Sir Peter Blake, often referred to as the godfather of British Pop Art reflects his fascination with all streams of popular culture, and the beauty to be found in everyday objects and surroundings. His work crosses all generational divides, and inspires great respect from younger artists. Knighted in 2002, an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art, and with his work represented in major collections throughout the world, Peter Blake truly is a grandee of British art.
We' ve been luck enough to collaborate with Blake on the exterior art work of our floating bar and restaurant canal boats Darcie & May, situated on the Grand Union Canal. The artwork that decorates the two barges exhibits Peter Blake’s distinctive style and signature bold colour palette, making it an extremely vibrant all day dining spot.
Louise Dear's paintings are a sumptuous visual feast.
Her neo-pop infused works are expertly fashioned using a multitude of media; golds, glitters and glosses layered on panels of distressed aluminium. Lavish, richly textured figures are sensual, luminous and powerful, overlaid with flowers and frivolity that entice and seduce the viewer. In some works, elements of nostalgic kitsch emerge and storybook-beautiful children, their unique spirit captured, secure tender moments; snatches of childhood memory.
Louise Dear's works are addictive and many of her collectors become obsessed with surrounding themselves with the pure pleasure they portray. Having exhibited extensively, these vibrant paintings have sparked the interest of several major museums and are held in numerous collections including those of Rick Stein, Qatar Holdings (the owners of Harrods) and Sir Elton John.
Shuby is an international artist who has recently shown at the Venice Bienalle, has done projects in Berlin and Barcelona and has a busy exhibition schedule recently showing at Scream Gallery in London, a week takeover at Hastings' Stade Hall for Coastal Currents art festival and upcoming street art trips to New York, Paris, Cincinnati and Reykjavik. For Freize Art week she is planning to show her most ambition sculpture yet – a 15m inflatable bunny rabbit!
Shuby started as a street artist using paste ups in 2006. Her early posters featured a lady holding a big banana, inspired by the 1943 Busby Berkeley musical by 'The Gang's All Here', in which rows of ladies wave comedy bananas in the air. Since then Shuby has used the banana as one of her motifs throughout her studio work and on the street, and it has become a naughty but innocent calling card, instantly recognizable and intrinsically humorous.
Shuby has collaborated with Daisy and Beany on interior and exterior Designs a lot of our locations including the vaults at Seymour Street, our shipping container on the South Bank and her biggest large scale commissions to date at Regents place and Broadgate Circle.
Our mutual love of all things bananas has led to the production of a range of colourful deck chairs in which you can enjoy a coffee in a Your Banana Needs You limited edition cup.
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