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This is London, Friday 31 January 2014, Issue 2886

    

HAY HILL GALLERY DOUBLE EXHIBITION IN FEBRUARY

Hay Hill Gallery are presenting a double exhibition this February, featuring the established German artists Peter Henryk Blum and Oliver Estavillo. Differing wildly in style, these two shows contrast each other perfectly whilst connecting in theories of what it is to be human.

Peter Henryk Blum is one of the most exciting German figurative artists of his generation. Using the Old Masters techniques of layer and glaze painting, his scenes are muted, selective with colour, like silent film reels and tinted sepia prints. Players are staged in ironically self-conscious poses where the melancholia of sad harlequins and heavily made up women is reminiscent of physical theatre. Light hearted or darkly surreal, the works are unsettling because it is clear these people are not alone in their secret rituals. Struck dumb, there is someone watching in the wings - and that person turns out to be you.

Oliver Estavillo has been referred to as 'Pop-Brueghel' and 'The Tarantino of Painting'. His inspiration is taken from everyday life; the bizarre neighbours, serial killers, boring aunts and shrill parties. Ladies with budgerigar heads and droopy hats wear their pearls high to disguise crepey necks and sagging jowls. These are places where the meat-mottled women drink wine and fanged stags brawl under neatly mounted taxidermy testicles, operatic gatherings of tentacle-headed lurkers and emperors in need of new clothes. This ultra-violent fantasism scratches beneath the glittering surfaces to expose decay, confronting us with our own selfish bloodlust.

The exhibition will be held alongside a sculpture collection which features works by Eleanor Cardozo, Nicola Godden, Richard L.Minns, Andy Cheese, Jamie McCartney, Ian Edwards and Palolo Valdes.

Marylebone Journal, February/March 2014

      

http://marylebonejournal.com/culture/fresh-german-surrealism-peter-blum

 Culture / Diary (03rd February 2014 - 01 Mar 2014 )
 FRESH GERMAN REALISM: PETER BLUM              

Fresh German Realism: Peter Blum
According to the Hay Hill’s profile of the artist, like Marmite, you will either love or hate Blum’s work. Veteran of over 110 exhibitions across the globe, German painter Peter Blum now calls the Hay Hill his home and will display his figurative paintings of ‘Fresh German Realism’ at the gallery throughout February.
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http://theartdetectivesmuse.wordpress.com/tag/oliver-estavillo/
OLIVER ESTAVILLO
DON’T LOOK NOW BUT HE’S POINTING A GUN AT YOU – WHEREVER YOU STAND

Last night I moseyed down to the newly located HayHill Gallery on Baker Street for a private view of two German artists: Peter Henryk Blum and Oliver Estavillo. The painting above is by  the latter. It’s entitled ‘Killers’ Tango’. The guy in the sunglasses is pointing his gun right at you wherever you stand. This is because, as my friend artist John Gillan pointed out, the gun is painted without showing any angles, no 3D affect, as in it’s completely flat, so when you move to the left for example he’s still pointing it directly at you.

 

I can see why Estavillo has been called the “Pop – Brueghel” and “Tarantino of Painting”. He exposes the dark side of life in a very visually appealing way embodying a pulp-fiction sentiment that takes the image one step beyond ‘real life’ although all his characters are drawn from people he knows. I was also taken by his painting ‘Minotaur’s Sauna’ not that I’d hang it on my living room wall or anything but it did catch my attention for rather a long time…

As I had to leg it early to get the tube before the strike started, I didn’t have a chance to have a good look at Blum’s work but the exhibitions of both artists run until 1st March 2014.

Posted in London Art Scene and tagged HayHill Gallery, Oliver Estavillo, Peter Henryk Blum; February 5, 2014.

 

 

http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/__events/02/Double-Deutsch.html
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Double Deutsch: Double exhibition featuring Peter Henryk Blum and Oliver Estavillo
3 February - 1 March | Hay Hill Gallery, London

Hay Hill Gallery presents a double exhibition this month, featuring German artists Peter Henryk Blum and Oliver Estavillo.

Differing wildly in style, these two shows contrast each other perfectly whilst connecting in theories of what it is to be human.

Peter Henryk Blum


Peter Henryk Blum's Da ist noch was (© Hay Hill Gallery)

Blum, born in 1964, is one of the most exciting German figurative artists of his generation. Using the Old Masters techniques of layer and glaze painting, his scenes are muted, selective with colour, like silent film reels and tinted sepia prints.

Players are staged in ironically self-conscious poses where the melancholia of sad harlequins and heavily made up women is reminiscent of physical theatre. Light hearted or darkly surreal, the works are unsettling, stirring up feelings of being at odds with things- even as everything else is odd.

Oliver Estavillo


Oliver Estavillo's Das erste Abendmahl (© Hay Hill Gallery)

Estavillo, also born in 1964, has been referred to as "Pop-Brueghel" and "The Tarantino of Painting". 

His inspiration is taken from everyday life; the bizarre neighbours, serial killers, boring aunts and shrill parties. Like Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Estavillo’s oils are circuses of weird and wonderful creatures. Ladies with budgerigar heads and droopy hats wear their pearls high to disguise crepey necks and sagging jowls. They gaze out of colourless eyes under dusty chandeliers and bare bulbs. These operatic gatherings are peopled with muscle men with squared hair and tanned torsos, sinewy women in tight cocktail dresses, tentacle-headed lurkers and emperors in need of new clothes.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10.30-6, Saturday 11-5

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