23 July 2012

Candice Tripp moved from her native Cape Town, South Africa, to London in 2004. Like the realm of traditional fairytales, the world of South African born Candice Tripp is both magical and macabre.

In this domain, melancholic children and all manner of beasts are executed in oil and ink; it is a place where both joy and sorrow are as sharp as swords.

Childlike subjects add a sense of innocence to her work, though it is executed with a brutal wit that is unquestionably adult. Beautiful, illustrative, and dark, it is the very strangeness and richness of these figures that beckons us into their enchanted world.

Sedate children and their animal companions are stylishly executed in miniature, and give vision to the lessons and warnings of fables.

Suspended in a world of white negative space, we are enticed to allow our imagination to build the content and context of their bizarre and gently humorous action.

Tripp’s work implores us to enter her world, shut the gate and toss away the keys.

In June 2011 Black Rat Projects will host this tumble down the rabbit hole, for a one-night introduction to Candice Tripp’s work. Descend the staircase to the narrow kingdom of Morrell House and expect the unexpected.


The gallery space, a large railway arch with bare brick walls in east London, has also become the place where our artists can experiment with large installation and multimedia projects. The gallery focuses on representing both established and emerging contemporary artists. We also deal in secondary market works by a small number of international artists.

Black Rat Projects was initiated in 2007 and has for the past four years been supporting and developing the careers of artists whose mediums and techniques are in many ways traditional yet whose practices are fused with a contemporary interventionist spirit. Our artists are many things but they have all been portrait painters, woodcutters, traditional screenprinters and etchers and we continue to mark their developments in drawing and painting with the prints we publish. Our editions can be found in collections worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Modern in the UK.


The opening is from 6 - 9pm, but for anyone who can't make it down, the show will run until August 18th.

There will be 14 new canvases along with a new crop of Tribe characters.

I'll be at Black Rat this week working on the installation, so if anyone has any queries or is still waiting to have a look at the preview, please contact

Black Rat Projects

83 Rivington Street