Britain’s most belligerent artist Ian Stevenson will desecrate the walls of The Outsiders Newcastle this Summer at ‘Made in Broken Britain’. In a field dominated by adherents to faddish styles – illustrators whose work looks the same as other illustrators – Ian’s distinctive approach, which no-one could hope or perhaps want to copy, demands more attention than a Jewish princess whose father walked out on the household during her early childhood.
Described by industry bible Creative Review as “Brilliant, visually striking, with a twisted sense of fun and what can only be described as a ridiculous sense of menace,” Ian’s surprisingly popular work has become a rallying point for slightly bitter people who struggle to take anything seriously. High-concept slogan artist Anthony Burrill says of Ian, “He draws familiar things, twisted and distorted beyond reasonable levels. His characters live in peril, the atmosphere is dark and unsettling. The colours are bright, but not in a cheery way. I don’t know why Ian draws like this, nobody asked him to.” But with numerous exhibitions, animations and books to his name, not to mention zeitgeist-figure status in the advertising world, Ian’s work ultimately makes the viewer laugh using a combination of words and imagery.
The ‘Made in Broken Britain’ exhibition explores the merciless self-consciousness of modern life, featuring canvases, drawings and miniature installations in Stevenson’s signature style. With sculptures of aging superheroes that can no longer help us, toy Police cars with their wheels stolen, a smashed up riot van, public signage and celebrity photos with their tact and sheen buffed away, plus a sign saying ‘Please Wait Here Until You Are Useful, Thank You’, he’s only just started shouting at everyone and he’s got plenty more to say.
Ian Stevenson describes himself as “a professional man, secure in his sexuality and proud of his body.” For such a confrontational character he has secured a number of high-profile sympathetic patrons, including fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, film director Shane Meadows (‘This is England’, ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’), The Tate Modern, Microsoft, Nintendo and Perrier. Ian was asked to provide the window installation for the Lazarides ‘Santa’s Ghetto’ exhibition by Banksy in 2005 and participated in each consecutive event. ‘Made in Broken Britain’ is his first exhibition with The Outsiders.
The Outsiders Galleries, Newcastle and London
Re-launching the first ever Lazarides gallery spaces under a new heading in July 2010, The Outsiders sells affordable originals, prints, collectibles and books from the Lazarides stable of artists and more. Each of the galleries features project spaces showcasing works from new and emerging talents, as well as offering established Lazarides artists a space to present experimental shows. Space is also given over to an ambitious release schedule of editioned works.
These small run editions, hand finished prints, and works on paper are produced in our own Wapping studio, Execution Dock. The book Outsiders is out now published by Thames & Hudson and the organisation is featured in Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. Incorporating the online store http://www.theoutsiders.net and the spaces on London’s Greek Street and in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, The Outsiders welcomes over ten thousand visitors annually.
Lazarides Inc is one of the world’s most influential galleries, with three permanent spaces and extensive high profile off-site activity. The group is dedicated to emerging international artists who defy categorisation, often existing outside of conventional artistic career structures. This vision has resonated with the general public and major collectors alike.
Founded in 2006 by Steve Lazarides, the group represents some of the most exciting and innovative artists working today including Antony Micallef, David Choe, JR, Vhils, Faile, Jonathan Yeo, Charlie Isoe, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, Stanley Donwood, 3D, Invader, Zevs, Mode 2, Todd James /Reas, Blu, Paul Insect and BÄST.
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