Impure Art comes to Brighton

Posted: May 9, 2008

A brand new erotic art exhibition is being launched next week in Brighton, called Impure Art. It is a collaboration between adult boutique She Said and erotic artist Jamie McCartney, curator of the exhibition, and it will feature over 30 local and international erotic artists during its six weeks run.

‘Impure Art’ is defined by the organisers as ‘anything from nude to rude’ and it will feature everything from sensual, feminine paintings, through humorous illustrations, saucy neon lights to fetish photography and fine erotic jewellery.

Works from established names such as Ray Leaning, Jamie McCartney, Don Grant and Eve Poland will sit alongside that of rising stars and hot new talent like Amanda Ward, Pearl Bates and recent graduate Andrew McAuley.

The Impure Art concept was conceived some time ago but when an ex-gallery space just two doors down from She Said became available it was too good an opportunity to pass up. Promoter of the show, Nic Ramsey, and owner of She Said explained: “Since we opened She Said in 2002 artists have been begging to display their work and customers have been asking where they can buy good sensual art. Regular galleries may be reticent to show erotic and explicit artworks but Brighton, with its saucy reputation, is the perfect place for our exhibition.”

Curator Jamie McCartney has a seafront studio in Brighton and his explicit body castings have already achieved widespread recognition. He was the winner of the 2007 Erotic Signature International Sculpture Prize and runner-up in 2008, and his work is currently on show at the famous Kinsey Institute of Sexual Research. Jamie is a member of both the Guild and Association of Erotic Artists, who have both endorsed Impure Art. He was a judge in last year’s Seeking Picasso Brighton art competition and is an art critic in his own right with his moniker of ‘Critical I’.

“With very high quality work submitted by over 60 artists, it was a mammoth task,” said Jamie of the selection process. “We’ve even had to involve two adjacent shops to provide extra room for the exhibition.”

Impure Art takes place at 13 Ship Street Gardens, Brighton BN1 1AJ from May 16th until June 29th, and a press preview is planned for May 10th.

[Image shown is Fluro Girls by Robert Babylon]