Exciting news! This Saturday we are unveiling a new exhibition in the 1961 Gallery: SOW & Reap featuring the works of Shaun Gingell, Phok Sopheap and 1961 co-founder, Loven Ramos.
But don’t just take our word for it, come see it for yourself!
Join us Saturday, July 25 for the opening party. Canapés and drinks will be available from 7 p.m.
Artist Shaun Gingell has given us a bit more about what to expect from SOW.
SOW: An exploration of Shaun Gingell’s new works entitled FEEL
A teacher once taught me to focus on body practice in correlation to artistic practice. The results create a dialogue between internal and external worlds, symbolised with half closed eyes transpersonal spaces are attained. These teachings and others like them continue to influence me, and my new series of works entitled ‘Feel’ stems from direct involvement in such pursuits.
Back in 2011, during meditations I began to see a flying image of Superman and his flashing logo. I interpreted this not as prophetic but as a symbolic archetype of my cultural heritage. In a space, where for example, Cambodian’s may be treated to the presence of a Buddha. To make sense of this I listed the qualities of ‘S’, ‘masculine, protector, virtue…’ but I was left in an unresolved space, as they although valid, did not express the emotional pull I had felt. In the years since this experience often came back for conscious reflection.
In January 2015, I had the time and space to produce new work that was to be outside the ‘tortured artist’ paradigm that I used to feel a certain romance with. By March, I found myself trapped in a gold fish bowl of my own process, and I was about to denounce art forever, when I in exhaustion, realised my ‘emotional ties’ to ‘S’. It all stems from a primal instinctive relationship that we all have to the strong use of colour, and defined space.
In the works of ‘Feel’ existentialism is still thematic, but with an optimism that is fed by what I was taught in the East, yoga. A closer look at the pieces reveals the scars and veins of past karma’s that have resolved themselves into a fixed colourful language that provokes and confronts. ‘Feel’ aims to if only for a brief moment hit a ‘transpersonal space’ where fusion, and new narrative can arise; leading one to rediscover places that we may have all long left behind.
About the artist: Shaun Gingell
I was born in England in 1983 and raised in the city of Sunderland on the North East coast. In my teenage years I had a strong interest in art that developed and naturally opened up during my BA studies in Fine art at the Lincoln of School of Art and Design, England. After a time working in a 3D/creative team at a prominent London department store, I returned home to Sunderland for further study, and in 2010 I completed my MA in Fine Art with distinction. In 2011, I departed to Asia to develop my self and my art. Through an investigative approach to material, installation and painting, my practice explores ideas of the self and it’s extensive habitat. In 2014 settled in Siem Reap for a year to make art.
University of Sunderland, FT 2001 – 2002,
Btec Foundation in Art and Design,
University of Lincoln, FT 2002 – 2005
BA (Hons) Fine Art
University of Sunderland, PT 2008 – 2011
MA Fine Art,
‘Sweet FA’, December 13th – 18th 2004, Lincoln Central Library.
‘Together’, Febuary 28th – 13th March 2005, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln.
‘Tapestry’, March 21 – April 25th 2005, Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsbrough.
‘ The Second Exhibition of Fine Arts From the University of Lincoln UK’, May 12 – 19th 2005, Artists House Gallery, Iran.
‘Fine Art Final Show’ June 2005, University of Lincoln.
‘Moved in!!’ November 5 – 20th 2007 Unit C, Arena Design Centre, Manor house, London.
MA FA 2010 , 19th 26 July2010, University of Sunderland.
MA FA 26th July 10 August 2010, Holy Biscuit, Newcastle.
Open Studios + ‘Rust’ , October 20th 7pm- 9 pm, PopUp Studios Newcastle.
Shadow Paintings, Feb 5 -10 th 2009, University of Sunderland Arts and Design Canteen.
Works on Metal, March 1- 10th 2008, The White Rooms, Sunderland.