Now - 25 AUGUST
10.00am - 5.30pm
Augustus Brandt is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of HORSE, an art and fashion collaboration by Frith and Mort.
Sussex-based Frith and Mort, is made up of artist Michael Frith and fashion designer Jenny Mort of Jenny M. London. Appreciating the vibrancy and spontaneity of Michael’s work, Jenny’s instinctual eye picked up how this could be adapted into the medium of fashion. This, along with Michael’s admiration for the Jenny M’s pared-down aesthetic, made for a natural and visually exciting collaboration. An idea was born to produce large scale watercolours of horses on white grounds applying the images to a line of clothing.
Michael’s illustrations over the last 40 years
or more have been published in most of the national and international newspapers and magazines. Publications include The Times and
Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Newsweek, and Time Magazine. His larger than life portrait of Robert Maxwell at the National Portrait Gallery led to several other commissions. This particular genre was also highlighted in the long term involvement in for the Sunday Times weekly ‘Profile’ column. He also illustrated the late A. A. Gill’s restaurant columns. Dame Floella Benjamin’s children’s book ‘Coming to England’, several cookery books, the latest being the recently published River Cottage A-Z with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Frith’s life-long passion for sailing inspired a multitude of large scale marine watercolours which have sold worldwide.
Jenny Mort of Jenny M. London spent several years as a personal design assistant to Jean Muir in her Mayfair studio. She went onto to create her own textile ranges for Harrods, Barney’s New York, The British Museum and The Royal Academy; followed by an accessories company and children’s range, as well as special projects for Armani and British Airways. Eventually Jenny returned to her first love of fashion creating her designer womenswear
line which was immediately taken up by the legendary Mrs. Burstein for Browns.
In 2018 this collaboration with Michael offered Jenny the opportunity to design her first menswear line. Here we have a collection for both men and women, made in hard wearing workwear cotton drills and linens with crisp white cottons and luxurious washed silks and twills. Traditional and yet contemporary, Jenny’s distinctive style has transferred effortlessly into menswear, keeping the DNA intact.
An inspiring first collaboration, we hope you
will enjoy exploring HORSE as much as we have. Michael’s free-flowing hand and Jenny’s eye for detail have created a captivating visual experience to be seen and shared over and over.