Mark Pease @ Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, USA

Mark Pease @ Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, USA

Las Manos Gallery is currently exhibiting the recent Op Art works of Mark Pease, a painter, printmaker, photographer, and animator. Mark is also a teacher at the University of Southern Illinois. The show is called ‘Climb into Space’ and runs until the end of November 2013.

Climb into Space - Mark Pease

If you want to find out more about the show, you can do so on the Las Manos Gallery blog, where you can also see some fascinating photos of Mark at work in his studio.

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“My work is focused on perception, vision and how we process visual material as we travel through our surrounding urban and suburban environments. I start with a fascination for the architecture of shopping malls, commercial offices, modernist buildings and public transportation. I’m interested in the observation of these places and non-places and other visual experiences as they relate to human daydreaming, artificiality and the recognition of our visual sensitivities. I also draw from a variety of sources for inspiration including Op art, children’s toys and 3D animation. The integration of digital imaging, vector graphics, modeling and animation allow me to reconstruct scenarios regarding these observed spaces. Investigating through several media in projects that are both abstract and representational, I explore the line between dazzling and lackluster, flat and dimensional, object versus image, print versus painting, and mass produced object versus high art object. I’m attempting to create physical experiences in much of what I do; either through optical energies that force the eye to manage contradictory illusions or through the re-focusing of light, shadow and space in a way that the viewer is able to empathise and attach themselves to inanimate objects, architectural elements, and man-made surfaces.”

Victor Vasarely @ Musee d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

Victor Vasarely @ Musee d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

The Musee d’Ixelles in Brussels, Belgium is currently running a Victor Vasarely tribute exhibition curated by Serge Lemoine featuring works that have been brought together from around Europe. Entrance is €8 for a regular ticket and €5 for concessions. The exhibition runs until 19 January 2014.


“A key figure in kinetic art (or ‘Op Art’ as in optical art), Victor Vasarely attained distinction in twentieth century art history for his prolific abstract geometric pieces. A true master of composition, Vasarely combined, connected, swapped and assembled geometric elements with an accomplished vision, advocating formal minimalism and optical effects.

This hommage invites you to rediscover Vasarely’s rich and radically modern work.”

If anybody out there goes to this and wants to send me a copy of the exhibition poster I’d be really happy..!

Vasarely - Metagalaxie

Metagalaxie, 1961, 160 x 147.5 cm

More information on the Musee d’Ixelles website.


Bridget Riley @ The White Room, Bath then Leamington Spa

Bridget Riley @ The White Room, Bath then Leamington Spa

The White Room Gallery in Bath is currently running a Bridget Riley limited edition prints exhibition. The exhibition will move to the White Room, Leamington Spa in November. UPDATE: Exhibition now at White Room, Leamington Spa until end of January 2014.


Entrance is free. The exhibition (in Bath) runs until the 31st October.

The White Room Gallery (Bath)

31 Brock Street



The White Room Gallery (Leamington Spa)

111 Regent Street

Royal Leamington Spa

CV32 4NU



Garry Harley @ Neiman Marcus, Boston, USA

Garry Harley @ Neiman Marcus, Boston, USA

Garry Harley currently has eight Op Art works on display in a show called “Look again”, located on the 3rd Floor at Neiman-Marcus, 5 Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  The exhibition is free to enter and runs from now (started mid-June) until 30 September 2013.


“This show includes work from three of Harley’s recent issued series; the image selected for the show from his Wave Series called YELLOW BEACH RED TIDE has also been accepted for display in the 33rd Faber Birren National Color Award Show conducted by the Stamford Art Association.  In a980, Faber Birren, world renowned color consultant, author of 27 books on color theory, endowed the Faber Birren Color Award to be given to an artist for original and creative expression of color.  The Faber Birren Color Award Show has grown from a regional exhibit to one of national scope, encouraging artist in all media. The SAA will host an Artist Reception/Awards Ceremony at its Town House Gallery on Sunday October 6th between the hours of 4:00-6:00 PM (open to the public at 39 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT).

The show LOOK AGAIN at Neiman-Marcus-Boston also includes the image YELLOW CLIFFS of DOVER.  This image is composed of seven grouped receding frames on a yellow field, each frame has the same geometric shape but also progressive darker shade of color.  Viewers have indicated that when they ‘fixate’ on the center of either image in this show they experience a certain ‘visual movement’ of the surrounding frame.”


You can find out more about Garry on his website. We are also going to feature more work by Garry in the near future on this site so keep an eye out for that.

Stephen Jaques @ Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Stephen Jaques @ Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Stephen Jaques will be showing two paintings in this years Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

“Now in its 245th year, the Summer Exhibition remains a much anticipated highlight of the arts calendar, serving as a unique window on to all areas of the contemporary art world. It is the world’s largest open-submission exhibition, displaying more than 1,000 works in all styles and media, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architectural models and film.”

The paintings on display are Rotation and Gemini (see below).  The show runs from June 10th until the 18th August and is well worth a visit.

Rotation - 2012 - acrylic on canvas - 61 x 61 cm

Rotation – 2012 – acrylic on canvas – 61 x 61 cm

Gemini 2012 - acrylic on canvas - 86 x 66 cm

Gemini 2012 – acrylic on canvas – 86 x 66 cm

You can find the Royal Academy here: