The Talented Art Fair is back at the Old Truman Brewery for its third edition from 1 to 3 March 2019. As part of a series of interviews with some of the exhibiting artists, we caught up with landscape artist John Ball ahead of the fair to find out more about him and his work.
In just a few words, who are you and what do you do?
My name is John Ball and I make paintings.
What is your background?
I studied at the London Metropolitan University in Whitechapel and lived in East London for many years before moving out to the suburbs.
How would you describe your work?
A bleak, atmospheric interpretation of the modern landscape, a study of socio-economic decline and regeneration
Talk us through your creative process,
I work from my own photographs which I process in photoshop before rendering in oils.
Who and what are your biggest influences?
I Love a bit of Edward Hopper and early Hockney and am Inspired by the photorealistic painting style of artists like John Baeder, Ralph Goings, John Salt, and Robert Bechtle. More recently, Banksy’s Dismaland played a big part in renewing my interest in painting; it was inspiring to see such an eclectic mix of contemporary artists collaborating on such an innovative project. In my opinion it was a totally unique and unpretentious approach to an art exhibition with such a good balance of dark humour and political satire that really captured the imagination of the general public.
I’d say I am influenced as much by film and video games as I am by photography and painting. Movies by David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, George A Romero, Stanley Kubrick,and Quentin Tarantino have played a big part in influencing my practice. I don’t get much time to play video games these days but am still a big fan of the GTA series and more recently have been dipping into Red Dead Redemption 2 which is absolutely incredible!
You were a finalist on the Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year. How would you describe the experience?
It was a great experience, I hadn’t really been painting very much by the time I applied and was pretty much thrown in at the deep end! I was up against full time professional artists so it was a real boost to my confidence when I got through to the semi finals. It certainly had a positive effect on my productivity and has generated a lot of interest.
Who would you say are your favourite contemporary artists?
There are some really great landscape artists out there at the moment. I really like the work of Andy Cropper, Paul Regan, Jonathan Stockley, Alex Selkowitz, and Timothy Horn to name but a few.
What makes you get up and create art?
I guess there is just something in the back of my brain ticking away that drives me to create. People say to me I see the world differently and see beauty in the mundane. I suppose I am just trying to make people see the way I see if only for a minute. I hope that doesn’t sound too pretentious; I think I would paint these things whether anyone was looking or not.
What will you be showing at Talented Art Fair?
I will be exhibiting a selection of my contemporary landscape paintings alongside some original pencil studies and limited edition prints.
TALENTED ART FAIR runs from 1-3 March at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London E1
Entry is free on Saturday and Sunday (12-6.30pm)
Tickets for the Private View on Friday (6-9pm) are available here:
Editor: Christopher George
Photographer Angus Malcolm striking images of the Warwick Rowers baring all celebrating 10 years of their best-selling charity calendar and luxurious, ultra-high end coffee table book in these tasteful artistic nude portraits.
The legendary annual photo shoot to produce the calendar & book takes the bronzed rowing team to exotic shoot locations all over world as they celebrate the naked athletic form.
This year's calendar has been recognized with significant number of awards, innovation and social impact, not to mention being twice voted as UK's "Charity Calendar of the Year." Producer and iconic photographer Angus Malcolm along with generations of Warwick Rowers began the initiative in England in 2009 with the goal to highlight the role that straight men - and particularly the men usually classified as "jocks" - can play in promoting a fairer, more inclusive world.
Sales of Warwick Rowers' famous calendar products have funded the establishment of Sport Allies, a highly regarded charity that promotes gender equality and inclusion. The calendar project has contributed earned nearly $200,000 for the Sports Allies charity.
If the guys can have Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, then the ladies are due for their own tantalizing eye candy with the Warwick Rowers.
French electro music pioneer Vitalic launches a new project with Rebeka Warrior, in what will become a classic European video and single.
A visual delight, Continental Excellence, Electro Perfection...
Vitalic meets Rebeka Warrior for a new collaboration called Kompromat. German vocals on top of Vitalic's trademark production and synth, inspired by old-school Berlin techno, somewhere between Einstürzende Neubauten and Crash Course in Science.
A vegan cookbook with bite!
By Sara Darling
There might be sceptics out there who think that vegans (poor things) just eat beans and rice, but the only type of vegetable that those uneducated folk eat is probably a fried potato chip!
Vegans (and vegetarians) just have to be a little experimental in the kitchen, and having been a veggie lover for decades, I was quite looking forward to expanding my culinary prowess in the kitchen. So donning my favourite pinny, I got stuck in to the Hungry Soul cookbook by Jacques Brennan over the Christmas holidays.
So while everyone else in my vicinity (I was in Wales after all), was tucking into sausage rolls and cheese on sticks, I was embracing avocados, and spicy salsa. I’ve never been much of a Jamie- and the idea of flesh in my fridge repulses me, but I was keen to find out what I could conjure up beyond cauliflower cheese, and Quorn chilli.
Hungry Soul is a book for beginners. Each page has drawings and very simple recipes- which to be honest was perfect for me. I don’t like waiting when I’m hungry, and I like to taste as I go.. So it might appear veganism is good for those Kitchen Nazis like myself!!!
Split into sections- including soups, salads, stir fries, sweets and sides (and other things which don’t begin with S!) I could easily get tempted with the likes of colcannon, pea and potato masala and satay noodles- and that’s with the ingredients I already have at home.
If I did feel like slipping off the vegan- wagon for a while, a lot of the recipes can be adapted to use animal based products, and who knows whether they would taste better with cheese?
There’s enough recipes to get you through the rest of Veganuary and beyond, so there is no time better to jump on the plant based bandwagon. Now who wants to come round mine for some cauliflower chowder?
Hungry Soul- how to cook 100% Vegan by Jacques Brennan is out now on Troubador.
Buy yours here with 15% Veganuary discount.
AMERICANA COMES TO LONDON
by Sara Darling
When I got to spend the day with The Luck, I had no idea that siblings could get on so well!
But Max and Esmay Luck are so in tune with each other, that they have even formed a band.
Growing up in London, early influences were Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Cranberries, which were the soundtrack to their youth, and although both musical, they didn't join forces as a band until 2011.
Since then, they have been honing a unique blend of Americana, which is a mixture of country, bluegrass, R&B and blues, which they blend it into a folky soulful (often acoustic) set.
Spending time in LA has enabled the band to hone their act, and now the Americana-folk songs are coming to a radio station near you! They even released a single every week in December!
You can see them live at various locations around the UK in the spring, and London's celebration of all things Americana -AmericanaFest, which takes place on 29-31 Jan. Early bird tickets are £22, available here
Check out more and listen to the toe-tappingly good tunes on their website here
Photographer: Benjamin Ealovega
Stylist: Sara Darling
Talent: The Luck Duo
Jeans: Model's Own
Shirt: Stylist's Own
Waistcoat: Child of the Jago
Boots: Base London
Hat: Locke and Co
Necklace and rings: Katherine Alexandra Brunacci
Boots: Free People
Dress: Scotch & Soda
Necklace: Katherine Alexandra Brunacci
Boots: Model's own
Shirt: Remus Uomo
Jeans and boots: Model's own
Shirt & scarf: Vintage
Jeans and boots: Model's Own
Scarf: Katherine Story
Scarf: Child of the Jago
Ring: Nanette Lapore
Boots: Model's Own
Editor: Christopher George
Philip Colbert’s boisterous multidisciplinary art projects have won the support of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Gaga as well as exhibitions worldwide at Art Basel, Frieze London, Tate Modern and Wavelengths, China. Now he announces the latest move in his pop universe: his second solo show of his large-scale paintings at Saatchi Gallery, all narrated through his lobster alter-ego.
Previously described by American Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley as “the godson of
Andy Warhol”, Colbert presents eight large-scale canvases at a packed Saatchi Gallery where we attended along with hundreds of people queuing around the block for the opening event.
Conceived as a dialogue between himself and his pop forefathers, the paintings ruminate on their contributions in the face of popular culture and his own autobiographical journey within this landscape.
Paul Forster of the Saatchi Gallery has said, “Philip Colbert’s works are energetic and vibrant examples of contemporary art that illustrate the saturation of art history and pop culture in society.”
Colbert’s punk-pop journey via his studio collective, the Rodnik Band allowed him to gracefully circumvent the fashion and design universe, while art functioned as his true objective. From his east London studio, he has conjured-up limited edition Duchamp-inspired urinal dresses and wearable art frocks. Sequinned tins of Campbell’s Soup attire and bejewelled fried eggs were sold in Dover Street Market and Collette in Paris and worn by Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne, Anna Della Russo, Lady Gaga and more.
MMmmm, pie and mash
Review by Sara Darling
What could be more seductive than a hot, oozy pie with mash and gravy on a winter’s day? And if it's stuffed with all manner of veggie goodies, that’s all the better right?
Trying to eat healthy, doesn’t mean you can’t tuck in to a hearty pie now and again, especially if you have a large side of peas and onion gravy- all part of your five a day.
I was lucky enough to have a choice of three vegan pies from my lovely friends at Pieminister, and although I wanted to try them all, settled for sharing two with my boyfriend. Tucking into a ‘Kevin’ and ‘Chooks Away’, the whole experience was rather delightful!
‘Chooks Away’ is a the Pieminister version of a chicken bake; Stuffed to bursting with faux chicken pieces, smothered with a creamy celeriac, smoked garlic and sherry sauce, which is designed to melt in the mouth. Matched with buttery mash and dollops of gravy, this was a taste of paradise.
Conversely, the ‘Kevin’ pie was a veggie kaleidoscope, with chestnut mushrooms, baby pickled onions, red wine and thyme for an intriguing pop of flavours wrestling for attention in every bite. My boyf, who is a confirmed carnivore declared them ‘unexpectedly tasty’. I, on the other hand already knew they would be good!!!
Can’t wait to get my chops around Heidi next.. Goats cheese, sweet potato and spinach- who needs meat anyway?
Buy online at Pieminister or check out Sainsbury’s or Waitrose.
Review: Christopher George
With the season for spoiling people, or even just spoiling yourself, 55 are on the look out for those perfect gifts or treat with some added credibility.
Illustration artist Jas Bhachu has released limited editions from her unique designs, perfect for special pressies of just beautiful items to self indulge your home with. Based on original artworks of hand drawn illustrations, painting and mark making, these works will suite any sophisticated space without dominating it. The collection is inspired by Friends of the Earth campaigns addressing imperative issues: save the bees, stop fracking, plastic, the environment and beat climate change, with 20% of all sales going to friendsoftheearth.uk.
Isn't it good to shop responsibly while supporting important charities and social movements! And just think how popular you will be with those your buying socially responsible gift for.
WIN WIN on the good guy point.
Check out how good it is by supporting Friends of the Earth and collecting great art work all at the same.
Well thats 55s tip for you progressive climate considerate shoppers!
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GETTING THE GIFT YOU WANT (FOR FRIENDS AND FAM OBVS...)
By Sara Darling
If you’re pushed for time, need some inspiration for Christmas shopping, or need some gift ideas for yours truly, Carnaby Street is a one stop shop for the festive season. Packed with fashion stores, quirky arcades and lots of coffee shops to fuel up, it’s a great place to get to it all in one fell swoop.
So sit back and enjoy the 55 definitive guide to Christmas gifts…
Everyone loves denim, right? So why not snap up pair of authentic 501s for your dad from the Levi's store. Just enough classic style and width so he won’t feel like he’s trying too hard. Bingo! Or perhaps he would prefer something a little more traditional. And what is more appropriate than Paul Smith for classic styles. If he’s a sock lover (who isn’t??) snap up some socks from Happy Socks, or some French inspired smalls from APC. Now about that lift on NYE…..
Mum’s love perfume. Fact. So do I! Although I am not strictly a mother. But I am a girlfriend and an aunty.. Hint hint!! And Carnaby Street Boots has lots of lovely scents to tempt you with. It is also the home of enough make up stores to keep any make up junkie happy for a week! Check out the cult beauty store Too-Faced for fashion shades, Urban Decay for sophisticated European options, and Mac which has two floors of tempting products which pride themselves on offering something for every skin tone.
Pesky big brothers keep their cool in Fred Perry- after all no man can have too many FP polo shirts! Double check whether that’s their thing, as Ben Sherman have an impressive collection too! And funky little brothers will love anything from the uber cool Drop Dead, which was founded in 2005 by Oli Sykes. Creating limited edition menswear, womenswear and lifestyle products inspired by his evolving taste in music and art. Too dope for me, but the youngsters go mad for it!
Boys can get pampered too, and if you want to spoil your bo, why not give him a voucher from Johnny’s Chop Shop. Get a wet shave or a new do, and both or you will benefit. If you would prefer a gift, Muhle is THE place for shaving paraphernalia. Help him embrace his inner James Bond.
Or check out the unique fragrance, beauty, leather goods and eyewear options at the Lexington Street flagship store of Byredo. It looks a teeny bit intimidating on the outside, but don’t be put off. Go in and smell the perfume! My fave is the Gypsy Water. Watches are another winner for boys (apparently they love their toys) so pick up something bling from Daniel Wellington. Big in Sweden, if that impresses you!
Sisters (in my experience) generally like anything that you do (or at least own!!!!) So the perfect gift for them is something that you would like to treat yourself too. And let’s just hope she works with that mentality! I always find something in the iconic Liberties. I’m personally name bombing the Alex Monroe baby bee necklace, Maria Black Girl ring or classic Liberty print PJs.. but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, SkinnyDip do the best, and really affordable cool girl, lifestyle necessities, from books to bumbags to phone cases. I could officially move in!
You won’t even have to stray far to get something from Grandma and Pa. Thoughtful gifts for those who’ve been around a long time, can be a bit of a mission; But if you’re hitting a brick wall, get your booty to New Frames and get a photograph of you all in frame. Simple things will make them smile!
Talking of frames, you could even get a voucher for some new specs at Cubitts. With a huge range of glasses, you can promise them an afternoon with you whilst you help them choose after Chrissie too! Awwww.
So all that’s left is to choose something for yours truly! I’ll be loitering in Scotch and Soda, Rag & Bone and The Kooples and drooling over a new pair of Ray-Bans and a skull ring ring from The Great Frog. Can I make that any clearer folks?!!? I mean Santa? I have been a very good girl this year after all!
Head to Café Forty One at La Suite West for a hearty vegan Christmas
By Sara Darling
No turkeys were mentioned in this article.
What springs to mind when you think of Christmas lunch? If it's mountains of roast potatoes, parsnips, glazed carrots, peppery stuffing, oodles of gravy and the obligatory Brussel sprout, then you obviously embrace the Festive spirit.
And if you are vegetarian, Christmas still can be fun! Head to Café Forty One at La Suite West, where head chef, Clarisse Flon has worked her magic on a completely plant based Christmas menu, filled with healthy, hearty Christmas treats. With over 7% (3.5 million people) of the UK being vegan, the demand for tasty alternatives to traditional fare is on the rise, and Café Forty One is one of the few places where you can enjoy a full vegan menu.
This December, guests can tuck into sociable pop-up dinner events with live jazz and festive tasters; Or go the whole three yards and enjoy a three course Christmas lunch consisting of nut wellington, truffled polenta, Bramley apple, miso, spinach and vegan cheese tarts, ‘faux’ gras on brioche, salted caramel and pear fondant and chestnut, caramel and apple yule log. Sound too good to be true? These tasters also knock socks off the calories of traditional faves.
But if you do have a sweet tooth, the all vegan afternoon tea is an essential pre Christmas treat. From 12-5pm every day, you can tuck into macarons, Christmas cake, Bûche de Noël, a range of sandwiches and tea. Available until December 24th, this is the perfect end to a hard afternoon’s shopping.
Why not push the boat out and try something different. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy non meat based products. The more people who explore the trend means the more inventive chefs will get, and the happier, and healthier we all will be! Based near Notting Hill, and Hyde Park, the leafy suburb of Bayswater is the perfect place to take some time for yourself, and chill out before the Christmas madness begins.
Check out Cafe Forty One for bookings