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Better Habits


Athen B. Gallery
1525 Webster St 94612 Oakland United States


DAVID BRAY | For as long as I can remember. I’ve been surrounded by art and artists since I was born. My late father worked for 30 odd years at the Royal Academy of Arts in London – so by default I was brought up in this environment of creativity and imagination. We were allowed to wander the galleries before the Royal Academy opened in the morning, so we had all this art to ourselves. There was minimal security before opening, and no cctv so we used to lick all the Picassos and Monets. Wine and turps. When I was growing up I didn’t have any posters on my wall, I had 3 drawings by Alfred Hitchcock – of some birds. I was terrified.

The work is all about the line and the human form, keeping it fluid and feminine. Mainly though it is about PLAY, to keep pressing and pushing so I’m not constantly repeating – so my job doesn't feel like a job……..I usually tend to work with pen/pencil on paper but over recent years i have started experimenting with different mediums. A lot of my most recent work has been large scale pieces on wood, minimum 6ft high. I like the challenge and try and push myself to try new things. Most of these pieces are in private collections but you can currently see 3 of them in Gordon Ramsey’s Union Street Cafe in London.

I have done a few sporadic street pieces, and that was more about testing myself – if I could translate the work on paper to larger scale and in new environments. I’m quite a restless soul and get bored quite quickly, so new mediums are new challenges, something to get out of the house for. With this restlessness I bought a canal boat in Amsterdam and tried to sail it across the Channel. I’m very sorry for this. All the work comes back to the same themes…….
It’s very inspired by 40′s and 50′s pin-ups, religion, breathlessness, heels, black magic, not drowning in the sea – all mixed up and presented in ink, paint and wool.

LAUREN NAPOLITANO | I love the act and feeling of discovery, diving deep into forgotten space, as immense as a warehouse and as small as rusty old tea tin. Using predominantly enamel on found objects and ink on found paper, my intent is to leave a unique imprint on these long- since-forgotten objects. As someone who has lost all of their belongings in this life, I find deep satisfaction in creating a nest for all my treasures. I am constantly stopping to pick up items along the way, something to honor and serve as a memory of this time spent together.
Without the use of modern tools, I invent intricate pattern work, reflective of my mother’s Mexican heritage. I love noticing human error in all art forms… you know there is a real person behind it, pieces of their narrative are revealed simply by the effort of their hands.

WORD TO MOTHER | Balance. Life and Death. Love and Loss. That’s what I am trying to capture through making images. Authentic observations of human character and a reaction to the world we live in.
"When a piece of music moves you to the point where you feel it...That's what I try and realise, visually. Whether that feeling is good or bad...I haven't felt that way about anything I've made yet but I think that's the whole point, I'm not sure you ever do as an artist. Saying that everyone creates art for a different reason.”

Perseverance and positivity

Melancholic, pensive figures exist within an ethereal depth created through texture and loose, gestural painted layers. With an acute observational eye and confident mark making, WTM captures the subtleties of human character and emotion in his unmistakable style. Images of nostalgic popular culture, wordplay, architecture and tattooing are infused throughout the works and reveal themselves to the viewer as they look more closely at the pieces.