What a treat! Galleries are back open!
After another long spell of being locked down, Birmingham’s world-renowned Ikon gallery has been welcoming back visitors.
Over the last few years, the gallery has had an impressively global outlook, featuring artists from Canada, Australia, Germany and India. And exhibitions by many high-profile British artists have also taken place in the gallery, with artists from both Birmingham and further afield having had the privilege.
This exhibition, however, is a little different to what we’ve come to expect from Birmingham’s primary home to contemporary art.
This month the walls and halls have been graced with the work of the many talented who make up the region’s artistic community.
The salon-style hang sees around 250 artists’ work displayed in the gallery, and you might even spot a few of our members among the crowd too!
Best of all, Ikon (which isn’t typically a commercial gallery) has pledged that 100% of any artworks that sell during the show will go directly to the artists!
We can certainly get behind that, though we can't miss the opportunity to point out that that’s service as normal over here at Eazyl!
Anyway, we thought that we’d share with you some of our favourites from the show to celebrate the exhibition and the artists who are in it.
That said, it was by no means an easy task, whittling down the works that particularly stood out to us from all of those on display.
We could easily have made a list twice or three times as long but here (in no particular order) are our top 20 favourites!
Honest (2020) Acrylic on Canvas
Eyes I (2020) Thread and Nails
Fghtj.01.21 (2021) Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint, Ink & Watercolour Pencil on Paper
Interior Light (2020) Acrylic on Canvas
‘8-24’ (2020) Pigment Liner Pen on 250gsm Paper
ENOUGH (2020) Acrylic on Canvas
Blue Tropic (2020) Acrylic on Organza
Home Schooling (2020)
Digital Analogue nos 01 Tryptic Comp (2020) Screen Print
Untitled, From the Series “Women from the Pakistani Diaspora in England” (2018) Photograph
One in Seven Constellations - After Giotto (2016) Screen Print on Brass
Ian Sergeant PhD Passion (2019) Silkscreen
Exit (2020) Oil on Canvas
Don’t Panic (2020) Acrylic on Canvas
Social Lide (2019) Hand Cut Paper Collage
Diva (2019) Springstone and Steel on Kilkenny Limestone
Standing Man (2020) Bronze
Contemplation (2018) Bronze and Resin
Flys Reflected (2020) Pen on Paper
Rhythm V (2020) Expanded Drawing on 300gsm 100% cotton paper
Some of our other favourites included:
Magdelena Boryn, Mengxia Liu, Anne Brierly, Angela Maloney, Vivien Hew, Adlin Shorter, Joe Lycett (Yes, THE Joe Lycett!), Julie Chambers, Martin McNally, Tat Vision, Dion Kitson, Lucy Fiona Morrison, Difficult Listening, Jan Carlo Caling, Abbie Severn, Rafal Zar, Tom Ranahan, Lizzie Sheasby, Joshua Edgington, Jasna Jurjevic Corovic, Lauren Kate, Angela Maloney and Liksbot.
But above all, we genuinely think every artist involved deserves a huge congratulation!
You can find a full list of names and artworks here.
Let us know in the comments where you’ll be heading off to as galleries open up, or if you’ve been anywhere that’s worth a visit already!