'AHOY' by Stu Ford at Parx Cafe!

The ever talented Stu Ford, one half of WLD WLVS has been beavering away for the last couple of weeks at Peacocks on a new set of screen prints for his first solo show, AHOY which opnes on Saturday at Parx Cafe in Aberdeen. Stus work has been getting better and better with each project as he hones both his digital skills and his screen printing skills. 

Stu's first solo show is titled AHOY and will focus on a set of screenprints all teeming with nautical motifs and themes from the oceans most ginormous inhabitants to those who simply use her power as means of transport, sailors in case you couldn't guess. I managed to get a little sneak peak at some of the new prints while the ink was still wet and the attention to detail on each one is incredible! Combining Stu's distinctive style with a hands on process has resulted in some rather beautiful prints, which if you like the work of Ben Newman or anyone else on the Nobrow Press roster then you're sure to love em! 

The show officially opens this Saturday, 23rd May at Parx Cafe from 10am til 2am and then during the normal opening hours Monday to Friday. Each print design will be available for purchase and if things go to plan then ill be working with Stu on a new one off print which ill be selling through a new online print shop so watch this space and be sure to check out Stu's incredible work, AHOY!

The Strange Lines of Horfee!

I've been getting eyegasims over the work of French artist Horfee for a while now. His style blurs the line between graffiti, illustration and animation. His work holds an animated quality and is reminiscent of some classic 70s & 80s claymation cartoons, think Trapdoor and the like. I discovered his work on instagram and was blown away by his use of line and colour, taking a vastly different approach to the traditional letter styles of his contemporaries and instead going off in his own abstract direction. One of the few artists I could compare Horfee to is Bristol graff master Eko who's fine art work shares a similar quality but still veers off in its own way, you can see some of his work here

"Horfee’s artistic past straddles both the official and the illicit. He studied at the school of fine arts in his hometown of Paris and he painted graffiti. Seamlessly moving between media, Horfee’s style is inspired by everything from European abstract painting to homemade tattoos, vintage animations and underground comics. Whether completing a piece in public outside or painting on canvas or sculpting, Horfee retains a signature style marked by powerful, vibrant color and loose edges. Proudly displaying their flaws instead of hiding them, Horfee’s works neatly blur boundaries between street culture and the restrictions of fine art." From
the DrawALine blog here.

You can check out some pics below which I pulled from Horfee's facebook page here and if your into zines you can still get a copy of Oz here, but be quick!

'Narratives of the North' by Lucy Michelle Hanna & Rosie Scott!

'Narratives of the North' is a joint exhibition by soon to be Grays graduates Lucy Michelle Hanna and Rosie Scott. The works on display at Seventeen range from giant slab like screen prints to collected and curated objects relating to adventures across the highlands and islands of Scotland. 

Most of the works on display relate to the stories of walking in nature and observing and collecting as you go, creating a narrative after the event which gives a glimpse into it but holds back enough allowing the viewer put their own spin on things. Amongst the collected items you will find rocks, leaves, quick sketches of trees and hills, a compass, guide books and a map folded out to reveal some of its precious information. Along with the collections you have some screen printed collages which again are quite elemental in their execution, paper and metal on wood and multiple layers built up from fragments, stitched together as one. A great quote from American Conservationist John Muir stands out and helps give a context to the work and informs where the artists are coming from with their joint narratives of hours spent in the wild. 

Unless your familiar with Lucy's work, which you can see more of here it would be hard to tell who made what as the two compliment each other so well. As part of the show the artists have been running work shops which are free to attend and gives you a chance to carve your own stone from clay which will be added to their on site cairn. Anyone familiar with the hills should know what a cairn is but just in case you don't, it can be a small or large group of stones which are piled together to form a mound or marker point to help keep wanderers on the right path. 

The final workshop will be taking place tomorrow between 11am and 1.30pm and the show closes on the 16th May so make sure and pop down for a look if you're free and you can check out some photos from the show below.