‘MASKS’ is a solo exhibition of works from Ben Newman and comprises of a series of geometrically and brightly designed prints. Looking at ceremonial masks in various countries, Ben has created a fresh body of unique work that comprises of his love and fascination with totem poles, Constructivism, folklore, European Deco, bizarre creatures and colour theory. Alongside the prints, Ben has collaborated with his Father, Colin Newman to create a handful of wooden three dimensional imaginings of these Masks.
In the upstairs section of the show, Ben will be exhibiting an assorted collection of other prints and paraphernalia. Also included in the upstairs section will be Ben’s first collaboration with the incredible Felt Mistress, who has reinterpreted three of Ben’s monsters into three dimensional felt dolls, and Milliner extraordinaire Sahar Freemantle (aka Ugly Lovely), who has created two beautifully tiny hats based on Ben’s design. These need to be see to be believed.
A British illustrator who has exhibited his work internationally, Ben Newman is known for his contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters. He has produced work for clients including the Tate, IBM, BBC Radio 4, Fantagraphics, Selfridges London and Magma Books. www.bennewman.co.uk
Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans is a UK based stitcher and prolific tea drinker who creates a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards. As well as original Felt Mistress characters Louise has also collaborated with a variety of other artists including Jon Burgerman, Jon Knox (Hello, Brute)and Pete Fowler. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally. www.feltmistress.com
Sahar Freemantle’s company Ugly Lovely believes that beauty manifests itself everywhere so that there is no distinction between ugly and lovely, they are one and the same. Specialising in millinery, costume design and bespoke bridal wear, Ugly Lovely create hand-made beautiful objects full of charm and elegance. www.uglylovely.co.uk