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Charlie McFarley debut solo show
East London’s very own Charlie McFarley has a debut solo show opening in Hackney at the start of May. A new collection of paintings influenced by a love-hate relationship with inner city life. Bold, bitter-sweet and humorous, Charlie’s paintings can be seen at Gallery 5a, Regent Studios…
Here comes the blurb… The blurb and the imagery tell it best…
CHARLIE MCFARLEY presents BACKSLANG
”In his debut London solo exhibition Charlie showcases a new collection of paintings influenced by a love-hate relationship with inner city life. Bold, bitter-sweet and humorous, Charlie’s paintings invite the viewer to step into the shoes of an excited child growing up in London’s sometimes unsettling, sometimes awe-inspiring inner city. Stories are told by a wide-eyed cast of animal and human characters using his trademark succinct, stripped-back style. Bright, simple colour palettes, strong form and colouring-book outlines seem to hover on the canvas and lure the viewer in.
Charlie McFarley’s work is rooted in his London upbringing, drawing on a youth submerged in music, art and subculture. His style was formed by a city carved with a mish-mash of cultural and social fault lines and neglected streets during the turbulent 1980s. His work is a homage to a London pre-gentrification when the grey wet capital was a jungle, tower blocks were speakers, pavements were patterned carpets and the chatter and music of people on the streets the city’s soundtrack. Charlie prefers to swap grey, dank urban decay for a more colourful, bold and humorous view of his surroundings”.
The exhibition runs from 6th – 8th May 2011
The show is open from 1pm – 8pm fri- sat 12pm-7pm sunday
Open night view (they say these things are private views but they never are and Charlie says that all are welcome) - Thursday 5th May from 6.00 – 11.00.
Hang on though - you may have seen flyers and such stating this is happening at 10 Gales, it isn’t…
STOP PRESS, VENUE CHANGE…
“Hi all, Due to unforeseen circumstances 10 Gales Gallery has closed down... But all is not lost! The good people at GALLERY 5a have come to the rescue and given me use of their new space, located just off Broadway Market. So hope to see you all there for the opening on Thurs 5th May from 6pm.
GALLERY 5a, Regents Studios, 8 Andrews Rd, E8 4QN Charlie Mcfarley x”
Not sure what has happened to 10 Gales but Gallery 5a can be found in Regent Studios, Andrew Road, at the canal end of Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8
Charlie’s Facebook page...