Ian Rayer-Smith Solo Exhibition

Award-winning Manchester-based artist Ian Rayer-Smith presents a solo exhibition of new paintings at Zari Gallery from 20 to 29 April 2017.

Strongly influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists and the romantic light of the old masters, Ian Rayer-Smith’s large oil and acrylic paintings effortlessly fuse abstraction, the figurative and the surreal.

Consisting entirely of brand new works produced within the last year, the exhibition explores the very act of painting itself and the process of mark making, which has been man’s most basic form of expression for millennia.

“I like my paintings to carry an emotional charge, not only in its subject matter but also through the energy and visceral nature of the materials I use. Soft and amorphous, they accentuate the tactile feel of nature, avoiding any sense of repetition so as to constantly offer something new
and surprising” Ian Rayer-Smith

Voted one of Manchester’s Top 10 Artists by Manchester Confidential and Winner of the 2014 Warrington Contemporary Prize, Ian Rayer-Smith has been hailed as one of the North’s artists to watch. This is his first solo exhibition in London.

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Mark Youd – Interview

Mark Youd is an artist working in Southerndown, near Cardiff on the South Wales coast. He trained as a draughtsman and, in parallel to a successful career as a designer and technical illustrator, he has developed his personal artistic practice, challenging the traditional approach to portraiture and to painting itself.

His Fragment XIV painting was awarded first prize in Y Galeri Caerffili’s 2016 Open Art competition. The judges made the following comment

Mark uses paint intelligently and creatively, varying the surface textures and marks, building forms which oscillate between the novel and the familiar. The image moves in the viewer’s mind from a pure exploration of oil and acrylic paint, into a more clearly understood organic form and into a fragmented human face, before the quality of the paint and its application return the viewer to an appreciation of the image’s more abstract qualities. Of the three paintings by Mark Youd, Fragment XIV was the image the judges felt best demonstrated these qualities”.

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Statue of suffragist to break male monopoly on Parliament Square

This article titled “Statue of suffragist to break male monopoly on Parliament Square” was written by Mark Brown Arts correspondent, for The Guardian on Thursday 13th April 2017 14.36 UTC

Gillian Wearing is to become the first woman to create a statue for Parliament Square after being commissioned to make one of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that Wearing had been chosen for what will be a “milestone project” to get a woman represented in the UK’s most important public space for recognising past national achievements.

The prime minister, Theresa May, gave her endorsement to a Fawcett statue earlier this month, backing a campaign launched in 2016 by the activist Caroline Criado-Perez.

Khan said: “It’s simply not right that nearly a century after women’s suffrage, Parliament Square is still a male-only zone, and I’m thrilled that this is soon to change thanks to Caroline’s inspired campaign.

“This will be an historic moment for Parliament Square, and it’s fitting that the statue will be created by a world-class artist of Gillian’s calibre.”

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The Naked Artist (Suzie Pindar)- Interview

The Naked Artist (Suzie Pindar) was born in Sheffield in 1978. Pindar attended Chesterfield Art College in 1996-1998 specialising in Fine Art and went on to Study design at Sheffield Hallam University in 2002.

Pindar is a mixed media artist and photographer who has achieved commercial success in both a professional and voluntary capacity. Her unique work has featured in several magazines such as Burning House and The Creative Journal.  Pindar has exhibited widely throughout the UK and has held many solo shows across London.  Pindar has been involved with independent film making enterprises and a variety of photographic projects.

Inspired by life the work Pindar creates is a mix of photography, words and mixed media.  Reflecting her evaluation of the world around her and the wide range emotions that are evoked by everyday life.  Art that does indeed reveal ‘the naked’ truth.  Embracing experiences whether good or bad and documenting them in her bold self expressive way.  This is work that is honest, that is bursting with feelings and memories, making the ordinary interesting.

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Anish Kapoor and Graham MacIndoe: this week’s best UK exhibitions

1 Anish Kapoor

One of our greatest artists, this modern Rubens continues the exploration of colour and its emotional power that started with his early experiments in bright-hued sculptural forms in the 1980s. In his latest works, he plays with the idea of painting in the same way a child might play with a doll – by pulling it apart. Spectacular, intensely vivid, somehow erotic wall works deliberately confuse two dimensions with three and voluptuously celebrate the power of art.
Lisson Gallery, NW1, to 6 May

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National Portrait Gallery buys Tracey Emin’s Death Mask

This article titled “National Portrait Gallery buys Tracey Emin’s Death Mask” was written by Mark Brown Arts correspondent, for The Guardian on Thursday 13th April 2017.

Tracey Emin’s Death Mask has been purchased by the National Portrait Gallery.

The gallery announced on Thursday that it had bought the artwork, a 3D self-portrait cast by Emin in 2002 as an ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work.

The mask, which is joining the permanent collection, will initially be part of a small, death-themed temporary display. This includes historic works, such as a 17th-century posthumous portrait of the noblewoman Lady Digby by Van Dyck, and more contemporary pieces, such as the final portrait of the film-maker Derek Jarman, made by Michael Clark in 1993, a year before Jarman’s death.

Emin said she created the mask to offer herself in perpetuity as an enclosed specimen or museum display.

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Pedro Sousa Louro – FLUX

I met Pedro as an artist who was selected to exhibit at the first ever #FLUXExhibition. He has since become a great friend and an even more incredible artist. We are delighted to be showing his work again at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art where he has previously studied.

Pedro Sousa Louro has always lived with cubist images. Pedro transfers his soul to canvas. His work is his way of portraying feelings, emotions and perceptions both consciously and unconsciously. For Pedro art is as natural and needed as food or water. Pedro has studied and continues to study art and art techniques, constantly developing his style. His art shows intensity, a passion and a statement that draws you in and captivates you. His new work encompasses expressions that have been broken up and reassembled in an abstract form, with clear chronological elements aiding the story of his work.

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Chris Ofili: Poolside Magic

Victoria Miro is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery in Venice. The first exhibition at Victoria Miro Venice will be by Chris Ofili.

Entitled Poolside Magic the exhibition comprises a suite of pastel, charcoal and watercolour works on paper, which are being shown together for the first time. Poolside Magic, in which a man in coat-tails serves a naked woman beside a swimming pool, riffs on themes of sexuality, mutability, magic and the occult, making reference to the vibrant and sensuous landscape and culture of Trinidad, where the artist lives and works. Source material for the series includes a photograph of Trinidadian artist Boscoe Holder (1921 – 2007) at work in his Port of Spain studio. Opening during the Vernissage for the 57th Venice Biennale, the exhibition marks a return to the city for the artist. Ofili represented Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, when he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach, and in 2015 a suite of Ofili’s paintings were included in All The World’s Futures, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. Chris Ofili’s exhibition Weaving Magic is at the National Gallery, London from 26 April to 28 August 2017.

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Tate Britain to fly the flag for Pride in London

Tate Britain is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Pride in London and will officially launch the two-week Pride Festival at Tate Britain on Saturday 24 June.

A day long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community has been planned to coincide with Tate Britain’s exhibition Queer British Art 1861-1967 and will be the special launch event for the Pride in London festival. Tate Britain will also be flying the rainbow flag above the gallery from 5 April, the opening date of Queer British Art, until the end of July.

Pride in London at Tate Britain will run from 2pm to 10pm on 24 June and will explore and celebrate LGBTQ+ through music, performance, talks, tours and film. The event kicks off the two-week festival which culminates in the annual Pride parade, where Tate will have a float.

Clare Barlow, Curator of Queer British Art, said:
‘We are so pleased to work with Pride in London on this fantastic event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in London and beyond. It is a great addition to the programme surrounding the Queer British Art exhibition and it will be an amazing opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Queer culture in Tate’s collection.’

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Sabina Pieper FLUX 2017 Artist

FLUX Exhibition are so excited to be welcoming back the unique art of Sabina Pieper to #FLUXExhibition at Chelsea College of Arts London

Sabina works on paper which is a medium best suited to capture the first draft of an idea, i.e. something fleeting and still progressing. Paper therefore offers a surface for an artistic process that is reflected in an immediate way, allowing change and release from rigidity. Sabina uses an array of materials and techniques in each of her paintings. Collage, drawing and painting provide texture, layers and complexity to the surface of each composition in which everyday items such as plastic bags and packaging tape mingle with images found on the internet and in magazines. Like an exquisite game of hide and seek, Sabina creates art work that immediately draws you in, yet keeps you looking. The central figures – powerful women, keenly wrought – invite company, but share the space with creatures and objects from the exotic to the ordinary. These women are not set in a certain time frame but exist eternally. Her unique images invite repeated viewing; inviting and yet challenging, calling and yet creating distance. Analogous of the journey into the unknown, the eternal quest for knowledge or fulfilment, Sabina’s work offers us a unique and compelling vision of the beauty and depth in us all.


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Billie Bond – Solo Exhibition

Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi (the repair of broken ceramics with gold) Bond’s ceramic portraits are sculpted then smashed then painstakingly pieced back together creating a disrupted, different surface that offers new meaning. Exploring the fragility and resilience of the human condition through the violated materiality of the sculpted portrait.

Solo exhibition at Riflemaker London

April 27 – 29  2017

The first solo exhibition of work from artist Billie Bond, Perfect Imperfection: The Art Of Healing, will go on show at Riflemaker in London from April 27 – 29.

Bond aims to cross the boundaries of craft with fine art through her act of making and smashing. The violated materiality of the work comes from a physical destruction. After crafting her ceramic sculptures, Bond destroys them – often recording the act of impact as performance or ‘the journey to enlightenment’ – before the work is painstakingly pieced back together.

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James Virgo – Interview


Virgo came from an engineering background. When he left school at 16 he went straight into foundry work learning how to make sand castings in a small foundry in South East London.  Over the years he worked my way into management working for a couple of larger foundries.

In 1999 Virgo decided to start his own creative casting business making work to clients specifications and also designing and casting his own unique products.  His designs come from life experience, a sight, a smell or even a piece of music that inspires him in his designs.  Virgo has a story for every product idea he has ever made.

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David Booth – FLUX Artist 2017

#FLUXExhibition is so excited to announce David Booth MRBS to Summer FLUX at the prestigious Chelsea College of Arts. Booth will be creating in his unique impactful style a site specific installation.

Booth works on producing a challenging response to material, space, and context. He enjoys responding to the challenge of site-specific projects.

Booth selects processes which require him to make decisions intuitively and instinctively, trusting, evaluating, disrupting, destroying, and constructing. This immersive process consciously and unconsciously absorbs him during the creation of the work. Booth draws on references to growth, journey, escape, time, combining this with transformative use of the material as reference to re-invention, often exploiting the natural association of his chosen material to strengthen the context of the work. Producing the aesthetic of organic movement, fluidity, repetition, layers. Sculptural materials have included 45000 balloons, 100000 beermats, and linoleum.

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Sue Munson – FLUX 2017 Artist

#FLUXExhibition is proud to announce Sue Munson as an exhibiting artist. Read more about Sue below:

I am a Mixed Media Artist whose work shows an experimental and emotional response to the environment in which I am living.

During the ’80s I lived in Canada and the United States, and on my return to the UK I studied Textile Art and Design at Guildford College (Danesfield). After graduating, I found working on canvas was far more exciting and spontaneous than creating on fabric.

It was during the early nineties that I started exploring mark making as an art form.

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John Hobbs – FLUX 2017 Artist

#FLUXExhibition is so happy to announce the superb artist John Hobbs to his 2nd FLUX Exhibition this time at The Chelsea College of Arts. Read more about Hobbs below:

I’m an artist living and working in South London. Largely I paint producing abstract work and portraits. I use oil paints on canvas and also draw and make paintings on paper. In addition I work with wood and have also made tables with a painting as the table top. I sometimes incorporate found objects, both wood and metal. I also source beautiful vintage picture frames which I refurbish and use to frame works on paper.

Be Magnificent – Coming Soon

‘Be Magnificent. Walthamstow School of Art 1957–1967’
William Morris Gallery
9 June 2017 – 10 September 2017
Private View: Thursday 8 June, 7 – 9.30 pm
Admission Free

The William Morris Gallery in partnership with arts agency Create will present a new exhibition that reveals the history of the Walthamstow School of Art, which cultivated some of the most influential creative talent of the 1950s and 1960s. Thanks to support from National Lottery players, ‘Be Magnificent. Walthamstow School of Art 1957–1967’ will present original work created by students and tutors during their time at the School, as well as personal testimony, photographs and archival material, film, music and ephemera from the period. Made possible by a grant of £84,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the exhibition will include works by leading names in art, fashion, music and film who studied and taught at the School including Pop Artists Sir Peter Blake (b.1932) and Derek Boshier (b.1937), musician Ian Dury (1942–2000), filmmakers Ken Russell (1927–2011) and Peter Greenaway CBE (b.1942), and fashion designers Celia Birtwell CBE (b.1941), Marion Foale (b.1939) and Sally Tuffin (b.1938).

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Amy Carter – FLUX Artist 2017

We are delighted to welcome Amy Carter The Art in Carter to her first #FLUXExhibition Incredible work that we are very excited to be exhibiting. Carter will also be taking part in our
#MiniMasterpieces where she will be selling a smaller work for £300 or less.

As a young child Amy showed exceptional talent in her artistic abilities and she became the youngest person in New Zealand to complete school certificate art at the age of 11. Having completed her art qualifications to the highest school level early, Amy went onto attend Art College and completed an Advanced Diploma in Art & Design with a major in Fine Art.

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Lesley Oldaker – FLUX Artist 2017

#FLUXExhibition is delighted to announce Lesley Oldaker as an exhibiting artist again at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art. Lesley is a UK visual artist, currently living in Zurich, Switzerland.

Lesley has exhibited in the UK, USA ,Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, India and China, and has work in private collections in UK, USA, Bratislava, China, Australia and India.

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Marcus Jake – FLUX Artist 2017

Flux Exhibition are so excited to welcome back the wonderful Marcus Jake to the next FLUX event at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art London! We adore the dark and stunningly beautiful work Marcus creates!

Marcus will be creating an exciting new body of work for our Summer Exhibition.

Marcus Jake is a UK, Bristol & London-based artist. Working in a mixed medium environment, often using photography as the cohesive element.

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Submissions FLUX

Summer FLUX at The Chelsea College of Art 12th – 16th July

The Cookhouse Gallery, The Triangle Space and Outdoor installation in the Parade Ground (facing Tate Britain)

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. Hosted by the Chelsea College of Art and curated by Lisa Gray founder of FLUX, this fourth much anticipated edition of FLUX brings 70 artists to the fore. Gray will be selecting 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.”

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Paul Briginshaw – Interview

Briginshaw studied Fine Art at Northumbria University in Newcastle, graduating with a 2.1 in 2006.  After leaving university Briginshaw lost interest in creating art for several years but thankfully he eventually found his passion again in his late 20’s.

The influences of styles lay softly underneath Briginshaw’s demonstrations of angular representations; his being much more real than the distorted experimentation of many.  Briginshaw has been able to naturally inhabit a style, quickly and effortlessly with his art shining with bold colour and striking compositions.

Dismembered limbs and body parts are all portrayed with Briginshaw’s surrealist edge in an attempt to question the idea of identity, reality, sexuality and the infinite subconscious.  All of Briginshaw’s work is grown from his own anxieties, built from his unique take on the world.  His art is impactful and playful, expressing the spirit of the characters he portrays.

We were so proud to show a collection of Briginshaw’s work at FLUX Exhibition and would urge you to follow this incredible talent! A talent that will be developed and nurtured with love and passion, with the need to create, with the narratives of life spilling onto canvas and the spectacular work that will materialize for us as viewers to linger upon.

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Loredana Denicola – Interview

I first met Denicola at FLUX RCA where she was one of the official photographers.  At the time I had little knowledge of her incredible personal artwork and projects.   Since then I have got to know more about the life explorer and intuitive photographer Loredana Denicola.

Recently I have been interested in the concept of ‘Now’ and minimising past and present as an influence, so reading about Denicola’s discovery of self by identifying unhelpful habits of the mind really struck a chord.  There is without a doubt the sense within her work that she is getting to the real personality of the subject matter rather than the forced or maybe restricted over thinking of many.  There is an enlightened sense of freedom within who she captures, Denicola has an obvious ability to unleash the true personality of the people she photographs.  It is a way to free the personality from the mind, a mind which so often absorbs the negativity of life and judgements.   Denicola provides a picture of humanity stripped bare.

There is compassion in Denicola’s work as a photographer, she reserves any pre conceived ideals and coaxes the inner self of her subjects to question their mind, their being and their inner thoughts.  In doing so she has produced emotive, intriguing, bold, exciting and real depictions of people – all unique and all completely wonderful.

I was delighted to exhibit Denicola’s work at the last FLUX and witness the overwhelming responses to her projects.

I really admire your work, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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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


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…