Artist Simon Rogers creates David Bowie Tribute

It’s always interesting to catch up with local artist Simon Rogers to see what he is up to in his Bastion Mews studio, which also consists of the walls and businesses around the mews.  Bastion Mews is home to several interesting businesses including, a locals’ favourite – The Shack Revolution, Temple Records and Hereford Cycle Hub.

Simon has begun to leave his mark on this community hub hidden away from the mainstream of Hereford foot traffic.  You will find Simon’s David Bowie tribute behind The Shack Revolution.

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Simon Rogers spreading ashes around his tribute to recently deceased legend David Bowie.

This piece of street art began as a skull and cross bones, then evolved into a David Bowie tribute after hearing the news of this heroe’s passing, moving Simon so much, he also performed an ash ceremony on the ground around it (view photograph).

Simon is also creator of Temple Records cosmic façade, as seen in this article.  His next project is Temple Records shop sign.  I have had a peak, and am excited to see the finished product.  I won’t spill the beans.

I can’t help but feel that since Hereford Council is choosing to pull out of it’s £130,000 support for The Courtyard, Hereford artists will forever remain obscure.  They should offer its citizens more then just cider farms and cows, industrial estates or a brand new shopping center lacking in any kind of architectural pride (they really need to do something about that…perhaps hire some of our fine artists to do murals)

It is home to many artists, writers, musicians and other creatives who choose to make this beautiful county their home, yet find themselves having to leave for greener pastures where there is an opportunity to create their way into a sustainable salary.

The speed of the Council’s inconsiderate axing and lack of vision is dizzying.  I can’t help but feel that the only way a creative in this county will make a living is by having succeeded elsewhere, only to return when their fortune is made.

The lack of hope for future generations is despairing.  This county is a middle-aged (like myself, yet so unlike myself),  and a cranky, classist senior citizen’s wet dream (yes I actually did just say that).  We can only hope that our local food and entertainment culture continues to be driven by young entrepeneurs who are not afraid to upset the boys at the club.  This is not an ageist point of view, just an honest observation.

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Chopper with custom boom box arriving on the scene.

Regardless, this will be our first great summer in many years thanks to these business-minded, driven twenty somethings, bringing us a high standard of food, cocktails, and who thankfully are keen to support local musical acts, while allowing their walls to double as art galleries.

HUGE KUDOS to artists like Simon Rogers, who are loud and proud about their craft, and keep this way of life alive.

 

 

Gravity Zine Says Farewell with a Special Cinema Edition and Feature Film ‘Lorem Ipsum’

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Bulbous Sores by Johnny Burrage
“Omar Majeed has had a long lasting interest in writing, design and photography that formed working on the school newspaper and crystallized at art college.  Having a creative outlet is important to him and comes in several guises, from poetry to painting.  He has studied photography and graphic design and is currently on the portfolio course learning how to use new techniques and materials.  He has worked sporadically as a copywriter, recently on an art blog.”
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Omar Majeed Creator of Gravity Zine and man of many creative hats.

Gravity zine is a DIY publication based in Hereford.  It has its origins in a title called Gravity Serpent which came about as a result of a late night conversation with my housemate Stu when I was living in Kingston, Surrey.

We had been watching The Baader Meinhof Complex and were somehow stirred into creating something.  We didn’t know if we wanted to make an experimental film, or write a collaborate novel.
 When we thought of making a zine, that was it.  The title was his idea, appropriated from a Medusa Cyclone track.  Mike from Medusa Cyclone would later contribute photography to the zine.
I have made zines on and off since my first time at art college in 2003.  I like the immediacy and accessibility of the format.  I like my zines to be collaborative, showcasing artists and creatives whose work I admire.  It becomes something of a community.
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At The Drive In In Colour by John Rose
When I moved back to Hereford, I wanted to shorten the name to Gravity.  The first 3 issues were purely photocopied and stapled.  After that we started letterpressing the covers under stewardship of Liam Bromage.  It was refreshing to have a bit of colour on the front and the printing process gave a cleaner impression that was still handmade.  We also started hand binding the pages with coloured thread.

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Jonathon Paul Exhibit at Art360 Hereford; The man on the Hereford WildLife Beat

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‘Majestic’ Jonathon Paul Horizo Photography. “Photographed in Herefordshire 2015, a young wild buzzard allowed me insight into his world during a two-hour encounter”

Arriving in the last 45 minutes of Jonathon Paul’s photography exhibit at Art360 on Bridge Street in Hereford, I was a bit flustered trying to fit in a long day with not enough hours.  Soon all was ok and  I was standing before a tall, elegant man with warm conversation and clear enthusiasm for his craft.

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‘The Gateway to Peace’ Weobley, Herefordshire Nov 2015 – Jonathon Paul Horizo Photography. Exhibit Photograph taken by Peter Elliot Photography

It is the journey behind this statuesque character, and the patience behind the production of each image that drew me into his work.  The story behind the images were special in themselves.  A buzzard who patiently allowed Jonathon to photograph him for two hours speaks volumes about Jonathon’s connection with his subjects.

He also pointed out, he could take anyone interested in photographing the buzzard to the location, it feels as if he is on personal terms with this beautiful creature. It takes knowledge of your subject and its habitat, and of course, patience in abundance to achieve such a connection. There is more to these images then just a beautiful buzzard…they are personal to Jonathon, a reflection of the world in his eyes.

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‘Perfect Plumage’ a patient subject, Herefordshire Sept 2015 – Jonathon Paul, Horizo Photograpy. Exhibit photographed by Peter Elliot Photography

You see, in a  collage of documentary and wildlife photography, it is the poignant wildlife images that stand out the most.  The reason these are so special is the fact that Jonathon doesn’t use any professional editing software, keeping his images almost organic.  There are touch ups made by regular desktop software but that is it.  He wants to keep this skill accessible and believes everyone can be a great photographer.

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Hereford Art360 Gallery on Bridge St. offers exhibit and workshop space to rent. They also do wonderful empty shop window displays. Keep an eye out. Photography by Peter Elliot

Jonathon’s background as a police officer in London blew me away…I was drawn in, entranced.  He is ‘real’, a man of the people.   His documentary photography alone could take up another exhibit.  He knows his subjects and shows a side to the police force we rarely hear about.

This was a wonderful exhibit! We are hoping to see more of Jonathon Paul and his work for Horizo Photography around our city and in your collections.  Best of luck Jonathon!

Exhibit Closes the 20th of December so pop in and meet this fabulous character.

Discover more of Jonathon’s work at www.horizo.uk                                         

Jonathon Paul Twitter 

 

Review by Michelle Cuadra, Creative Director and Blogger for Hereford City Centric
Exhibit Photography by Peter Elliot

 

Willow Vondaful Visits The Artistree Exhibit

Exhibiting artists from the Ledbury Artistree group

Brian Richardson  Jan Thompson  Alice Shield  Paul Jillard  Bill Denny   Toni Muckle   Valerie Jillard   Rachel Padley   Caroline Green   Philip Weaver   Paddy Hannigan   Ed Mustafic   Nicola Jedrzejczak   Alan Richardson

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Left – Alan Richardson, “La Passionata”, Driftwood/Fused Glass Right – Alan Richardson, “Troubled and I Don’t Know Why”, Driftwood

It was a warm, welcoming affair last Wednesday at the Artistree exhibit in Ledbury’s Weaver Gallery, which ran from November 23-29, and so it should be.  Art collectors from afar came to view artists’ exhibiting works in search of that emotional connection for a work of art.

Various artists engaged with Willow and took her through the stories behind their exhibition pieces.  She was very keen and enjoyed the popularity.

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Edoardo Mustafic, “The Psychedelic Condition”, Photography

Beautiful Pagan inspired ceramics and  sculptures made from raw or recycled materials brightened the room and pulled you into their earthy appeal.  The mix was very eclectic featuring photography by Edoardo Mustafic whose profits from sales would go to Herefordshire Mind and many different gifted painters, authors, textile and book artists from around Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.  Ledbury’s Artistree group has a popular following due to being based in one of Herefordshire’s cultural meccas that is the home of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.  

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Caroline H. Green, Name Unknown

 

 

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Edoardo Mustafic, “Tourism”, Photography
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Alan Richardson, Name Unknown, Driftwood
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Rachel Pudley, “Green Man Wall Pocket”, Stoneware, Frost Proof

Article by Michelle Cuadra