Grandly Grimey

22 Sep 2016 - 1 Oct 2016

Private View: Thursday 22 September 2016 from 7:30pm

“I’m seeking to subtly subvert these old elitist styles of beauty, not to disrespect or dishonour them, but to bring them into the modern urban world where anti establishment feelings are widely surfacing, for good reason.” James Mylne

Grandly Grimey, James Mylne’s biggest solo exhibition to date, will consists of entirely new works inspired by classical ideals of beauty and the rococo paintings of 18th Century French artists such as Watteau and Boucher.

Showcasing his trademark awe-inspiring photo-realistic ballpoint pen drawings, the show will feature classical and baroque subjects subtly and humorously subverted with contemporary details, taking them into a modern and urban setting, as illustrated by “Marie-Anne Twist”, Mylne’s personal take on a traditional portrait of Marie-Antoinette, complete with tattoos and dog collar.

A graduate of Camberwell College of Arts, James Mylne is a London-based fine artist specialising in hyper-realistic drawings, using primarily ballpoint pens, but now also including paint and ink.

Hailed as a pioneer in his field, James Mylne has exhibited extensively and showed alongside the likes of Banksy, Damien Hirst and Peter Blake, while also collaborating with other artists such as photographers Terry O’Neil and Bill Wyman.

Grandly Grimey  at Westbank Gallery, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL  is thereafter open to the public from 11am until 7pm on:

  • Friday 23rd of September
  • Tuesday 27th of September
  • Wednesday 28th of September
  • Thursday 29th of September
  • Friday 30th of September
  • Saturday 1st of October