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‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’ - Maya Angelou
here have been many silver linings
amongst the unexpected new challenges faced in 2020. Our first exhibition since lockdown celebrates the pure, multiplices and creative responses this period has enabled. The momentum of creativity has never, in our lifetime, felt so powerful. Artists have always needed and have been driven to respond to the world around them. Art provides a means of not only recording a moment in history, but equally gifts a window that transports their audiences on a personal journey they may not have otherwise embarked on.
Throughout the last six months, the diverse responses, interpretations and journeys offered by our artists, communicated through multimedia, has driven our determination to use the time we have spent in this altered universe to emerge fully ‘Locked and Loaded’. The ‘Locked + Loaded’ exhibition, the artwork it showcases and the artists’ quotes are a reflection of the unplanned journey we have been on, a celebration of what has been accomplished and a permanent reminder, that together, we can transform the world for the better. Isobel & Elinor, Co Founders of DegreeArt.com
H O W T O C O L L E C T
BY PERSONAL APPOINTMENT Our Gallery Directors invite you to request your ‘Complimentary Art Consultation’. Receive your Personalised Artwork Proposal for your home or office to finish your interior design project. You can commission an artwork of a loved one, add to your art collection or purchase as a special gift. With our 'By Personal Appointment' service, you can request a telephone or video appointment and be given a fully personalised art collecting experience with a dedicated member of our team. HOW IT WORKS: 1) Starting with an email or telephone call, we will discuss the reason you are collecting art. 2) You can share images/dimensions of the spaces you would like to display artwork & your budget & timescale. 3) You will then receive your Personal Artwork Proposal. 4) Your selection will be delivered to your home with ‘contact free’ delivery & profesional installation available. If you have any questions about our artists, their artwork, projects, or perhaps you are interested in a personalised commission, please get in touch with gallery director Isobel Beauchamp. We’d love to hear from you and assist with your request. We look forward to working with you! Isobel@DegreeArt.com / +44 (0)7708 251 687 / +44 (0)20 7314 7411
THE ARTISTS SAM WAGNER LEE HERRING* ANNIKA MANUEL ESBE LAURA FISHMAN VICTORIA HEALD** RICARDO REISS JEREMY PHILIP KNOWLES PHOTOPORTRAYAL TESSA MAUDLIN ANNI LAUKKA LUKE M WALKER** SHAKIRA VELASQUEZ-MALIK TIBOR GALAMB NIKOLAI KOZIN GEORGINA HARRIS ELEANOR ANGELINETTA DIANA BAUR LANA MATSUYAMA** FI BURKE MIGUEL SOPENA SARAH POOLEY JOHN WILLIAMS NADIA ATTURA *VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
RICCARDO MATLAKAS RAMZI MUSA** MICHAEL WALLNER** PAZ PERLMAN ERNESTO ROMANO** HERMIONE MACMILLAN PAUL KINGSLEY SQUIRE FIONA BIZIOU CORRINE NATAL MICHAEL SLUSAKOWICZ MARCO VENTURA ADAM ROBINSON GRANT PHAM MATTHEW SPENCER HELEN GORRILL* KELLY JENKINS* SOPHIE DERRICK** LINDA BACHAMMAR ATHENA ANASTASIOU OTTELLIEN HUCKIN** LOUISE MORGAN LAURA ELLIOT PHILIP HEARSEY
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During lockdown we were adamant that our residency programme, run in partnership with the Bankside Hotel, would continue.
OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAMME
Between April and September 2020 we ran 6 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Virtual Residenciesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which each offered an in depth view of the artistic process of the artists creative process during the height of the pandemic. Locked + Loaded features these artists as well as those who completed a physical residency in 2019/20. DISCOVER ON INSTAGRAM
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S A M
W A G N E R
Sam Wagner is a New York-based artist who focuses on shape and harmony of composition. His work attempts to stray away from the expected use of value and perspective to draw a childlike wonder from the viewer.
Sam’s fascination with bold lines, hard edges, and technology can be seen in his primarily geometric abstract, and Suprematism works. He hopes to create structure and clarity often unavailable in daily life. ‘SW Classic’ 91.44 × 152.4 × 3.81 cm Acrylics, gold leaf & silver leaf
“The world is in unprecedented times but like many artists of the past, I have found some semblance of clarity in the chaos. I meditate a lot more and spend greater periods of time in front of my easel, giving me a new sense of calm and focus. With the new focus, I have become truly prolific... creating new pieces of art every week.” ‘ROUGE Perspective No3’
76.2 × 76.2 × 3.8 cm Acrylics & Gold Leaf
VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MAY 2020|LEE HERRING
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H E R R I N G
Lee Herring is a contemporary painter specialising in colourful, textured and abstracted landscapes. He was born in Sunderland, in the North East of England and has always had a creative streak. After excelling in art throughout his early education, he went on to study Fine Art at the University of Chester.
It was here that Lee discovered his love of painting and began to develop his painting style. After 3 years, he graduated with a First-Class honours and was awarded the coveted University prize. ‘Wild Summer’ 75 × 75 × 4 cm Spray paint, varnishes & acrylic
“Lockdown has been a strange time for the whole world but I've found it important to keep some form of normality. I've tried to keep the same working patterns and push through creative blocks. Some days are less inspiring than others but it's crucial to remember you will come out the other side and be stronger from it” ‘Flash of Azure (XL) - Limited Edition’
98 x 96 x 0.1 cm Gliclee Print of 20
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M A N U E L
Anika Manuel is a portrait and figurative painter from Cornwall. Her passion is for the flat, found image and its subsequent translation into painting. Having had an interest in drawing faces from an early age, she continues to capture realistic
depictions of the human figure. Anika was one of the artists selected for Olympic Exhibition, 20:12 in which she painted and exhibited the portraits of Team GB athletes.
‘Let The Sunshine In’ 75 × 60 x 2 cm Acrylics on linen canvas
“I utilised the time in lockdown to fully focus on my practice. Other than daily walks this was a fully immersive experience, and I found this incredibly inspiring! In times like these, I feel incredibly fortunate to have a creative outlet, through it all I’ve tried to keep my spirits up by challenging myself with larger paintings and bolder backgrounds, things which I may not have attempted pre-lockdown.” ‘To Autumn’ 60 x 44.5 x 1 cm Acrylic on wood panel
E S B E
Esbe works on canvas and glass and is inspired by the delicate draughtmanship of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras. She hopes to bring a modern sensibility into her images through her love of colours, unusual colour combinations, and Pop Art.
Esbe focuses on faces and the human form in fluid motion, reducing each element to the bare minimum. The Portraits and Icons series takes pertinent aspects of each face and places them in stylised illustrative context. ‘Paloma’ 100 x 67 x 1 cm Silk Screen Print on Toughened Glass
“When I realised that this situation was going to be with us for some time, I set out a plan of lots of work I wanted to get done.This has been the most fruitful few months of my career. Lockdown and reduced social activity has only given me more time to concentrate and devote my time to what I love doing and find the most rewarding part of my life - creativity!”
100 x 67 x 1 cm Silk Screen Print on Toughened Glass
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F I S H M
Laura earned her BFA in Painting in her native United States from the State University of New York. It was here she studied with abstract expressionist Joop Sanders, friend and apprentice of Willem de Kooning, and the founder of the American Abstract Expressionism group.
The influence of her education can be seen in her abstract works, with her use of bold colour and intuitive style. She continued her studies in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and earned her MA Fine Art at Middlesex University, London.
A N ‘Debunked’ 51 x 76 2 cm Acrylics on stretched canvas
“Lockdown has given me the gift of time to create art without pressure and deadlines.”
‘Rainbow of Hope’
34 x 34 x 3.5 cm Acrylics on stretched canvas
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MARCH 2019|VICTORIA HEALD
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Victoria Heald studied at Camberwell College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, graduating with a BA in Fine Art, First Class Honours. She is based in her London studio, painting figurative and animal works on gold, drawing London landmarks and undertaking commissions of a variety of subjects.
It is her aim to not only capture the physical likeness of the beings in these commissions, but their unique character and personality as well. Victoria has exhibited widely in the UK and overseas. ‘Endangered Species Series | Giraffe’ 75 x 50 x 4 cm Oils & gold background on canvas
“The last seven months have re-defined normality & created an environment for reflection in all areas of our work and lives. I used this period of disruption to make new types of work, exploring and experimenting with my practice in different directions. I started lockdown by completing my Endangered Species series, which shows animals under threat, fading into their painted backgrounds to mirror how they are disappearing in their natural environments. Then, painting 'The Oyster Dinner', gave me an opportunity to make full oil paintings again, which I am now exploring in a new series of work” ‘Endangered Species Series | Jaguar’
85 x 85 x 3 cm Oils & gold background on canvas
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R E I S S
Ricardo Reis is inspired to create amalgamations of the dream world with the real. Ricardo loves the challenge of being able to put onto paper the ideas and surreal world of his own creation. Ricardo strives to engage in a dialogue with his photographs that make the viewer feel something, even if it’s a negative reaction.
With the goal of conveying an inner conversation, Ricardo hopes to capture an ambiance which sparks curiosity in the viewer for the lives and moments depicted in his images. ‘R2 Woman 2 Portrait’ 50 x 40 x 1 cm Fine art matte fiber paper
“This artwork is part of my rouge perspective series, and is the third piece in the series. Playing with three point perspective and texture.This piece strives to upset my old art professors. “
‘R2 Woman 1 Portrait’ 40 x 50 x 1 cm Fine art matte fiber paper
P H O T O P O R T R A Y A L
Still-life photographer and light painter Vadims Pjatrikovs, also referred to as Photoportrayal, is well-known for his style and the way of controlling the light. Having over 15 years of experience as a professional photographer,
he been working on different commercial and still life photography projects in London, UK, for the last 10 years.
‘Bumblebee’’ 60 x 48 x 0 cm Oil on deep edge canvas
“On one hand, this period of lockdown was quite challenging for many. But on the other hand, it gave such a valuable chance to rethink, regroup and plan ahead into the future. It offered some extra time to create new and unordinary pieces, and some extra time to connect with new people even though online.” ‘Downgrade (Extra Large)’
80 x 62.5 x 0 cm Giclée print on Archival Canson Baryta Gloss Paper
J E R E M Y
P H I L I P
K N O W L E S
Recent graduate Jeremy Philip Knowles is a British lens-based artist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Photography from Camberwell College of Art (University of the Arts London) and a Foundation Degree in Art & Design from Oaklands College of Art.
Since 2016 Jeremy has been based in Berlin, where his practice has developed into a playful photographic study of urbanism and the everyday.
‘Mittelbuschweg (8am Walks)’’ 100 x 70 x 10 cm Archival Pigment Print, Hahnemühle Pearl, Walnut Tray Frame
“If I'm stressed or low on energy, or if I'm focused on something going on my life, there's far less chance I'll find gold through my lens. Focusing requires more than just camera technique. During these times it's important to take your time, save your energy and focus on doing what you love.” ‘Potsdamer Straße (8am Walks)’
100 x 70 x 10 cm Archival Pigment Print, Hahnemühle Pearl, Walnut Tray Frame
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M A U D L I N
After earning her BA with honors in Fine Art and Painting and Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art, Tessa Maudlin received her MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Edinburgh College of Art. Her paintings show scenes of the everyday, in line with the tradition of genre painting.
There is a charm to these rituals and the relationships. Although, she also intends to depict that sense of intrusion or of being watched, reflecting my experience of modern-life, specifically in digital realms. ‘The Feast’ 100 x 80 x 2.5 cm Oil on linen
“This artwork is part of my rouge perspective series, and is the third piece in the series. Playing with three point perspective and texture.This piece strives to upset my old art professors. “
“Over lockdown I was able to slow down and think about what it is I want to paint. I began to focus on observing nature as a distraction and also as a necessity. Spending so much time shut away indoors and isolated had the effect on me of gaining a greater appreciation for nature’s brilliance, especially as spring turned to summer. I found myself drawn in particular to the plants and insects in my garden.Examining the complexity and beauty of both the micro and macro worlds is almost a magical experience.” ‘Night Leaves’
40 x 30 x 2.5 cm Oil on linen
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L A U K K A
Anni Laukka is a visual artist from Finland. All of her works are based in photography, even though the final expression can transform to the form of fine art prints, paintings, installations and sculptures.
The works of Laukka emphasize humanity and emotions. She discloses matters that easily remain unnoticed in everyday life and invites the spectators to a discussion.
‘Real Connection’ 70 x 50 x 2 cm Photography with dipped backing
“A creative mind is a great tool when coping with new situations. There were a lot of creative solutions invented in order to be able to keep on creating. For instance with a little bit of imagination a photostudio can be created with stuff that is found at home. If you ask me the best part of being an artist is the freedom you have, the freedom to use your imagination any way you want, to be inspired by what is going on in the world or do something totally different to get away from it all. The freedom to choose your own working hours became beneficial during the pandemic.” ’Alone’
70 x 50 x 2 cm Dibond ® mounted photography (aluminium composite
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE JANUARY 2019|LUKE M WALKER
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W A L K E R
Luke M Walker views his practice as an inquiry into memory, time, distance and materiality with each series of works being an opportunity to discover something new, through experimentation, exploration, chance, the collection of data and other records of his
personal progress through the environment, whether a city or somewhere further afield. It is an attempt to discover the role of a Landscape Artist today.
‘Border-Land 001’ 420 x 594 x 0.2 cm Acrylic pens on paper
“Having the opportunity to pause and reflect upon my practice, I've been able to re-evaluate much of what I have been doing and focus again on the aspects of my work that are most important and remind myself how the simple act of walking can re-inspire and re-invigorate me.”
‘Border-Land 003’ 420 x 594 x 0.2 cm Acrylic pens on paper
S H A K I R A
V E L A S Q U E Z M A L I K
Shakira Velasquez-Malik is a recent Fine Art (BA) graduate from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Shakira’s works to explore the concept of colour as a language and overlapping digital images to create alternative realities.
‘Outside In - Blue’ 70 x 50 x 1 cm Mixed media print
‘Outside In - Yellow’
70 x 50 x 1 cm Mixed media print
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G A L A M B
Tibor Galamb is an award winner photographer originally from Hungary, currently based in Edinburgh, UK. He specializes in fashion and creative advertising photography and available for commissioned work in the UK and worldwide.
After 3 years of studying civil engineering at Budapest University of Technology, he moved on to photography and completed his BA in Professional Photography at Stevenson College of Edinburgh in 2013. ‘Choreography of Things II’ 70 x 50 x 0.1 cm Limited edition print on matte paper
“The quarantine period had an absolute positive impact on my creativity. As there were not many jobs around and my finger was itching to use my camera, I started to develop a few personal projects that I always wanted to bring to life but never had the time to complete. The Choreography of Things is one of these projects and I’m working on the next one already.” ‘Choreography of Things III’
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm Limited edition print on matte paper
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Central Saint Martins Graduate Nikolai Kozin is an artist focused on the human experience. His normal approach is a spontaneous start with meticulous finish, letting gesture and rhythm lead the process.
Nikolai strives to see beyond an image to achieve its state of flux. He hopes to bring out a raw and candid sense of emotion, energy, humour in his finished works. ‘Parrots’ 59.4 x 42 x 0.1 cm Bristol Pad paper, UniPosca pens & acrylic ink
‘Shedding a Tear’’
42 × 29.7 × 0.1 cm Bristol board, POSCA pens, mirror card
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H A R R I S
Georgina Harris uses painting and drawing to investigate this issue. She does this by looking at the ties between forests and religious architecture, ancient systems of belief and the experience of looking up. Georgina works outside in oil paints, to portray her ‘lived experience’ of being in a forest.
Georgina’s work aims to expose the mystical traditions surrounding British forests, but she hopes the colourful, abstract style of her work also invites the viewer to not take the paintings too seriously. ‘The Imagined Sky Above’ 21 x 14.5 x 0.1 cm Ink on paper
“The last seven months have made me really excited to try painting in different locations across the North West, where I'm now based, and to see where my practice goes.”
148 x 98 x 6.3 cm Oil on hand stretched canvas
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A N G E L I N E T T
Eleanor Angelinetta is a mixed media artist predominantly using printmaking, photography and painting as her chosen media. She has exhibited widely across the UK since graduating in 2016.
The main focal point of her work is pattern and making patterns which usually originate from organic forms and the human body. She has a particular interest in mental health, biology and psychology.
A â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Enduranceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 80 x 80 x 3 Oil on canvas
“This time has not left a creative void. If anything it’s made me notice the things I overlook that are there - right in front of me. This validates my favourite quote by Henry Miller: ‘The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.’”
80 x 80 x 3 cm Oil on canvas
D I A N A
B A U R
Diana Baur visually represents non-visual fragments of experience often auditory and kinaesthetic - momentary thoughts and memories. She takes inspiration from many sources, including visual references, and has developed an abstract expressionist style of painting reflecting
her character and need to search for the ‘otherness’ or ‘intangible’ in life. She combines dyes and paints with collage and fabrics, layering, folding, shredding and tearing to create texture. ‘Anthem’ 90 x 90 x 5 cm Acrylic paints and collage
“For me the fear of covid, as well as the relative peace of lockdown, have re-ignited an interest in some hitherto neglected forms of creativity. In particular writing, listening to songs and taking photographs, especially of the natural world. A re-visiting of past inspirations is my current focus, along with a sense of quiet contemplation.” ‘Green Shots’
76 x 94 x 3 cm Oils on board, framed with black surround
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE OCTOBER 2020|LANA MATSUYAMA
L A N A
M A T S U Y A M A
Lana Matsuyama is a Japanese-American contemporary artist, designer and creative director based in London and New York. Specialising in abstract mixed media paintings and drawings, she aims to retain a sense of minimalism in her work whilst simultaneously
creating movement, emotion and complexity through repetition, texture and patina. Conceptually, she is interested in exposing the creative process through a practice of layering, adjusting, and building. ‘Urban Landscape Series # 9’ 100 x 80 x 4 cm Acrylics, gold leaf, and various mediums
‘Balance Series #6’
61 x 46 x 2 Acrylics and variou
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Fi Burke creates representations of meditation. These visual representations of meditations are the tools by which she expresses realisations and enables connections. Fi aims to articulate creativity itself. She is in her element when creating work in response to a site, place or idea;
loving nothing more than discovering the hidden depths and human stories. Fi lets her work lead her where it wants to go, somewhere she often didn’t even know it wanted to go. ‘Of The Earth’ 50 x 80 x 0.1 cm Limited Edition Giclee print on premium quality archival Hahnemuhle paper
“In some senses, the last 7 months has been no better time to be an artist. Our imagination can show us how things will be better and our process can take us off exploring that world of the imagination. Having a little extra time for reflection enables such clarity and vision and an excitement about all the as yet unrealised pieces - art that is yet to be made.”
‘Seeing The Wood In The Trees’
30 x 40 x 0.1 cm Limited Edition Giclee print on premium quality archival Hahnemuhle paper
M I G U E L
S O P E N A
Michael Sopena is an artist and photographer originally from Spain but now based in South London. At the start of his career, his interests were mainly figurative (with a focus on the human body) but lately his practice has evolved
to include abstraction as well as the material properties of the painting medium.
â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Dance IXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 42 x 30 x 1 cm Ink and charcoal on textured archival 66 paper
“Lockdown has been a strange time for the whole world but I've found it important to keep some form of normality. I've tried to keep the same working patterns and push through creative blocks. Some days are less inspiring than others but it's crucial to remember you will come out the other side and be stronger from it.” ‘The Dance XI’
42 x 30 x 1 cm Ink and charcoal on textured archival paper
S A R A H
P O O L E Y
As a Graduate in Fine Art in 2015, Sarah Pooley has continued to study artificial simulations in social spaces through photography and painting. The creation of consumerist social space deliberately aims to manipulate experience and affect visitors through the use of architecture,
elaborate interior design and artificial lighting. Sarah is interested in exploring the technology that increasingly present within these social spaces. ‘Peeking Through’ 76.2 x 60.9 x 2 cm Oil on canvas
40 x 30 x 2 cm Oil on Canvas
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W I L L I A M S
John Williams uses traditional oil paint and canvas to accomplish his detailed depictions of people and still lifes, specialising in portraiture. His aim is to suggest a world of detail in a quiet, graceful and peaceful image.
Photographs are used to capture and study the fleeting details and the amazing architecture of the body or object. John's style is very realistic yet the results offer a natural, organic look. ‘Memento Mori’ 56 x 42 x 3 cm Oil paint with gold leaf on stretched canvas
“The wide open expanse of time during the lockdown provided the perfect opportunity to focus on completing works that had been pushed to the back burner. As an artist I relished the chance to focus and concentrate on the works to hand without interruption. The one thing I need to produce detailed images is time, which we all know is all too often in short supply. For me life is in the detail.” ‘Still Life With Four Oranges’
47 x 37 x 5 cm Oil paint on canvas
N A D I A
A T T U R A
Nadia creates photographed details made on location which are then layered to form a tableaux of collected scenes within a scene, together they convey a sense of place and time.
Often the original photograph disappears from documentary single imagery toward a more painterly poetic interpreted view of the world.
‘Kew’ 71 x 71 x 0.1 cm Giclee fine art Cotton 308 gsm museum grade paper, archival pigmented inks
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm Giclee fine art Cotton 308 gsm museum grade paper, archival pigmented inks
R I C C A R D O
M A T L A K A S
Riccardo Matlakas is best known for his multi-talented capacity in different art forms including performance, dance, painting and sculpture. He obtained a degree in Sculpture at the University of Fine Arts in Naples and an MA in Social Sculpture at Oxford Brookes University.
Riccardo values the context he works in as the main inspiration for his work, finding a common ground with each culture he connects with
‘Venus Poo’ 100 x 100 x 2 cm Oil, acrylic & canvas
“As I always like to adapt to the situation, I began writing a book entitled: "Quarantined Lives". The first publication will be available in a months time in Italian and English. I wrote it together with psychologist Giuliana Attanasio who talks about the mental repercussions of her patients. So I spent this period of time writing not only about the pandemic, but also my observations of human behaviour in society, introducing concepts of science, dance and art. Furthermore I asked artists and curators worldwide to write 500/1000 words each about their own idea and experience of the pandemic. So I have been not only busy writing, but also observing, studying and reading.”
80 x 150 x 1 cm Oil on canvas
VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE APRIL 2020|RAMZI MUSA
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M U S A
Ramzi Musa is a professional artist, and fashion designer, who had his break at the age of 20, when he collaborated with the esteemed Browns of London on the Ramzi Musa for BFocus Collection. Over the years, Ramzi Musa has been extensively exploring South-East Asia,
creating art collections inspired by the incredible places he has lived. Among the places he has lived are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia. ‘Midday Sun’ 61 x 61 x 2 cm Acrylic on canvas
61 × 61 × 2 cm Acrylic on Board
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE J U N E 2 0 219 | M I C H A E L W A L L N E R
M I C H A E L
W A L L N E R
Michael Wallner specializes in aluminium and reclaimed wood prints as well as neon and l.e.d installations. His latest work celebrates the beauty of the city through the shapes and outlines that define its landmarks and character. London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore all ‘Regent’s Park Underground Station’ x 13 x 2.5 cm feature in his latest collection. 18 Acrylic block £180.00
“Life in lockdown made me revisit and re-charge. Without the usual shows and fairs I was able to slow down and take a closer look at the beauty in my immediate surroundings a little more. Cycling round a deserted London provided a new perspective on a normally bustling city. The river Thames became a hugely important focus for me, especially on my daily walks, providing a feeling of calm amongst all the uncertainty. I created a new series of small pieces based on the beauty and unusual things I saw on these walks. I also was able to develop a new light and flowing water installation based on the river.”
‘St Paul’s (pop art pink)’’
66 x 91 x 0.3 cm Brushed aluminium
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P E R L M A N
Paz Perlman’s art reflects the universal desire to make sense of the world around us and our place within it. She feels compelled to grapple with the unconscious forces within and to manifest them in abstract forms.
Paz’s latest mixed media projects seek to express the importance of transformation by taking discarded and found objects and giving them a new lease of life.
‘Mindscape 11’ 13 x 18 x 0.1 cm Oil, acrylic & ink on paper
“I retreated for more than three months to an isolated rural compound in the mountains next to a small town called Mitla, known as the City of the Dead. The desert-like landscape was dramatic and from the moment of arriving I decided to create a work of art every day in my small bedroom, which I converted into a studio space. . The resulting body of work, Mindscape, is an expression of my pandemic experience and the insight that the outer and inner scapes are not separated from my own mind.”
23 x 30 x 0.1 cm Oil, acrylic & ink on paper
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE J U L Y 2 0 219 | E R N E S T O R O M A N O
E R N E S T O
R O M A N O
Ernesto Romano is an Italian artist living and working in London. He uses his own x-rays transformed with bold colours and often embellished with gold leaf, glitter, spray paint or Swarovski crystals. All his work is colourful and glossy, shiny.
These X-rayed self portraits convey a message of equality and universal values of inclusion and diversity. Ernesto have exhibited both nationally in UK and internationally. ‘In the Eye of the Beholder (Ernesto)’ 30 x 30 x 2.5 cm C-type print mounted on aluminium with acrylic face, round shape
“During this time I felt the urge to connect more with nature and to do so I started again creating art with the use of photographs of flowers like in my early works, this time superimposing them into photographs of eyes.”
‘In the Eye of the Beholder (Aisling)’’
30 x 30 x 2.5 cm C-type print mounted on aluminium with acrylic face, round shape
H E R M I O N E
M A C M I L L A N
Hermione Macmillan is inspired by her immediate urban environment and sees commercial objects and buildings as abstract shapes and colours and repetitive designs. Hermione is exploring the combination of these objects with the geometry, shapes and angles of architectural
Structures due to the potential this holds for abstraction. Hermione hopes to inspire the viewer to see the world around them in a different light and to reconsider their urban environment. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Pompeii #6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 23 x 23 x 1 cm Magazine collage & pencil
“Locked has been a wonderful opportunity to create a new line of work, and to explore different ideas!”
23 x 23 x 1 cm Magazine collage & pencil
P A U L
K I N G S L E Y
S Q U I R E
Paul Kingsley Squire is a painter inspired by themes of metamorphosis and transformation, working in series around themes to create a range of different works. From digital plexiglass to pencil and paper on oil and canvas, Paul’s artistic style retains a consistent ethereal quality
and boasts polish and thoughtfulness that allows ideas of psychology, nature and consciousness to be pondered by each viewer.
‘Pandora’ 91.44 × 91.44 x 4 cm Oil on canvas
“As an artist who is quite used to working in isolation, the slower pace has allowed me to really get stuck into my studio practice, allowing me to develop new works, themes and painting techniques. Events in the world have made me go deeper into my own creative journey, producing works that I hope are relevant to these crazy times we are all living through.”
‘The World Beyond’ 76 x 122 x 4 cm Oil on canvas
F I O N A
B I Z I O U
Fiona Biziou studied art at the BKO Acadamie and the Acadamie de Lei in Leuvan where she gained a Diploma in Fine Art. On moving to France I continued painting and sculpting in clay often working from a life model.
I like to work spontaneously expressing free flowing emotions movement and sensitivity using large brush strokes, colours intermingling to intuitively saturate the canvas. ‘Pathways of Light’ 120 x 120 x 3 cm Mixed media on canvas
“The last 7 months have opened new and evolving paradigms of creativity inspiring new pathways forward into our future as yet unknown,exciting many new ideas into the collective consciousness.”
150 x 120 x 3 Mixed media on canvas
C O R I N N E
N A T A L
Corinne Natel is contemporary artist based in London. She specializes in abstract mixed media fluid paintings, and feels inspired by landscapes, nature, cities, travel, fashion and media. Her work investigates colour, form, space and texture.
Working with mixed media, a blank white canvas takes on a new form through the expression of energy and begins to develop a life of it's own and a new entity, aiming to create vibrant and emotive works. ‘Superluminal #48’ Acrylic, ink & mixed media
“During lockdown, in which I experienced some highly stressful situations, my art has been an inspiring healing outlet, enabling me to find a sense of freedom through my work. Art is the ultimate form of escapism! I often use bright, uplifting colours which do have a positive impact on mood and well-being, everyone should have some brightness in their life during these times!” ‘Superluminal #47’
40 x 40 x 3.7 cm Acrylic, ink & mixed media
M I C H A E L
S L U S A K O W I C K
Michael Slusakowicz works predominantly in painting, drawing, performance and video, often using different mediums to express his subject matter. In his practice, he aims to create images that communicate with the viewer in a narrative way. Very often, the subject of his work is hidden or takes place aside, unnoticed at first glance.
He tends to penetrate the veiled side of our society in search of the pure core of humanity both the dark and bright sides. Bold colours and texture are essential part of his visual language.
‘Composition With Lemons’ 40 x 40 x 4 cm Oil on primed deep edge canvas
“The solitude of life as a painter. Lonely hours in the studio next to the easel. Endless practise and self isolation. We keep on making little steps and we hope that one painting at the time, even the smallest one, can bring some sort of hope.”
’Composition With Bananas’
40 x 40 x 4 cm Oil on primed deep edge canvas
M A R C O
V E N T U R A
Marco Ventura studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera in Milan and later at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since 1988 he has been working as a freelance illustrator for many advertising companies and international publishers and magazines.
He has received several awards, including two silver medals from the American Society of Illustrators. Feature articles on his work have been published on Novum, 3x3 and Communication Arts. ‘Composizione’ 14 x 10 x 0.1 cm 104 Hand printed cyanotype photograph
“During these sad months of lockdown, looking outside was not of great help, so I tried to look deeper inside and search for peace and inspiration.”
‘Still Life with Sailor’
21 x 21 x 1 Oil on gessoed board
A D A M
R O B I
N S O N
Adam Robinson is an emerging artist who was born and raised in Sydney and has been living and working in London for the past 18 years.Robinson’s work reflects his passion for colour, found materials and the processes of collecting and arranging.
He draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources with architecture and the built environment being particularly influential.
‘Impression’ 103 x 103 x 3 cm Vintage stamps, painted wood on canvas
“With every other aspect of my life on hold, lockdown gave me the once in a lifetime opportunity to focus entirely on my art - an ideal utopia.”
73 x 73 x 3 cm Vintage stamps, painted wood on canvas
G R A N T
P H A M
Grant Pham is a painter who focuses on the human figure with oil paint. With a strong foundational background in the more academically taught ways of painting, and a background in architectural draftsmanship,
Grant’s practice in painting takes a leap away from the technically precise and overtime becomes looser and looser with a focus on brushwork.
’Ambiance’ 89 x 76 x 7 cm Oil on canvas, contemporary white float frame
81 x 71 x 6 cm Oil on canvas, contemporary white float frame
M A T T H E W
S P E N C E R
Matthew Spencer is interested in how our world is represented to us through simulated images in the media and how these in turn form our comprehension of the world around us, basing his pieces on images from the media and internet.
His works are cynical of utopian notions surrounding our relationship with the natural world, effectively combining medium, process and aesthetics as message. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Milk?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 115 x 115 x 1.8 cm Hand cut MDF, household gloss, matte 112 & acrylic paint
“As our lives ground to a halt I became more emerged in the natural world around us, I found more time to carve and paint scenes of our fragile relationship with the natural world, building up layers upon layers of lacquer and paint day after day. Time became purely devoted to thinking about what to make next and how to make it, leading to a new body of work and what’s to come in the future.” ‘Hotrod’
115 x 115 x 1.8 cm Hand cut MDF, household gloss, matte & acrylic paint with clear lacquer 113
VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE JUNE 2020|HELEN GORRILL
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G O R R I L L
Helen Gørrill works largely with mixed media, combining traditional oil paint with collage. The collage is not produced digitally but by hand; her artworks produced using techniques from within the field of expanded painting.
Helen’s collages explore ideas about time, history and reality; using contemporary imagery that juxtaposes with the Old Masters she sets out to reappropriate.
‘Readers’ Wives 7’ 25.5 x 22.5 x 7 cm Oil paint, collaged adult magazines, lipstick, rhinestones & gold leaf on board set in bespoke box frame
“My Readers' Wives works are very relevant to 'lock down'. When my book (Women Can't Paint) was collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, due to lockdown I started searching online collections for inspiration. Here I found the Met miniatures which were originally jewellery, worn as pendants, and I've enlarged them to create these new pieces.” ‘Readers’ Wives 3’
56 x 40 x 6 cm Oil paint, collaged adult magazines, lipstick, rhinestones & gold leaf on board set in 117 bespoke box frame
VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE JULY 2020|KELLY JENKINS
K E L L Y
J E N K I N
Kelly Jenkins is a contemporary painter and textile artist based in Hampshire. Starting from an interest in contemporary visual media, such as the internet. Her meticulously embroidered paintings reflect graphically the complex world we now live in.
Through stitched data visualisation, she reveals to us another way of understanding our reality and takes a critical view on the human online experience and existence.
S ‘Everything Is Going To Be Ok’ 59 x 84 x 3 cm Metallic embroidery stitched into acrylics, spray paint, oil pastel and graphite
“Creating art that was relevant to our current time felt the only way of dealing with and understanding our human responses to the pandemic. My art has flourished in light of lockdown, which gave me the opportunity for self-reflection and little self-love.” ‘Now Is The Time’
71 x 71 x 2 cm Embroidery stitched directly into acrylics, spray paint, pastel & graphite 121
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AUGUST 2019|SOPHIE DERRICK
S O P H I E
D E R R I C K
Sophie Derrick's work very much focuses on portraiture, but with the use of both painting and photography this genre is skewed and manipulated, and the transformative properties of paint are pushed to the limit. She photographs the act of painting onto her own skin and then paints on top of the photographs,
creating a layering of image of paint and painted image, blurring the boundaries between the two. The 'self' is lost, buried beneath the paint, and the notion of portraiture is questioned. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Into The Light - Blue Lagoon #6 100 x 70 x 3 cm Archival acrylic paint with overlying acrylic paint
“The last 7 months have shaken life up in every way possible. It has made me really appreciate life and what I love doing, and one of those things is making artwork. I feel like my creativity has intensified and I am excited to make all the new work I have been dreaming about.”
‘Into The Light - Warm Pink #2
100 x 70 x 3 cm Digital acrylic reverse print with overlying acrylic paint
L I N D A
B A C H A M M E R
Linda Bachammar is a French painter and designer with national and international visibility. Her work is mainly focused on a poetry of existence, drawing its inspiration from nature, travel or meditation. Linda installs sweet and strange reveries in her works and
expresses energy and breath of life through intense colours. She seeks to create a poetry of links between human and nature, dream and reality, and the human species and spirituality. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crowned Headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 100 x 70 x 0.5 cm Watercolour, ink & collages on watercolour paper 300 g
“The ambiance of these last months inspired me to create more positive and colorful paintings and to connect with nature, energy and spirituality through portraits and landscapes. I allow myself more time for sketches and outdoor work to explore compositions and combinations of values so that each element finds its place in the whole. This period has shown me that everything is interconnected and life is a miracle that I want to celebrate through my paintings.” ‘Embodiment’
80 x 60 x 3 cm Acrylic, ink & golden leaf on canvas
Athena Anastasiou and her work that is currently on display at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
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A N A S T A S I O U
Athena Anastasiou works with bold colourful strokes, exposed linen and layers of resin, she uses oil paints to sculpt her portraits. Scraping away as much paint and detail as possible whilst still retaining the feeling of a person.
She strips portraiture back to its bare essence, emphasising the silent and captivating dialogue between the sitter and viewer.
‘Life Is Good’ 35 x 30 x 5 cm Oil, wool & yarn on linen
‘Cosmos and Sky’
50 x 50 x 5 cm Oil, wool and acrylic yarn on linen
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE FEB/MARCH 2020|OTTELIEN HUCKIN
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H U C K I N
Entrenched in a long art historical discourse dictated by ‘the male gaze’, Ottelien Huckin’s practice aims to reveal the nude in an autonomous, empowered and sensual way by reinterpreting old master drawings with my own life drawing observations and intuition.
Drawing directly onto canvas with oil bar, Ottelien’s practice seeks to capture the qualities of a preparatory sketch. It is an exploratory process, allowing each mark to land as an expressive catalyst for the next. ‘Japanned Equus’ 25 x 21 x 3 cm Japanning
“Despite the stresses and constraints of lockdown, I found that it was (and still is) a time to slow down and reflect on my practice. It was an opportunity to research and experiment with new mediums and push my creativity.”
125 x 105 x 3.5 cm Oil bar on canvas
L O U I S E
M O R G A N
Louise Morgan creates what inspires and moves her in a way that best expresses the soul and essence of her subject. Whether it be in ink on paper in her tiny paintings that are reminiscent of the photo slides her mother used when she was a child,
or acrylic or oil paint on canvas, creating an indoor window to the outside world; the landscape is always at the heart of Louise’s work.
‘Summer Glow’ 61 x 61 x 3.8 cm Oil on deep edge canvas
“Lockdown gave me the time and freedom to move my practice forward; to experiment and play and without the time pressure my creativity developed organically.”
‘Eddies and Vapour’
61 x 61 x 1.5 cm Acrylic on canvas
L A U R A
E L L I O T T
Laura Elliott includes a feminine touch in the form of butterflies, symbolising change, adaptation and evolution, representing her constant progression as an artist. The animals and insects featured in each artwork are carefully selected to merge
with the cubist landscapes that surround them. The mediums used within these artworks include: acrylic paint, photographs, ink, graphite and texture mediums. ‘Attraction of the Exotic - Soft Lilac’ 25 x 25 x 3 Acrylic. graphite on linen canvas
‘The Spirit of the Exotic’
91 x 63 x 3 Acrylic & graphite on linen canvas
P H I L I P
H E A R S E Y
It is simply a connection between the physicality of shape and our emotions, yet will strike an instinctive chord. Appreciation of tangible forms are the driving force underlying my work. The title is not prescriptive and leaves space for personal interpretation.
Warp is cast in solid bronze, rotates on a composite base and shows two very distinct sides. On one face is a simple variegated blue and on the other a more complex finish using acrylic paints and metal leaf. ‘Warp’ 48 × 25.5 × 11 cm Solid sand-cast bronze. acrylic paints, metal leaf and Jesmonite composite 140
“It is a question of balance - equilibrium and alternate sides. Interpretation goes beyond the title into other aspects of equality.”
‘Autumn Equinox 6/7’’
117 × 65 × 7 cm Sand-cast foundry bronze and oak.