Joy Division and Jesus are among the subjects of Paul Bower’s work, which is coming to the Sanderson hotel in London in an exhibition opening this week.
The solo show of Bower’s graphic works is curated by creative agency Pocko, which has represented him for the last ten years.
Pocko’s Emily Laub says, ‘He’s one of our favourite artists, and we thought he was a great match for the Sanderson. He’s such a witty artist with a great sense of humour: it’s a breath of fresh air. The work looks slightly unfinished, which is so different from a lot of things you see at the moment.’
The series of typographical posters on show is a mixture of old and new works designed especially for the Sanderson. Created with a mixture of lino-cut and screen prints, acrylic paint, ballpoint pen, paper-cuts, stencilling, and collage, the work is bold, bizarre and brilliantly funny.
A self-confessed fan of the Powerpuff Girls, crisps squashed in sandwiches and colouring-in, Bower’s work valiantly brings out the pop delight that lies within a Joy Division song, elevates the words of Bruce Springsteen to almost proverb-like status and provides a handy guide to knowing your arse from your elbow.
Come and Get It by Paul Bower runs from 18 -31 August at the Art Space – Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners Street, London W1T