We at the Richard Goodall Gallery are mighty big fans of poster genius Jay Ryan, and so it is not without due excitement that we announce the arrival of the good man himself to our Thomas Street gallery on the 19th December for a unique book-signing event.
A collection of Jay’s favourite work from 2005-2008, ‘Animals and Objects in and Out of Water’ is a 144 page book which includes over 100 posters with accompanying text, an introduction by Andrew Bird and an essay by Joe Meno. All in all it’s a pretty cracking volume, and this is your chance to own a signed copy!
Ryan first learned to screen-print in 1995, and cut his print-making teeth making posters for his own band, those of his friends, and the many clubs they played at. Before long, Jay’s own Bird Machine Print Shop sprung to life in the basement of his apartment building, before moving above ground in 2002 thanks to the growing demand for its marvellous creations. Jay has since worked for bands including Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, The Doves, Interpol, Human League and Sonic Youth to name but a few.
Not only will you have the opportunity to see this pillar of poster-making in the flesh, but there will also be posters old and new on display, original art work, and a friendly festive atmosphere in which to enjoy it all!
Some of you may have heard of the Beatles. You may recall that this small-time, little-known global phenomenon of a band included a man by the name of John Lennon. Ok ok, I’ll stop being ironic and get to the exciting point. From the 19th November, The Richard Goodall Gallery will be exhibiting a collection of Lennon’s art which will offer art collectors and Beatles fans alike the chance to view around 50 pieces by the artist, including eleven original drawings on loan from Yoko Ono. Presenting a unique insight into the life of Lennon, this collection is an opportunity to see first-hand the significant role which art played in this musician’s life.
Before achieving worldwide fame with the Beatles – one of the most successful bands in music history – Lennon had in fact set out on the road to becoming an artist. For three years (1957 – 1960) he attended the Liverpool Art Institute, and though the Beatles soon became more than a full-time occupation, John never abandoned his love of drawing.
Lennon had been collecting and preserving drawings which he felt were particularly important throughout his life, and it was from this collection that Yoko Ono began releasing limited edition fine art prints following her husband’s death. With the aim of establishing John as a significant artist of his time, many of the subsequently released images have now become iconic.
Primarily working in pencil, pen or Japanese Sumi Ink, Lennon’s drawings are ‘signed’ using a patented stamp known as a chop, often used by artists in the Orient. The stamp, reading “Like a Cloud. Beautiful Sound” was applied by Lennon himself to each edition. Each limited edition print on sale at the exhibition displays this unique hallmark.
Not to be missed, drop into our High Street Gallery from the 14th November for a rare insight into the life of a legend.