Borf opens a new solo show "Walls Are Two Sided" tomorrow at Outsiders Newcastle. When the good guys up at Newcastle and John team up, good things tend to happen. If you can, make sure to visit the gallery to see the assortment of new paintings. For all who cannot make it, below are a couple of images Borf sent us for the site.
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The most critically lauded young talent in urban art, BORF (AKA John Tsombikos) returns to The Outsiders Newcastle gallery. An exhibition exploring conflict, serenity and contradiction, Walls are Two-Sided features ten large canvases. All feature the artist's charm, sensitivity and humour underlaid with yearning idealism and quiet but passionate anger. Five of the paintings are detailed close-ups of derelict houses in the artist's resident town of Detroit, and a further five feature "old school" graffiti overlaid with colour fields in the style of late abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.
"Rothko talked about wrestling with opposing and competing elements to eventually discover an equilibrium, what he called a pocket of silence" says BORF. "For this show I was fighting through layers of ambivalence and opposites: graffiti as youth expression and Rothko as adult expression; the art market and property rights; education and improvisation, youth and adulthood."
The Outsiders: Newcastle 77 Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DE
Tel (+44) (0)191 221 2560
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