Sage Vaughn at Lazarides

Introducing a brand new series of paintings, Children of a Lesser God furthers the artist’s exploration into notions of control and release as well as the fundamental need for survival, love and liberty. Vaughn’s new works manifest these concepts through bleak, dystopian cityscapes that he juxtaposes with child-like imagery and untouched scenes of nature.

Gradations of oil paint are slowly built up layer by layer with brilliantly hued subjects taking centre stage within a muted urban backdrop of dreamy pastels. Wild animals run freely through the urban setting and masked children void of inhibitions heroically feature within downtrodden neighborhoods. Such imagery embodies the limits of humankind’s ability to outright conquer the exterior world as well as completely repress inner desires. Vaughn says, “These compulsory wild impulses propel both the feral and the tame throughout our lives, causing beautiful and sometimes savage moments.”

Children of a Lesser God invites the audience to project their own thoughts about personal existence irrespective of location. Through the contrast of minutely detailed wildlife and child superheroes against diaphanous cityscapes, Vaughn’s body of work in provides a eerily familiar setting which somehow both comforts and inspires his audience with visionary designs of freedom.

Where – Lazarides (Rathbone place, London)

When – 5th May till 4th June 2011

Group show at The Rag Factory

Room 1: LAVA Showcase featuring: Ashes57, Forged Signatures, Lucas, Neas, Emma Dexter, The Krah, Stik & Otto Schade.

Room 2:: Art Splash Charity Auction Help our friends Eska and Pikto raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Free entry | Original art and prints for sale | Music from LAVA DJs + special guest TBA .

The artists: The Krah, Stik, Otto Schade, Ashes57, Forged Signatures, Lucas, Neas & Emma Dexter.
The dates: preview on the 3/11/11. The show runs until the 6/11 (daily, 12-7pm)
The address: The Rag Factory | 16-18 Heneage Street | London E1 5LJ

Group show at The Rag Factory

London Art Fair – artists we enjoyed, Guy Allen

We strolled through the London Art Fair for the fourth consecutive year and as always stumbled upon remarkable artworks from ever so talented artists.

In this series, we will tell you why we liked a particular piece from these artists as well as posting more works. We hope you will also enjoy it as we did.

Feel free to comment too at the end of this article. Let’s get started….
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Guy Allen

Guy Allen | Art-Pie
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We stumbled upon the piece called “Horse Study Yellow” – etching, Aquatint with 1 colour screenprint and instantly got drawn to it. We like the contrast in this piece and when artists use 2 or 3 colours. Some may qualify this as minimalist art and this is fair enough. We think a grey on any colour is striking.

About the artist

British printmaker Guy Allen is highly skilled at drawing from the animal world. His limited edition etchings are beautifully detailed, and sometimes include abstract elements. He’s a graduate of Central St Martins who has also studied at École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

He has worked with the highly respected Curwen Studios and now works out of London’s Artichoke Studios. Guy’s work has been included in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and is popular at London’s major art fairs including the Animal Art Fair.

Other works from this artist

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Guy Allen | Art-Pie

Guy Allen | Art-Pie

Guy Allen | Art-Pie

Guy Allen | Art-Pie

The 5 best Guggenheim publications

Guggenheim, modern and contemporary international art museum located in Manhattan, New York has recently made available online the publications they have been producing for the numerous shows and exhibitions that have been happening there.

Browse through the collection going as far back as 1937 and let you be transport through times. Here below are our top 5 most visually appealing with a direct link to the actual publication. Do you agree with out choice?

Six painters and the object 1. SIX PAINTERS AND THE OBJECT

Lawrence Alloway
Published in 1963
28 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover

Read more on the Guggenheim website

Paul Klee 1879 - 1940 : a retrospective exhibition2. ALEXANDER CALDER: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

Thomas M. Messer
Published in 1964
92 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover

Read more on the Guggenheim website

Paul Klee 1879-1940 : a retrospective exhibition3. PAUL KLEE 1879-1940: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

Contributions by Will Grohmann, Felix Klee, and Thomas M. Messer
Published in 1967
148 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover

Read more on the Guggenheim website

ART OF THE AVANT-GARDE IN RUSSIA: SELECTIONS FROM THE GEORGE COSTAKIS COLLECTION4. ART OF THE AVANT-GARDE IN RUSSIA: SELECTIONS FROM THE GEORGE COSTAKIS COLLECTION

Contributions by Margit Rowell and Angelica Zander Rudenstine
Published in 1981
320 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover

Read more on the Guggenheim website

ART OF TOMORROW : FIFTH CATALOGUE OF THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION OF NON-OBJECTIVE PAINTINGS (1939)5. ART OF TOMORROW : FIFTH CATALOGUE OF THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION OF NON-OBJECTIVE PAINTINGS (1939)

Hilla Rebay
Published in 1939
184 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover

Read more on the Guggenheim website

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