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Andrew McAttee at Forster Gallery

17/01/2008, By

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Andrew McAttee is launching his much anticipated riotous new work in his solo show Anti-Gravity at the Forster Gallery. The highly collectable artist's work delicately balances dreamy otherworldly landscapes with his trademark psychedelic palette in vast pop art canvases that will dominate the East London gallery.

The vivid and dazzling explosions of colour and light inherent in the works reflect his desire to project pure optimism - as an alternative to the gritty realism of modern life. McAttee's comic-strip pop art landscapes burst forth with abstract shapes and intense colours, demonstrating street art sensibilities like blended colour and line, imbuing his work with a distinctive graffiti aesthetic.

McAttee has commented: "My aim is to provide the viewer with a colourful riot of gravity-less forms set in highly-layered, seemingly endless space with a sense of ambiguity, humour and celebration.

"Anti-Gravity is to draw attention to the weightless nature of a lot of modern art from Andy Warhol's Silver Balloons or Damien Hirst's Spot Paintings. I also wanted to suggest the opposing of a negative force while highlighting the celestial aspects of my work and in doing so, to say something about not being held down."

Having made his mark as prominent graffiti street artist STET, McAttee has been fusing his spray can talent and urban style with fine art training since completing his degree from Central St Martins in 1995 - making the transition from street to gallery with his first solo show taking place in 2003.

His work draws on a wide range of sources including other graffiti art, comic book graphics, pop art and abstract expressionism.

Recent commissions have seen McAttee work with brands ranging from Benson & Hedges, Nike, Heavenly Records (for the Little Ones, touring with Kaiser Chiefs) and fashion designer Antonio Berardi, amongst others. Press includes a review in Time Out, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and the Intergalactic Times.

An extended catalogue is being published which includes an in-depth interview with Dazed and Confused Art Editor Francesca Gavin and a critical text written by Ben Cranfield, art historian.

Andrew McAttee studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martin's, London, graduating in 1995. Since graduating in 1995 he has had numerous exhibitions including solo shows Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 2007 (FORSTER), Off the Wall 2003 (thecentralhouse) and Suck it and See 1997 (Elms Lesters). FORSTER has exhibited McAttee's work internationally including in Basel, New York and Miami.

1st February to 15th March
Forster Gallery
1 Chapel Place
Rivington Street
+44 (0)20 7739 7572

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