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Amalgamation


View Art Gallery presents a group show

Amalgamation January 12 - March 4, 2012

View Art Gallery 159-161 Hotwells Road Bristol BS8 4RY United Kingdom for enquiries: +44 (0)5603 116753 sarah@viewartgallery.co.uk


SHARON BISHOP BETH CARTER DIGGY CEDRIC LAQUIEZE LOUIS MASAI MICHEL TOM MEAD JOHN SIMPSON ADELE UNDERWOOD


ADELE UNDERWOOD Adele seeks meaning in her painting, her conclusions are never forced but evolve. Her latest body of work expresses coming to terms with burgeoning sexuality. The animal masks, or hidden realness of the subjects, cover their faces because of the difficulty of revealing the imbalance or awakenings to sexuality.

right: Fuck it, I’m a Girl oil on canvas 120 x 150 cm £3,520 over page left: Stampede Leader oil, charcoal on canvas 120 x 150 cm £3,300 over page right: The Red Bomber oil on canvas 90 x 120 cm £2,640


left: Becoming Real oil on board 90 x 125 cm £1,965

right: A Long Time Coming oil on canvas 90 x 120 cm £2,640


left: Court Dwarf oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm £1,540 right: Bang oil on canvas 90 x 120 cm £2,640

over page left: Puff Blow oil, charcoal on canvas 90 x 120 cm £2,640 over page right: Imagining the Miraculous oil, charcoal on canvas 90 x 120 cm £2,640


SHARON BISHOP Sharon Bishop’s work relates to the city and the issues of environmental damage due to constant property development and the loss of habitat to wildlife. The imagery revolves around the urban landscape, where animals sit alongside the continuous construction of the city-scape. Sharon produces drawings, prints and mixed media works. Showing an multi-disciplinary approach to image making by Incorporating elements of drawing, print-making, photography and painting in order to create layers of marks.

England’s Green and Pleasant Land - 3 acrylic, graphite on paper 62 x 45 cm £495


England’s Green and Pleasant Land - 1 acrylic, graphite on paper 62 x 45 cm £495


England’s Green and Pleasant Land - 2 acrylic, graphite on paper 62 x 45 cm £495


Is Property the New Gold - 1 acrylic, graphite on board 82 x 62 cm ÂŁ995


Is Property the New Gold - 2 acrylic, graphite on board 82 x 62 cm ÂŁ995


Is Property the New Gold - 3 acrylic, graphite on board 82 x 62 cm ÂŁ995


Is Property the New Gold - 4 acrylic, graphite on board 82 x 62 cm ÂŁ995


I build therefore I am - 1 acrylic, graphite on paper 93 x 70 cm ÂŁ695


I build therefore I am - 2 acrylic, graphite on paper 71 x 93 cm ÂŁ650


BETH CARTER Beth Carter’s collection for this exhibition introduces new characters made from textiles, resin and bronze. The (not shown) installation of predominantly white medium adds a haunting element to the usual blend of disturbing and yet endearing imagined creatures.

Mr Fox and his Ghost Dancers plaster, fabric, resin, wadding, steel ÂŁ1,420


Thursday’s Monkey chamois leather, steel, wood H 91 cm £960


Sun Monkey steel, wadding, resin, fabric H 133 cm ÂŁ960


Lion Man Bronze H 50 cm ÂŁ2,160


Minotaur on Box iron resin H 56 cm ÂŁ2,040


Arlo bronze H 30 cm ÂŁ1,920


Carnival Figure bronze resin H 71 cm ÂŁ1,920


CEDRIC LAQUIEZE French born Cedric Laquieze has been fascinated with creatures from a very early age. Whilst at the Rietveld Academy he began specialising in using all kinds of dead objects, from animal and bird skeletons, to dead insects and plants. Cedric has created a beautiful exquisite series of hybrid fairy warrior’s amalgamated from these materials.

right: Fairy 1 insect parts, mixed media £900

over page left: Fairy 2 insect parts, mixed media £900

over page right: Fairy 3 insect parts, mixed media £900


Fairy 4 insect parts, mixed media ÂŁ900


DIGGY With a graphic blend and expressive raw lines, Diggy Smerdon, brings to life the characters and creations of dream and sub-conscious. With this distinct style, she explores unconventional subject matters with weird but wonderful forms. Her quirky creations, unique faces and obsession with hands, add’s a mystery to her work. She conveys the idea of identity through her work, including our sub-conscious, instinct and our soul.

right: The Wolf That Lives in Leona acrylic, spray, ink on board 120 x 80 cm £1,500 over page left: Both Sides Now 1 Acrylic, ink on board 50 x 85 cm £680 over page left: Both Sides Now 2 Acrylic, ink on board 50 x 85 cm £680


Left: Nelly’s Space Acrylic, spray, ink on board 120 x 80 cm £1,100

Right: Leo’s Ego Acrylic, ink on board 80 x 50 cm £820


JOHN SIMPSON Referencing the world of folk tale and myth, John’s work explores the relationship between the human figure and animal forms. Often introducing contemporary elements to these subjects, John Simpson’s imagery is at once both unnerving and enchanting. John Simpson’s primary medium is the Monotype, a process recognised as the most direct and painterly form of Printmaking. Using drawing and painting in oil based ink, layers of image are combined on the paper to create the finished work. These layers are created by working the tar like ink on a glass surface or by drawing on the reverse of the paper while placed on a smooth inked plate. John Simpson has exhibited in London, New York and Brazil. He has shown alongside modern masters such as Hockney and Warhol and his work is held in the collections of Carharrt, Basel and Galleria Choque Cultural, Sao Paulo.

Dear Children Monoprint 100 x 100 cm £3,135


Encounter with Omega Serigraph edition of 60, 84 x 80 cm ÂŁ470 (unframed)


above: Minotaur Study Serigraph edition of 40, 80 x 60 cm ÂŁ359 (unframed)

right: The Briar Patch Serigraph edition of 60, 84 x 80 cm ÂŁ470 (unframed)


LOUIS MASAI MICHEL All artwork in this collection is a part of the series ‘A tale of unfortunate sins’ Every member of the characters depicted in the series has committed murder. The murder of an animal often referred to as hunted or slaughtered has occurred. Some of these deaths have caused the species to confront extinction. This series documents a curse that has been bound to the photographed culprits. The curse leaves the human with an animal’s head showing the world what animal he or she killed. The curse is life long and depending on the extent of damage the kill has caused will have impact upon the cursed. It is not unknown for the curse to spread through the family and even onto unborn children. Life becomes extended much like a vampire and results in a long torturers existence only terminable by the species that was hunted in the first place. Possession of one of these paintings however holds no bad omen and in fact binds an agreement of respect between human and animal. The hanging of a painting in the series “A tale of unfortunate sins” redeems the character in the painting thus allowing them to be at peace with nature…

right: Lady Lemur acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 32 x 46 cm £520 over page left: Mr and Mrs Foxy acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 35 x 48 cm £520 over page right: The HaUNTED! acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 30 x 44 cm £520


right: ... the CHAV! acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 32 x 47 cm £520 over page, left: Another Haram dinner acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 38 x 51 cm £520 over page right: What was that you just said... acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 38 x 47 cm £540

previous page left: Seriously... f**k OFF! acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 34 x 46 cm £520 previous page right: Slot macHINE addict acrylic, pen on vintage photograph 31 x 47 cm £540


TOM MEAD Tom Mead admires the surreal and otherworldly sides of art. He is a traditional artist working in pen and ink mediums, often applying his practice to large scale character based pieces on reclaimed wood. Tom has a terror and intrigue for animals dressed as humans. He creates inhuman characters blending the animal, human and mechanic, a super species he nicknames ‘Bio-Mechanical Anthropomorphism’.

right: Henri Bolen pen on board 42 x 29 cm £320 over page left: The Loneliness of Jonas McGinley pen on board 61 x 61 cm £780 over page right: The Cavendish Cousins pen on board 61 x 61 cm £660


Darwin’s Experiment pen on board 91 x 61 cm £680


Canacatus The Child Collector pen on board 213 x 91 cm ÂŁ1,750


I love the different reactions I feel from this themed collection. I smile with humour, study with intense intrigue, double-take with surprise, and shuffle uneasily as my mind wanders to new places. I marvel at the imagination to create these unique pieces of art. Nick Waugh, View Art Gallery


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