A selection of originals and prints by Antony Micallef, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, Jonathan Yeo, JR, Mode 2, Paul Insect, Stanley Donwood, Vhils and Zevs donned the walls of Lazarides' sister venture Post No Bills in Venice Beach, California. Those of us back in London at the launch of Boxi's new exhibition were certainly jealous of this candid affair. Luckily, there is never any shortage on the art/ fun metre at any event stamped with Lazarides approval.
Paul Insect's refined interpretation of visceral subject matter has thrust him towards fame in the past year, with a noted collector absorbing his entire Bullion exhibition. Equally, Paul's work has evolved considerably. Victorian graphics have been replaced by Dada-ist collages fusing adolescence, aggression, and rough-around-more-than-just-the-edges pornography. These motifs are tempered by a joyous use of colour and an ambitious style. Equally, the images are provoking and provocative: dripping as much with sensitivity and gravitas as they are with sex and death. Moreover, they are a window onto the mind of the frustrated modern male: boiling over with unkempt aggression and sexuality, but yearning somehow for a higher moral purpose than the gradual accumulation of acceptance. Clowns crack and go on the rampage; kids in cowboy outfits contemplate the worth of their peers; and babies are contented to consider the consequences of the quantum age.
Lazarides in association with The Old Vic Tunnels are now taking bookings for Hell's Half Acre, an epic and exciting evocation of Dante's Inferno, staged within the labyrinth of tunnels beneath Waterloo Station from the 12th to the 17th October.
Visitors will be taken on a subterranean multi-sensory experience in London's most arresting performance space, interacting with a ground-breaking series of installations from artists including: Conor Harrington, Vhils, George Osodi, Antony Micallef, Doug Foster, Todd James, Paul Insect, Mark Jenkins, Boogie, Ian Francis, Polly Morgan, Jonathan Yeo, Zak Ové, David Choe and more ...
Admission is free, although due the nature of the event booking is mandatory, please reserve your slot.
For more information please read the press release.
For those of you in London wishing to see our 'Grifters' artists street work first hand, here's where you'll find the finished outdoor pieces ...
David Choe and DVS – Wenlock Road, N1, Great Western Studios, W9, and Perry's Place, W1
Charlie Isoe – Kean Street, WC2 and Prestwood Street, N1
Vhils – Oval Road, NW1, and Truman Brewery, E1
Paul Insect – Broadwick Street, W1, and Southwick Mews, W2
Mode 2 – Rathbone Place, W1
Teach – Great Western Studios, W9, and Shelton Street, WC2
Invader – Truman Brewery, E1, and balloons tied to practically every lamp post in W1
Lucy McLauchlan – St John's Hill, SW11
Conor Harrington – Mercer Street, WC2
Many thanks, as always, to Ian Cox for the superb photography and dedication to comprehensively documenting the project, and to all of the artists involved in the event, many of whom proved without doubt that painting in the rain is both stupid and clever at the same time.
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For the last days of December only, we'll be throwing open the doors of 125 Charing Cross Road and the Print Room for you to come along, peruse and purchase all those lovely Christmas gifts you need to buy.
We'll have new prints by Vhils, Candice Tripp, Above, Microbo. All the Lazarides books will available including limited edition copies of The Outsiders and there are some original works by FAILE, Conor Harrington, Zevs, Blu, Paul Insect to name but a few, for you to splash out on too.
125 Charing Cross Road and the Print Room upstairs will be open every day from 11am–7pm (except on Sundays when we'll be open from 12pm–5pm) up until 24th December.
For further information contact the gallery or call +44 (0) 207 287 5151.
Lazarides has teamed up with The New Art Gallery – Walsall (near Birmingham), to bring you Outsiders, a group show featuring many of the artists we represent such as Jonathan Yeo, FAILE, Invader, JR, Zevs, Polly Morgan, Antony Micallef, Paul Insect, Miranda Donovan, David Choe and Vhils. Plus Incredible site-specific, wall pieces from Conor Harrington, Lucy Mclauchlan and Todd James.
Check out our exhibitions page for more information.