Steel Life

6 Aug 2014 – 14 Sep 2014

Event times

Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 20:00 Sat: 10:00 - 21:00 Sun: 10:00 - 20:00

Curious Duke Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Nearest tubes and trains Old Street, Barbican and Moorgate

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Steel Life: Trade Routes and Little People Head West to Seven Dials Covent Garden


This August sees Curious Duke Gallery artists Roy's People and Sam Peacock's portfolios adorn the walls of Timberyard's newly opened Seven Dials café. The exhibition of art works will stretch over the reclaimed surfaces of the premises bringing, respectively, bashful and rustic artworks to the fashionable coffee shop. The exhibition will be from August to October. Adding to the branch on Old Street, Timberyard's re-imagined café experience offers not only your traditional coffee on the go, but fresh juice and wholesome food, whilst being a go to point for start - up work places and meetings. The environmental awareness of the business sees it decked out in reclaimed wood, hence the name Timberyard. This sits perfectly with Curious Duke Gallery's artist Sam Peacock's reclaimed steel sheets layered in sugar and coffee, with Roy's People playing on the modern lifestyle offered by Timberyard. Working with Curious Duke Gallery, abstract painter Sam Peacock has developed a portfolio concerned with trade routes and London's dock lands. Working on sheets of reclaimed steel, Peacock layers paint, Timberyard's brand of Has Bean Coffee and demerara sugar and liquorice in his Ironsea series. These layers are then scraped back and roasted to allow the natural materials to bubble and discolour in an evolving landscape that is enclosed in varnish. This collection of work focuses on the journey of these imports from their far flung homes to the UK's South Coast ports and London's Dock lands, seen in the linear demarcation of the steel sheets split into two horizons in both colour and texture. Peacock's Ironsea series embodies the arrival and dawn of coffee It is from this city lifestyle, of packed schedules and meeting on the move offered by Timberyard, that Roy's People is inspired by. Roy's People creates installations that are photographed in and around London, celebrating the city's oddities and personality. For instance, Roy's London Life created for Time Out magazine makes light of city living with coffee culture as the fuel of London. These bashful scenes of miniature figurines, created by Roy's People, take on observational humour that gets a chuckle every time. Get you order of art on the go. You are cordially invited to Curious Duke Gallery at the Timberyard: Private View Wednesday 6th August 6-9pm Exhibition running from 6th August - 31st October 2014 Timberyard 7 Upper St. Martin's Lane WC2H 9DL To RSVP, as this event is invite only, contact: eleni@curiousdukegallery.com for more information re: the event/ interviews/ guest list.


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