Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Literal.eyes- 30 European Artists recreate Iconic works of Literature

As we prepare for our all new group show, Opening on May 12th 2011 we thought it would be a good time to share with you some preview images.

Tom Bagshaw from Bath, UK has yet again created a piece that leaves us speachless. His digital paintings are often so real you feel you can reach out and touch them. This one is titled, 'Titania' and is inspired from A Midsummer nights dream. (Right)

European female artist Linnea Strid has taken inspiration from My Little Mermaid, and used her incredible talent with oil to create an under water portrait. (Left)

This May, London Miles opens its doors to a new group of emerging talent from across Europe, showcasing a range of artists from the recent graduates to the established.
Opening on May 12th in an all new location in East London, at 65 Hanbury Street. We look forward to seeing you then.
For online preview requests please email: info@londonmiles.com

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Literal.Eyes- 30 artists from across Europe translate their favourite works of Literature in to Visual Masterpieces.

London Miles is proud to present an all-new group exhibition that takes a closer look at the content found inside the dusty book covers of iconic written works by great literary masters from across all generations. Whether inspired by a novel, poem, or a poignant phrase from their chosen literary piece, 30 artists from across Europe are recreating how they visually and literally interpret their all time favourite piece of narrative into a painting.

Iconic writers whose narratives are being recreated include the all famous children’s favourite and cartoonist Dr. Seuss to our very own national literary hero; William Shakespeare. Artists have chosen pieces of literature from a broad range of authors, as well as foreign writers relevant to their home origin. Some examples include, digital painter Tom Bagshaw who will recreate ‘A Midsommers Night Dream’ by Shakespeare, Nom Kinnear King paints ‘The House of Sprits’ by Isabel Allende and Camilla D’Errico takes inspiration from the Opera “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi.

The show opens in an all new gallery space in East London!! Opening on Thursday, May 12th 2011 from 6pm to 11pm.

Location: 65 Hanbury Street. Shoreditch. EI 5JP

Friday, 8 April 2011

LM Interview: Derek Weisberg- the art of sculptor

London Miles recently had a virtual chat with California based sculptor, Derek Wiesberg. We thought it would be a good idea to share with you just what this truly talented fella has been up to and what makes him create his impressively detailed characters.

1. Your mediums of choice:
My primary medium of choice is clay/ceramics, I have been working with clay for close to 20 years, I guess I fell in love with it as a material early on. However I will make work with whatever material I need to convey my ideas most appropriately.

2. Three words to describe your artwork:
I dont know. . . . . . I guess: Figurative, sculpture, emotive, Humanism, accessible, sensitive, contemplative, spiritual, Damn, sorry thats more then 3 I couldn't do it.

3. What inspires you to create the characters you do? Life inspires me. My world and the world around me, my relationships and experiences. I am interested in depicting human emotions and the human condition. The stylization of the figures is meant to emphasis these emotions, for example the eyes wide set is a way to convey and express ideas of vulnerability, prey and disfunction. Really everything that comes into my eyes, ears, thoughts whatever inspires the work.

4. Are your sculptures individuals, or are they part of a growing family?
All of the above, I usually say they are all self portraits, as I feel most honest when I am making work about my life and the world around me, my thoughts and feelings. However, my family definitely comes into my work and so the work can also take on a kind of growing family. For the past several years I was interested in depicting this kind of "universal man", or "everyday man", but lately the figures have become more individual, not neceassarily specific people, but individual.

5. How old were you when you started sculpting?
When I could hold a fork and had mash potatoes on my plate!

6. How long does one take to complete?
It really varies depending on the piece, and the scale and such, it could be a few hours to a few weeks to do the actual sculpting. But ceramics is such a process based material; you know, sculpt, wait, sculpt more, wait, finish sculpting, wait for the clay to dry, fire the piece, glaze the piece and fire it again, repeat firing if necessary, so really start to finish it takes several weeks.

7. What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on a few pieces for an art fair coming up in San Francisco, and also a really big piece for Anno Domini's http://www.galleryad.com/ 10 year anniversary show coming up in the beginning of next year.

8. Which piece of yours is your favourite or one that you are most proud
of? Do you have an image of it?
That is a hard question, there are a lot of works I like, but usually after I have made the piece, I have learned and gotten most of what I will from it and am ready to move onto the next. With that said, The "Olam Haba" installation is one of my favorite things I've done. Also a few of the piece I just finished for my last solo show Auroral Dreaming, "Stares Into Infinity" and "Wreaths Sent Down the River". Also a piece that I really like which you will be showing at London Miles "Give Me a Skull So I Can Remember You". I like those works

9. Where would you like your characters to trave to next?
Maybe New York, Maybe Eastern Europe like Prague or Budapest, Maybe Berlin, all for different reasons and purposes.

10. Favourite music to listen to while working.
Rap music! Good ol' 90's era and really obscure/underground/indie/weirdo rap are my favorites. Classical music as well.

11. Do you work in the day or are you a night owl?
I'm a Lark and an Owl, wake up early, go to sleep late, and work those feathers to the bone the whole time in between.

Visit Derek's Weisberg website and see his complete portfolio:

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Upcoming at London Miles, All New Group show -Literal.Eyes, more than 30 European Artists visually interpret works of literature.

Image of Rosa from Isabel Allende's 'House of spirits' by Nom Kinnear King.

London Miles is proud to annouce our next show, in an all new location!
Literal.eyes features the work of 30 European contemporary artists, each artist has been requested to take inspiration from a piece of literature, from playwrites to poets. The exhibition showcases the visual translation from written works by from George Orwell, Shakespeare, Hc Andersen,Dr. Seuess, Edgar Allan Poe, Albert Cohen to Haruki Murakami and more.

The exhibition will open in East London at our new POP UP venue.
Located on 65 Hanbury Street, East London.
Opens on Thursday, May 12th 2011 from 7pm to 11pm. Exhibition on show until May 16th, 2011.

To be placed on the online preview please email: sales@londonmiles.com