On Thursday 9th June I was invited to the Private View of Anthony Burrill’s new show atOutline Editions, which is situated on Soho’s Berwick Street Market in a former second-hand record store; I’ve written about it before, here.
Following on from its debut show ‘Into The Forest’ and the recent ‘Joys of Spring’, Outline Editions is now a permanent gallery on Berwick Street – showcasing, commissioning and selling works from graphic artists and illustrators at the forefront of fashion, music and pop culture.
Anthony Burrill has been invited to curate a month-long solo show entitled ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’. Best known for his woodblock prints of uplifting and thoughtful slogans, Burrill was also the artist in residence at Somerset House’s Pick Me Up graphic art fair earlier this year.
‘Clear Your Head Every Day’ includes a collection of 30 new, small-scale limited edition prints and neon artworks created exclusively for the show, as well as collaborations with both internationally acclaimed furniture designer Michael Marriott and the sculptor Wilfrid Wood. There will be live workshops taking place and the gallery space and windows will be re-designed by Burrill and Marriott for the show; each piece will be for sale (prices from £30 – £300).
Burrill says, ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’ is a show very much in the spirit of an open studio following on from Pick Me Up. Everything shown is based around a theme of positivity and as the title suggests, is about an antidote to stressful, city life.
What I really like about these works, aside from the bold graphic colours, are the actual slogans. You can’t really see it in these pics but underneath each one is a secondary phrase; either adding to the original slogan or saying the opposite. It’s quite lighthearted and humorous, and it’s nice to have something so upbeat and positive; a lot of work can be quite serious or dark, this is lovely. As it says, this is definitely an antidote to the craziness of city life – it’s a great exhibition to vist when you’ve got a spare 15 minutes, to contemplate the often profound and inspiring words.
This happy chap was also there – cutest dog ever! Looked like a fox/corgi hybrid! Cute. The private view was absolutely packed with people; a really good atmosphere, great DJ playing, but so hot so we escaped downstairs, which is where you’ll find the more permanent exhibition of work from great artists such as Kate Moross, Noma Bar, Klaus Haapaniemi, Beyond the Valley, David Foldvari, Patrick Thomas and HelloVon, which can all be bought. The gallery commissions works from all artists featured and much of the ongoing shop content is exclusive and sold via the gallery and website.
Noma Bar, one of my favourites.
Beyond The Valley
I loved this room; all by Beyond The Valley, amazing prints on upholstery and walls!