A CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Art Exhibit

Six artists whose take on the phrase “Conflict of Interest” ranges from political, sociological, ecological, metaphorical to surreal. 
Each artist using their particular discipline, whether painting, photography, combination of both or sculpture, digital manipulation or installation, provoke us to question what is going on in the world right now and what kind of world are we leaving to future generations.

Participating Artists

Illtyd Barrett
ILLTYD BARRETT / BORN WELSH / RAISED COASTAL / PERSONALITY DEFECT / JOY RIDER / LONDON / DRUG TAKER / PUNK ROCKER / DYFED COLLEGE OF ART / CHELSEA SCHOOL OF ART/ EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY / FATHER / DAUGHTER / SCULPTURE TUTOR / ASSISTANT TO HERMAN DE VRIES / ASSISTANT TO ANDY GOLDSWORTHY /  POST GRAD /  NEW YORK / DEPT. OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS / PUBLIC ART FUND / DEPORTED / ILLEGAL / LEGAL / IMMIGRANT DESIGN / COCAINE / ILL / TRAVELLER / STEVE AND SAM / FAMILY /  GRANDDAUGHTER / BACK TO ART / GRANDSON / SUNKEN HUNDRED / DREAM COMES TRUE / DOMINIC ROCKS /
 NEW YORK WELSH / LOCATION,LOCATION, LOCATION / HOME TRUTHS / DIAGNOSIS /
 CLOSURE / FAILURE / HERE I AM AGAIN.

Mozart Dedeaux
“Conservationist /naturalist, Moz studied painting and sculpture at Loyola University in New Orleans, then worked in the music industry in NYC where he was a session player and recording artist with Capital Records. Currently he shows his work in galleries and universities and is the owner of Design DeDeaux, Organic Audio Recording in Gulfport MS, and Head Creative for Butch Oustalet Media.”

Aidan Grant
Let’s skip the nonsense of trying to navigate a narration of my life.  Let’s skip the lame attempt to validate being an artist. Let’s skip the tale of a determined creative from the old Emerald Isle.
The reality is my photo journalistic, magazine, analogue background became a defunct medium.
I’d traveled and schooled intensely, gained a legitimate understanding of exposure and saturation, just to be uninspired.
I found myself brooding behind a bar, often drunk and certainly disillusioned, seriously giving new meaning to exposure and saturation.  After years of ignoring my artistic will, I cracked.Luckily the cracks opened me up, acted as an aperture, and let the light back in. I could no longer ignore the picturesque images around me.
It was New York, the diversity, the people, music, art, culture, and mind bending humanity, all pleading with me to snap a shot.  And so I did. This time I photographed with a living experience so luminous, so drenched in the unexpected, and so riddled with human nature, that I saw things I hadn’t seen before.

The road down environmental portraiture is a road I want to be on. It has truly inspired me these last few years.  Course It’s also yielded many a photo of everyday city folk picking at a wedgie, priceless stuff.
I hope to take pictures here in NYC indefinitely, and yes I still sling beer with a brooding sneer.

Stephen Hall
Stephen Hall, born in Scotland, is an artist who takes a traditional approach to a modern subject. Now living in New York, his work is indicative of a surging talent which has been refined over many years. Each of his paintings is a composition of numerous layers, executed without any modern trickery such as digital assistance or an airbrush and the resulting lush density of color and variation of light owns the viewer’s attention.
Through his work, Stephen explores the relationships we have with not just each other, but times, places and surroundings – couple this with a desire to portray the underlying order in our increasingly chaotic lives and you end up with vivid, yet somewhat intoxicating imagery, finished with a slick style and intense precision. Over the past several years has become more interested in the threat posed by man on our environment and the wildlife living in it.
Stephen has not only been exhibiting worldwide since the early 80’s, but his work also resides in corporate and private collections and has been featured in movies, music videos and magazines. On top of this he has also illustrated book covers for A.A. Milne, J.G. Ballard and Russell Greenan amongst others.

Steve Joester
Steve Joester a British born photographer, began in the rock and roll world. He worked between the UK and the US, finally settling in NYC.

As a leading Rock & Roll photographer in the 70’s and 80’s, Joester had his iconic images of the greatest rock performers appear on album sleeves, posters, exhibitions and magazines worldwide. He made his mark shooting icons such as Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Sting, and also documented Andy Warhol on film with Rob Halford of Judas Priest backstage at the Palladium in April, 1979.

Joester traveled to Cuba multiple times in the mid ’90’s, turning his lens on the streets of Old Havana, capturing the strange world of ‘the special period.’ Russia had pulled out, along with their funding, plunging the island into a desperate state. 

“The people of ‘La Habana Vieja’, materially, had nothing! But, creative spirit and time was in abundance and it was consumed at a languid yet intense pace”  

Joester’s work is in collections internationally.

Robert Ross
Robert is a builder, writer, actor, film maker, bon vivant, raconteur and man about town. He is pleased to be exhibiting as a fine artist for the first time. Proving once again that he is a jackass of all trades and master of none.

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