Hottest art ticket in Devon this Summer: White Moose presents Masquerade…

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Tucked away in the historic pottery district of Barnstaple, Devon’s youngest contemporary art gallery White Moose may well be the hottest ticket in the region this Summer with its latest exhibition Masquerade.

Incorporating photography and film, Masquerade challenges the concept of the portrait through the work of ten influential contemporary artists from the UK and other parts of the world.

Amongst the British artists whose work is featured in Masquerade are the controversial BAFTA award-winning photographer and filmmaker Alison Jackson, Saatchi/Channel 4 New Sensations Prize Winner Jonny Briggs, and “major influence on the Young British Art movement” (The Daily Telegraph) John Stezaker.

Unique in providing opportunities for young talent to present work amongst established artists, White Moose is introducing North Devon artist Annalie Grabey as part of Masquerade.

White Moose owners Julie Gavin and Stella Levy said: “We are delighted to bring work by these high calibre artists to the region, whilst at the same time provide a platform for an exciting young local artist such as Annalie Grabey. We were very impressed with her photographs when we came across her work in the Petroc College degree show and we knew instantly she would be perfect for Masquerade.”

Masquerade is a curatorial collaboration with High House Gallery, Oxon.

Masquerade features: Jonny Briggs (UK), Giacomo Brunelli (Italy), Anne Collier (USA), Emma Critchley (UK), Virgilio Ferreira (Portugal), Aneta Grzeszykowska (Poland), Annalie Grabey (UK), Alison Jackson (UK), Minhong Pyo (South Korea), and John Stezaker (UK).

Dates: Fri 9th – Sat 31st August
Times: Mon – Sat, 11am – 7pm
Private View (by invitation): Thu 8th August, 7pm – 9pm
Artist Talk (by Jonny Briggs): Tue 13th August, 7pm
Entry: FREE

For all press enquiries, please email

White Moose
Trinity Street
Devon EX32 8HX
T 01271 379872

Masquerade artist biographies:

Jonny Briggs (UK) produces highly personal works that explores the nature of family relationships and the mythology of ancestry using props and constructed sets to photograph his disguised self and family members. Jonny studied at the Chelsea College of Art (2008) and the Royal College of Art (2011). He was winner of the Saatchi/Channel 4 New Sensations 2011 and awards include the Conran, the Lumi and the NESTA Creative Sparks Awards. His work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, The Times, Independent, La Stampa, Arte Italia and Design Week. He lives and works in Berkshire and London.

Giacomo Brunelli is an Italian photographer with a degree in International Communications (2002). He has exhibited widely with shows in London, Paris, Hamburg, Athens, Boston and Milan. He has won the Sony World Photography Award, the Gran Prix Lodz, Poland and the Magenta Foundation “Flash Forward” award and has featured widely in the art and photography press. His work is in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and Portland Art Museum. In 2012, he was commissioned by The Photographers’Gallery to do a project on London. The works shown in Masquerade are his Shadow Self-Portrait series.  To produce these images he shoots himself naked with an antique 1960s camera on traditional film to obtain his rich, multilayered black

Anne Collier (USA) uses received images, often photographic, stereotypical images of women taken from the mass media that surrounds us. Her work challenges the sexual politics of image-making and questions the nature of originality. Anne was Born in Los Angeles and received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA from the University of CA, Los Angeles. She lives and works in New York.

Emma Critchley (UK) focuses her work on studies of the human form as seen underwater in both still photography and video. Emma explores the way water changes our relationship with our bodies, the way we see and hear things differently underwater and the difference in gravity. Emma studied photography at the University of Brighton before going onto the Royal College of Art to take her MA in Photography. Emma is based in Brighton and London.

Virgilio Ferreira (Portugal) tries to capture vague or intangible images featuring obstructions, layers, reflection and a lack of focus. He calls his work ‘imaginary’ whilst always picturing the real. Virgilio was born in Portugal and is undertaking an MA in Photography at the University of Brighton. Prior to this Virgilio took an advanced course in Cinematographic Photography, at the International School of Cinema, San Antonio de Los Baños, a History of Modern and Contemporary Art Course and a Higher Photography Course at the École des Arts Paris as well as studying at the Porto Technical School of Photography. He lives and works between UK and Porto.

Annalie Grabey (UK) examines collective and personal memories to produce evocative, emotional works that explore family relationships. Her Aviary Series of self-portraits examine these themes and the transience of life using photographic techniques reminiscent of the spirit photography of the Victorian era. Annalie is studying Fine Art at Petroc College and lives and works in North Devon.

Aneta Grzeszykowska (Poland) focuses her practice on the physical and in particular on the body from creating portraits of imaginary people whose non-existence and blank histories leave a void into which the viewer can superimpose their own preconceptions and ideas to an existential choreography of apparently unconnected body parts that create a film of surreal phantasmagoria. Aneta was born in Warsaw and studied at the Fine Arts Academy. Since 1999 she has lived and works in Warsaw whilst exhibiting extensively throughout Europe.

Alison Jackson (UK) explores the cult of celebrity and makes convincingly realistic work based around celebrity look-alikes. Her work raises questions about whether we can believe what we see in the media and comments on voyeurism and the power and seductive nature of imagery. Alison trained at Chelsea College of Art in London and in Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art. She lives and works in London.

Minhong Pyo (South Korea) examines the interface between the real and imaginary both by constructing his own worlds or by taking enigmatic photographs of the real world. All images are then manipulated to further blur the boundaries of reality. Minhong has a Diploma in Photography from the Seoul Institute of the Arts and is currently studying at Goldsmiths, University of London. He lives and works in London.

John Stezaker (UK) re-examines the photographic image and appropriates vintage images using elegant juxtapositions to wittily adapt the original content and context to create new meanings. John attended the Slade School of Art and until 2006 was Senior Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. Amongst many awards and prizes he was winner of the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 2012. He is based in London.

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