Meet The Rainmaker
New Kings Heath Pop-up Gallery
An extraordinary pop-up exhibition has graced a new Kings Heath Gallery and workshop space, where Precision Imaging once lived, near the library. Daniel López Villacañas, whose studio sits above the new Art Rooms, has filled the white walls with his inimitable sketches of Brum, as well as his — equal parts bizarre and brilliant — black rain pieces. Like the ones pictured, Daniel allows the rain to alter his work, and he'll do it on cardboard or anything 'ordinary'. "The joy of an artist," he says, "is to discover the unusual in everyday life, reflect on an ordinary object like a box, a window, a manhole, the rain marks on the walls; little things that speak of our surroundings and define ourselves. For me, this one, [speaking of the largest piece, pictured] reminds me of the markings behind drainpipes. That's what I like about it." Each to their own! Even Daniel's watercolours are affected by the trickle of water, this time rain being replaced in his studio by a spray bottle. From famous landmarks to disused buildings on Bradford Street, it's a remarkable collection from which originals start at £425, and reproductions start at just £30. Be sure to have a closer look at the cardboard box beside the front door, that you would have probably disregarded without a nudge. Marvellous, mad and easily worth 20 mins of your time. On until May 31, 12 to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. More
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