British graphic artist Patrick Thomas presented his silkscreened bold heart ideograms combined with found imagery and collage will be a recurring motif throughout the exhibition at hung-Up Gallery, which was timed to coincide with the Feast of Saint Valentine. 100 BPM will be the artist’s ﬁrst solo exhibition in London since 2008 and ﬁrst time that this collection will be shown publicly.
The majority of works on show will be limited editions and unique pieces created using free-form screen printing and collage, a technique which the artist has been investigating over the past 18 months in Berlin and Barcelona. This work explores the area between the unique artwork and the edition. A selection of prints will be perforated with a laser cutter to simulate arrow shots. Several will have real arrows embedded into the gallery walls.
Hang-Up Gallery Gallery Director Ben Cotton says, “We have been working with Patrick online for may years and he is an extremely talented graphic artist so are naturally super- excited about this one. 100 BPM is also the ﬁrst new exhibition in the gallery calendar for 2014 as well as our ﬁrst exhibition from a graphic artist at the gallery. Bring it on!”
Patrick Thomas was born in Liverpool, UK. He studied at Saint Martins School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 he relocated to Barcelona where in 1997 he founded Studio laVista. In 2008 he established a silkscreen press and since then has exhibited his limited-edition prints across ﬁve continents where many are now held in private and public collections. He lives and works between Berlin, Barcelona and London and teaches at Stuttgart Art Academy.
The artist has been described by Steven Heller as an ‘iconographiste’, combining iconic images to create a powerful message and make them his own. In 2009, Koi Vinh (former Design Director of New York Times) described his work as ‘gorgeously screened, conceptually challenging graphic art as commentary’.