You are invited to a private view on Thursday 30 August 6-8pm
at Ketchum Pleon, 35-41 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX
Transformers: portraits by Sadie Lee
art@ketchum pleon proudly presents ‘Transformers’, a series of powerful portraits by award-winning artist Sadie Lee [UK]. The exhibition features work from two of her recent shows: ‘And then He was a She – Paintings of Holly Woodlawn’, and ‘Pin Ups’.
‘And then He was a She – Paintings of Holly Woodlawn’ is a series of large-scale oil paintings of Holly Woodlawn, legendary Warhol Superstar drag queen and star of the Warhol films ‘Trash’ and ‘Women in Revolt’. Holly is perhaps best known as the character in the first verse of Lou Reed’s iconic hit ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. Funded by Arts Council England, The Drill Hall, London, queerupnorth and Salford City Council, and supported by Homotopia, the show premiered in Salford, then travelled to the Novas Gallery, Liverpool, The Drill Hall, London and was shown in Berlin at the Schwules Museum in 2010.
‘Pin Ups’ was first shown in 2011 in Liverpool as part of Homotopia’s annual arts festival. The collection of portraits is an homage to some of Lee’s favourite underground icons. These include legendary artist/performance artist David Hoyle; revered actress Rita Tushingham; promoter and photographer Stav Bee; figurative painter Matthew Stradling; artists’ model Frank Sweet and professional pin up Anderrida Shurville.
Original paintings and limited edition giclee prints will be available to buy throughout the exhibition, which runs from 27 Aug – 19 Oct 2012
The prints were launched with my new series Pin Ups which is showing currently at The Gallery, 41 Stanhope Street, Liverpool, [UK] until December 3rd.
Also available for the first time are a number of older works, including Erect, Venus Envy and images from the 2007 collection And then He was a She – Paintings of Holly Woodlawn.
The prints are in two sizes, on acid free satin-matte 300 gsm museum paper, using Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks.
All prints are signed and numbered by me.
Hope you find the time to have a look and if you can think of anyone who might be interested, please pass on the message!
Promotional video – Homotopia Festival presents the exhibtion Pin Ups
Pin Ups consists of a selection of new and existing portraits from Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling exploring the idea of queer icons and inspired by the eponymous David Bowie album. In this video curator James Lawler and the out and proud artists Sadie Lee and Matthew Strading talk about queer art and their art exhibtion Pin Ups, which is a part of the Homotopia Queer Arts Festival in Liverpool. The exhibtion runs until December 3, 2011 at the Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
“World Premiere: Pin Ups – Exhibition by Sadie Lee & Mathew Stradling
November 4 to December 3, 2011
The Gallery, 41 Stanhope Street, [ Liverpool, UK]. Free
A selection of new and existing portraits by both artists exploring the idea of queer icons and inspired by the eponymous David Bowie album. Sadie Lee has won the BP Travel Award and her series of paintings ‘And Then He Was A She’ (portraits of the Andy Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn) have been exhibited in Salford, London, Liverpool and The Schwules Museum in Berlin. Matthew Stradling has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Europe and America most recently exhibiting in Guy Berube’s ‘La Petite Morte Gallery’ in Ottawa, and this year will be holding a solo show in Amsterdam. Both Sadie and Matthew contributed to the highly acclaimed exhibition ’400 Women’ a tribute to murdered and missing women of Mexico, exhibiting alongside two hundred international artists including Paula Rego and Tracey Emin.” Pin Ups is a part of Homotopia Cruising for Art 1-30 November 2011.
Artist Sadie Lee will give a talk about her working practice at 3pm on Sunday 6th of November, 2011 at The Gallery Liverpool. Sadie regularly gives talks at The National Portrait Gallery London as well as The Wallace Collection and Tate Modern. This event is free all welcome.