The First Seven are a group of young artists selected by India Dickinson for their diverse range in painting.
This exhibition showcases the works of seven artists, who although paint in varying styles are all exciting new talents.
These artists include: Ned Armstrong, Phoebe Collings-James, Thom Hobson, Lauren Keeley, Tristan Pigott, Jack Prendergast and Isobel Wood.
It is clear that many of the artists draw from their surroundings as a source of inspiration. These familiar encounters shown in the work is the unifying feature of this exhibition.
Ned Armstrong’s paintings combine abstract shapes and text as a satirical comment on this surroundings.
Phoebe Collings-James’ work is simultaneously erotic and disturbing while drawing from images from the Internet and Youtube. A personal and provocative yet stark dialogue is created with Phoebes work.
Thom Hobson is an artist who is inspired and energised by his surroundings, everything is a statement of being, and a comment about the world around him.
Tristan Pigott’s paintings are simple explorations of human characteristics, depicted and enhanced with the use of proportion and surreal ideas. His interest in how people perform in every day life informs his work. Tristan’s painting also shows a relation to photography, keeping a distance from photographic realism. This division displays a detachment from realism, creating space and leaving the viewer a chance to connect with the work.
Jack’s work stems from his experiences and memories of travelling in North America. Its about the characters that he met, the places he went and the things imagined along the way.
Isobel’s work focuses on the domestic. She explores the relationships between different foods and the erotic connotations they may hold. By altering these mundane images she creates a humorous comment on contemporary living.
The exhibition will run over five days and is open to everyone. Admission: Free