Over in Preston, You, Me & Cold War Steve is in its 3rd phase of exhibiting presenting The International Exhibition of the People by the cult artist and is being shown by The Larder, a social enterprise cafe in Preston until August the 7th so please ignore the date on our header.
Under the pseudonym Cold War Steve, artist Christopher Spencer has built an international reputation for his satirical artworks, which he began publishing on Twitter in 2016.
His artworks, often featuring images of political leaders alongside Cilla Black, Noel Edmonds and the eponymous EastEnders actor Steve McFadden, have been featured in publications around the world and even graced the cover of TIME magazine last June. The artists work has also been featured heavily in The Guardian and The Big Issue.
Midlands-based Spencer began creating his work on a photo editing app on his iPad and publishing them on Twitter – where they soon began grabbing attention through a mixture of cutting political criticism and absurd visual storytelling.
Cold War Steve has published two books with Thames & Hudson and received commissions from National Galleries of Scotland and the Whitworth in Manchester. His work has also been printed on a giant billboard in Liverpool and at Glastonbury Festival, collaborating with Led By Donkeys.
In December last year, one of his pre-election images featuring Boris Johnson was set in Preston Bus Station’s former cafe.
You, Me & Cold War Steve – The International Exhibition of the People, is exhibiting at dozens of venues across the country simultaneously and organised by local events promoter Garry Cook.
Cook said: “Cold War Steve is the most iconic artist working in Britain today. His work, which is so simple yet cuttingly satirical, appeals to so many people and I’m delighted to bring the exhibition to Preston.
“Christopher Spencer is a genuine post-modern cult hero who helped make sense of the non-sense of Brexit through his daily collage creations. It’s absolutely brilliant that Preston is part of this unique exhibition by a genuinely unique and remarkable talent.
“Cold War Steve’s work relates to real people and I know he is delighted to have it exhibited in a venue like The Larder in a city like Preston, which is home to the kind of people and ideals that the artist stands for.
“If you only go and see one exhibition or artwork this year – make it this one. These images will give you huge enjoyment, they will make you laugh and you will be staring at them for much longer than you ever thought you would stare at a photograph.
“You will also be supporting a relatively new and brilliant social enterprise cafe in The Larder, whose community work and ethical message is already having a huge impact on the city.”
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/203915934027680/
The Larder is a social enterprise café in Preston run by director Kay Johnson. Email: [email protected] Garry Cook is an arts and theatre producer. Follow him at @gazcook
More information available at enjoyshow.co.uk
Venue details: The Larder 50 Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 1DD Website: larder.org.uk
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