We have been invited to organise the first exhibition at the new Basement Gallery in the basement of The Lomography Gallery East London. The Basement Gallery will welcome a selection of the capitol’s most interesting, innovative and exciting artists, illustrators and craftspeople who work in a predominantly analogue manner. Those who work within mediums that involved a hand-worked-element. Hand crafted, hand draw, painted, pulled, screened, lino cut, photographed, paper cut...
The seven artists exhibiting are:
Bob London is an artist and illustrator living and working in London. He has exhibited his work in numerous group shows worldwide and recent commercial clients include Volkswagen and Der Spiegel. He illustrates Le Monde's 'Est-ce bien raisonnable...' column every week.
Cat Johnston comes from a very small village in Somerset. She studied animation in Wales and then moved to London to work as an illustrator and model maker. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Concrete Hermit (for which she constructed dioramas of an imaginary war) and a show at Centrespace in Bristol (where she invented and built a series of gods). Her work has also been exhibited in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Dublin. Previous illustration clients include the Financial Times, Levis, Fenchurch and Vice magazine.
David Gibbons/ Babycrow
London based Babycrow is David Gibbons, an illustrator who specialises in drawing with a brush and ink, taking inspiration from
Japanese art, contemporary culture and comics. He strives to express a lot of energy in his drawings with detailed, inky black line work but also achieves a warm, organic tone to his colouring and a flair for bold composition that makes it a versatile and approachable style. Babycrow often works with various print methods such as Screen Print and Gocco.
“Visually striking, there’s a twisted sense of fun – along with what can only be described as a ridiculous sense of menace – in the work of Ian Stevenson. It feels like Ian's drawn universe existed long before he did, he is reporting back the things he sees, so we don't have to go there.”
“My collages work to a basic rule of sourcing just two or three images...I then present them as a reinvented single image to communicate a new message or idea. I started making these simple handmade collages as a sort of Luddite reaction to working on computers for years. I like the limitations of collage...using found imagery and a pair of scissors, there are no Photoshop options to resize, adjust colours or undo. I suppose I'm fairly anti-technology although I now promote my art on websites, own an iPhone and use Facebook...I wish I had been born 100 years ago”
John C. Thurbin
Graduating from Middlesex University last year, Illustrator John C Thurbin spends the majority of his time indulging in his love for the intaglio print method of 'Linocut'. John explains that his passion for linocut is due to his obsession with creating detailed images, whilst still obtaining a certain boldness. Linocut appeals to me because it is a very old print method that not many people are taking advantage of anymore, quite possibly due to the 'quick turnaround' nature that illustration seems to have adopted nowadays. This appeals to me more however, and fuels my passion to strive to be one of the best Lino artists in its rather small community.
Sarah Maycock is a twenty three year old illustrator who graduated from Kingston University in the summer of 2011. Having been chosen as one of twelve promising graduates of 2011 by It's Nice That and Represent, in the last six months she has worked for clients such as Imogen Heap/Sony Music, The Times/Eureka Magazine, Random House, Jamie Oliver Magazine, JWT, ustwo/Granimator, It's Nice That and Nobrow. Her work has been featured in the Saatchi Art & Music Magazine, Creative Review and Arts Thread Magazine and in March 2012, she showed work at Somerset House as part of, 'Pick Me Up'. She currently lives and works in Hasting and has a solo show at the end of June at Poke London.
The Basement Gallery
117 Commercial Street
Mon – Sun 10 – 7pm
Thurs – 10 – 9pm
Thursday 5th July until Thursday 16th August