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Atomica’s Winter 2015 exclusive print releases!

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​Atomica is delighted to announce the release of two brand new exclusive limited edition prints just in time for present season! ‘Supergirl I’ by Richie Fahey and ‘Sharesies’ by Ryan Heshka – two striking, quintessential images that sum up everything we love about these two incredible artists. Both are total must-have prints for fans, collectors and comic & art lovers alike.

 

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‘Supergirl I’ by Richie Fahey
£85
Edition of 50
42 x 59 cm
Limited edition numbered giclée print, comes with signed
certificate of authenticity from artist Richie Fahey.

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New York photographer and painter Richie Fahey is an icon of the Lowbrow world. Taking inspiration from old movie houses and pulp paperbacks, Fahey creates black and white photographs using vintage lighting techniques, meticulous art direction and personally sourced props and costumes, before painting on his prints with coloured oils. This unique process results in images that feel authentically vintage and full of old-time glamour.

Like all of Fahey’s work, there is an intriguing narrative taking place in ‘Supergirl I’; the heroine sits pensively on her bed with a mysterious ‘man from Krypton’ in the photograph next to her. Revealing a new side to the comic book hero, this work has become one of Fahey’s most iconic pieces. The original artwork dates back to 1999 when Fahey shot the image to be used as an album cover and has surprisingly never before been released as a print edition. Until now!

Fahey has exhibited his work worldwide and in 2002 was commissioned by Penguin Books to create the cover artwork for their reprint of the James Bond series by Ian Fleming.

 

 

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‘Sharesies’ by Ryan Heshka
£105
Edition of 25
22 x 32 cm
Signed and numbered limited edition giclée print.

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Canadian artist and illustrator Ryan Heshka is a self-confessed pop-culture junkie influenced by everything from pin-up girls to antiquated comics and b-movies, frequently depicting witty characters and scenes from an imagined canon of 1950’s pulp sci-fi art.

Depicting a pair of formidable flame-haired femme-fatales, ‘Sharesies’ is classic Heshka. One of the artist’s earliest ‘double-girl’ works, ‘Sharesies’ marks the beginning of Heshka’s fascination with the mythology of twins and is a personal favorite of his. He explains…

“Sharesies” was part of the first four double girls paintings I made for a group show in Chicago. I was exploring small twins paintings, and imaging strange scenarios and activities twins might take part in. I’m also really into painting telephones!”
“Twins offer instant mythology and legends to artists, and have significance in the language of dreams. They are just naturally intriguing. Painting them as a larger body of work gave me the opportunity to explore this idea as a collection of these images.”
One of the most exciting artists to emerge from the recent north-American new-contemporary scene, Heshka primarily works in acrylic paint on wood panel and vintage paper, frequently embellishing with cuttings from pulp magazines. Heshka has exhibited extensively across Europe and North America including at Roq la Rue in Seattle and Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. His latest comic book ‘Mean Girls Club’ was recently released by UK publishers Nobrow.

 

Please email us on hello@atomicagallery.com for any further info or questions.

CHRISTMAS 2015 SHIPPING DATES

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The festive season is now well and truly upon us and we know lots of you are already starting to think seriously about Christmas presents! We can ship your Atomica goodies worldwide, no problem, but if you need them to arrive in time for Christmas please be aware of the following dates depending on whereabouts you are based:

UK – Monday 21 December

Africa, Middle East – Thursday 3 December

Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) – Sunday 6 December

Caribbean, Central & South America – Monday 7 December

Greece, Australia, New Zealand – Wednesday 9 December

Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland – Sunday 13 December

Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA – Monday 14 December

Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain – Tuesday 15 December

France – Wednesday 16 December

Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland – Thursday 17 December

Order by 1pm on these dates to guarantee delivery before Christmas!

‘Miniature Ink II’ at the Atomica Neal Street Pop Up!

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Atomica Gallery and Things&Ink present ‘Miniature Ink II’

23rd SEPTEMBER – 2nd OCTOBER 2015

ATOMICA GALLERY POP-UP, 55 NEAL ST, SEVEN DIALS, WC2H 9PJ

An exhibition of miniature original artworks from over 100 of the world’s leading tattoo artists!
All featured artwork available to purchase on a first-come, first-served, basis… Kewpie dolls the medium for 2015!

Atomica Gallery and Things&Ink are delighted to announce Miniature Ink II, a group exhibition celebrating contemporary tattoo artistry, featuring miniature original artworks from over 100 of the world’s leading tattoo artists. Opening in Seven Dials on Wednesday 23rd September to coincide with the London Tattoo Convention 2015, Miniature Ink II is also being held to raise awareness for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, with profits from sales being donated to the charity.

Miniature Ink II follows the overwhelming success of 2014’s inaugural Miniature Ink, in which leading tattoo artists contributed postcard-sized original artworks to the international group exhibition. For the exhibition’s second edition, Atomica and Things&Ink have introduced a twist. Rather than using paper as their canvas, this year each of the contributing artists have been asked to decorate an iconic object within the tattoo community: a kewpie doll.

With tattoo culture exploding in popularity and becoming established as a mainstream art form, Miniature Ink II will once again showcase the breadth and variety of artistic talent within the community. Reflecting the medium’s inherent accessibility, each of the kewpies will be available to purchase at the same affordable price on a first-come, first-served basis, providing the opportunity for tattoo-lovers and art-lovers alike to own an original work by some of the most sought-after names in the industry. 

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Alex Binnie, Annie Frenzel, Anthony “Civ”Civarelli, Antony Flemming, Big Sleeps, Clare Hampshire, Deno, Drew Linden, Friday Jones, Guy le Tatooer, Hannah Pixie Sykes, Jody Dawber, Jondix, Keely Rutherford, Lal Hardy, Lauren Winzer, Lou Hopper, Michelle Myles, Nikole Lowe, Rachel Baldwin, Rose Hardy, Sarah Carter, Sasha Unisex, Wendy Pham  plus many more.

T-shirts featuring artwork from the exhibition will be available to purchase at the opening reception and throughout the exhibition (provided by Yr Store) and blank decorate-your-own kewpie dolls. Atomica Gallery will also have a selection of limited edition prints, original artworks, ceramics and books and other hard-to-find/easy-to-love artist-made rarities available for sale.

 
OPENING HOURS: 10AM-7PM DAILY (INCLUDING SUNDAY) | 10AM-8PM THURSDAYS
ATOMICA GALLERY POP-UP, 55 NEAL ST, SEVEN DIALS, WC2 9PJ

OPENING NIGHT

Wednesday 23 September, 6-9pm
Complimentary drinks kindly supplied by Sailor Jerry Rum and Huber Beer

RSVP: rsvp@atomicagallery.com or join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/518417618306230/

Interview – artist Nick Sheehy interviews fellow artist Ruben Ireland on his latest exhibition ‘Hyperdusk’

Taking a sidestep from his gentler subjects of dreamy, feminine creatures and spirit animals, Ruben Ireland transports us into a futuristic battlefield with androgynous archers and warrior women for his debut solo exhibition ‘Hyperdusk’. Over the past few years the British digital mixed media artist has carved out a distinctive rendered style that’s unmistakably his own. In ‘Hyperdusk’ his newest monochrome beings have an etherial, sci-fi like beauty and poise that is captivating and full of wonder. Interviewed by fellow Atomica artist Nick Sheehy, Ruben chats symbolism, mess, the natural development of his first solo exhibition and the cathartic processes of his work. ‘Hyperdusk’ opened at Atomica in June and is still available to view and purchase online HERE.

Interview by Nick Sheehy, an Australian artist currently living in London.

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How did you prepare for Hyperdusk? Was there any particular shift in what you wanted to achieve in the artwork? Did you set yourself any rules? Anything you wanted to change or develop about your practice?

I wanted to stay true to the underlying principles of my earlier work, but I also felt like Hyperdusk should stand alone as an independent collection. This being my first solo show, my initial response was to create a single series, where each work would be part of the same stylistic principles and subject matter so that there would be a sense of consistency between the pieces. But a little way in I found this was really restricting my ideas, and I felt it would probably make for quite a monotonous collection. So I decided not to set any rules, and let the story of the show develop naturally. I think that if the work comes from a personal place and at a certain time, it has no choice but to follow a certain path. Now that they’re up I’m pleased with the cohesive variety, where there seems to be a single language, but with three or four slightly different dialects. As for making the work, I’ve found my core process now, which gives me the results I want, but it’s still a fairly open one and there’s always something to learn when I want to create something I haven’t tried before. In these works, there are more abstract elements than any previous work, which I’ve wanted explore for some time. Particularly the headdress in ‘Possily’ where I was trying to reflect something in her more natural and spiritual and transient.

Producing a large collection of work, especially for a singular exhibition is a long road with many potential detours. Now that the work is behind glass and fastened to the walls, is the end result what you thought it would be?

I really had no idea how it would turn out until the last few weeks preceding the exhibition. I’ve learned that solo shows are far more complicated than I anticipated, whatever you create has to be careful of any other piece you create, and they all have to be careful of each other as a collection, and even then it’s very hard to know what the collection will look like until you see everything on the walls. I was working on around twenty pieces over the last nine months, which very slowly became twelve and even more slowly became the eight that appear in Hyperdusk. I was surprised at which works I ended up with, but I think they were exactly right for what I wanted to say. Looking at them now, I can enjoy them and stand behind each one proudly.

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The work seems to shift from mess to control. How important to you is the process of making the work? And what stage of the process do you feel most connection or get the most satisfaction?

My roots are in making a mess. During my studies I was always experimenting with spilled ink, scraped paint and a general carefree approach to my materials. Over time I started to enjoy cleaning up those messes with scalpels, careful pen work, and more precise brush strokes, which made for really interesting combinations, and gave birth to a conversation in my character as well as my work. I’d have to say both parts of the process are equally important; making a mess allows me to clean up, and cleaning gives me space to make a new mess. It reflects other areas of my work as well, I’m very interested in exploring dualities; everything has an opposite that it can’t live without.

You’ve previously explained your work as “moments leading up to an important personal event”. And indeed the characters look poised, readied with armour. Do you ever wish to explore the imminent experience itself? or the aftermath of the event?

I find it much more interesting to explore the build up. I’d rather leave the event up to the imagination of the viewer. I want to present a potential so that others can fill in the blanks. If I were to start depicting things as they happen, I would be solidifying their message and grounding the work too much in reality, where I’d rather it remained in the realm of possibilities. This is the beauty of symbolism, it lets the viewer play their role.

Your recent work seems to have moved into completely monochromatic territory, punctuated with flashes of glowing white. Does black or white hold any particular symbolic importance?

Many of my favourite artists are very colourful ones, and I keep meaning to create a very colourful collection myself one day. But I seem to be cursed by monochrome bug. A few of the pieces in Hyperdusk, including the title piece, began life with a lot of colour, with bright reds, pinks, blues and oranges. But over time I started to introduce very strong blacks. Then the colourful areas began shifting into brilliant whites, one by one, at which point I gave in and committed to complete monochromacy. I find that this pallet gives the work the impact I’m looking for, as well as the strength and power that the women portray. It also strips back the work, which ties in more accurately with the mood of the pieces.

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Some of your previous work has featured beasts and scenery. But the work for Hyperdusk sees their presence reduced to parts of headdress, or ghosts in snaking shapes. Was this a conscious development in how you present your characters?

I often use animals as symbolic features to represent a characters emotional state or driving force, but whilst making Hyperdusk I hadn’t been feeling so clear or forceful in my personal life. I didn’t feel like I had anything guiding me and so I think this reflects in these works. These characters are forsaken and forced to make their own way. But I think that’s a positive thing, their headdresses represent a kind of decay and chaos, I feel like they’re perhaps closer to their clarity and cathartic experience than the women in my previous work.

I’ve always been interested in the idea that artists can only do their own work. Can we learn anything about you as a person or your situation over the last few months from looking at Hyperdusk?

All my work is very personal, and I put everything that’s happening to me into it. But Once I’ve finished a piece, I prefer to let it go and allow others to find themselves in it. I’m also often asked about the story behind my pieces, and if someone really cares I’ll explain what they mean to me, but I’d much rather ask what a work means to someone else, I think that’s much more important and interesting.

Now that Hyperdusk is up on the walls, what’s the next move for you?

I have a few ideas for personal works, and I’m currently working on a few book covers. I’ll also have work in a couple of upcoming group shows, but I can’t really reveal the details yet.

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All work is available to purchase online HERE. Or to request a copy of the preview catalogue and for any enquiries about the exhibition please email sales@atomicagallery.com.

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RUBEN IRELAND ‘HYPERDUSK’ DEBUT SOLO EXHIBITION
June – July 2015
Atomica Gallery, 7 Greens Court, London, W1F 0HQ

Read more about the exhibition HERE.

Atomica Gallery presents Ruben Ireland ‘Hyperdusk’

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25th JUNE – 11th JULY 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY 25th JUNE 6-9PM
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Atomica Gallery is proud to present Hyperdusk, the debut international solo exhibition from British digital mixed media artist Ruben Ireland. Hyperdusk will be the first time Ireland has presented original artwork for sale, with each of the brand new large digital works on display sold as a single one-off print.

Ireland’s instantly recognisable work frequently depicts isolated figures in minimalistic environments. Exuding a haunting and dreamlike quality, his subjects appear to be of alternate times and other-worlds. Portraits rendered in monochromatic pigments stand in stunning contrast to bare backgrounds; Ireland’s work speaks through its simplicity, creating impact through minimalistic compositions created with a few, selectively-chosen details.

Ireland is fascinated by mysticism and for this exhibition he explores an imagined limbo-like space called Hyperdusk; a place in between light and dark where characters are suspended eternally in an poignant moment, their end goal just out of reach. Ireland explains:

“My work is often about the moments leading up to an important personal event – battles, confrontations, decisions, movements, healings – and what is found in those moments – strength, insecurity, heroism, cowardice, discipline, peace, fear, anger. Each piece explores its own emotion and set of possible outcomes.”

Fusing traditional techniques with digital processing, Ireland uses ink, acrylic paint and a digital tablet to create his work, as well as experimenting with unusual elements to add texture and tone. Hyperdusk will consist of eight large original digital mixed media one-off prints on paper.

Already established as a highly successful commercial illustrator and having recently completed a full time artist residency at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco, where he was also a featured curator, Atomica Gallery is delighted to showcase Ireland’s work in London for his highly anticipated debut solo exhibition.

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ATOMICA GALLERY
7 Greens Court, W1F 0HQ London, United Kingdom
25th JUNE – 11th JULY 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY 25th JUNE 6-9PM
JOIN ON FACEBOOK OR RSVP TO RSVP@ATOMICAGALLERY.COM

Interview – London artist Jack Pearce on his latest exhibition ‘Fauxmance’, painting murals and the connection between art and skateboarding

London artist Jack Pearce’s expressive figurative work features loose-tongued (and limbed) warriors of radness in textural, buzzing Indian ink and intricately patterned glorious technicolour. With its loose and abstracted tribal feel, his work takes reference from the ancient practise of image-making, yet tells stories a contemporary audience can recognise. In contrast with the laid-back rough-and-tumble lads of ‘Bromance’, his latest drawings explore themes of social unease and anxiety. Atomica caught up with him to get the lowdown about his current show ‘Fauxmance’ showing at Atomica Gallery until 6th June 2015.

Interview by Hazel Perryman, an illustrator and writer based in South-East London.

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You’ve painted some fantastic murals. Have you done any street art?

Thank you, I haven’t really done any street art yet or though it’s something I’d like to get the opportunity to do. I really enjoy painting murals they leave so much room for experimentation. I don’t set out with a fixed plan when painting a mural piece, the characters form their own interaction based around that nature of the interior or exterior space. To me the most satisfying part of the mural painting process is going over and over the line-waver aiming to make it straight.

What made you want to make art?

It’s always been the process that has really appealed to me. I find the most enjoyable part of making art is the constant struggle it presents you with. The highs and lows can be so diverse and this is what pushes me to keep doing it. Spending days on something only to make one mistake and completely disregard it. The strenuous process of starting over can be so rewarding once you crack exactly how you imagined the piece to look.

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Your paintings reference tribal art, which records and tells a story about daily life. Is your work a way of telling a story about people?

Yes they do tell stories. When I’m creating the work I often already have an idea of a certain story or scenario I want the characters to be acting out. I don’t expect people to be able to get the same story as I do from them, but with a little imagination I hope the you the viewer can get an insight into the way my mind works. I want you to be able to form your own opinions of the social tensions I’m aiming to convey.

Have you recorded any of your favourite memories in your work?

Not specifically, but I think the concept of the work can be traced back to some of my own experiences. I’m not necessarily the most social of individuals. I can definitely relate to some of the themes of social awkwardness running through certain pieces of my work in ‘Fauxmance’.

What is the best thing a bro has ever done for you?

Supplied me with beer and a good home cooked meal!

What direction do you see your work going into the future?

I’d like to incorporate the characters and concepts I’ve touched on in ‘Fauxmance’ into the murals I paint. The murals I have painted to date have always revolved around long limbed, black and white bearded bros portraying brotherly love. Working solely in colour for this show has been a great learning curve for me! I feel that it was towards the end of the making of works for Fauxmance, that I really got to grips with it. I’m very much looking forward to incorporating my newly founded members of the Fauxmance tribe into mural-based works.

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The social interactions in your latest work have more undertones of anxiety and social tension than in the Bromance series. What inspired you to explore this side of social interaction?

My main source of inspiration for ‘Fauxmance’ comes from people watching. Through watching the social interactions of others it can be apparent that our body language can give off vibes of awkwardness toward one another. For this show I set out to make work that takes some previous compositional elements from Bromance paintings, but uses a body language that outlines the underlying tensions of social interaction.

You’ve mentioned before that you’re a fan of Ed Templeton whose work also has an energetic, DIY feel. How do you think skateboarding has contributed to your approach to your work?

Skateboarding is similar in so many ways to art making, both are so time consuming to master. I’d say the direct way skateboarding has contributed to my approach in making art, is the rigorous process involved when trying to perfect a trick or art process. Not giving up at it until you do it the way you pictured it. The two are so inexplicably linked culturally and in process, this cross over between the two is the reason why I still try and do both.

What other artists do you admire?

To be honest I’m not really in the habit of finding out about new artists. I purposefully don’t go scrolling the internet for new artists to admire. I try to stay away from being influenced too directly by other artists within my own work. I don’t necessarily get inspired when stumbling across an art makers work that I’m a fan of or otherwise aren’t familiar with. I don’t want elements of their work subconsciously sneaking into my own. In my opinion I don’t think there really is such a thing as original art, anyone who makes art, makes it with inspiration from someone or something. I’d like to think that by not paying as much attention, as perhaps I should to other artists, I’m able get across some forms of originality within my style of work, along side the techniques involved in producing it.

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JACK PEARCE ‘FAUXMANCE’ SOLO EXHIBITION
21st May – 6th June 2015
Atomica Gallery, 7 Greens Court, London, W1F 0HQ
Read more about the exhibition HERE.

Atomica Gallery presents Jack Pearce ‘Fauxmance’ preview video

We dropped in for a studio visit with Jack Pearce ahead of his second upcoming solo show ‘Fauxmance’ at Atomica Gallery, opening Thursday May 21st. ‘Fauxmance’ is an exciting follow up to ‘Bromance’, Jack’s hugely successful solo exhibition in 2013. Check out the video for a sneak peek of Jack’s impressive new body of work. Shot and edited by Mike from Video Arcade Productions, music from The Get Rids.

 

 

With a knack for creating captivating long limbed and loose lipped characters that demand closer contemplation; Pearce has spent the last few years developing his skills and technique to present a new series of 12 A1 sized works for ‘Fauxmance’. Physically entangled and seemingly united by a sense of joyful abandon, Pearce’s new ‘Fauxmance’ tribe have an androgynous quality with complex and menacing dynamics at play. Read more about the exhibition here.

‘Fauxmance’ opening reception Thursday 21st May 6-9pm. RSVP at rsvp@atomicagallery.com or on our Facebook. Email sales@atomicagallery.com for sales enquires and preview catalogue.

Atomica Gallery presents Jack Pearce ‘Fauxmance’
21st May – 6th June 2015
Opening reception Thursday 21st May 6-9pm
Atomica Gallery
7 Greens Court
Soho, London W1F 0HQ

Ricardo Cavolo ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ opening night video!

 

Thanks to everybody who came down to the opening night and book launch of Ricardo Cavolo ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’!

As always, Mike from Video Arcade Productions has put together a cracker of a video capturing the action on the night. Many thanks to Nobrow, Red Stripe for providing the beers, Noela Roibás at Brit ES Magazine for the photos on the night and of course – big congratulations to Ricardo on an incredible book and exhibition!

As part of Ricardo Cavolo’s ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before you Die’ we have produced an exclusive and super limited run of signed and numbered prints of all artists featured in the exhibition. Only ten prints of each artist will be produced and are available exclusively through Atomica Gallery.

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Atomica Gallery presents Jack Pearce: ‘Fauxmance’

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Atomica Gallery is proud to present ‘Fauxmance’, the second solo exhibition from young British artist and illustrator Jack Pearce. ‘Fauxmance’ follows Pearce’s successful debut solo exhibition ‘Bromance’ at Atomica Gallery in 2013 and marks a clear development in the artist’s work both in subject matter and technique.

Pearce is one of a new generation of young contemporary artists who have grown up influenced by skate culture and the ethics and spirit it has encouraged; a movement undoubtedly headed up by free-thinking artists and skateboarders, including legendary Ed Templeton and more recently the anarchic enigma, Neckface.

A knack for creating captivating long limbed and loose lipped characters that demand closer contemplation; Pearce has spent the last few years developing his skills and technique to present a new series of 12 A1 sized works for ‘Fauxmance’. Physically entangled and seemingly united by a sense of joyful abandon, Pearce’s new ‘Fauxmance’ tribe have an androgynous quality with complex and menacing dynamics at play. Pearce says:

“Through the interactions between breasted, skirt-wearing individuals I aim to reveal the hidden unease that can lie beneath the surface of social situations. At first glance, the groups of tribespeople can seem in harmony with one another, but upon closer inspection their body language reveals undertones of agitation.

I chose to use characters of indeterminate genders so as not to make any stereotypical assumptions, but rather to look at the way society as a whole handles unclear etiquette. In contrast to the feelings of ‘Bromance’ between close friends that I have explored previously, ‘Fauxmance’ illustrates the affected familiarity we act out when we’re unsure of where we stand.”

With an interest in combining popular contemporary culture and age-old traditions. The ‘Fauxmance’ tribe members are frequently connected by antiquated motifs including their armour-like costumes and hats. Reminiscent of traditional native dress, the characters appear both modern and rooted in ancient culture.

The impeccably executed, fine detail exactness of Pearce’s work juxtaposed against the playfulness of the ‘Fauxmance’ tribe’s spirit brings a satisfying uniformity to ‘Fauxmance’ that reflects Pearce’s obsessive practices and overall brilliance.

An extremely exciting talent whose work has already been noticed by collectors and first-time art buyers alike, Pearce’s ‘Fauxmance’ is a must see exhibition of 2015.

‘Fauxmance’ opening reception Thursday 21st May 6-9pm. RSVP at rsvp@atomicagallery.com or on our Facebook. Email sales@atomicagallery.com for sales enquires and preview catalogue.

Atomica Gallery presents Jack Pearce ‘Fauxmance’
21st May – 6th June 2015
Opening reception Thursday 21st May 6-9pm
Atomica Gallery
7 Greens Court
Soho, London W1F 0HQ

‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ Ricardo Cavolo prints now available online

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Limited edition signed and numbered giclee prints available exclusively through Atomica Gallery as part of the Ricardo Cavolo solo exhibition ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’.

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‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ offers a charming personal journey through music history. A die-hard music lover, Cavolo has painstakingly picked his 101 essential icons and expressed his adoration in the best way he knows how: creating beautifully illustrated hand-drawn portraits, accompanied by his own musings and hilarious anecdotes. Leaving few genres uncovered, current superstars Diplo and Kayne West play an equally integral part as much-loved legends Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Cavolo has also paid homage to plenty of unexpected surprises and underrated obscurities.

“I did want to bring together 101 musicians and bands which, throughout my life and still today, have helped me in some way. We enjoy music, but we also use it. And this is what I want to show: what each artist gives me; the situations in which I listen to one or to another; how this group or that helps me to resolve problems. Yes, my musical diary.” – Ricardo Cavolo

‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’: RICARDO CAVOLO (SPAIN)
23rd APRIL – 9th MAY 2015
ATOMICA GALLERY – 7 GREENS COURT, SOHO, LONDON W1F 0HQ

Rafael Silveira’s ‘Mind’s Eye Funfair’ opening night video!

It’s fun(fair) time! Have a gander at the opening night video for Rafael Silveira’s debut European solo exhibition, ‘Mind’s Eye Funfair’, edited by Mike from Video Arcade Productions. Music for the video by Rafael’s band ‘Os Transtornados Do Ritmo Antigo‘.

 

Thanks to everyone who came down, Barry Hogan from ATP Festival for DJing and to our friends at Red Stripe for kindly supplying the beers.

‘Mind’s Eye Funfair’ is still up until April 11th 2015. Don’t miss out in seeing this Brazilian painter’s fantastical fun-house like exhibition here at Atomica!    Read more about it here!

Charlie Roberts ‘Soft Life/Hard Nites’ solo exhibition opening night video!

He worked it, flipped it and reversed it – our videographer Mike Prior of Video Arcade Productions is back again with this insanely rad video for the Charlie Roberts: ‘Soft Life/Hard Nites’ opening night! Check it out!

 

 ‘Soft Life/Hard Nites’ was the debut UK solo exhibition from Charlie Roberts which opened here at Atomica Gallery on February 19th 2015. The American artist, now living in Oslo, flew over for the grand opening and as you can see, it turned out to be a pretty fun party!

Thanks to all of you who came along to the show and to our friends at Red Stripe who kindly supplied the beers. Head over to our Facebook page to see photos from the night, also taken by our main-man Mike.

Affordable Art Fair here we come!!

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We are delighted to announce that we will be participating in our first ever art fair next week! The Affordable Art Fair is one of the world’s most reputable and accessible art fairs, with nothing priced over £5,000 and most artwork much less than that. We are honoured that Atomica has been selected to exhibit at their Spring edition in Battersea, London.

AND the extra good news is that we have FREE TICKETS to the Affordable Art Fair Private View on Wednesday night, Spring Swing on Thursday night and all day Friday to give away! Plus half price tickets for Sat and Sun are also up for grabs.

Visitors to the AAF are in for a real treat as we will have some extra special work with us. As you know, original artwork by many of our artists does not become available too frequently, so this is an amazing opportunity to view and purchase a special piece from one of your favourite Atomica artists.

 

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One of our most popular artists, Richie Fahey, will have some absolutely stunning new works on display at our stand. Richie’s giclée prints fly off the walls here at Atomica and this is a unique opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind piece from Richie. His gorgeous technicolour hand painted original photographs do not come up that often so this is a great opportunity to purchase one of a kind piece from him. All of Richie’s works come in stunning vintage frames that he finds himself which complement the artwork to perfection.

Lots of you have been demanding to see more of Ryan Heshka’s signature 50s pulp inspired femme fatales and other-worldly beings ever since four of his originals sold out super-fast on the opening night of our anniversary exhibition, Vision Quest, back in April 2014! Well now is your chance as we will have eight original paintings including 3 incredible larger pieces.

Femke Hiemstra has been another firm favourite with visitors ever since Atomica first opened it’s doors. Her ‘Œuf Surprise’ original painting was also quick to be snapped up at the Vision Quest opening night. With avid collectors worldwide, Femke’s artwork comes up extremely rarely and we are thrilled to be presenting a beautiful original drawing ‘Mercat’ at the AAF.  

We are also taking along work from home-grown talent Castro Smith. As well as original works, Castro’s incredibly detailed ‘Toucan’, a mind-blowing copper plate etching (limited edition of just 50), will be available to visitors. Inspired by a magical trip to Brazil with his Mum, this piece alone is something that you should venture to Battersea for. You could look at this work for hours and still not uncover all the delights hidden in the world within!

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And thats just for starters! We will also be exhibiting more works from a whole host of super talented Atomica artists including Ricardo Cavolo, Nom Kinnear King, Jen Mann, Jack Pearce, Charlie Roberts and Nick Sheehy!

We have the following tickets available. First come, first served!

115 x FREE pairs of tickets to the Private View, Wednesday 11th March, 5.30-9.30pm

150 x FREE pairs of tickets to the Spring Swing, Thursday 12th March, 5.30-9.30pm

25 x FREE tickets to the AAF, Friday 13th March 11am-6pm

HALF PRICE tickets to the AAF, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March, 11am-6pm

 To request tickets please email hello@atomicagallery.com

Please clearly state in your email what date you would like to attend. Tickets will need to be collected from the gallery in Soho by Monday 10th March next week.  

You will find Atomica Gallery at Stand B1 of the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, 11th-15th March 2015. For more info and directions please visit the AAF website.

If you have any further questions about the artwork we will be taking to the AAF please email sales@atomicagallery.com

Full List of artists we are exhibiting at the fair as follows: Ricardo Cavolo, Richie Fahey, Ryan Heshka, Femke Hiemstra, Nom Kinnear King, Jen Mann, Jack Pearce, Charlie Roberts, Nick Sheehy, Castro Smith.

 

 

Interview – The Idiosyncratic nature of Charlie Roberts

Celebrating the idiosyncratic and sometimes chaotic nature of contemporary life, Charlie Roberts is an uncompromisingly energetic and uninhibited artist. Acrobatic amazons with hip hop swagger pull shapes like they fell out of a Matisse painting and into the 21st century, competing for attention with vibrant hand-carved totem poles that look like archaic incarnations of 90s computer game characters, and his earlier complex landscapes that stagger down the page in a torrent of spontaneous action. Charlie Robert’s debut London solo exhibition opens on Thursday 19th February 2015 at Atomica Gallery. 

Interview by Hazel Perryman, an illustrator and writer based in South-East London.

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First of all, can you describe a typical working day?

My work days vary depending on the project.  When I’m making carvings I tend to try to get a jump on things and start early and work a solid 8-9 hour day.  With the smaller watercolors I will often start after my son is in bed and work through the night.  I’m also working a lot on the road which is nice. Going with the flow seems to work for me.

Your recent work is more figurative and has a more singular focus than your earlier work, for example focusing on a single interaction or part of a story. Can you explain a bit about the journey your ideas have taken to get to this point?

It was an unconscious transition from the overloaded pictures to the more refined subtle pictures.  As I began to think more about the architecture of the picture and the color combinations I think they naturally simplified.  The older works were started in one corner and basically filled up,  whereas now I draw the structure first.  There is more control in the new system.

Do you think living in Norway has affected the content and aesthetic of your work? How?

Norway has certainly affected the work. The palate became more subdued. The light here is different and the aesthetics are much cleaner and more muted.

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 The figures in your new paintings are monumental and sculptural. Do you think there is a connection between your practise as a wood carver and these paintings?

Good observation.  I think you are the first to mention it. Yes the system of drawing out the sculptures and the necessity to keep things simple and elegant have influenced the lines in the flat works.  Also the way objects and figures overlap and lines connect and relate in the new flat works comes directly from the sculpture practice.

The content and presentation of some of your early work suggests to me you’re a bit of a cultural anthropologist, documenting the artefacts and social customs of the people around you. What story do you think you wanted to tell?

The story paintings were manic and scatterbrained.  They tended to be either exaggerations of stories from my youth in Kansas or genre explorations.  The beats in them were influenced by Hollywood genre movies.  They were less about the story and more about the action, as any action movie worth its salt should be.

You said recently that your early paintings were like stories, and your recent paintings are more like poems. What affected this change?

I think that is just growing up.  Realizing the optimum use for the medium. If you’re going to tell stories make movies,  flat pictures require mystery to be successful.

What is inspiring you at the moment?

Always the new Rap and Pop music.  Lil Bibby, Ot Genasis, Dej Loaf, Fat Trel, Og Maco, Cheif Keef. Charli XCX,  and on and on.  I’m a sponge, sucking up all of the good shit.

Finally, what direction do you see your work taking in the future?

No Idea

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Join us for the opening reception of Charlie Roberts solo exhibition ‘SOFT LIFE/HARD NITES’ on Thursday 19th February 6-9pm.

All work will be available to purchase. To request a copy of the preview catalogue please email sales@atomicagallery.com

Please RSVP to: rsvp@atomicagallery.com or go to our Facebook event HERE.

‘SOFT LIFE/HARD NITES’ CHARLIE ROBERTS SOLO EXHIBITION 
19th February – 7th March 2015
Opening Reception: Thurs 19th Feb 6-9pm
Atomica Gallery, 7 Greens Court, London, W1F 0HQ

 

‘Sabbath Ov Thee Broken’ print launch and signing session!

We are very excited to be hosting the launch party for an amazing new screen-print this week: ‘Sabbath Ov Thee Broken’, a collaborative piece by friends and contributors of Satanic Mojo Comix!

Artist and cult cartoonist Jason Atomic was inspired to organise the project after a visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Whilst there he came across Johannes Praetorius’ classic artwork ‘Sabbath Ov Thee Broken’ (1668) in ‘The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft & Demonology’ by Rossell Hope Robbins. Jason had a brainwave to round-up a group of artists with a love for all things unorthodox and create a brand new version of Praetorius’ powerful masterpiece for 2015!

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The list of contributors is a supremely talented bunch indeed, including some of the absolute best names in alternative comics:

Savage Pencil, Junko Mizuno, Coco Roy, Garry “Gorey” Leach, Jason Atomic, Krent Able, Manko, Daniel Cantrell, Rufus Dayglo, Laughing Indio, Grande Dame, Russell Taysom, Paul Arscott, Aidan Cook, Billy Chainsaw, Shaky Kane, Matt Valentine, Eyeball (Battle of the Eyes), Sina Sparrow, Gunsho, Jack Mclean and Dennis Franklin.

Several of the contributing artists will be in attendance for a signing  session too!

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Join us for the ‘Sabbath Ov Thee Broken’ launch party at Atomica on Thursday 5th February, 6-9pm to grab your copy!

The generous folk at Hopdaemon Brewery are kindly providing complimentary “hell raising Kentish ales” to celebrate the occasion.

We hope to see you there, come down and show your support for this fantastic witchy screen-print!

RSVP@atomicagallery.com or join the Facebook event.

“Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno” opening night video featuring Junko Mizuno and intro from Jonathan Ross!

“Belle: The Art of Junk Mizuno” was a retrospective solo exhibition from Japanese-born, San Francisco-living manga and fine artist Junko Mizuno. It was the first time Junko had shown in London – and you guys were totally hyped for it!

Junko herself was here on the opening night to meet ‘n’ greet and sign prints and books for all of her fans. One of her biggest fans is long-time supporter Jonathan Ross, who kindly introduced the exhibition for us!

Check him out in the “Belle” opening night video below, made by our supremely talented videographer Mike Prior of Video Arcade Productions.

 

A heartfelt thanks to all of you who came along and made the “Belle” opening such a special night, Paul Gravett of Comica Festival who helped make everything happen and to our friends at Red Stripe who kindly supplied the beers. Head over to our Facebook page to see photos from the night, taken by the lovely Pat Lyttle.

We won’t be forgetting that night for a very long time!

Brand new James Jean prints available at Atomica!

We are very excited to announce the arrival of two stunning new prints at Atomica from one of our all time favourites, multi Eisner Award-winning artist James Jean!

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We are honoured to be the exclusive European seller of the gorgeous “Seasons” and “Tiger III”; Jean’s recent, now sold out, signed and numbered time-limited edition giclée prints. The editions are printed to the highest quality on archival cotton-rag paper with archival pigment-based ink and both editions are also beautifully embossed.

 

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Born in Taiwan before immigrating to America with his family as a child, Jean went on to study at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Achieving success as a commercial artist working in the comics industry for DC Comics amongst others, he has also collaborated with high-profile brands such as Prada. Principally recognised as a fine artist, Jean has exhibited in many of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries. His work appears in the collection of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and several books of his work have been published, including forthcoming monograph Xenograph.
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“Seasons” and “Tiger III” are the first limited edition prints Jean has released in a number of years and we only have a small amount of each print available at Atomica.

You can now purchase ‘Tiger III’ from Atomica in Soho and our webshop here

If you would like to pre-order ‘Seasons’ or would like more details please email sales@atomicagallery.com.

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ArtBeat Ep 6 on Soho Radio – Featuring Mike Perry

Soho Radio is a brand new and amazing little radio station based on Great Windmill Street in Soho, just round the corner from our new premises at Greens Court. Over the past 6 months we have had loads of fun being a part of the station’s growth and presenting our own radio show, ArtBeat! They also happen to serve up the best coffee in the area, so check them out!

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For our latest episode we invited American artist Mike Perry into the studio to talk about his work and his recent exhibition in London. Famous for his hand-drawn typography and with numerous books under his belt, Mike is a total creative legend who has achieved ridiculous amounts of amazingness during his 32 years on this planet! Mike was a brilliant guest; funny, clever and a totally inspirational dude. He is based in New York so we also played a selection of our favourite NYC bands and asked Mike to pick a few of his own top tunes. Listen to ArtBeat Episode 6 here!

 

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You can tune into ArtBeat each month for art chat, exhibition news and recommendations, special arty guests and a shambolic mix of choice records including punk, garage, 60s girl groups, new wave, rock n roll and whatever the hell else we feel like playing… We also invite our guests to pick a few of their favourite tunes to play during the show. The next episode of ArtBeat will be coming at ya early December, watch this space…

Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno

Atomica Gallery, in association with Comica Festival, present Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno, a retrospective solo exhibition from celebrated Japanese artist Junko Mizuno. Bringing together a collection of original paintings, rare limited edition prints, iconic silk-screen gig posters and other works from throughout her career, Belle is the first ever showing of Mizuno’s work in London and a rare opportunity for British audiences to view and purchase work from the cult artist.

Born in Japan and currently residing in San Francisco, Mizuno is a self-taught artist who is recognized for her unique style of powerful and erotic female imagery. Juxtaposing childlike cuteness and horror, her psychedelic female characters exude positive energy and playful sexuality. Submerged in 70’s Japanese cute-culture whilst growing up in Tokyo, Mizuno is also inspired by countless other pop-cult sources including toys, comics, food and music, as well as fetish, folk and religious art.

An accomplished manga graphic novelist, Mizuno has published numerous books. She has created artwork for bands such as The Melvins, Faith No More and Mudhoney, designed vinyl figures for Kidrobot and animated the titles for Jonathan Ross’s BBC TV series Japanorama. She has previously exhibited in cities worldwide including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin and Rome.

Join us on Monday 20th October 6-9pm for the opening reception!
Junko will be in attendance and Jonathan Ross will be opening the exhibition with a brief chat about the artist.
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