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Clubland Chronicles

Base Gallery
23 Heneage Street (off Brick Lane)
E1 5LJ

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April, 2019

Thursday 4th April 2019, 5pm to 9pm

A panoramic exhibition of pen and ink drawings by prolific social and cultural commentator Mark Wigan.

The city is Mark Wigan’s landscape, the urban experience fuelling his work. The vibrancy of urban night life and underground sub cultures resonate in his intricate drawings.

An influential pioneer of transglobal urban art during the 1980’s and 90’s Andy Warhol described Wigan’s four floor mural at London’s Limelight Club as HOT! which led to him painting the Limelight Club in New York.

Wigan was a regular contributor to i-D Magazine in the 80s/90s writing articles, taking polaroids and illustrating the London club scene. He painted murals at Kensington Market, The Scala Cinema and Astoria Theatre in London, Nagoya City Expo and P.Picasso Club in Tokyo.

Wigan co-founded and produced nightclubs in the West End including the seminal Brain Club, the Love Ranch at Maximus and Merry England at Cafe de Paris.

Although his work comes from a British satirical tradition he is an international artist with a unique artistic vision.

He has a strong and confident sense of line and works in a meticulously controlled way employing dexterity of hand.

The approach is interdisciplinary, crossing fine art, illustration and urban art.

His output has included set design for the theatre and television, music graphics, nightclub interiors, live painting performances, murals, streetwear and regular international gallery exhibitions.

Since 1998 he has lectured at art schools throughout the UK and written six books on Illustration published by Bloomsbury. In 2009 with artist Kerry Baldry he founded the worlds first and only Museum of Club Culture.

Recently he collaborated with Dr Martens on a collection and designed his own streetwear collection with Fairwhale in China.

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