Review by Jas Bhachu
I went about my usual preliminary research for any article with a simple google search to find out more about Jordy Kerwick. No website. This made me even more intrigued. I delved in further and came to know he has only been painting for 3 years. Completely mind blown.
There is a maturity and confidence in his body of work that echoes the voice of a seriously accomplished artist that can be admired from afar. Then, after 5 minutes of browsing his Instagram page, which is a mix of work and completely relatable family snaps; it felt like me and his 31K followers want to be his best mate.
This makes it all the more exciting that he is debuting his first solo UK exhibition next month at the Delphian Gallery.
Press release by Delphian Gallery:
Delphian Gallery is proud to present Diary of an Introvert by Jordy Kerwick (b.1982) opening next month in London. An Australian artist with 30,000 extremely dedicated Instagram followers, he is part of a new generation of internationally renowned artists who attribute part of their success to connecting, sharing, and selling online.
Jordy, amazingly, only started painting less than 3 years ago. He has since caught the attention of curators and collectors from around the world, rapidly growing his fanbase and showing in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Cologne, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Brisbane and his hometown of Melbourne among many others. We are therefore extremely excited to announce this, Jordy’s debut UK solo exhibition !
His work draws on the contours of organic forms in domestic settings. Texture and colour inhabit his canvas, often centred on a potted plant. Sometimes traces of human life present themselves in way of an abandoned cigarette or a pile of books, their titles written playfully on their spines almost as if conversing with the viewer. The artist utilises a decisive use of impasto paint in blocks of colour combined with anarchic references to drugs, punk, and the odd romantic poet or philosopher. Kerwick’s paintings go beyond simply beautiful subject matter to reveal deeply personal stories like an inside joke.
Put this one in your diaries, it's not one you will want to miss!
Private view: 6th December 2018, 6pm – 9pm
Show Run: 7th – 16th December 2018
Address: 1 Acorn Parade, Meeting House Lane, London, SE15 2TZ
Opening Times: 10am-8pm
Editor: Christopher George
MIKEY is that talent of a generation, standing alone with no obvious contenders. SO exciting!!
An iconic figure in Berlin’s underground music scene and queer nightlife, MIKEY Woodbridge AKA MIKEY voice fuses the primal power of shamanic ritual with the astral soundscapes of visionary trans/trance pop. Grown from years of live sets, MIKEY’s debut EP ‘Paths’ came out back in August, harnessing the pop format to put forward new ways of being, MIKEY’s music is both food for the speakers on the dance floor and a prophetic map for a generation that is hungry for transformation.
"I chose to film “Love Levitation” in one take & continuous shot as a kind of personal challenge. Part of me wanted to test my intuition & performance abilities, to prove to myself that I could cross over into a state of performative trance & be present in it as a do-or-die moment. Here I'm channeling the X-Men character Rogue, whose touch can kill. From my own experiences of living as a gender-non conforming being, I feel a connection with Rogue because she exists in a place where no one dares to bring their love.
“I love telling stories with my paintings. Each painting should be able to tease the viewer into using their imagination to tell their own story.” Vincent Kamp
Editor: Christopher George
For his latest solo exhibition at Clarendon Fine Art, Vincent Kamp is turning the Mayfair gallery into a den of iniquity together with gambling geezers, tattooed mobsters and gun totting barmaids. Made up of thirty new paintings and featuring a cast of twenty characters, The Long Game tells the story of a high stakes poker game that ends badly.
For one night only, the cast will be present, alongside ‘the narrator’, re-enacting the story to create a unique interactive experience for the viewer.
Acknowledged as one of the most evocative and exciting new figurative artists working in Britain today, Vincent Kamp is fascinated by the underground world of urban subculture. His paintings delve beneath the surface of social class, creating intense portraits of people in a fused background of cinematic lighting, brooding tension and impending drama.
Heavily influenced by films and TV, particularly the crime and gangster genres, Vincent Kamp has learnt as much about composition and lighting from cinematographers as he did from the old masters. His arresting and mesmerising portraits always evoke emotion and intrigue about the backstory and future of the characters.
The Long Game opens at Clarendon Fine Art, Mayfair on 8 November and will run until 24 November.
Clarendon Fine Art 46 Dover Street London W1S 4FF
9-24 November 2018
Article by Sara Darling
British artist Sophie Bayntun, has chosen her adopted home of Madeira to showcase her latest exhibition.
Entitled Seven Months at The Red House, it is a personal exploration of her surroundings, which she has chosen to juxtapose with memories of the past.
The large scale paintings of figures are a visual diary of her life thus far. Although they don't appear to be of anyone in particular, Bayntun has used them to represent her current emotions, mixing up past, present and future.
Showing a personal response to life experiences and encounters, the show is a series of impressions which represent a place or time. Having found first impressions often causes a disparity with real life, her work draws on emotions to create the inner reality as opposed to the external surface.
See the exhibition at Centro Cultural de Cascais, Av. Rei Humberto II de Itália, Cascais, Portugal
until 4th November.
Review by Sara Darling
Winter is on its way, so it’s the perfect time to indulge in a hearty halloumi brunch and as many bloody Marys as you can down in 90 minutes, and Las Banderas on Wardour Street is the place to do it.
Taking the humble Cypriot cheese, which is usually the fodder for summer salads and BBQs, the Head Chef at Las Banderas has transformed it into a selection of comfort food delights. No more avocado and rye bread bores! The new brunch kid on the block is halloumi with everything!
For a cheese that you can grill, fry, bake, roast or toast, it has been artfully transformed into a delicious brunch ingredient, and you can tuck into everything including “finger hash” sandwiches, croque crypresea (croque monsieur but with halloumi and pork belly), halloumi fondue with eggs and soldiers, halloumi pitta and a masterful halloumi ice cream with pancakes! No one can claim that it is not a versatile cheese!
You will need a drink to go with this of course, and the super spicy bloody Mary gives some serious kick, whereas the Fig Campari Spritz is a lighter option, and will set you up for your day ahead as much as any espressos!
The pop-up restaurant is created by Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) to showcase the country’s national cheese, and the light and airy restaurant space of Las Banderas adds to the laid back Mediterranean feel.
Coupled with Fig and Campari Spritz (£8) or Harissa Bloody Mary (£8) as bottomless tipples, you can drink as much as you like with one plate for £32.
Pop in and eat up while you can. The finger licking pop up is only available until Sunday 18th November 2018, and is available every day between 11am-4pm.
To make a booking email email@example.com or call 02072873773
Editor: Christopher George
Achieving architectural lighting that has the ability to showcase artwork at its best is no easy feat. Yet, it is one that ARUP Lighting Design achieved with an innovative approach to light at the Royal Academy of Arts, made possible by Italian lighting manufacturers, iGuzzini.
With a goal to improve the performance and efficiency of the Royal Academy’s existing lighting system, as well as minimise the need for maintenance, this project centred on functionality and the assurance of installation flexibility. ARUP engineered lighting in the gallery to benefit the curators, audience and individual pieces alike, with technology playing a unique role in the final result.
“The new LED light fixtures consume only about 15% energy compared to what the old halogen fixtures have consumed, which means there is a lot of savings. It also saved a lot of money in terms of maintenance and actually setting up the show. The outcome exceeded our expectations.” - Pavlina Akritas, Associate Lighting Designer at Arup
ARUP utilised Bluetooth interfaces to give optimum control and adaptability to the Royal Academy’s lighting, from groups of lights to individual luminaires. Paired with iGuzzini’s lighting and their specially designed products to benefit the Royal Academy, this gave an astonishing result that illuminated the paintings and pieces of art evenly, giving a sense of aesthetic consistency. It also gave exhibition staff and curators the opportunity to fully customise and adapt lighting to suit each exhibition. In fact, according to ARUP’s associate lighting director, Pavlina Akritas “The use of Bluetooth has been so well received in the gallery that they’re actually thinking about rolling it out in other places”.
ARUP Light Design
Review by Jas Bhachu
It didn't take much to get drawn into Olivia Walker's creations at the London Design Festival. Olivia's beautiful porcelain pieces spoke for themselves offering a peaceful corner in the London Design Fair where the public completely slowed down and investigated the body of work. There was a tremendous amount of delicacy and fragility to her work that had a magnetic effect and drew me in to find out more.
'I work in porcelain to create pieces that explore ideas of growth and decay through the build-up of complex surfaces. All of my pieces start by being thrown on the wheel before being built upon with thousands of individually-applied fragments of porcelain. I start from a set point on a bowl and let these organic accretions spread out – eating through or growing over the form beneath. They make reference to organisms – fungus, coral and bacteria – but are unidentifiable. This growth leads to the original bowl’s decay and collapse. It’s through this process of degradation that the strength and beauty of the piece emerges.'
You can find her on Instagram to keep in touch here.
Review by Jas Bhachu
I had the pleasure of chatting with the HARU stuck-on-design team during London Design Festival.
HARU stuck-on design is an exciting new concept from Japan, making it so easy to bring colour to interiors - and to create great art and design. It's an adhesive tape that sticks to all kinds of surfaces, to furniture, to walls and floors - even to skateboards. And its special technology means it can easily be peeled off without a trace.
HARU stuck-on design was developed by Nitto, a company established in Japan in 1918, with a long history in specialist electrical insulation materials and adhesive tape-related products. For 100 years they have created solutions and materials for all kinds of scientific, medical, industrial and automotive environments. Now they're using their technological skills to create their own range of products, designed to be truly life enhancing, rooted in innovation and creativity.
Already a Red Dot Design Award winner, it's as ideal for sophisticated architectural projects as it is for inspirational interior designers, as exciting for parents as it is for graffiti artists. Using HARU stuck-on design, you'll be exploring the best of your creative talents.
HARU stuck-on design comes in a host of different combinations. There are 8 colour families, different patterns (some traditional, some graphic, some transparent), different kinds of materials (some tougher for floor use), and 4 different widths.
To find out more and to keep in touch with HARU stuck-on design, follow @harustuckondesign on Instagram.
Kenyan talent Blinky Bill has announced release details for his self-produced debut album ‘Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales’, out October 19, 2018 via new French label The Garden, to whom Blinky Bill is the first signing. Featuring collaborations with Petite Noir and Sampa The Great, the album - which follows last year’s ‘We Cut Keys Whilst You Wait’ EP - will arrive just ahead of a headline show at London’s Birthdays on October 14, 2018.
‘Everyone’s Just Winging It….’ thrums with the sights & sounds of a childhood growing up surrounded by the cultural push/push of Kenyan’s post-colonial capital city. Whilst teenage years were spent with a nose firmly stuck in books, Bill remained equally tuned into the soundtracks of both his Mum’s religious chants & the vintage Congolese records of his Dad’s collection, as the output of cult African label Ogopa Deejays (alongside Western touchstones Chic & 2Pac) and the clubbing ambiance of Nairobi’s cult ‘Matatu’ minibuses, which criss cross the city to a throbbing soundtrack of Kenya’s up-and-coming artists.
Stream/buy ‘Showdown’ here
14 October LONDON Birthdays
Review by Jas Bhachu
It has been a crazy month for the 55 Team. With London Fashion Week and London Design Festival all mixed in; the capital has been thriving with creativity and innovation. I had the pleasure of visiting the London Design Fair where it didn't take long to be captivated by the stellar display by Swedish Ninja.
Swedish Ninja is based around the concept that traditional Scandinavian design can be realised through an unexpected expression. Design and function marry beautifully with heaps of personality with a twist. The bold use of colours, refinement in form and element of fun in their work makes them a brand you are unable to forget.
The nature of the designs stand out alone but also can be mixed through a range of vibrant colours to add some playfulness into your interiors.
You can shop the collection here.