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“Change in form especially by magic or natural development”



‘Metamorphosis’ is a group show of new works by five artists from thecentralhouse portfolio exhibiting for the first time at Gallery One on Station Road in Barnes, SW13.

The show features the talented duo, Rob and Nick Carter, whose work is collected by fashion and music luminaries such as Matthew Williamson, Philip Treacy and Sir Elton John. Dubbed as 'The Next Best Thing' by the Sunday Times and with a recent appearance on BBC's, 'The Apprentice', their vibrant, highly covetable works have featured in numerous solo shows in the UK and abroad and have a dedicated corporate following.

'Metamorphosis' also showcases up and coming artists, Julie Cockburn and William Cruickshank, both of which appeared in The Independent's, ‘Six of the Best’. Julie Cockburn graduated from Central St Martin’s with a 1st class Honours degree in Fine Art and has had two solo shows in London and exhibited in many group shows in the UK and abroad including Paul Smith's Floral Street premises and Blindart at the Royal College. Her sculptural work created from printed images, paper, books and child like markings evokes memories of delicate craftsmanship and is beautifully elaborate and magically executed.

In a parallel world to Julie Cockburn, William Cruickshank’s installations, sculptures and photographs play with commonplace items and familiar scientific laws. His work quietly oscillates between enquiring play and scientific endeavour; all are produced with architectural attention to detail whilst transmitting a rare and simple delight. William Cruickshank gained 1st Class Honours in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since leaving in 1997, he has had solo shows in London and Japan, in addition to group exhibitions worldwide.

Lis Fields is another exciting artist in this show and is recognised and admired for her intricate geometric structures based on the centre of flowers. Her works exist as paintings and computer-generated digital prints. The paintings appear to be mechanically made but are in fact hand-painted with a brush. The digital prints have the vivacity of paint and the smooth surface of photographs. She has mastered the interplay of colour, tone and shape and her works hover between figuration and abstraction, interrupting any straightforward reading of them as flower pictures, flooding them with other cultural associations such as science fiction, imagery and computer-generated scientific illustration. Lis Fields studied at Camberwell School of Art and has lived and exhibited in New York. She has had two solo shows in London and Cambridge and is held in collections such as Bank of New York, London, Landmark PLC and The Wellcome Trust, Cambridge.

Completing the 'Metamorphosis' is talented Japanese artist, Sumiko Seki, who was short listed in the 2003 Bloomberg New Contemporaries and has exhibited in New York, Hong Kong and Japan. Her works of art intentionally take motifs such as flowers and use them as symbols or signs and combine them with contemporary advertisement and magazine images. To create her unique pieces she spends some time observing the objects and then paints directly onto the previously painted photographic-like background. Her chosen themes also recall the seasons and relate back to a fundamental concept in Japanese art which is the belief that human emotions can be expressed through the beauty of nature.

Eleanor Forster of the centralhouse is the force behind this formidable collection of contemporary artists and it is her first show in collaboration with Marian Orchard-Webb of Gallery One in Barnes. She comments, “The exhibition is the first of its kind in SW13 and is the natural development of a meeting of two minds.” Metamorphosis will be on show from 13 May until 11 June.


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