"Panda And Polar Bear" Comic Art & Photography Exhibition


This Saturday, a fuzzy little exhibition featuring comic art and photography by the "Panda And Polar Bear" will be taking place in Camden Town.

The creative couple - Dave and Louise's cute story began in 2009, when an English alien landed in Taiwan to shoot the local metal band Chthonic at the Free Tibet concert - blessed by Dalai Lama they believed - he fell in love with the Taiwanese girl who was appointed to look after him, asked if he could kiss her, and they've been together ever since.

Photos & Press Contact:
Stacey Chien
+44 07592191469
stacey.chien@ceouk.org

 
 English humour started it all


Taiwanese have a reputation for seriousness and hard work, and the transformation from a working woman to a homemaker in a different country is never easy. However, Louise soon found the Londoner's life-style very interesting and easy-going. English humour, harmless sarcasm and liberal thinking, all of these adorable western characters make their way into the comic which is the couple's life story.

The Birth of Panda And Polar Bear
Panda And Polar Bear document stories from heart-warming moments to silly situations when the east and west meet, aiming to bring smile to everyone, in a very cute hand-drawn comic style. Artist Louise Wei uses both Western Calligraphy and Eastern Asian Calligraphy in comic making, like the story and her real life, everything is in a wonderful big cultural mixer.

Their fans started from family and friends soon spread to all over the world. This 4 month old comic series has been invited to exhibit, they have commissioned art and merchandise, and they've made it on to the homepage of an Art Gallery-Community website and Facebook Page, people starting to use their drawings as profile pictures and some have even made fan-art as a gift to their beloved ones.
www.PandaAndPolarBear.com

Street Photography by a Camden Towner

These photos form a selection of Dave's favourite photos of Camden taken over the last few years. Never without a camera in his pocket, Dave is always ready to take a shot if the situation demands, which it often does. Camden often has random notable things happening.

He has studied photography under Boo Beaumont at the University of Bath and locally at Central St. Martins and has taught several courses in London and Taipei.


Exhibition Information
Private View:24th Nov. Saturday 14pm-17pm
Date: 24th Nov. Saturday - 14th Dec. Friday 2012 . (3 weeks)
Time:
Mon-Thu 9:00~19:30
Fri 9:00~20:30
Sat-Sun 10:30~20:30

Address:My Village Cafe,
37 Chalk Farm Rd,
London, England. NW1 8AJ
www.myvillagecafebar.co.uk

Profile

Louise Wei
Studied at Taipei National University Of The Arts, making comics since
childhood, has been keyboard player in Taiwanese band Chthonic,
and the album designer for "Relentless Recurrence".

The exhibited comics have been chosen by their faithful readers.

Dave Hodgkinson
Dave has been taking photos since 2003 when Deep Purple's manager
handed him a camera and told him to "go take some pictures". He's
now never without at least two cameras: the iPhone and his trusty
Canon compact.

The exhibited photos represent a selection of "street" photos from around
the amazing, vibrant Camden that he's privileged to live in.

旅英台灣漫畫家韋采伶,別名胖打(熊貓)與相差17歲英國的北七熊(北極熊),將於2012年11月25日在倫敦熱鬧的Camden Town首次舉辦展覽!

「胖打與北七熊 Panda And Polar Bear」

本次的展覽主題是胖打的漫畫與北七熊的攝影,展覽以夫婦兩人定居的Camden Town為背景,呈現出這裡文化融合的特色。特別選在一家附近別有村莊風味的咖啡店展示三週。

「胖打與北七熊」漫畫系列的創作出發點,就是想要在這繁雜的世間,以極簡的形式傳達會心一笑的幸福。主題環繞在兩個來自不同背景的主角生活中摩擦出的有趣火花,以及對於時事的狂想。本系列作畫的特色是先以西方書墨畫出骨架,再以東方水墨上色,最後以電腦修飾與發表,不管是內容或形式皆互相輝映著它文化交融的創作背景。本系列每週均有二至三幅新作在網上發表,本次將展出由讀者票選最受歡迎的十一幅單格漫畫,加上一幅為聖誕節所畫的最新作品作為驚喜。

而本次展出的攝影作品,就是北七熊的作者本人-Dave Hodgkinson的Camden Town主題街頭攝影。來過Camden Town的人,一定會感受到它獨特的風格與活力,創意奔放的市集、匯聚了各國特色的人事物、美麗的運河景致與活力十足的音樂展演,這一切都深深吸引著Dave並成為他攝影作品的泉源。街頭攝影是一種專門的攝影形式,紀錄著一個城市與文化的當下面貌,也往往能夠為變化中的城市歷史作第一手紀錄。本次將展出作者精選的十幅Camden Town主題作品。

熊貓代表來自亞洲,北極熊代表高大的白人,不同的文化所碰撞出的火花,就是歡樂的笑料素材。一開始Louise與Dave先對朋友們分享他們一起創作的漫畫,但很快就得到了來自世界各地讀者的共鳴,從發表至今才四個月,他們就受到展覽邀請、委託作畫與商品代理等等的機會,甚至風行歐美藝術社群的Redbubble藝術畫廊網站,都主動將Panda And Polar Bear的畫作放在官方首頁與臉書首頁。
www.PandaAndPolarBear.com

展覽資訊
開幕式:2012年11月24日(六) 下午2-5點
展覽日期:2012年11月24日(六) ~ 12月14日(五)
展覽時間:
週一~週四  早上9點到晚上7點半
週五          早上九點到晚上8點半
週六週日    早上十點半到晚上八點半

地點:My Village Cafe,
37 Chalk Farm Rd,
London, England. NW1 8AJ
追朔到2009年閃靈樂團在台灣所參與舉辦的西藏自由音樂會,促成了一段異國戀曲,在今日的英倫,開花結果。曾經擔任過閃靈鍵盤手、並為其設計專輯「永劫輪迴」的Louise,因緣際會地成為了當時專程從英國飛來採訪的攝影師Dave的翻譯兼導遊,雖然相差17歲、相隔快要半個地球,他們卻一見鍾情,一年後在家人朋友的祝福下,於倫敦佛光寺結婚,定居英倫。

拜倒於無俚頭的英式幽默

一直在台灣以工作為重的Louise,來到了英國卻變成全職家庭主婦,這樣巨大的轉變使她有機會觀察英國人的社會百態,她深深被這個國度的英式幽默打動,她發現英國人忙碌時不忘經營生活的情趣,苦中作樂,用輕鬆詼諧的生活態度面對人生,跟自己文化中嚴肅認真的習性截然不同。在丈夫Dave的鼓勵下,Louise重拾起過往年少時的興趣,把英倫生活中簡單、詼諧又溫馨的故事畫下來,他們利用網路的力量,傳達這樣幸福的心情給更多人。

關於場地介紹:
My Village Cafe
由來自庫得斯坦的熱心老闆一家人經營,因自己國族的困難境遇,所以特別對人親切、有同理心,本次展覽也是受到老闆Kawa的邀請,身兼建築師與音樂家的他也是從零開始、手工打造這間獨具風格的咖啡店,他希望能夠盡自己的力量幫助更多好的藝術能夠被人看見。


胖打介紹:Louise Wei 韋采伶

1982年生,台灣台北人,15歲籌組漫畫社團並積極參與台灣早期同人誌、動漫祭發展,曾就讀於台北國立藝術大學美術系,藝術興趣廣泛,包括繪畫、設計、雕塑、音樂、攝影等。曾在2003~4年擔任閃靈樂團的鍵盤手,並為其設計金曲獎最佳專輯「永劫輪迴」。

北七熊介紹:Dave Hodgkinson(中文名:韋大衛)

1945年生,英國倫敦人,白天正職是程式公司負責人,但身為音樂與攝影的愛好者,他總是在業餘時間熱情的為喜愛的樂團拍照。他說:一切都肇始於2003年,深紫色樂團(Deep Purple)經理在後台塞給他一台相機,說:「去拍些照片!」一直到現在,他平常出門仍至少兩台相機在身上。曾師事於國際知名攝影師Boo Beaumount於巴斯大學,並於中央聖馬丁藝術與設計學院進修攝影藝術。

2007年在好友(現任閃靈鍵盤手的哥哥)介紹下,認識了來英國巡迴的閃靈樂團,他自告奮勇擔任司機與攝影師,因此結下了緣份。