CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT. Jonathan O’Dea & Neil Irons. 8 – 24 July 2011

Culture and Environments



Jonathan O’Dea and Neil Irons exhibition of recent work at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.

‘Culture and Environments’ an exhibition of recent work by artist Jonathan O’Dea and Neil Irons takes place as part of the CREATE11 festival ( at Formans Smokehouse Gallery, on 8 July to 24 July. Now in its fourth year, the CREATE11 festival celebrates Europe’s largest cultural quarter, the 2012 Olympic Host Boroughs.

Exhibition Title: Culture and Environments


Private View:  7 July, 18.30 – 21.00


Exhibition Dates: 8 – 24 July 2011


Gallery Opening Hours: Thu + Fri  17.00 – 21.00 and Sat + Sun 12.00 – 17.00


Exhibition Address: H Forman & Son, Stour Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT London


Transport: Hackney Wick Overground, or Pudding Mill DLR, or Buses: 8 26 30 236 276 388 488

The exhibition will explore how artists Jonathan O’Dea and Neil Iron’s respond to their environments. While both artists use the theme of the environment in their work, each artist’s approach in dealing with this subject is very different.  The ideas that partly inform Jonathan and Neil’s work combine some level of reality with a very abstract sense of identity.

Jonathan O’Dea

Moving between abstract landscape paintings, assemblages and images relating to national identity, Jonathan O’Dea’s work uses a range of media, together with nostalgia and other concepts, to ask questions about some of the ways in which changing landscapes impact on cultural identities, not the least of which is, ‘where does urban London end, and rural England begin’? From this Jonathan indirectly raises questions around English cultural identity: where is it rooted and how can it be defined? Linking the visual arts to the physical landscape may be the way forward as a means to define this identity and how London is London and England is England.

Neil Irons

Neil Irons practice focuses on human intervention in the landscape. Neil employs a variety of mediums to explore the impact that contemporary society and its media portrayal has on our lives and environment. Whether Neil is producing paintings, sculptures, drawings, digital images or ceramics – by themselves or in combination, Neil aims to create the same impact on the viewer. Through a combination of the familiar and the unfamiliar Neil wants the viewer to ask questions of themselves and the world we inhabit.

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is a free pop-up art project space overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Park, founded by William Chamberlain and Lance Forman in January 2010 to provide artists with a high profile platform from which to introduce their work to new audiences.  With spectacular exhibition space measuring more than 6000 sq ft and with an unrivalled view of the new Olympic stadium, the gallery is situated on the top floor of Britain’s oldest salmon smokers, H Forman & Son, which was forced to relocate to its new premises by the Olympic development.  Each month, invited curators handpick artists from local, national and international artists and curators to create a dynamic and varied program of exhibitions.  Hackney Wick is currently home to the highest concentration of artists in the world.

Notes for Editor

CREATE is the annual summer festival that celebrates Europe’s largest cultural quarter: the Olympic Host Boroughs where over 12,000 artists live and work. Now in its fourth year, CREATE takes place between 24 June and 25 July in East and South East London. The festival will stage major commissions including the Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award worth £40,000, which this year has been awarded to Assemble ‘Folly for a Flyover’; the CREATE11 Music series including Re:Definition, and Blaze, presented with the Barbican; CREATE11 Talks & Walks including The Midnight Run, a nocturnal walk across east London, and Alina Ibragimova / The Quay Brothers a co-commission with the Manchester International Festival and the Barbican. In addition CREATE11 will include over 200 art, design, film, music, and theatre events in galleries, outdoor spaces, music venues and pop-up spaces including [OWN VENUE/PROJECT], Gillett Square, Hackney Empire, Rich Mix, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Vortex, Wilton’s Music Hall and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Global investment bank Deutsche Bank continues as main sponsor for the 2nd year.

For more information and for any exhibiting or sponsorship enquiries, please contact Gallery Manager William Chamberlain on 07947 175 283 or email him on

Jonathan O'Dea.  Essex on London in Winter 1.  2010

~ by smokehousegallery on July 6, 2011.

2 Responses to “CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT. Jonathan O’Dea & Neil Irons. 8 – 24 July 2011”

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