75 Works on Paper: Exhibition Review

75 Works on Paper

Beers London | 17 Nov - 23 Dec 2017

Giuliano Sale, ‘Untitled’ (2017), Oil on Paper, 30x21cm (framed), £800

Last night we went along to the private view of the second annual "Works on Paper" exhibit at Beers London, just a stones throw from Old Street Station. The show includes the work of fifty international artists with one unifying specification: the artwork must be on paper and no larger than A4. The works were either created specifically for the exhibition or chosen from the artists' personal collection, resulting in a broad variety of mediums, techniques, and concepts.

The gallery's director Kurt Beers (our Winter Exhibition judge) graciously greeted guests as the venue rapidly filled up. Art lovers offered each other varying answers to the whys and hows of each artwork, artists implored their audience to look that bit deeper, all whilst the gallery staff efficiently handed price lists to enquiring collectors. 

With a beer promptly in hand we dove right in...

The artwork with the ear! We pondered with a bloke called Loris about "Untitled" by Giuliano Sale, it was his favourite work. What did it mean? Why had only the ear been painted in detail? Why had the artist put a blue mark at the front of the silhouetted head? So many questions! They say that great art, like philosophy, makes you ask questions as opposed to offering you answers. Well this piece certainly nails that concept on the head.

Michael Reeder, ‘Minds Eyes’ (2017) Acrylic on Paper, 30x21cm (framed), £1000

Jonni Cheatwood, “It Won’t Bring Elliott Smith Back” (2017), Oilstick, Acrylic and Enamel on Found Bag, 49x 37 cm (framed), £1200

Our favourite piece of the show was "Minds Eyes" by Michael Reeder, as it contained all the looseness of abstract expressionism with the sharpness and colour of graphic design. This piece combines symbolism, texture and concept in a perfect triad. It seems as though having two red dots in the image itself encouraged the placing of a third; it sold within minutes of the doors opening.

What do we think?

It's great to see the large variety of ways we can produce art given the same framework. This show has a diverse selection of fantastic contemporary artworks, so you are sure to find art to suit your tastes, along side many works that will challenge your perceptions and give you food for thought. It's on for the next month so you have plenty of time to pop down and check it out! 

For visitor information please visit the Beers London website.

Participating Artists: 

William Bradley | Jonathan Chapline | Jonni Cheatwood | Pat Cleveland | Miles Debas | Kim Dorland
James Drinkwater | Jonathan Edelhuber | Nick Flatt (w. Paul Punk) | Robert Fry | Lenz Geerk | Ina Gerken
Robert Hardgrave | Clinton Hayden | Aly Helyer | Damien Hoar de Galvan | Gregory Hodge | Anna Ilsley
Thomas Iser | Joshua Jefferson | Daniel Jensen | Erik Jones | Jordy Kerwick | Sandro Kopp | William Lachance
Adam Lee | Dane Lovett | Leif Low Beer | Jessie Makinson | Kathryn Maple | Peter Matthews | Matt Maust
Laith McGregor | Holly Mills | Igor Moritz | Benjamin Murphy | Mark Mullin | Dominic Musa | Dominic Myatt
Daniel Noonan | Erik Olson | Danielle Orchard | Naudline Pierre | Mateusz Piestrak | Henrik Placht
Michael Reeder | Barry Reigate | Zach Reini | Nathan Ritterpusch | Giuliano Sale | Andrew Salgado
Mason Saltarrelli | David Shillinglaw | Antonia Showering | Matthew David Smith | Pablo Tomek
Thom Trojanowski | Hobson Camille Walala | Taylor A White