Join me next week in seeing the incredible work of Diogo Duarte. I am exceptionally privileged to own a piece of his incredible art, which hangs in pride and place within my living room. Come along I promise you will not be disappointed.
London-based Portuguese photographer Diogo Duarte is reinventing the way portraiture can be built into the very essence of a person’s home by putting client self-discovery at the heart of interior design. By combining uniquely personal stories with his lavish and innovative artistic vision, Diogo creates ‘psychological portraits’ that are one of a kind works of art bringing to life what matters most to his clients.
According to Duarte, “My images are my client’s emotions, hopes and dreams splashed on a wall. They are interventions in living environments that provoke conversations about the personality and life story of the person in the portrait”. Internationally renowned photographer David LaChapelle has called Duarte’s work “vibrant, exciting and emotionally powerful”.
We are delighted to show you the incredible work of Italian photographer Silvia Berton. Berton once worked as a model but quickly became more creative behind the camera than in front of one. Her work although often minimal is full of character, strength and narrative. Images that make you want to linger, reflect upon and soak up their visual impact. There is an imaginative almost otherworldly effect that leaves a long-lasting impression. Berton’s compositions set an atmosphere that is beguiling, that draws you in to a story that you are yet to understand. When looking at her work you feel like you have fallen into someone elses dream, its real without reality, it’s mysterious and passionate and almost always leaves you without telling you the ending.
This is such beautiful, striking work thank you Silvia for sharing with us.
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”.
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.
MASTER CRAFTSMAN JAMES VIRGO SCULPTOR
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.
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.