Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Exhibition 2012

Joseph Pearces Bar, 23 Elm Row Edinburgh. Exhibition Preview Sunday 25th November 11 am - 12.30 pm

I am pleased to invite you to the preview of our new show in Joseph Pearce's Bar.
Our Christmas Exhibition is a charming collection of paintings, driftwood, paintings on driftwood and all sorts of gems in between!
From Miss Shilling’s little creatures at £15 to Mike Dix’s £1200 new bumble bee brought all the way from Dundee … (the previous one sold within a week!), there is something to suit every pocket and style.
Also presenting work by our new artists Bea Green and Jacqueline Warburton.

I hope to see you there!

"Bath with a friend hanger", by Dagmar Shilling £34 

Small ship painting, by Dagmar Shilling £20

Say it with art. Support your local artists and surprise a loved one with a one-off piece this Christmas.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Festival Exhibition 2012: Olympic Reflections

Joseph Pearce's Bar, 23 Elm Row, Edinburgh.
From Sunday 12th of August 2012

As it usually happens, once I start thinking about writing something, it starts growing and all I read afterwards seems to be falling into place. It is no coincidence, and it happens to all of us according to Arthur Koestler in “The Act of Creation”.
These days have been strongly marked by the Olympics. Some BBC journalists had been accused by viewers of being very hard while interviewing sports men and woman taking part. They refer to “failure” and “disappointment” when they should have congratulated them instead. This attitude would not surprise author Oliver Burkeman, who believes that the “positive thinking” culture has led to us being terrified of failure, instead of embracing it together with the uncertain nature of life as a necessary step in any endeavor. Neruda said that the triumph of the real man rises from the ashes of failure.  I started wondering about the untold fights and failures in the paths of some of the medalists and how many of them would have risen from their own ashes and overcome fear and the possibility of losing only to secure a long and cherished goal. I thought of Andy Murray and his patiently carved route to the top. Recently I have been fascinated by the ideas of Philippe Petit in Cheating the Impossible in the theme of being able to domesticate patience in the pursuit of a goal.
Once again, as if serendipity was an invisible hand turning paintings into thoughts, I came across the work of Daniel Young. A young artist who, inspired by his late grandfather's dementia, created a narrative where a young boy finds a black stone that turns him into an old man; the stone symbolizing the loss of youth and memory, among other things. To me, his works are a visual example of the creative potential of our hard times and the beauty that lies in the ability to embrace it all, the good but also the sad.
I am happy to welcome his paintings while sad to have to say farewell to those of Aremy Stewart soon. She presents her last collection of works before she leaves us for the Netherlands at the end of the month.
Join us this coming Sunday 12th of August to celebrate a beginning, and an end, and everything in between.

Vanessa Davila 

The exhibition runs until the end of September (excluding Aremy Stewart works)
and also includes works by Ronnie Buchan, Jacqui Higgs, Christine Morison, 
Dagmar Shilling, Mike Dix and other invited artists.

Bees & Birds, by Aremy Stewart, 
mixed media on panel 
£125 each £200 for the pair.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

"Family Matters": 5th anniversary party and exhibition

Whitespace, 11 Gayfield Square. Edinburgh. Private View Friday 25 May from 6.30 to 8.30 pm

"Do you remember when they fitted in these? They grow so fast and then you realise they have outgrown their clothes…and their shoes."
I’m sure you have heard this many times before. Mummies everywhere talking about their kids. And maybe that is why artists from close and afar insist on immortalising that first pair of shoes. As a tender attempt at defeating the implacable pass of time.
Well, they are right. Delicartessen is 5 years old this month and I simply don’t know where the time has gone.
I am sure that the same feeling applies to Mr Javier Jimenez-Ugarte, Spanish Consul in Edinburgh, who has also out grown his shoes and is leaving this city to take on the Embassy of Spain in Sweeden. We say farewell to him with gratitude and wish him the best for the rest of his journey.
In the last 5 years we have written about the weather, volcanoes, and coincidences; against all odds events, the weather again and, above all, JOURNEYS.
Some take a lifetime and some happen in an instant. Some happen in remote places, like Marton’s photographs around Thailand and Malaysia , while some happen locally, like Christine’s driftwood pieces reflecting the adventures of the waves in Fife, or Dagmar’s depictions of the depths of night life in Edinburgh .
Often the most powerful journeys are those that happen close to home and inside, the trips of the soul. Like Neil Macmillan’s journey around the North West of Scotland.
Or the journey of Aremy Stewart, both outside: leaving the States to come to Edinburgh , and inside: starting up a new family.
This exhibition is inspired by the idea of family, of growing, of the different stages in life. Delicartessen’s birthday gift is having a growing family of international artists and presenting their beautiful explorations of the human bond.
As for birthday wishes…let’s hope that the coldest May of the century will give way to the hottest June ever yet… Even if it’s against all odds.
Join us to celebrate our 5th anniversary and launch of our new exhibition on Friday 25th of May from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at the Whitespace.
There will be shoes, wine, tapas and good wishes all round.

Monday, 12 March 2012

"Take Your Time": Photographs by Marton Zsichla

Joseph Pearces Bar, 23 Elm Row. Edinburgh. Opening Sunday 11th March 2012 - 11.30 am

Do you remember those old, time consuming childhood games of “spot the difference”? Don’t you have the feeling that everything now goes too fast…? “Click”, “Send”, “Book”, “Go” E-books. On-line shops. City breaks. We move too fast. We live too fast. We even travel too fast! And some experts are even worried that these speedy actions will change forever the way our brains work. Documentary Photographer Marton Zsichla took his time traveling through South East Asia . He spent two and a half months soaking his senses in the day to day lives of the inhabitants of Thailand , Cambodia , Laos , Vietnam , Malaysia and Burma ( Myanmar ). Observing, capturing, and spotting differences…it all takes time. As Marton says, “all these countries seemed very similar at first, but when you spent some time in each of them, you realized that they are all very different…” Art forces you to discipline your senses…to stop, perceive, learn and share. If you've got some time this Sunday, join us and indulge your eyes in the stunning beauty of this journey. You will soon be rewarded with a hidden treasure, a gift brought to you by the photographer. Him taking the time.