Jamie Andrews Exhibits New Portrait of Barack Obama at Parallax AF

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New International Contemporary Art Fair in London, Parallax AF, will Showcase the Premiere of British Artist Jamie Andrews’ “He Who Would Be King”.

Jamie Andrews, He Who Would Be King, mixed media, solid silver, plastic and acrylic on canvas Boxed framed, 125 x 100 cm, 2011

Jamie Andrews, He Who Would Be King, mixed media, solid silver, plastic and acrylic on canvas Boxed framed, 125 x 100 cm, 2011

It is never my intention to justify anything I do, but a lot of time and thought goes into how the work reads. The viewer finds their own questions and answers; I just put them in the situation. (Jamie Andrews)

British artist Jamie Andrews will exhibit “He Who Would be King” at Parallax AF, a new art fair that takes place at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London (UK) from 1-10 July 2011. The work portrays a child-like Golgotha scene with a crucified golliwog wearing a fertility talisman from its crotch and a plastic rubber nose attached to its face. A punk “anti-racists” swastika and “Victory America” badge are pinned to its chest.

Speaking about the piece, Andrews said: “I’ve never understood racism, why any one man would think their self superior to another because of the colour of his skin and believe that people’s qualities are influenced by their race resulting in unfair treatment of members of other races…It strikes me that racism is, or has been in the past, indoctrinated like religious beliefs and over time those beliefs have come under question and rightly so. “He Who Would be King” was originally conceived with Barack Obama becoming President in the USA. Amidst an atmosphere of great hope and yet uncertainty, a new age brought under question old values with the fact that the underdog had been put in the firing line at last to prove himself worthy. It is never my intention to justify anything I do, but a lot of time and thought goes into how the work reads. The viewer finds their own questions and answers; I just put them in the situation.”

Some of the artworks in the exhibition raised concerns from sections of the PR industry. Speaking about the shows, Dr Chris Barlow, organiser of the original Parallax show, said, “It has been remarked that some of the works might cause offense amongst some Christian organisations, disabled people’s groups and animal rights protestors if taken out of context. If this becomes the case, then the management will have to reconsider the hanging of some works in the exhibitions.”

About Parallax AF

Parallax AF is the first art fair of its kind to use new theories from art history in its approach. It showcases established and emerging international contemporary artists and is curated by a professional guest curator. It is a serious platform for artists to present their work to national and international dealers, art-industry people, collectors, critics and buyers without commission charges. It aims to provide a key service in helping artists promote and sell their work, as well as providing a platform for developing their careers and practice. It is loosely divided into two exhibition showcases presenting abstraction/conceptual and figurative/conceptual art.

The first Parallax AF of this year takes place on Friday 3rd to Sunday 10th July 2011 at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall and is guest curated by Gayane Umerova, Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, Tashkent.

  •     British artist Jamie Andrews exhibits portrait of Barack Obama “He Who Would Be King”
  •     Parallax AF is a new international art fair in London for emerging artists
  •     In July and October this year, it takes place at La Galleria, Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade, London, UK
  •     The first Parallax AF exhibitions for 2011 open from 1st-10th July 2011:

    Abstract/conceptual show: 1st – 3rd July (Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)
    Figurative/conceptual show: 8th – 10th July (Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)

This press release is available on the press section of the website.

Further information is available on request. Please contact Ms Rebecca Marcus-Monks for further information, images or to interview the artists: rebecca(at)barlowfinedrawings.com.

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