In conjunction with Browns department store, Lisa Dawson Interior Writer and Blogger, Brew York artisan brewer, Art of Protest Gallery York are excited to introduce a new urban contemporary artist to their stable, Alexandra Gallagher in an exhibition launching this Friday evening. Alexandra is a Lancashire born graphic artist who studied and developed her visual language through the nineties and noughties absorbing the iconography and principles of that richly creative time. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including with Saatchi and across various art fairs and galleries in and around London.
Fairy-tale graphic collages evoke the surreal with motifs and montages contrasting the classical subjects of fine art with 50s icons and formalist geometry all brought to life with contemporary techniques.
Often working on large public scale paste ups for street art events around the UK including the Blackburn Open Wall mural festival which she is a key organiser of. Alexandra in inspired by anything and everything, stories emerge from accidental conversations and occurrences that she reinterprets with the visual language of fashion, advertising, design and society as a whole. She is a luscious addition to the Art of Protest Gallery, fitting our mantra of art that demands a double take perfectly.
I take influence from everything around me - like every artist…we all have a story to tell, something interesting that is unique to all of us, as an individual. I love people watching. Looking at people and seeing how I could translate that into a piece of art - from my own perspective.”
To mark the collaboration Alexandra is embarking on an opening collection of public, private and gallery projects in and around the city of York. The activity starts on June 14th with a paste up mural at the private home of one of York’s most noted Instagram stars Interior Writer and Blogger Lisa Dawson. While Alexandra creates her installation as part of Lisa’s new outdoor dining area there will be an Insta’ live discussion broadcast about the relationships and transference of fine art to interiors and the design sector. With the advent of social media and the internet, creative ideas are distilled and reinterpreted for mass engagement faster than ever before. The informal round table conversation will have representation from artists, galleries, art collectors, designers, academics, urban art fairs and bloggers to discuss the new creative environment we exist in. The filmed hour long event will be available live on Instagram.
The following day on June 15 Alexandra firstly installs a new mural at Brew York’s soon to be revealed beer hall. As The Art of Protest’s street artists visit the city they are adding murals to the new space above the brewery and tap rooms just off Walmgate. After which Alexandra is helping with the creation of 2 window displays at Browns Department Store, the back windows of which face onto one of The Art of Protest’s gallery windows. Jeff Clark from The Art of Protest Gallery said “Nick Brown has been a very supportive neighbour since we opened 16 months ago so a collaboration has been on the cards for some time. Nick came up with the idea of sharing windows after first seeing Alexandra’s beautiful work several months ago and loving her use of floral and organic themes.” Nick Brown from Brown’s Department Store added “Fashion, Furniture and Friendship have been at the heart of Brown’s quality offering for over 100 years; we have a great relationship with the local businesses around us and are excited to show how quality contemporary arts relate to our quality focused departments.”
The new exhibition continues a series of art exhibitions at The Art of Protest where northern contemporary artists who are well known and shown in London and around the world are offered a northern base to exhibit and sell their work from. Alexandra, like Prefab77 (the exhibition at the gallery in March), has many galleries regularly exhibiting and selling her work in and around London. Clients from Leeds, Manchester and York are often only discovering her unique style either via online interior bloggers or when visiting contemporary art events in London. Up and coming events at The Art of Protest York, will see other artists such as Jo Peel (Sheffield), Static (Scarborough), Dan Cimmermann (Middlesbrough), Prefab77 (Newcastle) and Nick Dixon (Leeds) showing urban contemporary work which is usually saved for the South East, Far East or North America.
Exhibition runs from June 15 to July 1 __Art of Protest Gallery