Jealous presents an exhibition composed of recent works by six established artists, spanning a breadth of disciplines including drawing, painting and printmaking, to provide a unique insight into the artistic thoughts and approaches of these artists at specific points in their practices.
The exhibition offers an opportunity to experience and understand the complex relationship between artists and their chosen style and media. Expression is at the core of this show, which presents the occasion to celebrate some of the brilliant female artists who have been markedly successful within Jealous and in their own external ventures. Magda Archer’s instantly recognisable style uses a kitsch aesthetic as a way of making sense of the world. These works are in fact a personal diary which nostalgically and humorously capture moments from our everyday annoyances to the overall joys of life.
Delphine Lebourgeois is a French illustrative artist known for a multimedia approach to making that combines techniques such as digital work, collage, pen, watercolour and print. Drawing from a variety of visual references, ranging from Botticelli to the world of comics, Lebourgeois mixes symbols and cultural references in a playful and sometimes irreverent way.
The origins of Natasha Michaels’ monoprints lie in historical portraits from the renaissance to the 19th century. Exploring challenging and at times upending traditional conventions and genres, Michaels’ work is an investigation of her own ambivalence towards the original artworks.
Internationally renowned artist Sara Pope is well known for her bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips. Taking inspiration from her experience working for several years in the fashion industry as a shoe designer, and in magazines as a designer and art director, Pope raises questions of beauty, consumerism, and the rise of image perfectionism. Sophie Smallhorn’s artwork explores the relationships between colour, volume and proportion across prints, sculpture and site-specific installations. Her reputation as a colour consultant led to her involvement in the London 2012 Olympics, when she developed a colour palette for the stadium and she continues to work on larger-scale public commissions today.
Jess Wilson is a well-respected and long-established illustrator and printmaker based in London. Wilson’s practice and fluid style is continually and inquisitively exploring the world we live in. Her new light switch pieces bring attention to the artist’s inherent sense of humour and draw inspiration from everyday observations. The exhibition explores a wide range of subjects including colour theory, nature, sexuality, womanhood, power, consumerism, placement and history, with each artist offering a different artistic input in their exploration of the various themes. As part of the exhibition Jealous will be releasing two new editions with artist Sophie Smallhorn.