Jimmy C solo show Atomised @ Lollipop Gallery, Shoreditch, London. 9 – 30th September 2015
This summer I discovered Lollipop Gallery on Commercial St in Shoreditch. Their alternative summer show had work by some of my favourite street artists and whilst I was there, I was invited to attend the opening night of another show. JimmyC was having a solo exhibition which opened on 9th September and there was going to be a live interactive element. I was intrigued and I went along.
Prior to going to this show, I hadn’t seen much of this artist’s work. But whenever he was mentioned online, it was with great excitement and reverence.
These photographs are two of the three works that I seen on the streets. Both were painted this Spring/Summer this year.
And this second piece is part of a larger work which has been painted by three artists: Zabou, JimmyC and Six1Six depicting the story of Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel. JimmyC’s contribution is a portrait of one of Jack the Ripper’s victims.
My photographs are as much a record of the opening night as the exhibition. The work is really fine and worth seeing for yourself, if you get the chance.
I was already familiar with this image as I’d seen the street version last summer. I thought that the delicacy of the oil painting was far superior to the aerosol version. Not surprising, since the street image was about three times bigger.
Did you notice something odd about this last shot? Why is no-one looking at the paintings?
This is why. Visitors to the exhibition can see themselves as JimmyC might paint them. Digital engineer Stuart Cupit has created software to recreate the JimmyC effect.
And if you go to the show with friend or possibly the gallery would do this, then you can snap your interactive picture and have your very own JimmyC portrait. These women are enjoying the results of this experience.
So, continuing on around the upper floor were these works.
You then head downstairs to the lower ground floor the remaining work which include sculpture and more abstract pieces.
I was excited to see this next piece because I had missed a street installation made from bricks like this, off Brick Lane. It wasn’t there for long, as you can imagine. I believe it is a comment on the gentrification of London at the expense of ordinary people having homes.
There were a few other abstract pieces that I didn’t record but which you can see on the excellent post about the show by London Calling Blog.
JimmyC the artist
For those now keen to know more about this artist here are a few details. James Cochran aka JimmyC hails from Australia. As well as being a leading artist in the 90s graffiti scene over there, he later completed an MA in visual arts, specialising in urban realist and figurative oil painting. Using a pointilist style, and blobs of aerosol paint, he developed his technique which he calls drip paintings and scribble paintings. You can read more on his website link JimmyC About.
The exhibition is still on until Weds 30th September. Do go along and see the actual works. He really is a special as the fans online say he is. I’m now another JimmyC convert.
The gallery provided some great music, drinks and of course lollipops which many people enjoyed.