GEORGIE HOPTON – “JUNE BUG”
Georgie Hopton says about her beautiful hand made print is inspired by her “abundant vegetable gardens in upstate NY – and each summer I gather my excess crop, haul it into the studio and cut it up. Dried flower stems crammed into vases, gathered the season previous, the Leather Leaf Vibernum outside the door, thicker and brighter, despite my annual plucking, and the harvest heap, all await my usual pilfering and tinkering. June Bug is a result of these encircling riches and the now habitual printing that feels like a natural response to all this excess”.
Georgie Hopton was born in 1967 in North Yorkshire. After studying at St Martins she has continued to expand her use of different medium, not caring to settle on one as definitive. Her works in photography, collage, printmaking and sculpture are made in conjunction recently with wallpaper and fabric designs – a natural extension of the vegetable prints she makes each summer from her temporary but extensive vegetable garden. Self portraits, studies of flowers and still life are consistent subject threads, woven through forays into abstraction and decoration. Like her heroes of the Wiener Werkstaette and The Arts And Crafts Movement, her heart lies in creation with no boundaries, the melding of art and life, the one reflecting and intersecting the other.
SIR PETER BLAKE- “PRINTEMPS”
Peter Blake’s delicate screen print is part of his “Found Art” series. Collaged together and embellished by recreating the gold that has faded over time.
Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932, Dartford, Kent) is a British painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker. He is known as one of the leading figures of British Pop art. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1956, Blake has appropriated pop culture icons and advertising imagery to create sincere homages to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley and professional wrestlers. His iconic 1961 Self-portrait with Badges, in the Tate Collection, shows Blake holding an Elvis album, dressed in American jeans, Converse trainers, and baseball badges; here is the artist as a genuine fan. In other work he composes assemblages of found objects with humorous allusions to the history of art and childhood fantasies. In 1967 he designed the album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in his distinctive style of collage.
Blake studied at Gravesend School of Art before being accepted into the Royal College of Art, London, where many of the key British Pop artists, including David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj, Joe Tilson, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier, have also studied.
JANE SIMPSON – “SACRED”
Simpson is creating a unique piece for each box. Hand cut ‘cabinets’ are gathered and arranged on the paper, which is then hand marbled. Each piece will be unique and the marbling will vary. She says of the work. “Sacred” 1994 was a sculpture that was very important to me personally. A labour of love, hand built and crafted, on a creative journey that took nearly a year. It lived a short but eventful life, exhibiting at the Serpentine and going on an international tour. It came to a sad end, burning in the Momart Fire of 2004. This piece for the box is about my desire to remake this work, re-animating it and revisiting, focussing on its animal like qualities.
Jane Simpson – is an artist, curator and publisher. She was born in 1965. She graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in 1988 and earned an MFA from the Royal Academy of Art in 1993. As an artist, she is probably best known for sculptures made from rubber, ice and refrigeration units, with shows around the world including New York and London. Her work is held in leading collections and has been featured in seminal exhibitions, In 1994 she was included in the seminal exhibition “Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away,” curated by Damien Hirst, at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Simpson’s work was also part of the controversial “Sensation” exhibition of 1997. Her work has been exhibited internationally in London, Madrid, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Berlin, Seoul, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, and New York.
Simpson’s work is part of many public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection, Arts Council of England, Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Contemporary Art Society, London, British Council Collection and the Colección Ciudad de Pamplona. During her career solo shows have been accompanied by regular curatorial and collaborative projects, including kissingcousins (2007, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds) and Daddy Pop (2004, Anne Faggionato, London). Appointed as production manager for several high profile charities, she has created portfolios for Cubitt Artists and The House of Fairy Tales, publishing limited edition prints with some of the world’s leading artists including Rachel Whiteread, Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake, John Stezaker, Alex Katz, and Harland Miller.
JAMIE REID – “LUNAR HARE”
This hand printed and painted watercolour piece is playful and full of references. Reid says that “the Hare is the Trickster, the Free Thinker… and is a specific reference to Beuys. The moon is female. The primary colours are also a nod to the Bauhaus and Kandinsky’s Colour Theory”.
Jamie Reid (born 1947) is an English artist and anarchist. His longstanding practice as an artist sits firmly within a tradition of English radical dissent that would include, for example, William Blake, Wat Tyler and Gerard Winstanley. Like them the work of dissent must offer, out of necessity, other social and spiritual models and Reid’s practice is no exception.
Although Reid is known primarily for deployment of Situationist strategies in his iconic work for The Sex Pistols and Suburban Press, the manifold strands of his art continues showing us other ways in which we can mobilise our energy and spirituality. It is this dialectic between gnosticism and dissent that lies at the heart of Reid’s practice and makes him one of the great English iconoclastic artists.