This spring saw the Art Car Boot Fair return once again with it’s online edition whose theme was Flora and Fauna. With 200 artists showing the fair has been expanded to an international audience. We still miss the cut and thrust of the live event, where artists and vistors interact and enjoy all the fun of the fair.
I had fun showing the SUPERFLY series, from my forthcoming book. I intoduced a new character into the mix, The Dear Little Puffin, as well as some old favourites The Naked Mole Rat and the Stag Beetle. Each edition is variable and every print hand finished with glass paint and glitter.
We are all looking forward to the next live event, whenever that may be
I have created a generic image in collaboration with Pixel Press Studio, which is based on a Letterpress print that we gave as gifts to ICU nurses and doctors at the height of the Covid pandemic in 2020. This was an edition of ten that were printed at the studio and sent to me during lockdown, I then hand finished each one with glitter and sent them off to NHS workers.
In January 2021 we decided to expand on the idea to print an open edition poster type print to be sent to NHS staff rooms and surgeries across the UK. As well as this an edition of 350 fine art prints, which would be hand finished with glitter, to be given as a thank you to NHS workers. The number of the edition represents the 350 roles in the NHS.
There is also a download of the image to print at home.
As well as stickers and other merchandise for the public to buy.
This is an ongoing project is meant as a message of support and a thank you to NHS workers and in celebration of our fast dwindling ‘cradle to grave’ national treasure.
Exhibition: 17 September – November
Private View: TBC
“The Invisible Woman meets… Black Eyed Susan” a solo show by C.A. Halpin exhibiting two series of paintings side by side at The WALLS.
The Invisible Woman meets… Bette Davis as Margot Channing, Oil on Gesso Panel, 2019
“The Invisible Woman meets…” is a series of paintings that are founded in a set of photographic collages, celebrating often unrecognised contemporary and historical female figures, including women artists, as well as myriad unsung heroines from every walk of life. The photographic collages are created by adding the artist’s green eyes onto an original image, addressing themes of female empowerment.
The paintings on show expand on this theme to become portraits of three women who have been overlooked or treated badly, as a result of their gender, age, or the colour of their skin. As the green eyes are overlaid onto the overlooked, this double portrait becomes an aesthetic sisterhood, removing the veil of obscurity as the invisible woman is noticed through the fierce, unblinking stare of The Invisible Woman. In the triptych we see Angelica Kaufmann an artist, born in the 18 th Century, Luscious, a white faced, black skinned 1960’s fashion model and Bette Davis as ageing actress Margot Channing, in the 1950’s Hollywood film, All About Eve.
“Black Eyed Susan” is this sumptuous psychedelic series of the twelve paintings dated from 2009-2012.
Below the surface of this dirty dozen painting, below the bubbles of desire are words wishes, saucy notes and obliterated desires. The viewer is hurled through space, passing pock marked planets and green streaked comets, a journey into the black hole on the edge of reality, through to the other side of a colourful cosmos. The paintings animate as the bubbles burst and drift into fields of pure colour.
The Black Eyed Susan series were to be a joint project with Halpin’s then lover, Mat Ducasse, who shortly after it’s inception abandoned the project and they went their separate ways. Halpin continued with the series which went on to chart the history of the end of the relationship from the passion and pleasure at the beginning, the storytelling, the messing about, describing the desires and tensions as tales were told and taboos broken, through to the intensity, anger and loss at the end of the affair. The written messages and images contained within the paintings are layered over and turned around until they become abstracted, distorted and almost impossible to read, yet giving the viewer an idea that they may be deciphered. Although as images they have neither top nor bottom, left nor right with the viewer guided through this cathartic tale only by the forms that emerge only to disappear true to the fashion in which they were painted.
Black Eyed Susan, Acyrlic Inks on Canvas, 2009-12
C.A. Halpin works across a broad spectrum of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and writing. The painting “Lungs of Love” from her previous show at The WALLS entitled “Sainted Love”, 2019 is displayed at the main entrance of the building.
The Lungs of Love, Graphite on Paper, 2011
THE BARGE HOUSE
46a De Beauvoir Crescent
0203 771 7660
I will be showing some GLITTERTASTIC handfunished prints inc BLACK LIVES MATTER, GLitterLout, Superfly and Isolation Heroes. Plus other surprise fancy goods…
Please purchase a £2 ticket here as numbers are limited, while under tier 2 art business is allowed to continue in an appropriately distanced manner.
Artists: Alice Herrick, Carson Parkin-Fairley, Harry Pye & Chris Tosic, Joseph Sakoilsky, KeelerTornero, Mai Sanchez, Mandee Gage, Michael Coles, Paul Sakoilsky, Roberta Dolinska.
Saturday 24th October 2020: 4 – 9.30pm and Sunday 25th October 2020: 4 – 9pm
Nearest stations: Aldgate East and Tower Hill
The Art Car Boot Fair
Please visit my page on the infamous Art Car Boot Fair. The online event is open until Sunday 11th October