Matthew Houlding’s new exhibition at the Ceri Hand Gallery is an immediate assault on the senses, transporting the viewer to a tropical paradise of colour and geometric shapes. This body of work is based on and inspired by the now demolished Oceanic Hotel in Mombassa, Kenya (Holding grew up in East Africa) – a beautiful Le Corbusier-style modernist building decorated with a vibrant palette of blues, yellows and red. However we can’t shake of the distinct Miami Vice 1960s feel that many of the works radiate, with their swimming pool blues, Hawaiian shirts draped over a corner and cut out palm trees that seem to sway gently in a warm breeze.

If there was ever an exhibition to visit with kids in tow this would be it – forget Disney World, enter the wonderful tropical world of Matthew Houlding. Go check into Holding’s Oceanic exhibition and take a holiday from the bitingly-cold British weather.

The Oceanic is on until 9 February. For more info [click here]

Words by Tess Williams.

The Oceanic installation view

The Oceanic installation view

The Oceanic installation view

Matthew Houlding, Veranda, 2012, Mixed media, 48.2 x 76.7 x 31.4 in. / 125 x 195 x 80 cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery. Photo Anna Arca

Matthew Houlding, Poolside, 2012, Mixed media, 79.3 x 44.4 x 69.6 in. / 201.5 x 113 x 177 cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery. Photo Anna Arca

Matthew Houlding, Teardrop (Yellow), 2012, Mixed media, 16 x 13.7 x 3.9 in. / 41 x 35 x 10 cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery. Photo Anna Arca