automatic painting

The Tunnel at Waterstones; A Tunnel group show curated by Jessica Ballantyne

The Tunnel Artists at Waterstones, Gower street

Curated by Jessica Ballantyne


The time has come! The Tunnel (my art collective) has been invited to show at the new gallery that the Waterstones book store in Gower Street. It's a brilliant and unique space where we will showcase new work by Tunnel members.

This will be the first show I am curating!

When Opening Night; Friday 3rd March 6;30-8;30

Exhibition continues from 4th March to 12th April

Waterstones opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:30-21:00 Saturday: 8:30-20:00 Sunday: 12- 18:00

Where Waterstones 82 Gower St London WC1E 6EQ

New Paintings for the Exhibition!

I've been working intently on She Wolf to get the painting ready in time for The Tunnel at Waterstones art exhibition. I'm super excited to share this oil painting with you, I feel its a rather special painting that marks the beginning of a journey of a new way of painting for me.

For this oil painting I used much looser brushstrokes and wanted to capture an energy in the art work.

I wanted the colours of the paint to be vibrant and pure- many are taken straight form the tube with no mixing. I feel the vibrancy and purity of the colours should reflect something about the nature of the subject in the painting.

I will tell you more about her once the show has opened and I can post pictures of The Tunnel at Waterstones art exhibition:)

She Wolf, oil painting, Jessica Ballantyne

She Wolf, oil painting, Jessica Ballantyne

Interzone: A pop up Exhibition at Geddes Gallery 21-22 May 2016

Interzone: inspired by the beats, Burroughs and the cut up technique

A Tunnel 'pop up' exhibition


The Tunnel are a group of artists, poets and theorists involved in exhibitions and events all over London.

This is a collaborative pop up exhibition featuring work that is created by using the cut-up technique.

The Cut-up technique can be traced back to the poet Tristan Tzara of the Dadaists. It was later used by Gil Wolman of the Letterist International in the 1950's. It was further developed by the painter Brion Gysin who in turn introduced it to William S. Burroughs at the Beat Hotel in 1959. Burroughs used this method to create the infamous Naked Lunch(1959) and also in the Nova trilogy.

William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin published a book entitled The Third Mind in 1977 which featured various cut ups. David Bowie used this technique to create lyrics so did Thom Yorke of Radiohead who used the a similar method on the album Kid A (2000).


Chris GodberJessica BallantyneMathew TudorMervyn DieseJamie StantonLauren Mele Julie AnnMark RathmellMonika TobelRebecca SmithJohn GathercoleTracie Angiolini

** When:

This show is only open for 24 hours! ------------------------------------------------------------ Opening night: 21 May 18:00 Closes: 22 May 18:00 RSVP on Facebook here

** Where: ------------------------------------------------------------ Geddes Gallery 26 Caledonian Road, London, United Kingdom

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