Nothing Lasts Forever

Group exhibition
The Studio, Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery
Preview: Wednesday 7 January 2015, 6-9pm
Open: 18 Dec 2014 – 10 Jan 2015

Join us for a special late night opening Wednesday 7th January, 6-9pm marking the end of the programme of exhibitions before closure for a major three year restoration project.

Artists: Derrick Bradfield, Charlie Coffey, Kevina Khan, Karen Le Roy Harris, Anne Ninivin, Marcus Orlandi, Andy Owen, Nicola Ransom, Zoe Schoenherr, Katy Wallwork

This final exhibition in The Studio showcases the artistic talents and skills of the staff at Pitzhanger Manor, most of whom are practising artists. Covering painting, drawing, collage, photography, film, sculpture and installation, the works on display touch on a number of subjects including  female identity and the human form, architecture, history and nature. However, inherent in many of the works is the theme of transformation – there is a sense of something changing and evolving, reflecting Pitzhanger Manor itself as we embark on a major three-year restoration project.

In the exhibition I feature my installation ‘The Escape’ and latest collage ‘Sisters’.

Also on show in the main gallery: Crossing the field: WW1, Football & the Christmas Truce.

Address:
Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery
Walpole Park, Mattock Lane
Ealing, London W5 5EQ
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East Village’s public art programme

Two of my large scale works – ‘Constriction’ &  ‘Berthe’s Escape’ have been selected as part of the East Village London E20 scheme. A public art hire scheme that will feature East London Artists in a curated showcase across 32 private residential foyers within East Village, the former Athlete’s Village at Olympic Park.

The work will be exhibited within the Village from December 2014 until March 2016

Berthe's Escape    Constriction

Left: Berthe’s Escape, Pastels on paper, 2200 x 1500mm
Right: Constriction, Pastels & Charcola on paper, 1900 x 1300mm

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‘Dancer with Geese’ commission

Dancer with Geese‘Dancer with Geese’ my latest drawing commission draws upon my interest in the female form, textiles and my latest fascination with geese, since I’ve been living aboard a Narrow boat on the London canals.

The below images show the process – from initial design, the drawing in progess through to delivery and installation in its new home.

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Album photoshoot with Emily Portman

I recently staged artworks in the woods with photographer Elly Lucas as part of a photoshoot for the upcoming album of Award-winning folk singer and songwriter Emily Portman.

Emily’s dark surreal worlds that she creates through her music was a perfect fit with my own visual work. I’m hoping the new year will bring some more cross-disciplined collaborations.

Here’s a sneak image of the Emily Portman Trio laying in a nest of artwork. I’ll share more images when the album is released later in the year.

 

Emily Portman TrioPhotograph © Elly Lucas

 

 

Stour Space Collective Exhibition

'Maybe Russell Brand will come'

Group exhibition
Stour Space
Fri 5 Dec 2014 – Mon 2 Feb 2015
 
Celebrating Stour Space’s 7th collective show.

Participating artists: Isabella Allen & Natalie Martin, John Atherton, Daisy Bentley, Marie-Taos Dyvorne, Joanna Georgiades, Kevin Gras, Ben Gostling, Stuart Grist, Devorah Hall, Karen Le Roy Harris, Mira Iwanik, Gunther Jancke, Lily McCallin, Neil McDonald, Amy McSimpson, Molly Owen, Jamie Shaw, Hannah Jane Smith, Alexis Zelda Stevens, Ellen Tovey.

The annual Collective exhibition provides an opportunity to engage with this creative community and experience their work first hand within the context of the space in which they work.

On show will be a diverse range of art practices, from illustration and print work to sculpture, photography, painting and jewellery design.

Address:
Stour Space
7 Roach Road
London, E3 2PA
 
Image featured – Stuart Grist & Karen Le Roy Harris

The image featured here is the latest collaboration between myself and artist Stuart Grist.

The work is a post-modern work that looks at borrowing and re-appropriating imagery from other artists. In this case the drawing is a copy of a Lee Broom artwork with the foreground plinth & sculpture being replaced with a fashion print of a female figure. This collaboration questions authorship. The vapid image of a fashion model who appears as though on a stage with the curtain backdrop reflects our current age of commercialism and performance and celebrity.

The title ‘Maybe Russell Brand will come’ is a reflection on popular culture and the fact that Russell Brand recently came to view the studios – we thought he’d be able to afford it! The price of the piece started at £10,000 but decreases throughout the show.

Skipton Exhibition, CCA Galleries International, 2014

Approaching the SpectacleGroup exhibition
 
CCA Galleries International
Friday 20 June – Friday 27 June 2014. 10am-5pm

CCA Galleries International celebrates the work of Jersey artists by hosting an exhibition for annual art festival, Skipton Open Studios. The exhibition features work from over 50 local artists. Also exhibiting in the show are: Yuri Toropstov, Archilse’s International Photographer in Residence and the Arts Trusts’ French Exchange artists Javier Belmont, Jérémy Bezard, Valérie Dechaume and Mélanie Lemaitre with their latest works.

 
Address:
10 Hill Street,
St Helier, Jersey,
JE2 4UA
 
 Artwork: Karen Le Roy Harris, ‘Approaching the Spectacle’, 2014 (Exhibited at CCA Gallery International). 
 
 
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Collage Drawings Series

Approaching the SpectacleA series of experimental collage drawings using mixed media – drawing, fabric, ink, print, pencil, photography on paper and fabric.

I’ve been exploring both mark making and narrative in relation to the body.  Through both collecting images and re-using my own photography – incorporating past work that uses myself performing in costumes I’ve sewn. I’m investigating placing the body into different narratives and spaces to give further layering of ideas and context.

Drawing on domestic objects, religious and gothic spaces as well a nature. I’m looking to develop this work further through sculpted textile forms and installations.

Mainly small scale series of works on paper with a couple of large scale pieces on Fabriano paper.

 

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Skipton Open Studios, 2014

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Studios are open: Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 July, 10am-5pm

Afternoon tea at the studio: Sunday 6 July, 3-5pm 

As part of Skipton Open Studios I’ll be a guest artist at The Art House Creative Collective studios in St Helier, Jersey (behind La Folie). Come along and see my latest drawings as well as the work of 8 other artists:

Clare Ormsby, Pippa Barrow, Sharon Hall, Matt Daly, Peter John Thomson, David Ormsby, Andrea Tucker and Fenby Miskin. Please join us!

 Studio Address:
La Folie, St. Helier,
Jersey, JE2 3NB.
 
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