11:21 am April 14, 2022
A vacant Crouch End tile shop will house a pop-up exhibition by five artists this month.
Telling Tales sees artists from North London collective Kolo London show their work at 141 Crouch Hill – a space donated by local estate agent Martyn Gerrard and which he plans to redevelop.
Hampstead artist Marianne Nix, whose work is inspired by the natural world, said Kolo London manager Daniel Collins and artist Jukka Kettunen both live in Crouch End and regularly pass by the shop.
“It’s an empty store with a white floor, ceiling and walls with large windows open to the street. They thought it would make an amazing ‘white cube’ space for an art exhibition and asked who it belonged to. Simon from Martyn Gerrard was very happy to be able to help.”
Daniel Collins added: “I like the idea of a local business sponsoring our art exhibition and I’m very happy to have the opportunity to exhibit exciting works of art to local collectors.
Living in the Valley of Health, Nix’s works are often inspired by the moor. His mixed media compositions, using digital manipulation, hand printing and oil paint glazes, also draw inspiration from Darwin and other explorers to reimagine photographs of tropical plants from Kew Gardens in order to evoke a sense of exoticism and nostalgia for foreign lands.
“I’m very interested in the things that we fuse together from history and our personal experiences and there are a lot of influences from writers and artists around Hampstead.”
Also exhibiting is Sandra Von Haselberg, who uses digital tools and photography to alter idealized versions of the familiar to create alien fairyscapes. J Tapani also uses photography to find a quiet, meditative space in the urban world and Sarah Barker Brown’s paintings focus on the female body and women’s lives, with themes of intimacy, sexuality, pleasure and love. female friendship.
Jukka Kettunen’s work draws inspiration from Italian Renaissance paintings, using classic figurative postures and artistic symbols from the past to create new meaning from ancient masterpieces.
A spokesperson for Martyn Gerrard said: “The shop is empty and going to be refurnished, so while it’s in this land of limbo it seemed like a brilliant space for a small pop-up art exhibition. We like to do what we can for the local community.
Managing Director Simon Gerrard said: “We are very pleased to be able to give back with the support of this exciting exhibition on our doorstep.”
Telling Tales, art exhibition from April 22 to May 2 at 141 Crouch Hill. To find out more about Kolo London, visit kololondon.com/