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Mcbees and Lucie Jelfs at The Book Club

Work by McBess (aka Matthieu Bessudo)

Exhibition preview

THIS August, highly regarded French illustrator, McBess (aka Matthieu Bessudo) is exhibiting previously unseen canvas work, prints and 3D objects at The Book Club.

His fascinatingly intricate work provides snapshots of his own experiences and is a contemplative diary of illustrative creations. Entitled The Folding Knife, the exhibition contemplates both current and childhood memories.

A folding knife was a childhood keepsake of Matthieu’s and also reflects the detailed nature of his work. Don’t Panic commented on McBess: ‘he’s so wonderfully French that he can make what would otherwise be freaky cartoon porn seem lovely and whimsical’.

A collection of his art from the last three years has recently been published by Nobrow and The Book Club is lucky enough to have the original cover design adorning the walls.

McBess also invited artists and close friends who have inspired him, to create new works for the exhibition. In keeping with the McBess format, all pieces created are black and white.

The exhibition continues until September 18, 2011.

Work by Lucie Jelfs

The Book Club is also presenting They Thought They Were Alone, the first exhibition of captivating line drawings, acrylic paintings and watercolours by Lucie Jelfs.

Using mixed media methods, Jelfs explores the depths of reality occurring within ordinary life; the empowerment of everyday objects is a recurring theme.

Living in London and encountering new people and places inspires endless spontaneity in Jelfs and accounts for the humorous undertones in her work. By seeking to identify a personality in simple foods, she subtly highlights fears of over-consumption. Imperfections regarding scale and technicality are witnessed in her exploration of the human body and an air of superiority reigns through macabre depictions of animals and household pets.

As she explains: ‘I want people to smile when they see my work and to see things momentarily through the peculiar world which I see things.’

They Thought They Were Alone is on display in the Basement.