First Thursdays

Join us at the Gallery Café on Thursday 1st December 2016 from 7pm to 9pm, for the opening of ‘Charming Creatures’, an illustration exhibition by Laurène Pijulet-Balmer (Piju). The event will also include a pop up shop with limited edition books, prints and other crafts by Piju as well as a short talk about everyday creativity.

Laurène Pijulet-Balmer (aka PIJU) is a French visual artist, illustrator and filmmaker based in London and Paris. Piju graduated in Cinema and Video from Panthéon-Sorbonne before studying Communication Design and Digital Media at Central Saint-Martins. 'Charming Creatures' presents recent works by Piju. 'Les Muses’ is a series of portraits of some of the artist’s female role models from 20th and 21st century (including Patti Smith, Iris Apfel and Frida Kahlo). The exhibition also includes a series of illustrations of animal-inspired and movie inspired artworks and more, all highlighting Piju’s vibrant and colourful palette, often influenced by French Art Nouveau, nature observation, and a taste for deconstructed portraits.


Piju's work has won two Output Awards and has been shown in festivals and exhibitions including: ‘History Is Now’, at Hayward Gallery; Wolf and Badger’s Summer Residency at Selfridges; the Anti-Design Festival, curated by Neville Brody; the Hospital Club; Hackney Picture House; and Parallax International Art Fair.


Her clients include Hachette, Pedestrian Publishing, Le Chocolat Des Français, Paulette
Magazine, Benetton’s Fabrica, the Advertising Producers Association, Ballad Of and music artists such as Zaza Fournier and Anna Meredith.