SWG3 to host Prefab77's first Scottish solo exhibition

We're thrilled to be hosting the first Scottish solo exhibition of Newcastle-based artist Peter Manning, a new collection of allegorical portraits inspired by everything from pop culture, to religion, to politics.

We're thrilled to announce that the latest exhibition at our Yard Life gallery will come from revered UK artist PREFAB77 - aka Peter Manning. A Slice of Life, which is due to open on Friday 25th March 2022, is a culmination of Peter’s vast range of influences and obsessions - from pop culture, to religion, to politics. 

This exhibition marks PREFAB77’s first solo Scottish show, and will see the Newcastle-based artist unveil a series of allegorical portraits. Foreshadowing, anti-establishment and visually beautiful, the forthcoming exhibition uses a luxurious mixture of print, acrylic, spray paint, wheatpaste and varnish on a range of reclaimed wood, creating a modern fable of gangs, goddesses and groupies.  

Speaking on the forthcoming exhibition, Peter said:

"My work is a constant battle between visuals, meaning, relevance, style, subject, aesthetic, perception, narrative, substance, originality, theft, construction, destruction, influence, rock, rebellion, fake, real, nihilism, optimism and above all the desire to avoid boredom."

We're thrilled that Newcastle-based artist Peter Manning will be hosting a new exhibition of allegorical portraits, inspired by everything from pop culture, to religion, to politics.

Peter, who is renowned for large-scale street murals as well as print and cut art, began creating after early training as a printmaker and designer for the British Army. PREFAB77 was born later in the 90s as Peter began exploring youth culture, how it was manufactured and eventually the way it was resold to kids. 

Living in the small Manhattan neighbourhood of Nolita during the 90s, Peter fell in love with the layers of tags and posters that, over the years, created what he believed to be a “neglected, urgent, idiosyncratic and incidental beauty.” It was Peter’s obsession with this layered form of art, and narratives, that now forms his current works. 

Marianne Vosloo, Arts Programmer for SWG3, said:

"We are thrilled to announce A Slice of Life by PREFAB77 at Yard Life Gallery. It is even more exciting that this will be the very first solo show from him in Scotland. From the Manhattan street art scene, to fashion and a love of allegories, art, and history - visitors should expect a range of interwoven themes and influences, all wound up in Peter’s inimitable style.”

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