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Press Release| Collaborative show by 4 of Cornwall's leading artists |13th Sept

Press Release

12 | 07 | 19


B O S S at PZ Gallery
 Richard Ballinger, Toby O'Brien, Jesse Leroy Smith & Volker Stox

13th to 20th September

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Dancing with Bull | Toby O'Brien

Titled BOSS for the first initial of each artist's name, this exhibition brings together three of Cornwall's most established artists with one of its rising new talents.

Richard Ballinger, Jesse Leroy Smith and Volker Stox are joined by Toby O'Brien in this new show of work by four friends who share a passion for "travel, culture, the spirit of our landscape, a love of the ‘alternative', of Clubland, dancing, Indie music and strange beauty". 

The show revolves around a collection of paintings made by Volker Stox in Berlin in the early 1980s, a time and place now documented as a moment of ‘Fierce Painting' and ‘Wild Youth'. Volker and his friends would hang out at Berlin's Dschungel Club and Cafe Einstein with people like music legend David Bowie and filmmaker George Stamkoski, and paint to a soundtrack of New Order and Joy Division. In contrast, new artist Toby O'Brien only began painting in 2016, quickly establishing himself as an important new talent with the success of his 2018 exhibition Lovers. Jesse Leroy Smith is known as one of West Cornwall's most influential painters and collaborative artists and has been the driving force behind many of the South West's biggest art shows, while artist Richard Ballinger is respected as both a curator and a painter of exceptional still lifes and landscapes.

By bringing together the work of four such diverse, but ethically aligned artists, this show promises a thrilling survey of mutual influence, male friendship and unique shared histories.


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Left to right: Berlin Risiko, Volker Stox | Red Bush, Richard Ballinger | Procession, Jesse Leroy Smith


SeeBOSSfrom Friday 13thto Friday 20thSeptember at PZ Gallery,7 Coinagehall St, Penzance TR18 4AY. Opening party Friday 13th6pm till late. Closing party Friday 20th6pm till late. All welcome. See Instagram@jesseleroy66, @volkerstoxart, @toby.obrien, @rjballinger.




Print Ready 300dpi images for press use:
TOBY O'BRIEN Dancing with Bull

VOLKER STOX Berlin Risiko



For further press information or additional images contact Mercedes Smith at Fine Art Communications / Tel 07825 270235 /