Thursday, 15 November 2012

Jasper et Harry ont le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage de Matisse à Noël

Jasper et Harry ont le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage de Matisse à Noël
Au Château Joffe, Shoreditch
Unit 3, 7C Plough Yard EC2A

Jeudi 6 Décembre de 18h – 21h
L’exposition se poursuit jusqu’au 21 Décembre


Monsieur  Harry: When Henri painted ‘La  Danse’ he simply said his intention was to use the greenest greens and bluest blues. If you look at my painting Me and My Dad at Christmas it's obvious I've allowed myself to be influenced by Henri. My feeling is: If you're going to steal off someone - steal from the best. Artists make the paintings they want to see themselves. The fact we're exhibiting in Jasper's living room makes things more intimate. We're saying: welcome to our world. We're giving you our personal take on Matisse. We're showing you how we see him and what we love about his work. Buddy Holly tried to be Bo Diddley. Paul McCartney tried to be Buddy Holly. The world loves lovers. Ultimately Jasper and I are just fans trying to be like our heroes. By attempting to do a show of Matisse paintings we're aiming high. This show is our Christmas gift to you!"

Monsieur Jasper: “Matisse at Christmas has a nice ring to it, if I say so myself. I really prefer Matisse to Christmas, there's more there, and underlyingly I think Matisse created his genius paintings with incredible skill and hard work, and with an element of belief. Harry and I work together a lot, because he's easy to work with and has talents I don't have, the whole is hopefully greater than the parts. It seems breathtakingly simple and audacious just to paint more paintings by a good artist. It makes sense to me. At the moment I feel like part of the day I am living in Matisse World. I wonder what Henri would have to say about us treading on his grave. I hope we (more so me) get to the point where I am painting paintings that people prefer, or at least don't scorn, compared to the master. Happy Matissemas!”

The Life Drawing Class by Harry Pye and Gordon Beswick

The Master by Jasper Joffe

Armchairs by Jasper Joffe

Matisse eats dinner

Me and My Dad at Christmas by Harry Pye


Thursday, 1 November 2012

Matisse at Christmas

An art exhibition by Harry Pye and Jasper Joffe about the mystery of great art

Matisse at Christmas
December 8 to 21
PV Thursday 6th December
Chateau Joffe
Shoreditch London

"I'm for truth no matter who tells it." - Malcolm X
“To miraculously hold together contradictions and incompatibility is a good definition of art.”
Frank Auerbach

Harry Pye and Jasper Joffe are both artists/curators who have been friends for more than ten years. Together they’ve worked on such projects as The Free Art Fair, The Rebel magazine, and 100 Mothers. Ekow Eshun visited Joffe et Pye’s show last year and on BBC Radio 4 's Saturday Review said of their work: "Intense feelings about love, loneliness and fear, anxiety, desire, hope and ambition all come into play in these paintings. Very powerful I thought. What could have been fey, arch or game playing was actually very warm."


Matisse at Christmas is no joke, although some of the work in it might make you smile.

Matisse at Christmas is not just a transcription project but then again - Jasper and Harry feel they've learned a lot by making work for this show.

The show includes art made by Jasper and Harry that was earnestly inspired by the great Henri Matisse. They have tried to make work with the same freshness, beauty, and skill as Matisse but they have added their own signatures and trademarks.

 Can you just make more work of an artist you like?

Does anyone know what they’re looking at?

Do you believe in Matisse at Christmas?

Matisse at Christmas

December 8 to 21 (PV Thursday 6 December)

Chateau Joffe

Shoreditch London

7C Plough Yard London EC2A 3LP

Tube: Liverpool Street

T: 079571 36066

open Friday to Sunday 12 to 4pm and by appointment