Individually, some of these artists have been making waves on the London Art Scene, with celebrity collectors, record prices being reached at auction houses, represented at art fairs worldwide and sell out print editions.
After delving into their backgrounds a little more, it has surfaced that these successful London artists are in fact East Anglian artists!
Each one originally from Cambridge or Essex. From Southend to Shenfield, some of the most influential emerging art talents working & selling in the Art Capital of the World today can be presented by us as our “Local Talent”
Joe Webb, originally from Brentwood, now living and working in Brighton, uses vintage magazines and printed ephemera that he has collected to create hand-made low fi collages, no computer trickery in sight. Webb re-invents the imagery taken from his collection of printed materials to create simple and elegant, yet surreal and witty mages that explore love and longing. Earlier this year Webb exhibited at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery followed by a solo exhibition at Hang-Up Gallery, both of which were sell out shows. Following Joe’s success, he has produced artwork for The Madden Brothers latest album, and both Cameron Diaz and Janelle Monae now have works in their collections. And just this month has sold an original piece to Coldplay’s manger!
The Connor Brothers, the fictitious duo from the American cult, actually are both from Cambridge, one living and working in London whilst the other still resides in Cambridge.
The Connor Brothers first entered the art scene as American twins brought up within an extremist Christian cult known as ‘The Family.’ At sixteen the twins escaped to Brooklyn where they began creating artworks in order to make sense of the world they had been deprived of. However, in October 2014 these characters were revealed as a myth and art dealers Mike Snelle and James Golding exposed themselves as The Connor Brothers. The recent revelation of their identity has seen a huge increase in sales with their work having been sold alongside Banksy and Damien Hirst at Christie’s and Bonham’s
Laura Keeble, living in Leigh-on-sea, in 2007 continued her site-specific practice with a parody of Damien Hirst’s work ‘For The Love Of God’ in which she created a replica of this artwork using a plastic medical model skull with 6522 Swarovski crystals, and left discarded with a pile of rubbish bags outside the White Cube gallery the day after Hirsts’ exhibition ‘Beyond Belief’ had closed and it was then exhibited in Lazarides Gallery. Keeble has since exhibited her unique work in high profile London galleries including Andipa Gallery with Jose Parla, Swoon and Slinkachu.
Simon Kirk, another talent from Leigh-on-sea, has been represented by Turner Barnes Gallery for the last few years. With a sell-out collection of mini sketch art in New York at the Affordable Art fair in 2010, this started a keen interest from collectors worldwide. Moving to a completely different medium, from mixed media to oil, Simon created a body of work that saw an original painting exhibited as part of The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the painting sold on the collector’s opening night. Simon’s gallery representation is growing now and work is beginning to increase in value.
Introducing Sean Hill, as a gallery we are always keen to look for new artists and emerging talents. Sean, from Chelmsford, where one of our galleries is based, has been working on developing a specific painting method.