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Exhibition launch: Apes, birds and books

Friday 20 July 2018, 6:30 pm9:00 pm

Body Languages – Verbal Gymnastics by Jim Anderson RE.
Body Languages – Verbal Gymnastics by Jim Anderson RE.
Body Languages – Verbal Gymnastics by Jim Anderson RE.

Join us at The Poetry Café on Friday 20 July for a celebration of ‘Apes, birds and books’ – Jim Anderson RE’s new show of animalism and lively wrangling between image and text. Jim’s paintings and prints are made on handmade papers, and combine an array of traditional and experimental processes incorporating pulp, string and other organic matter. Everyone is welcome to this free event!

The artist

Jim Anderson RE is a multimedia artist living in London, who divides his time and energies between printmaking, mosaic-making, painting, teaching, and writing. His work encompasses many different media and ideas – but use of found or recycled materials is always paramount; and his imagery is steeped in the satirical and the surreal.

He is a member of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers; and his work has been awarded several prizes in major national exhibitions, most recently the 2016 T.N. Lawrence Award. In 1997 he was a co-founder of The Illustrated Ape magazine; and in 2000 his book Handmade Prints – co-authored with artist Anne Desmet – was published by A & C Black. He was also one of the artists featured in Tony Dyson’s 2009 book Printmakers’ Secrets.

2002-2004 found him playing the theremin and providing backing vocals for the rock group Jujubabies, who were band-in-residence for Ibiza’s Manumission Club during the summer of 2004.

His prints and paintings appear in numerous exhibitions, and in 2002 one of his mosaics in Gospel Oak was shortlisted for a Camden Design Award. Recently he completed a series of mosaic murals for Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge; from 2002-2007 he was involved in a series of large mosaic projects in various hospitals in Kenya.

Jim’s prints can usually be seen at The Bankside Gallery and For Arts Sake Gallery, both London. His public mosaics can be seen at locations around London and Cambridge, and in unexpected places in Spain, Greece, Kenya, and the USA. www.jimpanzee.co.uk

‘Apes, birds and books’ continues at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX, until 18 August.