The poptorian by ryca From 22 November 2017 Private view 21 November 2017 – Invite Only RYCA, real name Ryan Callanan, is an Essex based artist who is a well known player amongst the cognoscenti in the Street and modern Pop art worlds. You will bump into him at the Brick Lane Car Boot each year, perhaps near his little yellow van, usually carrying a bag full of his works which he generously gives to anyone he likes the look of. A couple of years ago my son came across him there quite by chance, they didn’t know each other, and RYCA gave him a unique Smiley work because he was wearing an Arsenal shirt! In late November this year he will be found installing a full size crucified Star Wars storm trooper at Lamberty Gallery in London. Well that should get the neurones working over time. It is this pop anachronistic aplomb that has garnered Ryan his following. His work is at once accessible and also irreverent. For the oldies, we remember the very things he references from our childhood and youth. For the current informed youth his is a journey back in time to the heyday of plastic toys pre computers, essential sci fi films, and the inception of a new counter culture celebrating hedonism taking 'you like I should’, and the freedom to dance splenetically on a spiral carpet, and start your own loved up fire. Fat Boy Slim and Liam from the Prodigy are fans of his. It’s mutual. Passing old East Pubs on his way home to Essex must also have inspired this gentle, quietly spoken soul. Ryan of course has a rather more robust message to convey in his adopted Victorian ‘pub sign’ style, which he has named Poptorian. He likes to think that anything gilded accords it a Midas type quality. Rather in the American tradition of inventing language, RYCA has made up his own splendiferous words, well beyond the banality of fashion brand FCUK, which are incorporated into the gilded and lacquered heavily framed signs. Any art movement usually has trends running within it, and comparisons can inevitably be made with Ben Eine’s verbal presentations and, perhaps at the extremity when comparing innovative visual alphabets, Retna. For all of that, it’s hard to get inside RYCA’s head, and in many ways, that's how it should be. He finds a charm in the simplicity of toys, and childlike graphic representations. His best known works are the Smiley Pills, which he sometimes produces on a massive scale, and more recently Love is the Drug, a nod to Hirst’s dots, but a tableau of coloured hearts. The RYCA touch being that one of them is always the colour of a Viagra. He told me recently that his favourite new work is the Forecast, because it simply visualised acid rain in a TV weather forecast format. Forget Ulrika Johnson. After his November solo London show RYCA will go to New York and exhibit his art toys. The high priest of this idea of sanctifying the disposable, the everyday object, is of course Andy Warhol. But Warhol was not as playful or naughtily childlike as RYCA. Neither was he alive to celebrate Star Wars as a relic - and sanctify it on a cross! Andrew Lamberty Gallery Owner
A Simpler Time (continued…) by Robyn Ward Robyn Ward is a contemporary Irish street artist who currently resides in London. He gained early interest in the visual arts through graffiti whilst living in Belfast, Northern Ireland - developing what would later become his own unique style. With a sold-out first solo show under his belt and artworks currently residing in private collections internationally, including Europe, Asia and North America, Ward is back with his second collection. Catalogue available on the Art page.
BUTTERFLIES i-Xii — EVENT REVIEW Dmitry had a super party of Russian and London society for his inaugural show at Lamberty. I was surprised and delighted to greet faces from Moscow. And of course the Russian ladies were arrestingly stunning. Nataliya Resh, who set up the Open Culture Foundation, Khristina Sysoeva or model & TV presenter Marinika Smirnova, just to mention a few. My goodness the Russians have brought a wonderful spirit to our capital. The show was of course a knock out success. We now only have a handful to offer. It was lovely to see you all. And I hope to see you shortly for Derrick Santini's mystical lenticulars - Swimming with Peacocks.
DMITRY OSKIN — BUTTERFLIES i-Xii Dmitry Oskin was born in Russia, St Petersburg, in 1986 and moved to live and work in London in 2009. Art was his first passion and he won a national prize at the age of 16 to create an artwork which now hangs in the Duma in Moscow. Prior to that at age 14, he won a national Russian drawing competition and was awarded first prize which was presented to him by the mayor of St Petersburg in the Hermitage Museum. Dmitry was trained and worked as a stylist on film and photo shoots. Since moving to London he has developed his career in photography. He has experienced various cultures through travels to South America, South East Asia and islands in the Indian Ocean which have deeply affected his artistic outlook. 'Butterflies – the high fashion of the world. Butterflies – the Christian Dior of wild life. They are like brides in their gowns. You want to waltz with them. They are perfect in their weightlessness. Butterflies are harmony, they are music.' — Dmitry Oskin
AGUSTI PUIG — I THINK WITH MY EYE You know you’ve discovered a real artist when you first visit the studio. Agusti’s studio is large – a warehouse really, in the dusty outskirts of a quiet satellite of Barcelona. Yet here AC meets DC in the mind of Puíg. Here also were four years of his applied human zeal, which has never seen the door of the studio. Canvasses and boards stacked 20 deep all around the walls. Some of them soaring great images 15 feet high, often diptychs of two juxtaposed individuals, their vicissitudes celebrated in paint pools of thoughts, their experiences become sgraffito strands of internal rhythms. The wiring of cogito ergo sum become visible. It’s a somewhat overwhelming treat – like being allowed into the inner sanctum of a great cathedral of the mind. Then you start to notice the occasional eye peering enquiringly at you from a canvas. This all-seeing eye, resembling a Turkish nazar, gave me the inspiration for the title of this show of most carefully selected Agusti Puig paintings.
STICK ON BBC A truly wonderful video of STIK has just been released on the BBC. If you haven’t already seen it I’d highly recommend watching it here. STIK has also recently released a book which is available to buy on Amazon. Each book comes with a fantastic poster inside as well which you can grab here. For details on works we have available by STIK please contact
SMALL SMILEYS ARE BACK We’re all very pleased to see the smaller ‘Smiley’ works by Ryan Callanan back on the wall. A fair few of the finishes are now coming to the end of their edition so if they might be of ch before they all go. For further info contact us on
STIK STATEMENT PUTTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. THE BARE FACTS. Lamberty purchased these containers from a recreation ground beside a canal after viewing them in autumn 2014. We commissioned a Polish agent to make sure everything was in order and to negotiate purchase from the legal owner. We have recently been contacted by an arts institution called Laznia that was involved with Stik to create the project in 2011. Laznia did not notice that the containers had been removed until Stik contacted them a year later. Neither Laznia nor Stik have a contract of permission from the former containers owner to graffiti them. Lamberty understands that the area occupied by the containers is under redevelopment. We provided new containers for temporary use by the canoe club until their new building is erected on the site. The replacement containers will then be sold for the benefit of the club [a sum of many thousands of pounds]. The club has already received new boats as part of Lamberty’s benefit to the local community. Lamberty legally purchased these works with full documentation. We removed them from a harsh outdoor climate, where they were deteriorating, and prepared them for indoor instalment. A limited number can be viewed at Lamberty Gallery. Lamberty has sold more secondary market Stik works than any other gallery. Andrew Lamberty has recently met with Stik to discuss our handling of these pieces. Stik was unaware that Laznia had not gained formal permission to graffiti these containers and that they were privately owned. Lamberty has requested that Stik recognise and endorse the removal of these pieces – in exchange we have offered to return the works over decorated by local children for the enjoyment or benefit of the local school community. Stik had not ever acknowledged our offer to return the works over decorated by the children AND he had painted on private property.

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