26 × 21 cm | 8 × 10 in 100 ills | 128 pages Paperback
Writer: Jon Wood
Available in the UK March 2018
The artist Neil Gall has always placed collage, in its broadest sense, at the heart of his artistic practice. The collages that comprise The Studio series are a distinct body of work made from the covers of the influential art magazine of the same name, published in London from 1893 to 1964. They incorporate bold, sometimes jarring colour combinations that, although formal in concern, touch on many of the themes that were part of The Studio's unique sensibility and content.
Far from didactic, Gall's collages, combining cut and paste techniques with drawing and painting, expand on the vast repertoire of rich imagery for which the publication was renowned. Themes emerge that suggest an oblique form of social commentary—a look at how Britain viewed itself as a continuing cultural force, despite shifting political and social landscapes. Rather than exercises in nostalgia, Gall's contemporary collage works use techniques developed by Dada and Surrealism to nudge editorial didacticism in an open and playful manner.
Gall was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and currently lives in London. He received his BA in painting at Gray's School of Art and graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1991. His art has garnered him numerous awards in the UK, and his work is featured in prominent international collections including the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; the Morgan Library & Museum, New York; and the Zabludowicz Collection, London.
Neil Gall is represented by the David Nolan Gallery in New York and Aurel Scheibler in Berlin.
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