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Peter Lloyd and Jonny Hannah
17 October – 22 November
Two of the most industrious and talented artists teaching at Southampton Solent University are coming together in Strange Folk, the new exhibition at Showcase. Both are interested in the eccentric and the exotic, either the famous wrestlers in masks that Peter Lloyd studied in Mexico or any of the strange and peculiar night people that inhabit Jonny Hannah’s Dark Town, a place he has totally populated from his imagination.
Peter Lloyd is Head of School of Art & Design, Southampton Solent School of Art & Design.
Peter studied his BA at Winchester School of Art, where he was awarded a First Class BA Hons in Printmaking, and received his MA from Royal College of Art, in 2000. He has shown his work extensively in the UK and internationally and his work is in the public collections of the Hochschule de Kunst, Berlin, Winchester School of Art, Hampshire, Royal College of Art, London and in private collections in Great Britain, Germany, and the U.S.
Amongst Jonny’s many obsessions are music (Hank Williams, Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Lady Day and Jaques Brel), poetry (Ginsberg’s Howl, Walt Whitman), clothes, Tin Toys and Mussels.
Jonny has created a new venue for all imaginative souls to visit when visual and cultural sustenance in this world is not enough – Dark Town. In two recent shows in Brighton and Portsmouth and in a new book about Jonny himself, the inhabitants of Dark Town have come out to play: everyone jostles for position in Jonny’s underworld - characters from the history of Jazz, boxers, detectives, clowns, barmen, poets, Punch and Judy, Gumbo makers, sailors, rocket men, all proclaiming their special identity and place in Dark Town. For Strange Folk, he will be making a number of new prints & paintings, cut out on board, along with an assortment of customized junk, bespoke for the Arcane Arcade, a shop that sells the unusual, & possibly pointless. From Captain Cat’s Cat, to defaced guitars, this unusual shop will hopefully please all who enter.
All this feeds into Jonny’s imaginary otherworld, a special place that lead to his new book, ‘Greetings from Darktown’, published by Merrell, in October this year and celebrated in this exhibition.
It acts as an overview of his output since leaving college, with contributions from writers Sheena Calvert, Peter Chrisp & Philip Hoare, & singer-songwriter King Creosote.
As Jonny says Stange Folk will act as an antidote, yet coexist alongside, the fact that every modern high street looks the same.
Jonny received his MA from Royal College of Art in 1998 and studied at John Moores University, Liverpool where he was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Illustration.
He has won many awards and has worked as a freelance illustrator for many daily newspapers, including The Independent and The Daily Telegraph, for publishers like Penguin Books, Bloomsbury Books and Macmillan Books and for Vogue magazine He is exclusively represented by 'Heart' Illustration agency (www.heartagency.com).
Solent Showcase Gallery is a public gallery located within Southampton Solent University and is a key factor in Southampton's emergent Cultural Quarter.