Survival Techniques

“Survival Techniques” – Naomi Edmondson
7th October – 5th November 2017

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Designer Naomi Edmondson began legal street art project ‘Survival Techniques’ in 2015 after a
period of feeling low. The paintings aim to promote hope and optimism. “It started as a list I made for myself
to remind me what to do when I was feeling really low: things that always made me feel a bit better” says Naomi,
“They were always super simple things like ‘Talk to someone, anyone, about anything’ which came from me chatting
to the guy in my local shop for a few minutes. I realised that I would leave the shop feeling much more a part of
the world again”.

After finding that friends found similar ‘Survival Techniques’ worked for them, Naomi began to think about ways of
sharing the list, and after seeing a local street artist at work in East London, she decided that the street would be the
best, most democratic place to share them.

The first wall she painted was “Hide Less Chat More” – words from a friend with whom she first shared her
Survival Techniques list. She now has many paintings spread across London.

The exhibition, which ran for three weeks (and was extended by a further week), was Naomi’s first solo exhibition
and showed both original paintings and limited edition screenprints of her work.  The exhibition coincided with
World Mental Health Day on Tuesday October 10th, and 10% of all money raised by the exhibition was donated
to the Rethink Mental Illness charity.

Ladies First

“Ladies First” – Ian Hoskin
15th-30th September (Tue-Sat 11-6pm)
Opening party – Friday 15th September 6-9pm

Ladies First - Ian Hoskin

Hip Hop Heads

“Hip Hop Heads” – Dale Edwin Murray
8th-29th July (Wed-Sat 11-6pm)
Opening party – Friday 7th July 6-9pm

Graphic artist Dale Edwin Murray began the ‘Hip Hop Heads’ portrait series as a way to practice his caricature skills during downtime from his work as a successful illustrator, with international clients including Nike, Toyota, Facebook, The Observer (London) and The New York Times.

The ‘Hip Hop Heads’ collection has grown steadily over time, and now features over 50 hip hop and rap legends, but each print is titled with a number rather than a name, turning the collection into a fascinating game of hip hop Guess Who? This exhibition was the first time the collection was shown together.

Hip Hop Heads - Dale Edwin Murray

MultiMe

“MultiMe” – Pawel Krol
24th June – 2nd July (Mon-Sun 11-6pm)
Opening party – Saturday 24th June from 6-9pm

A collection of paintings, drawings, posters, sculptures and music-boxes by Polish-born artist and illustrator Pawel Krol.
With special guests: Fabio Rizzoli – Music and Marek Abramowicz – Photo art (Music Boxes Project)

MultiMe by Pawel Krol

Pictarama

Elisa de Martini presents PICTARAMA by Sara Gilbert.

Elisa de Martini curates Pictarama by Sara Gilbert

PICTARAMA is a collection of witty, unique and often surreal dioramas, constructed using LEGO bricks – often vintage, collectable or custom-printed pieces – representing a variety of scenes from history, London life, film and popular culture.

The exhibition ran from Saturday 29th April – Saturday 13th May 2016.

Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance, a solo exhibition of silkscreen prints by Alexander Johnson ran from Saturday 1st April until Saturday 22nd April 2017. The Private View was on Friday 31st March from 6-9pm.

Barcelona - silkscreen print by Alexander Johnson Tailplane - silkscreen print by Alexander Johnson

These silkscreen prints were inspired by the aerial intelligence photographs the artist’s father took as a Spitfire pilot between 1942 and the end of WW2.

Towards the end of his life Alexander’s father began to talk more about his RAF years and together they looked at a scrapbook of monochrome photographs; collaged fragments and offcuts that his father had painstakingly reassembled jigsaw-like after the war. The photos were top secret at the time, but the woman who developed the films in the dark-room noticed his father sneaking off-cuts from the floor and agreed he could take two pieces for every roll of film he brought her, so the collection began to get more structured. The photos were taken over Germany, Holland, the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa to provide intelligence for the allied forces. They are mainly photos of dockland areas, industrial centres and city street-plans. Alexander remembers seeing them for the first time by candle-light during the power cuts in 1973 when he was nine or ten. They made a big impression on him – he had never seen photos of the earth taken from the air before then. He never forgot them.

Seeing them again forty years later Alexander realised they were a gift to him as an artist which he needed to make use of. He began working from small sections of the photos and enlarged them, adding colour and reworking the patterns into abstract images. He picked out runways, ports, street patterns, railway tracks and coastlines, which you can see in the finished work. The titles reflect the purpose of the original photograph, where it was taken or what it was taken of. This work is an attempt to prevent the photos from being forgotten, continue the narrative about the lessons we need to learn from WW2 and to try and make something beautiful and lasting from a situation that was ugly and transient. Alexander has always felt his job as an artist is to tell the story of his own experiences and this is part of that process.

The silkscreens are hand-made in Alexander’s studio in small editions of 8 or less. Once an edition has sold out there can be no reprints as the stencils are washed away after printing – the editions are strictly limited.

Excited State

“Excited State” was the successful inaugural show in Atom’s new Stoke Newington gallery, and showed contemporary screenprinting, block prints and letterpress work from 23 diverse artists.

The exhibition ran from 2nd December 2016 – January 27th 2017.

“Excited State” featured new and recent work from David Armes, Ian Bailey, Lynne Blackburn, Yann Brien, Gerry Buxton, Graham Carter, Tinsel Edwards, Clare Halifax, BC Hamlin, Sadie Hennessy, Julieta H Adame, James Jessiman, Clare Johnson, Heath Kane, Tony Lee, New North Press, Richard Pendry, Mark Perronet, Ben Rider, Richard Roberts, Natalie Ryde, David Shand and David Vassie.

Much of the work from this exhibition is now available to buy from our online shop.

Atom Gallery view right

Atom Gallery view centre

Atom Gallery - view left

Excited State

Phantasmagoria

Fant-fly-website10th June – 2nd July

Bo Fowler

Solo show

Hermit-like in his cramped cellar, Bo Fowler paints, glues, mutilates or in other ways tampers with piles of discarded toys, plastic animals and old and broken religious figures. He then arranges these objects in front of painted two dimensional landscapes, surrounds them with ornate frames and covers them in thick layers of resin to create bizarre but compelling tableaux.

Bo Fowler is the son of artists Nancy Fouts and Malcolm Fowler, has a PhD in critical and creative writing, and has been making strange assemblages in his basement since 2010. His blog – More notes from the Autopsy of God, in which he challenges well established philosophies – by presenting alternative and often witty aphorisms, has been viewed over 60,000 times and has been nominated as one of The Times websites of the week. He has a loyal Twitter following of 36,000.

His pseudo-religious pictures are heavily influenced by Dadaism and the 15th Century Netherlandish Realism school of painting, notably Hieronymus Bosch. Fowler’s ‘paintings’ are intentionally ambiguous and resonate with submerged symbolism and forgotten allegories, fluctuating between the sacred and the sacrilegious, the two and the three dimensional, the serious and the comic.

Not everything in the Universe should have an explanation.

Atom Gallery is very pleased to present the first solo show of Bo Fowler, ‘Phantasmagoria’ in which we will be exhibiting fifty unseen works of varying sizes, all of which will be for sale.

Hung Up Ripped Off

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David Shand, screenprints
Atom Gallery, 5th March – 2nd April 2016

Atom Gallery was very pleased to announce “HUNG UP RIPPED OFF” a solo show of screen prints by David Shand. David makes intriguing collages from photographs of decayed posters and adverts. He manipulates and subverts the imagery before producing screenprints on paper or wood. They combine a keen eye for abstract composition and transform the commercial four colour printing process into something of intrigue and beauty.

In the early 1990s David became drawn to London’s expired advertising. He began to
photograph and later montage the images together. In 2010, he started to screenprint his
favourite compositions.

Atom Gallery exhibited approximately twelve 50x70cm and four 100x70cm prints,
many of which have never been shown before. Prices start at £85 for an unframed work and all work is hand screenprinted by the artist.

David has sold work at the Printclub London Gallery, the London Affordable Art Fair and the Druck Berlin Screenprint Festival. This is his first solo show.

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High Rise

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