I think of the late twenties, that era floating hopelessly between student digs and proper, grown up life, as the poster framing years. We are not quite ready for the original impressionist painting of a river party, or financially able to invest in that statement sculpture to decorate our abodes.
The poster framing years exist in the space when you are not quite ready to ditch the Sonic Youth poster, but instead frame it elegantly, in the hope of achieving a more distinguished form of rock n roll rebellion.
In the poster framing years, shops like Jealous Prints greatly appeal. People in these years want art that is funky, fresh, unique, and ferociously modern. Jealous has two premises; one in Crouch End and the other in the heart of Shoreditch and they sell a wide range of prints in limited runs and a wide range of prices.
If you are looking for something distinctive and beautiful to decorate your first 'proper' home, or if you are have a larger budget and want a Jean-Michel Basquiat to decorate your loft conversion in the heart of the city, this could be your place. The current exhibition in Crouch End is legendary British pop artist Peter Blake, perhaps best known for designing the cover to Sgt Pepper. His work is shown in an exceptional exhibition, which would not looked out of place in a room at the Tate, in the heart of North London.
They take their collection of artists to the majority of the major fairs and have built up a collection of supporters and admirers in the art world. Maybe you are not ready to splash out on a Gilbert and George lithograph, but, like me, you may be ready to move on from student digs posters and start to put something a little more accomplished on your wall.
Take a trip to jealous and I am sure you will find something to suit your tastes.