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The Inner Self: Drawings from the Subconscious

Exhibition preview

THE Inner Self: Drawings from the Subconscious, a group show of the work of seven Outside In artists all living within Greater London and working on the theme of the subconscious, will be on display at CGP London Cafe Gallery from September 4 to September 21, 2014.

The selected artists are Jan Arden, Imma Maddox, Nigel Kingsbury, Hannah Swain, Billy Weston, Pat Mear and Terence Wilde. Also on display will be works from Nick Blinko.

The seven Outside In artists have been selected from a total of 154 black and white submissions focusing on the theme of the subconscious. The artists selected are all London-based and all feel they are facing barriers to the art world because of mental health issues, health, disability, or social circumstance.

One overall winner will be chosen from the selected seven artists for a solo show at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery, Duke Street from November 16 to November 22, 2014. The selection panel included CGP London Director Ron Henocq; Vivienne Roberts, Curator at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery; Outsider Artist Nick Blinko; and Outside In Manager Jennifer Gilbert.

Work by the Outside In artists will sit alongside Outsider Artist Nick Blinko’s minutely detailed monochrome pieces. Macabre and intense, Blinko’s images depict microscopically detailed interconnecting worlds and figures such as skulls, broken dolls, imps, foetuses and precisely handwritten notes.

Jan Arden combines Celtic knot-work with African faces and South American Shamanistic Aztec priests, people, animals symbols and shapes. He creates what he sees on the paper after moving the biro in dance like movements, eyes closed and reaching into the subconscious for inspiration and guidance.

Nigel Kingsbury uses pencil and pen to create fine, delicate portraits depicting women as mystical goddesses attired in glamorous ball gowns, decadent outfits and floating dresses. Drawing virtually every day, he sources images from paused TV programmes or from the nurses when he is in hospital.

Imma Maddox is predominantly a textile artist, although drawing is equally as important to her. She has found that she has her own language for drawing hands, feet, eyes, hair, tails and horns. The meaning of what she is drawing emerges during the process. She plays creatively with the line, often going to a place she has never visited before.

Pat Mear’s tiny spiral notebook drawings are a move away from her very cerebral and hard-edged paintings and prints in a bid to reveal an inner truthfulness and to practice drawing more quickly than it is possible to think or ‘tidy up.’

Hannah Swain was diagnosed with Bipolar at the age of 50 after the death of her mother. She began creating her works during her time in hospital, producing images of angels that embodied her mother, keeping her memories alive.

At the age of 14, Billy Weston had a brain haemorrhage which resulted in the loss of his drawing right hand. He never regained the use of his right side, but re-learned his natural artistic talent through his left hand. Since then, he has carried notebooks with him, drawing and painting life as it goes through his head.

Originally, Terence Wilde’s drawings were observational, accurate representations of their subject. Gradually, and particularly through use in therapy, he began to draw from personal life experience. He now uses drawing to map points on his spiritual journey to help him accept who he is.

The exhibition at CGP London will be accompanied by a series of events, talks and workshops organised by Outside In and its London partners.

Admission: Free.

Times: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

CGP London Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, Bermondsey, SE16 2UA

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7237 1230