SPOTLIGHT: Pathy Tshindele

Born and still currently residing in Kinshasa, Democratic Repubic of Congo, Pathy Tshindele is a contemporary artist who is becoming ever more recognized in the art world. Featuring in the 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair this year, his work combines several media platforms in an unconventional manner. He aims to challenge the oppression of race, gender and nationality through his work, with a particular attentiveness to the native Kin language, rendering his work easily comprehensible for all. In particular, Tshindele employs symbolism and expression with bright, vivid colors and basic forms.

Following from his strong views on cultural discrimination, Tshindele formed the ‘Kinshasa Wenze Wenze’ in 2003, an artistic event which transformed neglected, dilapidated cars from the city into sculptural pieces of work. Through the artist’s creative freedom this project underlined the constant difficulties of the inhabitants within the decaying city in which they were confined. The emotion and energy of the images are heightened by the artist’s expressive use of vivid colors and bold blocking of form.

To find out more about the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and the artists involved, including Pathy Tshindele, please visit

SPOTLIGHT: Fabrice Monteiro

Exhibiting  in the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair later this year, the photography of Fabrice Monterio expresses his attachment to his homeland of Africa, as well as a keen interest in photojournalism and fashion. Living and working in Dakar, Senegal, Monteiro was originally educated as an industrial engineer but discovered a passion for portrait art and the sensitivity it produced in photographic form.

His unique style evident in each distinctive photograph illustrates his cultural pride and love of his native people. Travelling the world further inspired Monteiro, witnessing the poverty and injustice prevalent in humanity. Through his experiences, the artist presents to us an enchanting depiction of strong characters, advancing from their disadvantaged position.

Focusing on humankind, history and cultural traditions, Monteiro produced a series of works centering on the apparatus of slavery entitled ‘Brown Runaway Fugitive Slaves’. These images display strong contrasts of light and dark with his isolated figures bound in chains, ultimately producing highly sensitive and intense interpretations of African history. The artist’s ability to incite intensity within these works compels the viewer to emotionally connect to the individuals within the images and relate to their subjection, inevitably placing us within the scene.

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SPOTLIGHT: Nkechi Ebubedike

Born in 1984, Nkechi Ebubedike is a Nigerian American artist working with painting, sculpture installation, photography and mixed media techniques. She incorporates found objects in her work as well as distorting original photographs and video footage, concentrating on her own experiences in an urban and suburban environment and travelling for much of her life.

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Describing her relation to Nigeria, Ebubedike notes how her experience living there at a young age stimulated her interest in the culture and ways in which she could express this through her work. Now residing in Washington and London, the artist combines her encounters in contrasting civilizations and blend of cultures.

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Her 2011 collection of work entitled ‘Bright Boys’ consists of altered digital images with contemporary urban forms and a mix of bright, vibrant colors. Each image centers on cultural representations of African/American males, manipulating the way in which they are perceived by the hallucinogenic display of space and distorted identity. Each work displaces the viewer momentarily, inviting them to examine the subject and the subliminal messages veiled in the aesthetics.

The Quiet Light Within
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In 2014, Ebubedike received public acclaim for her video montage entitled ‘The Quiet Light Within’, selected for the Juror’s prize for the National Art Competition. In this piece, the artist explores the relationship between power and the environment and how this affects our well-being as well as our perception of the world. It further examines the distribution of power and accessibility in other less developed areas, highlighting the resourcefulness and creativity necessary when ‘power’ is not easily established.

To find out more information about Nkechi Ebubedike and her work, please visit

COMING UP: Infinite Human – Crossing Boundaries Beyond the Figure

poster-highresA group show curated by Liliana Gallagher, ‘Infinite Human’ takes the viewer on a journey exploring the human figure, from traditional representational works, expressionist and abstract paintings, through to the contemporary and conceptual pieces.

The human figure provides artists with infinite inspiration, and is as relevant in today’s post-digital contemporary art as it was to our pre-historic ancestors. Eleven artists brought together each explore their own visual language in relation to the human figure, in this diverse show comprising of both established and emerging artists.

 ‘Infinite Human: Crossing Boundaries Beyond the Figure’ will show at The Strand Gallery from 7th – 11th July, 11am – 6pm.

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Artists exhibiting:

Francis De Vivo

Masoomeh Faraji

Greg Finn

Liliana Gallagher

Stephen Gregson

Tanya Hooker

Mary Law

Crystal Lonsdale

Eve Pettitt

Mita Solanky

Simon Yates

SPOTLIGHT: Jacob Perlmutter

Jacob Perlmutter began his career as a photographer and freelanced from a young age, working for NME, XL Recordings and Vice Magazine. He went on to shoot major photoessay projects such as ’88 Days’, which was a homage to Robert Frank 50 years after ‘The Americans’ were first published and since has gone on to create other photographic bodies such as ‘Sweet India’ and ‘Meanwhile in Rio’.

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As well as focussing on his photography career, he also has a debut album ‘Meanwhile, In Rio’ which was recorded in 2014 and is a filmmaker, having won international awards for several of his short films.

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For Perlmutter, Robert Frank and Gary Winogrand are his main inspiration due to the ‘powerful, yet effortless way’ they capture humanity, which can be seen through his traditional and raw style of documentary photography.

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For more information on his work please visit his website here .

Laura Linck: Never Before Seen ‘Behind the Scene’ Photographs Revealed

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Opening to the public on 23rd June is ‘Behind the Scene’ by photographer and filmmaker Laura Linck. These photographs reveal theatre actors, directors and writers behind the scenes over time and will be unveiled for the first time in this exhibition.

Linck presents never before seen photographs of Dame Judi Dench, Ben Wishaw, Sir David Hare, Eve Best, Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Sir Richard Eyre, Tom Hollander and many others.

Born and brought up in France, Linck has always had a love and passion for film and theatre. In this first exhibition, she offers a glimpse of the unseen in the film and theatre world. The series began when Linck worked as an usher at the Old Vic Theatre, observing the actors at work every day. She discovered this hidden world and decided to document it.

‘Behind the Scene’ brings together work from this body of work as well as a number of photographs produced as momentos of some of the greatest film and theatre artists of today.

Raising money towards Mental Health Research, this charity is the first in the UK dedicated to raising funds for research into mental illness, causes and cures.

Behind the Scene will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 23rd – 28th June, 11am – 6pm.

Now Showing: Wiltshire College Salisbury Degree Show


Now Showing at The Strand Gallery, is Wiltshire College Salisbury’s Photography degree show and professional alumni exhibition. The exhibition showcases the works of third year photography students who have recently completed their degree in BA (Hons) Photography, alongside leading alumni.

Wiltshire College is one of the leading provincial centres of education for professional photography in the UK. Based on over 50-years’ experience in educating photographers and film makers, the course at Salisbury maintains a tradition of being highly vocational whilst offering a well-considered blend of practical assignments and academic study. It ensures a balance between technical mastery, personal experimentation and creative development, giving the best possible basis for a successful career.

This exhibition will be showcasing a diverse range of works and emerging talents and offers a glimpse into the variety of skills taught and developed at the college.

After a successful degree show last year, Salisbury is excited to be exhibiting at The Strand Gallery again this year from Tuesday 16th June-Saturday 20th June, 11am-6pm.

Now Showing: What are you looking at? by Sue Spaull

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Opening to the public on 2nd June: What are you looking at? by Sue Spaull, a controversial portrait exhibition showing women from politics, the arts, TV and Radio, against a backdrop of nude models, in order to challenge sexism in the media.

With portraits of famous faces included Glenda Jckson, Fi Glover, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Caroline Lucas and Jane Garvey, Sue Spaull brings to The Strand Gallery, life size portraits inviting the viewer to explore and question the use of the female body. Spaull highlights the impact of sexualisation of women in the media, including pictures of topless women in the press.

Caroline Lucas says: “Sue Spaull’s exhibition challenges us to think about how we view women, and encourages us both to question the increasing objectification of women’s bodies in the media, and to celebrate the achievements of all women.”

Fi Glover comments: “I love the premise behind Sue’s work – that although the woman in the portrait might be multi talented and successful, behind the image of every woman lies the powerful force of imagery which still likes to rate women for their sex appeal to total strangers.”

Spaull aims to challenge the casual use of images of naked women by placing them in the same visual field as portraits of well known women. This way she points out the importance of professional women more generally and question the impact of images of women in the media to the way they are received.

This exhibition really does question  “What Are You Looking At?” Do you really see the women in the portraits or is it the nameless naked women that draw your gaze?

What Are You Looking At?  will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 2nd  – 8th June 2015, 11am – 6pm.

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All paintings are for sale.

Sue Spaull is a figurative painter who works in oil using neo-classical painting techniques.  Sue lives and works in London and Cornwall. She exhibits in London and has had work shown in the Mall Galleries, as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition and in the Federation of British Artists’ Exhibition. She is Deputy Head of Painting at the Art Academy, London SE1.

Now Showing: Islands of the Blest by The Violet Hour

We are pleased to present our current exhibition Islands of the Blest by The Violet Hour.

With inspirations from London’s Adelphi quarter, five emerging artists come together for this exhibition named after an excerpt from Lord Byron’s The Isles of Greece, playing with the idea of permanence and transition.

The figure of Pythia, the oracle priestess at Delphi, weaves into the motifs that permeate Nicholas Johnson’s oeuvre; vision-inducing reflective pools, heady vapours and the underlying promise of decay, reclamation and repurpose. A closer look at the surfaces of his paintings reveals physical detritus and relief.

The feverish hues in Michael O Reilly’s works appear to ooze and weep from the canvases, whilst beneath the surface the works throb with a heat that hums and buzzes. Islands set in salty, swampy backwaters stand still amongst calamitous yet considered brushstrokes and motifs melt in a close, steady process of decay.

Another variation on mortality, Blaze Cyan portrays ancient trees as decaying and eroded landmarks, totems holding a sense of time within themselves. Appearing half dead, some are completely hollowed out and yet still live, this ambiguity between life and death seems to transcend mortality, something that exists outside the normal parameters of reality.

The observations of the odd and out of place in Kathryn Maple’s layered works seem to grow from the paper. Again, the surfaces change in rhythm, with areas of clear translucency and worked, near-woven pockets.

Like the unattainable, fleeting ideal of paradise, Jane Ward’s pieces are composed of fragments of prints, repeatedly broken down, collaged and scratched away again, creating a state of place that is constantly in flux, like a digital sand dune that shapeshifts and eludes us.

The exhibition will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 26th – 31st May, 11am – 6pm. For more information please visit:

COMING UP: John Lewell: ‘Reconnecting’

Opening to the public on Tuesday 19th May is ‘Reconnecting’ by Artist, Photographer and Author, John Lewell. This exhibition will showcase 50 new works, with the aim to renew the connection between art and photography, bringing back some of the latter’s unique characteristics, in particular spontaneity within a moment.

Lewell’s work in this exhibition is based on street photography, and features images that have been taken apart and reconstructed, changing the colour and position of elements. Each piece is composed of 21 portrait-shaped rectangles separated by narrow white lines, within a landscape frame.

A graduate from the University of Cambridge in Fine Art, Lewell is the author of several books including two on photographic software and two on computer graphics . Furthermore, he is the author of Modern Japanese Novelists

Reconnecting will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 19th – 23rd May 2015, 11am – 6pm everyday.