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Finding the Goddess by Rachel Bailey – 8 February to 4 March 2018

Rachel Bailey is an East London artist working mainly in textiles. In 2003, Rachel began to make textile structures, often decorated with quotes from literature. Objects are made by hand, stitch and stitch, working with CAD patterns or as improvised patchworks. The texture, weight and contingency of the materials are important. Fabric objects have the capacity to surprise – they stretch, sag and fold. They are what you planned, but different.

Although Rachel’s work is often of a personal nature it is informed by extensive reading of fiction, myth and fairy tale. She is interested in uncovering the archetypes and mythic plot structures as they emerge in individual lives. We are all shaped by stories and myths, and perhaps fail to notice the fictional characters that are part of us.

Private view: Thursday 8 February, 18:00 to 20:30

Artist talk: Saturday 3 March, 14:00 to 15:00


Treasures of the Deep by Gary Scholes – 11 January to 4 February

Treasures of the Deep is an exhibition of recent paintings by Gary Scholes that explores the symbolism of the creative imagination. Using the iconography of modern warfare, dream symbolism and referencing images from the popular culture of his youth, Gary’s aim is to illustrate the landscape of his own subconscious with a view to capturing and analysing those fleeting visual moments and hallucinations. Inspired by children’s illustrated books and comics, military training manuals, aerial photographs, maps and printed ephemera.

Gary has taken visual elements from these sources and combined them with his sketchbook doodles and fantasy drawings to produce a series of engaging, thought-provoking imaginary landscapes painted in a way that reflects the exploration of ideas and the obsessive, passionate energy found in his sketchbooks.

The intention of this exhibition of new work is to show how, through drawing and painting, hidden meanings can be revealed and how that act of discovery contributes to positive mental well-being.

‘Whenever I enter a field or walk down a quiet country lane I am in awe of nature and the beauty of the English landscape. But, if I linger too long, the view before me slowly changes. I see figures in the bushes, shapes in the ground and the sky filling with flying objects. Images from my subconscious invade the scene. My mind becomes overexcited and I am no longer at peace…I am at war.’

Private view: Friday 12 January, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Artist talk: Sunday 14 January, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Red is Beautiful by Miyuki Kasahara – 1 December 2017 to 7 January 2018

Scientists predict that nearly every seabird (99%) would have eaten plastic by 2050 because of marine pollution. Global production of plastic stands at over 288 million tonnes per year, of which, 10% ends up in the ocean. Litter gets swept into drains, and then goes into rivers, and ends up in the sea.

At a previous exhibition the artist created a site-specific installation that depicted a flock of red-coloured birds flying over the ocean. The red colour was chosen because they were on the UK’s red-listed, most threatened with extinction. ‘Red is beautiful’, a Russian told the artist as the word ‘red’ in Russian, krasnyj is related to the word krasivyj or beautiful. If our actions make these birds extinct, it will not be beautiful. In Japanese, the word ‘red’ represents clarity, non-existence and truth.

Miyuki Kasahara is a Japanese artist based in East London. Her research examines the factors affecting the global environment, including that arising from politics and societal change.

Private view: Thursday 30 November, 18.00 to 20.30

Artist talk: Saturday 6 January, 14.00 to 15.00

Landscape by Emma Turpin and Duncan Pickstock – 2 to 26 November 2017

Both Turpin’s and Pickstock’s work reference the light, colours and forms that appear in the landscape. Their work is not illustrative or representational but takes its starting point from the natural world.

In recent years, Turpin has been exploring the notion of shelter in landscape. There are structures hidden in forests, and there are others that have almost become part of the landscape with trees bursting from inside them. In other works we see nothing built or man-made but rather shelter suggested by an area of light emerging through a tangle of branches. Turpin uses these familiar natural forms to try and find a harmonious resolution between colour and form.

Pickstock’s paintings appear to be landscapes; there is a horizon and there is sky. There are often bands of colour that suggest early morning or even later in the day as the sun goes down. Often there are flashes of colour that look slightly out of place and that might be comets or shooting stars or even debris as the titles often suggest. Size is difficult to gauge, there’s no scale as such. The luminous strokes falling down from the sky might be gigantic and will surely destroy whatever is on the ground. While the paintings are beautiful, there is a sense of malevolence and anxiety just below the surface. 

Private view: Sunday 5 November, 12:00 – 14:00


ADRIFT: Back to basics by Paolo Boccacci – 5 to 29 October 2017

ADRIFT investigates the call of our primeval instinct by bringing together many disciplines: spontaneous architecture, sculpture, drawing, photography, environmental sociology and sustainability.

The installation queries the reactive nature of human beings in response to natural events in a non-life-threatening scenario where art (rather than survival) becomes a basic instinct.

The exhibition “narrates” a story of how an exceptional flood of the river Ombrone on the coast of Maremma (Southern Tuscany, Italy) in August 2015 inspired the locals to make three dimensional structures along 12 kilometres of coastline by using the timbers transported by the flood and discharged into the sea.

The material collected, sketched and photographed during that summer is what Paolo is displaying in the exhibition. His photographs record the process of building, the output of this activity and the demolition process. For this project Paolo found his inspiration in the black and white photographic work of German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher.

Paolo Boccacci is an Italian artist based in London –

Soundscape: Panta Rei – Passing Through Basic by Emanuela Martignetti

Artist’s talk Sunday 8th October 2017 2 – 3pm

Unfinished street magic by Anna Jung Seo: 7 September to 1 October 2017

‘Unfinished Street Magic’ features a body of works Anna Jung Seo made 2016-17 in Turps Studio. These paintings focus on the glimpsed, intimate moments between people whom the artist comes across in her daily life, especially around in a street market near her studio in south London. As a Korean artist in London, ‘dislocation’ has been her main interest along with psychological and emotional distance within people and geographical and physical distance between places and people.

Anna’s paintings developed out of an interest in the intimate moments of people, which unveil the different layers of human relationships.

“As a restless storyteller, I am fascinated by the way in which emotions and vulnerability of life can be dramatised into intimate or even awkward moments” Anna says.

This body of works is based upon the short memory following quick observations – sometimes repetitive – through daily encounters. Intrigued by scenes around herself, the artist conveys the vulnerability of these individuals by capturing the intense moments within small-scale paintings. In her practice, immediacy and uncontrolled moments prevail rather than planned process or detachment. On top of these stories, the layering of her narrative embeds and leads one narrative to another from the viewers’ perspective. These small moments are, though ephemeral, strong enough to show the fragmented truth of life.

Anna is a Korean born artist based in London. ‘Unfinished Street Magic’ is her first solo show after completing Turps Painters Studio Programme 2015/17. The artist participated into numerous shows in U.K and France – Florence Trust Summer show with ‘1000 faces from the Korean War’; Sluice Art Fair; collaboration with dancers from LCDS. Although her painting career evolved clearly from her fine art study in City &Guilds of London Art School (2008-2011), her previous study in French Literature(1983- 1999) has richly nourished her visual practice.

  • Private view: Thursday 7 September, 18:30 – 20:00
  • Artist talk: Saturday 9 September, 14:00 – 15:00

Pictures from Alleland by Boris Born: 27 July to 13 August 2017

Alleland: ‘Alle’ generally translates into ‘all-‘ and ‘everyone’ but also into: ’empty’, ‘used-up-‘ or ‘ burnt out-‘. ‘Land’ translates into ‘country’ or ‘land’. Boris Born’s paintings are abstraction, relating to both nature and the use of materials. He incorporates “found materials” along with the use of various types of paint.

This series was created after a winter of depression and a trip to the sea side (Suffolk), where Born was fascinated by the contrasts between the various browns and blacks of rotten plants, the differently coloured brown rock and sand layered cliffs, the greys of the sand, the low-hanging dark grey sky, the thick clouds, the troubled sea and the atmosphere this scenario created.

Born returned to his London studio with a pile of sketches and worked with a variety of materials: emulsion, varnish, pigments, pastels, India ink, pencils using small roof tiles or small pieces of timber boards as a basis. The result are rather intense, gloomy and expressive paintings. They are abstract but in the widest sense ‘landscapy’– depicting a second nature or different planet.

In the series Pictures from Alleland Born continues to work with the topic but slightly changes the range of materials. He uses small canvases and cutouts from papers, wallpapers and newspapers as basis and a wide variety of pigments, varnish, acrylic, asphalt, pastels and pencils. The paintings appear like negative prints of an abstract and irritating world.

Alleland is where the end is over and another end has begun, where everything falls, where nothing can be understood, where there is no landscape and no life anymore or something that can be understood as such. In Alleland, all perspective is flat, spatiality is evaporated. Materiality is negative, reduced to ‘trappings’. Alleland is burnt out, burnt down, dried up, hard and grim. Scratched, bruised, torn, muddy, chipped and decayed. Alleland is a prophecy.

Born is a German born artist based in London. He started his artistic career in the beginning of the 1980s in Hanover, Germany, where he worked as an assistant and practitioner in an art studio. After graduating from the Free University of West Berlin, where he completed an MA in Philosophy and German Literature, he focused on his art. He co-founded the artist group Der Riss “the Rip” and exhibited in many group and solo shows across the UK and Germany. He has also travelled and shown in Russia; both Moscow and St Petersburg. From 2005 – 2010 he was artist in residence at Bishopsgate Institute (London), with two solo shows and a five year continuous exhibition in the concert hall.

Boris Born


In what way was I unique? by Sebastian Muscio: 29 June to 23 July 2017

Sebastian Muscio is concerned with the idea of originality and has developed a personal method of working, in which he re-considers the use of traditional ‘hierarchical’ composition. Sebastian explores repetition and accumulation as forms of composition and uses mechanical means to produce work, such as the use of patterns or grids, shielding off areas, and layering.
For this exhibition the artist has continued using traditional painting media such as oils and acrylics, applying multiple layers of thin paint to create patterns against a plain colour background. Each layer consists of hand-drawn, random geometrical figures in a process that is repeated gradually, with some  layers re-painted several times and others only once.
Sebastian was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied art in Argentina, and at the atelier of the artist Pablo Siquier in Buenos Aires, and now lives and works in London.
Private view: Friday 30 June, 18:30 – 20:00
Ravel Sebastian Muscio small