“British Invasion”

February 10th – March 16th, 2024

Featuring: Theo Bardsley, Natalie Savage, Jonjo Elliot, David Horgan, Grace Tobin, Cathy Tabbakh and Jacob Harris (Atlantic Drift).

There have been quite a few reincarnations of the original British Invasion, the cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s, when rock and pop music (as well as other cultural aspects) from the United Kingdom became popular in the United States. It is fair to say that its influence on pop culture has never ceased to exist. A few decades later, the late 1980s saw the “Young British Artists” movement take the artworld by storm. Artists involved, such as Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas, became household names. However, the YBA movement was not as forthcoming in its origins and did not necessarily scream: “We are from the UK!” Whereas today, it seems that the young British artists are expressing themselves more organically with influences from their own roots. In addition, presently, with the advancement of global media and all things readily available at our fingertips, it is most difficult to create a cultural explosion. However, that is what makes the UK art sphere so important right now. It is a moment where all things seem to be in the pocket of what it means to be a British artist.

Musicians have a saying about drummers and bass players being “in the pocket”. It is given as a compliment because it means that they are so skilled and smooth that the rhythm they create seems as if it has always been there. We believe this is happening currently in the UK art scene. There is something nostalgic in its contemporary work, something tangible and, most importantly, something British. For us, this group of artists is doing just that. This exhibit, British Invasion, features Theo Bardsley, Natalie Savage, Jonjo Elliot, David Horgan, Grace Tobin, Cathy Tabbakh, and Jacob Haris.

The artists we chose for this exhibit are each a great example of the talent that is there. It seems every time we are scrolling on a media site we are stopped by yet another amazing UK artist. 

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Theo Bardsley

Theo Bardsley is a young rising figurative painter from London. He paints large scale portraiture, taking inspiration from his own daily life, and of those around him. Theo’s work merges the everyday with the historical, bridging the gap between past and present. Having studied the History of Art at the University of Manchester, Theo draws from a plethora of influences from the art historical canon. Theo’s layering approach to the canvas allows textures to build up, slowly a narrative comes to life, sometimes simple compositions of encounters at the pub, tied in with nods to historical events and figures. In turn the viewer can associate the paintings with a certain point in their own life, and by doing so Theo hopes transport them back to that moment.

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Natalie Savage

Natalie Savage is a contemporary artist based in Hackney, working predominantly still life to elevate and celebrate the everyday items that form the bedrock of our lives.

Taking objects that can be found on kitchen counters, in markets or on coffee tables and placing them centre stage, her work is inspired by good food, friends and the tables around which we enjoy these things. Filled with bold colour and playfulness, her unmistakable style brings a sense of happiness and fun wherever her paintings appear.








David Horgan

David is a self taught, London based painter interested in story telling and social commentary. David conveys narratives drawn from his own personal experience and every day encounters intermingled with popular culture and iconography. These predominantly figurative scenes are expressed through a fast paced, raw and emotive style all suffused with a healthy dose of humour.






Grace Tobin

Born (1993) in London, Grace Tobin grew up in New York City before earning her BA in Visual Arts with Honours in 2016 from Oberlin College. Although primarily working with paint, Grace also experiments with printmaking and mixed media. She has exhibited work in both the US and the UK. Grace is currently completing her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London.

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Cathy Tabbakh

Cathy Tabbakh is a French painter of Armenian descent working and living in the UK. She paints with a passion for the mesmerising power of colour. She has exhibited in various galleries in Europe, UK, USA and Australia and recently in Seoul, Korea. She holds degrees in Fashion Textile, Design and Fine Art (2011) and Art History and Archaeology (2017) both in Lyon. Tabbakh’s work can be found in private collections worldwide and since 2021 as part of the Soho House Collection displayed in 3 houses, with 2 paintings commissioned an displayed in Soho House Paris (2021), a commissioned floral ceramic sculpture displayed in Brighton Beach House (2022) and a diptych in High Road London in Chiswick (2023).

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Jonjo Elliot

Jonjo Elliott works from a studio next to his house in Leicestershire and graduated with a BA in fine art from De Montfort University. His vividly coloured paintings convey feelings of happiness and positivity inspired by his travels and memories. His art sits in private collections around the globe and has been featured in major Netflix shows. His international exhibitions have included room sized artworks which can be walked into and rideable skateparks built inside the gallery.









Jacob Harris (Atlantic Drift)

In our beloved skateboarding world, the UK scene has been pushing hard since the early 90s. Some of their own skate brands have become global with massive followings that even rivals NYC’s renowned brand Supreme. Today, one filmmaker has stood out from the rest. Jacob Harris has been making skate videos for the past 15 years. Most recently his series for Thrasher Magazine “Atlantic Drift” has become a fan favorite. His video style is immediately recognizable and consistent in form. In his early days it was about showcasing his talented friends, but since, it has become a cultural depiction that transcends the art form of skateboarding. His videos without sounding daft are one of the most genuine UK things out there today. We are super proud to be exhibiting his videos in this “British Invasion” exhibition. 






Yool Kim “Play Factory”

October 14th – November 18th, 2023

Court Tree Collective is proud to present "Play Factory" by South Korean artist Yool Kim (김율). Yool Kim has participated in many of Court Tree’s exhibitions, and this is the first solo show for this up-and-coming Seoul-based contemporary artist.

“Play Factory” is composed of eight acrylic paintings that confront the inner-self through themes of love, loyalty, and playfulness. Thick strokes of acrylic paint coat her canvases, demonstrating the artist's desire to soothe her emotional state of personal acceptance and convey the diverse perspectives she encounters and is compelled to express. In her paintings, contemporary symbols are more than pop-culture references and serve as recognizable tools to assist in conveying her beliefs.



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Interview On “Play Factory” by Yool Kim

October 14th – November 18th, 2023

Court Tree Collective is proud to present "Play Factory" by South Korean artist Yool Kim (김율). Yool Kim has participated in many of Court Tree’s exhibitions, and this is the first solo show for this up-and-coming Seoul-based contemporary artist.

“Play Factory” is comprised of eight acrylic paintings that confront the inner-self through themes of love, loyalty, and playfulness. Thick strokes of acrylic paint coat her canvases, demonstrating the artist's desire to soothe her emotional state of personal acceptance and convey the diverse persepctives she encounters and is compelled to express. In her paintings, contemporary symbols are more than pop-culture references and serve as recognizable tools to assist in conveying her beliefs.


Keep reading below for an exclusive inteview (in both English and Korean) with Yool Kim on her upcoming exhibit and more:

Your works are constantly evolving and your style has gone through so many changes. What inspires these shifts in style and when do you know it’s time to paint something new?

I wanted to express my emotional state and the various aspects of myself through the small changes in my paintings. Among these changes, when I want to express the relationship between myself and others, it seems to develop into a different style of art.

저의 감정상태, 그리고 제 안에 여러 가지의 모습들을 표현하고 싶은 갈망에 조금씩 그림의 변화가 있습니다. 그 중에서도 저와 사람들간의 꽌계에 대한 고찰을 표현하고 싶을 때 또 다른 그림체로 변화하는거 같아요.


In your upcoming solo-exhibit, there is such care and an acute attention to detail when it comes to shoes in your paintings. Where does this interest in shoes stem from? What are your favorite pairs of shoes to paint and/or wear?

The symbolism behind shoes is that it is a tool that helps me to stand on my two feet in a harsh world and is a medium that protects me while also allowing me to grow without losing my true self. Among the many shoes, I personally like Vans and Nike the most. Van’s slogan is “Off the wall”. This phrase, which implies “unique”, respects freedom and individuality; these are two characteristics that are important when I view others, and are important values that acknowledge the differences in relationships between people. The reason I chose Nike is to encourage growth in this harsh world. The rough texture, the raised tail of the Nike swoosh is symbolic of growing in the wild world. For these reasons, I paint Vans and Nike shoes.

신발이 상징하는 의미는 거친 세상에서 내가 두발로 설수 있게 도와주는 도구이며 나를 지킬 수 있고 내 본모습을 잃지 않고 성장하게 만드는 매개체입니다. 많은 신발 중에서도 저는 반스와 나이키를 가장 좋아합니다. 반스의 슬로건은 "Off the wall"입니다. "독특한"을 의미하는 이 문구는 자유와 개성을 존중한다는 의미며 제가 다른 사람들을 볼 때 중요한 부분이고, 사람들 사이의 관계의 차이를 인정하는 중요한 가치입니다. 나이키를 선택한 이유는 거친 세상에서 계속 성장하기 위해서입니다. 거친 질감, 꼬리가 올라간 나이키의 상징인 야생의 세계는 계속 성장하라는 의미입니다. 이런 의미들로 인해 제가 반스와 나이키를 그리는 이유입니다.


Many of your figures exhibit multiple faces or overlap each other. Is this a stylistic choice and/or is there a deeper meaning behind this? Are these figures characters from your imagination or is there also a sliver of self-representation in them?

Two eyes, one mouth, and one nose fall short of being able to see the people you love and feel the world; and to be free of the world’s set standards, you express it with three eyes, two noses, and two mouths. I think it’s not enough to see the people you love with only two eyes, and when gazing at other people, various thoughts come to mind. In this way, I want to make a sound and acknowledge diversity, and so that is why I draw overlapping bodies. 

두 눈과 하나의 입과 코는 사랑하는 사람들을 보고 세상을 느끼기에 부족하고, 세상이 정해놓은 기준에서 벗어 나고 싶기에 3개의 눈과 2개의 코와 입으로 표현합니다. 사랑하는 사람을 두눈으로 보기에 부족하다는 생각, 타인을 바라보면서 다양한 생각들이 떠오르는 것, 이렇 듯 다양성을 인정하고 소리내고 싶어 중첩된 신체분위를 그리게 됩니다.


When viewers look at your pieces for your upcoming show, what do you hope they will feel and remember? What kind of impression do you want your paintings to have on them?

This series is about love, playfulness, and protecting someone you love. Sweet foods and flowers are used as symbols to express wanting to give everything to a loved one, as well as a promise to always be by his or her side. I hope that many people will be grateful and happy to be with their loved ones when viewing my paintings.

이번 시리즈는 사랑과 장난스러움, 그리고 사랑하는 사람을 지켜주고자 하는 의미를 가지고 있습니다. 사랑하는 사람에게 내 전부를 주고 싶은 사랑의 도구로 달콤한 음식과 꽃으로 표현했으며 항상 옆에서 지켜주겠다는 약속의 의미로 표현되고 있습니다. 많은 사람들이 제 그림을 보면서 사랑하는 사람들을 떠오르며 함께함을 감사히 여기고 행복감을 느끼길 바랍니다.


Your artist signature that you so creatively place in your paintings is fascinating: it is composed of your name ‘KIM YOOL (김율)’ in both English and Korean. How did this signature develop?

While thinking how my signature could represent my diversity, I thought of my roots, Hangul, and the language of the world, English, and combined the two. In addition, the Korean name “Yul” is composed of both consonants and vowels, which hints to my various states of being.

저의 다양성을 나타낼수 있는 사인을 생각하는 도중에 저의 뿌리인 한글과 세계의 언어인 영어를 생각하게 되어 함께 조합하게 되었습니다. 또한 “율”의 한글 이름을 자음과 모음으로 나눠 표기하여 저의 각기 다른 존재들을 함축시키는 의미를 담고 있습니다.


Last great piece of media (book/show/music/movie)?

I recently listened to the songs from the musical Rebecca, and as soon as I heard them, I got shivers all over my body and burst into tears. It was as if sound was coming from all over my body through a single voice, and it was a combination of anger, longing, and frustration; it was the first time I was overwhelmed with these different emotions while listening to music. Maybe these emotions will be reflected in my next work.

최근 뮤지컬 레베카 노래를 들었는데, 듣자 마자 온모에 소름과 함께 울음이 터저 나왔어요, 목소리라는 하나의 통로로 온몸에서 소리들이 뿜어 나오는거 같았습니다, 그 소리는 울분과 그리움 그리고 분노가 함께 뒤섞여 있었는데 음악들 들으며 이런 여러 감정에 휩싸인건 처음이었습니다. 아마 다음 제 작업에서는 이 음악이 반영이 될지도 모르겠네요.



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Interview and Translation by Tiffany Kang.
@by_inyoung








“HELLO” Craigie Harper

December 12th – February 4th, 2024



We are pleased to present Scottish artist Craigie Harper to our new INTRO wall in the gallery. This is the first time Craigie has exhibited his work in the States. We are proud to be the first.

This small collection is only scratching the surface of Kilmarning the fictional village Craigie has created. His paintings are often accompanied by short stories he wrote. These scenes depict the normality of a small Scottish town, but with humorist twists that are sometimes surreal. His paintings are exquisite and brilliant in color and design. Making the most out of every corner of the canvas or paper. Perhaps most interesting is sometimes these stories grab small truths from reality. This is only the beginning of what Kilmarning can be.

Come through, we will be running this INTRO exhibition through January 2024.


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Summer Freestyle 

July 29th – Sept 9th, 2023

Opening Reception July 29th 3-6pm!

Court Tree Collective proudly presents Summer Freestyle. A salon-style group exhibition created to showcase a wide range of works to peak the interest of any art collector. Featuring art from  Barbtropolis, Bill Brand, Derek Haffar, HelloMarine, Jacob Gerard, Jason Lustig, John Vitale, Jung Eun Park, (SALUT) Bradd Young, Saxon Quinn, Theo Bardsley, Toyameg, TRAVROC, and Yool Kim - this exhibit presents numerous international and local artists all brought together in one place. Come and enjoy the summer with us!

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Barbtropolis




Barbara Graetzer, or Barbtropolis, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but is living as a modern-day nomad. Barbara spent many years of her life living in different countries and cities throughout the globe and became interested in art after finding herself unable to properly communicate in languages she didn’t fully understand. She believes that only the visual language can be truly universal and has devoted her life to creating a multitude of expressive images.

Barbara was formally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator while earning a BFA in Visual Communications from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and an MA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Lately, combining her newfound passion for surfing, she's been experimenting with a new visual language that consists primarily of cheerful characters and creatures. “Surfing takes me back to my childhood state of mind and these characters do as well. I like bringing back that doodling inner child and producing images that are happy and positive."





Bill Brand



Bill Brand is a multi-disciplinary artist whose films, public artwork, installations, paintings and works-on-paper are exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries, microcinemas and on television.

Bill Brand’s artwork has been featured at Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Anthology Film Archive and Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. He is represented by Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris. His films have been presented at major film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival.




Dallas Owens




Dallas George Wade Owens was raised in Hamilton, Ohio. He received his B.F.A. in painting and sculpture from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in 2011.  He moved to New York after graduation and is currently working on his MFA at Brooklyn College. His recent work explores the dark side of the human condition with figurative mash ups that refer to an increasingly short public attention span and an indifference to social misfortune.




Derek Haffar




Derek Haffar has cast a huge variety of things, from prosthetic horns for an overly aggressive Ibex for WCS to cracks in N.Y. sidewalks for trip and fall lawyers. Currently he is using the figure, concentrating on the subtleties of texture and moods. His work reflects a view that sees things coming together and falling apart all at once; slices of time.  Although the recent work is sculptural it often crosses disciplines sometimes manifesting as photographic series or performances with the objects as props.

Derek is from the mid-Hudson valley, received his BFA from the University of Utah in drawing and painting; MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He has worked for the wildlife conservation Society as an exhibit specialist and sculptor as well as many name artists and Galleries in N.Y. and internationally. He is based in Brooklyn N.Y now and is currently teaching 3 Dimensional design at Parsons School for Design Strategies in lower Manhattan.





HelloMarine




French Paris born artist HelloMarine is full of optimism and good vibrations which she transcribes into her intensely colourful paintings, illustrations and print editions.

After a childhood in the South of France, and some studies in the UK, Marine has been working for various clients all over the world  for the last 14 years as well as exhibiting her personal work in galleries. Currently, within her work Marine redefines the idea of still life today, painting familiar things with a twist.

With a striking simplicity and well curated colour palette, her work is both bold and memorable.Her goal as an artist is to deliver a sense of innocent and joyful escapism and create pieces that radiate positive energy back to the viewer.

Her ever evolving influences include the works of Matisse, Margaret Kilgallen, 70’s aesthetic, Henri Rousseau, nature and interior design..Clients include Dior, Lacoste, TruThoughts, The NY Times, Penguin,  Zadig & Voltaire, to name a few.HelloMarine currently lives and works in Brighton, UK.




Jacob Gerard




Jacob Gerard is a true outsider artist with no formal training. His work is powerful, brilliant in creativity, and rich in humor. His colors, brightness, attention to details, emphasize a scale of production usually found in a well seasoned educated artist. In less than 2 years of painting exclusively he has amassed a small arsenal of paintings that would be considered a full career for many. Whether this is an attempt to never go back to construction or years of pent up creativity the current results will last a lifetime. At this moment in time all signs point to this being the beginning of a flourishing artistic career.





Jason Lustig


Jason Lustig is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from the S.F. Bay  Area Jason’s work is largely informed by the environment he grew up in. Often moving between  cities, mountains, and coastal areas, Jason uses these as the main settings of his paintings and  then adds charmingly mischievous characters to live inside them. Using a bright and saturated color palette, his paintings capture  moments in time from other worlds that seem to parallel our own.




John Vitale




John Vitale is a self taught multidisciplinary artist. His work was previously shown in Portland, OR, at Nationale, Chefas Projects, Association, and Never Lab, and in Wenatchee, WA, at Collapse Contemporary. Vitale is a creative director, graphic designer, as well as the founder and creative mind behind The Killing Floor skateboard brand.




Jung Eun Park




Jung Eun Park is a New York-based artist working in drawing and sculpture. He primary materials are graphite pencil, embroidery thread, and watercolor on coffee dyed Korean paper. Park investigates a meaning of home by observing a relationship with people, objects, and environments. Park captures imagery of her intimate life, which implying her psychological narratives, and records the moment with simple line and shape on her drawing. Simplified and symbolized objects, such as a house, plants, bricks, or pots are altered conceptually in her drawing to speak a universal language of a human being living in a new environment.

Jung Eun Park was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea where she received her B.F.A degree in Painting at KookMin University. She moved to New York in 2005 for her M.F.A degree in Painting at Pratt Institute. She has received artist grant and studio space fro the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Park is currently an artist in residence of Chashama Visual Arts Program in Brooklyn, NY.










(SALUT) Bradd Young



Salut (Bradd Young), born in 1994, is a multi-media artist based in Rochester, New York. Young’s work references the cartoons that shaped his childhood through its vibrant colors and expressive characters. Young uses different paint techniques, like airbrush and impressionism, to create a sense of depth and absurdity. Oftentimes, his paintings can be seen as an arrangement of motifs and imagery, rather than an easily identified setting. Nature is a common theme and setting explored in Young’s work because it is one of the most easily attainable depictions of beauty through the lens of a child. When Young introduces characters to his pieces, they are done with a disregard to anatomy, focusing more on shapes and his trademark facial expressions. Whether he is working on a piece with a maximalist or minimalist approach, Young sets out to create a colorful dreamy aesthetic that provides the same feelings of escapism found in Saturday morning cartoons.





Saxon Quinn




Saxon JJ Quinn is a self-taught mixed media artist interested in the rough, the worn and the resilient. Born in country Victoria, Saxon spent his childhood surrounded by creativity. His artist mother tied a basket to the ceiling of her studio where, as a baby, he would swing while she worked. As he grew older, he began sketching, painting and experimenting with clay, at times accidentally defacing her works in the process.

After studying Communication Design and building his career in Melbourne, Saxon moved to New York City, immersing himself in the city and its urban patina.The beauty he found in the aged and weathered elements were cemented as the foundation of his creative work, and painting became the outlet.

Now, from his home in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Saxon primarily uses canvas, graphite and paint, layering hues, symbols and textures to create works that sway from the intentional to the unrestrained, the minimalist to the uninhibited. Each piece bears meaningful motifs alongside elements of mischievous humour, with each mark representing an aspect of his life. These marks are arranged precisely to induce a sensory effect, where a calming constellation can be found in a world of perceived chaos.





Sneakerwolf




Tokyo based artist. Japanese traditional graffiti arts “EDO-MOJI” established 17th century. By using the combined alphabets while merging it with the pure Japanaese “EDO-MOJI” aesthetic, a new graffiti style was born. Successfully held numerous solo exhibitions in Tokyo. and this art form was launched and chosen as the first ever pieces by a Japanese at the “URBAN MORPHOGENISIS” held in Moscow during the 2019 Mural Art Festival.




Theo Bardsley



Theo Bardsley is a young rising figurative painter from London. He paints large scale portraiture, taking inspiration from his own daily life, and of those around him. Theo’s work merges the everyday with the historical, bridging the gap between past and present. Having studied the History of Art at the University of Manchester, Theo draws from a plethora of influences from the art historical canon. Theo’s layering approach to the canvas allows textures to build up, slowly a narrative comes to life, sometimes simple compositions of encounters at the pub, tied in with nods to historical events and figures. In turn the viewer can associate the paintings with a certain point in their own life, and by doing so Theo hopes transport them back to that moment.





Toyameg




Toyameg is an artist based in Fukuoka, Japan She describes her art as “pop with a pinch of poison. She holds solo exhibitions throughout Japan and provides illustrations to musicians, apparel brands, and other clients. Outside of Japan, she has participated in group shows and held solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii, and Melbourne.





TRAVROC




Brooklyn based painter and designer, Travis “TRAVROC” Dommermuth, has been painting for nearly three decades. While having started doodling and drawing at a very young age, exposure to Hip Hop, graffiti and skateboard culture in New York in the early to mid 80’s helped mold him into who he was as a youth. Those worlds started him down a creative path and lifestyle that, while continuing to grow and branch out into many other areas throughout his life, his roots in these cultures continue to influence everything he works on to this day.

After obtaining an Associates in Fine Art in 1993 and a Bachelors Degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan in 1997, he went on a very long stint as an illustrator/graphic designer and product designer working in the fashion industry in NYC. While he's moved away from the fashion industry to a degree, while still doing freelance design and illustration work, he has been deep in pursuit of his own personal work.

Having been exposed to and utilizing many different art styles, mediums and techniques over the years, he's never settled on one particular medium for too long, experimenting along the way. In turn, he uses a diverse mixed media approach to his work, with acrylics, inks, oils, oil pastels and spray paint all making their way into his work regularly. Additionally, nailing down one particular stylistic inspiration for him wouldn't be possible. From the aforementioned graffiti and skateboard cultures, to typography, calligraffiti and hand styles, from editorial illustration and caricature, to hyper-realism and still life, from portraits and figurative work, to abstract deconstruction, his style is an amalgamation of all of the above, creating its own unique aesthetic.





Yool Kim




Seoul-based artist Yool Kim navigates ideas of identity and subconscious mind through mixed media artwork. Her paintings focus on figures expressing a form of disorder. This is seen not through just facial expressions, but extends throughout the painting to express dissatisfaction and dizziness that come from the human experience. Kim’s work often highlights self expression that have not yet matured, an expression stunted in growth. Her desire is to organize these emotions through her artwork.

Kim was born in 1982 and graduated from Hongik University Graduate School of Industry in 2015 with a degree in Color Studies.


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“All the Smoke”

Group exhibition May 20th - June 24th, 2023
Featuring Shantaye McMorrow, KAVES, Piero Penizzotto and PJ Cambe


Opening Reception May 20th 3 - 6pm!

Court Tree Collective proudly presents “All the Smoke”, a group exhibition featuring four local artists that blur the lines between pop culture and abstraction. PJ Cambe decollages are made from actual wheat pasted advertisements that flood the streets and subway stations of New York City. Michael “KAVES” McLeer, the world-renowned graffiti artist works within the medium of found objects. Transforming discarded billboard sized portraits to create new identities. Shantaye McMorrow’s dark, gritty paintings act as pavement to work out her own traumatic life events. Piero Penizotto uses traditional methods of paper mache to carefully document culture and the world around him. His work aims to build a visual language that everyday people and people from the art world can both understand. Together, these works serve as a brave avenue of self-discovery.

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Shantaye McMorrow
Shantaye McMorrow is an abstract mixed-media painter focusing in acrylic, ink, spray paint and various dry mediums. Shantaye grew up on the south shore of Long Island, New York but eventually ventured to the west coast to pursue a BFA in Art & Visual Culture Education at the University of Arizona, as well as, a Graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at ASU. During her time in Arizona, Shantaye immersed herself in teaching Fine Arts in public schools, galleries and privately, while also, honing in on her own artistic practice. Currently, Shantaye lives in Queens, New York and works as a behavior intervention specialist for the developmentally disabled community.

Shantaye’s artwork is autobiographical and created to make sense of traumatic life events, as well as, less than desirable feelings. Raw, gestural marks work primarily with color and value to emphasize internal landscapes. Paintings focus on her own negotiation of memory; particularly looking at how these experiences have shaped her current understanding of intimacy. The work can best be described as cynical non-linear representations; seen over time, all at once. Emotions or behaviors that are pertinent at the time of the work rise to the surface and are explored through intuitive mark-making. The artistic process is an active inventory of personal archetypes, allowing for connections to be drawn, with the goal of uncovering origins. The journey from start to finish, acts as a catharsis, allowing for connection to primal knowing and higher self.







KAVES
Michael ‘KAVES’ McLeer is a man of faith.
For McLeer (b. Brooklyn, 1969), faith and spirituality are derived not from a theistic higher power but from a rich fabric of personal memories firmly anchored to a sense of place. That place has always been but one:Brooklyn. McLeer’s work has continually been inspired by the crumbling, many-faced Brooklyn of the 1970s and 1980s in which he was born and raised.

McLeer has carried memories of this place in time and spent years recounting them as a kind of folklore through the formats of graffiti, music, and painting. He began making artwork in his early teens illegally spray painting subway trains, buses, and handball courts. This instilled in him a tendency of capitalizing onbold lines, high contrast, and fast mark-making. Graffiti also functioned as a form of storytelling and socialcommentary. It was a citywide bulletin board, a system of communication, and a platform for the youth forthe development of individual fable.







PJ Cambe
Brookyn based artist PJ Cambe’s work is inspired by the city he calls homes. His decollages are made from actual wheat pasted advertisements that flood the streets and subway stations of New York City. His background as a street artist and skateboarder led him into being a fine artist. Like many of his contemporaries he is self taught, an autodidact. Influenced by the DIY aesthetic, driven by finding one’s voice and style through the constant exploration of trial and error. PJ is also an accomplished street photographer, designer, DJ and skateboarder. He owns and operates the skateboard hardware company “Happy 88”. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. His work has been exhibited in galleries both domestically and abroad.







Piero Penizzotto
Piero Penizzotto (b. 1998) is a Peruvian-American artist born and based in Queens, NY. Piero’s practice, primarily sculpture and painting, is rooted in documenting the people, objects, locations, and the personal/communal experiences in his life that hold a sentimental value to him. He received a BFA from Hunter College (2022) and has recently placed third in Labor Art’s annual CUNY Contest (2021) with his painting “At a Glance”.




Court Tree Collective was established in 2013 by a group of artists and creatives with the primary purpose of representing and supporting the work of emerging and established contemporary artists. Since its opening Court Tree Collective has been a staple to south Brooklyn’s emerging art scene and in a short time has exhibited a number of important exhibitions. In addition they have curated a number of exhibitions at satellite locations throughout the states and abroad.︎

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Industry City
51 35th Street,
BLD #5
2nd FL, Suite B236
Brooklyn, NY 11232


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The 36 St subway station {D, N, R, trains} is the nearest one to Industry City in Brooklyn






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