All photographs by Brian Usher unless otherwise credited.
The images on view are the result of my formative influences, just like every other artist, however these are mine;
- being taught by John Hoyland, Patrick Caulfield & Allen Jones at Chelsea School of Art.
- British & American Pop Art (particularly Peter Blake).
- two years in the rock’n’roll business in the sixties.
- three decades as co-founder & creative director of the highly successful design group Whitmore-Thomas, working upon an extraordinary array of of truly iconic projects from Biba (‘The most beautiful store in the world’ – The Sunday Times) to Paul McCartney, from Levis, Pepsi & Esso to London Transport & Subaru World Rally Team.
- the wonderful flexibility of the English language, allowing me to create visual images involving, hopefully, humorous & witty linguistic gymnastics.
Amalgamating these influences from painting, particularly Pop Art & Hard Edge, design craft, rock’n’roll & word-play has given me the vocabulary to create these images in this exhibition.
If a picture tells a story, then these artworks are my history; using elements from my early art school Hard Edge paintings, iconic images that I created during my design career & references from my more recent print images, & using my not-forgotten skills of drawing & painting, photography & collage making, I have assembled a suite of six prints entitled “ArtAngels”, a series of autobiographical totems – symmetrical kaleidoscopic new images from my past.
There are also two images, as a diptych, from the “Americana” series reflecting my continued involvement with contemporary Pop Art, with visual puns of branding.
Lastly there are four images from the “Clash of the Titans” suite – images that result from the accident of nomenclature, word-play, Spoonerisms & puns. One day I’ll attempt the image that is Boy George Michael Angelo Dundee Cake, but until then…….
24 Oct 2012 –27 Jan 2013
London SW1W 8QP
Tel: 0207 514 6983