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VERTIGO Opening Night Fri 10th Nov

VERTIGO

Ben Oakley Gallery is excited to welcome back two of our favourite artists in this last show of the year, VERTIGO.
We all at times experience cultural Vertigo.

Nothing is what it seems, and it seems nothing ever will be. It’s a sensation that leaves us all in a spin, a state of mind with unbalance and delirium. We attempt to stabilise, to be still, and place ourselves within this vertiginous space.

Yvonne Wayling and Kim Tong paintings, in different ways, make concrete this altered state. The place of delirium is where it all starts …

The artists have a similar background, both traditionally trained at Art School in the early eighties but deliver their works using different techniques. Kim presents her work in Oils on linen with a balance of strong abstract and loose figurative marks leaving the viewer to explicate the whole story of the image. Yvonne has perfected the art of Spray Paint and stencil work, delicately cutting for hours on end before a mark is even laid down. Her subjects and substrates vary from powerful portraiture to ethereal multi layered scenes on canvas, slate, skate decks & glass.

 

We invite you to attend the opening evening for drinks and canapés to celebrate with the artists and their new work.

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The SCHOONY & SWELER SHOW OPENS 13th Oct 7pm @B.O.G

CLASSIC BOG CURATION
CLASSIC BOG CURATION

The Ben Oakley Gallery takes great pride in the quality of the artists they chose and the exhibitions they curate. The next show is no exception. In addition we are pleased to announce that we are collaborating for the first time with the internationally recognised Woodbury House to present two fantastic artists who practice their craft in two totally different mediums. Schoony is represented by PSR and lives in the UK, he has carved out a heavyweight reputable name within the urban art scene for over ten years. His exquisite hyper real life casting sculptures are collected globally and sit handsomely side by side with many of todays modern masters. Themes vary from the importance and passion of anti-war and capitalism to a lighter viewpoint on portraying pop culture in his totally unique style.

Sweler is lucky enough to be dual based in Australia and the UK. He has been immersing himself in both countries Street art scenes and culture that have contributed to his beautifully stylistic and emotive paintings.

Using acrylics and spray paint on canvas Sweler has refined his skills painting in single block backgrounds and often vibrant flashes of colour that enable his other worldly characters to float in their own world as they transfix a somewhat innocent gaze on the viewer.

The success of each delicately painted character has a loveable purity yet carries a melancholic darker presence that endears you to them.

 

This is a classic example of the attractive style of curating Ben Oakley Gallery likes to assemble, two thoroughly dynamic artists with different styles and techniques.
From Schoony we are pleased to announce that his sculptures on show will be a first showing in a special prismatic colour way of the iconic Soldier Boy, Butterfly Kiss and The Bruiser and from Sweler a series of brand new paintings will be overlooking the whole experience.

 

A visual and aesthetic delight for everyone, and a must  visit exhibition in October 2017.

CHECK THIS FUNNY LITTLE LINK OUT BELOW.

Schoony and Sweler Show

 

 

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

BEN OAKLEY GALLERY

9 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich, London SE10 9JA

DLR: Cutty Sark Greenwich (2 minutes walk)

Over ground Train: Greenwich Station (5 minutes walk)

Opening Times: Thursdays –Sundays 11-6pm

Monday –Wednesday by appointment

All media enquiries /invitations: please email Ben Oakley

 

 

 

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WHITE CROSS STREET PARTY this Saturday 15th July

 

White Cross Street Party Organised by Teddy Baden

This Saturday the gallery will be open as ‘DIVISION’ the massive miniatures show continues. Myself, Yvonne Wayling and a host of super troopers will be painting live. Its going to be a good’n. 12- 6pm so get your skates on and take a trip round London & get some free paint fumes & culture down your necks!!!  Cheerio Amigos.

 

 

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‘BILLY GREEN IS DEAD’ by Jehst : Album Launch 17th /18th June

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Iconic Hip Hop musician Jehst commissioned hand-cut collage artist Matt Littler and calligrapher Oli Smart aka LetterShepherd to produce a set of 14 original art pieces – each one to accompany a track from his latest album. His first solo album in 6 years, Jehst’s ‘Billy Green is Dead’ takes its inspiration from the Gil Scott Heron poem of the same name.
 
“I wanted every track to have it’s own artwork that could stand up on it’s own. I asked Matt specifically to treat it as a body of work for exhibition beyond the album packaging. The artwork is a story and a world within itself. Because for me this album is about a concept; and the artistic statement behind that concept. I’ve expressed it through the music, but this is how Matt and Oli have reinterpreted it within the visual medium. “
 
The Art of ‘Billy Green is Dead’ will be on show Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017 at the Ben Oakley Gallery, 9 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich Market, London SE10 9JA. Opening hours: 11am-6pm.
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‘DIVISION’ PV 30th JUNE 2017 A Gigantic Miniatures Show with over 50 artists.

 

Division Print readyThis is a group show with over 50 artists who have kindly helped with the Phing Thing over the years with a couple of special extras thrown in. CHECK THESE BEAUTIES OUT IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

ASBOLUV,

RAY RICHARDSON,

DAVID BRAY,

JOHN McCARTHY,

EVERETT JAIME,

ATM,

FRET,

SWELER,

CLAIRE SWINDALE,

SPINNING CIRCLES,

YVONNE WAYLING,

KIM TONG,

NOT NOW NANCY,

LEWIS BANNISTER,

PAULI BATES,

PATRICK COLHOUN,

KRISTIAN DOUGLAS,

GARY MANSFIELD,

MATT MACKMAN,

JOAN MOLLOY,

MARK MELVIN,

SHIRLEY FALLCONI,

NIKKI HILL SMITH,

SAM DUCKWORTH,

BOY WONDER,

JACKM XAVIER,

CARLOS MARTYN BURGOS,

EDDY SULEYMAN,

MICK McNICHOLAS,

BARRY BISH,
616,

STU MACKAY,

SP ZERO,

LOANNE LE,

DD REGALO,

EMMA SHEENY,

JUSTINA DEWHURST RICHENS,

APRIL DUTTON,

RACHAEL GATER,

MARTA,

BOB OSBOURNE,

CARRIE REICHARDT,

BEN MURPHY,

MARTIN PRIOR,

PANG,

BLAIR ZAYE,

RAFFAELLA BERTOLINI,

SI MITCHELL,

SNUB23,

CARNE GRIFFITHS,

RUGMAN,

NATCHO,

TONY LEE,

MANNY,

TOMMY FIENDISH,

NACHO WELLES,

DAVID DIPRÉ,

BEN OAKLEY.

 READ IT AND WEEP, THIS IS GOING TO BE A MAHOOSIVE MINIATURES SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED PV 30th JUNE Runs til 23rd July 2017

 

 

 

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‘EARTH’ new works by David Bray

earth12‘ EARTH’ New Works by David Bray PV 14th April 2017 Exhibition runs until 30th April.

Internationally acclaimed Fine Art Illustrator David Bray exchanges his studio & pens for brushes and wanders off into the countryside. Embarking on a series of paintings and a totally new direction ‘EARTH’ is his latest exhibition and will be shown for the first time at Ben Oakley Gallery Greenwich. Opening Night 14th April. & runs until the 30th April 2017.

(Good Friday, Very Good Friday)

Renowned for his exquisite fine line drawings of the some of the worlds’ most beautiful women, Bray continues effortlessly to evolve, changing his style now more than ever embracing new challenges. This collection of landscapes carry the same finesse and accuracy that show how the roots of each new direction chosen, bare the inherent passion and style in the work that came before.

“It felt like I had been stuck inside, in a studio, for years and I needed to get out – get air, walk, breathe, put my feet on earth.” So whilst clearing out a few things at his parents in Kent he came across an old watercolour set & some yellowing postcards.   “ I had them in the car still on a visit to the Kent coast and thought to ignore them, but then just plundered straight in as I tend to do.”” I didn’t know what to expect but it soon became a new addiction and I loved the process” I had a legitimate reason to leave the four walls of my studio”.

“The paintings are just as much about solitude and clearing my brain of all the daily bullshits as they are about capturing a view.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing them all in one show & glad I’ve got the chance to share them with the world.”