Studio Visit – Warrior Studios, Loughborough Junction, London

Loughborough Junction is a little known territory on Coldharbour Lane between Brixton and Camberwell. Largely residential, with little else of note, it is home to creative clusters of artists who have their studios under the railway arches.

At Arch 264 is Warrior Studios; a creative space for 12 artists who work in a variety of disciplines from analogue light and sound installations to mixed media.

Tucked away off the main road it would be easy to miss, yet this little known space opens twice a year to the public during Camberwell Arts Open Studios. The next one is 17-18 June 2017.

Duncan McAfee trained as a painter at Chelsea College of Arts and now produces collage based work, which incorporate painting and drawing.

Duncan McAfee image

Phil Dobson uses lettering as the basis for his work, adapting and reconfiguring the shapes to produce new forms. His paintings are built from layers of paint, which sit proud on the board surface which he then sands away and builds up with a new layer. The results are bright, considered and draw in the viewer as they seek to understand the new forms that are presented.

Phil Dobson paintings

Hugh Gilmour’s work is the result of asking the question “what happens when nature meets modern materials like plastic”. He produces sculptures in mixed media which are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. His bird sculptures wear gas masks and have their feet embellished with trails of beading as he creates new a futuristic species. Gilmour uses a combination of found objects such as clock parts or shells in his work and results are captivating.

Gilmour bird

A visit to the studio reveals the collegial atmosphere the artists have created. They support one anothers work and seek out opportunities to exhibit together . Several of them are showing at OVADA in Oxford this spring.

Building on this they have established Warrior Press where they produce a limited edition about twice a year. The limited editions have previously comprised of a box of prints to which each artist contributes, and a story book which was developed into a dvd.

The artists are currently preparing for Camberwell Arts Open Studios.

During open studios visitors can buy directly from the artists and learn about their processes and inspiration. You can visit the studios during the weekend of 17-18 June 2017, where they open their studios to the public and welcome visitors.