A FINE MESS | TOM BERRY & DAVID HORGAN

05 Nov 20 — 08 Nov 20
Exhibition
Additional info: Open Evening: Friday 6th 7-10pm
A FINE MESS

An extravaganza of narrative, figurative and colourful screen prints and paintings by TOM BERRY & DAVID HORGAN

Show: 5-8 November 2020
Open Evening: Friday 6th 7-10pm

Tom Berry is an artist and illustrator. He works in various media but his practice is rooted in traditional hand-made techniques, e.g. drawing and painting. His work is motivated by pleasure and sensation. Storytelling and the human form are themes that recur in his work.

Tom is involved in a wide variety of projects which range from the illumination of religious script to the decoration of large fibreglass sculptures. He has illustrated book covers for many publishers, created permanent artworks for the Greenwich Maritime Museum, and is currently completing a series of 19 public artworks that will form an art trail throughout Deptford.

David Horgan is a South London-based artist and illustrator. He loves to tell stories and aim to convey a narrative through a colourful, bold style that expresses character and humour. He builds scenes around figures and integrate symbols that enhance their story. His interest in the immediacy of how one line relates to another and how a composition can spontaneously come together makes him evermore interested in the interplay between words and images.

David’s inspiration comes from an amalgamation of every day life and experience that he witnesses and sees unfold, intermingled with popular culture and iconography. Inspiration can come from anything, be it how he sees someone put down paint or make a mark, some wall paper, literature, poetry, a dress, a tree, an entertaining soundbite, texture or colour. His wife’s dance moves.

David’s process is quite sporadic and he’s learning to embrace the “everythingness” of his practice. Generally all his work begins as drawings produced by hand, and perhaps as a consequence of his previous life as an Architect, is concerned with composition and balance in an image.

Most commonly he’s used print to express his work and transpose drawings into screen prints. He likes the limitation of two colour screen prints and how a third colour is created when the inks overlap and this is something he enjoys playing with. Sometimes he makes it more complex by using more colours, and is currently very much into monoprint! David’s also experimenting a lot with paint, and recently completed his first mural. Watch this space for large scale paintings coming soon.

Tom and David’s artistic pathways crossed when they found themselves printing at the same studio, Sonsoles, in Peckham. 

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