Painters challenge our view of the norm in Sheffield

Our Lady of Shallot (after Waterhouse)'Neo-Romantic Post-Apocalyptic Transmission No.1'2009'oil and encaustic on plaster covered board''from Harry Adams exhibition at Snig Hill Gallery

Our Lady of Shallot (after Waterhouse)'Neo-Romantic Post-Apocalyptic Transmission No.1'2009'oil and encaustic on plaster covered board''from Harry Adams exhibition at Snig Hill Gallery

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SNIG Hill Gallery are putting on an exhibition of paintings by Steven Lowe and Adam Wood who work together under the name of Harry Adams and operate out of the L-13 art space in Clerkenwell, London. It’s something of a coup for Sheffield as this is the first time these artists have operated outside the confines of their exclusive arts space.

The L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, run by Steve Lowe, is part gallery/part studio/part publishing house, and the creative HQ for a small number of radical artists and creative thinkers. These include such luminaries as James Cauty (KLF/K-Foundation/Stamps of Mass Destruction/A Riot in a Jam Jar), Billy Childish (painter/writer/musician) and Jamie Reid (Agit-pop creator of Sex pistols visuals). A small number of works by these artists will also be available to view/buy as a part of this exhibition.

Adam Wood and Steve Lowe have worked together over many years creating a body of work that they choose to present with a singular authorial voice. Harry Adams’ work has included music, performance, photography, collage and montage, printmaking, graphic art and crockery. But more recently their focus has been on making paintings and collaborating with Billy Childish on the ART HATE project.

Some paintings are undertaken individually, others are painted together or in turns, and there is an almost continual accompanying dialogue and critique. The ART HATE project is more graphic and polemic in its demands and utilises a melee of wild ideas, conflicting messaging and threatening concrete poetry. www.harryadams.org

The L-13 Light Industrial Workshop and Private Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club for Art, Leisure and the Disruptive Betterment of Culture seeks to reinvigorate and subvert pre-conceived ways in which art is considered and produced, blurring the distinctions between art production and exhibition.

We not only represent, but also works in close and long-term collaboration with an distinct group of artists who, through multifaceted creative practices, share a fondness for candid social criticism and a betrothed, playful approach to the serious process of making art.

Harry Adams: Man Beast Tree, which will also include selected works by fellow artists Pete Bennett, James Cauty, Billy Childish, Neal Jones and Jamie Reid, opens at Snig Hill Gallery, Snig Hill, today (Thursday, January 24) and continues, Mondays to Saturdays, until February 24.