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A MOMENT IN TIME  Supported by Yasha Young (Urban Nation), Curated by Olly Walker  3 FEBRUARY – 6 MARCH 2016   London, UK – On 3rd February 2016, the Saatchi Gallery will open XX: A Moment in Time in the Prints & Originals Gallery.   XX is an exhibition of new works by contemporary female street & graffiti artists. The show will consist of new works by a selection of emerging and established artists from around the globe. This will be the first time that some of the artists will have been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition will run alongside the major exhibition of contemporary art by female artists, Champagne Life.    XX showcases a spectrum of artistic talent and seeks to inspire future generations of women artists. Although the disparity between the number of women artists, and their profile, compared to male artists has reduced, a gap still exists. Women remain under-represented within the contemporary street art genre. This might be partly explained by the origins of the genre in territorial mark-making and the routine avoidance of the authorities. However, fundamentally, there are no reasons why any form of contemporary expression should be dominated by one sex or the other. When this domination occurs the great danger is that society does not benefit from the ideas, concepts and perspectives of half the population.    “The women exhibited here are pioneers within the world of street art; newcomers that have made their mark in countries all over the world and artists that have become part of the new urban contemporary movement.” – Yasha Young (Urban Nation)   The artists featured in the exhibition include Aiko (Japan/USA), Alice Pasquini (Italy), Caratoes (Belgium/Hong Kong), Martha Cooper (USA), Crajes (Spain), Elle (USA), Faith47 (South Africa), Handiedan (Netherlands), Hera (Germany), Hueman (USA), Lora Zombie (Russia), Madamoiselle Maurice (France), Marina Zumi (Argentina), Mimi S (Germany), Miss Van (France), Olek (Poland), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Vexta (Australia) and Zabou (France).    Yasha Young Yasha Young is the director and curator of URBAN NATION. Her creative vision is catalyst to the creation and evolvement of the two internationally renowned Project M/ and OneWall series which has been featuring over 150 of the genre’s most influential and visionary urban artists from all over the world . As former gallery owner, curator and producer, Young is deeply involved in the international urban arts sphere and beyond.    Olly Walker  OllyStudio, founded by Olly Walker, has cultivated a reputation for curating strong shows and artistic collaborations for a range of clients. In addition to the curation of a number of high profile gallery shows in London and Berlin, Olly has collaborated with brands such as Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Converse, Orange and artists like Vhils, JR, Nick Walker, Paul Insect, Ben Turnbull, Mode 2, Ben Eine, D-Face, WK Interact and Alexander McQueen. Ollystudio has designed books for some of the best artists in the world and worked with influential galleries such as Saatchi Gallery, Urban Nation and Lazarides.    About the Saatchi Gallery  The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 to provide a platform to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and make it accessible. Over the last five years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted 15 out of the 20 most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper’s survey of international museum attendance, and is also ranked amongst the world’s top five most liked museums on Facebook and Twitter by Museum Analytics. Entry to all exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery is free. 

January 13, 2016, XX

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Project M/8

Ollystudio was invited to Berlin to attend Project M/8 “Freedom” curated by StolenSpace Gallery featuring Case, Cyrcle, D*Face, Evoca1, Herakut, Joram Roukes, Miss Van, Maya Hayuk, The London Police, Shepard Fairey, Snik, Word to Mother, Elle and Lora Zombie.

December 29, 2015, Project M/8

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London Stinks of Piss

Original Ollystudio design now being reprinted by the amazing 10T London crew here. 10T is a young collaborative streetwear brand that celebrates the talent of emerging and established artists by printing original artwork on a range of high quality, limited edition T-shirts. There is no design brief or set of rules, with each artist given complete free reign with the creative process. The resulting imagery is diverse and eclectic, fitting the brand’s ethos “Expect the Unexpected”.

December 29, 2015, London Stinks of Piss

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Pinksie the Whale

Ollystudio partnered with Pinksie the Whale to run a stenciling workshop for the kids at a local primary school in London Fields, using actual cut out pages from “Street Art Republic” & “The Street Art Stencil Book.” Pinksie is a thought provoking project which began in London in 2012 with the purpose to teach children to celebrate diversity, be imaginative and assist and care for others. Each year the Pinksie team works with schools, artists, galleries and museums, running creative workshops, exhibitions and readings with the added benefit that proceeds from fundraising events go to help chosen children’s charities and to keep funding  workshop for free in the school.

December 29, 2015, Pinksie the Whale

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The Good the Bad and the Beautiful

Ollystudio was invited to speak on a panel discussion this week at the University of the Arts London discussing the future of Graffiti in European Cities with Graffolution. The Good the Bad and the Beautiful: Innovative Graffiti Management for Future European Cities, with Graffolution Hosted by the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) at UAL, in collaboration with SYNYO (Vienna), Sine (Munich) and Eticas (Barcelona), ‘The Good the Bad and the Beautiful’ event looks to move forward some of these questions and invites you to trial the new European Graffolution platform and experience our experimental Human Graffiti Library event. Click here to read more.

December 17, 2015, The Good the Bad and the Beautiful

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Elle, Tankpetrol & Word to Mother

Elle, Tankpetrol and Word to Mother stopped by Ollystudio for a little impromptu painting session.  

December 17, 2015, Elle, Tankpetrol & Word to Mother

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Dubbed Caustic Windows: New Works

Ollystudio is pleased to present Caustic Windows: New Works by the UK-based mixed media artist Alaric Hammond at the Saatchi Gallery in London — 2nd September through 1st November 2015.   The exhibition showcases new works by the British contemporary artist Alaric Hammond. Each artwork has been created in studio utilising etching and corrosion processes on zinc plates which are then mounted onto wood.   “The etching and corrosion process employed results in works suspended between creation and destruction. The objects represent genuine entropy. There is beauty in decay.” – Alaric Hammond “The exhibition finds the artist experimenting with zinc plates, reliefs and acid over-treatments to create unique, almost primitivist etches. The pieces are then mounted onto wooden panels, which further underlines Hammond’s intentionally raw and organic aesthetic. The end result, the artist argues, is the representation of mundane everyday sightings – handshake deals, the sidewalk as a catwalk, mass advertisement – into the “context” of the bustling city.”  – Hypebeast    

December 17, 2015, Dubbed Caustic Windows: New Works

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SAVE THE CHILDREN x MATCHES FASHION

Ollystudio was pleased to be involved with connecting the creative minds for a great cause this holiday season. As part of Save The Children’s Fashion Saves Lives This Christmas campaign, five of London’s top designers have designed a special sweater for the festive season in collaboration with their favourite muse.   100% of the profits from the exclusive Save The Children X MATCHESFASHION.COM collaboration will go to Save The Children. ‘This is an exciting campaign that uses the power and influence of the fashion industry to improve the lives of children most in need,’ says Helena Wiltshire, a spokesperson at Save The Children. ‘By buying a sweater you will help save children’s lives in some of the toughest parts of the world, and give children living in poverty in the UK the chance to fulfil their potential.’ The Style Report meets the dynamic duos behind the collection.

December 5, 2015, SAVE THE CHILDREN x MATCHES FASHION

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Inferno: Alexander McQueen Exhibition

Ollystudio is proud to present Inferno, the result of two years work in collaboration with photographer, Kent Baker. Inferno: Alexander McQueen is a collection of previously unseen, backstage photographs from Alexander McQueen’s seminal show ‘Dante’. The photographs are being displayed for the first time at the Gallery at Foyles from 20 March – 3 May 2015. The striking images are taken from Kent Baker’s new book, ‘Inferno: Alexander McQueen’, published on 30 March 2015 by Laurence King Publishing, and curated by Ollystudio.   Great article from our friends over at tikichris.  

March 27, 2015, Inferno: Alexander McQueen Exhibition

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Inferno: Alexander McQueen Book

Inferno: Alexander McQueen, designed and curated by Ollystudio is part of an overall project that has been two years in the making. This book features unique photographs, by Kent Baker, shot behind the scenes, with raw, unseen pictures of the designer, models and clothes. The fashion creatives who worked with McQueen to make the show such a success recall this pivotal time in the designer’s career and reflect on what made ‘Dante’ truly groundbreaking. The new imagery  of clothes shown on the catwalk, created by Baker and Walker, gives insight into why this collection was so special.   London 1996: Alexander McQueen took over the Hawksmoor masterpiece Christ Church in London’s East End for what was quite possibly the greatest fashion show on earth. A candle-lit, cruciform catwalk with a backdrop of stained-glass windows set the tone for an extraordinary collection. Lace sat against chiffon and rubbed shoulders with couture and club-culture clothing and digital print. Dante was the seminal collection that would resonate throughout Alexander McQueen’s career.   Brilliant article from our friends over at i-D.  

March 27, 2015, Inferno: Alexander McQueen Book

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Pop the Streets

Ollystudio once again collaborates with the Saatchi Gallery to curate Pop the Streets. The show illustrated the influence of Pop Art on the concepts and works of the artists. This exhibition’s concept perfectly connects new and original works, many of them created especially for this show, with the Pop Art movement that largely influenced the shape of the contemporary street and urban art. The artists that were chosen for this exhibition were Alaric Hammond, ALO, Ben Frost, Ben Turnbull, CEPT, Nick Walker, Orticanoodles, Paul Insect, Rene Gagnon and Sten & Lex. Each of these artists and artistic collectives are characterized by an original approach and the techniques they use, as well as the specific themes they are dealing with.  

March 27, 2015, Pop the Streets

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CUT IT OUT

Work is progressing at an alarming rate for this stellar show that I am curating at the amazing Urban Nation in Berlin. This show is packed full of stars and up and coming talent, lots of cool exhibits, great work and surprise for those who visit us.

March 26, 2015, CUT IT OUT

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Alaric Hammond: From Cheek to Blushing Cheek

Alaric Hammond’s new body of work From Cheek to Blushing Cheek was a powerful solo show inspired by recent conflicts, protests, and persisting influence of Empire. Hammond suggests there is an abandonment of ideology, cultural guidance and philosophy in today’s society. He presents a dystopian viewpoint exploring themes of subterfuge, decayed imperial grandeur and impotent protest within his work. Hammond’s aim is in confronting the compromise, absurdities and conflict in living and defending our way of life. Olly Walker’s long friendship with Alaric resulted in this collaboration as artist and curator for the artist’s first solo exhibition in Shoreditch.  

March 25, 2015, Alaric Hammond: From Cheek to Blushing Cheek

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Nick Walker: The Art of Nick Walker

Great to have the finished  book in our hands at the studio. A years worth of research and archiving has produced this historic book of Nick’s work. Long live print.   “The Art of Nick Walker” is a 152 page hardback retrospective with hundreds of full colour images comprising 20 years of Nick Walker’s art.   “In 1992 I began to combine stencils with my freehand work, which allowed me to juxtapose almost photographic imagery with the rawness which evolved from conventional graffiti styles,” said Walker. “Stencils introduce an impact element to my work. The appeal of stencils is that they allow me to take an image from anywhere – dissect any part of life – and recreate it on any surface.”   “I try to add an element of humour or irony to some paintings to add a little light relief to the walls. Painting is a form of escapism for me and if my work allows the spectator to do the same thing, then I’ve achieved more than I set out to do.”  

March 24, 2015, Nick Walker: The Art of Nick Walker

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Hail To The Loser

Back in August this year Ollystudio arranged for Alo to have his 1st solo show at Saatchi Gallery, London. 50 portraits of the people of Shoreditch, Hackney, Hoxton and Brick Lane. See the projects page  for more info and images.

March 23, 2015, Hail To The Loser

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Ben Turnbull: American History X

Olly Walker’s relationship with the highly-collectible British artist Ben Turnbull continued with assisting in the series American History X, which features collages of heroes and villains crafted from vintage comics. These pieces question our tendency to pigeonhole public figures in the binary categories favoured by superhero stories. This scepticism extends to a set of satirical sculptures he created that show the heads of US presidents on PEZ candy dispensers. “They’re about the regurgitation of the same old political sweet talk,” said Turnbull of his work.  

March 22, 2015, Ben Turnbull: American History X

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Chris Moon: A Splendid Isolation

Ollystudio is proud to be associated with Chris Moon’s latest exhibition, A Splendid Isolation, which grew out of a three-month residency in California, featured a series of landscapes that managed to be both vibrant and desolate. He captured the state’s abandoned motels, forgotten towns, forlorn pools and hollow parties, Moon also painted in the occasional abstract figure, drenched with their sense of place.  

March 21, 2015, Chris Moon: A Splendid Isolation

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Made Corrections

Ollystudio is excited to announce its partnership with Made Corrections, a cross – cultural, trans – media exchange between those in need and experienced practicing artists who seek to use their talents for positive change whilst raising awareness to the passion and talent for the arts that exists within the world’s prisons and youth offending facilities.   Made Corrections works globally with local arts organisations and artists to provide inspirational and inclusive arts experiences that engage and inspire young inmates to prove that art can work as rehabilitation.   Together we’re embarking on a 7 day journey to a correctional facility in Kaunas, Lithuania in order to give workshops, talks and demonstrations, as well as run structured arts courses for the young offenders.   If we change one life, then the outcome of this project will be monumental.  

December 27, 2013, Made Corrections

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Adam Neate

Took a little stroll at lunch time to Elms Lester Gallery. Home of the amazing Adam Neate and his new works.

August 14, 2013, Adam Neate

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Pushing the boundaries

Know hope pushing the boundaries @lazarides #gallery #lazarides #laz #knowhope #londonart #outsiders #outsiderart #urban #urbanart #streetart #painting #art #artists #grafitti #blackandwhite #lowbrow #love

August 8, 2013, Pushing the boundaries

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