LAUNCH 2011 Shine Ar tists is the new brainchild of the directors of the Albemarle Galler y - one of the most established contemporar y galleries in Mayfair. Hand-picking some of the most innovative and exciting contemporar y ar tists of the moment, it will feature an array of emerging and recognized talent, both homegrown and international. Shine Ar tists will bring together new and inspiring voices on the contemporar y scene, presenting work that is distinguished by its quality, originality and creativity. Always available at its permanent home at the Albemarle, Shine will also share its work in diverse and uninhibited ways, exhibiting in new spaces and ar t fairs worldwide.
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Claire Curtis b.1988 Birmingham, UK.
1 Holly laminated pigment print lightbox 70 x 70 x 20 cm 2010
2 John pigment print on hahnemuhle rag 70 x 70 cm edition of 9 2010
3 Sammy laminated pigment print lightbox 70 x 70 x 20 cm 2009
4 Steve pigment print on hahnemuhle rag 70 x 70 cm edition of 9 2009
Ian Cumberland b.1983 Co. Down, N.Ireland.
5 I Stand Corrected oil on canvas 150 x 150 cm 2009
6 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest oil on canvas 160 x 130 cm 2009
7 Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right oil on canvas 140 x 95 cm 2009
Louise Gibson b.1985 Edinburgh, UK
8 Por trait of the People (cross-section) fabric and collected objects in polyester resin 79 x 80 x 6 cm 2010
Suitcase (detail) 39 x 60 x 26 cm 2010
Suitcase (detail) 39 x 60 x 21 cm 2010
9 Suitcase leather, polyester resin and found objects/material 2010
Vittorio Gui b.1966 Bologna, Italy.
10 Lightflower lightbox 70 x 100 x 20 cm 2010
11 Saints and Prophets lightbox 70 x 120 x 20 cm 2010
12 Transfiguration lightbox 70 x 100 x 20 cm 2010
Paul Heartfield b.1969 Kent, UK.
30% of the sale of these pieces will be donated to the British Heart Foundation. â€œThis recent project has been photographed and made exclusively to raise money for research at the British Heart Foundation. In memor y of a great friend, Ian Baker, who recently passed away at the premature age of 42.â€?
13 Dennis Healey Archival C-type print, antiqued walnut, baize, sound-chip voice loop (Signed by sitter) 71 x 43 x 12 cm 2010
14 Tony Benn Archival C-type print, antiqued walnut, baize, various items donated by Tony (Pipe, glasses,lighter) (Signed by sitter) 71 x 43 x 12 cm 2010
Richard Harrison b.1954 Liverpool, UK.
15 Sometime Never oil on canvas 200 x 510 cm 2010
Lee Jae-Hyo b.1965 Hapchen, South Korea
16 0121-1110=1100211 stainless steel bolts, nails & wood 70 x 115 x 8 cm 2010
17 0121-1110=110057 wood (larch) 123 x 123 x 6 cm 2010
Shireen Qureshi b.1988 London, UK.
18 Nude on Bed oil on canvas 140 x 140 cm 2010
19 Body with Objects oil on linen 102 x 76 cm 2010
David Reimondo b.1972 Genoa, Italy.
20 Untitled (Cells) bread / toast set in resin 89 x 72 cm 2010
21 Untitled (Hair) bread / toast set in resin 89 x 72 cm 2010
Elisa Rossi b.1980 Italy.
22 Divieto dâ€™Accesso 47 oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm 2010
23 Divieto d’Accesso 44 oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm 2010
24 Divieto d’Accesso 45 oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm 2010
Christopher Thompson b.1969 Grimsby, UK.
25 Screen on the Green II oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm 2010
26 Screen on the Green I oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm 2010
27 Rio Cinema oil on canvas 122 x 91 cm 2010
Kim Yeon b.1968 Seoul, South Korea.
28 Waterside 09011 resin and wood 37 x 37 x 7 cm (x2) 2010
29 Waterside 09012 resin and wood 37 x 80 x 8 cm 2010
Alberto Zamboni b.1971 Bologna, Italy.
30 Ovunque oil on canvas 80 x 120 cm 2010
31 Fuori Orario l oil on canvas 50 x 70 cm 2010
32 Controluce l oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm 2010
Artist biographies Claire Curtis graduated in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography from the University of Gloucestershire. She lives and works in Birmingham. Influenced both by the intimacy of classical renaissance portraiture and the vibrancy of the modern world, Curtis’ dual inspirations are united in her debut series, ‘The Portrait Sessions’; an arresting exploration of contemporary identity. Possessing a gift for identifying intriguing subjects, Curtis’ photographs capture a cross-section of emotion, expressed in private, sometimes confrontational, moments. Brimming with narrative, her subjects stand alone, full of expression, their individuality contrasting with their undefined backgrounds. Curtis’ portraits deftly balance truth and fiction - the subject’s posturing is sometimes choreographed by her, sometimes entirely spontaneous. Curtis leaves the stories of these unknown individuals open to the viewer’s imagination, inviting us to take a role in her composition and complete a story she has begun in a single captured moment. Ian Cumberland was born in Banbridge, Co. Down, in 1983. He studied painting at the University of Ulster, Belfast, before graduating in 2006, and has previously exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the Royal Ulster Academy. He and lives and works in Ireland. A self-confessed people-watcher, Cumberland’s work reflects his fascination with the idiosyncrasies of people and the often absurd things we do. Recording the peculiarities of everyday situations with a gentle surrealism, Cumberland has a distinct gift for capturing heightened emotions – whether they are openly expressed or bubbling under the surface. He strips his characters of any particular context; featured against a plain background, the drama inherent within each composition is left to speak for itself. Always brimming with his distinct style of black comedy, Cumberland’s paintings are observational yet entirely without judgement. An expert at capturing textures, his painting is deft and without hesitation, his colours remain fresh and clear with little trace of brushstrokes. Louise Gibson was born in Edinburgh in 1985 and graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. She is based in Edinburgh. Gibson works primarily with industrial polyester resin, combining found objects with sculpted casts to create intricate, innovative pieces. The ongoing preoccupation of Gibson’s work is people’s behaviour and their belongings; each of her sculptures is a testament to human interaction, both with one another and with the environment. Her newest sculptures work with specific, owned objects to convey something of the identity of their subjects, and to explore themes of possession and permanence. A specialist in site-specific and interactive projects, she was previously commissioned to create a collection of pieces inspired by the reconstruction and restoration of one of Scotland’s largest historic galleries, The Edinburgh Portrait Gallery. Vittorio Gui was born in Bologna in 1966 where he continues to live and work. Inspired by Taoist teachings, Gui is fascinated with exploring the manifestation of energy in the physical world. Each of his pieces is the creation of a ‘frozen’ moment in an endless sequence of time – a contemplative pause in which he strives to create an experience of concentrated energy, enthralling us into stillness. Continually exploring new ways to realise this artistically, Gui’s photographic flower studies identify each fragile bloom, immobile and still, as an embodiment of energy itself. With their contours simultaneously blurred and sharpened, the flowers are removed from their naturalistic context, raising them into a new artistic space. Gui’s most recent work uses the two elements of light and stone to express - in line with Taoist teachings - the dual forms of energy, both material and spiritual, which together make up the whole of existence. In these pieces, the symbolism of light and stone interact with one another; as the solid ‘stone’ itself becomes luminescent, intangible energy is made tangible. Each of these compositions alludes to other historical, often Christian, works from our existing artistic vocabulary – inviting a renewed and multifaith reflection. Richard Harrison was born in Liverpool in 1954. Having read Medieval History at Cambridge University, he went on to undertake both BA and MA Fine Art degrees in Painting at Chelsea School of Art. Harrison’s abstract landscapes are emotionally charged, provoking compositions. Awesome in scale, their content is exaggerated by the vigorous and robust handling of voluminous layers of paint, adeptly manipulated in a dynamic explosion of form and colour. His paintings are full of vivid and textured brushstrokes; generous lashings of paint which peak and trough across the canvas. Matching his painterly exuberance, Harrison’s themes are equally grand in scale, with visionary subjects recognizably ever-present in the artist’s work. A gifted and adventurous painter, Harrison’s epic compositions have a supreme ability to move us. Full of energy, they speak to us of turbulence, of upheaval and ultimately, of course, of life. Paul Heartfield was born in Kent in 1969. A diversely talented portrait photographer, for the past 15 years he has worked to great renown in both the political arena and the music industry. By removing his subject’s titles and photographing them in their own homes, Heartfield’s work forces us to re-examine our views of some of the most senior figures in post-war British politics. Employing the sitters own personal belongings and, in the case of ‘Dennis’, vocal recollections of songs from the Second World War, Heartfield has captured the uniquely humorous and personal history behind these high-status figures. Relaxed and jovial, his work disregards status to show these men as sons, fathers, grandfathers and husbands. All profits the artist makes from this venture will be sent to the British Heart Foundation, in memory of his great friend and inspiration, Ian Baker.
Lee Jaehyo was born in Hapchen, South Korea in 1965 and graduated from Hong-ik University in 1992 with a B.F.A in Plastic Arts. An artist who is always at one with his materials, Lee Jaehyo’s sculptures encapsulate the meaning of Zen. Impressively ranging in scale and scope, his work can be both fragile and muscular – the delicacy of his sliced, lacelike boxwood sculptures are in contrast to his landscape-embedded solid stone boulders. Always in harmony with their surroundings, the positioning of Lee’s sculptures is central to an understanding of his work. The distancing between each form and the relationship between the shapes, whether suspended or grounded, reinforces the spiritual and meditative quality inherent in each one of his creations. While much of his work involves the deconstruction of natural materials in order to create a unique artistic statement, sometimes the artist barely touches nature, although the encroachment he does make has a dramatic visual impact on the natural environment. Shireen Qureshi was born in London in 1988. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2010 and was awarded the Neville Burston Award for painting and the Warden’s Purchase. Qureshi’s painting depicts the human form within the disturbed privacy of domestic interiors. The work pulls apart the borders of the human figure, tugging on skin and limbs to hint at underlying emotion and fragmentary narrative. Through the intervention of paint, the body is enveloped by the domestic environment, swallowed by black holes and pulled into pieces of hair, bone and flesh. The human body hovers between figuration and abstraction – layered, painted ghosts retaining their visibility whilst disappearing into their surroundings. David Reimondo was born in Genoa in 1972 and lives and works in Milan. Reimondo’s work is not painting, sculpture, photography or installation but an eloquent blend of all these techniques. From early on in his career he has used bread - a living creature in its own right – as a metaphysical symbol for the human body. There is a clear link between Reimondo and the Italian ‘Arte Povera’ movement that is visible both in his medium – sliced and toasted bread, encapsulated in clear resin – and also in the philosophical system that nourishes his artistic creations. Each and every work is a self-examination, the burn marks attempting to convey the underlying introspection on the human condition. Reimondo has exhibited extensively across Italy and in London, New York, Paris. His work has been represented at three International Art Biennales, and is included in many private and public collections worldwide. Elisa Rossi was born in Venice in 1980, where she subsequently graduated from the Academy of Arts. She lives and works in Adria, Rovigo, Italy. Rossi’s work continually returns to a single female figure, largely realised in a monochrome or muted palette. Engaged in her beauty rituals, time stands still for Rossi’s protagonist, absorbed in preparing her body for the gaze of the outside world. Often portrayed in a bathroom - a defined space, both enclosed and private - Rossi ambivalently plays with these surroundings as both an oasis and a prison. For Rossi, her subject’s private routines symbolise more than vanity, they are an opportunity to be alone with her thoughts, a private moment of connection between body and mind. Yet Rossi undermines the exhibitionism within her work - faces are often hidden, depicted in shadow or fall entirely outside of the image. Her subject does not have the desire to show herself to the viewer – it is clear ours is a one-way gaze - in which there can be no intimacy between audience and subject. Her work might be unveiling that which is usually hidden and private, but Rossi deftly captures that, often female, dichotomy - the possibility of being completely exposed and yet totally impenetrable. Christopher Thompson was born in Grimsby in 1969 and trained at The Royal Academy Schools. Thompson’s paintings originate as much from the artists own ideas and thoughts as they are drawn from glimpses of his own life and the world around him. Working from finely observed portrait studies, Thompson manipulates these ‘truths’ with imagined memories appropriated from elsewhere, weaving an enigmatic fiction that takes on a new reality on canvas. Captured in his delicate painterly technique and an often subdued palette, Thompson’s compositions portray the human drama inherent in gestures, glances and emotions. In combining his imagined sources with observational accuracy, his work traverses the divide between the real and the fictitious – one step removed from reality, yet entirely authentic. His work expresses a fascination with togetherness and individuality, with what is spoken and unspoken. Sometimes his individuals appear lonely and detached - lost in their own solipsistic thoughts - in others his figures are relational and interacting, expressive and aware of one another. In each composition, Thompson draws the viewer into the world he has created; our dialogue with his characters is as much a part of the unfolding story as the canvas itself. Kim Yeon was born in Seoul in 1968. She graduated from E-wha Woman’s University in Seoul with a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Sculpture. She continues to live and work in Seoul. Kim Yeon’s sculptures encourage moments of meditation and contemplation. Representing streams and rivers captured in a tranquil stasis, the fragility of Yeon’s leaves and branches contrast with the smooth, viscous appearance of the resin they are suspended in. Shimmering in the light, the sculptures appear to float weightlessly above the floor casting mysterious reflective shadows and illuminating the floor beneath. Hugely popular in her native Korea, her work is held in many public collections. She has been a Fine Art lecturer at Kookmin, Mokwon and Suwon Universities and since 2001 has also shared her artistic insight with children at the Hanbit School for the Blind, leading an experimental class in artistic empathy. Alberto Zamboni was born in 1971 in Bologna, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and continues to live and work. His paintings have a beautiful, dreamlike quality – following shadowy figures, silhouetted and enigmatic, through imaginary landscapes. From the very start of his artistic career, Zamboni has been inspired by literature detailing ancient travels – Melville, Simenon - and he strives to capture a similar sense of odyssey in his work. Overflowing with atmosphere, Zamboni imbues his canvases with mysterious, almost magical property, enchanting his viewer into a quiet reverie.
LAUNCH 2011 Claire Cur tis Ian Cumberland Louise Gibson Vittorio Gui Paul Hear tfield Richard Harrison Lee Jae-Hyo Shireen Qureshi David Reimondo Elisa Rossi Christopher Thompson Kim Yeon Alber to Zamboni