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WE'RE IN IT FOR THE MONEY (JULY 7TH- JULY 29TH)


....The Boys (Prince Harry and William) 2004. Oil on board 51 x 61cm , ,,Diana Snowy Jacket 2005. Acrylic on canvas 80x70cm . . The Rolling Stones in the Forest 2005. Oil on board 51 x 61cm

WE'RE IN IT FOR THE MONEY a never before exhibited collection of works by British painter Stella Vine, is now open to the public until the 24th of September.  

The paths of gallery founder Gretta Sarfaty, and Stella Vine have crossed many times, although not always amicably. Notably  In It for the Money (2005), Vine's tip-of-the-hat (or should that be rude hand gesture?) to Tracey Emin's I've Got It All (2000), was painted following a clash of principals between Sarfaty and Vine.

Despite not always seeing eye to eye, Sarfaty has amassed an impressive collection of Vine's works, and has decided now is the time to unleash these virtually unseen examples of Vine's uniquely visceral perspective on the general public. Offering a rare opportunity to view, and even take away the works from this compelling and seldom seen collection.
Which includes such noteworthy examples as  Diana Snowy Jacket  (2005), The Libertines (Pete Doherty)  (2004),  The  Rolling Stones in the Forest  (2005) and the eminent  In It For The Money  (2005).

With swaths of merciless colour Stella Vine divides commentators into two distinct and evenly populated camps; the critics that deride her, and the collectors that dote on her.
Vine's subjects, all victims of tragic circumstance, often celebrities who have met an untimely end, have their doleful destinies expertly rendered with brutally oozing paint and coarse, pained brushstrokes.
Vine finds artistic sustenance in the modern day freak-show that is glossy magazines, tabloid newspapers, and the phenomenon of talentless, yet relentlessly hounded 'celebrities'. Filtering a morbid beauty from these cultural shallows. 

The paintings available are from early in Vine's professional career, suitably charged with the untainted naivety, excitement, and freedom of an artist with the art world at her feet.
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STELLA VINE - PEOPLE LIKE US (16TH MAY - 26TH JUNE 2006)
SARTORIAL CONTEMPORARY ART AT 'NOMOREGREY'


In It For The Money. Oil on canvas 180 x 213 cm

Sartorial Contemporary Art curated group exhibition to celebrate the oppening of 'nomoregrey'
(East London Gallery) with: Sarah Dwyer , Rose Gibbs , James Jessop , Jasper Joffe , Peter
Lamb, Gretta Sarfaty, Gavin Nolan , Harry Pye , Martin Sexton , Stella Vine.
The exhibition coincides with the launch of 'The Rebel Magazine'.
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IT TAKE TWO - JAMES JESSOP VERSUS HARRY PYE

FISHMARKET GALLERY INAUGURAL EXHIBITION (2007)
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST STELLA VINE COLLABORATING WITH JAMES JESSOP

Sartorial Contemporary Art curated exhibition to celebrate the oppening of a new gallery at the
Fishmarket in Northampton, UK.
Gretta and her husband are both very supportive and full of encouragement. I also had a lot of
support from friends who collaborated on the paintings, in particular, Rowland Smith and Marcus
Cope. I was lucky to get very good press and reviews so the show's run has been extended.
While the show has been up, I've been trying to get work ready for a show in Northampton,
called, “It Takes Two”.

Harry Pye says about the exhibition:
"There's a famous saying, 'It takes two to tango', which you say to someone when they are
complaining about their ex-partner or someone they've just fallen out with. The saying basically
means, you can't blame everything on someone else and you have to accept some responsibility
when things go wrong. The show features new work from me and new work from James Jessop.
James has made fresh stuff in collaboration with various grafitti artists, as well as Will Tuck, Stella
Vine, and Jasper Joffe. Whilst I've made collaborative paintings with various characters including
Mat Humphrey, Billy Childish, Sarah Sparkes, and Frank Sidebottom.

Me and James have made a few drawings together in his studio recently. It's kind of funny painting
on his paintings, because my work sells for just over £1,000 whereas James has sold a painting for
£9,000. James is quite shy and sensitive. It used to be that I'd start the painting off and then he'd
work after I'd gone home. One of the things I like about James is he's always too happy to
acknowledge how much Gretta and Jasper have helped him. He described Jasper as a Christ-like
figure and added that when they were at the Royal College together, Jasper was the only person
who'd compliment him and ask him to participate in group shows.
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SOULMATES - GRETTA , HUGH MENDES, STELLA VINE
GALLERY INAUGURAL EXHIBITION (JANUARY 2006)

Sartorial Contemporary Art was founded in January 2005 in an 18th century Georgian house near
Notting Hill.
For the big oppening Sartorial Contemporary Art curated 'Soulmates' a group exhibition
with Gretta Sarfaty, Hugh Mendes and Stella Vine.


 

 

 


 

 


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