A big thank you to all of you who joined Katherine Griffin and myself at the Gilded Pleasures PV at Flaxton Ptooch Gallery. It was a great show of pop art and solidarity in a hidden gem of a venue. For those that were unable to make it, the show runs until July 3rd so there’s still time to take in sexy skulls and sinister red cats.
EVIL BLOWS THRU IT SO GOOD Bow Arts Essex House Open Studio, 375 High St, E15 4QZ, 12-6pm.
The event is child friendly and will have cake and wine to enjoy while you take a guided tour thru the 28 studios. I’ll also be running a creative workshop in DIY protest art if you fancy flexing your own creative muscles. (Times TBC see website)
Come down and see new paintings, beautiful, raw works that investigate the chronic nightmares of our social consciousness from the days of the Plague to heavily medicated society. Framed original works and signed limited edition prints will be for sale. Also on show a taster preview of new work to be showcased at the NASTY WOMEN exhibition in September.
7pm ·Nasty Women, 74 Rivington Street, EC2A 3 London, United Kingdom
Can an eyeless Phil Collins have a political bust up with a goat horned Donald Trump? Come and see some of my many works on display alongside over 30 amazing international female artists in aid of Rape Crisis & Women For Women charities as part of the Nasty Women global movement.
Looking forward to seeing you all at one of these shows soon.
X x x
July 22nd EVIL BLOWS THRU IT SO GOOD Bow Arts Essex House Open Studio, 375 High St, E15 4QZ
Beautiful and raw colorful works that investigate the chronic nightmares of our social consciousness. Monochromatic ink drawings from the days of the black plague to the simple reality of adjusting to new medication under a heavy work schedule, while looking after small children.(TBC)
“In demons flights I cry, putting dark dreams to canvas to burn them from my rains.”
Sept 21st, 7pm ·Nasty Women, Black and White Building, London
Group exhibition supporting Rape Crisis & Women For Women charities as part of the Nasty Women global movement.
More information can be found here; www.cwstubbs.com
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.
(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
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.
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…
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.
(That’s country and western if you don’t know my name)
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
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
I’ve no idea why stripping down into my skivvies in negative 20 cold came into my face last night. Maybe I’ve just been let down a little more than usual these last few weeks. Maybe that feeling in the cold light of London day needed a warm whiskey. Fuck, life can be hard, as my partner says…but life is life.
When they were remodeling the London Royal Hospital, 2012 the playroom was designed by someone very fancy.
20 foot high plush tigers.
large screen TV/s
and a motion detector video floor to the sound of Outkasts ‘Hey Ya’, with the repetitive lyrics of shaking it like a Polaroid picture for the kids who could move their feet to move their feet to in order to stamp out large scale ants. Who designs this shit?
I must have heard that song a thousand times.
Just having a long look back, a short look back and thinking about the fact I’ve got 3 art shows, an open studio all happening in the next couple of months, new job, healthy child. maybe i would be much better to forget and let go of everything that’s ever gone before.
stupid brain. we are what we do, we are what we hold onto.
I’m saving my coppers for a beach house.