M agda Archer is a London-based artist renowned for work that combines nostalgic paintings with raw, contemporary turns of phrase. Archer (b. 1964) studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, Chelsea School of Art, the Royal College of Art before co-founding the illustration duo Archer/Quinell, which rose to critical and commercial acclaim from 1988 to 1998.
Since her first solo exhibition Crazy Mad at The Cornerhouse, Manchester in 2011, Archer has shown across the UK and abroad including in Peter Blake: About Collages at Tate Liverpool (2000) and her breakthrough exhibition #givemeeverythingandnothingbaby at HOME, Manchester and Chapter Arts, Cardiff (2015).
Archer’s collection of toys, children’s books, religious votives and printed ephemera all inspire the imagery in the new body of work seen here. Chance encounters, childhood memories that unexpectedly spring forth inform the paintings, as do life’s doldrums and simple pleasures. In combining kitschy imagery with cutting text, her work balances irony with a resonant sentimentality.
Her renowned public posters for Flying Leaps immediately become recognisable landmarks in London’s urban landscape. On a global scale, Archer collaborates with major fashion designers, including her recent and ongoing project Magda Archer x The Marc Jacobs and previous work with Commes des Garçons and Jenny Packham.
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