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Esquire Recommends: The Group: Winter Collection at Lawrence Alkin Gallery (20/12/13)

Let’s face it, London’s packed full of huge galleries, so it can be a relief to dodge the crowds, get off the beaten track and uncover new places to go.

Hidden away on the side streets of Soho, for the past six years, the Lawrence Alkin Gallery has showed work from artists as diverse as Sir Peter Blake to Banksy and prides itself on showcasing innovative art from Britain and beyond.

Their new end of year show The Group: Winer Collection compiles the artists tipped for success in 2014. Here are our favourites.

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From the sandy shores of Brighton, Jake Wood-Evans classically trained in Fine Art before flying off to Madrid after winning a scholarship from the Royal Academy. Inspired by Baroque art, Jake returned home to create haunting works which blend contemporary and classical styles. From small-scale studies to larger epic canvasses, Jake’s work has a timelessness absent in much of the current contemporary art scene.

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With fans such as Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, Sarah Shaw’s work couldn’t be farther from the realm of rock n roll. Describing her inspiration as deriving from a ‘very quiet place, almost a place of meditation’ her creativity centres around conditions ‘where an edgy quietness falls’. Sarah strives to inject her work with enough room for personal interpretation by building up and stripping down specific images and thoughts to capture precise moments in time.

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Better known for playing ‘Locke’ in the epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones, Aussie Noah Taylor has swapped sword for brush to embark on creating a series of harrowing art works. Aiming to keep his works as ambiguous as possible, religious art and comic books are a key influence. 2014 could be the year where his art outshines his acting. He describes himself as a ‘non committed catholic neo situationist’, obviously.

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Wholock: Detective Holmes and The Doctor meet at last  (16/12/13)

Fans of BBC shows Doctor Who and Sherlock: rejoice.

Television’s two most enigmatic characters have joined forces on screen for the first time.

In a new fan film, the Time Lord arrives outside everyone’s favourite detective’s infamous 221B Baker Street residence, before inviting him inside his TARDIS.

Featuring some impressively nifty editing skills, the five minute video is the latest in the fan based ‘Wholock’ crossover craze.

‘The Adventures of Doctor Who and Sherlock,’ anyone?

Original article available here

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