The Stephen Friedman Gallery

The Stephen Friedman gallery is another independent gallery in London. The artwork inside resembled cross-stitches at first glance and from a disance, very intricate and large cross-stitches of buildings and scenery such as fields and villages. The cross-stitch look is an illusion however, because even though the artwork appears to be material, when looking closer it’s actually designs made up purely of crosshatch mark making to create both tone and design.

Personally I’m too impatient to be able to sit for any length of time making a large scale piece of artwork with markmaking methods, but I have huge respect for the artist who created these as they are incredible creations which resemble photographs because of how detailed they are. I can connect to the way tone was created though as the crosshatch method is one used in manga to show where the shadows are on the character, so this is a method I use myself when working in black and whire on manga illustrations although in a much more simplistic manner.

The Alan Cristea Gallery

DSC01775.JPGThe Alan Cristea Gallery is another independent gallery I visited in London which had some fairly abstract pieces on display which caught my attention because of the use of shape and colour which is something I enjoy using in my own artwork on occasion when I don’t want to work realistically and want to experiment with colour or material. Some of my favourites pieces on display in the gallery were those which included both colour, geometric shape and black and white tonal aspects as I found the contrast between the colour and greyscale areas brought out the other areas better so the whole image stood out from the other paintings in my opinion.

Flowers Gallery

DSC01763The Flowers Gallery in London fatured two pieces of artwork by Patrick Hughes, an artist who works in 3D and one I hadn’t come across before entering the gallery. By painting on a pyramid like 3D surface ( _/\_/\_ ) he creates artwork that can be viewed at different angles for different perspectives. I loved his work immediately and his style is one I’d like to experiment with myself as I really like the idea of interactive artwork which can be displayed like an ordinary painting but is far more interesting to view.

Saatchi Gallery

DSC01720Architecture is definitly one of my weaknesses when it comes to drawing from my imagination but to me that weakness just makes looking at physical architecture more exciting. It’s not something I ever really thought about before starting my art foundation course, just something that I took for granted. Now though, I keep finding myself looking at buildings of all kinds as I pass them and studying their shapes and how your perspective changes how you might draw the lines.

One of my favourite things about the Saachi gallery in Sloane Square, London is the entrance. It’s grand with stone pillars and a huge arch-way which gives the impression of an important building and makes it impossible to walk past without looking towards the pillars or entrance.

There were lots of pieces of art in the gallery I liked and just as many i disliked. One I really didn’t like was a small pyramid-like tower made of takeaway boxes. To me this isn’t art and definitly doesn’t belong in a gallery. I mean, we’ve all at one point or another made (or attempted to make) card towers, but those have never ended up in a gallery, so why should the same tower just made with boxes (which are easier to balance than cards) be displayed? I did like the Tarot Cards by Jamie Hewlett though. I loved the colours mostly and the way each piece stood as both an individual and as part of a cooled tion and had a very illustrative feel to it. I personally found them very inspiring.