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Top 7 Artists | Spring 2018 Round Up

Neon Wonderland Group Show, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

Artist Highlights

With the spring equinox just behind us and the world on a new tilt we thought we’d share with you what some of our talented bunch have been up to.

Rich Simmons

Rich Simmons Christie's Charity Auction, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

(Untitled 2018) by Rich Simmons 

We are incredibly proud of Rich Simmons’ astounding achievement at Christie’s charity auction, where Simon de Pury auctioned one of Rich’s painting for £52,000 with all proceeds going to Gracious Hearts UK. It’s amazing to see one of our artists being part of such an important cause that raises money for children with special needs.

This auction result will have a huge impact on his work, with his sale prices expected to rise significantly! It is safe to say he is one to watch this year…Find out more about Rich Simmons and his artistic journey in our previous blog post.


CB Hoyo

Drug by CB Hoyo & Sjawn Kolodny, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

Drug by CB Hoyo

CB is no stranger to our spotlight and after having a very successful start to the year he still remains as productive as ever, creating more tongue in cheek works mocking the the vulnerability of the art world. His latest travels saw him in Paris for fashion week and the launch of Spektre sunglasses collaboration he has been working with them on and last month over in New York collaborating with Shawn Kolodny on there new work ‘Drug’.


Nick Waplington

Florid Dwarf with Swelling Nostril by Nick Wapplington, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

Florid Dwarf with Swelling Nostril by Nick Waplington

Nick Wapplington has been over in New York working on a new series paintings, which seems to have come to ahead. Primarily a photographer Nick finds a way to express his internal self through paint. His last series was a hit and we look forward to seeing his next show.


Luc Waring

Lost Times by Luc Waring, Imitate Modern gallery, lodnon

Lost Times by Luc Waring

Luc Waring has been in hibernation the past few months but not with nothing to show for it. Moving away form his stencil based graffiti works he has started working with a more free hand style, staying true to his street art inspirations but now with presenting slight elements in his work. As always his pieces challenge the political and economic power structures we abide by. His latest piece Lost Times is his first neon work and sold within days of completion and received a great reception from other neon artists such as Illuminati Neon and Lauren Baker. Recently he co-founded a new underground creative community 20/20, on the 20th of each month a group of twenty creatives come together to perform some highly secretive tasks which will come to light in due course. He’s also been working alongside Not Just Another Store in Shoreditch on a new range of clothes 

Outside of expanding his artistic outlook Luc has been quietly ferreting away 20% of his earnings from the sales of his works all in aid of philanthropic endeavours.


Tyler Shields

Self Portrait by Tyler Shields, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

Self Portrait 2018 by Tyler Shields

Tyler Shields is a man with a creative vision that far proceeds his humble beginnings as a skate photographer. His latest series ‘Historical Fiction’ tackles race politics and its impending powder keg moment by subversively flipping the race role of images we often see in the US media. These images are captured and staged in such away that emboldens every pixel and creates a jaw dropping hyper realist scene validating his nickname of ‘Provocateur‘. Checkout the Provocateur short here.


Lauren Baker

Neon Wonderland Group Show, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

Lauren Baker at Imitate Modern preview of ‘Neon Wonderland’

Lauren Baker is forever on a heavenly trajectory this time she has landed herself exhibiting her artworks at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the ‘Women and The Hall’ and HeForShe Arts Week 2018 whereby all proceeds where donated to UN Women HeForShe. The show included a performance form Kate Simko and The London Electronic Orchestra with special guests including Katy B, Francesca Lombardo and Holly Walker.


Shawn Kolodny

Shawn Kolodny, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

The Fake Fulfilment Centre by Shawn Kolodny

Shawn has just completed a Japanese rock garden installation at the fake fulfilment centre a new project being run by the artist at the Wynwood arcade in Miami. The piece has replaced the sand of a traditional rock garden with thousands of white pill capsules continuing the his commentary on happiness induced by pharmaceuticals and fashion. This saturday Shawn will be presenting some of his pieces at an art auction in aid of  the Dominican Repulic aid FACCI and Fundacion De Valle as well as The Friends Against Childhood Cancer Foundation. This auction will also include works from some of our other artists CB Hoyo and Jean Paul Fauves.


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