Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan / PROUD Gallery PROUD Gallery / 18th September
The Strand Gallery is proud to present Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan, a retrospective collection of the artist’s intricate, dreamlike ink drawings, alongside new works in watercolours.
Frontman of The Horrors and former student at the St. Martins College of Art, Faris Badwan has documented his entire life through drawing. His unique artwork has adorned the album sleeves of The Horrors, Hatcham Social and The Charlatans.
While others have compared his style to a visual “stream of consciousness”, Faris has identified the accidental and the obsessive in his work; “hypnotic” states of concentration mixed with the smudge and slip of a pen.
Alongside pages from Faris’ sketchbooks, The Strand Gallery will also exhibit a selection of new pieces in watercolour and acrylic. These Creatures In Colour show a new side to Faris’ creative technique.
With exclusive access to private sketchbooks and extensive archives, The Strand Gallery is honoured to present original sketchbook pages, reworkings on large scale and unseen watercolours from Faris Badwan. Creatures In Colour reveals a further dimension of Faris Badwan’s artistic prowess.
Faris: ‘The Creatures in Colour will be compiled from sketchbooks I’ve been keeping over the past couple of years, I draw all the time and as a result the books end up documenting everything.Aside from the visual diary aspect Proud Gallery will be exhibiting new unseen paintings and drawings more focussed around colour and technique. There were ideas in the last exhibition that I wanted to develop and expand upon, and a lot of the mark-making in the new work is more expressive and intense’.
Faris Badwan Biography:
Faris Badwan is an English musician and artist. He was born in Sidcup, Kent, to a Palestinian father and English mother and grew up in Warwickshire along with his three brothers. After obtaining a scholarship to Rugby School, he continued his education at Central Saints Martins College of Art and Design in London. Faris followed courses in illustrating but eventually deferred his studies to concentrate on his musical career.
Faris made his name as the front man of alternative rock band The Horrors. Cited by the NME in 2007 as the most exciting British band since the Sex Pistols, The Horrors have since released 3 albums, including the 2009 Mercury Music Prize nominated “Primary Colours”, and the 2011 NME album of the year, “Skying”. Last year he also formed Cat’s Eyes, with Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera singer, and released a debut album to great critical acclaim.
Despite his success as a musician, Faris continued with his original passion – drawing and painting – and has developed a large portfolio of work. His sketches have been exhibited at The Bodhi, London Brick Lane and The Book Club, Shoreditch, London in 2007 and 2010. http:www.farisbadwan.com /