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COMING UP: Shiri Achu

We are delighted to share with you all our next exhibition here at The Strand Gallery. We are bringing you a series of gorgeous African paintings by the wonderfully talented Shiri Achu in her London Exhibition ’35 in Prints’ at The Strand Gallery. Achu was born in Cameroon, West Africa until she and her family immigrated to London, where she has lived for many years. Today, she has studios in Cameroon, the UK and the US.

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She picked up her first paint brush at a tender age of 9, experimenting with several mediums including oils, acrylics, water colour, mix media etc. Achu’s art comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects. She seeks to capture the spirit of her subjects and make them come alive through form, colour, texture and tone. She draws insight from her travels but in general her inspiration is very broad; from natural moments captured in Africa to still objects, from the human form to the human in action.

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The eternal optimist, Shiri sees beauty in almost anything and everything. She finds beauty where there is normalcy, and she sees colour through shades of grey. She therefore draws from this distinctively beautiful world of hers and aims to evoke an emotion, translating into images of delight or surprise, with the sole objective of capturing the soul of the subject.

Distant butterfly

Composition and subject matter are key in Shiri’s works. The concept for each piece is clear, and the focus gripping, and although the viewer will understand some of the pieces, some may not be understood and apprehended, because abstract/tashism is explored by Shiri in some of her pieces, to leave her viewers to come to their own conclusions. Shiri’s art is bold, dramatic and uncompromising. Her pieces aim to delight and leave the viewer moved as well as leave the viewer with thoughts of wonderment, at times of bewilderment; also to engage ones diagnostic imagination.

Ever increasingly so, one of the aims of Shiri Achu’s Art is to showcase the culture of Cameroon and other African countries worldwide. It’s also to bring back the fond memories to those in the diaspora. There is a beautiful simplicity in the African culture she is trying to project into the Western world. She paints them to educate people in the West whilst trying to entice them to be inquisitive of the culture and to one day plan to visit and see for themselves.

Midnight tradition

All images © Shiri Achu.

Achu’s works can be seen in the exhibition 35 in Print at The Strand Gallery from April 19th to April 25th.

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SPOTLIGHT: Jemima Kirke

Girls superstar Jemima Kirke has recently opened her second solo show of painted portraiture. Not many people know this deep, dark actress as the outstanding artist she is, so we want to share with you all some of her recent works.

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Jemima Kirke

What I found most surprising about Kirke’s artistic talent is that she has it! We’ve seen (a lot of) Kirke on screen in Girls, but through these images we get a real sense of the artist behind the actress. And the girl’s got talent! Jemima is portraying to the world series after series of portraits that aren’t beautiful by today’s harsh standards, but have such a beautiful element of rawness that encapsulate real emotion. The finished pieces bring vulnerability, power and real elements of disconcertion.

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Jemima Kirke

They are real, and they are deep, and they show some true promise for this young artist. Having been shown in several group shows, and currently embarking upon her second solo show, Kirke has been noted as saying “If someone was willing to show my work… I don’t care why. I’m honoured to have the platform.” I think she needs to stop being so modest and really revel in the worldwide attention her works have been receiving. Because they have beenr receiving an lot of attention for a number of years now. There aren’t many painters who work in this kind of style, and it’s really refreshing to see.

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Jemima Kirke

All images © Jemima Kirke.

If you are in the San Fransisco area, Kirke’s exhibition runs at Fouladi Projects until May 10th.

For further examples of Kirkes work, please refer to her website here.

SPOTLIGHT: Eloy Morales

On one of my most recent ventures around the internet, I stumbled upon some interesting looking photographs depicting a male face covered in splodges of paint. I thought they were pretty cool and scrolled down to get some information on the photographer, and to my disbelief I saw that they were in fact paintings. Needless to say, my mind was blown. And I think if you take a look at the photos you will feel the same way!

Eloy Morales

Eloy Morales

Absolutely stunning! To this day I still find it hard to believe that these pieces are painstakingly made with paint. Each piece takes around a month to complete, if Morales stays on top of his eight hour studio days. Each image portrays and reflects Morales’ relationship with paint, and before this series he had never painted a self-portrait before.

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Eloy Morales

What I find most enthralling about each image is the life the subject has behind his eyes. With other hyperreal artists you tend to find that something gives away their medium, be it a lack of a gleam in the eye or hairs that look slightly too fake. Not with Morales. Each and every portrait in this series brings the same eerily-human representation that stuns every single viewer.

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All images © Eloy Morales.

For further examples of Morales’ work, please see his website here.

COMING UP: Arnis Purple

We are thrilled to announce ARNIS PURPLE’s first London illustration and photography exhibition at The Strand Gallery, running from the 21st until the 23rd of February.

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The exhibition, entitled “Re-Imagining London”, will explore the image and branding of the Capital. Yet there is a twist! Featuring a total of 10 artists, the collection presented to the audience shall range from photographs by Samuel T. Hart to illustrations designed by Gemma Latimer. Our artists have been set loose, asked to explore the cityscape with one caution- no pictures of shiny red buses please!

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We thus welcome everyone to come and question his or her own perception of the conurbation with fellow politicians, academics and other creatives. Once launched, the exhibition will move to the Far East, where it shall promote the various facets of London to the people of Seoul.

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Working along the idea of exclusivity, every ARNIS PURPLE product comes not only in limited sets, but also with a limited time frame. Our shows do not last more than a weekend, and it is the only time for our audiences to see the works in person.

ARNIS PRUPLE is therefore more than an online platform — it is a revolutionary, global stage, that promotes young and talented individuals both throughout the UNITED KINGDOM AND WORLDWIDE.

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ARTIST PROFILE: Neville Petersen

During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Last but not least in the series, we will be looking at the works of Neville Petersen, whose series ‘Not Just a Backwater’ was shortlisted for the award.

Neville Petersen

Neville Petersen

This project is a very personal one to Peterson, and of it he explains “we actually do have some paved roads in South Africa. When South Africa hits the international headlines it usually has a negative tone. On my own I cannot change the world’s perception of my country, but I can show viewers – one at a time, there is a different and sometimes unexpected side to it. Internationally there is an impression that Africa as a whole, is exclusively wild and rural. Although that is the dominant landscape a tourist might encounter, may I introduce you to some sophisticated industry?

Neville Petersen

Neville Petersen

Here and there dotted amongst the dense bush, which you think overgrows towns and settlements, or rising up from the desolate, waving grasslands, are majestic modern, manmade structures. Structures fine and functional. Some produce power, some refine minerals – many more manufacture all kinds of merchandise. Darkest Africa with a glimmer of yellow on the horizon, it is not a bush fire, it is the city’s lights. A lot of emphasis is placed on travelling extensively for photographers, I have so many stories I still need and want to tell locally, I do not feel the urge to leave my country’s borders. This particular project focuses on the generation of electricity and I have only started working on it recently. I like exploring terrain where the public rarely get to go. There are not many places left that have not been ‘Instagrammed’ extensively and uploaded, pinned and tagged to the tenth degree. The more red tape required and the more various offices have to approve my request for photography, the more I know my images might stand a chance of being just slightly unique. Extraordinary – by contrast when I display these photographs to local audiences, many ask which European city it was taken in. No one believes we are capable of this, not even ourselves.”

Neville Petersen

Neville Petersen

All images © Neville Petersen

Further examples of Neville’s work can be seen here.

Today is your last chance to catch these works and all of the incredible projects from the previously explored photographers. Get on down to the gallery today to see them all!

ARTIST PROFILE: Richard Gray

During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Today we will be looking at the works of Richard Gray, whose series ‘The Person Opposite’ crowned him the ‘Mobile Device Winner’.

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Richard Gray’s mobile photography work has been exhibited around the world and widely published, and he has undertaken various mobile-only projects, including a major commission for Sport England in 2013. He gave the world’s first live course in mobile photography at KCC in London, which he later gave at The Photographer’s Gallery. The Guardian invited him to write the mobile section of its recent photography review and he is a contributor for FLTR, The British Journal of Photography’s mobile magazine. He also works with big cameras and syndicates to Empics (Press Association).

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

He told us, “Mobile cameras have allowed us to get closer than ever to strangers and they’ve spawned a whole new sub-genre of some amazing street photography. This series takes advantage of this strength. I’m interested in seeing ordinary people in an innocent state, without a smile (or a blank expression) for the camera and this series explores that interest and the idea of shared anonymity in a big city.”

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

All images © Richard Gray

Further examples of Richard’s work can be seen here. He is @rugfoot on social media.

These photographs will be on display at The Strand Gallery until January 26th.

ARTIST PROFILE: Mária Szabová

During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists here at The Strand Gallery, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Today we will be looking at the works of Mária Szabová, whose series ‘Here I am’ was shortlisted for the award.

Mária Szabová

Mária Szabová

Mária Szabová was born in 1991 in Slovakia. She graduated from Paneuropean University in Slovakia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media Communication. Recently, Szabová has enrolled at Tomas Bata University in the Czech Republic, specialising in Marketing Communication.

Mária Szabová

Mária Szabová

Szabová is an amateur photographer. Among all genres of photography, she likes portraiture the most. Her work consists mainly of staged portraits and photo essays. She has been interested in photography since university, and in the summer of 2013 became more and more intrigued by the wonders of analogue photography as well as digital.

Mária Szabová

Mária Szabová

This particular project titled ‘Here I Am’ is a photo essay about children whose parents forgot to take care of them. These children are trying to approach their parents through their proffesion. Mothers left their babies alone. Fathers have gone away instead of providing for their own families. Children miss their parents. They miss someone who will love them, take care of them and teach them how to live. That is why they are dressed up like a fisherman, a waitress and an auto-mechanic. Each child represent proffesion of its parent.

Mária Szabová

Mária Szabová

All images © Mária Szabová

These images can be seen part of the Terry O’Neill Photography Awards 2013 at The Strand Gallery until 26th January

ARTIST PROFILE: Claudia Moroni

During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Today we will be looking at the works of Claudia Moroni, whose series ‘Anima Animus’ earned her the second runner up place.

Claudia Moroni

Claudia Moroni

Claudia is an Italian portrait photographer, living and working in London. Her photographs have been published in Wallpaper* Magazine, L’Officiel Art, The Guardian, 1883 Magazine, Vogue Italia and have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Claudia Moroni

Claudia Moroni

With a background in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Claudia has a keen interest in the craft of analogue photography. The majority of her work is shot with a range of 35mm and medium format cameras, printing most of her images in a traditional darkroom. At the moment, Moroni is dividing her time between comissions and a series of personal projects.

Claudia Moroni

Claudia Moroni

This series, ‘Anima Animus’ is a long term project exploring the borderline of gender. The first part of this project is a series of black and white portraits of trans and genderqueer people living in the UK. Each model has undertaken a journey, transitioning from the sex they were assigned at birth to the gender they identify with. All portraits have been shot on film with a large format camera, taking advantage of the Scheimpflug principle to narrowly focus on the models’ eyes. This stylistic choice is a visual response to the media’s tendencies to only focus on trans people’s bodies, virtually erasing their identities.

Claudia Moroni

Claudia Moroni

All images © Claudia Moroni

For further examples of Claudia’s work, check out her website here.

This series of portraits will be on display at The Strand Gallery until 26th January.

ARTIST PROFILE: Nick Ballon

During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Today we will be looking at the works of Nick Ballon, whose series ‘Ezekiel 36:36’ was shortlisted for the award.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

A rich Bolivian heritage plays a key role in Ballon’s subject matter and identity as a photographer, alongside a desire to feel more connected and explore the idea of ‘foreignness’ in his work within a country cloe to him.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

Of this project, Ballon says “Ezekiel 36:36 is a very personal documentary which started off as a story of a downed Bolivian airline, Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (L.A.B), grounded since 2007 finding a multi million dollar investment which would enable them to fly again.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

One of the worlds oldest airlines it has suffered at the hands of successive administrations ever since, becoming gradually dismantled due to chronic mismanagement and corruption.   Six years after its apparent collapse, LAB remains alive but seemingly frozen in a time of its own. 190 employees continue to work for LAB, despite having had their salaries halved, and not having been paid for up to two years at a time.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

The story is a familiar one in Bolivia. It is the story of a country that has lost every war it has ever fought in; the story of a nation whose vast natural resources, far from being a blessing, have lured in colonisers and corrupt administrations. LAB envelopes the national consciousness. It’s an airline frozen in its own time by faded images of a glorious past, and kept alive by dreams of a triumphant return which never seems to arrive.   The title of the work takes its name from the airlines only possible saviour, its last operational airplane called Ezekiel 36:36″

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

All images © Nick Ballon.

For further examples of Nick’s work, check out his website here.

Catch these photographs for real before the end of the exhibition, which closes 26th January.

ARTIST PROFILE: Javier Arcenillas

During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists here at The Strand Gallery, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Today we will be looking at the works of Javier Arcenillas, whose series ‘Red Note’ won him the First Runner Up place.

WARNING: These photographs depict delicate scenes of violence which some viewers may find upsetting.

Javier Arcenillas

Javier Arcenillas

Arcenillas creates essays about a world that has become increasingly indifferent to human suffering and loss of human rights. His work has been covered by Time Magazine, Der Spiegel, GEO, National Geographic, Le Monde 2, El periódico de Guatemala, Miami Herald and Esquire Spain.

Javier Arcenillas

Javier Arcenillas

Red Note is a sociological essay on violence in Latin America – the most violent region in the world – that shows the protagonists and victims in their intense drama and misery. The daily theartre of murder, war and pain is the main news of the day on the streets of cities like San Pedro Sula where murder, robbery and violence anre increasingly present.

Javier Arcenillas

Javier Arcenillas

Sicarios are contract killers or hired assassins – generally professional assassins who act as mercenaries, offering their services to the highest bidder. In Latin America, they constitute actual organised gangs and even form part of important paramilitary groups.

Javier Arcenillas

Javier Arcenillas

In Latin America, children train as Sicarios as a regular job, attracted by the ease of earning money that gives them respect and inspires fear. The failure to protect children from becoming desensitised to violence is alarming.

Javier Arcenillas

Javier Arcenillas

These incredible shots are dramatic, stunning, upsetting, and above all, raw and powerful. It is a body of work like this that truly brings to light how others in the world live.

Javier Arcenillas

Javier Arcenillas

All images © Javier Arcenillas

For further examples of Arcenillas’ work, check out his website here.

These shots will be exhibited as part of the Terry O’Neill Awards at The Strand Gallery until 26th January.