After a successful 1 day pop-up exhibition earlier this year, Watch Out for Spoon and Fork People comes to the Shortwave Gallery for 3 weeks. The work of Southwark-based artist, Andrew Mitchell, features cartoons and drawings produced over several decades. The black and white images feature a mixture of bad puns, surreal imaginings, social comment and the results of inspiration from others.
Andrew Mitchell’s first public show was in a group exhibition at Cheltenham Library, aged 9 years old, his painting depicting a Red London Bus. The work was later destroyed in a fit of artistic rage.
By his teenage years Andrew was eschewing the infernal combustion engine, producing a series of works predicting the effects of humanity on ecology and environment that are so relevant to today’s debate about climate change.
Art College beckoned and a Foundation Course led to the offer of a Fine Art Degree. But the London Bus was still calling and instead Andrew arrived at the Elephant and Castle. In the post-punk early 1980s he was a co-founder of Zero le Creche, who recorded the classic Gothic single ‘Last Year’s Wife’, which can still be found on You Tube.
He painted the band’s infamous backdrop, designed their John Leckie produced, second single cover and drew numerous gig posters. These explored scenes of androgyny, sexuality and gender fluidity, which, while one was nearly censored by Camberwell Art College students, pre-empted more enlightened times.
During the 1990s he co-led the dance band Elephant Sandwich, and worked as an artist at Intergalactic Art, including exhibiting in ‘Southwark Open’ and later ‘Bankside Browser’, where his submission was hailed by the Tate as a ‘Work of Art’.
His first solo show ‘Down the Lane’ was at the Blue Elephant Theatre, as part of the major millennium festival ‘Friday is Faraday’. This time his images were neither red, green or indeed ‘blue’ but instead documented his beloved East Street Market.
18 years on he was encouraged to exhibit some of his artwork at a pop-up, one-day event on the Pullens Estate in Walworth. Now delighted to be given the opportunity to appear for a longer period, Andrew hopes you will enjoy his show.
A small number of original drawings will be available for sale, along with greeting cards. Bespoke limited edition prints can also be purchased by arrangement with the artist