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ArtHole presents

The first solo exhibition of painter artist Bj Broekhuizen

Music by Gallak


01.04.2015 – 05.05.2015

Raw, brutal, rough; his works are pure depictions of flesh and fibers, muscles, skin and life force. Paintings with a subconscious sexual, male, powerful, energy.

The concept of the ‘MAN’ exhibition is about lost identity. Considering the perspective that the ‘MAN’ is losing his position in power and the current body dysmorphic image which is running strong in men. We are surrounded with the mass media’s idea of masculinity and the social structures of today’s society. As men, you need to fight a battle with your own self and identity, if you´re not strong enough the stereo-types will swallow you alive and spit you out like recycled material. There is a war being fought and this exhibition seems to document both the soldiers, the heroes and the wounded.? 

“I think having a battle with oneself on a daily basis is part of growing and developing, it’s to me a constant fight of ideas and perceptions. I often call my brush my knife, my weapon.”?

Bj paints in a very intense way, with both extreme force and strength and also showing unconscious personal feelings.? ?

“I have been trying to develop the portrait paintings into something stronger, the features will be scraped down and little visibility of the face. A portrayal of the concept of mass identity, the individual which is being lost in the modern world.”

The lost identity of MAN.? ?

In recent months Broekhuizen has made a transition in his work, slowly moving into something more figurative, with a strong reference to the organic form, muscle, blood and veins. “It’s about stripping back the layers of flesh.”?

His work is an impression, as if in a state of not knowing, presenting the human form as central to his art through a distorted perspective.? ?

Colour is another weapon in the artists’ artillery. He uses seductive colors to create and intimacy with the viewer as we join him to watch him dissect his men. Then he contrast this palate with the use of pure energetic colours to empower and enrich the spirit of MAN. A conversation from two perspectives and we the spectator can arrive at our own conclusion.? 

Patrick Church

For the launch of our new monthly exhibition series, ArtHole, we are joined by Patrick Church who presents his latest solo show, I Love You But I Love Me More. Featuring striking colourful works of pop culture figures in private moments, the show is sure to turn heads with its sheer boldness. Ahead of the private view on the next First Thursday (5th February), we caught up with Patrick to find out more about this young artist…

Who are you and what medium do you work in?
My name is Patrick, my main method of working is usually drawing and painting. I paint in oil, acrylics and watercolour and I like using pencils and markers to draw with. 

Who was the first artist who mesmerised young You, and what work specifically caught your eye?
Stella Vine, I remember my art teacher at school telling me to look at her work when I was super young, and I was immediately drawn into her world. It just totally affected me.
Stella Vine's Holy Water 
What training have you received in your chosen medium, if any?
I have always  been creative from a young age, I was painting consistently from the age of 16, and never looked back. My art teacher at school was so brilliant, really encouraging, I completed my A Levels, after that I had two failed university attempts. I knew what I wanted to do and I am quite stubborn.
What’s your fave piece of your work on exhibition with ArtHole?
My paintings of Marc Jacobs, I am totally obsessed with him and his world!
Marc Jacobs by Patrick Church

In an ideal world, what would you change about the current art world?
I would like to make it more accessible, to make it more desirable.  

What do you aspire to?
To too many things, each week I aspire to something new.

Tell us a secret about yourself…
I don’t have many, I am a very open person.

What music do you make your art to?
Loads of different artists, I am obsessed with music and it really sets the tone for my work. Kaytranada, Erykah Badu and the Bee Gees to name a few.

Describe your working process for us…
It just seems to happen, I either know its going to work or its not, I cant explain, its just intuition.

What was the last thing that moved you to tears? (or just moved you generally…)
The fact that I stay up late at night thinking about a certain someone.

Join Patrick for the private view of his brand new solo show at ArtHole on First Thursday 5th Feb from 6pm – 10pm at Dalston Superstore.

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