18th Sept – 9th Oct 2021
(Opening party Fri 17th Sept 2021)
WAITING FOR YESTERDAY
Opening event Fri 6th March 6-9pm
Daniel Hosego’s work examines contemporary culture through a Classical lens, using humour to highlight the absurdities and anomalies of our digital age.
Dickpics, selfies, social media and environmental damage are depicted through images that make reference to Classical mythology and traditional engravings. His work begins as intricate ink drawings and is scaled up to create large screenprints, often on Perspex.
This exhibition will include a selection of Daniel’s recent print work along with Risograph prints and four brand new limited edition screenprints on paper.
SAKI & Bitches
Opening event Fri 7th February 6-9pm
Born in Japan but London-based, SAKI&Bitches cut her teeth in London’s street-art scene back in 2009, earning a reputation for her hand-painted paste-ups of “buxom and unapologetic” female characters which appeared on walls around Shoreditch. Over the past ten years her style has developed and become much more refined, with meticulously painted portraits on wood and canvas, and delicate pencil drawings referencing sensuality in Japanese culture.
In this exhibition of new work she applies this new style to the hyper-sexualised and provocative themes of her street art – her pin-up girls clutch religious and pop cultural symbols with the confidence and sexuality of manga comics, and beautiful paintings and drawings are populated by a growing menagerie of seductive horned female devils, monsters and other nocturnal creatures. This is a world in which nothing is sacred – but everybody’s welcome.
All artworks from this exhibition are available to buy from the Atom Gallery online shop
Read an exhibition review by Inspiring City here.
CAN I GET A SLICE?
Art on Pizza Boxes in support of Hackney Foodbank
Opening event Fri 1st November 6-9pm
“An opportunity to buy a unique and original signed
artwork from one of the UK’s emerging/established
artists while supporting a much needed cause.”
Dr D aka Subvertiser
Quiet British Accent
Adriano (AKA) Fidalgo
Hello The Mushroom
Julieta H Adame
RAW ART – 10 YEARS
Opening event Fri 4th October
Ten years of drawing and painting, which wouldn’t have happened without social media and the internet – which needed social media and the internet.
Process is what artists talk about it when they presume people are interested in what a process is and not the final product, although the word is overused and often meaningless, I realised the process of the Raw Art paintings was quite important. And I was always going on
FAST – like a Marinetti lemon peeler or maybe a drill. Too long a process and the brain will engage, and mostly art is better when the brain is not engaging.
ONLINE – so people can take a look at what you’re doing and how. In real time. And after. And before.
DEMYSTIFICATION – as above. Art is for all, and so it must be seen as accessible and human and flawed.
So far, we have spelt out FOD. I would have preferred to have spelt LIVEDRAW.
#livedraw Eurovision and sport is represented here, drawing in real time, while watching the telly, while on Twitter. Art can be instant; can be accessible. Multiples are important to Raw Art too. Daniella and “Self portrait” were painted a long time ago, but I realised there was a
The new series, in oils, is based on Photoshop AI. The “heal” brush in the program, especially on the app, will “correct” areas if you highlight them. The app will not just smooth things out, or add a glow to skin. After using it on a photo, I realised the AI (or is it just “I” at this stage?) wanted to add extra eyeballs, a nose on a cheek – maybe extend the pattern on a top – or the background. These randomly-generated features were a way of freeing up what my mind thought it could see. Eyes, noses and ears are patterns to the program, not necessarily an important part of the human face. It’s also about fragmentation of the self. “Healing” is doing the opposite.
Siân Superman, October 2019
“FORGET YOU EVER SAW ME”
18th May – 8th June 2019
Opening party: Friday 17th May 6-9pm
Benjamin Irritant has gained a reputation as of one of London’s most original, hard-working and prolific street artists. His images of politicised rabbits holding placards with messages and slogans have earned him recognition not just on his home turf of East London, but internationally too, with his work appearing on streets from NYC to Kathmandu.
Ben’s work often originates from hand cut collages using found images from old books and magazines. He began putting them on the street with a budget of £1, photocopying the rabbits and cutting them out before sticking them up all over London with traditional wheat paste (flour and water) which he cooks up himself. He sees his work as a part of the historical tradition of protest in this country. The rabbits have grown in scale (now standing at 6’6″ / 2m tall) but their message remains the same.
30th March – 20th April 2019
Opening party: Friday 29th March 6-9pm
Villain’s stunning graphic and print work celebrates Polari, (the lost gay language) whilst playfully subverting Pop Art and the comic book and superhero genre, and asks us to imagine a past where homosexuality was never criminalised.
This exhibition will feature a previously unseen series of archival giclée prints, along with several limited edition screenprints, all of which will be available to buy.
Villain has worked as an Art and Graphics director in the Fashion Industry for over 20 years. He’s now bringing his mischievous perspective to the art world via Atom.
“EVERYTHING IS REALLY BAD…”
2nd – 23rd March 2019
Opening party: Friday 1st March 6-9pm
Babak Ganjei graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins in 2001. Since then he has been working independently as an artist, playing in bands (Absentee, Wet Paint), writing comic books (Hilarious Consequences, Early Learnings, Twit) and hosting regular radio show “Hot Mess” on NTS radio.
In 2014 Babak sold a set of twigs from his neighbourhood on eBay for £62. He has turned books by Jeremy Clarkson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump into works of blackout poetry, and tried to sell a painting of his credit card back to Barclays for the value of the debt. It didn’t work but he made a “friend”.
Last year a selection of the 180 and counting “Film Ideas” that Babak pitched via Instagram were printed into a zine by Rough Trade Books.
This exhibition will be of Babak’s recent text-based works and tropical paintings, in addition to new limited edition screenprints printed and published by Atom.
2nd – 23rd February 2019
Opening party: Friday 1st February 6-9pm
I’d like to be / picture this / a gallery / trapped in a world /
through the mirror / but I still / see / a vision of you / right
before my eyes / there is something that I visualize / through /
all the tears / all the love / a distorted reality / to dream / you
took the blue out of the sky / instead of breaking up / instead of
/ a doorway / I realize it’s just a picture in a frame / seems like
everything I see / I still / love / like a portrait in flesh / I picture
all the things / you need / you have to borrow / rock steady /
again / again / so deep / listen Lord / all the things / I / paint /
the city / the tears / I / put you all inside my show / but / now,
babe, stop / ‘cause / there ain’t nothing like the real thing / my
world has turned to dust / just a handful of / reflections / I play
the game of fantasy / but / your paintings are all your own / love
/ right before my eyes / that’s the only thing / a total portrait
with no omissions / I got your picture hangin’ on my wall / ain’t
that poster love? /can’t tell them apart at all / be a gallery /
scanning life through the picture / to / think about paint / about
paint / your paintings / can’t tell them apart at all / so let me get
the real thing / ain’t nothing like the real thing / a vision of you
Carl Stimpson’s work mixes carefully painted portraits of icons from the worlds of music and film with cartoon imagery and techniques, and classic but obscure advertising logos. So far, so pop-art, but where his work diverges is in his treatment of this classic material – his use of the ‘ligne-claire’ technique, the imposition and projection of his mashups onto suburban and urban walls as fictional murals, a slight twist in some of the lovingly painted portraits.
Having trained initially as a painter – he studied Fine Art at The Arts Institute of Bournemouth (now Arts University College Bournemouth) – the recent addition of screenprinting to his painting techniques has allowed Carl to introduce an element of mass-production to his work, producing beautifully varied editions where the flatness of a screenprinted black ink layer contrasts with the softer hand-painted elements.
Curated by Elisa de Martini
20th October – 2nd November 2018
Opening party: Friday 19th October 6-9pm
Taking inspiration from childhood memories, traditional storytelling and observations of reality, papercut artist Linda Toigo creates three-dimensional scenes from assembled sheets of paper, drawing the viewer into a fun, surreal and ironic world full of hidden details.
Linda’s work has previously been shown in solo exhibitions and touring group shows in Italy, UK, Spain, Taiwan and the USA, and her delicate papercut illustrations have recently been published in the Italian best selling children’s novel Olga di Carta.
“Carta” was curated by Elisa de Martini