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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
In a downstairs room, noticeable as ‘band practice’ room partly because of the keyboard and piano, hung 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.
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.
The kitchen cabinets were lined at the top with mask-like faces.
And finally, placed in various locations around the house were Jim’s hand-made shrines.
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.