Pop art and pizza: The perfect antidote to hearts and flowers

PUBLISHED: 09:23 03 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:23 03 February 2014

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Wadebridge’s new café/gallery, POP, is offering a tempting alternative to what might traditionally take place on 14 February with a quirky, irreverent view of popular culture from artofmilo, a dj at the decks and pop-up wood fired pizza from Wild Bake’s converted horsebox.

Milo - real name, Miles Atkinson - studied fashion illustration at Epsom School of Art, but decided to pursue a career in art, inspired by the growing urban and contemporary art scene in the capital.

Since that time his profile has been quietly rising, with his light-hearted, bright aesthetic capturing hearts worldwide.

Currently living and working in North Cornwall, he cites his influences as Pop Art, Jeff Koons and Keith Haring, and early Hip Hop culture.

Working across a wide range of media and allowing the music he listens to or an emotional state to guide his artistic process, his work playfully pokes fun at the contemporary street art scene.

Currently represented by London’s prestigious West Bank Gallery, and showing annually at their uber cool Urban in Ibiza events, this is Milo’s first ever solo show.

“We are so fortunate to be able to attract artists of such interest and calibre,” says Mike Polson, the musician and entrepreneur who launched POP with Emma Griffiths last summer. “A growing number of artists with national and international reputations are relocating here because they are inspired by the sense of space, the coastal lifestyle and the creative connections that Cornwall offers. We look forward to welcoming art lovers from across the county to our launch from 6pm on Friday 14 February to enjoy an inspiring combination of urban art, cool music and gourmet street food.”

As well as an eclectic programme of exhibitions, fusing Cornish creativity with the edginess of London’s contemporary art scene, POP also offers framing services, affordable contemporary art, Cornish themed posters, limited edition prints and photographs as well as barista coffees, homemade cakes, art classes for children and an events venue for hire.

For more information, visit www.popcafegallery.co.uk

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