"Kenny Hunter, A Shout in the Street, 2008 " by Kenny Hunter
Witty, provocative and bold; Kenny Hunter's work is rib-tickling and subversive in equal measure. Although he's best known for his sculptures, Hunter has recently created printed slogans inspired by the likes of Marx and Goethe. Coloured in bold red and black with a no-frills font, this screenprint’s message does what it says on the tin.
At first glance, Rae's paintings seem like planes of abstracted colour, but once your eyes adjust you can make out rural landscapes and industrial architecture. Rocks become ships, and trees morph into electricity pylons. In this painting Rae uses tropical blues atypical of the Irish landscape to capture the brooding vista of Doonfeeny. The celebrated artist studied in Edinburgh during the 1960's, before winning a travel scholarship to study in Europe.
"Wayne Chisnall, Doll's Head 2012" by Wayne Chisnall
With her bouncy curls and peachy skin, this dismembered doll's head has a lot of Warhol's 'Marilyn' about her. Chisnall even adopts the same colour palette in his playful parody. The artist's charming works give visual form to tangled childhood memories of superheroes, fairytales and model construction kits. Now a renowned sculptor, Chisnall first trained as a printer at Bourneville and worked as a technical illustrator for a company in Japan.
"Sandy Dooley, Spring Idyll, 2013" by Sandy Dooley
Notes from the artist:
I live and work in Kent, and always take my materials with me when I travel. I work with landscapes, from which I draw my inspiration. The play of light and shadow, and the in-the-moment experience of absorbing the world around me inform my work. I am also drawn by my memories of a childhood spent outside, the visual impact and pleasure of that still resonates with me. I love colour and texture and in my work am always attempting to use these elements to create a harmonious balance.
"The Blackout Studio, Gobstopper 3, 2011" by TheBlackout Studio
The Blackout Studio are a London based image-making collective who describe themselves as 'curious observers of the ordinary.' This photograph captures a cross-sectioned gobstopper, looking like layers of fossilised rock. In a recent interview with Blackout Studio member Tom, we asked what inspires their work:
“That’s a tricky question to answer without sounding like a cliché. The way we capture objects has a very unique style to it, and with that I guess we see things differently to what other people may see. For instance the first series we did called moonshine was based on snooker chalks. We became transfixed with the items themselves and collected for many years before we actually shot them. To us they had a unique beauty to them. But the fact that they were used all the time, forever present in bars and pubs around London without even a mention of them by anyone, I suppose is the beautiful thing we look for. Like a scout spotting a model at a young age. I guess we look for the next Kate Moss of inanimate objects. As weird as that sounds. That kind of sums up what inspires us...”
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