‘Women’ is the recent work by Leytonstone painter Derek Marks. Derek was born in East London where he lives and works as an artist and lecturer. He studied fine art at Goldsmiths College of Art and has exhibited worldwide.
These works in oil, often shimmering and intoxicatingly bright, sometimes darker and more grounded, seem to capture women’s everyday movement, gestures and inclinations. Far from being exploitative or voyeuristic, the images are warm and genuine observations. Working directly from his own numerous sketches and drawings, Derek captures the contrasting effort and ease of women cycling (‘Woman on a Bike’ I,II and III) and the exact geometry of a the mother and buggy (‘Blue Push’) or the hunch of shoulders in the cold (‘Snow’).
These works demonstrate Derek’s devotion to scholarship in painting, constantly recognised and noted in reviews of his work. Rebecca Bergese, friend and artist, comments that these works are ‘joyful traces of the best kind of research, research into the living of life.’
There will be a private viewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday 28 November.
Sarah Carpenter’s photographic work draws upon her mixed feelings of London and those of a group of female dancers.
This photographic collection draws upon Sarah Carpenter’s mixed feelings of London (living, working and studying here) and those of a group of female dancers starting out on a similar journey. For a supposedly liberal city, nudity remains shocking. Through this work Carpenter intends to show a ‘naked truth’ whilst advertising the beauty and creativity of the city.
The work specifically references the portrayal of women as nudes within classical painting, juxtaposed within modern environments highlighting the diversity of London as both a traditional and modern city. It is strongly influenced by dance, as a visual form of communication.
The private view is on Thursday 3 October from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
A live dance piece inspired by Sarah’s collection of work will be performed in Leytonstone library hall on Sunday 6 October at 1:30pm, 2:00pm and 2:30pm.
Leytonstone artist Rupert Whale is currently showing his most recent works at the gallery. His solo show runs from 12 to 29 September 2013.
Rupert was brought up near Blackpool on the north west coast of England He remembers with affection the light and the flat, bleak windswept landscapes of the Fylde area. “The salt atmosphere eroded and rusted objects, cars and buildings were all vulnerable, succumbing to a bleached and disfigured patina. In winter windblown debris was replaced by summer crowds looking for a place on the broad sands and fun on the Pleasure Beach. At night neon flickered, accompanied by music of the slot machines”. This awareness of constant erosion and impermanence translate into his paintings as areas of deliberate incompletion. He is drawn to the discarded and the incidental, scrapyards and empty public spaces. After attending art college in Devon, Rupert worked in the Northcott theatre, Exeter as a scene painter. He later trained as a teacher and taught in London secondary state schools for thirty years.
Discussing the many contemporary influences on his work he includes the New Leipzig School and Nick Goss. He is also aware of that long tradition of artists represented in the National Gallery, and the likes of Auerbach, Leon Kossof, Bomberg, De Kooning, Sickert, Degas and Daumier. He says he owes much of the evolution of his style to the advice of Wynn Jones at Kingsgate studios in West Hampstead and Chris Hough and Tony Hull at the City Lit. in Holborn.
Now retired from teaching he is able to devote his time to painting and continues to experiment, playing with content as much as enjoying discovering what the paint can do.
His paintings of objects and places, both familiar and strange, reflect these tensions.
The private view is Thursday 12 September from 6:30 to 8:30.
Leytonstone artist Mark Allnutt opens a month long show of his MACRO/MICRO drawings at the Stone Space.
Unlike many of the artists of the past, Mark’s inspiration derives, not from Nature, but from its antithesis, the Metropolis. As a student in the 1990s, Mark had been reluctant to visit New York, but once there, he underwent a conversion and the city, particularly when viewed from the Empire State Building or World Trade Center became a revelation and an inspiration.
The drawings, on paper and board are not maps, but are intended to evoke the atmosphere and experience of seeing them, instead of reading them. Rather than particular geographic features being represented, the complexity of the relationships of the component units -people, buildings, vehicles, vegetation is conveyed. Taken individually, each is meaningless. Only when connected with the others does coherence emerge and the whole work becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
MACRO/MICRO is open from Thursday 1 to Sunday 25 August 2013.
The private view is on Thursday 1 August from 6:30 to 8:30.
Leytonstone’s own Arts Trail is in its 6th year bringing an extraordinary range of visual arts to the area.
The Stone Space features three dimensional, sculpural works. A piece by inspirational local artist Frances Bowman imagines a ‘Sightless dream’. Alison Bray shows her versatility with sculptural masks on show at the gallery and her ‘Dear Leytonstone’ street photographs on show in the High Road at Mario’s barber shop window. Clare Roels and Jeane Hill share a love of bicycle parts of which you get an introduction at the Stone Space with more on show in ‘Cyclesculptures’ at the Just Fires showroom. The Stone Space is pleased to show Lucy Namayanja’s ‘The birth of the World without borders’ (pictured) that captures Lucy’s spiritual sense of home but reflects her wider travels. Lucy’s work has been exhibited widely throughout London and she will have a show of her remarkable digital photography and sculptural works at the Ugandan Embassy later in July.
The Leytonstone Arts Trail runs from 6 -14 July 2013. Pick up a trail guide at the Stone Space and enjoy the works in shops and cafes, studios and in the streets. Workshops suitable for all ages and abilities take place on both weekends of the Trail in Leytonstone Library hall above the gallery.
The exhibition at the gallery will be open for a longer period, from 4 July until 28 July 2013.
The Long Memory is the first collaboration between three East London artists whose work spans painting, photography, animation, sculpture and installation. The three who all grew up outside the capital gravitated towards London after finishing college. They draw on the city’s history and changing landscapes to produce work that reflects its many shifting moods and facets, intertwining past and present.
Benjamin Fox has used objects found on the shoreline of the Thames from the East towards the estuary – fragments of pottery, bones, glass, driftwood – to produce detailed and complex pieces that fuse history with the present. “My antecedents were immigrants who first settled in the East End and others were Thames lighter men. I feel that my work draws on that sense of continuity and belonging” he says.
Richard King, photographer and sculptor, finds inspiration in the everyday detritus that is thrown up in the urban landscape and using wood, paper and vinyl fashions them into intricate and ambiguous shapes and sculptures. His work is influenced by the surrealists and abstract expressionist such as Philip Guston and Franz West. “I like to dislocate the items I find from their natural context and create some sense of the uncanny”.
James Self ’s bold paintings depict desolate urban landscapes and the estuary and marshlands of the Thames with their evocations of past industries, conflicts and change. “My work is influenced by British artists such as Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious, and also by the landscapes and skies of rural Suffolk where I grew up”.
When planning The Long Memory the three artists walked along the lower reaches of the Thames and drawn together by the territory that inspires them they intend to continue their collaboration in future projects.
The Long Memory is open until Sunday 30 June 2013.
For more about the artists go to:
Painting, sculpture, photography and animation by three East London artists.
‘The Long Memory’ is an exhibition of responses to an ever-changing habitat, gleaned from urban wanderings and perambulations.
With a shared interest in the history and development of London and its environs, artists Benjamin Fox, Richard King and James Self seek to invoke the metropolis’s past lives, while engaging with its modern manifestation.
The private view is Thursday 13 June from 6:30 to 9:30.
The afternoon of creative monster workshops and talks starts at 12.00 on 8 June with UK Garrison Storm Troopers , wookies and other Star Wars inspired characters invading the Stone Space gallery and Church Lane Leytonstone.
The excitement then moves inside to the Library hall for workshops led by animators and artists and talks by experts in the field. Children and adults will be able to join in making monsters and be able to see Storm Troopers and wookies close up.
The talks and discussions will be:
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Star Walls is an exhibition of artwork curated by Elliott Ashton and inspired by the ‘Star Wars’ universe, in honour of Stuart Freeborn, the head special effects make-up artist of Star Wars who was born in Leytonstone. Artists taking part in the exhibition include Sarah Carpenter, Cristabel Christo, Jeff Cox, dARTh, Rupert Greyling, Carne Griffiths and Maria Slovakova.
Accompanying the show are a series of other local events:
For more information have a look at the show’s Facebook page.