Hormazd Narielwalla - Paper Dolls
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018 - First Floor
The artist Hormazd Narielwalla is as much a magnificent narrator as he is a skilled tailor of intricate visual stories. Born in India and now living in London, with recent shows at Southbank Centre and the Royal Academy, Narielwalla has carved out his unique place on the contemporary art scene as the master puppeteer, instilling new life into paper shapes from the past through the creation of rich layers of meaning, symbolism and sublime abstract patterns of colour and form alike.
Narielwalla’s work is an open invitation to the spectator to join him on a journey in the mind, an offering of unknown splendour and hidden detail, high seriousness and eye-twinkling allusions side by side. Paper Dolls at Blacks Club brings together a collection of his signature abstract collage works on vintage sewing patterns, alongside a set of six figurative self-portraits, where Narielwalla casts himself as a mysterious Geisha. Inspired by a chance encounter in the streets of Soho, the artist is lured into an exploration of the far-east and takes the viewer along, as he conjures up paper dolls from Japan, hidden places, people and portraits.
November 2017 - Bar and Snug
'Born in 1982, Tom French grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne, North East England. Tom began his studies at the Newcastle School of Art and Design and went on to graduate from the Sheffield Institute of Art and Design achieving a first class BA Honors in 2005.
Through his work, French focuses on the reflection of the conscious and unconscious mind. His oil paintings are a skillful combination of academic realism and surrealism, enveloped in carefree, loose and ostensibly unfinished abstract forms.
This unique fusion of figurative realism and lively abstraction treads the fine line between the beautiful and the unsettling, allowing layers of narrative to filter through whilst bringing life and movement to his compositions.'
William Hogarth - Moralising art
Permanent collection - Den and staircase
Best known for his moral and satirical engravings and paintings, William Hogarth was the first great English-born artist to attract admiration abroad.
“Hogarth has no school, nor has he ever been imitated with tolerable success.”
Born in England on November 10, 1697, William Hogarth began at a private drawing school, where he joined other students drawing from casts and live models. His first dated painting is The Beggar's Opera (1728), which emphasises Hogarth's prevailing interests: His involvement with the theatre and with down-to-earth, comic subjects. Though never neglected, Hogarth is chiefly remembered for his satiric engraving more than his painting. He died on October 26, 1764.
Coming soon on our walls
Andrew Meredith - Introversion
Jan - March 2018 - Den
Andrew studied Photography at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2002 with Honours.
Andrew’s editorial and personal projects have also gained his photography high-profile recognition from industry press. He was awarded ‘Best in Book’ in Creative Review’s Photography Annual for his Slaughterhouse series. His third project to be featured in the annual. Shortly after, Andrew’s first solo exhibition opened in 2010 at Riverside Studios, London, and later transferred to London’s famous Truman Brewery. The exhibition featured a selection of images from Excursions, a project showcasing images captured while traveling in South America. Andrew’s next personal project ‘Hashima’ documented the former Japanese mining Island of the same name which was exhibited at Photofusion in 2014 later transferring to the Ace Hotel walls in 2015.
Andrew is currently working on ‘Introversion’. A project exploring spatial nothingness.
His loyal clients include: Mother, Chanel, Burberry, Selfridges, Hermes, Penhaligons, Ace Hotel, Moooi, Google, Jo Loves, Laufen, Grohe, HansGrohe, Frame Magazine, Icon Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Blueprint Magazine, Ideat Magazine, Elle Décor, Penguin Books, Laurence King Publishing, Esquire Magazine, Renzo Piano, Balmond Studio, Jamie Fobert Architects, Stiff & Trevillion, Universal Design Studios, Barber & Osgerby, Johnson Ribolla, Ballymore.
Stuart Patience - Illustrator
Feb 2018 - April 2018
Stuart Patience is a freelance illustrator based in London. He is represented by Heart Agency, both in London and New York.
The Guardian, New York Times, Chipotle, Camden Town Brewery, The Telegraph, Wallpaper* Magazine, Secret Garden Party, Aultmore Whisky, W Magazine, The Barbican, Pushkin Press, Little White Lies, The Big Issue, London College of Fashion, E4, Purdey & Sons Gunmakers, Oliver Ruuger, Topshop, London Sinfonietta, Saville Row, Super Superficial
Baldwin Gallery - The Sublunary World
June - August 2017
The Sublunary World brings together the polymorphic figures of Royal Academician Tim Shaw’s Middle World with the Anthropocene skulls and Future Imperfect body-landscapes of Canadian photographer David Ellingsen and the self-portraiture of photographer Meryl McMaster.
Gina Soden - Art in ruins
March-May 2017 - First floor
Rather than taking a documentary approach, Soden breathes a sense of life into the scenes, hinting at narrative with studied compositions. Characteristically each image has a distinctly painterly aesthetic, side stepping the tendency that photography has for observational and distanced looking.
Tomo Campbell - The Hunt
Nov 2016 - Jan 2017
Inspired by a diverse array of source material, Tomo Campbell’s large-scale oil paintings are produced in a manner that he sees as akin to free jazz: constantly altering, extending and breaking down conventions. His abstracted depictions of ‘traditional’ subjects such as hunting, parades and explorers are, as he puts it, ‘never quite solid or whole’, yet they exude an extraordinarily rich sense of vision. ‘I try to paint in a way that makes the paint vibrate’, says Campbell, ‘to make it look light and delicate and on the cusp of shifting’. His bold, layered arrangements of complementary colours, reminiscent of the Rococo, offer multiple focal points and keep the eye in constant motion. Balancing activity and stasis, confidence and doubt, his works occupy a fertile space somewhere between the known and the undiscovered.
Sept-Nov 2017 - Club room
Vito Drago is an Italian-born artist who studied firstly in Milan and then at Central St Martin's School of Art, London. His solo exhibition Quesito indagine espediente was held in the Castello Beccadelli di Marineo in his hometown of Palermo, Sicily.
Drago works in a variety of media and many of the works illustrated here reflect his interest in the materiality of books and documents. Recent works have included a series of light-boxes - his Vanitas series, which allude to 'the ultimate futility of attempts to control appearance' by imposing pierced outlines of schematic 'fashion' designs on to medical x-ray film sheets.
Dec 2016 - Feb 2017
Excerpts from Mobile Forms: Parisian Abstraction to Amerindian Pop