Eine is most notable for his alphabet lettering on shop shutters in London's Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Broadway Market areas. He has also taken his lettering to the streets of Paris, Stockholm, Hastings and Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to becoming involved in commercial graffiti, Eine was a highly credible writer in the underground London graffiti scene.
Carrie Reichardt is a craftivist whose work blurs the boundaries between craft and activism, using the techniques of ceramic and mosaic to create intricate, politicized works of art. Carrie trained at Kingston University and achieved a First class degree in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan.
Otto has always felt an avid fascination for the Surrealists, as well as the freedom which surrounds abstract painting. This influence has made Otto turn his creative skills to painting, which has become his strongest passion and for which he has also been recognised with an honourable mention.
Anita Klein studied at Chelsea and the Slade schools of art. She is a fellow and past president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) and her work is in many private and public collections in Europe, the USA and Australia, including Arts Council England and the British Museum.
Schoony is a multi-talented urban artist whose unique aesthetic and technical brilliance has brought the art world by storm. His Hyperrealist sculptures question war, mortality and contemporary society. Schoony remains one of the few artists working within the life-cast discipline.
Belfast-born, now London-based, artist Steven Quinn creates epic collages pasted together from cut-outs of old magazines, fanzines, posters and his own photography. The results are devastatingly poignant landscapes and portraits, often with an apocalyptic theme. Steven Quinn plays with imagery in a fresh and unique way, toying with ideas and twisting images from their original context into new and sometimes humorous narratives.
A respected train writer, Remi has also played a significant part in the development of ‘abstract graffiti’, a term that seems far too clinical to describe the accomplishments of his work, which has always been about the interplay of colour and shape. His colour palette is worked out through deceptively simple arrangements of lines and angles that bring colours into unexpected encounters with each other. His art began on the walls and trains of South London in 1984, it has since been exhibited in major cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, Berlin and New York.
Art on a Ukulele
Mick Rooney RA
The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard worked alongside artist Mick Rooney RA on an audio-visual project. Inspired by Mick’s beautifully painted ukulele in the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition, together we curated an orchestra of ukuleles, all painted by well known and loved artists.
Pete Howlett, the UK’s foremost independent ukulele producer and the sole manufacturer for the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain(UOGB), handcrafted a suite of ukuleles to be painted and then played by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Each ukulele was been given to artists including Mick Rooney RA, Ramiro Fernandez Suas, Cathy Pilkingon RA, Norman Ackroyd RA, Bill Jacklin RA, Anne Desmett RA, Allen Jones RA, Charlie Calder-Potts, David Inshaw RA and many more to paint in their own styles.
Charles Williams' work is very like short stories. He tries to cram everything he is thinking about, other paintings old and new, newspaper stories, what he saw on his holidays or when he last went to the shops into each painting. Sometimes characters and places evolve; sometimes they just appear and then disappear. The chief studio rule is no sketches, no photos, no studies, nothing. People seem to assume that the paintings come from somewhere, but they are simply a la tête. He cannot be bothered with stopping and fiddling around with those things, or doing that projecting thing.
George Underwood was born in 1947. At art school George Underwood became interested in music. As a result he pursued a career in the music world. Along with lifelong friend David Bowie he made one record (The King Bees) and also a solo record under the name Calvin James. After deciding that the music business was not for him, George returned to art studies and then worked in design studios as an illustrator. Initially he specialised in fantasy, horror and science fiction book covers. Many of George Underwood's colleagues in the music business asked him to do various art works for them. This led to George becoming a freelance artist. Art work for the first T Rex album and later David Bowies Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust album covers established him as a leading and creative art illustrator. Over this period George produced literally hundreds of book covers, LP and CD covers, advertisements, portraits and drawings. At the start of the 1970s George Underwood started painting in oils. His paintings were influenced at first by the Viennese School of Fantastic Realism artists which included Ernst Fuchs, Rudolph Hausner and Eric Brauer. George regarded them as contemporary visionaries like Bruegel and Bosch. He was fascinated by their imaginative visions.
Bill Jacklin RA
Born in London in 1943, Bill Jacklin studied graphics at Walthamstow School of Art, London (1960-61) before working as a graphic designer at Studio Seven in Holborn (1961-62). In 1962 he returned to Walthamstow to study painting and subsequently went on to the Royal College of Art from 1964 to 1967. Between 1967 and 1975, Jacklin taught at Chelsea School of Art, Hornsey and Royal College of Art and at schools in Kent and Surrey. Initially concerned with abstraction, his work moved to figuration in the mid-1970s, when it became preoccupied with the effects of light and movement. Moving to New York in 1985, Bill Jacklin has concentrated on painting 'Urban Portraits' of 'the city' in all its guises; from large scale canvases of crowds in flux to intimate moments in Seurat-like etchings. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and in 1993 was Official Artist-in-Residence for the British Council in Hong Kong. Jacklin presently lives and works in New York.
Anne Desmet RA
Artist statement: 'It is not a painting as I am not a painter. It takes the form of a paper collage of many details of a recent lithograph of mine, which was itself a development of a wood engraved print. Both of these prints were made in 2016 and are images of the very elaborate barley-sugar-like Tudor chimneys at Eton College, where I was artist-in-residence last year. The original wood engraving brings together a collection of these chimneys into one invented composition. The lithograph started its life as a computer-assisted collage of details from this engraving repeated and re-scaled to create a forest that resembled trees but which was actually composed of numerous of these twisting, writhing brick chimneys. I chose to collage details of this lithograph onto the ukulele because the twirling, joyous, exuberant forms of those chimneys put me in mind of rhythms in music and, in the finished piece, the neck of the instrument starts to look a bit like an enormous chimney/tree and is thus part of the composition. Also, just as the lithograph was about one set of objects (namely man-made chimneys also acting as trees), the collaged ukulele would be a functional musical instrument also being an art object, so I felt that there existed interesting parallel sets of ideas to play with about one set of images that can suggest something entirely different or about an object that can be transformed into something else with different associations.'
Dave McKean (British. b.1963) is an English illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawing, painting, photography, collage, found objects, digital art and sculpture. McKean's projects include illustrating books by amongst others Heston Blumenthal, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, and directing three feature films.
Artist statement: ‘Inspired by the instrument's warm woody sound, and the birds, plants and weather while I painted it in the garden.'
PJ Crook MBE
PJ's paintings combine a highly distinctive style with extraordinary technical mastery. Rather than painting from photographs or direct observation, PJ prefers to draw from a combination of remembered observation and imagination, resulting in an intuitive and resolved composition. Few contemporary artists are more accomplished at depicting perspective or depth of field, and the viewer has a sense of being invited into each painting, encouraged by the inclusion of the frame in the picture surface. Her work features in many major private and public collections including that of Imperial War Museum London; Haavatz, Israel; El Mundo, Madrid; La Ville de Paris; the Department for Transport, London; the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; the President of Estonia; Conrad Black; Lord Bamford; the Marquess of Bath; Paul Allen; Jackie Collins; Peter Gabriel; Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox. PJ has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate of art in 2010 and MBE for services to art in 2011.
Tooney Phillips (British, b.1967). Studied Fine Art at City and Guilds of London Art School (2008 -10) where she was awarded the Norman Ackroyd Prize for Etching (2010) and the Harriet Anstruther MA Prize for Artistic Excellence (2010). Previously she studied Architecture at Manchester University (1987-90), and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (1992-4) and qualified as an architect in 2001. She is also a director of MPH Architects (London and Eton). Exhibitions include solo show: Excavations in Space and Time, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead (2009); Group shows: Postgraduate Printmaking in London, Clifford Chance, London (2010); Postgraduate Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield (2011); Spirit Level, Go Modern, London (2011); Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2012).