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Stuart Pearson Wright's "Together in Electric Dreams" at Riflemaker, London

by Suzanne on January 11th, 2012

Dicky by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on oval canvas, hand-carved frame, 40 x 50cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

I remember being two days early to the opening reception of Stuart's previous I Remember You solo show at the Riflemaker (somehow, those Monday evening opening receptions seem to confuse me a great deal) but the staff was lovely enough to let me in despite being in the midst of show preparation works and I could even say hello to Stuart and get my book signed, yay.

But. I'd be lying if I said that Together in Electric Dreams, his 2nd Riflemaker show, made me want to be there two days early again because well, the works really don't look nearly as detailed, vibrant and grotesquely distorted as last time.

Maybe too much time was spent on hand-carving the nautical frames? I'm not sure but for me, this is all going a bit too much in the direction of Turf One/Jean Labourdette which is weird because just like John Currin, Stuart's got a fantastic eye for the caricaturesque and grotesque in human forms, camp postures, hyperbolized sentiments and satirized landscapes.

The press release states:

"[...] The works are presented in neo-baroque frames which have been hand-sculpted in jesmonite by the artist. The painting’s luxurious surfaces are peppered with real diamonds, precious stones and metals, pearls, real hair, make-up, sequins and glitter. [...]"

Which is all very nice - don't get me wrong - but I just hope he'll come back to focus on the weird, awkward and uncanny rather than trad tattoos and the burlesque *yawn* - cause that's really bindun all over the place - particularly in lowbrow/street/new contemporary/whatever-you-call-it art. Stuart's way better than that.

Show opened on Monday and will remain on view until Feb 15. Details below.

On show: Jan 9 - Feb 15, 2012

Address: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SU, tel: +44 (0) 20 7439 0000, email: info@riflemaker.org | Map

Hours: Mon - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Preview | Press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Stuart Pearson Wright at Riflemaker, London

by Suzanne on May 12th, 2010

A Whaler’s Tale by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on found panel - click to enlarge

I won't bore you with more praises for the Riflemaker, so let me just say this:

Riflemaker's new show, Stuart Pearson Wright's I Remember You, is absolutely gorgeous. I had no concept whatsoever of how small his works really are and how intricate and precise his brushwork is.

Yellow Rose of Texas by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on found panel - click to enlarge

It was also most magnificent to see how his characters (normally the artist himself and his fiancée) pop out from the backdrop of the random kitschy landscape which, btw, was in almost all cases upcycled from found thrift store paintings.

Another impressive factor was Stuart's use of more or less untreated tree trunks and branches as frames and the general conceptual and sensory purity of the whole show - even the record that was playing on the ground floor was the work of Mr Wright.

And in stammering fangirl news, I'm thrilled to say that I had the great pleasure to bump into the artist in the upstairs gallery and got him to sign my copy of the catalogue (proof). Weeeeeeee!

I’ll Never Stop Loving You by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on found panel - click to enlarge

On show: May 5 - June 26, 2010

Address: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, Soho, London W1F 9SU, UK, tel: 020 7439 0000 | Map

Download catalogue | Flyer

Artist's website

by suzanne_tumblr on May 12th, 2010

A Whaler’s Tale and I’ll Never Stop Loving You by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on found panel

by suzanne_tumblr on May 12th, 2010

Yellow Rose of Texas by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on found panel, 2008

by suzanne_tumblr on May 6th, 2010

After a near-fatal crash with the RESPECT party double decker this morning, I knew that things could only get better. 

And they did. 

Spitalfields was sweet and I managed to get a baby companion for my phrenology head, my own fancy copy of the Little Red Book (incl. original bag and Mao stamp!), 5 meters of super kitschy floral material and an ambulance truck. For emergencies, you know. All for less than half of my weekly antiques budget. 

I then headed off to Soho to bump into Willy “Wonka” George Harcourt-Cooze who didn’t have any chocolate on him which was a bit disappointing so I decided to go and stab Stuart Pearson Wright in the thigh for a while until he signed my Riflemaker book.

And if you people vote properly, this could actually end up being a bloody nice day. :)

by suzanne_tumblr on April 5th, 2010


stuart pearson wright, teardops in my heart

… and very soon on show at my favourite gallery in this star system. Weeeeee!

by suzanne_tumblr on September 26th, 2009

© Stuart Pearson Wright

Sweet dreams, my deers. x