Friday, 2 October 2009

"Shock and Awe" Joe Ledbetters first U.K solo show

SHOCK AND AWE - Joe Ledbetter's first U.K solo show
Opening reception: Saturday, October 10th
From 5:00pm to 10:00pm

On display from October 11th to November 5th.
Please R.S.V.P to attend the opening reception on the 10th, to

This October, cartoon artist and toy designer Joe Ledbetter (Los Angeles, USA) will take his act on the road and present 5 art shows in 5 different cities across Europe, first stop London Miles Gallery. In the spirit of a touring rock band, Ledbetter will travel from city to city (London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, and Istanbul) presenting separate shows that will feature new paintings, toy releases, and book signings. While each exhibition will showcase a different theme, the work is meant to show international commonalities through current events and humour.

London Miles Gallery is proud to host the launch event of the tour and Joe Ledbetter’s first European solo exhibition. Inspired by Rock and Roll and 80’s travelling rock bands , “Shock & Awe” opens on October 10th and will be on display until November 10th.

In addition to more than 15 original paintings, there will be the European exclusive “Terror and Magnus” vinyl toy releases, print releases, a book signing, and a meet and greet with Joe.

About Joe Ledbetter:

Influenced by classic animation, graphic design, and daily life, Joe Ledbetter's art is... well... a lot of things. Light-hearted in its approach, he often combines cute and cuddly creatures with unfortunate — albeit humorous — situations. With a lean on the subversive and absurd, these scenarios are all too familiar, questioning our tendency of taking life (and ourselves) too seriously.

While working as a graphic apparel artist for three years, Ledbetter got involved in the LA underground art scene, beginning with group shows like Cannibal Flower. By the summer of 2004, he had honed his trademark visual style of emblematic line-work, vibrant colours, and endearing characters to the point of quitting his day job. His incredible cast of creatures have since been emblazoned on over 100 designer vinyl toys, as well as apparel and lifestyle brands, the world over.

To attend the private opening on October 10th, 2009 please R.S.V.P to

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