London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 26, 2009 -- Pye has made large scale work for the first time. He's also painted in oils for the first time and experimented with textiles. The theme of the show is happiness.The old Harry Pye may have seen himself as a tortured soul, but lately things have started to get better.
Harry Pye's 2nd solo show in the U.K. coincides with Easter, when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead. Several paintings in the exhibition depict events in the life of Christ. Although Harry Pye doesn't believe in life after death he has not made paintings that in any way mock Christian values or suggest that Jesus didn't exist.
Other paintings in the show are inspired by Pye's own life and in particular his stay in Sao Paulo and Rio in 2008, the artist's first holiday abroad in 20 years. He believes that events such as this holiday, becoming an uncle, and turning 35 have made him happier. He feels that Getting Better is a positive show featuring paintings by a man both âconfident in his own madnessâ and âin love with the world.â
Marvin Gaye once observed, âWe are all sensitive people with so much to give.â Over the last couple of years Harry's paintings have appeared in shows in Brazil , Denmark , Australia , Italy and the U.S.A . Now it's your chance to come to Kings Cross, see them in the flesh and really find out what Harry and his friends have to offer. Sartorial Contemporary Art are delighted that issue 5 of their magazine, âThe Rebelâ has surfaced in time for the show. Half the publication is devoted to Jesus â the greatest Rebel of all time. The rest of the magazine is about Harry who welcomes you to his world with open arms.
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Sartorial Contemporary Art was founded in 2002, in an 18th century Georgian house on Kensington Church Street, as a project-led space set up by artist/curator Gretta Sarfaty Marchant. Gretta's aim is to use the gallery to present work by emerging artists and to promote the exchange of current ideas and practices which reflect their activity and instigate cultural dialogue.
In October 2008 Sartorial Contemporary Art moved to Kings Cross becoming the largest new contemporary art gallery in London, with 6000 square feet of exhibition space. Sartorial is known for its commitment to ground-breaking art and for its unparalleled support to artists.