Yesterday, deviantART (an online community for artists) held their first London Gallery Show in Blackall Studios, Shoreditch. It featured work by deviants (people who have deviantArt accounts) from all over the UK and as a fellow deviant, I wanted to check out the one-off event.
The gallery show was on from 4pm to 8pm. I arrived at 6pm and it was full of people admiring the artworks. On entrance, we were given free balls with smiley faces on them – thought that was a nice touch! I had a look around the gallery and already had a favourite within the first 30 seconds. It was a piece called ‘Kraken Come’ by John Conway.
What I really like about this piece is the use of the colours, it gives off a cosmic effect. I love the style the artist used and also think it’s a neat idea to put a little human figure there for size reference.
They held a raffle at the gallery and we were all given two free tickets each. If your number was called out, you get to walk away with a print of your choice. One of my numbers was called out! Unfortunately, by the time it was called out, someone had already claimed the Kraken Come piece (not surprised) so I chose Darren Luchmun’s ‘If No One Can See Us’ piece which I think is just as impressive and was pleased to take home. I like the sort of vintage feel this artwork has.
Luchmun has quite a lot of interesting pieces – check out his gallery.
I had a nice time at the gallery show, there were lots of great work to see and some of the artists were there! I was glad to be a part of this community event, it was a good way to bring artists together and swap deviantArt usernames (instead of numbers!). I think deviantArt should have more shows like this in London.