Today is the start of our fourth annual Art on a Postcard Secret Auction. The last three years have seen an amazing array of artists take part such as Damien Hirst, Harland Miller, Gavin Turk Sam Taylor-Johnson, Cecily Brown, Chantal Joffe, Micheal Criag Martin RA, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Polly Morgan, Rachel Howard, Sir Peter Blake, John Wragg RA, Grayson Perry as well as many more collectable artists and emerging talent.
Artists are sent of 4 blank postcards and they choose whether to send them all back or just send back one.
The postcards will be exhibited at Unit London, 4 Mercer’s Walk, Covent Garden, London WC3H 9FA from today (Tuesday 14 November) until Thursday 16 November. They will be auctioned to raise money for raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust on Thursday 16 November. The auction will be held on-line and live simultaneously, to register and to bid click HERE.
But now for another investigation into the art of two of our contributing artists who's work is both comparable and totally in contrast with one another.
Frea Buckler studied Fine Art, Printmaking at Central Saint Martins, London. More recently, she passed her Master’s degree with a Distinction in Print at UWE in Bristol, where she continues to live and work. Frea’s work retains the precision and technique of screen printing but adopts an improvisational method more like drawing or painting to produce series’ of unique prints. This process embraces a balance between chaos and control. The probable but impossible forms resemble unfolded boxes or origami – bending, folding and opening out in different directions. They play with illusion and perception, they fit and don’t fit, there are loose ends and spaces in between.
Remi Rough is a street and gallery artist from South London. Rough first started as a street artist in the 1980s before also moving into gallery art. Rough’s compositions are abstract with coloured shapes and straight edges that are the result of an urban and modernised take on suprematist contexts. His work is energetic, direct and impressive playing with depth and shadow to create murals and street art that is as impactful and colourful as it is considered and purposeful.
Indeed, both Remi Rough and Frea Buckler’s work can be defined by their considered and strict adherence to lines and forms that add an element of structure and depth to the abstract overall aesthetic. Similarly too they carefully layer playful complimentary colours in a manner that appears at once impromptu and yet purposeful. Such an approach makes characterises these artists’ work as lively and thriving with colour which both adults and children alike can enjoy.
However, Rough says that when it comes to planning his public artwork “the environment is very important. I usually have a semblance of an idea for public murals. If it’s commissioned artwork it’s nearlyalways pre-designed to a high level, but for work for myself sometimes it’s a lot looser.” This approach is more so because of the nature of the form of his work which occupies large-scale public spaces that do not allow for error. The expansive nature of his projects can be contrasted with the more contained work of Frea Buckler’s origami inspired work. It is for this reason that she has a different approach her work than Rough, claiming that she has always worked with “internal set of rules that I follow, matching up corners, aligning angles. I am all the time trying not to think too much but going with the flow and following my instinct. So many incredible things happen when working like this, serendipitous moments of shapes intersecting at relevant points – none of which have been measured or preplanned.”
We are delighted to have Frea and Remi in the Secret Auction, can you spot which postcards are theirs?