Second Floor Studios & Arts – [SFSA]

Ray Richardson chats about his new works and current exhitibtion ‘Londons No. One’ at the Ben Oakley Gallery – Greenwich

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 30, 2011
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SFSA – Open Studios – Over 160 visual and fine artists and crafts and designer makers will open their studios to the public this November

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 29, 2011

SFSA studio member – Le Guo – new works featured in October’s Matt Roberts Arts Salon Art Prize 2011

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 28, 2011

Ray Richardson – Londons No. One – Preview this week @ Ben Oakley Gallery

Posted in Events, New Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 27, 2011

SFSA studio member Ray Richardson presents some right tidy little drawings and painting opening at the Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich this week.

Preview: Thursday 29th September 2011, 7 – 9:30pm

Exhibition Sept 30th – Oct 30th

Ben Oakley Gallery, 9 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich, London, Se10 9JA

SFSA studio member David Bray – works featured in new exhibition – this is CIRCUS

Posted in Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 26, 2011

This is Circus – A Multi-Dimensional Exhibition by Tim Bret-Day & Jodie Harsh – Featureing David Bray and Lee Stuart for A Black Lie

Thursday 29th Sept to Saturday 1st October

Opening Times: 12pm – 7pm – Free Entry

BOND – 24 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5op

 

SFSA studio member Derek Curtis – New Exhibition – THE MAGIC KINGDOM ISN’T WORKING

Posted in Events, Featured Studio Member, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 16, 2011

THE MAGIC KINGDOM ISN’T WORKING by Derek Curtis

Art Work Space is proud to present THE MAGIC KINGDOM ISN’T WORKING, an  exhibition of new work by DEREK CURTIS.

This show will feature a series of new, large scale paintings by British  artist, Derek Curtis. Curtis is known for playfully exploring contemporary  cultural, social and economic issues in his work and with this new exhibition  ‘The Magic Kingdom Isn’t Working’ he again invites the  viewer to examine the real world around him, through an imagined land.

Specific to the new collection of paintings is a consideration of the effects  of the current financial crisis. Acutely topical, the work uses the fantastical  inhabitants of this ‘Magic Kingdom’ to illustrate the desires,  disappointments and dichotomies of contemporary society: whether it be when  the artist, as an illusionary estate agent, advertises and beautifies the  most undesirable of properties – a Dragon’s cave or an ivory tower – in  the painting ‘The Huntress’ in which a goddess-like archer,  surrounded by nature’s bounties, chooses to target a shopping trolley,  or the exhibition’s title-piece, ‘The Magic Kingdom Isn’t  Working’, based on the infamous 1979 Saatchi & Saatchi advert which  bemoaned Labour’s efficacy.

To create his work Curtis initially assembles collages – incorporating images  and texts to give visual representation to his ideas. Once the basic  structure is formed, he begins the painting process, using gloss paint on  aluminium sheets to produce his striking images.  The reflective quality  of the surface exaggerates the impact of the bright, seductive colours  employed by the artist – inviting viewers to enter his playful realm,  where fictional characters act out contemporary narratives in glorious  Technicolor.

In ‘The Magic Kingdom Isn’t Working’, Curtis once more  succeeds in drawing in the viewer through his seemingly cheerful images, only  to cleverly reveal deep and resonant social insights.

For more information go to www.artworkspace.co.uk/derek-curtis

Derek Curtis ‘The  Magic Kingdom isn’t working’
Monday 3rd October—Friday 18th November 2011
http://www.derekcurtis.com/

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