Our sincere thanks to everyone who came along to our show, you can see pictures from the night on our facebook page.
Jingle Belles: Pin-Up Showcase
265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9RF
Thursday 6th December 2012
Jingle Belles: Pin-Up Showcase was a group show of contemporary UK based artists and illustrators all working in the pin-up genre. Appearing at the show was work from:
Covering a range of styles, sizes and media, their work represents the many ways in which this classic genre is being re-interpreted for a modern audience.
Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9RF
The gallery is a short walk from Bethnal Green tube station (Central line) or is served by local buses.
The nearest major mainline station is Liverpool Street.
Nearest Boris Bike stand is 'York Hall', on Cambridge Heath Road around the corner from the gallery.
The Pin-Up Project was started in 2007 by artist Philip Borg, it is an ever evolving exploration into the techniques and ideas of pin-up art. Heavily influenced by the pin-up masters of the forties and fifties, Philip works in a traditional style with oil on canvas and from live sittings with models. His process attempts to capture and maintain the uniqueness of his models whilst portraying them in the light hearted style so familiar to fans of the genre. Leaning heavily towards the cute and quirky end of the spectrum, Philip's work has a wide appeal which has seen him gain fans across the world.
On show in December will be a range of work produced over the last few years including traditional vintage cheesecake inspired pieces to his more unique zombie pin-ups from his current 2013 calendar. Both original oils and selected prints will be available to buy.
Aly Fell is a self-employed illustrator who works out of an attic in Manchester. Previously a traditional 2D animator, Aly has also worked in the games industry, television, and edited art collections: traditionally trained, he now works predominantly digitally. He has an erratic web-comic: Rosie Poe, and is currently working on a graphic novel set in Elizabethan England. He likes to wear far too much black and once drove a hearse as an everyday car… he likes cats, leather, pointy shoes and Twiglets, although not necessarily at the same time. His favourite film is ‘The Great Escape’, so don’t ring him when that’s on telly!
He doesn’t really see himself as strictly a ‘pin-up’ artist, but rather a ‘painter of women doing stuff’, which he finds much more interesting, usually with a gun or a sword (what’s that all about then?). Although he’s not adverse to the occasional bit of cheesecake, or retro fifties, his work often features gothic or androgynous women, and takes more inspiration from the ‘girl next door’ who he feels needs more appreciation!
DarlinDesign consists of two professional artists Darren Jackson and Linda Vieweg Jackson.
Collectively our skills cover traditional canvas and wood panel painting, digital design, concept art, 3d rendering, comic, fine art and fashion design. We illustrate, design and paint with the sky as the limit and we never run out of ideas.. only time. Our passions are glamourous Pin-ups and scary Horror-art.
Darren is an artist and illustrator based in London UK with a degree in Contemporary art and a background in a metal band. Creativity is a drive stronger than anything else and while struggling to get by through "day jobs" he always invented the time to squeeze a bit of art in as it always has been necessary to keep sane. He is very inspired by current affairs, political themes and even though his art lean towards horror and gore he has a wide spectrum and find intriguing things in everything and everywhere. Darren mainly works digitally and explores other mediums any chance he gets.
Linda is a Swedish artist based in London UK with a background in teaching art and being Sweden's most frequently hired plus size model during the mid 90s. Regarding art, fashion and pinup art in particular, she has the need for it, the passion for it but it took her ridiculously long to build up the confidence to drop the comfy day job thing and throw herself off the deep end and fully concentrate on painting and illustrating.
Both Darren and Linda now work under their business DarlinDesign in Camden Market selling art prints and try to develop various other artsy projects. "Gotta pursue the dream and not sit in the retirement home regretting chances/risks we never dared taking"
Digital comic artist John Maybury's interest in minimalist sequential art lead to the design of his Eagle award nominated, naughty Sci-Fi Space Babe character.
John will be showcasing exclusive prints of his artwork at the show in December.
Robert Nazeby Herzig is a British/Italian artist based in Milano, London and Tokyo. After attending the Comics School of Milano and getting a degree in Architecture, he started working as comic and commercial illustration artist for some of the major Italian publishers and advertising agencies, including two years working as animation director in TV and Internet Production Company based in Milano. In the meantime he carried on his comics artist career, landing a deal with American publisher NBM to illustrate “Angelskin” (2007), a graphic novel which allowed him continuous experimentation in order to better portray in an extremely expressionist manner the bleak atmosphere and mood described in the story . Moreover in late 2008, thanks to the interest of some art promoters and consequent participation in various group exhibitions, he decided to take his experience to fine art, with an ongoing study to capture the essence of movement and sensuality through gesture, shape and most of all, lines, using similar concepts applied on different techniques, both traditional and digital, and at the same time maintaining an overall sense of melancholy throughout his works. In October 2009 he made his international debut with the "Urgency of Love" solo show at the Art Data Bank Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo.
Andrew is an experienced, self taught, freelance 3D character designer, modeller and illustrator based in London.
Since he was a child, he has always wanted to be a cartoonist. He has been interested in 3D graphics since he was a teenager and once he saw Babylon 5, Reboot and Toy Story, he realised that it was the future and something he wanted to do for a living.
He worked full time at several studios in the West midlands, mostly working on animated kids TV shows. He has a great passion for pinup, the female form, and cartoons so, when he became a freelancer, he used his newfound freedom to begin specialising in predominantly stylised and pinup themed characters and illustrations. Despite the 3D nature of his work, he is almost entirely Inspired by a range of traditional 2D artists such as Dean Yeagle, Shane Glines, and Gil Elvgren as well as a selection of favourite models and photographers. He is not happy with his drawing skills, so uses 3D as a means to an end to achieve his goals.
Desmond John Corey Taylor, Jr. (born 18 April 1971) is an English pop art and comic book illustrator from Tottenham, North London, England. He is the creator of THE TROUBLE WITH Katie Rogers, a graphic novel that has just been optioned by ITV STUDIOS AMERICA. Other characters in his portfolio are Scarlett Couture, The Vesha Valentine Story, (published by Slave Labor Comics) Legend of the Blue Lotus and The Infamous Katie Rogers (a brand new graphic novel in the works). He has also published 'Learn This- How to Draw Comics and Manga by Wayland Books.
Taylor started drawing as a child after watching his older sister paint. Upon seeing Star Wars in 1977, Taylor was drawn into fantasy art. After earning his art degree, Taylor became a freelance illustrator working in London. Among his early professional clients was Watford's Geri Halliwell, before she became an international star with the Spice Girls. Taylor’s illustration of Halliwell is included in her autobiography If Only. In December 2009, Des Taylor hosted his first art exhibition-THE ART OF DES TAYLOR at the trendy Maverik Showroom in London's East End. He was assisted by close friend, Emma Davidge (top art creative and famous fashion window designer). His style has bridged the gap between POP art, Comic book illustration and animation so to be used commercially in Comics, Fashion and Design. Film studios and producers have shown interest in his work to date. Among Taylor’s clients are: Citroën, Company, Cosmopolitan UK, Fabric (club), Theo Fennell, FHM, Chameleon Visual, La Perla, Ministry Of Sound, More!, Thomas Pink, Pizza Hut, Ann Summers, ITV studios America, Touch, Gerald Eve.
From 1990-92, Adrian Grant, publisher of "Off The Wall", the official UK Michael Jackson fan magazine, tapped Taylor to provide original illustrations of the King of Pop. Taylor consequentially met Jackson backstage and the singer told him how much he loved Taylor’s cartoons. In June 2002 Taylor presented Jackson onstage at the Killer Thriller party at Equinox, Leicester Square, London.