Saturday, 5 November 2011


Exhibition Dates: 4 November – 17 December, 2011

Preview: Friday, 25 November, 6.30-8.30 pm in assos. With SLAM Fridays

Open: Wed-Sat, 10-6 pm


Link to catalogue site:

Following a fantastic exhibition at the SW1 Gallery in August, BEARSPACE is pleased to present PRINT & DESIGN NOW! 2011, a pioneering open- submission exhibition set to feature over 150 works by emerging artists and designers who specialise in the mediums of print and design.

Artworks have been selected by a panel of arts professionals ensuring the very best quality of work on show. These include, Julia Alvarez, Director of BEARSPACE, Owen Ward, SW1 Gallery Manager and Mary-Alice Stack, Director of the Own Art Scheme at Arts Council England.

This exhibition showcases the very best in contemporary art and design at prices that are affordable to the younger collector and great examples of limited edition print and design objects by up and coming artists from all over the country. Take this opportunity to invest in artists of the future as selected by some of the UK’s most distinguished authorities on art and design.

Prices range from £25 - £1000 for editioned prints and one off works.
"Printmaking is a fascinating and versatile medium,” says Mary-Alice Stack, Director of the Own Art Scheme" and provides an excellent way for people who are developing an interest in collecting contemporary art to acquire works by both well established and emerging artists."

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Land Securities and the Arts Council England's Own Art scheme, which provides interest free loans of up to £2,000 for buyers of contemporary art.

PRINT & DESIGN NOW, initially showed at the SW1 Gallery, and will then go on to tour at venues in London and the UK, including BEARSPACE and Art Fairs in 2011.

Saturday, 27 August 2011


Matthew Mc Guinness 'Take My Rest'. 2010

30 Sept-22 Oct, 2011
Preview: 6.30-8 pm (with canap├ęs provided by the artist)
In association with SLAM last Fridays
Followed by Special Dinner Event GOURMANDIZING:
8-10.30 pm (booking essential online via the gallery website)

BEARSPACE presents the first solo exhibition in the UK of Matthew Mc Guinness, featuring works constructed during his day job as a cook. Mc Guinness will be filling the gallery with art works created from the ephemera taken from the kitchens in which he works. These include detailed sketches and thoughts on T-towels from some of London’s top restaurants. Amongst cooking stains they inscribed with song lyrics from the grateful dead, details of orders and strange doodles all created in between service. He connects these works to the rebellious world of writing on things, graffiti lettering created swiftly and instinctually. Other sculptures and collage works on show are created from found food packaging.

((((Brain Castles)))) Vincent Troia curated by Darren Barrowcliff

Vincent Troia 'aye, aye, a scratch, a scratch', 2011

Dates: Sat 3 - Sat 24 Sept, 2011
Preview: Sat 3 Sept // 6.30-8.30pm

BEARSPACE is pleased to present the first UK exhibition of new works by American artist Vincent Troia curated by Darren Barrowcliff.

Troia has lived and worked in both Detroit and South Korea. In this exhibition, collage and sculpture merge to create works that are at once both 3- and 2- dimensional. Troia utilizes found images of aerial landscapes and people, folding them into various polyhedral shapes. He incorporates found damaged paper materials, dirtied textile scraps, discarded packaging and occasionally featuring other small street sourced findings.

American curator Darren Barrowcliff met Troia in Detroit, attracted to Troia’s skill in achieving a decisive abstraction, connected to the strong yet subtle choice of imagery, supporting the unique appeal of the Troia’s works. Barrowcliff describes the artist’s ability to “fit a feeling of contemporary finish with historical references, alongside tongue in cheek and trompe l’oeil. The work speaks of youthful angst yet is full of profound wisdoms.”

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Seung Pyo Hong-The Monitor Lizard

21 May -18 June // Wed-Sat // 10 am – 6 pm

Private View 27 May // 6.30-8.30pm

In association with South London LAST Fridays

BEARSPACE presents a new series of works by artist Seung Pyo Hong. Hong employs a unique style of editioned metal plate acid etchings, hand coloured in oil paint, based on the functionality of humans, animals and machines. BEARSPACE first presented this artist’s work in 2010 soon after the artist’s graduation from Goldsmiths College. The exhibition at BEARSPACE ‘Mecha’ received rave reviews and Hong has been working on a new series of large steel plate etchings and print editions during 2010-2011.

Hong’s works depict fictional inventions in a very graphic style, through which he explores the relationship between human evolution and the development of technology. These bright works, directly etched and coloured onto steel plate, focus on the potential fusion of organic matter and machine. This is a futuristic sentiment, used as a motif in scifi throughout the 20th Century. Referencing this, Hong uses retro machinery and characters from the 60’s and 70’s highlighting aspirations from the time fused with scientific development of more recent years. In his odd but fascinating scenes, the viewer is almost left as a detective, working out what a piece of machinery is for, what the characters are playing out and where the scene is set. One is reminded of scenes from ‘Prisoner’ due to the works retro, colourful and mystical feel.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Isabel Rock - Bird Bath

Isabel Rock

9th April- 14 May

10 am – 6pm // Wed-Sat


Preview Evening

29th April // 6.30-8.30pm

In association with South London LAST Fridays

BEARSPACE features a new collection of original large-scale works on paper by artist Isabel Rock, exploring matriarchal themes aesthetically informed by time spent in India. These intricate works display figures engaged in complex chains and circles. Flocks of birds sweep through and consume these drawings;
Rock describes these birds as both decorative and threatening in their numbers and their voracious appetite.

Saturday, 12 March 2011


Marq Kearey


5 March - 2 April 2011

Open: Wed – Sat /10 am- 6 pm


25 March late night opening 6.30-8.30 pm

in association with South London LAST Fridays

To celebrate the lunch of the South London Art Map BEARSPACE is delighted to showcase works by local artist Marq Kearey. Inspired by walking around South London, Kearey presents a series of works on wood with surfaces featuring meticulously painted reproductions of imagery taken from advertising with a direct reference to fly posting.

Read more

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Jane Ward Solo Show

Jan 29-Feb 26 2011

Wed-Sat 10am-6pm


28 Jan

Gallery open until 8.30 pm

In association with Deptford last Fridays


Closing Party 26 Feb 6.30-8.30pm

BEARSPACE features new digital canvas works by Jane Ward. Ward's meticulously constructed works are composed of layer upon layer of digital imagery collaged together then broken down and collaged many times over to present an unseen landscape. The images are printed onto canvas from which the ink is dissolved and manipulated by hand. The residue that remains after the ink is removed leaves behind its trace, which carries within it a sense of loss and the evidence that something was there. The combination of that which is present with that which is not creates a reordering that leads us to question the layering of memory within landscape. The work often depicts fragments of the idealised miniature environment of a model village with images taken of the natural world. The subsequent confusion of scale and fragmentation of imagery plus this partial erasure of the image leads to many questions regarding our perception of the world. For example what constitutes reality and what the imaginary, can it be fixed or is it a state of flux, what is utopian and what dystopian?

Jane Ward graduated from the Royal College of Art, MA Printmaking course in 2007. Her work has featured in Artfutures (2002), Celeste Art Prize (2007) Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2008) and she has been awarded the Terrence Conran Foundation Award and the Tim Mara Prize.