Art Exhibition Review:
Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art, At Twickenham Jazz Club,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW2, Saturday 25th May 2013
Twickenham Jazz Club present

Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art


Twickenham Jazz Club
The Bloomsbury Pub
209 Staines Road, Twickenham, Middx. TW2 5BB
Saturday 25th May 2013, 1pm
with music by
Kelvin Christiane Quintet 2-5pm

Lesley Christiane - vocals
Kelvin Christiane - tenor & bari sax, alto & concert flute
Alex Hutton - keyboard
Richard Sadler - bass
Noel Joyce - drums




Date of Review: 2013/05/26


All images by kind permission of the artist and © Alban Low. All rights reserved.


Jazz Art Brochure
From the brochure for Jazz Art
Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art, At Twickenham Jazz Club,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW2, Saturday 25th May 2013
Alex Hutton
Alban Low: Alex Hutton. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Please note that sizes indicated here are as exhibited.
  Gilad Atzmon
Alban Low: Gilad Atzmon. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.

A gloriously sunny but unseasonally cold day witnessed Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art and Summer BBQ (summer? Where?) at the home of the Twickenham Jazz Club, The Bloomsbury pub on Saturday 25th May 2013, yesterday afternoon as it happens. Some thirty prints of Low's outstanding paintings and black and white drawings were on show.

Most of these had their origin at the Twickenham Jazz Club where Low is currently Artist in Residence, some at other venues, including some from Low's activities as Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence. All were beautifully framed in black, narrow studio frames.


Michael Janisch
Alban Low: Michael Janisch. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.

Let me point out some of the flaws of yesterday's event first, before going any further. Although as noted it was a beautifully sunny day, it was hardly barbecue weather, with it being as almost frostily cold as it was. (Also, some vegetarian options other than salad might have been nice.) Further, inside the pub was rather uncomfortably cold, due to an open door on account of said BBQ.

Sadly, I also must confess that I found the exhibition space far from ideal. Some of the (most notable at that!) paintings were displayed at the back and sides of the stage, where they were not accessible for viewing most of the time (i.e., when the musical performance took place), the rest mostly on walls that people were seated in front of, making them difficult to see. Furthermore, with an exhibition time span of from 1pm to 5pm, having almost continuous live music from 2-5 really was far too much and in itself made viewing difficult.


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This is not to be understood as any kind of reflection on the music per se, of course. Over all, this left little to criticize. Alex Hutton on keys is never anything less than exquisite, and Kelvin Christiane shone particularly on the always awkward bari, as well as on tenor. However, we were not there to review the music, but Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art, which really would have deserved far better conditions.

Apart from the previously raised points, there was little if anything to find fault with. The Bloomsbury pub was packed almost to the rafters and obviously was doing a roaring trade, including the BBQ which sold out before the end of the exhibition.

Ray Gelato
Alban Low: Ray Gelato. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.

So, one hardly could say that Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art was anything but a huge success, with prints and merchandise (blank greetings cards on matt card and mugs) selling well for the artist.

In fact, with the show having been so successful, and indeed popular, it should not be too surprising if we see another one before too long.

Paul Jordanous
Alban Low: Paul Jordanous. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Ben Castle
Alban Low: Ben Castle. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Max Luthert
Alban Low: Max Luthert. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Tony Dixon
Alban Low: Tony Dixon. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Bob Martin
Alban Low: Bob Martin. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Jan Ponsford
Alban Low: Jan Ponsford. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Yazz Ahmed
Alban Low: Yazz Ahmed. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
 
Kelvin Christiane
Alban Low: Kelvin Christiane. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Joanna Strand
Alban Low: Joanna Strand. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Leslie Christiane
Alban Low: Leslie Christiane. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper. 28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Joshua Blackmore
Alban Low: Joshua Blackmore. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper. 28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Leslie Christiane
Alban Low: Leslie Christiane. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper. 28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.
Kelvin Christiane
Alban Low: Kelvin Christiane. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper. 42 x 59.4 cm in 50 x 80 cm studio frame.

However, what of the art itself in Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art?

Admittedly, jazz art is Low's forte, his home turf, as it were. It doesn't present the challenge of operating out of his comfort zone as his recent Art of Folk exhibition did.

But all the same, capturing musicians in action, even when in familiar territory, is always a challenge in itself that should never be underestimated. Capturing them 'in motion' as it were, as Low does, capturing their essence, requires genius.

Duncan Eagles
Alban Low: Duncan Eagles. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.

Having been able to observe Low as he sketches away during numerous live performances now that he attended with me as Rainlore's World Artist in Residence, I have come to appreciate this more than ever, and the sheer hard work of it under often difficult conditions. Yes, it requires genius, and a lot of sheer hard graft.

Nigel Price
Alban Low: Nigel Price. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
42 x 59.4 cm in 50 x 80 cm studio frame.

The fact that artists portrayed usually - almost invariable - have nothing but the highest admiration and praise for Low's portrayals of them surely speaks volumes in itself. Indeed, it has become almost compulsory for musicians to be portrayed by Low, and I usually get requests to be accompanied by him when receiving invitations to review a live music event. And this covers a whole spectrum of 'genres' in addition to jazz - classical recitals, world music, and more.

 

The images on display in Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art, whether the colour paintings or black and white drawings, were nothing short of exquisite and even spectacular. The way they capture the musicians' personality, spirit, the mood of the music and the performance, and the fluidity of the images are something unique and a joy to behold. A few strokes of the pen and brush by Low capture far more than any photographic image ever could.

Graham Russell
Alban Low: Graham Russell. Print on glossy 220g/sq. m paper.
28.6 x 44 cm in 40 x 50 cm studio frame.

In addition, Low's art is also more than eminently affordable, and I can only recommend that you buy a print of your favourite artist or artists while it remains so!

All in all, Alban Low's Exhibition Jazz Art at the Twickenham Jazz Club at The Bloomsbury was a most memorable event. Any aficionado of contemporary art should keep a keen eye out for future exhibitions of Low's outstanding work.


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Acknowledgements and Info

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Alban Low for kindly supplying the images shown here.

All images are © Alban Low and all rights reserved.

More on Alban Low here:
www.albanlow.co.uk/
Alban Low's Jazz Blog
Alban Low's Folk Blog
twitter @albanart
Prints at Sampson Low Ltd

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