The Infinity of Eight
Maggie's Edinburgh - Art Auction
CALM Art Auction
Crisis Skylight London - Art Workshops
Woman's Trust - Art/Photography Workshop
Unbound - 2012 /13 /16
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My work openly explores and dismantles the boundaries between life and death, embracing an age old contemplation.
I lost my son, Louis, in June 2020 in extremely tragic circumstances. My new emotionally charged work is an honest and powerful expression of my grief, exploring spirituality and transformation as a view to immortality. Images suggest a spiritual transformation with a radiating energy. The ethereal emerges as a sign of hope and optimism beyond our physicality. They are like visions, a spiritual awakening.
‘Scatter my immortal soul amongst your eternal memories and I shall see you when the light calls.’ Stanley Greening
Salma is an award winning abstract artist and human rights activist focussing on migration, women and the environment. Salma explores the theme through painting and digital artworks, promoting friendships and connections between cultures and women. Her current works include The Migration Blanket - xhibited during the Venice Biennale 2019 and has had solo exhibitions in Paris , London, Dubai, Greece.
I returned to university when I was 62 obtaining my BA [Hons] History of Art and Screen Media at Birkbeck, University of London at 65. My dissertation was on Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist and the portrayal of freedom in his work. My studies brought about a dramatic sea change in and my approach to my work.
I have been very much inspired by both The Post Impressionists such as Van Gogh with his vibrant pulsating use of colour and the American Expressonists with their fluidity of application of paint on canvas.
I prefer the freedom of the palette knife to the more traditional paint brush. I have always been attracted by the dramatic effects n the change of the seasons and in particular woods, forests and the starkness of the trees especially silver birches against a winter skyline and the sea. Amongst my work you will find coastal landscapes, Caribbean seascapes, the waterways of England, forests and woodlands in seasonal change. I also love capturing people enjoying life.
The works use the formal elements of Painting to explore the human condition. I use my body as site to express through these built canvases, physical, emotional, and psychological experiences. A great deal occurred in the covid pandemic. These works look to record some of these.
The sense of holding on, holding together expressed in FreEze.
The on / off situation of lockdown, creating a sense of release when we could go out and about again, expressed in XITT, released.
The tentative steps in moving forward, out of the void felt during this time, expressed in Xnihilio, out of nothing.
I have always been interested in how the truth and full understanding of everything is just there, but just out of sight. As Pink Floyd so aptly put it: “ . . . I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye. I looked again but it was gone, I cannot my finger on it now . . . “ So these threads, these glimpses of the truth make life deeply interesting and intriguing; how everything feels connected if only we could prove it.
My paintings are naive and does not seek mirror reality. the spiritual intention has precedence over the exact and precise.
They are drawn from the emotional rattan than literal interpretation.
You'll often find a bird or a heart in my paintings which are mainly in acrylics using different media to add texture.
I see energy from the nature and am a true "Tree-Hugger". I find it fascinating studying human behaviour and the looks that we have whatever our origins, gender or background, colour, form and fashion are never-ending.
Creating and evoking deep thought and mood, engaging and bringing questions to the viewer when studying and painting is what I would like to achieve.
Chris Hensher is a painter and printmaker whose work deals primarily with people and their situations. He paints in watercolour and oils while his printmaking media include etching, drypoint and lithography. His work has been selected for national exhibitions by the Royal Watercolour Society and the University of Cambridge.
Mike’s recent works explore themes of misfortune, mental health, labour, and poverty. His mixed media works on paper revisit examples from Gericault, Dore, Van Gogh and others. He says, “In the face of Covid misery, and the uncertainty and confusion we are living, I find I want to align myself with these artists of the past. They witnessed suffering in the poor and marginalised; sufferings often echoed in their own lives, and responded with empathy, compassion and humanity.
The artist uses collaging to explore influences and relationships demonstrating how when weaved together create a unique sets of values and interests, whether philosophical, ethical, political, personal or global. Bold colours and patterns are utilised to represent the diversity and vibrancy of experiences that feed into our life journeys. The use of multiple overlapping images of the artists’ younger self, represent how we are constantly evolving, growing and learning, with both internal and external factors shaping our perception of the world and our way of being.
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