Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Land & Sky - Christopher Bettig & Lizzy Stewart
Opening reception 21st January 7.00 - 9.00pm
exhibition continues until 27th February

For the start of 2010 we have a nice, gentle show to help ease you all into the New Year. Two artists, both from far afield coming together in the gallery to show new works and hopefully collaborate.

Christopher Bettig was born and raised in Connecticut, and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he graduated with a BFA in painting. His design studio, The Mountain Label, is based in Los Angeles, where Christopher currently lives.

Bettig's work focuses on geometry and natural forms but has a good sense of humour, naïveté and playfulness whilst also recalling late 70’s cartoons and design. His long list of clients, includes Fila, Converse, Urban Outfitters, and Poketo. Chris has also shown around the country, adorning gallery walls in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and most recently, Giant Robot in LA and a solo exhibition in New York at Scoop NYC gallery.

Lizzy Stewart is originally from Devon but has been living in Edinburgh where she graduated with a first class degree in illustration from the Edinburgh College of Art. She is a hardworking lady and as one half of Sing Statistics with the artist Jez Burrows recently published the book ‘We Are The Friction’; an anthology of illustration and short fiction. On her own she has produced work for such clients as Analogue Books, Tiny Showcase, Woodpigeon, End of the Road Records, The Guardian, Howies and more.

Lizzy’s work suggests a retro-graded Victorian folk art, as if, over 100 years ago, society folk and poor folk alike had sat for an illustrator instead of a photographer. Intricate trees and buildings sit side by side with great bears and bearded explorers all sucked into and filtered through Lizzy’s great prism. But that sounds silly; “It’s about bears. Mainly it’s about bears” says lizzy.

Chris and Lizzy are coming to Bristol to set up the show and will be in attendance at the opening.


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