For those of you who might want to really indulge this Christmas time, CCA Galleries have got you covered!
They recently invited me along to an evening viewing of their new collection, a mixed collection from StormStudios. The design company was formed in the 1990’s by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon, joined later by Rupert Truman and Dan Abbott. Unfortunately, Storm passed away in 2013, but the creative genuises at StormStudios continue their fantastic work today.
You may think that you don’t know any of the work that StormStudios have produced; however, if you take a closer look at your CD collection at home, you may be pleasantly surprised!
One of the many talents of StormStudios, is their ability to create completely unique and iconic album cover art. They have designed for many bands, such as Pink Floyd, Muse, Biffy Clyro, The Steve Miller Band, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Pendulum, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Alan Parsons and many more!
Before we scanned the beautiful gallery to find our favourites, there was time for a few festive nibbles!
With our appetites appeased and bubbles in hand, we moved on to exploring the gallery and each fantastic piece on display. The exhibition is completely mixed, so there are works on display from other artists as well as the talent from StormStudios. I’ll let you try and name all the album covers, let me know which is your favourite?
I loved the design of the Biffy Clyro album cover for their album, Opposites, this was definitely my favourite piece in the collection (The tree with plastic bones hanging from it!)
The Gallery also features an impressive array of works from Damien Hirst, including some very sparkly pieces which are covered in diamond dust, the ultimate bling present for Christmas!
You can also still enjoy a few pieces from the exhibit ‘Borrowed Time’ by Lucy Farley as well. Lucy says “My work aims to build up a record of time, spirit of place and changing feelings which occur through travel, my existence in the city and a connection with nature and the landscape.”
There are also some very natural pieces created by local artist, Nick Romeril, in his ‘Free to Jump’ exhibit. The piece below is actually a 3D creation, using slates found locally and paints to recreate the local landscape.
You’ll find many other treasures around the gallery, even the furniture is a work of art! The building itself is flooded with light and amazingly high ceilings. Spread across multiple floors, there’s an eclectic collection of pieces to suit all tastes, you simply have to explore the beautiful building to find them all.
You can find CCA Galleries at Royal Court Chambers in St Helier, where you are welcome to visit them from 10am – 5pm on weekdays, and 10am – 2pm on Saturday’s.
The team are super friendly and extremely knowledgeable on British Contemporary artists, having exhibited artwork from many international artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Sir Terry Frost, John Piper, Barbara Rae CBE RA, Bruce McLean, Dan Baldwin and Edy Ferguson.
The collection is available to view until the 30th January, so you’ve got plenty of time to pop along and take a look!
Go along and take a look for yourself and maybe even indulge and treat someone special! Let me know your favourite piece if you go along? Happy Christmas splurging!