The Artists Colouring Book of ABC’s launched at the Serpentine Gallery

13 December 2013 § 1 Comment

I dropped in to the Serpentine Gallery last night for a charity auction event in support of  the Kids Company Charity. A veritable who’s who of top contemporary artists were all persuaded to each donate a drawing representing a particular letter of the alphabet (the full list is below).

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry produced a plethora of ‘P’ objects in a typically witty sketch, Harland Miller a wicked Devil cartoon, Tracey Emin lazily scribbled a cat (representing A for Animal – what?) Jake and Dinos Chapman went wild with O’s – in a design that also featured on hostesses dresses – and Keith Tyson‘s neatly drawn treasure map featured a prominent X (of course!)

Keith Tyson

Paula Rego‘s excellent contribution was a dark, contorted monkey whilst my money would have gone on bidding for a colourful Gillian Ayres or a great work from Joseph Kosuth – a ‘G’  with another ‘G’ in a thought bubble.

Gillian Ayres Festival

The end result was The Artists Colouring Book of ABC’s a fun book for adults and for children to approach the alphabet through an exciting interplay with art. Each original work was auctioned either by Sotheby’s guest auctioneer Henry Wyndham or offered in a silent sealed auction.

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Hopefully the end result was a success for the charity although the rent-a-crowd (from  the event planners who very kindly donated their time) to me seemed to consist of rather more B list wannabes out for a party than art collectors?

Serpentine Gallery

The book would make a great Christmas gift for parents who want to display their arty credentials amongst fellow parents or a cool adults gift, especially in the £250 boxed limited edition version that includes a Chapman Brothers editioned print!


The Artists Colouring Book of ABC’s  (buy here)

Size: 265 x 365 mm, 60 pages, 200gms. Paperback. RRP: £15.99

Charlotte Colbert, Alix Janta and Lauren Jones. A collaboration between AlteriaArt & Humpty Dumpty Publishing

A is for Tracey Emin
B is for Fiona Banner
C is for Alex Katz
D is for Harland Miller
E is for Chantal Joffe
F is for Gillian Ayres
G is for Joseph Kosuth
H is for Betty Woodman
I is for Gary Hume
J is for Pietro Ruffo
K is for Cathie Pilkington
L is for Mat Collishaw
M is for Paula Rego
N is for Keith Coventry
O is for Jake & Dinos Chapman
P is for Grayson Perry
Q is for Bob & Roberta Smith
R is for Gavin Turk
S is for Rachel Howard
T is for Polly Morgan
U is for Georgie Hopton
V is for Maggi Hambling
W is for Paul Fryer
X is for Keith Tyson
Y is for Yinka Shonibare
Z is for Marc Quinn

small is beautiful at flowers cork st

5 January 2013 § Leave a comment

Unfortunately I only made it to this annual group exhibition just before it closed. This is the latest in their regular series of Christmas shows featuring a delightful selection of smallish works – no surprise there of course – from no fewer than 78 artists.

IMG00362-20130104-1308For those of you unfamiliar with the gallery ethos, this is one of the most established of the contemporary art galleries that has since 1970 promoted good value art from emerging and established artists. Recently there has been increasing emphasis on photographic works, and there a few here amongst a selection of mostly oils but also sculptures and watercolours.

IMG00365-20130104-1309As would be expected from a top gallery there are lots of well known and well-respected names: Maggi Hambling, Ishbel Myerscough, Julie Cockburn, Andrew Logan, John Kirby, Ken Currie and many more. One of those is Nadav Kander whose exhibition at the same Mayfair Gallery is coming up after this ‘Small’ show. His works tread the line between attraction and repulsion and this flabby nude is no exception.

IMG00366-20130104-1309Dina Brodsky’s Vacant was another impressive work. An immaculately detailed and enigmatic empty room painted in oil. I also liked Tai Schan Schierenberg’s  Skull, thick in gloopy paint – a sort of 3D Kossoff.


There were lots more attractive works which had sadly, it seems, not sold that well – if the red dots were anything to go by that is. Perhaps they were too cheap, since by all accounts the wealthy are still splashing out at the big galleries and fairs. Still, a show to look out for next Christmas for those last minute gifts. Meanwhile,dont’t forget to put the Nadav Kander show dates in your diary!

IMG00363-20130104-1308Small is Beautiful XXX was at Flowers Cork St,  7 December 2012 – 5 January 2013

Nadav Kander BODIES: 6 Women, 1 Man, 11 January – 9 February 2013



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