LOCATION: Gallery 40: 40 Gloucester Rd, North Laine, Brighton, East

Sussex BN1 4AQ

DATE: Monday 8 June – Sunday 14 June


CLOSING PARTY: Saturday 13 June, 7 -9pm…


The ABC art exhibition sees DAVID APPS, GAYE BLACK and BILLY

CHAINSAW join forces for the first time – with a visual remedy to the

mundanity of modern life.

APPS, BLACK and CHAINSAW share a vision – to provide a visual remedy tothe mundanity of modern life.



DAVID APPS was born in England, April 1964, and grew up on the streets of the Thames Estuary, Essex. By the time he had reached his teens, the British punk explosion and the Sex Pistols DIY artwork of Jamie Reid had captured his imagination and became a massive influence in his life. Subsequently, he took up photography and moved to Upton Park, the unfashionable part of London’s East End. Taking thousands of photographs David developed an eye for capturing anything and anyone intriguing that crossed his path.

To coincide with the 2012 Olympics, David was commissioned to create his first mural Butterflies, which still dominates the Stratford, East London skyline to this day.

David’s limited edition screen-prints are generated by re-working, re- colouring, and layering his original photographs, to transform them into striking and original examples of contemporary art. To further his artistic vision, David has recently been using antiqued mirror over his photographic images – which he places inside frames constructed from such diverse materials as plastic toys, Lego, and jigsaw puzzle pieces.

In a life dominated with subversion David’s work is an inspired clash of the dark, angelic, evocative, and kitsch. It’s very British and very ‘now’. Which is undoubtedly why he has staged twelve exhibitions in two years, including four solo shows, in such diverse cities as Newcastle, Cambridge and Berlin.

Inspired by the South East coast, David moved to Hove in April 2014, immediately making his art mark with a successful solo show on Brighton station.

David is a charismatic individual whose art demands your attention; his book East End, East London Photography is available worldwide on Amazon.





1972-3 Bideford School of Art - foundation year (A level in art & printmaking)

1973-5 South Devon Technical College - graphic design (diploma in graphic design)

1976-9 Bass player in Adverts

Gaye Black spent three years at art college, qualifying as a graphic designer before becoming bass player with the Adverts. She is now exhibiting regularly and curating the odd show. Her work references her past, and explores the contrast between attraction and horror, mainly through collage.


Rebellion festival, Blackpool, August 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Zenith bar, London, Autumn 2008

The Others’ Spectrum Autumn ’09 show

Resistance Gallery, as part of the Rock and Roll Expressionists collective,December 2009

Beyond Punk, Signal Gallery, London, August 2010

La Fiesta, Newcastle, August 2011 (solo show)

Mexico Siniestro, Resistance Gallery, London, October 2011

Punk and Beyond, Signal Gallery, London, November-December 2011

Christmas show, Cultivate Vyner Street, London, December 2011

Taking Liberties, The Treatment Rooms Collective, London, December 2011

Black, Cultivate Vyner Street, London, February 2012

Slag, The Treatment Rooms Collective, London, February 2012

Vinyl Record Show, Cultivate Vyner Street, London, April 2012

Pandamonium, Signal Gallery, London, June 2012

Sex & Drugs & Rock &Roll – Trash Art Gallery, Pennsylvania, USA, August 2012

Art Barter show, Sir Peter Blake’s bus – Strummer of Love Festival, August 2012

5 Year Anniversary show – Signal Gallery, London, September 2012

Multiplicity 2 – 129 Gallery, Berlin, October 2012

Magick Eye 2 – Orbital Comics, London, October 2012

Black Xmas – Signal Gallery, London, December 2012

Joe Strummer tribute festival, 100 Club, London, December 2012

The Gender Agenda – W3 Gallery, London, March 2013

Hanged – JP Art Market, Massachusetts, USA, March 2013

Changed – JP Art Market, Massachusetts, USA, April 2013

You’ve been Framed – W3 Gallery, London, May 2013

Location – Red Door Studio, London, May 2013

Memorabilia – Norlington Road Studios, London, July 2013

Cre8 pop up – Gallery on the Corner, Battersea August 2013

Augsburg Calling Britannia – Augsburg, Germany, October 2013

HUH? – JP Art Market, Massachusetts, USA, October 2013

Affordable Art Show – W3 Gallery, London, December 2013

Opening show - Londonart showroom, London, January 2014

Divine Define Feminine – Londonart showroom, London, February 2014

Gender Agenda II – W3 Gallery, London, March 2014

Pop up show – 100 Club – Oxford Street, London, June 2014

Scotland In Our Eyes – Scottish Crown Court, London, August 2014

Bermondsey Joyriders show – Underdog Gallery, London, September 2014

Pop Up Show – W3 Gallery, London, October 2014

The Screening - Stratford Picturehouse, London, November 2014

Guilty Pleasures - Sweet ‘art @ Juno Bar, London, November 2014

Affordable Art Show – W3 Gallery, London, December 2014

Inspiring Change - W3 Gallery, London, March 2015

Sacred and Profane – Hundred Years Gallery, London, March 2015


Beyond Punk - Signal Gallery, August 2010

Punk and Beyond - Signal Gallery, November 2011

Black Xmas – Signal Gallery, November 2012

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