ref: eCw Aug 3-Sep 8 2006 NOVAS GALLERY The Elements of Colourful Surroundings



August 3rd - September 8th
10am - 5pm Monday to Friday
Private View Wednesday 2
nd August 6pm - 9pm

THE ELEMENTS OF COLOURFUL SURROUNDINGS is the second exhibition and launch event for Novas Gallery. Novas Gallery has brought together 4 artists, with different styles, approaches, backgrounds and experiences, united by illustration as one of their languages of visual communication. The participating artists exhibit new pieces that have been especially created for this exhibition in response to the gallery space.

The exhibition bursts of colourful/ linear, documental/ surreal, expressive, psychedelic images that are full of irony, sarcasm and humour, offering the viewer a different way to see the surroundings and its inhabitants.


Jon Burgerman: Draws, paints, clicks and sleeps. He is known for his scratchy, colorful and intermittently odd artwork. Working across a variety of media that includes painting, printmaking, stickers and computer animations, Burgerman has created a vast collection of strange creatures and amusing characters to inhabit his peculiar world of art. Cynicism and confusion often tie his incessant doodling together, building up a wider project linking together both commercial endeavors and artistic ambitions. Burgerman's work has been widely exhibited around the world in great cities that include New York, LA, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Melbourne and Derby. His work has featured in many publications, which includes The Guardian, Grafik, Pictoplasma, Creative Review, Design Week, Stick 'Em Up, Computer Arts, The Art Of Rebellion 2, Designed to Help, The Fundamentals of Illustration and This Is A Magazine.

Stevie Gee: After graduating Central Saint Martins, Steve has been working as a designer and illustrator. His works have been published in Dazed&Confused, Adrenalin, Wad Magazine (Paris) and Big Issue. Steve has made illustration works for Paul Smith Company and the music band Athlete. Steve's works are colorful, psychedelic, surreal, complimented by his wry sense of humour. He describes himself and his part of the exhibition as: "…Lightning bolt wizards and werewolf priestesses, this is my Killestration Sexhibition. Pictures of wildness and savagery. I love my family and rock music and dance like a fishsnake."

Keith Watts: Has been raised on Star Wars, Transformers, 70s cop shows, art, films, books, skateboarding, rock music & strawberry nesquick. He's been drawing since he remembers. His works include storyboarding for advertising for a wide range of clients, including:
BBC, Coca-Cola, Diesel, Emap (Grazia), MasterCard, Miller, National
Drugs Helpline (FRANK), Orange, Siemens, Sony. He has made illustrations for: Limb by limb magazine, FRANK, BMW, Building magazine, Esquire, Subsurface. His works also include
animated sequences in short film about Michael Lau for Discovery Channel.

Andrea Morgan: Has just graduated from Middlesex University with BA in fine art, painting. Andrea makes marker pen drawings from video still frames from various journeys by foot, car, train, providing the work with an unusual relationship with movement and the sense of place. Andrea uses photograph snapshots as the source or the starting point of her work, taken in places that she visits or passes through. In this way she positions herself as an observer, without a particular emotional connection to the location. This allows an analysis of the image as the subject, rather than an analysis of the history and culture which are inevitably part of the landscape, which in turn gives her the freedom to process and deal with the image itself, free from its cultural and contextual ties.

The show is curated by Novas Gallery Curator Liga Kitchen.

novas gallery in Southwark Bridge Road is one of the series of galleries and art centres soon to be opening in London under the Novas Group umbrella. novas gallery will be an open arts and exhibiting space for established/ proffesional artists, up and coming artists, art students, and will showcase and celebrate the work of Novas' customers - people experiencing homelessness or exclusion. Novas Gallery will cover a broad range of arts areas - drawing, pritmaking, illustration, painting, sculpture, video art, animation, instillation, photography, exploring the cultural diversity of artists living and working in and outside London today. Our vision for novas gallery is to see it as a creative, alive and innovative arts centre, with two floor gallery space, workshops and studio spaces, that can bring together people of different life backgrounds, experiences and cultures.
Profits made from the sale of artwork from the gallery will be split between the artist and Novas, where monies will be reinvested into Novas' services to increase access to education, work and training initiatives for homeless and other excluded individuals.
Novas Gallery
73-81 Southwark Bridge Road London SE1 0NQ
For more information contact Liga Kitchen
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Tel. 08709063200