Two of Portsmouth's cultural destinations have announced plans to create a new gallery space at the heart of Portsmouth Guildhall. aspex guildhall will show some of the very best in Contemporary Art from emerging artists based in the south of England, with up to six different exhibitions a year.
The first exhibition from artist Jonny Hannah will launch on 17 June this year, during Portsmouth Festivities. Jonny's work has been much in demand since his departure from Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art, with his work gracing the pages of Vogue, The New York Times and many a book jacket, as well as advertising and design work for clients such as the English National Opera and vintners Justerini & Brooks. Amongst private collectors Jonny has also established a loyal following for his linocuts, screenprints, and paintings. A passionate music lover, and sharp dresser (correspondent shoes and bow-ties are de rigeur) Jonny's work is inspired by whatever he's listening to - which happens to mostly be Jazz. In 2005 Jonny's children's book âHot Jazz Special', was published by Walker Books and the Candlewick Press.
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