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Birds, Birds, BIRDS!

Now, technically this isn’t a before encore post…But it is my blog so I’m gonna blog like a blogger should.

More than a month has passed since the before encore 4 show came down. We had a splendid time – even if I can no longer eat or pay my rent…But that’s what an artist’s life is supposed to be like I guess!?! Luckily I had some old stretcher frames and some canvas loitering in my studio, so instead of crying over my desperate situation I turned to work: after immersing myself in my friend Jonathan Kemp‘s amazing book London Tryptich which I strongly suggest you order NOW ( .http://www.amazon.co.uk/London-Triptych-Jonathan-Kemp/dp/0956251536/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279023556&sr=1-1 )..and here’s the first sneak peak of one of the new paintings ( in the form of a teaser ad – so ignore the text at the bottom if you wish) :

So, I’m on the hunt for a venue. Any suggestions/offers email me at info@johnleebird.com . So far there are 4 paintings complete, each about 140cm square…with some slightly bigger ones to follow.

As usual the show is likely to be self funded (unless the offers come flooding in) so any help/donations or purchases of paintings will be greatly appreciated….AND WE’LL SOON BE ADDING THE PORTRAITS FROM BEFORE ENCORE 4 TO THE ART SALE SECTION so get your offers in quick!

The before encore 4 merchandise will soon be up for sale at www.johnleebird.com but until then you can purchase by sending a paypal payment (through the BUY/DONATE section along the header of this blog) for the correct amount stating which of  the options below you require:

before encore 4 signed print (A2) = £10

Tshirt (S= red, M = grey,  L= blue) = £8 each

Tea-Towel = £5

RED before encore BAG = £6

before encore TRAVELCARD wallet = £3

(pictures of items are all up in previous posts so I won’t bore you by slapping them up again…and maybe you fancy a trawl through what’s been posted up before)

birds, Birds, BIRDS!

before encore 5 in production soon.

X

john

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There’s less than a week until Before Encore 4 begins at 10 Gales! Argh!

This year we’re in a new venue so no more trooping to Notting Hill – this time we’re approximately three minutes from Bethnal Green tube – hurrah! We’ll be showing John’s 36 new portraits in two parts – the first 18 from 6th – 19th May and the next 18 from the 20th May – 2nd June.

As well as all the new portraits there are loads of live events throughout the month – have a look at the Live Events page. And you can join the Facebook group  for details and reminders of all the stuff that’s taking place.

I have to go and find some clipboards so I can be a well equipped door whore for the opening nights on Thursday 6th (private view) and Friday 7th (Kimono Kops/Slapper BIG live party night) and figure out what to wear…I wonder if I can find a velvet rope…hmmm…

In the meantime have a look at some of the lovely merchandise we’ll have on sale – the show is all self funded by John Lee Bird so if you can’t afford a painting buy a travelcard wallet instead!

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Princess Knickers

John Lee Bird At Work

Letter Of Hope

Hello,

I am an artist that believes that art should be shared and funding should be earned, and earned not through the art-killing process of ticking boxes to distort a vision into an Olympic crucifixion of community art.

For the past five years I have been self-financing large scale exhibitions of my painted portraits of the up-and-coming London scene, and those that infiltrate and inspire its continual flux of animated activity. The project is called before encore. Each exhibition is made up of 36 new faces for the audience to discover.

The exhibitions also act as a performance platform where all those depicted are invited to grace the stage in celebration. Musicians, painters, writers and performance artists all share the same stage without ego.

The audience is made up of EVERYONE. All ages welcome, as there really is something for everybody.

I live as a full-time artist and sales of my work not only have to pay my bills but also fund these events (with a lot of help from my Visa card) and this year (as a way of paying for venue hire, staging costs – including lighting, sound equipment and engineers etc) I have decided to throw open the doors of my studio and sell off artworks instead. By doing so would provide me with a much more stable platform to continue with the project.

On average each year’s event has cost £10,000 in staging costs alone…and I’m a thrifty penny-pinching number cruncher!

Every penny or pound counts, and with the amount of work I produce I am aiming to achieve this target and possibly more so I can pay performers for their time – or at least taxi fares for them and their equipment.

Each of the beloved portraits listed on the attached page are of outstanding artists. Artists who I believe everyone will love.

Each painting measures 5.5 by 3.5 feet (165 by 102cm) and is painted in acrylic and emulsion on canvas.

….and instead of simply begging for a wad of your hard earned cash I’m hoping that you could donate by way of purchasing a painting. The paintings are bold, joyful and inspirational, celebrating the new.

My aim is to raise £500 per painting… but, if you want to donate more then I’m not going to stop you!

- every purchase includes free delivery within London and a heartfelt thank you in the exhibition catalogue/handout along with guest of honour invitations to the private view on Thursday May 6th.

before encore 4 will be held at 10 Gales, Bethnal Green, London, from May6th – June 2nd 2010.

The venue is booked for the entire month; a newly opened gallery in Bethnal Green, just under the railway arches by Bethnal Green Tube. New gallery/new artist/new friends, working together to make something special that I hope you will be a part of.

Sincerest thanks from the bottom of my ‘art,
and thank you for reaching the end of this plea.

John Lee Bird

info@johnleebird.com

Tel: 0208 5034534 / 07931 380325

http://www.johnleebird.com

- Please see all the available paintings in the post below…

Hello,

 

I am an artist that believes that art should be shared and funding should be earned, and earned not through the art-killing process of ticking boxes to distort a vision into an Olympic crucifixion of community art.

 

For the past five years I have been self-financing large scale exhibitions of my painted portraits of the up-and-coming London scene, and those that infiltrate and inspire its continual flux of animated activity. The project is called before encore. Each exhibition is made up of 36 new faces for the audience to discover.

 

The exhibitions also act as a performance platform where all those depicted are invited to grace the stage in celebration. Musicians, painters, writers and performance artists all share the same stage without ego.

The audience is made up of EVERYONE. All ages welcome, as there really is something for everybody.

 

I live as a full-time artist and sales of my work not only have to pay my bills but also fund these events (with a lot of help from my Visa card) and this year (as a way of paying for venue hire, staging costs - including lighting, sound equipment and engineers etc) I have decided to throw open the doors of my studio and sell off artworks instead. By doing so would provide me with a much more stable platform to continue with the project.

 

On average each years event has cost £10,000 in staging costs alone…and Im a thrifty penny-pinching number cruncher!

Every penny or pound counts, and with the amount of work I produce I am aiming to achieve this target and possibly more so I can pay performers for their time – or at least taxi fares for them and their equipment.

 

Each of the beloved portraits listed on the attached page are of outstanding artists. Artists who I believe everyone will love.

Each painting measures 5.5 by 3.5 feet (165 by 102cm) and is painted in acrylic and emulsion on canvas.

.and instead of simply begging for a wad of your hard earned cash Im hoping that you could donate by way of purchasing a painting. The paintings are bold, joyful and inspirational, celebrating the new.

My aim is to raise £500 per painting… but, if you want to donate more then Im not going to stop you!

- every purchase includes free delivery and a heartfelt thank you in the exhibition catalogue/handout along with guest of honour invitations to the private view on Thursday May 6th.

 

before encore 4 is scheduled for exhibition in May 2010 at 10 Gales.

The venue is booked for the entire month; a newly opened gallery in Bethnal Green, just under the railway arches by Bethnal Green Tube. New gallery/new artist/new friends, working together to make something special that I hope you will be a part of.

 

Sincerest thanks from the bottom of my art,

and thank you for reaching the end of this plea.

 

 

John Lee Bird

 

 

e- info@johnleebird.com

Tel:0208 5034534 / 07931 380325

 

www.johnleebird.com

Available Portraits

BEFORE ENCORE 1
1 – Scottee
2 – Buster Bennett
3 – SOLD
4 – Roy Anthony Brown
5 – SOLD
6 – Debbie D (Avenue D)
7 – Daphne D (Avenue D)
8 – SOLD
9 – Emma Ferrier
10 – SOLD
11 – Andy Lawson
12 – Sadie Lee
13 – SOLD
14 – SOLD
15 – SOLD
16 – Tallulah
17 – SOLD
18 – SOLD
19 – K-Tron
20 – Miss High Leg Kick
21 – SOLD
22 – SOLD
23 – Stephane Sionville
24 – SOLD
25 – SOLD
26 – SOLD
27 – SOLD
28 – SOLD
29 – SOLD
30 – Jamie Lawson
31 – SOLD
32 – Shazza
33 – SOLD
34 – SOLD
35 – Monica Curtin
36 – Xavior

BEFORE ENCORE 2
37 – SOLD
38 – Dusty O
39 – SOLD
40 – Dom Blonde
41 – Glen Max
42 – SOLD
43 – Sebastian
44 – Valerie
45 – HK119
46 – Stefan
47 – Dolly Rocket
48 – Silvana Maimone
49 – SOLD
50 – SOLD
51 – Molaroid
52 – SOLD
53 – SOLD
54 – Stik
55 – Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman)
56 – SOLD
57 – Kelli-Jean
58 – Mr Cormac
59 – Peter Pixzel
60 – SOLD
61 – SOLD
62 – Jodie Harsh
63 – Patrick Wolf
64 – SOLD
65 – SOLD
66 – Dan
67 – Jonny Woo
68 – Lawrence Gullo
69 – SOLD
70 – Bishi
71 – Feral
72 – Jamie Star Boi

BEFORE ENCORE 3
73 – Frankmusik
74 – Johnny Lazer
75 – Sukie Smith (Madam)
76 – Dean Golden
77 – Peter Glam
78 – SOLD
79 – KASH
80 – SOLD
81 – Jessica Grace
82 – CrazyGirl
83 – LadyPat
84 – April Angell
85 – Rob Haggett (The Slips)
86 – David Treahearn (The Slips)
87 – SOLD
88 - Sam Amant
89 – Ruby Blues
90 – Alice Crow
91 – Matthew Glamorre
92 – Richard Torry
93 – SOLD
94 – SOLD
95 – Rainy Orteca (Dead Air)
96 – Rowdy Superstar
97 – Kim Phaggs (Readers Wifes)
98 – Chelsea Kelsey (Readers Wifes)
99 – Lightspeed Champion
100 – Jarvis Cocker
101 – SOLD
102 – Sue Denim (Robots In Disguise)
103 – SOLD
104 – SOLD
105 – Kyle Simz
106 – SOLD
107 – Noel Fielding
108 – Julian Barratt