IF YOU EVER LEAVE ME I'M COMING WITH YOU
On November 15th, James McQueen's latest solo show opened to the public at 148 New Bond Street displaying a new body of works using Penguin Books covers as a starting point for bold and satirical paintings.
Exploring themes of Pop art and abstraction, James McQueen’s complex application of paint elevates his art beyond the mere imitation of a nostalgic object towards an art that is rich and expressive. He represents the books not as they were when first published, but as they are today: stained and faded with annotations and tattered edges.
The titles and sentiments are evocative, playful and sometimes cynical. Working under a pseudonym, he introduces an autobiographical dimension to the work with his trademark monkey, using this mischievous character as a kind of personal insignia.
If You Ever Leave Me I'm Coming with You will run until January 7th. If you are interested in adding to your collection speak to one of our art consultants now.
Published on the occasion of James McQueen’s exhibition, If You Ever Leave Me I’m Coming With You, this illustrated book showcases the artist’s nostalgia for Penguin Book covers. Experimental, complex and varied, McQueen’s paintings break new ground in the range of possibilities that can be achieved through the Penguin cover motif and language.