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Northumberland College graduate lands solo exhibition in London after being commissioned to spray paint singer Emeli Sandé’s piano

 Northumberland College graduate lands solo exhibition in London after being commissioned to spray paint singer Emeli Sandé’s piano  
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Up-and-coming 24-year-old North East based painter, Jamie Evans, from Ashington, has debut his first solo exhibition, Asymmetric Yellow, in London this week.


The former Northumberland College student initially developed his skills

on the streets of the North East, before turning his attention to the canvas as his appreciation of the wider art world grew. His work blends a graffiti-inspired aesthetic with fine art technique.


Jamie, who works seven days a week in his studio at Bamburgh House, Newcastle, where Northumberland College have a studio, was also commissioned by Rocnation to spray paint a piano for singer Emeli Sandé as she prepares to go on tour.


Asymmetric Yellow, a reference to his ongoing quest to balance two seemingly opposing forces - runs at 5th Base gallery in Heneage St, London, from October 31 to November 5.


His London exhibition has been supported by patron, Dean Coyle, whose generosity has funded the solo show.


Jamie said: "The ideology behind my work comes from my background in graffiti, I consider myself a participant in shaping the world around me, not a spectator; however, the methods I employ are very traditional - carefully priming canvases the correct way, making my own oil paint from pigment, taking care to source the best possible quality materials available to me."


"I'll then mix that together with spray paint in ways that create something uniquely new with great vibrancy. Graffiti taught me that things don't last forever, but in my art I'm looking for longevity - so again, it's a matter of bringing together those forces that don't necessarily sit side by side. Some see graffiti and fine art as things that can't be merged, but the show represents the culmination of my efforts to join two elements of art that I have an equal love for."


Since graduating from a BA in fine art at Newcastle University in 2015, Jamie has exhibited in shows in Newcastle and Bremen, Germany.


Jamie added: "I see my art as positivity - positive vibration - and when I look at a blank canvas or a wall outside, I'm inspired to turn what I see in my mind into a physical reality. Painting is very intuitive to me. I don't think too much about it; it just comes out fluently."


Patrick O'Doherty Head of Head Art Design, IT, Digital, Business, at Northumberland College said: "It's great to see and hear of our previous students doing so well. Jamie has an eye for detail and a clear passion for the Arts. This is a fantastic experience for him and I am sure we'll be hearing more about him soon." 


Northumberland College offer a range of full and part time courses in art and design. To find out more please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk