SOMETHING / MADE / DIFFERENT Parades Gallery Matsumoto JP

This Friday is the opening of SOMETHING / MADE / DIFFERENT  a four person exhibition  at Parades gallery in Matsumoto Japan with artwork by Jo Peel, Chris Jarratt, Owen Richards and myself. The exhibition will travel to Tokyo later in the year.

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Something made differentとは今あるものを別のものにするという意味があります。

日本の豊かな文化遺産と共存するユニークな社会、先駆的なテクノロジー、それらが混じり合った環境は多様なレスポンスを生み出します。
本展ではそんな多様性のある『日本』を4人の海外アーティスト達が独自の視点で捉えた作品を展示します。彼らが「春の訪れと共に新しい形を追求しましょう」とアートをを通じて呼びかけている作品は今ある日常を別の角度から切り取っています。
For any enquiry: paradesgallery@gmail.com 080 4426 2265

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Each artist will be exhibiting their individual response to Japan, a country of great contrasts. The juxtaposition of its rich cultural heritage sitting alongside unique social and pioneering technological environments lends itself to diverse responses……… Spring is here and it is time for something made different.

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グループ展【 SOMETHING / MADE / DIFFERENT 】

開催期間:4月29日(金)〜 5月8日
営業時間:12:00 – 19:00
* 展示期間中無休

****** OPENING RECEPTION
4月29日 12:00からオープニングイベント
展示アーティストのジョー・ピールとクリストファー・ジャラットが在廊します。

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New Exhibition in Harrogate UK

I’m excited to announce the start of a new collaboration with Redhouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate this month.

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“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion”
William Faulkner


We are delighted to introduce the work of French painter, muralist and screenprinter Florence Blanchard.

Throughout April we will be exhibiting a small but perfectly formed group of original paintings and prints, with all works available to purchase in person from the gallery or online here.

Blanchard was one of the first female graffiti writers in France and began working in the early 1990s under the name Ema. She then moved to New York where she graduated with a PhD from New York University in 2008. This coincided with a progressive shift in style, moving away from traditional graffiti and adopting a more abstract approach. The artist’s recent work is directly inspired by her training as a scientist and depicts abstract molecular landscapes questioning the idea of visual perception.

“As a trained molecular biologist, I have thoroughly observed nature through powerful microscopic lenses. Underpinned by a knowledge that all matter is made of particles –
 whether animal, human or mineral my artwork aims to magnify what the human eye can’t see. I invite viewers to immerse themselves in an uncanny macroscopic world. By representing molecules on a large-scale I aim to question our perception of our surroundings. Through bold geometric shapes, fluorescent colours and representations of particles colliding in planned riots of abstraction I aim to depict people flowing through the station at any instant with the ultimate goal to arrest this peculiar motion.”
Florence Blanchard, April 2016

These stunning works will be on display until Saturday 30th April. For further details please contact us here or call the gallery direct on +44 (0)1423 884400.

MOFO festival // Hobart Tasmania

Painting by Florence Blanchard

IMG_4153_1200I spent the beginning of this year in Australia, painting walls in Melbourne & Hobart. I had an amazing time hanging out in the beautiful nature of Tasmania, such a great way to start the year. One of the murals I painted was in one of the venues of MOFO festival in Hobart. I also painted another mural with Kid Acne in the city center. I wish for more positive vibes like this for this year. A big thank you to Kira for organising everything, you’re the best!Painting by Florence BlanchardPainting by Florence BlanchardIMG_4029_1200IMG_1735_Florence_Blanchard_1200IMG_4208_1200IMG_4186_1200IMG_4199_1200IMG_3977_1200IMG_4003_1200IMG_1733_Florence_Blanchard_1200IMG_1557_1200

 

Der Biochemische Zyklus – The Krebs Cycle

I’m very excited to announce the unveiling of my most recent painting ‘Der Biochemische Zyklus’ – an abstract interpretation of the Krebs Cycle. This project was commissioned by The University Of Sheffield as part of Krebs Fest a week long festival aiming to celebrate the major achievements of Nobel price winner Sir Hans Krebs. The painting is now permanently displayed in Firth court at the main entrance of the university together with other Science/Art works by amazing artists such as Seiko Kinoshita, Keith Robinson, and Luke Jerram.

The Krebs cycle is a biochemical process discovered in 1937 by Prof Hans Krebs at The University Of Sheffield. This metabolic pathway explains how breathing organisms convert carbohydrates into water and carbon dioxide for usable energy in cellular respiration.

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The series of chemical reactions are represented by dark blue, bean-shaped molecules hovering above a dense, concentric molecular network. The length of the beans is representative of the carbon chain length of the Krebs cycle intermediates, which are actively recycled within one turn of the cycle.

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As these reactions occur inside a cellular structure called the mitochondrion – often referred to as ‘the powerhouse of the cell’- a depiction of the familiar folds of the mitochondrial inner membrane were incorporated as a backdrop to the circular image.

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The energy released during the Krebs cycle is represented by gold diamonds at specific points, ready to be transferred to, and utilized by all other biochemical processes within the cell.IMG_1396_Blanchard1200

The many blue shades in the composition refer to the dye methylene blue, which was used by Sir Hans Krebs and his predecessors to demonstrate oxido-reduction phenomena, and to identify the different elements of the cycle. White bands loosely link the different reactions and elements of the cycle and are reminiscent of the white arrows in Sir Han’s famous blackboard scheme. IMG_1400_Blanchard1200

Many thanks to the university’s amazing public engagement team, Lynne Fox, Prof Simon Foster et Al, and Prof Dave Hornby.

Un dessin est beau si la ligne est vivante – Exhibition Niort (Fr)

Here is one of the ink drawings I sent to the following exhibition in the beautiful city of Niort France. Winterlong gallery, which has been working with many excellent international artists for a number of years, has curated this really cool line up including this time the work of about 70 artists displayed at the Pilori Museum. I had the pleasure to work with Winterlong Gallery 4 years ago for an installation I did at the museum in collaboration with artist Kid Acne. The title ‘Un dessin est beau si la ligne est vivante’ is a quote by Jean Cocteau and refers to the theme of the exhibition: all works are drawings on paper.

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Under The Skin – No Words Required exhibition

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This weekend saw the opening of No Words Required a group exhibition celebrating the art of silent comic at A Month Of Sundays gallery in Sheffield. I prepared this painted illustration based on the movie ‘Under The Skin‘ by Jonathan Glazer. The exhibition runs throughout august Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 17:00

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Heat Wave – Bristol

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‘Heat Wave’ is a new painting I prepared for a new exhibition which just opened this weekend in Bristol. Curated by Weapon of Choice & Two’s Company the exhibition shows new work from:

45 RPM, Andy Council, Cheba, Fanakapan, Florence Blanchard, Gent 48, Inkie, Jody, Kid Acne, Lokey, Mr Penfold, Rowdy, Sepr, Soker, Spzero76, Tom Blackford, Voyder

Until Sat 8th August 2015

@ Two’s Company Studios
(The old Veals / war gaming space)
61 Old Market St,
Bristol BS2 0EJ.

Open hours
Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat: 11am – 6pm
Sun: Closed

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