Art Review: Lucky Jotter’s 5th Exhibition

Curator and photographer Joseph Pegler states that “The Lucky Jotter is a mixed media art showcase aiming to promote and show the work of emerging artists” which is illustrated perfectly in the latest showcase in the series, The Lucky Jotter’s 5th exhibition. Open for just a week 14-21 October and nestled within the heart of Hockley, Nottingham’s creative hub, Jam Industries’ the Wall project is proving to be a popular new exhibition space for emerging artists with The Lucky Jotter being one of its first exhibitions since opening its doors to art earlier this year.


Main wall of Jam Industries showing three artists.

With some of the art work sourced locally The Lucky Jotter’ 5th exhibition showcases art from Nottingham Trent students and other work as far afield as Korea and the USA. This does not only demonstrate the international presence of Nottingham on the global art scene but also the nurturing of local talent.

The diverse showcase of handpicked art is inspirational; from illustration and photography to paint and collage, the mix of cultures is evident and creates a different sense of fascination with each artist’s work.

The beauty of the unexpected photograph against the perfection of a carefully choreographed series of images was something that really stood out. Sian Hall Davies’ abstract series Evolution was visually striking and the construction of the series perfectly depicted the idea of how life develops and changes. Joseph Pegler’s own photographic work featured at the exhibition. Having a brief chat with him about his photograph the story of how he accidently captured a moment prevailed. Whilst emerging from taking photographs underwater his camera took a photograph proving how these unplanned acts of art can create something beautiful and detailed.

Trent student Christopher Smith’s pen illustrations denoted the modern day urban landscape with repetitive lines. His meticulous eye to detail would grab any onlooker’s attention urging them to explore every fine line. On the other hand Lim Cheol-hee’s Stranger explores the rollercoaster world of emotions, whether it be meeting new people or being introduced to new environments. His style disfigures the face to express these emotions. He uses large brush strokes to stretch the face across the canvas, in a similar style to Francis Bacon’s series of self-portraits.

The exhibitions shares secrets to techniques and introduces you to new ways of thinking, Patrick Ballanger’s St Robin gives a detailed insight into each process he used in order to create the almost haunting image. Whereas Leo Yamz drives home the concept that humans and spirits aren’t separated, channelling his inspiration from Shamanism and trips to Africa. His prints are demonic, witching and trance like.

The range of mediums within this exhibition is captivating and truly inspiring and considering it is only a week long exhibition, this exhibition is one not to miss. The Lucky Jotter 5th Exhibition runs until the 21 October.


Melissa Feeley

  • Patrick

    St. Robin is a piece by Patrick Ballanger, not Ballinger.

  • Patrick

    Thank you Melissa.