On a recent trip to Bristol, I found myself in a pop-up art exhibition. The city itself was all I had imagined it to be – a hub of creativity that shows it’s no wonder why more and more creatives are making the move towards South West. The exhibition itself was called Honey Art Show and took place between 14th-19th December at Centrespace Gallery. The opening night was bustling with people, with on site screen-printing, music, and a generally chilled vibe. The following are six artists from this exhibition that I was particularly drawn towards.
Zubieta’s work often (most easily seen in the artwork titled 50 Things About Me) features pinks and greens, creating an aesthetically pleasing contrast that stands out as a signature style. Her work spans from graphic design to illustration and I love the bright colour palettes used in her work, alongside the mixture of pop culture, human figures and strange, imaginative creatures. The juxtaposition of unexpected elements in much of her work creates a surreal and humorous collection.
Find more of Marta Zubieta’s work here.
Also based in Bristol, Lisa Rose’s work is centred around femme experiences, often dealing with sexuality and the body. She illustrated the cover of poet and editor Bridget Hart’s collection Better Watch Your Mouth and runs a self-love project based on submissions from women, femmes and non-binary people. Monochrome, or using a basic colour palette, the illustrations are formed of strong lines and there’s a distinctive focus on hair and lips, each portrait capturing an unabashed attitude.
See Lisa Rose’s work HERE.
Nicky Ann Walker
Nicky Ann Walker’s work centres on portraits of women, and her work from the exhibition had an explicit focus on the female body. The work blends rainbows of colours to create pieces that capture natural light, yet with an otherworldly feel. The most memorable piece was about female masturbation, showing close-up frames of hands, and bodies with legs splayed in pleasure.
See Nicky Ann Walker’s work HERE.
I actually knew London-based Lilith Ai from her music, having played at She Grrrowls before. Her merchandise has always been filled with her visual art work. Having also previously collaborated with her friend Georgia May Jagger, the music and visual art have always gone hand-in-hand to create a unique experience for the listener. Combining comic-style illustrations with text and speech bubbles, her message is always on-point and it was great surprise to see her artwork at Honey Art Show.
Have a look at Lilith Ai’s work HERE.
Kirby’s retro illustrations evoke humour from parodies of sex phone-line adverts. Your expectations are subverted with the broken-up text across the image, for example reading ‘listen to filthy girls… telling you… you ain’t worth shit!’ and ‘don’t touch me’ on one. Painted in block colours, each piece featured in the exhibition had viewers laughing out loud at each snappy phrase.
See Beth Kirby’s work HERE.
Marielle Rosky’s work featured three modern-day witches, embracing a term that has historically oppressed women to the extreme and reclaiming it for its magical prowess. The ‘Pop Culture Witch’ sits with laptop and phone, messages pinging around her, alongside cartoon images. Each completed on a pastel background, using thin lines, ‘Spice Witch’ features a woman with a plethora of herbs and spices in front of her, as more stock is lined in the background, her smile showing the joy of creating potions of tasty food, and both are part of a larger series that can be viewed online.
Have a look at Marielle Rosky’s work HERE.
I couldn’t resist but to make a purchase from Lisa Rose at the show, and there was plenty on offer, from prints of the artwork, to t-shirts, to postcards, and more. Find out more about Honey Art Show at @honeyartshow on Instagram and support independent artists this year by visiting each of their websites to see what they’ve got in store.
Featured image: 50 Things About Me by Marta Zubieta. Buy her prints and illustration at https://www.martazubieta.com/shop/
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