Jake Miller completed the post-graduate course at the Royal Academy in 1994. He has had solo shows at the Black Bull Gallery 1992 and at Siegal and Stockman in 1993 as well as participating in group shows in 1994 at Long and Ryle and Burlington New Gallery.
Phillip Allen left the Royal College of Art in 1992. The same year he exhibited at the Black Bull Gallery and participated in Into the Nineties at the Mall Galleries, London. Recent Group shows include Cooling Gallery 1993, Smugglers Lane Open 1994 and Identikit, Pixley Street, 1994
Geraint Evans left the Royal Academy in 1993. He has exhibited in the John Moores 1995, in 1994: the Gallery 1010, University of Tennessee, USA; Oriel Mostyn Open: Pet Show, 63 Union Street; Western Exposure, Riverside Studios and London - Leizig, Grassi Museum, Leipzig in 1993.
Often in an alarming situation, humour becomes an unexpected comfort, Grin and Bear it, draws on the artists' anxieties and frustration and in so doing sometimes prompts a quiet laugh.
Drawn with pastel upon disposable newsprint, Allen's obsessive notations read as an open diary with visual entries on such topics as childhood, death and leisurewear. Home shopping catalogues and suburban settings are used to produce isolated objects which demand attention and set the stage for events yet unseen.
Evan's friezes portray the mundane and the extraordinary as he simultaneously depicts monotonous chores and domestic torture. His site specific wall paintings, interpretations of medical instructions, illustrate hooded figures, seemingly resigned to the physical manipulation of others. There is a confusion between feelings of pain and pleasure, violation and consent.
By describing fruit and luxurious puddings in model paint, fablon and stainless steel, Jake Miller's work teases and titillates. The mirrored steel surface places the viewer within reach of a feast yet remains a frustrating barrier to indulgence.