Arts & Elbows

A catalogue of commentary on events in Thanet and occassionally the rest of the world.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Brush

Neil Sparkes' show at Margate Old Town gallery is packed with sharp vibrancy and colourful vigour. It so perfectly reflects it's inspiration by Mexico City as to make viewers feel the sunshine on their backs. Included are some studies for work commissioned by Jah Wobble, how reassuring to see that Wobble knows a top artist when he sees one.

Sparkes doesn't limit his talents to painting, he has a new book of poetry being published by Billy Childish's Hangman Books this autumn, and is internationally known as a vocalist and percussionist with Indie dance band Transglobal Underground and world music pioneers Temple of Sound. As if that wasn't enough he was part of a performance by BoGaRaBoU this afternoon in the Market place and will be holding a drum Workshop with Ben Badoo tomorrow. All in all an exciting show and thankfully for us another must-see.

"The Rhythms Inside My Head" by Neil Sparkes runs at the Old Town Gallery until 14th August. Telephone 01843 225565 for details.


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