LONDON.- Isis Phoenix Arts
announces 'Fresh Green Shoots' their Spring Group Exhibition at D.Baker Gallery Charlotte Street, London, W1. IP Arts presents over 100 Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings, and Prints.
The point of the show is not to emphasise any particular movement or tendency, but to illustrate how various the London art world has become, and what a large number of extremely different initiatives it now has to offer. The artists are all from the IPA Stable and include a number of IPAs rising stars who are emerging from British art schools among them Bartholomew Beal, still in his 20s, who recently had a sell out solo show Collaborated by IPA at the Fine Art Society Gallery in Bond Street , and Richard Twose, equally recently a major prize-winner at the National Portrait Gallery but also non-British artists who have chosen to live and work in this country. Examples are the figurative painter Tarik Berber, who is of Bosnian origin, and who trained at the celebrated Florentine Academy, and the abstractionist Clifford Charles, a black South African artist with a studio at the great Goodwood estate in Sussex. Britain has welcomed these and others to its ever-expanding art community.
The idea of a unified, officially supported avant-garde is still being vigorously pushed by a number of re- spected institutions in this country. However, as more and more new artists emerge on the British scene, it is becoming evident that this model, however convenient it may be to established critics and curators, is no longer valid. Chinas Communist regime, once, in the 1950s, adopted the slogan Let a thousand flowers bloom. It turned out that Chairman Mao and his party committee didnt mean it. Lets not make that mistake now.
As the old definitions of what is avant-garde and what isnt crumble and dissolve, it is time to embrace a new kind of pluralism. This show shows the extent to which old orthodoxies are being challenged. Spring is almost with us. Fresh green shoots are appearing some of them in wholly unexpected places.
This is true in art, just as it is in nature. ----Edward Lucie-Smith
Artists Included: Artists Anonymous, Tarik Berber, Dorte Kloppenborg Skrumsager, Shaun Stamp, Jack Tanner, Bartholomew Beal, Eleanor Watson, Charlie Moxon, Ben Summers, Richard Twose, Charles Clifford, Andy Flett, Danny Fox, Nathan Royes.