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Rhys Brown Presents Slumber

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If you go down to the woods today...

Well, you can go down to the woods if you want, doesn't matter to me - however if you would prefer to see some slightly less frightening creatures, I would head along to the Waluso Gallery in deepest Shoreditch.

Why? Well, if you go down there in February (ie right now), you will get to see "Slumber", the debut solo show by the artist Rhys Brown. It is worth a look, with the exhibition focusing on the warmth of nostalgia that comes from childhood toys rather than the snootiness of cool that can so often pervade the art world.

Brown's pictures are genuinely warm and cuddly, being 'squash' paintings of instantly recognisable cuddly toys and teddies which relate to the child in us all. They vary between large scale canvases to 3D installations (of which the koala hugging a fire extinguisher is possibly my favourite).

Brown is clearly going places, as after this solo show, which came off the back of 4 sold out print releases with the Waluso gallery, he is taking his work to Paris for his first solo show there too.

Check out his large scale images of circling sharks, or of course the ubiquitous teddy bear images and feel that wash of nostalgia come over you too...

By the way, if you like them, you're not the only one - it seems a certain Peter Crouch is a bit of a fan too...
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Why? Art from the cuddlier side of life
When: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Phone: 020 3488 2184
Where: 257 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG
Cost: Free to view
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