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Friday 24 April 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. Today’s post highlights Twickenham artist, Jem Panufnik.

Jem Panufnik: Subverting the Historical View

Orleans Transformed by Jem Panufnik

Jem’s images offer bizarre and fanciful re-workings of historical prints of the local area that were originally produced in the 18th and 19th century. They are conceived with great affection for and knowledge of the locale.

His creative and spiritual attachment to Twickenham goes back a long way. His great grandmother, the Hon. Mrs Nellie Ionidies, was an impassioned conservationist and collector of riverside prints and paintings of the area. She lived next door to Orleans House, and after her death in 1962, she left the many interesting pictures she had accumulated to the Richmond Borough Art Collection.

Jem has worked in or around his great grandmother’s house for most of his life.

He has been at the heart of underground art culture since the 1990s and his visual creations have adorned record covers, t-shirts, festival posters and music promotions.

Recently he has been exhibiting paintings, prints and sculptures in successful shows in London and San Francisco.

This unique combination of local art historical knowledge and a surreal imagination makes Jem’s prints a real discovery as an original gift or a reminder of a visit to the gallery, with postcards also for sale.

Richmond Hill Dodo by Jem Panufnik

Want to learn more about Jem? His artwork features in our current exhibition Beyond the Frame, and we sat down with him to learn more about his inspirations and love for art. Read our ‘In Conversation’ article with him here.