‘I love you but I love me more’. Next month see the launch of an invigorating collaboration between East London’s Dalston Superstore and emerging contemporary art venture ArtHole; kick starting with the raw and provocative paint works of young British artist Patrick Church. Snubbing the ‘traditional’ set up of isolation and stark gallery spaces, the project focuses on art in the environment- turning the Superstores bar into the backdrop of the selected bold and emotionally charged painting for the coming four weeks; creating an interactive bases to connect with each piece.

The first artist in residence for this new venture is twenty two years young Oxfordshire born Patrick Church. Working primarily in paint, favouring acrylic for its bold and unforgiving sense of exposure he is driven by a fascination of self worth with a shameless allure for the excessive and audacious- traits that move fluidly through all aspects of his work. Aside from canvas and board the artist explored wearable art in 2014 creating a line of bespoke painted leather jackets and accessory maintaining stockists in Paris and London and supported by contemporary fashion platform ‘Not just a label’.  Dominated heavily with text exposing his successes yet primarily failures and humiliations intwined with explicit and risqué fragmentations. The collection resulted in a solo exhibition at Portugal’s ‘Wrong Weather’ concept store, commanding the gallery space as a suspended installation- amongst brands such as Christopher Kane, Comme Des Garcons and Yogji Yamamoto.

A temporary relocation to Paris to explore new avenues of his creativity proved a significant influence on his work as he explored street art in the capital and found himself intoxicated by the magic of the city; night and day. Before returning to Oxfordshire, rhapsodised by his Parisian escapades Patrick presented a solo installation at gallery Le 84. Supported by painted works entitled ‘Greedy Bitches’; a tongue in cheek portrayal of excess, debauchery and popular culture- riddled with wry mockery and personal fascination. The imminent solo show at ArtHole follows creative projects with magazines and individuals in London, and is a collaboration of mutual integrity and passion for challenging popular culture whilst attempting to liberate predetermined social barriers within British contemporary art.

The collection of work is in correlation more refined than previous creations, with a fluidity created by exploring primarily portraits; manipulated to present ideals surrounding beauty and personal pressures felt by the artist. Tension from the intensity and expectations of an image obsessed society side by side with his own obsession of perfection, extremity and excess. Both sexually and emotionally charged the works glorify the delight of obsession again and again, whilst the whole collection can be seen to embody exactly that unmistakably through the playful portrayals of self and those who embody the artists own ideals. Aside from the exploration of self Patrick was keen to experiment with the use of paint and layering, creating more depth in his images- synonymously seeking this same discoveries within himself. Yet the magnitude of vivid colour and minimal use of text this time leaves conclusions on the lips of his observers. Wild and pronounced brush movements retain a childlike air of humour, with an unrefined charm that captures the candid fearlessness to create something provocative and perhaps for some a little difficult to digest- challenging preordained ideals of socially accepted ‘beauty’.

Curated by London based artist Morris Monroe ArtHole is platform aiming to explore diverse avenues of creativity and uncover some of the most compelling and complex individuals shaping London’s young art scene; whilst enabling buyers to purchase conceptual and one of affordable investments. Patrick commands the first of what will become a monthly event hosted by Dalston Superstore;. Pop art influences can be expected along with a riot of colour and seemingly familiar faces; exaggerated and somewhat distorted in a way that uniquely mocks whilst simultaneously celebrates these figures of popular culture in adoration. Expected to be somewhat raucous a lot like the venues reputation the exhibition strives, much like the entirety of the artists back catalogue to provoke a reaction; be it positive, negative or indeed awkward, maybe revulsion as long as it moves you to feel something.

Patrick is as much a piece of his gritty and inescapably bold collection as the paint on canvas and will be the backdrop to the ‘first Thursday’s’ mayhem, however it is thought fair to say the work needs little explanation by any degree.

‘I love you but I love me more’ curated by ArtHole at Dalson Superstore

Thursday 5th February- Thursday 5th March