Since Andy Doig’s last 2008 solo exhibition in light, the gallery has been waiting to show more of his wonderful work.
As an avid traveller, Andy never ceases to observe the vast diversity and capability of the use of lighting. And while creating new pieces for our show, he has drawn on much of his 18 years of experience as an artist making, installing and maintaining some of the UK’s most impressive lighting collections.
The British sign-writing tradition serves as one of Andy’s major sources of inspiration. Or as he puts it: ‘The English fairground art form spurred from the 60’s and 70’s has yet to be surpassed (…), these flamboyant styles translate both the mechanical pleasures and the fears of the ride to the bystander’.
With this in mind, Andy has produced the largest quantity of fairground crosses and stars yet assembled. Perfect in form and ready to brighten a space, each cross has been produced in a different size, and is presented in a choice of neon or traditional jewelled bulbs.
‘Kiss me quick’ is a tongue-in-cheek neon piece that recalls Andy’s childhood seaside trips to Brighton. The artist’s skills as a glass blower and his use of hand-drawn English tubing, are a perfect demonstration of what can be mastered in this wonderful medium.
Andy’s love of travel is reflected in two works: ‘Yes’ and ‘Silence’. These two pieces, cut in rich acrylics, hand-built in a traditional fashion and lit from within with the use of neon, pay homage to 1970’s European signage, of which few examples remain.
We invite you to come by and visit our gallery: A space fully bathed in bright light and warmed-up by some of the best lighting creations around.