Monthly Archives: November 2015

Urban Intimacy

urban-intimacy-logo-white2 – 6 December 2015
The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam St, London.
Opening: Wednesday 2 December, 6 – 8.00 pm

Cromoflix is pleased to present Urban Intimacy, a group exhibition showcasing the works of four international artists who are part of Cromoflix online community.

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Dark and seductive portraits of individuals and the city disclose dreamlike glimpses of intimate moments. Winsome and powerful, the figures staring out at the viewer open into our innermost space, whilst urban views dissolve the city into intangible memory traces – that become our own. Encompassing introspection and language, travel exploration and self discovery, these works explore the constant friction between an individual and their surroundings in defining identity and a sense of belonging.

Construction sites, factories and garbage dumps are the main settings portrayed in Anna Capolupo’s works. By tracing the skeleton of the suburbs on paper she revives the old world of the outskirts through bright and vivid lashings of colour. The artist defines these urban fields as non-places in every city but belonging to none. Losing their referential meaning, these portraits become the transient memory trace of a living being, inhabiting the rough architecture of the city landscape. As in the nude series, the details of a vision get dispelled into the evocation of a remembered atmosphere.

Taida Jaserevic’s artistic production is strongly fascinated by the changeable nature of water, which makes everything it covers seem impalpable, elusive and out of our grasp. In the series We’re all made of stars, pearl-like drops of water decorate the skin of her black and white portraits, conveying a sense of transient fragility. Ancient Bosnian Cyrillic scripts emerge from this illusive atmosphere, like an effigy of a universal beauty transcending the time and ephemerality of life.

Surreal and gothic at times, the expressive yet evanescent drawings by Noumeda Carbone are black and white portraits of eclectic women, provoking the viewer with their seductive confident solitude. In Portrait 32 the six long fingers on the hand holding a cigarette suggest a charming, beckoning movement as to be encouraged to get closer. Carbone’s abstract landscapes are a maze of twisted pulsing branches with splashes of vivid colours amongst their black thorns. Nests of bursting bubbles and lush leaves, curving and branching vegetal forms flourish lively on paper, rich in details.

Yasmine Dainelli’s thematic exploration leads the viewer to a journey through glimpses of the city suburbs. By means of instinctive drawings and big black spots, the urban landscape is presented as a photographic negative. Swirling dark strokes seem to scratch the outlines of the buildings, enhancing the geometric shape of the metropolitan boroughs. Rich in gesture and texture, these realistic portraits embody the roughness and the veracity of city life, framed by the artist into intimate yet vivid souvenirs.

About the artists:
Anna Capolupo was born in Lamezia Terme (Italy) in 1983. She lives and works between Turin and Florence. In 2009 she gained a degree in painting at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. She won the International Art Prize Limen 2015. Recently, she had her first solo show in a public art institution, the MACA Museum of Contemporary Art Acri.

Noumeda Carbone is a Florence based award winning artist with a portfolio spanning the world of fashion, street art, illustration, sculpture and painting. Her work has been commissioned internationally and featured in 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 09/10, Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi-Fructose. Her clients include Vogue Trends Italia, Leo Burnett, Pitti Immagine and The Guardian, among others.

Yasmine Dainelli was born in Livorno in 1987. She currently lives in London and works between Italy and the UK. In 2012, she finished her studies in Painting from L’Accademia di Belle Arti and in Printmaking at ‘Il Bisonte’, in Florence. She has taken part in several International exhibitions including Interfaces at the Barbican Centre, London in 2015.

Taida Jasarevic Hefford was born in Sarajevo. She gained a PhD in Fine Arts at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan in 2010. She is a member of The Committee of University of Art for Print Studies in Japan (2009). Since 2002 her works have been exhibited internationally also receiving awards from the Japan Print Association, Guanlan Print Biennial, and Krakow Print Triennial, among others.

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About Cromoflix:
Cromoflix is an on-line gallery displaying and selling original artworks and connecting artists with art lovers. An innovative art community where artists can upload and showcase their work as easily as it is for art lovers to browse through them.

www.cromoflix.com
The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm
For additional information please contact:
info@cromoflix.com

‘Happiness’ – BHA Photography Competition Exhibition

Wednesday 25th – Monday 30th November
Open 11am-6pm Daily (free admission)

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Happiness… it’s kind of a big deal, isn’t it?

Whatever our background, wherever we come from, we all know what ‘happiness’ is. But for each of us, happiness means something different. That makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, we are all unique.

How often do you really stop to think…’What does happiness mean to me?’

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Happy Human symbol, the British Humanist Association launched a Photography Competition Exhibition on the theme of ‘Happiness’. The celebration of happiness and sharing what it means to us is one small way in which we can build mutual understanding and identify common ground amongst people of differing backgrounds.

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It is 50 years since the British Humanist Association (BHA) held a competition to design a new symbol that would encapsulate what it means to strive for a fulfilling existence in a world of our own making. The competition was won by Dennis Barrington, and his Happy Human icon is now recognised across the globe for its capacity to convey humanist values. It states with directness and simplicity that humanity’s agency is a gift, and the only licence needed to find joy in the one life we have.

Since the symbol was designed half a century ago, far more people have embraced a humanist worldview and come to find great purpose in experiencing the world with only their fellow human beings and the natural world as their guide.

https://humanism.org.uk/
The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Inscape by Emily Thornton

INSCAPE
/ɪnskeɪp/
noun literary
noun: inscape; plural noun: inscapes
The unique inner nature of a place

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Having left her nine to five job to return to painting, Emily Thornton’s first solo show INSCAPE sets out to create a visual sense of escapism through the depiction of anonymous physical and inner landscapes. She plays with the liberating concept that by viewing nameless yet individual landscapes, the viewer can begin to ascribe their own inner referent to what they physically see: the liberation of viewing the anonymous yet simultaneously familiar landscape.

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Emotionally drawn to coastal scenes, her work is concerned with capturing the sea’s ever-changing light, energy and atmosphere. Drawn to the stark juxtaposition between its routine tidal nature and its ephemeral temperament, she pushes her painted landscapes to the edge of abstraction. Central to Emily’s first body of work is her interest in how art can penetrate  individuals’ memory. Through viewing the painted landscapes, she wants the viewer to escape the present moment and delve into their own inner landscapes. The physical layering of her paint serves as a metaphor to the way mankind’s memory becomes obscured over time due to the repetitive nature of human life. Her work also explores the very sensation of painting itself, as an artist primarily engaging with the process of creating form, colour and composition.

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“One single second, one single landscape, in which what happens activates and deactivates what has already happened in endless chain reactions…” Karl Ove Knausgård, ‘A Time for Everything’

The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

NORTH LONDON ARTIST NETWORK GROUP SHOW 2015

NORTH LONDON ARTIST NETWORK GROUP SHOW 2015
Tuesday 10th – Sunday 15th November
Open 11am-6pm Daily
Private View  10th November 4pm-8pm RSVP info@nlan.info

The North London Artist Network (NLAN) is a group of professional artists who regularly exhibit in some of London’s top galleries. Their annual exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to see some of the best artwork being created by North London artists today.

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35 members of NLAN will be showcasing their latest original work which will be for sale at affordable prices. Each day a number of the artists will be available to discuss the art on display.

NLAN is very pleased to announce that BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner OBE, has kindly agreed to open the Private View of NLAN’s annual show on Tuesday 10 November (4-8pm). A new portrait of Mr. Gardner, painted by NLAN member Richard Greaves, will be on display for the first time. If you would like to attend the Private View please contact NLAN for an invitation: info@nlan.info

The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
More information can be found at: http://nlan.info/

The Violet Hour presents
: Brilliant Creatures

The Violet Hour presents: 
Brilliant Creatures

Tues 3rd – Fri 6th November 11am – 6pm
Sat 7th November 11am-4pm
Private View Tuesday 3rd November 6:00-8:30pm
www.violethour.org

The show’s title is taken from Yeats’ poem, The Wild Swans at Coole. Melancholic and pertinent to autumn, a season of dramatic natural change, the poem is a beautiful lament on our powerlessness to intervene in the passing of time and all that its entails. The artists on show in the forthcoming exhibition differ in the manner that they treat time as both a destructive – and constructive – process.


Catherine Leon’s
extrovert pieces, rhythmic with colour and light are so lyrical that they leave the viewer with a visceral sense of abandon. They speak a subconscious language of a longing to experience the elemental truths of Nature, form and Time.

CATHERINE LEON

2013 – 2015 BA, Fine Art (Painting)     Wimbledon College of Art
2011 – 2012 Diploma Foundation         Plymouth College of Art

Suzanne Moxhay’s works are a deliberate manipulation of scale, matter and time. Her frozen, filmic scenes are representative of a present that seems in itself artificial, eerie even. Nevertheless, they include visual references which root them in present events or versions of some kind of future.SUZANNE MOXHAY
2004–2007 – Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art        Royal Academy Schools
2001–2004 – BA (hons) Fine Art         Chelsea College of Art

The ordered, geometric precision in Bronwen Sleigh’s architectural etchings and drawings belies the conflict the artist feels over the impact humanity has on its environment: on the one hand a marvel, yet nonetheless inevitably destructive.BRONWEN SLEIGH

2008 MA Fine Art, Printmaking         Royal College of Art
2002 BA Design (Illustration)         Glasgow School of Art

David Degreef-Mounier’s works encapsulate process, over all else. Held in a moment, fire catches in veins on the surface of raw wooden shapes, cut to precision, yet never uniform. Each new work he makes is a development on the last: his chief intention is the journey that links concept with result.DAVID DEGREEF-MOUNIER

Biddy Hodgkinson’s work celebrates the notion that the process of time is unstoppable, no matter what we are taught. Far from being a cause for alarm, Biddy’s abstraction reminds the viewer of the beauty in natural decay, through her use of various organic elements alongside paint on her canvases, as well as earth and mineral ores.

BIDDY HODGKINSON

2008 – 2011 – BA Fine Art         Chelsea College of Art