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JOHN SPRINGS - "Mustn't Grumble"

Ransom Art in Collaboration with John Springs | PRIVATE VIEW & PRESS PREVIEW: Thursday 28th March, 6-9pm


Ransom Art is very proud to present the exhibition and private viewing of works by the acclaimed British cartoonist, John Springs (b. 1962). Chelsea artist, John Springs (born 1962) has been contributing to major newspapers and magazines over a long period of time. The artwork exhibited was included in a collection of works by John Springs called “Political Unrest: Bracing for Brexit” at Ransom Art back in 2017, proving to be a prophetic record of a momentous event. He seems to include anyone and everyone in politics, historical figures and current, who has ever done anything about Europe, or being in Europe, or is in Europe. John worked on the painting for over two years, beginning the creative process in 2016 before the referendum. The title of the painting ‘Mustn’t Grumble’ by John Springs {155 cm x 236 cm, mixed media on canvas} is for sale at end of March at Ransom Art Gallery on Pimlico Road in Chelsea. A timely piece, in anticipation of March 29th, is simultaneously a piece of history with a prophetic visual narrative. The artist makes strong references to the great and savage Netherlands artist Hieronymus Bosch, which can also be seen in the rest of his other satirical paintings which will also be exhibited alongside including a portrait of Theresa May, a pop art version of Ronald Reagan, and a line up of portraits of known French writers.

"It was an irresistible urge to convey the events of that morning in June 2016 as a clumsy deceit. The political mechanism revealed itself to be error strewn, the big gamble a misjudgment, the calculating had backfired, the shifty had been caught out. Shock and morale sapping for some, the events of “Brexit” became immediate satire even before the “satirists” could comprehend and digest the situation before getting to work and stamping its collective foot. These would become the glory days for the opinionated and a battleground of division. There is a terrible truth in any victory, but this was far from being a hollow one. It’s not the job of the satirist to be charitable, more to distort a situation into something digestible and realistic. A cartoon feels the suffering of its subject matter even when that subject has been exposed as something of a hoaxer or had the impudence to make a misjudgment on a catastrophic scale, which is much the same thing. We can take a laugh at those who seem to have chanced and lost, as an observer we can gain ground from it even if we were complicit and swept along. There has always been a belief that all words are lies, the use of language an opportunists charter unlike a picture that rings true, even when a, person is pictured performing an act he or she would never do. You could call that an interpretation that cannot be misconstrued. A cartoon or caricature that distorts is not “true” but more of an explanation. Shoulders rocking in mirth is acknowledging an understanding and perhaps diffusing something that might be unknown. The act of satire is in fact a political event in itself, a picture, like words, can do the lying. In a way this painting is satirizing the satirists and playing them at their own game and all the things they find irresistible.” - John Springs

The work “Mustn’t Grumble” will also be available as a signed limited edition print, hand-coloured and of an edition of 50, through Ransom Art.

View John Spring’s collection HERE.


Earlier Event: February 26
Later Event: April 4
ROCK THERRIEN - Solo Exhibition