Augustine & Bridgland
18 May – 12 June 2019 | Floor 1
In honour of Flora, goddess of Spring, CIRCLE are showing the exuberant floral prints of Royal College of Art graduates Danny Augustine and Adam Bridgland.
If in need of an antidote to the purveyors of gloom, then look no further. Augustine + Bridgland – these two men who paint as one, create abstract designs of inflated florescence. Think sunny gardens ripe with floribunda, think Monet and mothers curtains, think the emotionally charged blooms of Emil Nolde, but think also of the whip-smart commercial screen prints of Andy Warhol.
Honing their craft at Jealous, London’s hippest print studio, these two young men have a growing fan club which is partly due to those tongue-in-cheek titles which address their generation with themes of love, and lust. Flowers For Your Darlings was their first sell-out show followed by Behind The Curtains and Blinds – a nod to Howard Hodgkins ‘Clean sheets.’ Augustine and Bridglands latest offerings are provocatively named Fist Full – ‘its hard to concentrate with a head full of filth.’
Behind the quick and dirty playfulness, Danny and Adam are technically and aesthetically rigorous in the painting and printing of their billowy blooms, scuffing the lines between fine art and textile design. They get down to serious botanical research for each series, memorising each plant – setting the stage for spontaneous outpourings.
And how do this talented duo get their mojo working: they go to the studio, put on good music and warm up with two pints of lager and a packet of crisps!
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All materials used are acid free (PH neutral) and all framing is reversible without any damage to artwork. Carol has a number of specialised glass options including UV, anti-reflective, museum quality and perspex is available with a wide choice of framing and mount styles.
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For Your Darlings, Jelous Gallery, London, UK
Sordidum Somnium, CIRCLE, Cornwall, UK
London Art Fair 2020, Jelous Gallery, London, UK
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About the Artists
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Adam has exhibited widely in the UK, America, Europe and Asia. The British Museum, the V&A, UBS, Boeing Asia and Debbie Harry are just some of the collectors of Adam's work. In July 2009 Adam was awarded his first major public art commission by Commissions East. He has since gone to complete a number of important projects, including work for YouTube, Heal's, Airnimal bikes, SmartLIFE, Jacuzzi and Eastern Pavilions.
Born in 1986 and raised in Hackney, Danny studied Fine Art at the University of East London and completed his printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art in 2014. Danny's work deals predominantly with ideas of identity and gender and how it is portrayed in today's society, be it male, female, transgender or homosexual. Playing with a narrative which starts out as hope, quickly becomes a hegemony of power and a carnival of vice. In regards to love and family Danny's work leaves the viewer both with a sense of what could have been and with a sense of how those feelings have been distorted by gender politics.