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The South London Artists - Red Gate Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION entitled The South London Artists will be on display at the Red Gate Gallery from February 6 to February 12, 2009.

The South London Artists are a group of artists that has been exhibiting their art work for the last four years. Independently, each member has had success in their own individual exhibitions and also in group shows across the United Kingdom and in Europe. They include Emma Jackson, Jane Draper, Frances Roche, Edward Smith, Ali Mirmak, Paul Cairns and many more.

They have all studied and graduated from some of the best art universities in the UK, from Camberwell School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and The Royal Academy of Art. Their art work conveys a diverse range of ideas and use of media in sculptor, painting and photography. The new art work in this show looks at different themes such as landscape, still life, portrait and life drawing.

Some of the artist’s like Emma Jackson create beautiful paintings of the human form whereas Jane Draper produces stunning still life paintings of plants and other organic forms that are mesmerizing to look at. Frances Roche creates multi-layered landscapes that are poetic, beautifully executed and incredibly aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Other artists like Edward Smith investigate manmade and natural materials combining these two elements to produce impressive large scale sculptural work that invoke feelings of them being otherworldly creatures.

The more abstract art can be seen in the work of Ali Mirmak and Paul Cairns, both of whom are interested in abstract art and colour. Mirmak’s collages remind the viewer of dramatic sceneries that are daring in stroke and form yet vibrant in colour; while Cairns’ 3-dimensional works have a bold, industrial look, which is emphasised through his strong use of colour.

Private View: Friday, February 6, 2009 from 6pm to 11pm.

Times: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.; last day of exhibition (February 12) from 11am to 5pm.

Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8RU

Tel: 020 73260993

“Put variety in white” for “black is not colour” runs at the Red Gate Gallery from January 30 to February 5, 2009.
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