I am not sure whether it was boho elitism or scheduling naivety that saw the opening for the Paul Ryan and Luke Sciberras fall on the same night as the State of Origin decider. I would hope the latter. Despite this, there were quite a lot of punters willing to give up the chance to get a prime table at the London to check out the wares in these shows. A topical sighting given the current Ashes series was former England captain Douglas Jardine (and I nearly punched him in the nose until I realised it was Hugo Weaving and he was only acting in Bodyline).
I think this is my first time back in the Jersey Road gallery since Olsen became OlsenIrwin. I would've liked a bit more time for a browse but as I said, with kick-off looming I needed to prioritise. I was here to see Paul Ryan's show so unfortunately merely passed through Luke's show on the way to the annex. I have got to know Paul's work primarily through art prizes (his works in the last two Sulman's have been great, and he took home a Big Lamington point in 2012). He also has the greatest artist statements I have ever read so it was a shame I didn't get to
Points: I am a big fan of the Captain, I will give 3 points to 'Cook, is that a sword in your pocket' (above) and 2 points for 'Second coming of Cook' (top). 1 point will go to 'He Walked these hills in a long black coat' (middle).