Ketchum Pleon London Toasts in New Show: NORMAH by David HolahBy Ketchum Ltd, PRNE
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Meet the Artist - 13 January From 6-8pm
LONDON, January 13, 2011 - Art@Ketchum Pleon proudly celebrates proudly presents NORMAH, by David
Holah, a new exhibition which captures the glamour and decoration of fashion
in an amusing and "camp" framework. Exploring notions of sexual identity, the
work contains complex, subliminal elements that relate to Holah's own history
and personal interpretation. Coming from a fashion background, Holah
integrates traditional printmaking methods with his individual illustrative
style to create unique contemporary prints.
After obtaining a first class BA with honours in fashion & textiles at
Middlesex University, Holah set up the pioneering Fashion label Bodymap with
partner Stevie Stewart, earning them the Martini Award, in 1983, for most
innovative designer(s) of the year. Bodymap were renowned for putting British
fashion back on the map with their controversial catwalk shows. They also
designed costumes throughout the 80s for Michael Clark's dance company for
which they were honoured with the Bessie costume award in 1987. They also
created commissioned pieces for Ballet Rambert and the Royal Festival Ballet.
Bodymap outfits are displayed in museums worldwide, including the V&A.
David Holah also designed independently, creating clothing and textile
prints for other fashion companies including Goldie, Benetton and Fiorucci.
During this time he also taught fashion in various art colleges including St.
Martins. Holah has worked as a freelance stylist for commercials, pop promos
and celebrities and continues to be a freelance designer. In 2006 he emerged
from Camberwell College of Art with an MA in fine art, and he has exhibited
his work in numerous shows, galleries and public spaces, making his mark as
an extraordinary printmaker.
The Art@Ketchum Pleon series is hosted by the London office of Ketchum
Pleon, a leading European public relations consultancy and part of global
public relations agency Ketchum. The programme offers local artists the
opportunity to show their work in an art gallery established in Ketchum
Pleon's London office, located at 35-41 Folgate Street. To date, Art@Ketchum
Pleon has showcased a number of famed British artists, including works by one
of the U.K.'s leading linocut artists Paul Catherall, as well Karin
Gunnarsson (photographer), John Lee Bird (artist), Gail Mallatratt (printer),
Andy Whale (photographer), Monica Curtin (photographer), Tom Frost
(illustrator) and others.
"We are so pleased to host the creative talents of David Holah," said
Avril Lee, partner and Deputy CEO of Ketchum Pleon London. "His striking work
provides a great opportunity to foster creative thinking amongst Ketchum
Pleon employees, and open our doors to the larger London community to support
these talented local artists."
The Normah by David Holah exhibition may be viewed weekdays from 10.00am
- 5.00pm from 13 January through 11 March at Ketchum Pleon London, 35-41
Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX. A New Year "meet the artist" toast is
scheduled for 6-8pm on Thursday, 13 January.
To request artwork images, please contact
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About Ketchum Pleon
Ketchum Pleon is one of the largest, most geographically
diverse communications consultancies and the established European market
leader. Worldwide, Ketchum has more than 2,000 employees in owned operations
and operates in 66 countries with more than 100 owned and affiliated offices.
Ketchum is a unit of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC;
www.omnicomgroup.com). Additional information on Ketchum Pleon and its
award-winning work can be found at www.ketchumpleon.com.
Contact: Robyn Massey, +44-(0)207611-3658, robyn.massey at ketchumpleon.com. Anastasia Ivanova, +44-(0)20-7611-366, anastasia.ivanova at ketchumpleon.com
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