Unnatural - Natural History is an artistic exploration of an alternative world. It is a world where the dominant species are not human and natural objects are metamorphosed into unexpected and unnatural forms. A place in which genetic mutations and environmental pressure have altered the natural course of evolution.
Every piece in the show is for sale, with prices for original works starting at just £70. For details of each work including sales information, visit the Coates & Scarry website. The RWA shop is selling limited edition prints of some works, plus posters, bags, postcards, and a limited edition book by street artist, ROA. Call us on 0117 973 5129 for more information.
Chippy Coates, one half of Coates and Scarry says “We asked artists from around the world to explore the theme of “unnatural natural history” and the results are diverse and alluring. It’s a blend of innovative art, creative ideas and lateral thinking.” With this in mind, the exhibition looks to create a stir and stimulate rigorous discussion as to what can be considered natural.
For the 35 local and international artists exhibiting – some in the UK, or Bristol, for the first time – heightened environmental awareness has doubtlessly been influential in their work. One of the exceptional artists in the show, Kate MccGwire, who uses a powerful and challenging medium in itself creating otherworldly sculptural forms from feathers. MccGwire’s incredible feathered installations have been shown across the world, but it’s the first time the artist has been displayed in Bristol.
One artist included sure to provoke controversy is Erik Sandberg who portrays children with hairy faces and Bristol’s famed preoccupation means that Belgian born and bred ROA will be a welcome addition to the community. His giant greyscale animals truly bring wit, skill and art to the urban device. Italian Marco Mazzoni weaves a world based on Italian folklore of mystical women who seduce, bewitch, curse and cure, complementing Bristol-based Rose Sanderson, who has made a name for herself adorning the stripped surfaces used by her painter and decorator father with butterflies and birds.
Previous Coates and Scarry exhibitions include collaborations with the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery on Art on the New World, 2010, and the Modern Fabulists group show, 2011, plus other international exhibitions.
Exhibition sponsored by IOP publishing
With thanks to Clifton Hotels Group for accommodating many of the artists.
List of Exhibiting Artists
We are also now pleased to announce our special guest artist David LaChapelle
Placing a strong emphasis on education, Coates & Scarry have planned an engagement programme, please see below for more details.
// 14 July, 10am-4pm, Artist in-situ, Rose Sanderson,
// 8 August, 6.30pm, A Collector’s Perspective: An introduction to collecting Contemporary and Modern Art, Giles H Brown, In conjunction with the exhibition Unnatural Natural History this talk will offer a personal perspective on collecting contemporary and modern art; the highs and lows, pleasures and pitfalls. It aims to provide both an introduction to buying work, and to demystify and encourage collecting. Giles will cover a range of practical aspects of collecting art, including editions versus originals, investments versus aesthetics, auctions, commercial galleries, dealers, art fairs, commissioning, studio visits, framing and conservation. This will be followed by a question and answer session with Giles and curators Coates and Scarry.£5, booking required.
// 11 August, 2pm, Unnatural Natural History Curators' Tour and Talk, Coates and Scarry
Further details for events coming soon.
For more information visit Coates and Scarry