New exhibition combines fine art and breakdancing

OLD AND NEW ... Emma Tooth has created a body of work combining fine art with breakdancing.
OLD AND NEW ... Emma Tooth has created a body of work combining fine art with breakdancing.

ART has come on in leaps and bounds with a new exhibiton by Emma Tooth.

The portrait artist has combined crafts at polar opposite ends of the art scale to create a series is stunning paintings.

Emma Tooth

Emma Tooth

The series of dramatic oil paintings are in a traditional style, but feature distinctive, modern subjects – breakdancers.

“The Customs House is the spiritual home of Breaking Art because it was there at my exhibition in 2010 that I saw Bad Taste Cru perform for the first time,” said Emma.

“At first I thought it was an odd choice to have breakdancers at an art exhibition, it wasn’t something I’d ever experienced at close quarters before, but I was so impressed I used them as my inspiration.”

The dancers were back at the South Shields gallery to open the new exhibition with an explosive display.

Emma added: “It was a great night and Bad Taste Cru launched the show with a bang.”

Curator of visual arts at The Cutsoms House, Esen Kaya, said: “We are delighted to have Emma Tooth back again in our Gallery after five years.

“Her work is breathtaking and it’s refreshing in this time of technology and alternative practices to see classical fine art painting, which has a unique contemporary edge.

“This is a must-see exhibition – especially for those who love the old masters.”

Breaking Art is a free exhibition at The Gallery at The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, and will run until March 16.

Emma added: “I’m really pleased with how the show came together and how it looked in the sleek Customs House Gallery space.

“The red walls set off the paintings with their mixture of old and new, hinting at a traditional museum vibe.

“For an artist it’s always an eye-opener to see all the work presented together for the first time.

“When I am working on paintings the series is never seen as a whole but is fragmented – I have to imagine how the show will look, so it was a treat for me too to see it all curated so beautifully by Esen who I knew I could trust to put on a great show.”

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