywood pieces.

The exhibition One Thousand Years includes work from Anderson’s Lucent Umbra series, meaning ‘glowing’ or ‘shining’ shadow, referring to the technique he employs to give each work the illusion of a backlit glow and coloured shadow. This enhancement of the pared back and cut out paintings, that hang as floating reliefs, bring the surrounding walls of the gallery into play with the artwork, acting as temporal backgrounds for each image and erasing the definitive, framed edge of the painting. The resulting works hover between illusion and physical reality, investigating gesture and form whilst also playing with the notions of representation and non-representation in art.

TM Lighting, art lighting specialists, will collaborate with Anderson to illuminate the paintings showcasing their recently launched G150 high colour rendition LED spotlights to further enhance the luminosity of the neon reflective paint, investigating light, colour and shadow to reveal the three-dimensional qualities of the works within the gallery.

Private View: 6.30pm – 8.30pm 17th October 2018.

RSVP

The exhibition will be lit by TM Lighting.

Read more about Ralph Anderson

Exhibition in association with

 

08

Oct
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

Artist Focus – Molly Brocklehurst

On 08, Oct 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

October 2018 – Made In Arts London 2018 Collection Exhibition at TM Lighting Gallery

TM Lighting has collaborated with University of the Arts London’s Made in Arts London to present the ‘MiAL 2018 Collection’, showcasing art and design from UAL students. During the exhibition TM Lighting will provide an artist Q&A to find out a bit more about the artist and their work at this stage in their career.

Artist Interview: Molly Brocklehurst

  • UAL College: Wimbledon College of Art
  • Course: MFA
  • Graduation Year: 2019

 

Q. Please tell us a bit about your artwork/design in the exhibition, what was the inspiration behind your work? 

A. ‘Intrusion’ is inspired from a photo collage that I made from a collection of photographs found in a flea market in London. It is about nostalgia wearing a distinctly utopian face. Using paint to create figurative reconstructions of imagery, I am covering themes that relate to our distorted memories of a nostalgic past.

 

Q. How did you develop your process?

A. My practice emerges from the fascination of found photography. I have a huge on going collection of photographs that I find in flea markets and antique shops across England. I am drawn to the ambiguity of the people in the photos, each begging a fiction, which will become a painting.

My work addresses ideas of time and the diminishing realties of existence. Each of my paintings reincarnate past experience, memories that have been lost and forgotten. By reconstructing images through painting, I want the familiar to seem unfamiliar. I want to attempt to trigger a feeling of memory within the viewer by using old evocative imagery to cross the boundary between nostalgia and the anticipation of the unknown. The paintings become strange fictions that blur the boundary between document and storytelling.

 

Q. Which artists do you admire and why?

A. I am a huge fan of Peter Doig’s work. It is completely absorbing and dream-like. I have also recently become really interested in the work of Adam Dix who was also a student at Wimbledon College of Art and Justin Mortimer.

 

Q. What are you currently working on, or what is next?

I am currently working on some site-specific work for an exhibition coming up in November at the Crypt, St Pancras. The exhibition is called ‘Who Will Provide’. Due to the nature of the space, I am trying something completely different on wood with resin and paint. It’s putting me completely out of my comfort zone, which is exciting!

 

Q. How does it feel to be selected for MiAL Collection 2018, what’s been the highlight?

A. I am very happy to be selected for MIAL Collection 2018. It was a highlight to be a part of their exhibition at the TM Lighting Gallery and I’m excited to see what other opportunities lay ahead.

Please list any awards that you have either won or have been/are currently shortlisted for.

Aon Community Art Awards 2016, Dentons Art Prize 2018 (shortlisted), East Street Arts 2016, Vice Chancellor’s Post Graduate Scholarship 2017

 

Further information:

Image top: Kids and Balloons Oil on canvas, Original, 90 x 90 cm

Image bottom: Intrusion. Oil on canvas, Original, 180 x 130 cm

Website – www.mollybrocklehurst.com

Instagram – @mollybrocklehurstart

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/mollybrocklehurstart

08

Oct
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

Artist Focus: Ágnes Virág Móricz

On 08, Oct 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

October 2018 – Made In Arts London 2018 Collection Exhibition at TM Lighting Gallery

TM Lighting has collaborated with University of the Arts London’s Made in Arts London to present the ‘MiAL 2018 Collection’, showcasing art and design from UAL students. During the exhibition TM Lighting will provide an artist Q&A to find out a bit more about the artist and their work at this stage in their career.

 

Artist Interview: Ágnes Virág Móricz

  • UAL College: London College of Fashion
  • Course: BA Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation
  • Graduation Year: 2021

 

Q. Please tell us bit about your artwork/design in the exhibition, what was the inspiration behind your work? 

 

The painting that I currently have in your gallery is called “Company” however, the girl on the painting is alone. Whenever I paint I tend to use fast strokes, expressive motions and sort of channel my inner emotions through the media I am using. Some people say that they can see a cat right under her arm however I did not intend to paint this but regardless I let them see what they want to see as I want people to experience whatever emotion comes to them naturally instead of forcing them to feel something. My inspiration usually comes from my day to day life, but I like to think that only the viewer’s perspective can make this piece unique. I would recommend anyone to accompany my piece with a nice glass of wine, some time to spare and open thoughts.

Q. How did you develop your process?

 

I have been a self-taught artist since a young age. I know it is cliché however in my country arts education has always been a sort of luxury since we are only given a tiny amount of time to create as their focus in art education is history. However, I tried to get as much as I could by signing up to extra classes and life drawing sessions. I always enjoyed competitions, so I had to learn how to get better at classical art and anatomy etc. My current style only started to develop two years ago, and it is still in an early development phase. I used painting as a form of meditation where I am alone with the paper/canvas and I can express how I feel without saying a word. I like to make things with my hands especially when I am alone. I find my process intimate and personal. For me art, is not how expensive the canvas or the paint is. It’s about what I want to say with it.

Q. Which artists do you admire and why?

 

I admire Egon Schiele as an artist however I don’t admire his private life. His artistic talent is unmatched. I find his style amazing and way ahead of his time. It has all the emotions, the colours and themes that I find so inspiring. He will always be someone to visit in a gallery or museum since it evokes emotions and thoughts a person can only try to understand.

 

Q. What are you currently working on, or what is next?

 

I am currently working on a new painting; however, illustration is easier for me since it doesn’t need as much resources. I will be exhibited in Glasgow (and hopefully other locations) as a part of Cass Art Drawfashion competition’s finalist. I am still looking for collaborations projects and places to exhibit my other paintings however as a new artist I am struggling with that at the moment. I will try to set up my own business in the beginning of next year since as a Bags and Accessories student this would be my actual field of study.

 

How does it feel to be selected for MiAL Collection 2018, what’s been the highlight?

It is really flattering to be chosen since this is my first exhibition! I would like to participate as much as I can since I find it amazing that they create a platform for the students. The collaboration with TM Lighting is a fantastic opportunity not just for a starting out student but for any artist. I loved the private view opening and I am looking forward to the personal development days this weekend!

 

 

Image top: From Eden, Acrylic on Canvas, Original 100 x 70 cm

Image bottom: Company, Acrylic on Canvas, Original, 50 x 40 cm

 

More information: 

 

@fatsoulneeds –  illustration Instagram

@bareminimummag – Issue 2 Article Illustartion

27

Sep
2018

In News

By TM Lighting

Artist Focus – Sebastian Chaumeton

On 27, Sep 2018 | In News | By TM Lighting

September 2018 – Made In Arts London 2018 Collection Exhibition at TM Lighting Gallery

TM Lighting has collaborated with University of the Arts London’s Made in Arts London to present the ‘MiAL 2018 Collection’, showcasing art and design from UAL students. During the exhibition TM Lighting will provide an artist Q&A to find out a bit more about the artist and their work at this stage in their career.

 

Artist Interview: Sebastian Chaumeton

  • UAL College: Chelsea
  • Course: BA Fine Art
  • Graduation Year: 2019

Please give an explanation of the ideas/themes behind the works that you are showcasing with MiAL, and at TM Lighting Gallery.

I treat my paintings like sketches for my sculptures. I like to think of it as mentally throwing up on the canvas so that I can pick out the juicy bits and work out what’s really on my mind. Recently I’ve been more interested in relinquishing responsibility for the characters I create within my artwork, allowing the public/ viewers to suggest what I paint. Through large-scale murals and paintings I isolate interesting aesthetical/ political/ social elements to digest further in other mediums. To me this is the art that excites me. To give life to ideas based within these conglomerates of characters and evolve them from these shared spaces. Because of this collaborative process, themes vary from pop culture and politics to the mundane and magical.

What were your inspirations behind the pieces that are being shown with MiAL?

These particular pieces have the same concept as mentioned before however the imagery comes from a more personal space. Conscience and Subconscious thoughts and feelings co exist on the same canvas. I enjoy referencing not only pop culture but also art historical works. I like to flip the concepts of a well-known artists work against their aesthetical value for a humorous re imagining of the paintings. The artwork within the exhibition (Mellow Mouse & Friends) was an exploration of line and character. I wanted to distort the well know Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto through my lens into a flat two dimensional image. The lines blur together just as the ideas around copyright do within this heavily saturated image based world.

 

Who are specific artists or practitioners who you feel have had some influence on your work?

Keith Haring is a huge influence not only in his aesthetic but his philosophies around art. Not only on an aesthetical level but also in a philosophical sense of what art can be. Art that your 3 year old niece, grandpa and everyone in between can enjoy.

Paula Rego’s fairytale like pastel pictures have also inspired me in their stark contrast of childish imagery and dark subject matter. David Hockney, Kaws, Philip Guston, Jordon Wolfson and Laura Ford are just a few who also inspire me.

 

What do you hope your audience will take away from your work?

A smile

 

What inspires you particularly about the medium you currently work in?

From my paintings I primarily sculpt characters of interest in ceramics. I love working in clay not only for its freeing, hands-on messy aspects but also for its rewarding finish. Ceramic sculptures don’t just produce value from their desirable finish but also in their ability to solidify the value of time and effort. When fired the once playfully soft, manipulative clay becomes still, containing ones ideas and energy in a single moment.

 

How did you develop your process?

“Doodling” has always been a habit for me and it’s taken me a while to fully accept and appreciate it in its own right as art. I see the paintings as me mentally throwing up on the canvas to pick at the juicy bits. The large scale public murals are what’s most recent with this style. I’ve had a lot of fun relinquishing the responsibility of the context in my work and allowing the public to influence the imagery within a performative setting.

 

How does it feel to be selected for MiAL Collection 2018 exhibition at the TM Lighting Gallery, what’s been the highlight?

It feels amazing! I’m so grateful for the mural opportunities they have given me! You’ll be seeing a lot more around London in the not too distant future.

 

What are you currently working on, or what is next?

What’s next is realising some characters within these shared spaces in three dimensional mediums. Primarily I’ll be working in ceramics with a twist…

 

Images:

top: Artist pictured in front of mural outside TM Lighting Gallery, created for the MiAL 2018 exhibition.

left: Mellow Mouse and Friends, Acrylic on Canvas Original 60 x 80 cm (unframed) £80.00

right, Bubblegum, Acrylic on Canvas, Original 100 x 152 cm (unframed) £400.00

Find out more and buy work by Seb here

 

Social media:

Instagram: @scartwurk

Youtube: Sebastian Chaumeton