Jim Sanders

On the morning of 14th July, the Outside In team visited artist Jim Sanders at his home in Brighton. Right from the word ‘go’ (his painted front door), Jim’s house is covered in his amazing – mostly figurative – art.

Jim Sander's front door

Jim Sander’s front door

With an exhibition currently in France, and having just completed some work for Glastonbury festival, Jim was full of enthusiasm whilst showing us around. His work overflows from his studio, covering the hallway, staircase, bedroom, kitchen – and even his bath!

Jim Sander's bath

Jim Sander’s bath

He is currently working on a project based around postcards as a commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, which will culminate in a performance at The Level in Brighton on 24th July. Additionally, out in his back garden, work has started on a series of totem poles, made from found wood and other objects (including various animal bones).

The beginnings of a totem pole

The beginnings of a totem pole

In his studio, the walls are covered in  characters and figures that will soon be shipped off to London, where they will hang in his friend’s tattoo parlour.

These will soon hang in a tattoo parlour

These will soon hang in a London tattoo parlour

Some of the works hanging in Jim’s bedroom had sat on his desk for a long time – showing the marks of to do lists and directions. Further works alongside these were inspired by the ephemeral pieces.

Works hanging in Jim's bedroom

Works hanging in Jim’s bedroom

In a downstairs room, noticeable as ‘band practice’ room partly because of the keyboard and piano, hung more of Jim’s figures.

More of Jim's figures

More of Jim’s figures

The stairwell was really quite magnificent, with works hanging over a window that lit several of the pieces from behind creating a saintly glow.

The stairwell in Jim's house

The stairwell in Jim’s house

Another shot of the stairwell

Another shot of the stairwell

In the kitchen, Jim has been working his way along the back wall – from left to right – turning newspaper cuttings and other collage materials into postcards, stamped with his own creative additions.

Jim has been turning existing material into postcards

Jim has been turning existing material into postcards

The kitchen cabinets were lined at the top with mask-like faces.

Faces on the kitchen cabinets

Faces on the kitchen cabinets

And finally, placed in various locations around the house were Jim’s hand-made shrines.

A Jim Sander's shrine

A Jim Sander’s shrine

Jim has work in ‘Mycelium – Genie Savant, Genie Brut’ at the Abbaye d’Auberive in France until 28 September 2014. The show was principally curated by Laurent Danchin (French Editor of Raw Vision Magazine). For more information, click here.


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