"My sketchbooks have become a valuable tool for me, a place where I can retreat to and in what might in fact be the only conclusive proof that I have actually existed."
A rather frank statement there from the Illustration graduate but the fact our favourite east London hang out, The Book Club
is holding his solo exhibition this month, is surely more than a testament to his existence. For the first time we'll be able to see a range of Stuart Ruel
's works including a painted mural designed specifically for the exhibition, a collection of new illustrations, together with a rare glimpse into the young illustrator's sketchbooks.
And it's these sketchbooks that inspired the name of the exhibition, Recto/Verso
, meaning both sides of the page, or in Stuart's case, pages from his beloved sketchbooks which document his muses, concepts, practices, rants and neuroses. Dealing with themes of mortality, one and the sublime are ever current as a reminder of the fragile nature of the human condition. Mixing analogue and digital media echoes his affinity for the bygone eras as well as embracing the modern. Stylistically, Stuart's work has a rare 50s comic book style akin to Daniel Clowes or Adrain Tomine, something we haven't see in the big wide world of visual arts until now. Gee, that's swell!Recto/Verso by Stuart Ruel is open at The Book Club from 8th March till 29th April 2012. Free entry.
The Book Club
100 Leonard Street
22:21 - 05/03/12
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