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Sara Pope – Rebel


Year: 2017
Edition: 25 (signed)
We have one framed edition available.

Sara Pope – Precious Metal


Year:2016
We have one framed edition available.

The Talented Artfair – The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane


We were delighted to be asked to attend the private view at The Talented Artfair at the Truman Brewery last weekend. A host of great artists exhibited and thank you to the brilliant James Green @theartfulgreen for hosting us. We love James’ work and were pleased to hear he sold lots of work. He is most certainly one to watch. Check his website artful green.com. This wonderful portrait of Francis Bacon is the collaborative work between James and Mason Storm. Love it!

Sara Pope


Sara started working on magazines as a designer and art director. After some years working in media, her passion for shoe design led to her to set up a business customising shoes. She was approached by avant garde fashion designer Robert Cary Williams to design a collection of shoes for his London Fashion week show, the success of which inspired her to study a one year footwear Diploma at the London College of Fashion.
She has since worked as a shoe designer for many high end brands, including Paul Smith and Lacoste as well as freelance catwalk projects for brands such as Baby Phat, Gharani Strok and consultancy work for Jemima Vine (brand championed by Pippa Middleton).
Sara’s early commercial work, in fashion, beauty and media proved to be the inspiration for her art. Working in oils and acrylic, she makes use of bold, attractive colours with high shine gloss. Her painting style imitates the slickness of advertising, whilst provocatively subverting its themes.
Sara is best known for her seductive paintings of bold, colourful, voluptuous lips. She aims to capture the glamour and seductive power conveyed by a pair of lips. All her paintings from this series start with a photographic shoot, a model and some make up. Exploring the ideas of communication, she asks the model, to think of emotions, love, happiness or flirtation, which she captures photographically. The painting process for these Lip portraits involves several thin layers of oil, being overlaid over each other to create a translucent, glass like quality. Sara is also known for her portraits, most notably having a portrait of the Pope accepted into the Vatican collection. Sara works in series’ or ‘collections’, painting a body of work with common stylistic elements and colour palette, as with seasonal collections in fashion.
Sara is currently represented by 17 galleries in the UK and internationally. Last year Sara completed successful solo shows with Jealous Gallery, London and Lilford Gallery, Folkestone during the Folkestone Triennial, as well as a joint London show with Magnus Gjoen.

2018 began with a solo show at D Contemporary gallery, Mayfair.

The Connor Brothers


The Connor Brothers first burst onto the art scene in 2013 as mysterious twin brothers; Franklyn and Brendan Connor, who escaped from a controversial and enigmatic Christian cult called ‘The Family’. After perpetrating this fictional biography for 18 months, the duo decided to break cover. Truly, they are Mike Snelle and James Golding. The revelation of their identity has seen a huge increase in sales with their work having been sold alongside Banksy and Damien Hirst at Christie’s and Bonham’s.

The Connor Brothers work explores the boundaries between truth and fiction and shares similar contexts experienced in their lives.

Their work questions how we construct meaning from experience and regularly blurs the line between the two. Using collage to subvert the meaning of old master paintings and vintage romance novels, The Connor Brothers cast a cynical and penetrating eye at contemporary culture. Their work reinterprets objects from the past and in doing so provides a humorous commentary on contemporary societies obsession with wealth, fame and the unrealistic idealism of advertisings’ vision of relationships.

The Connor Brothers have recently been included in contemporary auctions at both Christies and Bonhams, and can be found in collections worldwide including The Victoria and Albert Museum. They have exhibited internationally and in 2015 curated Pussy Riot’s performance at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition. Their work is held in private and public collections all over the world, including, London, New York, Hong Kong, Germany, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Soozy Roberts


Soozy Roberts is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator who uses the body, objects and environment as an accumulative site for work, in a surreal and darkly humorous nature.  Her work uses common motifs and objects to explore the self, unspoken anxieties and our relationship to ‘the other’.   She questions the political through the domestic, addressing poignant issues around the body, in a world obsessed with beauty and glamour.  Roberts’ work is flavoured by memories relating to family, femininity, Welshness and ‘home’.

 

Soozy was winner of the Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award, 2008 and has exhibited widely including Arnolfini in Bristol, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and Points d’impact festival, Geneva.  Roberts works closely with artist Lorraine Robbins as ‘Robbins and Roberts’ in bringing together their work for a range of immersive and curated artistic projects, most recently the ‘Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens’ at The Museum in the Park, Stroud.