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From Line to Life

by Gavin Garcia

Ana – oil on canvas

KB Bed

KB with cushion – pen and paper

Life model I – pen on paper

Lying with her – Mono print

Self-portrait

KB II – pencil on paper

Ana portrait – mono print

KB

Drypoint, self-portrait

KB with cat – pencil on paper

Where there used to be a theatre.

Neil Young

Dylan

For Francis

 

Artist: Gavin Garcia

I am an artist and a musician from Gibraltar, living and work in London. Within my work I try to explore the human form through the study of individuals whilst hoping to create images which capture the vulnerability and beauty of people. At times I focus on the surrounding landscape and its encompassing attraction, be it man made or crafted by nature. By drawing, painting and printing I use the strength of line as well the power of colour to create images that hold meaning.

Website: www.gavingarciaart.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gavingarciaart

Twitter: @gavinkgarcia

Video to recent interview: https://www.facebook.com/gbcthehub/videos/1168111816606273/

 

Imperfect Beauty

by Thomas Donaldson

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thomas-donaldson-bio-picArtist: Thomas Donaldson

Thomas is an English figurative painter and Lecturer based in Asia. He received his Master’s degree from Newcastle University in 2000 and since then has taken part in numerous exhibitions globally. His visceral works depict the portrait/nude which has been a traditional subject within the history of painting, which is easily recognizable and has been painted over and over again. This familiarity with the subject and the ideal of beauty in an increasingly over photo-shopped media allows Thomas to develop the process of painting through abstraction, mark making and impasto and at the end of the process still have something that remains familiar although imperfect and slightly awkward.

Website: http://www.thomasdonaldson.biz

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/thomas.donaldson.art

Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/thomasdonaldsonart/

Twitter       https://twitter.com/thomasdonaldson

Pinterest     https://www.pinterest.com/thomasdonaldson/

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Dialogue with myself

by Melinda Matyas

The red curvature (dyptich)

The red curvature (dyptich)

Seven days (dyptich)

Seven days (dyptich)

Hope, the thing with feathers

Hope, the thing with feathers

I’am going to be a pilot

I’am going to be a pilot

The Silence of Animals

The silence of animals

6 Melinda Matyas Mama, I’m coming home

Mama, I’m coming home

The wind blows where it pleases

The wind blows where it pleases

 Lorelei

Lorelei

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

And the walls were restless under chalk drawings

And the walls were restless under chalk drawings

I’ve been here before (dialogue with myself)

I’ve been here before (dialogue with myself)

 

Melinda MatyasArtist: Melinda Matyas

My artistic preoccupation is mostly based on existential explorations of the human condition. Very much interested in the intensity of sensation experienced from the subject’s presence, I’m looking beyond the body, discovering that beyond our well-lived triviality in each individual the spirit is made flesh, under its surface in each one the whole creation breathes. Though the starting point is always personal, emerging out of my obsessions and the emotional intensity which flows through myself and through people living around me, this intensely personal content of the work invites a reciprocal identification on the part of the viewer.

http://melindamatyas.com

https://www.facebook.com/MelindaMatyasPaintings/

https://www.instagram.com/melinda_matyas/

 

Fragility of Self

by Amy Oliver

Sleeping - wire and aluminium mesh

Sleeping – wire and aluminium mesh

As I turned... Print on canvas (close up of Beneath my Mask)

As I turned… Print on canvas (close up of Beneath my Mask)

Disjointed Fore - aluminium wire mesh

Disjointed Fore – aluminium wire mesh

Silence me - print on canvas (mannequin and masking tape)

Silence me – print on canvas (mannequin and masking tape)

Complete - wire and aluminium mesh

Complete – wire and aluminium mesh

Disjointed 3 - heavyweight paper, masking tape, ink and fire!

Disjointed 3 – heavyweight paper, masking tape, ink and fire!

Disjointed Too - aluminium mesh

Disjointed Too – aluminium mesh

Beneath my Mask - aluminium mesh

Beneath my Mask – aluminium mesh

 

Amy Oliver-Profile pic (June 2016)Artist: Amy Oliver

I have a particular interest in issues surrounding mental health, social and political conditions, and women’s rights and identity, and tend to theme my work around this subject matter. My intention is to create pieces that express vulnerability and instability but which also suggest the (often subconscious) core strength within, in an attempt to capture the fragility of self. In terms of the materials I use, I have an affinity with metals – more specifically aluminium due to its lightness, movement and energy. I enjoy responding to materials in unconventional ways and pushing their (and my) boundaries; and unearthing discarded, lost and forgotten items and using them to construct something else entirely, bringing a new dimension to their existence.

My work and style is ever evolving and I am on a constant learning curve. I didn’t start my creative journey until 2013 when I undertook a 10-week Figure & Portrait sculpture evening class at The Art Academy, London and this led me, at age 44, onto a part-time one year Certificate in Sculpture with the same school in 2014/15.

I am drawn to and inspired by the subjective work and language of artists such as Schiele, Dumas and Emin, together with a myriad of unknown/lesser known artists and have been lucky enough to connect with many via social media.

www.fragilityofself.co.uk

http://www.celesteprize.com/member/idu:88274/

https://www.instagram.com/fragilityofself/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/amy.oliver.3950

 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions | Shows:

11 – 14 August 2016

Blair Zaye Presents ‘Exposed’Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London (showing ‘Complete‘)

15 – 29 October 2016

East Kent Open House weekends

 
Previous Exhibitions | Shows:

9 – 13 July 2015

The Art Academy Graduation Show, London

30 April – 19 June 2016

Artiki Eventi | Breakfast in Beirut, Treviso, Italy (showing ‘Beneath my Mask‘)

 

The Figure as Metaphor

by Tom Bennett

Barely Resolved Inoffensive Nude, oil on canvas, 2016

Barely Resolved Inoffensive Nude, oil on canvas, 2016

Fatigue 4, oil on paper, 2016, 16" x 22"

Fatigue 4, oil on paper, 2016, 16″ x 22″

Fatigue, oil on paper, 2016, 12" x 9"

Fatigue, oil on paper, 2016, 12″ x 9″

Fatigue 2, oil on paper, 2016, 20" x 16"

Fatigue 2, oil on paper, 2016, 20″ x 16″

Fatigue 3, oil on paper, 2016, 16" X 20'

Fatigue 3, oil on paper, 2016, 16″ X 20′

In the Hold, oil on paper, 2012, 18" x 9"

In the Hold, oil on paper, 2012, 18″ x 9″

Muddy Company, oil on paper, 2012, 16" x 20"

Muddy Company, oil on paper, 2012, 16″ x 20″

Quiet, oil on paper, oil on paper, 2015, 19.5" x 27"

Quiet, oil on paper, oil on paper, 2015, 19.5″ x 27″

Mannered Nude, oil on paper, 2015, 9" x 24"

Mannered Nude, oil on paper, 2015, 9″ x 24″

Memory Loss, oil on paper, 18" x 14"

Memory Loss, oil on paper, 18″ x 14″

Sleepwalk Redux 2, monotype, 12" x 12"

Sleepwalk Redux 2, monotype, 12″ x 12″

Sleepwalk Redux 17, monotype, 12" x 12"

Sleepwalk Redux 17, monotype, 12″ x 12″

Sleepwalk Redux 24, monotype, 12" x 12"

Sleepwalk Redux 24, monotype, 12″ x 12″

Witch 18, monotype, 2016, 12" x 12''

Witch 18, monotype, 2016, 12″ x 12”

Witch 21, monotype, 2016, 12" X 12"

Witch 21, monotype, 2016, 12″ X 12″

These Things don't Mean Anything, 2012, 18" x 9"

These Things don’t Mean Anything, 2012, 18″ x 9″

 

Tom Bennett-me at silvermineArtist: Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett, born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, grew up in a household of artists and was influenced by his father, Harry Bennett, an award-winning painter and illustrator. His father’s version of Dante’s Divine Comedy was seminal in shaping Bennett’s early aesthetic.  He grew up spending much of his time experimenting with a wide range of art mediums, but particularly, drawing.

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Connecticut in 1982 where he worked under the noted  painter and photographer, Bill Parker. He also studied design and color under the award-winning Paul Zelanski.

Tom had his first one-man show at the Ridgefield Guild of Artist Gallery in 1983, and a few months later moved to New York City to further pursue his painting.

In 1985 Tom spent seven months traveling alone through Western and Eastern Europe— into Hungary, East Germany and Yugoslavia—and Africa, sketching while traveling and absorbing new stimuli. His visits to sites like Dauchau and occupied East Germany left him with renewed connection to an inchoate subconscious iconography.

Subsequently, travelling into northern African countries like Morocco & Algeria provided fresh, non-western- centric experiences that ultimately had a subtle, yet profound impact on his art making.

He returned to Spain and resided in Barcelona. Tom lived on the Spanish Mediterranean coast painting, where he exhibited locally in solo and group shows. Eventually he returned to New York and moved to Brooklyn, where he has resided ever since.

 

http://www.saatchiart.com/tombennett
https://www.facebook.com/tombennettart/
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/tom-bennett/
https://twitter.com/TommyBennett
http://tombennett.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 

Portraits in Translation: The Multi-Layered Storytelling of Sal Jones

by Sal Jones

You're Heartless

You’re Heartless

You Should Leave Now

You Should Leave Now

You Tell Me

You Tell Me

Why Did You Do It

Why Did You Do It

Without Me They're Nothing

Without Me They’re Nothing

That's a Good Enough Reason

That’s a Good Enough Reason

Okay

Okay

We Can Get Out Of Here

We Can Get Out Of Here

I'm On To You

I’m On To You

I'm Just An Ordinary Guy With Nothing To Lose

I’m Just An Ordinary Guy With Nothing To Lose

Not Really No

Not Really No

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Listen To Me

 

Sal Jones-a-studio-photoSal Jones is a figurative artist inspired by human interplay, translating visual information into paintings; she develops ideas and themes from photographic sources with an emphasis on the painted surface. A re-interpretation of the portraiture tradition in which she uses colour and mark making as tools to communicate with, producing emotionally charged works, often of fictional personas.

Sal has a BA Hons in Fine Art and has exhibited regularly in London and across the UK. Including: Society of Women Artists annual open exhibition, Mall galleries, London; Id- A Fictional Journey into the Psyche, Display gallery, London; Discerning Eye Mall galleries London; Stopjectify, gallery Different, London. Works are held in private collections in the UK, Europe and the United States.

Website: http://www.saljonesart.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senojlas/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/senojlas  (@senojlas)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saljonesart

 

Upcoming Exhibitions: 

SOLAR ART EXHIBITION 2016
4th June – 30th July 2016

Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Rd. St Albans, AL1 4JS
Private View Friday 3rd 6.30pm – 10pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/261986567468567/

 

Summer Salon 2016

10th June – 1st July

Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0SF

Private view Friday 10th July 6.30 – 9.30 pm

 

We-R (exhibition to coincide with Pride 2016)

21st June – 3rd July

Espacio gallery 159 Bethnal Green road London E2 7DG

Opening event Wed 22nd June 6-9 pm, closing event 2nd July 6-9 pm

http://werpride16.weebly.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1754042444832763/

 

Seduction & Desire

5th July – 10th July

Espacio gallery 159 Bethnal Green road London E2 7DG

Private view Thursday 7th July , 6-9 pm

http://www.espaciogallery.com/future-exhibitions.html

 

National society of painters, sculptors, printmakers annual exhib 2016

5th – 16th July, menier gallery 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU 

Private view Tues 5th July

 

The Human Figure – Modern Myth & Storytelling

19th – 24th July

The Gallery, Edwards Lane, Stoke Newington London N16 0JJ

Private view Thursday 21st July 6-9:30 pm

 

Beauty of Line

by Jerry Shawback

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Jerry ShawbackArtist : Jerry Shawback

Jerry Shawback uses drawing as his primary form of expression. He studied communication design in Los Angeles at the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of design, a division of the New School for Social Research. Jerry worked as a freelance designer, commercial artist, and animator for the entertainment industry.

After a ten year hiatus from the art world, Jerry returned to painting in 2007,  as a primary focus producing a series of self portraits encompassing various artistic motifs, while maintaining an underlining vision, cohesion and emotional honesty.  The artist’s self portrait series explores identity through multiple approaches to the same subject matter. Stylistically varied, they reveal the strange and vulnerability essence of the human condition. Jerry is now working on a series of paintings and portraits exploring self through images of others.

His affinity for people, observation of life and strong draughtmanship is apparent in his depiction of the human form and informs Jerry’s painting. Other influences include: Rico Lebrun, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and his mentor Cornelius Cole III.

Jerry has been sharing his works on paper daily on social media, documenting the lives and experiences around him. Exploring the subtle beauty of line through a continuing study of the human form is a common thread that permeates all his work.

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Twitter@jerryshawback

 

Savage Shapes

by Eleanor Adair

I’ve always been interested in how self-consciousness alters our identity, so my art naturally becomes a way of exploring the different ways we define ourselves through others. I’m heavily drawn towards figurative art, and find the human form the best place to look at the extremities and disruptions that push us beyond the predictable and make the body talk. I tend to be an instinctive painter, so that I work in the moment rather than from plans. I think this means the art is less censored, less concerned, even if it’s more chaotic or absurd. With figurative art, the artist plays a role in filling up space that challenges the contained, precise and predictable forms we’re so often presented with. Once eyes start moving outside of those shapes they become exciting again. The bodies that materialise in my own work are an alternative account of the routine human form; bodies for eyes that like to wander.

Line Dance, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance 2, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance 2, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance 3, ink on paper 20x30cm

Line Dance 3, ink on paper 20x30cm

Lemon, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Lemon, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Lemon 2, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Lemon 2, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Swans, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Swans, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Angels, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Angels, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Floorboard, oil on canvas 50x60cm

Floorboard, oil on canvas 50x60cm

Head studies 1,2 & 3, felt pen on paper each 20x30cm

Head studies 1,2 & 3, felt pen on paper each 20x30cm

Yellow Evolving, pen on paper 30x40cm

Yellow Evolving, pen on paper 30x40cm

Yellow Evolving 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

Yellow Evolving 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

On Pink, pen on paper, each 20x30cm

On Pink, pen on paper, each 20x30cm

Bluemen, pen on paper 30cmx40cm

Bluemen, pen on paper 30cmx40cm

Blueman 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

Blueman 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

 

Eleanor AdairEleanor Adair was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. She has exhibited internationally including London, Paris, Edinburgh and in the US. She has no formal art training and currently lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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