SPRING COLLECTION CATALOGUE
"My paintings are colourful, detailed, busy celebrations of my local community and city life. Many urban artists focus on buildings, but it's the people who truly make the city come alive for me. I love to paint crowds of shoppers and commuters, each person in a crowd is an individual with their own personality, identity and interactions which contribute to the energy of the scenes within my paintings."
"Often we place labels on other people, and this seems to be endemic in our society, particularly how we make assumptions about each other based on their race, gender, social class or sexuality. These labels create barriers that stop us from expressing ourselves to our truest extent leaving us unable to truly see the person in front of us."
Over the last year, Billy’s focus has been on portraying these social barriers. He paints his subjects wearing masks and also paints portraits which are partially obscured by abstract angular forms.
"My practice explores the human condition through portrait and figurative representation investigating identity, emotion and character. It is not my intention to simply paint what I see; along with my initial source material I develop my paintings with an instinctive process of imagination with the use of abstract landscaping of the form, often with non representational colours. To capture a full range of authenticity of emotion in my paintings I draw on my own physically and emotionally challenging experiences. I am fascinated by applying paint to a two dimensional surface, creating representations of a person, projecting both consciousness, emotion and evoking a reaction."
"An interdisciplinary artist and choreographer who is experienced in composing pieces with practices of vitality, imagination and behavioural performances.
Aimed at portraying contrast, her works contain symbolism and repetition. Her mark making employs two main routes: characters and lines as she attempts to express her work through autobiographical themes, visual imagination, painting, text and other media and aesthetic message. As a choreographer and artist, she has showcased in Australia, USA and China whereas in the trips she immersed herself in allopatric inspirations that come from inter-cultural and inter-change of narrations, bodies and arts."
"Cherish Marshall explores the subject of vulnerability, and looks how it effects the suffering and observer. She manipulates canvas to enhance the idea, and that like her subjects also has a vulnerable state.
In society, we're not allow to appear to be vulnerable as we can appear to be weak. However Cherish wants to show that our vulnerabilities could be our strength, the core thing that makes us Human."
"I feel the Dance alive within my body; the Dance of the Cosmos, province of the ancient god of Dance, Song, Mask and Theatre. Transformation, Celebration, breaking free of constraints, challenging boundaries are all involved in his worship. His is a playful, subversive, dangerous, joyful, creative force.
I enjoy playing with line and whilst Paul Klee took his for a walk I take mine for a dance. Sometimes these lines describe dancing figures or a landscape vibrating with inner energy. Here, I take inspiration from the work of earlier artists, to perform a dance for Springtime."
"I graduated from Central St. Martins, London in 1996. I’m a realist figurative painter but for me, considered artworks also have to be conceptual and abstract constructions. Generally three things occupy me in painting: looking at the subject; looking inside it; and making a strong, subtle and harmonious artefact. I mostly paint in oils, and I paint best from life. In a way all my paintings are portraits, whether of people or things. They’re usually still and meditative, trying to feel and understand the inner life of what I’m painting, and combining a bold approach with many layers of refinements. "
David Taylor began his career as an architect. After having traveled extensively around the word, he was inspired to begin painting and is now in his tenth year as a professional artist. By manipulating oil paint with palette knife and brushes, he builds a sense of depth and atmosphere into his paintings which reflects the dramatic weather conditions he enjoys creating. Inspired by 'Turner' from an early age, his work is often described as having a mystic and spiritual quality that plays with light and the effect it has on the landscape.
His paintings hang in private collections in Europe, Asia and the USA.
My artworks show the formation of nature before it turned into snow, gemstone, minerals and rainforests, it take the viewer into an outer body experience away from everyday life into creation of matter.
"I have always needed to express myself in a creative way mainly through Art and sports: freedom to create, energy and discipline to reach goals and dreams. I believe "dotting" was an evolution of my favourite childhood games (puzzles and colouring books) as a different way to colour an image using drops of colour, becoming dots to compose the picture, like pieces of a puzzle. "Dotting" is a meditative process: the drops falling, colour on colour, shade on shade, to create a three-dimensional texture of dots which engages the viewer them from a visual perception to a tactile one.
Royal Blood, created by Ernesto Romano, is an X-ray portrait that depicts the Queen. Her majesty is portrayed with Romano's distinctive trademark X-ray imagery.
"The symbols that allow the viewer to identify that this is the Queen are the X-rayed glitter crown together with the iconic pearl necklace often worn by Queen Elizabeth. Without these symbols, the image of the X-rayed skull could be anyone of us as we can all identify with the skeletal profile. Ultimately, we are led to understand that once deprived of those attributes that define our status and role in society, in the end we are all made up of the same innate organic elements – bones and tissue."
"Applying a vocabulary that is beyond superficial, Fabrizio Acquista, a young Italian artist, works through a particular sensitivity reflecting his controversial inner thoughts. Sharing a specific point of view towards what surrounds him, the basis for his artwork vary from canvas, to wood, paper or any other support he finds at hand. In a time where the art universe doesn’t give much space for an artist to emerge, Fabrizio keeps approaching his practice without any fear of failure. Nowhere boy, he is unquestionably an original artist, lonely and too dense to be cracked. “Show me, do not tell me” remains as his ideal that is why he does not like to justify the artworks, leaving us with the statement: “sometimes you don’t need words to express what you think.""
"Who is Gary Hogben? A middle aged English chap living in Kent, a part time artist who is now finding success later in life with his pieces featuring in magazines such as GQ and Vogue. He now mainly produces stamp collages using real postage stamp stuck onto canvas, which have resulted in quite a few international sales."
"I use oil-based paints and spatula to create my paintings. Using spontaneous gestures, I succeed in obtaining textures and dimension. The overall result is an explosion of colour and form. This led to my first solo exhibition in November 2004, held at the Gallery SAS in Montreal. Since then, I moved back to London in 2006 and painted several new pieces. I have moved to Hong Kong from 2009-2011 and made a very successful exhibition in July 2011 before returning to London. Travelling has always been a great source of inspiration for me. After living in New York City for three years from 2012-2015, I moved back in London where I’m preparing a new exhibition for 2017."
"Ireneo Frizzarin is a painter and multidisciplinary artist whose work has been featured in solo exhibitions in London, New York, Spain and his native Italy, and can be found in private collections worldwide. Ireneo has lived and worked in London since 2002. After graduating from the University of the Arts, London, in 2008, he began undertaking private commissions. His recent works include a collaboration with Donna Karan NY and Gordon Ramsey."
Jan Bo Vinter Poulsen
"I´m experimenting with my mark-making in bold colour. I look at people and respond in marks; moving in and out of the drawings, pulling them towards painting and sometimes in to etchings only to take it all the way back to the raw expressive line work. The experiments are structured around chronological working in sketchbooks drawing people in and around London. The challenge for me has been to extrapolate, separate and develop the drawn in to individual works of art. The topics that fascinate me are the man, formations and groups of people in composition and the portrait."
"The environment and the absurdity of human life are part of my current statement, I am truly committed and aware of our planet. My vision of the earth is that it is a living being and the human being is an absurd parasite who is not aware of his living environment which he could not survive without."
"What drives me to create art is my passion for creating lines when putting pen to paper. I love to draw the outlines with fine liner pens first before adding smaller details into the work such as windows and lamp posts. This way of working is quick and means that you can create a rapid energy and movement within the work, which I strive to achieve in all of my paintings. This process of creating the art, combined with having ideas for future paintings, really excites me and pushes me to create new work."
"My work is primarily concerned with returning to the internal landscape of my childhood. My painting is a window through to a place where I find solace, comfort and a personal spirituality. I record this unique ‘island’ through my imagery, using childhood memory, mythology, dreams and the popular culture of my youth. My paintings form a bridge from the past to my present. It is a form of communication to a more instinctual and emotional way of being. Each image is a journey inward."
"Painting is both physical and imaginative, involving a connection with the human figure. The intimate paintings of figures search for physical form; the edge of a thigh, or space between chest and armpit and invite us to look as if we have stumbled across a figure in a dream or private space. These figures start out as strangers, but become familiar through the process of painting where their personality emerges. The portraits in this exhibition reveal that the nude can be honest, seductive, vulnerable and liberating.
The landscape, ‘Rain Steam and Speed’ describes a speeding Pacific class 464 locomotive running over Ardingly Viaduct at speed. The romance of steam will never disappear. You can almost smell the smoke!"
"I’m slowly walking the perimeter of England and the clash of sea and land is the elemental motif of my journey. Snow and water fascinate: one is a veil that reduces the spatial information of its environment and the other is dynamic and constantly mutating. Drawing water (unless from a photo) is always an act of memory. My source material ranges from sketchbook drawings to photos, both my own and those found online. I’m aiming to make paintings that evoke a mood or sense of ambiguity by eliminating as many visual markers as possible."
Paul Kingsley Squire
"Paul Kingsley Squire is a London based artist and musician who has created a diverse portfolio through painting and digital art. His abstract landscapes use thick layers of paint to create textures and depth. These landscapes generate an otherworldly yet naturalistic image, leaving the subject open to interpretation."
"Riaz is an abstract artist. He works mainly with ink and paper. Generally, but not always, the images tend towards the monochrome or a sober and limited range of colours. They tend to take place within a clearly delimited rectangle, the edges being an important element of the image. The marks may be geometric, calligraphic or abstract. Themes and ideas usually evolve from one work to the next, and they frequently run in series."
Sarah Fosse creates vivid and unique cityscapes in two very distinctive styles, both sharing her passion for colour, atmosphere and energy. In these expressive works, which form part of her Lights Collection, she splashes and drips deep rivulets of paint to convey mood and light as London comes alive at dusk.
Sarah has exhibited extensively in London including the Royal College of Art, Menier Gallery, Truman Brewery, Battersea Power Station and Oxo Tower Gallery.
Her work has been featured by London Live TV, London Underground and the Wall Street journal andis held in private and corporate collections worldwide including Ernst and Young and Marks and Spencer.
"My pieces are inspired by snapshots captured off the beaten path. Each piece tells a story from talking to local citizens and observing their cultures and attitudes. I express my views by building a colour palette through textures, layers of paint and strengths of colour to convey the attitudes and emotions.
Fisherman in Burma kneeling at the helm of his boat on Lake Inle at sunset. The conical bamboo structures are thrown into the water with nets released inside and the fisherman skilfully spear their prey in shallow waters.
A fisherman’s life is exhausting; the crisp silhouette against a seemingly placid lake demonstrates their commitment to the craft. A fishermen’s day begins before dawn and ends at dusk; the detailed brush strokes in the water depict the depth of both their skill and knowledge of the lake."
Tom Cox paintings engage with the social and architectural evolution of modern day London. He carefully considers the balance between the human narrative evoked from his subjects, with the bold angularity of the urban landscape.
He uses Indian ink to sketch out his scenes as a starting point and serves the initial freedom of the ink as he develops the artwork with oil paints. Often using the palette knife to gain depth in his image he explores the textures and sculptural qualities of the paint on his canvas.
"In the summer of 2012 I spent forty-eight days in a solo bicycle expedition around Iceland. During this time I recorded musicians from the cities and villages that I visited and took photos of iconic moments. The first one is from the black ice beach Jökulsárlón and the second one is from Goðafoss, one of the greatest waterfalls in Iceland. With influences as diverse as Ansel Adams and Jean Baudrillard, my work explores the relationship between sustainability, hyper-reality and freedom in the contemporary world.
Wan Ru Lin
Wan-Ru, Lin is a multimedia art worker who graduated from Goldsmiths University of London , MA Photography: the Image & Electronic Art and Chang Gung University Media and Visual Communication Design , With seven years experiences in visual art: graphic, photography and installation art (Still and Interactive).
"Nige’s style of photography ranges from Colour, Black and White, Landscape, Architecture and Long Exposure Photography. Currently the majority of his portfolio is London based but also contains many travel images from Europe and beyond. Nige enjoys the challenge of DSLR photography and strives to experiment with new techniques and styles. A lot of planning can go into each photograph such as considerations of location, weather conditions, lighting, and timings to create the envisaged composition of the scene."