You are warmly invited to attend the launch party of "Life of Pye" (Harry Pye’s 42 Collaborations Project).
Harry Says: “It’s been 21 years since I graduated from Winchester School of Art aged 21. I'm celebrating my 42nd birthday by having an exhibition that features 42 collaborations. I've also been working on a publication with the designer Keith Sargent that will feature images from the show plus forty-two 42 word quotes about the number 42. Writers who have contributed a quote for me include David Quantick, Kevin Eldon, John Lloyd, Peter Tatchell, Helen Lederer, Jack Dee, Sally O’Reilly, Suki Webster, Mark Lamarr, and Lloyd Cole.“Life of Pye” (Harry Pye’s 42 Collaborations Project) doesn’t just feature paintings. Project includes video, performance, paintings, drawings, animations, songs, jewellery, badges, and sculptures, that Harry made I’ve made with friends and artists I admire. For details of who I’ve been working with you can visit: http://42collaborations.blogspot.co.uk/ Please come to my launch party at Angus-Hughes Gallery so I can tell you more about the project in person. You can get an exclusive peak at some of the work and find out how you can get involved in stage two.”
“The stylistic context of Pye’s gag making is that of a glorious UK art writing tradition that includes Matthew Collings, Gilbert and George, Billy Childish, Mark McGowan and BANK). There can be lot of sad old pain behind this class of gag making, in which humour replaces sadness to become the crafty vehicle for kinds of truth telling that are usually proscribed – the time honoured subversions of the holy and court fools, carnival madness, and jester and trickster mischief making.” – Neal Brown
“Harry Pye is the only artist who is consistently good.” – Buffy Cook.
Harry William Pye was born in London in 1973. His work has been exhibited in England, Brazil, Australia, Denmark and Estonia and can be found in collections around the world including Rob Whytehead, Thomas Cohn, Ben Moore, Nicholas Rushton, Eduardo Mondolfo, Harriet Chalk, Niven and Ruben Govinden, The Joffe family, Kenny Schachter, Richard Marchant and Sartorial Contemporary Art. He’s curated shows for Deptford X and Elefest in London and Glassbox in Paris. He’s organised events at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. His paintings have been sold to raise money for various charities including: Art Against Knives, Break Through (breast cancer charity), Action For Children, Kids & Co, CARA (Charity for academic refugees), Depression Alliance, and Friends of The Earth. And he’s had nice things said about his projects on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and The Weekend Review. And had glowing reviews written in many publications including: The Guardian Guide, The Times, The Evening Standard, and Frieze magazine.