Nadia Day – Interview

Nadia Day studied art at the prestigious Knights Park at Kingston University, training under Leo Duff. Following that she gained a BA in Theatre Arts at Birmingham University; worked in TV Production Design and Experiential Marketing; before revisiting her passion for painting.

Nadia works in acrylic on canvas, opting for pallet knives and thick brushstrokes to create bold and energetic impressionistic work. Most of her imagery is of deer in Richmond Park and Bushy Park, her local stomping grounds, plus seascapes from the south coast.

Nadia is currently being represented in London by Wills Art Warehouse Gallery and locally by Handmade Frames and Richmond Hill Bakery where a selection of her paintings are on sale.

Her studio is at home, where she sometimes shares her easel space with her gorgeous son Jasper (there is also a Jemima at home, but luckily she is too young to be painting at present)

Nadia will be exhibiting at FLUX Exhibition in London between the 2nd – 6th November at The Old Truman Brewery.

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James Mortimer – Interview

James Mortimer is a 27-year-old artist and sculptor from Bath.  Described as Dutch master meets Oscar Wilde meets Pete Doherty, his 2015 solo show of paintings at the Catto Gallery in London made such an impact that the Independent’s art critic, Charlotte Cripps, dubbed him ‘one to watch.’

Born and brought up in Swindon, Wiltshire, James has an artistic lineage – most notably, the 18th century painter and etcher, John Hamilton Mortimer.  He studied sculpture at the Bath School of Art and Design under the tutelage of, among others, Gavin Turk, a pioneer of many forms of contemporary British sculpture.  Central to his degree show was a large risqué sculpture of two men and a woman in an act of passion; ‘The Great Penetration’ won him the Kenneth Armitage Prize.

James, who sold his first painting while studying Art and the History of Art at New College in Swindon, has had made a considerable mark on the art world with more than 20 exhibitions at fairs and galleries including Hampstead’s Catto gallery, the James Freeman gallery in Islington and the Accesso gallery in Pietrasanta, Italy.

His provocative style challenges the viewer with images of decadence, aggression, sexuality and fantastical creatures.  His art is inspired by a love of the ridiculous and is the antithesis of the British reserve in which he was brought up.

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Mark Sheeky – Interview

Mark Sheeky was born in 1972 in Crewe, South Cheshire in an average working class family, and educated in a catholic school to an above average but not exceptional level. Always a self-learner, his first passion was computer games, and he taught myself how to program on a home computer, later learning how to write music for his games, before self-publishing his work with limited success! In his early thirties he started to paint oil paintings and he’s now a full time artist.

Mark has one painting in the Cheshire art collection at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester and he has exhibited widely throughout the country, winning the Grosvenor Art Prize in 2013. On his small record label he has released over fifteen music albums in different styles, largely created using software he designed himself, and in 2012 he self-published his first book, an illustrated poetry collection.

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Vojislav Radovanovic – Interview

Vojislav Radovnovic is Serbian painter, TV author and independent filmmaker born in Valjevo, Serbia in 1982. He is engaged with classical painting and drawing and multimedia artistic expression such as installations, video, experimental film. So far, Vojislav Radovanovic exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions and festivals in Serbia and worldwide. Vojislav Radovanovic also works as television director and Editor primarily in the field of cultural and artistic programs. Lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

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SEAN WORRALL: A Hackney WickED Art Drop

SATURDAY/SUNDAY JULY 30th/31st, HACKNEY WICK, LONDON, E9.

The always rewarding Hackney WickED DIY open studios weekend is upon us once more, studios open and art alive all over the Wick, around Fish Island and happening all over the weekend. All kinds of things going on in the surviving studios and art spaces, performance, painting and lots more, celebrate Hackney Wick while you still can

And once again there will be an art drop from Sean Worrall, last year it was part of the #365ArtDrops piece, the year before it was 100 pieces painted on material found and recycled. This year it will be another in the series of #43 events that have seen things like a 43 minute art shows happen with 43 minutes of warning under railway bridges, drops of 43 pieces of art on the 43rd day (left hanging for people to take), a series of larger (thorny) paintings on sale as a show for just £43, and a series of 43 small canvas paintings at the Art Car Boot Fair..

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Elia Tomás – Interview

Elia Tomás is an incredibly talented artist based in Madrid.  His first memories of art stemmed from his uncle who painted landscapes devoid of a human element yet full of personality.   After years of carrying his uncles artistic influence through a different path including a psychology degree he moved to Madrid and embarked on his own artistic journey.

Unlike his uncle, Elia’s gaze is directed towards a human element and he uses the portrait as a means to develop a narrative of the individual. Real life people end up becoming fragments where he explores vulnerability.  Hence the election of the main characters of his work: men, children and teenagers in a continuous redefinition process. They either look back in time searching for parts of themselves that remain incomplete or live with such an intimate intensity a moment of solitude. They struggle to assert themselves and sometimes to compare to others. They often feel they are victims of certain hormonal euphoria and some degree of disappointment.

We fell in love with Elia’s art, his ability to create different styles of work that showed his range but also his incredible ability to portray the mood and atmosphere of his narratives.  The boldness and passion towards his dominant theme; the contradiction of being a man is always present in his stunning compositions.

This is art you linger on, art that you study, enjoy then come back for more.  Elia is certainly an artist to follow and collect.  Thank you so much Elia for sharing your wonderful work with us!

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Anthony J. Parkè – Interview

Future Reveries: The Paintings of Anthony J. Parkè. An interview conducted by Carl Turner.

It is said the richest place on earth is the cemetery, because it is filled with the unrealised dreams, ideas and aspirations of it’s deceased inhabitants. There is something of that in Anthony J. Parkés’ imaginary worlds. Specifically Parké is interested in an imaginary dimension where ‘unrealised futures’ lay. I interviewed the artist to discover what motivated his latest body of paintings entitled ‘Future Reveries’.

The backstory to Parké’s paintings revolve around his relationship with his elder brother, who was struck down with a mental ailment at a very young age. From this illness came a world of visions and voices which Parké says provoked numerous destructive outbursts over the years.

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Binho Ribeiro – Interview

Binho Ribeiro has been a major part of the street art scene since 1984 and is now a pioneer in Brazil. He has travelled the world painting, becoming a reference of Brazilian street art who influences and mentors many new artists. He has painted in and been exhibited around the world, from Beijing to Beirut, Buenos Aires and Cape Town, to name a few, as well as throughout Brazil.  He has taken part at Graffiti Fine Art in USA and Brasil, and International Biennial GFA, already on the 3rd edition. The launch of his book, “Binho – The International Graffiti Ambassador” by Over the Edge Books, was released in late 2015. Binho’s studio in São Paulo also sells his street wear brand 3º Mundo (3rd World), created out of his passion for hip hop and skateboard.

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Hockney Exhibition – Review

Review by Rosalind Freeborn

David Hockney, RA is about to turn 80 but, judging from his latest show at the Royal Academy in London – 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life, he is showing no signs of slowing down. This collection of portraits fills the Sackler wing at the gallery with the intense colours of California and demonstrates Hockney’s pure joy in the genre. Portraits have been an important part of his work since he graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1962. He says himself, in painting there is only Still Life, Landscape and Portraiture.

Hockney told the curator of this collection, Edith Devaney, “I think I’ve found something that I could go on with forever, because people are fascinating, they’re mysterious really.” After the untimely and tragic death of a young studio assistant in 2013, Hockney withdrew to his Los Angeles studio wondering if he would ever paint again. He felt suddenly moved to make a portrait of his studio manager, head in hands, an anxiously zig-zag carpet at his feet, in a pose which referenced Vincent Van Gogh’s Sorrowing Old Man. “It’s really a self-portrait,” he said. Hockney decided to make more portraits, insisting that visitors to the studio should sit for him, feeling his way towards a template for a series – full figure, all seated in the same white dining chair, painted in bright primary acrylic paint. He decided that each portrait should take no longer than three days to complete – demanding six hours per day for each subject. He viewed each subject carefully, scrutinising the way they arranged themselves in the chair, noting the clothes they chose to wear and devoted the first day of the process entirely to drawing in charcoal. The painting and completion followed over the next two days.

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Ananda Nahu – Interview

Ananda Nahu is one of 5 artists participating in this year’s LATA Street Culture Festival, running 29th June to 2nd July 2016. Including live outdoor painting, music, film and workshops, the festival takes place at Red Gallery and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Ananda Nahu was born in 1985 in Juazeiro, Bahia, painting since 2005. She often creates portraits of African women, children and music symbols, using the bright colours of Brazil, blending stencil techniques with diverse materials such as the traditional fabrics of the North East of Brazil. Humans are the core of her work, sensitive and delicate, respecting the diverse facets of artistic events in human history, and adding vibrant colours and dynamic forms, lending warmth, life, strength and energy to the composition of her works. Ananda exhibits extensively in Brazil and internationally, passing by America, Holland, Germany, France, UK and having many collectors around the world.

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FLUX – Submissions Open

2nd – 6th November The Old Truman Brewery Submissions close 30th July 2016

FLUX Exhibition is a groundbreaking and new kind of art event – a collection of the most dynamic painters, performance artists and musicians, which presents an alternative way to encounter today’s best new art.

FLUX has established itself as the platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, unconventional art event. Curated by Lisa Gray founder of FLUX, this third much anticipated edition of FLUX brings over 100 artists to the fore. Gray hand selects the very best emerging talent for a five day interactive art event.

Gray says “FLUX is not a fair or a normal exhibition. FLUX is a unique experience for both artists and art lovers. Each artists work is considered so it does not compete with other work but stands alone and shines in its own light. The support we have gathered since the first exhibition has cemented our place in the contemporary art world and allowed us to continue to be creative.”

FLUX comes alive with musical guests and performance art installations, which complement the work and bring a new experimental approach to the exhibition.

The show represents a rare opportunity to gain direct access to a diverse group of gifted artists, on the path to being the big names of tomorrow. Showcasing new talents in a collaborative, curated show, FLUX celebrates dynamic emerging artists on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.

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James Boman – Interview

James Frederick Boman, born and raised in East London, is an assemblage artist with a sculpting studio in Hackney Wick. Influenced by artists such as Jean Tinguely, Heath Robinson and Kris Kuksi; James is best known for his sculptures made from found objects and mechanical components.   Boman the man and his fantastical machines is an artist with a unique style that is impactful with a surreal, dark and quirky edge.  Mixing modern industrial objects with anachronistic technologies his works would not look out-of-place in a Tim Burton movie! They are retro – futuristic inventions that compel the viewer into another world.  His work, his concepts, his machines are a dream, a sub conscious world, a fantasy that allows you to place your own narratives upon his spectacular, strange and truly wonderful creations. We adore your work James thank you so much for sharing your art with The Palette Pages!

 

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Massimo Micheluzzi – Q&A

Renowned Venetian glass artist Massimo Micheluzzi, who is represented in many of the world’s leading museums, will present an exhibition of new work, “Micheluzzi: Mosaico”, at the Willer gallery in London from 22 June until 30 July.

Micheluzzi’s exquisite work is much sought-after for its beauty, innovative use of colour, and his masterful and inventive interpretation of traditional Venetian glass making techniques. The past eighteen months has been an exceptionally creative period for the artist, during which he has been inspired by the architecture of his native Venice. The 25 exhibition pieces take inspiration from the spectacular mosaics and terrazzo floors which are a feature of the city’s palazzos and churches. Micheluzzi’s distinctive style creates a contemporary aesthetic while employing classic centuries-old murrina techniques.

He uniquely maintains an unusual amount of control over the making processes. The murrina panels are meticulously composed and fused in his studio. The results are subtle, sophisticated pieces of solid, beautifully proportioned forms, alive with the dense opaque jewel-like colour, pattern, fluidity, and effortless elegance of his native Venice.

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Rita Parniczky – Solo Exhibition

Weaving with Light’ the First Solo Exhibition  of Textile Artist: Rita Parniczky Winner of the 2016 Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize

Rita Parniczky will present her first solo exhibition: Weaving  with Light at Contemporary Applied Arts to celebrate her
award of the 2016 Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize  .Launched in January 2013, the concept of the Perrier-Jouët  Arts Salon stems from the roots of the Salon in Paris, bringing together like-minded people under the roof to muse on the Arts.  However, the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon has a second purpose, to award an annual prize to nurture and support the career of an emerging maker in Britain

“Rita was a clear winner for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon – a great example of how wonderfully crafted, and thoughtful use of a fresh medium can encapsulate a modern expression of Art Nouveau,” said Jo Hooper, Chair of the Arts Salon for 2016

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Christopher Dear – Interview

Christopher Dear is a bold expressive artist who follows his own rules.  After being asked to leave art school for his lack of conformity Dear  has gone on to forge a successful career doing what he does best – being himself!  Dear began art as a profession in 1995 and is now in his 21st year as an artist and more recently a fashion designer.  Dear has exhibited widely in galleries, music events and public spaces all over the world.

Dear’s style developed from his early career within the music industry.  He produced large-scale artworks for music events and to this day his style works in tandem to music providing a multi level experience for the viewer.  His work is strong in impact with the abstractions full of vibrant colours and often adorned with gold leaf adding to the reflective and illusionistic qualities.

We are delighted to show Dear’s incredible work and are looking forward to his exhibition next month in Shoreditch London.

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Kirsty Whiten’s Wronger Rites

Scottish artist Kirsty Whiten is known for her extraordinary skill in creating often disturbing and arresting works.  Now the artist is wrapping up a self started and hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to create a unique limited edition hard cover book. Wronger Rites – The Quing of the Now Peoples will contain a collection of Whiten’s own work, drawings, water-colour and oil paintings.

Wronger Rites will be released in August 2016. Wronger Rites depicts a set of imagined rituals performed by the Now Peoples and overseen by their gender-queer priestess, the Quing.

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Ilona Szalay – Queen Of Swords

7th May to 31st May at Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

Ilona Szalay’s oil and resin on wood paintings trace a path through a world of conflict and power play, a place of rigid hierarchy and fierce competition.  Using concise visual language the work explores notions of vulnerability and beauty, dominance and submission, violence and control.

Now Szalay’s new paintings are shown for the first time at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh in “Queen of Swords” opening Friday 7th May 2016.

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Mona Nahleh – Interview

We are delighted to show the work of a prolific and incredibly talented artist.   Mona Nahleh, a self-taught Lebanese artist is a member of the Lebanese Association of Painting and Sculpture.  After learning academic painting techniques, she started to develop her own style and had her first exhibition in 1994.  Since first exhibiting Mona has participated in many collective shows in Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, France, Lebanon and the UAE.

Her solo exhibition Temporel Totems, represented a new wave that has been added to her artistic career and took place in Art 56 Gallery – Beirut, Lebanon.

Mona Nahleh has held solo exhibitions in Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait and Syria. Her exclusive style and indulged technique paved the road for her artworks to be embraced in several private collections such as in “Château De Léon”, St. Étienne, France.

We fell in love with Mona’s figurative abstractions, her use of colour and marking that added to the strength of her work.  The blurred realities and outlines of emotion that compel you to understand the narratives within her art.   Mona is a master of modern art, an artist to watch, to enjoy and to linger on the beauty she creates.

Thank you Mona for sharing your beautiful creations with us.

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Gordana Vincic – Interview

Interview by Fashionel

In 2016, among other interesting stories and interviews, Fashionel will present a cycle of talks with successful and creative worldwide Macedonian expatriates around the world. The names of some of them may not be as established in our country, but their hard work and success that has been achieved beyond these limits is a strong reason for discussing with them and introducing them to the domestic public.

A few days ago we visited the “Osten” gallery in order to get acquainted with the artist Gordana Vincic. The gallery is currently hosting her solo exhibition “Intuitive confession” in which (you can see a part of her)30 drawings being exposed; images of women, in combined technique (charcoal, pastel and ink) on paper.

For 20 years Gordana has been living and working in Sweden. She was born in Skopje, a place where she always returns to with great love. In 1998 she graduates from Social Work and Policy studies at the renowned University of Lund. After her graduation she starts to deal with psychology, and enriches her career with a 15-year leadership experience in several areas.

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Dadiani Fine Art – Paul Wager

‘My work is a heavy metal cocktail of male fantasies’ – Paul Wager at Dadiani Fine Art

‘I find myself at the interzone of painting and sculpture; my work is a heavy metal cocktail of male fantasies, obsessive and confrontational. It is a chemical haze of alternative sound and vision, religion and politics, conflict and war, tragedy and loss. A crucible of liquid observations and memories which stimulate my pending offering to the uncharted future of art.’ – Paul Wager

Dadiani Fine Art are proud to announce that we are showing the work of Paul Wager.  An experienced and committed artist whose work is tough and
uncompromising and has it’s roots in Constructivism and revolutionary ardour. His work has a seriousness and reality that is refreshing compared to today’s milieu it may be unfashionable to say this but his work is definitely masculine – it has balls and none the worse for that. His constructed 20 works which use steel armatures are the result of a hands on technique which conjures up thoughts about engineering and maybe of our now almost lost Northern Industrial Heritage; it is relevant that Paul Wager is very much a Northerner. His sculptures are always extraordinarily well crafted and show an informed and sensitive approach to surface and patina. The context of this work shows a challenging and critical mind at work – someone with ‘Weltanschaung’ and doesn’t shrink from expressing his critical view of the status quo through his art. read more…

Sally Trueman – Interview

Sally Trueman is a contemporary English painter of international renown. Her work is featured in numerous collections throughout the world. Her paintings are extracted from elements found in her sketch books along with ideas from drawings produced on site. When you look at her paintings closely, you will see layer upon layer of paint. At first glance, the marks on the canvas seem to be spontaneous, expressive and impulsive. In actual fact, the building up and stripping back of these layers of paint have taken extraordinary lengths of time and great perseverance. This results in the canvas taking on a sculptured look which gives the onlooker the impression of a fleeting, transitory moment captured from the artist’s vision and laid effortlessly on canvas.

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Laura Elliott – Artist Interview

We are delighted to introduce the artwork of Laura Elliott.  We were first introduced to Laura’s work online and quickly became a follower of her unique style.  When Laura applied to exhibit her work at FLUX Exhibition we were instantly taken with her art and were eager to show her distinctive creations.  Laura is an artist that works with both paint and metal clay.  It was her metal clay work that really grabbed our attention.   Laura is an artist who has harvested her creativity from a very young age.  After studying and finding her form Laura now works with metal clay and precious and semi-precious gemstones.  Her work is intricate and beautiful displaying rawness and luxury, a combination that adds to the beauty of her work.   

Laura has gallery representation and takes part in numerous exhibitions within the UK and internationally.  One thing we are sure of is the journey Laura is taking is an exciting one, she is an artist with passion and drive, she is an artist that is not afraid to take on new challenges. 

Laura we love your work, we love the concept that we could wear a unique, stunning and impactful piece as jewellery – it’s as personal as it can get with contemporary art. Just marvelous – thank you for sharing your thoughts and inspirations with us.  

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Performing for the Camera

Performing for the Camera examines the relationship between photography and performance, from the invention of photography in the 19th century to the selfie culture of today. Bringing together over 500 images spanning 150 years, the exhibition engages with the serious business of art and performance, as well as the humour and improvisation of posing for the camera.

The exhibition begins by considering the documentation of important performance works such as Yves Klein’s Anthropometrie de l’epoque blue 1960, a live painting event using the bodies of naked women, as well as key 60s performances by Yayoi Kusama, Marta Minujín and Niki de Saint Phalle. Drawing on an extensive collection of images by Harry Shunk and János Kender, two of the most important photographers to have worked with performance, the exhibition features iconic images and many rarely seen studies, including those revealing how the photomontage of Yves Klein’s famous Leap into the Void 1960 was made.

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Meme Mary- Interview

Meme Mary is an incredible artist, an artist who has taken her experience as a student at the RCA and pushed the boundaries to produce artwork that is pulsating with power.  We were honoured to show her work at FLUX.  Work that is impactful and evocative.  Meme’s art is often created on a large-scale with strong lines, with the figure being treated in an expressive manner.  Her smoothness of technique is combined with a boldness of form.  This method creates an emotional realism bursting from figurative abstraction.  The impact of Meme’s work is powerful, art that ensures you stop and linger on all the possibilities, art that makes you gaze upon the beauty of both the rugged and the raw, art that captivates the movement, the solitude, the sensuality of humanity.  Meme we are proud to support you and are excited to follow your artistic journey, you are without doubt a brilliant artist.  Thank you for sharing your art with us!

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Artrooms Melia White House

ARTROOMS 2016, the largest fair in the UK featuring over 80 independent artists from 33 Countries

During the last few months the organisers of ARTROOMS have issued a casting call to a diverse selection of artists from across the globe. The outcome has enabled the arrangement of a resolutely unique event that features the largest collection of independent, artistic talents in one centralised location.

ARTROOMS enables emerging artists to exhibit within a grand space and thus provides an irreplaceable platform of visibility in central London. 70 rooms at Meliá White House, a top four-star deluxe hotel next to Regent’s Park, will be transformed into innovative show spaces throughout a four-day period of London Arts Fair.

The team behind ARTROOMS incorporates established experts and recognised sponsors including Contini Art UK, Art Finder, Le Dame Art Gallery, Konnii, Brownhill Insurance, Celeste Prize, Useum and Belluzzo and Partners, among others. We also benefit from the involvement of various charities including the celebrated Well Child organisation. The extensive variety of skillsets and expertise behind the project are united in their passion to provide support for the next generation of international artists. read more…

Jones Keyworth – Interview

Jones Keyworth was born in London in 1980, but spent her childhood in the Sussex countryside. She completed her degrees in English Literature with Art, and English with Creative Writing at Chichester University before going on to study Art History at Cambridge. Established as a freelance artist, writer and theatre designer she moved back to London in 2004, collaborating with galleries as well as theatres such as The Old Vic and National Theatre.

Often painted on panels of mahogany cut from old doors, the works are small and heavy pieces, painted with luminous jewel like tones. For many years Jones Keyworth concentrated on landscapes including the series Albert which portrayed views sketched from the very top of the Albert Hall’s famous domed roof. The haze of heaped houses, glass office blocks, towers and cranes just about visible in the smoky ‘London particular’. Reminiscent of icons or illuminated manuscripts, the oils evoke strange and dark fables, exploring themes of memory and perception. Beautiful yet claustrophobic, the landscapes create a sense of unease with patterns of people and trees. read more…

Stasha Lewis – Interview

We are delighted to introduce artist Stasha Lewis to both The Palette Pages and soon FLUX Exhibition at The Royal College of Art.   Stasha creates art that is bold and energetic, art that is vibrant and full of passion.  Stasha has recently experimented with brushes but for most of her artistic career her tools have been natural and powerful as she uses her body and emotions to transport paint to canvas.  Stasha has exhibited her work at places such as Intimate Modern, Saatchi Gallery and Cork Street in London and is certainly making her mark in the art world.    Stasha is an artist who is not afraid to develop her style.  Wherever her creativity leads her, there is always a strength of character and an undenying ability to depict her needs, her loves, her losses in a mass of paint on canvas.   Stasha could have easily followed a different world and indulged in a career of retail and fashion, but her heart and soul has always been connected to art.

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Matthew David Smith-Interview

Matthew David Smith’s work focuses on the city and the man made, encompassing areas from design and architecture to the Internet. He’s interested in how the visual stimuli of these subjects can collide to create new simple form. feeling an affinity with the colour field painters of the 50s he has twisted it to hold the essence of our visual urban world.

Along with ideas of popular culture Matthew is also interested in how the mass-produced can be transformed into a unique object. These often computer generated forms insist on the removal of the gesture. By animating them into formal painting introduces expression. In addition to this, by recreating mass-produced repetition by hand he is technically destined to fail. The handmade removes perfection.

There is the element of time in Matthew’s work through the process of adding and removing. This element in his paintings also reflects the constantly juxtaposition of the city, rising and then crashing back down again, the new and the old. Thank you Matthew for sharing your bold, impactful art with us.  read more…

Romero Britto – Interview

I was delighted to be invited to the private view of the incredible artist Romero Britto at Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street.  A colourful and inspirational exhibition that was fun and impactful.  Britto is an artist that draws a smile and generates happiness, he is an incredible artist and a larger than life personality.  Read his interview below which is a pleasure to publish.

Internationally renowned pop artist Romero Britto uses vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual language of hope and happiness, reflecting his optimistic faith in the world around him. Born in Recife, Brazil in 1963, Britto lived an extremely modest lifestyle while growing up amongst eight brothers and sisters. However, his innate creativity allowed Britto to fill his life with images of a bigger and more beautiful world beyond his own. Self-taught at an early age, he painted what he saw and what he imagined on surfaces such as newspapers, cardboard or any scraps that he could find.  With an inordinate passion to excel, he prospered academically. Still, Britto’s artistic nature eventually led him to seek experiences outside the classroom. In 1983, Britto traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. After exhibiting in a few galleries and private shows, Britto was encouraged to travel to the United States where Pop Art was flourishing. Britto moved to Miami and set up a studio open to the public. With an unshakable resolve and belief in his art, Britto spent the next few years exhibiting and attracting the attention of many. read more…

Daniel Acosta was born on November 17, 1969 in Tucumán, Argentina. He was educated at the National University of Fine Arts Tucuman, Argentina where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993. He has a varied work experience which includes teaching drawing, painting and art history, illustration and being a professional artist.  He has exhibited his works in several salons and National Competitions. Daniel has works in private collections in several countries, including; Uruguay, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France and Italy.

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Qing Qi – Interview

Artist Qing Qi -one of the British-China’s best up and coming artist (London Evening Standard), her work explores the complex relationship between culturally specific issues and larger developments of a modern/post modern age. Within this context, she tries to appropriate and transform both conventional Chinese aesthetic idioms and contemporary vocabularies to negotiate the cultural differences between past and present, self and other. Qing a  London Metropolitan University MA Graduate in Art, Design and Visual Culture, Qi Qing won the Excellent Designer of Fashion Awards in 1999, China, The Copper Award of Industry and Design in 2000, and obtained a distinction for her degree in 2002, and Masters Degree in London in 2006. Qing is exhibiting widely across the UK.  Thank you for sharing your art with The Palette Pages.

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Tribe 15

Our friends at Chrom-Art are putting on an alternative festival of art which promises to be a very exciting event.  Save the date and get down to this fabulous venue for a weekend of arty fun!

An Alternative Art Festival involving art sale, live street-art, immersive theatre, video, music and dance

Belongingness is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, a nation or a sports team…humans have an inherent desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves. This implies a relationship that is greater than simple acquaintance or familiarity. The need to belong is the need to give and receive affection from others. This desire is so universal that the need to belong is found across all cultures and different types of people. According to Maslow theories, belonging comes third after physiological and safety needs of the human being.

For the new generations, material possessions are loosing relevance and the virtual presence becomes the centre of their social identity/ies. Geographical proximity and social background is less important that the new affiliations to the global tribes. Music, arts, sports; experiences shape our increasingly customisable world. We can now like, friend/ unfriend, chat, and block people. Decide what and when to pay attention to. This also comes at a price, such as isolation or lack focus and real human interaction.

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Nara Walker – Interview

Nara Walker is an Australian artist who is now based in the UK.  We  are delighted to feature her impactful work and interview with you.  Below you can read about what influences Nara’s work and the questions she kindly answered for The Palette Pages.  Nara has built up an incredible CV.  This year alone she has exhibited worldwide at 19 exhibitions, she has been nominated for numerous awards including BLOOOM Award Cologne, Connect to Colour, Summer Art Award, Lacey Contemporary, London UK and the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, Piano Nobile Kings Place, London.  Nara is also a performance artist with appearances including  Hair Pull Live Venice where she paints with her hair and I Draw which focuses on the female body within art. More specifically Nara’s body as the artist and medium.  Nara is prolific in creating, an exceptionally talented artist and an artistic force to follow. Thank you Nara for sharing your work with us.

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Cecilie Manz Reinvents The Minibar

With Rud Rasmussen

For Wallpaper Handmade

A smart, eclectic design offers a beautifully crafted sensory experience Cecilie Manz and Rud. Rasmussen’s minibar concept for Wallpaper* Handmade 2015 transforms a well-known object into a complete experience. The latest issue of the internationally acclaimed magazine Wallpaper shows how the Danish designer Cecilie Manz and Danish furniture manufacturer Rud. Rasmussen have come together to reimagine the hotel minibar for Wallpaper* Handmade 2015. The annual Handmade show presents “one-off wonders” crafted by today’s best designers, artists and manufacturers. Cecilie Manz’s fresh, unexpected take on a classic object exemplifies her trademark modern, detail-oriented approach and Rud. Rasmussen’s classic craftsmanship. read more…

Dan Lane – Interview

Dan Lane aka. Mechanica creates fascinating work that is a result of months of searching for parts that make his beautifully dark pieces. Lane is a bio mechanical sculptor, transforming everyday objects and mechanical bits into intricately detailed modern and contemporary freestanding sculptures, assemblies and wall art.  An engineer by trade Lane took his craft in a more creative direction and for the past three years has been making his wonderfully impactful art.  Using gears, cogs, pipes, wires, bracketry, and other mechanical elements it allows the sculptures to take on a new form as though coming to life and with the added bust or ornament found at junk sales the result is truly spectacular.  We love the work of Mechanica and are very excited to be going to see his solo show at Castle Gallery in Mayfair tomorrow evening.  We urge you to visit the exhibition of this exciting artist who is quickly making a name for himself within the art world.  He is without doubt a talent to watch.

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Rick Young – Interview

Rick Young was born in 1963 and is a figurative artist.  Young has worked with many different mediums but is most known for his realistic but stylized charcoal and hot-wax works. He has worked professionally as an artist for years and teaches others in the areas of drawing and encaustic paints.

Encaustic is an ancient technique where the artist heats beeswax to the liquid stage, then mixes in pigmentation. The resulting medium is applied to a surface (typically wood). After the artist has everything “just so”, heat is applied to the whole business, which results in a fusion of colored wax and wood. Before the wax cools, an artist can do all sorts of things to his or her encaustic piece. Metal tools or special brushes can shape and/or texture the substance (layers of which can be anywhere from thin to relief-map thick). Artists can even affix objects (such as coat hangers, or light bulbs) into the wax, as Jasper Johns is known for doing.  Additionally, an encaustic can be polished to a final sheen, or reworked (through use of heat, again) as much as necessary until the artist is satisfied.

While his diverse influences include Rembrandt, Odilon, Redon, and Picasso, the majority of Young’s works are precise and realistic in their presentation.  Young’s art is beautiful with a soft ethereal quality that is truly breathtaking.   The eyes of the people within his work draw you in and make you wonder about their story, their secrets and history.  His work is powerful and dreamlike and we are honoured to feature his work on The Palette Pages.  Young exhibits and sells his work worldwide.

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Parade Presents: Art Prize

Parade is a pop-up exhibitions programme set up by Benjamin Lebus and Milo Astaire in 2013, which provides a platform for talented young British artists. Since its inception, Parade has staged two highly successful exhibitions, showcasing work from some of the country’s most cutting-edge young artists. Expanding their repertoire even
further, Parade’s third project is an art prize. Open to anyone under the age of 25, the Parade Presents: Art Prize received an overwhelming 450 applications. The applicants were judged by a panel of distinguished leading art world figures, including fashion photographer Miles Aldridge, art curator and Founder of Paddle 8, Hikari Yokoyama, Head of Contemporary Art Day Sale at Philips, Henry Highley and Founder of Narcissus Arts, Nick Campbell, who identified 23 artists as exciting, original and relevant. read more…

Alison Johnson – Interview

Alison Johnson is an artist that lives in Warwickshire and works from her Studio based at Fargo Coventry.  Her work caught our attention whilst curating for the next FLUX exhibition and it immediately made an impact.  Alison’s art is driven by the need to show the passion and emotion of a place and she certainly succeeds in doing this. Creating  art that is breathtakingly beautiful and like one of her favourite artists Turner, she is able to capture the magical effects of light, emphasised by movement and colour.   Changing landscapes and relationships between people have been a constant source of inspiration and Alison combines her interests to produce paintings that are strong, captivating and make a lasting impression.

Since studying art Alison has exhibited across the UK including Brighton, London, Chester, Wales, Yorkshire, and various Galleries in the Midlands. Her work has also reached international scale with work hanging in Italy, America, France, and the Middle East.  She has completed various commissions with clients such as the Prince of Saudi Arabia and The Waldorf Hotel London.

We are totally enthralled by her compositions and are very excited that Alison will be showing work at the next FLUX exhibition at The Royal College of Art in Kensington.  Thank you Alison for sharing your art.    read more…

Gary Connolly – Interview

Gary Connolly is a self-taught photographer from Ireland. From a young age Connolly was involved in the creative industries working as a musician and later in graphics designing record sleeves combining his love of music and art. Over the years his passion for photography overtook all other creative urges and he now works solely in this medium. Connolly draws influence from his life and uses photography as a form of expressing thoughts and memories.  His love of art history is evident in work that celebrates the style of both classical artists and his contemporaries. His exhibition Garden of Delight was a homage to the classic painters, writers and musicians that influenced him as a teenager.  One particular piece ‘Ophelia’ started as a tribute to his art teacher who showed him the work of Millais.  The idea formulated then it took three years to find the right location and further years to produce the image.  The process brought to the surface some repressed memories of the tragedy and pathos of Connolly’s beautiful next door neighbor Angela who, at the age of 21, took her own life over a lost love.  The overall impression combines beauty with deep sadness.  read more…

Kate Moss For A Limited Time

Exclusively at 5 Pieces Gallery

One of Kate Moss earliest photoshoots also happened to be her most controversial. At the age of 16, Kate Moss posed for famous fashion photographer Kate Garner in nothing more than her underwear, a pair of ill-fitting high heels and a teddy bear.

Now 25 years later famous fashion photographer Kate Garner is offering her favorite photograph from this iconic shooting with Kate Moss for the first and the last time in a smaller size exclusively at 5 Pieces Gallery! We are offering this unique limited edition for you at an escalating scale starting at an incredible low price at $280, and increasing the price $10 with each print sold. The prints will be up for sale for a limited time from June 1 at 6 p.m. Central European Time (UTC+1) until June 3. The final edition size will be determined by amount sold within this time period with a maximum of 50 prints per edition. Limited one per household. read more…

Jaya Suberg – Interview

In her interview the incredible artist Jaya Suberg talks about her need to feel art, to get goosebumps from the impact and that is exactly what I feel when I view her hauntingly beautiful and emotive work.   Suberg was born in 1956 and has been living in Berlin since 1980.  Her passion began after starting a journal, not satisfied with holding memories by writing she began to use her photos, newspaper clippings and paintings.  In this way her love of collage emerged.  Later Suberg gained knowledge of digital manipulation, this united with her prolific photography (Suberg always carries a camera) was where she found her powerful signature style.  She now mixes photography, drawing, paint and digital to produce complex, surreal aesthetic imagery.

With pure emotion Suberg creates work inspired by the melancholy and the transience of life,  the spontanious expression of youth and the journey of life with all its mystery.  This is work that is powerful, full of atmosphere with an instant, strong impact that draws you in and ensures you linger on the narrative.   Dreams and reality are blended into one, dark themes and soft tones work in harmony.  read more…

Xue Wang Heebie Jeebies

Xue Wang is widely revered as a rising star of the contemporary art world, Wang’s new exhibition, entitled ‘Heebie Jeebies’, will be on display at South Molton Street’s Castle Fine Art gallery from Thursday 7th May until Sunday 24th May.

Combining old-school glamour with the fun and risqué attitude for which Wang is renowned, this new body of work explores her fascination with the supernatural and her uniquely light-hearted take on ghosts, sparked from other-worldly encounters she experienced during her childhood.

The collection continues to take inspiration from Wang’s reoccurring themes of Hollywood iconography, childhood paraphernalia and vintage memorabilia, but in these new works her distinctively elegant ladies are combined with ghostly companions.

Originally coined in Los Angeles, California, ‘lowbrow’ art describes an underground visual art movement, which has cultural roots in comics and street culture, and often portrays a sense of sarcasm, and sometimes mischievous humour. read more…

Antonio Pozo Interview

From the very beginning, his interest in art was evident. Any piece of paper that ended up in his hands was transformed into a colourful, expressive drawing.  As a schoolboy he put all his emotions into his paintings and quickly exceeded expectations in art classes.

At seven years old, his family relocated to a village on the east coast of Malaga, and when he was ten his parents enrolled him in a private art school in Malaga where he studied until the age of twenty one.  These eleven years of professional training developed his skills and prepared him for a future artistic career. During this period he regularly had commissions, painting landscapes, marine, nature, and still lifes – all with passion and great success.

During this period he studied and developed his own personal artistic style, characterised by a concise, colourful and positively expressed figurative art. At around the same time, positivity started to become the focal point of his work. read more…

Filthy Lucre – Darren Waterson

Artist Darren Waterston Recreates Iconic Peacock Room as a Magnificent Ruin at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery.  Contemporary Alter Ego Reveals Dramatic History of Whistler’s Famous Masterpiece May 16

“Filthy Lucre,” an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston, reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century dining room and icon of American art, as a magnificent ruin, literally overburdened with its own materials, creativity and tortured history. Opening May 16, 2015, at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the room is the centerpiece of “Peacock Room REMIX,” an exhibition that probes the dramatic and occasionally unresolved tensions between art and money, ego and patronage, and the Peacock Room’s own exquisite beauty and contentious past. read more…

Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist

14 May 2015 – 30 May 2016

Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist examines the art and practice of Britain’s most important political artist. Kennard’s images have become synonymous with political activism in recent times and inspired many of today’s politically-aware artists from Mark Wallinger to Banksy. This free exhibition at IWM London will be the first major retrospective of his work charting a 50 year career featuring over 200 artworks and related items, including a new art installation ‘Boardroom’ created especially for the exhibition.

During the late 1960s Kennard abandoned painting and sought new forms of expression to bring art and politics together for a wider audience. This desire to make art that spoke to all led him to the medium of photomontage for its ability to show the “unrevealed truth” behind the image. In doing so, he restored the medium’s associations with radical politics, in particular the anti-fascist work of John Heartfield in the 1930s and the Dadaists of the 1920s. read more…

Gareth Jones – Interview

Gareth Jones had a uncoventional journey into art.  After a stay in a psychiatric unit and receiving a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder a psychiatrist suggested  trying a ‘creative outlet’; Gareth spent several days in a studio and has not looked back since.  Working at speed Gareth has both developed his style and immersed himself in art history whilst easing his bipolar.   Inspired by Neo-expressionism and Abstract Expressionism Gareth has an obvious love for artists such as Basquiat.   Working predominantly with paint on canvas Gareth creates art that is a visual cacophony of colour.  He depicts primitive images with a leaning towards graffiti and urban art that portray his experiences with the tribes people of Sierra Leone, his own challenges with mental health and the brutality of society.

We love Gareth’s work, art that is impactful, art that represents the chaotic and often troublesome truths of reality.   There is a fierceness and passionate urgency within his marking that adds to the intensity of his art.  Confronting controversy and addressing issues often overlooked Gareth is an artist who puts his whole being, his thoughts and questions on canvas.  We are proud to be working with Gareth a very talented artist that is certainly one to watch and we are very excited to see his work develop in other mediums such as sculpture and performance art.  You will be able to view Gareth’s work and talk to him about his art at the next FLUX exhibition in London later this year. read more…

Exhibition Chrom Art -ID

The Palette Pages are very proud to introduce the new exhibition by our friends at Chrom Art.  ID will take place later this month and we cannot wait to to go and view the spectacular art they are showing.

Chrom-Art Presents ‘ID’ A fictional journey into the psyche

By Javier Melian (www.Chrom-Art.org co-founder)

We thought  that Id had to be the concept of our debut show. Latin for “it”, is Freud’s way to describe the unorganized part of the personality that contains basic instincts and drives. It is the only component of the personality that is present from birth and is the source of our bodily needs, wants, desires and impulses. Id can be described only as a contrast to the ego. The Id knows no judgements of value: no good and evil, no morality. ‘Memento Mori’, ‘Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas’, are recurrent ideas in our show without the usual pessimistic connotations but as a reflection that we are all the same, we are transient and face the same fate. read more…

Trinity Paintbox

We are Phoebe and Emily, daughters of artist Bob Booth, we created Trinity Paintbox in March 2014.The idea of Trinity Paintbox came after an excited discussion about the prospect of putting our dad’s skills and knowledge online. We ourselves enjoyed (and still do) listening to his animated and passionate speeches on what new aspect he had discovered through his painting.

Bob has more than 40 years’ experience teaching art and is a successful artist himself having had exhibitions worldwide. For the last 5 years or so he has been developing a new and exciting way to paint. He’s learnt to paint in a way that unleashes his creativity that does away with contrived, flat images. This process allows paint to lead the way where the artist follows. read more…

Arturo Garcia – Interview

Arturo Garcia de las Heras interview (by Javier Melian, www.chrom-art.org co-founder)

I met Arturo a few months back when we both volunteered helping kids from a Hackney school practicing their Spanish GCSE oral exams. The way it works it that we go to the school and sit on a row of desks and the students come for one-2-ones, ten minutes each, to rehearse their prepared written questions. When I am with the kids I am normally ‘in the zone’, but this time I noticed this guy who was really connecting with otherwise usually shy and nervous students. There was such a lively interaction and enthusiasm on both sides, like a certain kind of magic going on that, being honest, made me feel a healthy jealousy.  When the session ended, and after receiving a collective “gracias!” from the pupils, we made our way back the office together, as we work for the same City firm. It was a nice twenty minutes’ walk on a sunny afternoon so we had the chance to make our introductions and talk about what ticked us outside the corporate world. Arturo told me he was an artist, and I just had witnessed he was a natural mentor too! So when I told him about Chrom-Art, a new social enterprise I was starting with a few friends to connect emerging artists with art lovers, I just couldn’t ask him soon enough to join us too. He said yes happily and the rest is recent history. read more…