Gilded Pleasures, and so it was.

 

 

What a fun and fabulous night.

June first, 2017.

Not many photos were taken as there were no phones out.   All the beautiful people were just digging art,  talking laughing  and having a good proper time.  Like the good ole days, with good ole folk. Nothing is going viral here.

Gilded Pleasures was launched a week before the UK went to the polls,  Katherine Griffin/Slade Alumni, Eleanor Kelly and I put on a great show of fine art, pop art and solidarity. June 1st the first Thursday of the month at Flaxton Ptooch. Such a hidden gem of a venue, right next to Rio health’s SPA! a tardis of delights.

Sexy, detailed skulls, larger than life sinister red cats and Frida Kahlo were all present. Katherine’s detailed fine art paintings are a beautiful wonder to be enjoyed.

Of all the wonderful things, the best  for me was, Bubs. SuperBubs. My little lovely.  As much as i had the superficial yearning of the art crowd and my bubble world to see my show, having my little bubba chubba walking around, seeing all the new 26 pieces on the wall and seeing all the people there to see it, made my heart sing. Mummy, did you make all this?? he was dead proud.  From the confines of painting in the recycling hallway, to having stuff on a wall.

As it was half term, he could stay up a little bit later. Katherine put up a beautiful oil painting in tribute to Frida Kahlo, so i brought my Sinister Saint icon print. The one that has bubs as a 4 year old, mirrored repeatedly as my heart.  Katherine’s and my work echoed and complemented each others in a really wonderful way.  Big shout out of creativity and commitment to Elle Kelly,  what a fabulous curator she is.

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(Side note) I took that photo of him on my 39th? birthday, we’d been in the hospital all week and finally we were home, I was painting thru my Juarez period, about all the women that had been murdered on the border town of Texas and Mexico. When I initially did the pieces the number of women killed was at 279, when Amnesty International picked it up a few years ago the body count was at 408. So I was into  Día de Muertos 

So I said, let’s paint ourselves as day of the dead, or celebration of life I like to think. I set up a mirror in the front room, and a camera.  He covered his whole face in black. He loved it.

and we took pictures of us. I had my saturday class at the slade. I turned it into something beautiful. 

It was my first proper show since 2012 solo show  (Vibe Bar, Protesters & Pussies). Nerve wracking as hell. I’d started just started teaching full time with  young people excluded from school, like a PRU but more creatively and structurally aligned.  So, i didn’t know if I could pull it off.

In an abstract way I wondered why? beyond the art therapy dynamic and painting out my nightmares of why the fuck I do it. Why bother? Whose demons are these? Besides the fact that drawing and painting are the things in life that bring me such joy and connectivity.  2.(The constant attraction to brains and the mind in art. ) But just before it was all hung, I couldn’t help but think, why put it out there? Why try to sell it or make a name for yourself? Why even try to sell it? What narrative are you trying to play at? (then the usual insecurities of, your not that good, what the hell are  you doing?). -another time.

Gary came out to see his brilliant brain on display. Good times. I am thankful I have an amazing life long friend that can send me MRI’s of their brains at short notice.

The show runs until July 1st. Prints and more prints are available. If it suits your budget, cheaply framed white on white Ikea  framed originals are available for a song.  Will look great in any living room…

It was a lot of work and an interesting exercise. Has got me thinking about the next steps in my journey.  Installations, stuff that can’t be bought, just experienced. The Art world is a weird beast. I’m still a total outsider, but i find it a tad fascinating.

Thank you all for coming out to the opening night. Was great to see you. Big thanks to Conrad and Michael. Especially Conrad such a wonderful individual. and all my friends. Having friends there was the best.  My BFF was so comfortable and included. That’s what matters. My BFF sat and chilled. I left before the night was over. Fight the Power and much love to all.

x x x

 

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Special K and Sinister C, Flaxton Ptooch Opening Night June 1 2017.

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have you seen her?  Well, no, not the golden center of an MRI scan of a rocknroller buddhists brain, but the artist known as  K Griffin https://www.katherinegriffinart.com/

Katherin Griffin I’m talking. The work Katherine creates is a little bit beautiful and magical and a much needed fantastical escape for the senses. I could say with a smattering of dark undertones that ground us in the day to day sublime of existence but then that would sound like some kind of artsy word salad, and I will be having none of that. thanks.

Check out https://www.instagram.com/katherinegriffinart/

In just over a week, Kaz and I will be joining forces and bringing our world of colour and beautiful ideologies the  to Flaxton Ptooch gallery in NWS.

PV June 1st from 7pm, show runs until July 3rd.  NW5 2JT

But more than skulls and cats w be.

Cats and skulls are fine fodder for the internet, but also on display will be the recent politically inspired posters to put in your front room bed-sit.

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Like the above mentioned  cunt waffle for example.

Many of these posters (a bakers dozen)  now seem tragically out of date, made a mere less than hundred days ago.  Now I am nearly looking back fondly on the fact that the worst thing POTUSatire had done was gone on about casually raping women, seems like the good ole days now that billions have been secured to the Saudi Arabian military lets kill everyone party exchange.  Oh happy days.

Or John Peters, one of the first pilots to be paraded on Iraqi TV as a POW…

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So, get your big boots and your dancing shoes on. Join the Special K and I-Sinister C, for an opening night to support the arts, let down your hair, raise a glass to the little people.

Much love.

CW

(That’s country and western if you don’t know my name)

Don’t fall in, come on out.

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Hello good people.

Well, the time has finally come to let the cats out of the bag.
I would love to take this opportunity to invite you to come and enjoy some new work including; giant cats, skulls and MRI brain scans at the launch night of my new show at Flaxton Ptootch Gallery in Kentish Town from 7pm on Thursday June 1st
The show runs until July 3rd, so if you can’t make it down on the first night, then you’ve got all month to have a look at your leisure.
I am showing alongside the artist Katherine Griffin, a Slade alumni whose work appears like some beautiful, velvety dreams in oil on canvas. Original works will be for sale alongside limited edition prints. There will be food and music and lots of previously unseen pieces. It will be a fun night full of colour and cocktails.
Say “Sinister Pussy” sent you at the door for free entry….be great to see you there. x x x
237 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JT London. 
The PV starts at 7pm.
Closest tube is Kentish Town.
(turn left out of station and walk down approx 200m and FP is on your right)

 Charlotte is the fourth generation of committed self taught female painters in her family and has been honing her skills since her teens.  

 CW Stubbs  enjoys bringing beauty to subjects that are often disturbing or uncomfortable. Using vibrant colour to seduce the viewer and often stark        uncompromising imagery, she challenges our perception of the narrative truth from multi media sources. www.cwstubbs.com

More than Cats & Skulls…. Two bold and colorful painters will be showing at the Ptootch this June. Katherine’s detailed acrylics and gilded prints explore and celebrate life through psychodelic landscapes, whilst Charlotte’s work is often inspired by the global political one. Mixed media canvasses prints and collages pay homage to the forest, to Mexicana and the women of the cartel killings, protestors in all their rage, and the delicacies of the human mind and body. CEW Stubbs label Sinister Pussy paintings and textiles can be found here: www.cwstubbs.com Katherines work here:https://www.katherinegriffinart.com/

Private View Thursday June 1@ Flaxton Ptooch Gallery -Skulls, Cats, Cocktails and gary’s big brains.

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Thursday June 1st is launch night. I am bringing out the 3 giant kittens alongside the work of the very velvety talented katherine griffin https://www.katherinegriffinart.com/.

On display will be a multitude of skulls. There will be food, cocktails, music and many a print or original canvas to buy. I’m aiming to sell it all within the next few months, so get some while supplies last.  Show runs until July 3rd. Closest tube is Kentish Town. Come on down. Say ‘sinister pussy sent me’ at the door for free entry.

x x x

Stratford Open Studios

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Essex house is having it’s open studios Sept 3rd! I’m showing off my Legend of Sooki Song series, previously known as Sooki Song and the Brain. Come and say hello..