•February 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Ian Swift or ‘Swifty’, as he is more commonly known, is a lone wolf
within the global graphic design community. For over two decades he
has cast a distinctive shadow over the visual landscape and became a
legendary graphic artist before the term even existed. While his
carefully crafted title sequences periodically materialize on our TV
screens his natural habitat has been the cultural underground. In the
early 90′s, Swift was based in Hoxton and at the epicentre of the
blossoming ‘Acid Jazz’ scene. He cut his teeth designing logos, club
flyers and record sleeves for the likes of Gilles Peterson and James
Lavelle.  Swift’s Mo Wax logo and original artwork were at the root
of the label’s aesthetic and are celebrated in the forthcoming 21
Years Of Mo Wax – Urban Archaeology book and exhibition at
Meltdown.  In the mid 90′s Swift coined the phrase ‘Street Art’ to
describe his revolutionary campaign for Fosters Ice, catching the
attention of graffiti writers worldwide and inspiring Banksy and the
Bristol crew to take up the mantel. In recent times Swift has opted
to explore a more personal dimension with his works and subsequently
divides his time between creating and exhibiting his own artworks and
his commercial graphics practice. Silk screen print remains a
constant medium for him. He adopts a lo-fi in house technique to
expose and make his screens. Each print is hand pulled and
deliberately given that personal touch in true Warhol tradition! Also
in this show are Swifty’s new ‘Sound Installations’ which are
inspired by Jamaican sound system culture and take it all back to his
musical influences. In 2014, Swifty continues to blaze his own unique
trail, mixing and mashing up techniques, mediums and genres in what
he feistily tags as, “True plagiarist style!”

david apps – Based in the unfashionable part of East London, the artwork of david apps  is taken from his digital photography. david will only use an image he has taken, and re-works them in his dark, angelic, evocative, kitsch and very British works of art.

 

Lynne Blackburn -Lynne’s work explores the memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings – the human traces left behind in buildings, and on everyday objects, from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones. She is interested in how the fabric of a building, and the objects within it, show and mark the passing of time and how, by recording traces of personal memory, a sense of a broader social and historical memory is evoked.

Ian Bailey – Student of the late Seventies, Ian’s art often appears on contemporary materials as something functional such as wallpaper, lampshades, bags and tees using up to date methods and repeat pattern. designs are inspired by Pugin, Strummer, Reid, Ickey and Orwell

Pop goes the easel

•November 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

gallery invite

“POP GOES THE EASEL”

Curated by Marty Thornton

 

MARTY THORNTON

Few artists could claim to be in the collections of such a distinguished line-up of celebrities as that claimed by MARTY. His works are owned by Madonna, Ivana Trump, the legendary Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame, Kate Moss, Joanna Lumley, Rula Lenska, Molly Parkin, Lulu, Jamiee Winstone, Rochelle (The Saturdays), Marvin (JLS) and Debbie Moore of Pineapple Studios to mention a few.

Born in London’s East End, MARTY proudly boasts of his Romany background that brings to his work a unique fire and light which is his distinctive hallmark. Coming from a designer background, much of MARTY’s career has been involved with interior design which has taken him to the four corners of the world branching out from there into bespoke jewellery design and now fine art, too.  Marty’s favourite colour is glitter, pop art at its most colourful.

As well as curating POP GOES THE EASEL at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Marty’s work is currently on show in Moscow, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills & Seoul.

SCHOONY

 

Tristram Schoonraad is based at Elstree Film Studios and has worked on numerous feature films including Batman, Tomb Raider, Star Wars and with a sparkling array of Hollywood stars.   Recent exhibitions of his work include the Private Club at The Ivy he and is a regular exhibitor at the Bricklaying Art Carboot Fair with Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake and Marty Thornton.  His works are constructed from resin and hand-finished with fine detailing.

His works recently sold out at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in October 2013.

JENNIFER ENGLISH

Jennifer English studied Fine Art Painting at N.E.L.P   On graduating Jennifer became the last protégée of Queen Elizabeth II’s milliner Aage Thaarup, and following his tutelage designed and produced a collection of hats for Harrods of Knightsbridge.  A true chameleon of the arts, Jennifer has exhibited in painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, animation and is also a published childrens book illustrator.

Jennifer has designed and made sets for Theatre, fashion and community events such as Notting Hill Carnival. Other examples of her work can be seen on television shows such as ‘the bill’ ‘The Echo’  and ‘spaced’.  Jennifer’s work has been sold across the globe, her buyers have included Joe Strummer of the clash and violinist Nigel Kennedy. Jennifer has worked as a visiting Lecturer in Painting at Thurrock Technical college, and as a result of her work at Griffin Signs, she has paintings featured in Public Houses  throughout the UK.

In 2011 Jennifer became interested in early 19th century textile practices.  She exhibited her first textile work at the Chelsea Art Gallery in 2012.  Jennifer has spent the last year working on a collection of ‘Iconic pop art images’ to be seen for the first time at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.

 

http://www.formans.co.uk

Marty food shots

MARTY THORNTON PRESENTS @ Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

SCHOONY
MARTY THORNTON
JENNIFER ENGLISH

Stour Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NT
Email: smokehousegallery@formans.co.uk

Opening times until January 2014
Thursday & Friday 5.00-9.00pm
Saturday & Sunday noon-5pm

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE by Elevator Gallery

•August 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Fri 16 August 2013.   Launching Hackney WickED Festival for 2013
Open Viewing: 8-10pm 

Performance: Winnie the Poof at 8.30pm

 

 

Elevator Gallery  presents The Tomorrow People: Artists of the Future Now 2013; the annual open exhibition showcasing a handpicked selection of emerging artists and the talent of the future.

Alessandro Carboni, Ana Cvorovic, Conrad Clarke, Fantich & Young, Fay McCloskey, James Marren, Jim Woodall, Joanne Wardrop, Josephine Chime, Liam Ryan, Paulina Otylie Suyrs, Phillip Barnes,  Rob Branigan, Robin Tarbet, Tapiwa Svosve, Thomas Whinstanley.

In its 6th year The Tomorrow People offers a platform to the most exciting emerging artists; supporting transgressive new work including installation, sculpture, photography and video.

Elevator Gallery is an artist run space, which showcases work that is innovative and thought provoking. The gallery is committed to exhibiting artists at all stages of their career. As well as regular exhibitions of international contemporary art the gallery has a regular programme of live art, cinema and musical events.

Forman’s Restaurant and Bar featuring the best of British Foods and award-winning English wines. Amazing riverside views of the Olympic stadium. Restaurant open Fri 7-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Fri 12-5pm 2013
Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Exhibition continues 16.08.13- 08.09.13

Thursday- Friday 12pm-5pm by appointment only then from 5pm-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm

•January 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Our current exhibition,  SALON III, has now been extended until the end of March 2013.

•December 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Christmas Opening Hours:

The gallery will be open as usual during the festivities.

Opening Hours:

Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 9pm; Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

•December 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment
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Then opening hours: Thu – Fri 17:00-21:00 & Sat – Sun 12:00-17:00.
NB gallery is closed for private functions on Friday 7th and Thursday 13th December 2012.

•December 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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