X_hileration - High Spirits Building Canvases is my current practice. The work has arrived at this point along a developmental pathway that began with figurative work, examining relationships in my life. Waiting for the Rain to Stop explored the patriarchal structure of my family throughput my childhood years. https://womensart.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/artist/yvonne-jones/ I began making videos and installation work, using the various medical events of my body, and incorporating medical and general debris (extra material) in the works. The focus being the relationship between internal experiences, and the external evidence of the events. I am continuing developing this process of Built Canvases, externalising my internal world. Working to loosen boundaries, across the component parts of my own existence, but also across the divide. My interest in posthuman issues has given me much. I continually ask what it means to be human, and what does the future hold for humanity at the time of such speedy technological advances.
While the subject of my artworks vary they all have one thing in common; energy. Be it the power of ocean waves or the sinewy movement of a dancer, it’s that balance of tension against flexion, solidity against fluidity, that fascinates me. It’s in my head as I walk down the street feeling the energy rolling through to the ball of my foot and propelling my body forward. It’s the sun burning so brightly it blinds me, it’s the waves crashing heavily onto the rocks. It’s a part of me I don’t fully understand, all I know is that when I 'tune in' I feel a greater connection to the Earth and in that moment of grounding my life somehow feels - better. Richer with colour and sound, lighter and more spacious. These paintings are my way of expressing the joy of the moment.
Memories 21 My maternal grandmother taught me how to crochet from an early age. My mother, grandmother and I would sit together crocheting, knitting or sewing. Sharing skills was our ‘dialogue’. It was a way to communicate, pass down knowledge and to strengthen our bond as a family. Today these memories live on in my artwork and I use traditional crochet techniques alongside traditional drawing methods to explore memory and the various relationships within my family lineage. I combine the two together to reconstruct and recall the past and to continue these dialogues and recollections, keeping a connection to my family and Spanish heritage.
Being Human After All Mainly working in painting and installation, Lisa Kreuziger considers the ideas behind her work and the creative process as important as the finite object. Her practice also includes the creation of sketchbooks - by now over thirty of all sizes and formats. To her, they are a space of bold, unapologetic creativity, filled with intimate and profoundly honest paintings. Being Human After All contains 25 cartoon-inspired works. Some capture her idiosyncrasies and shortcomings. Others depict conflicting emotions or unresolved issues. The dark color palette of the drawings is often juxtaposed with funny or whimsical captions, intended to provide comic relief. A graduate of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, Kreuziger has lived and worked in the US, the UK, and Germany. Internationally collaborating with other artists over decades has profoundly influenced her way of working and her artistic perspective.
Rue du 29 juillet Sally Grumbridge is a visual artist based in West London who specialises in painting, mixed media and printmaking. She loves experimenting with different printmaking processes, from photo etching to collagraph to relief, often combining different techniques. Being human is something we all have in common. How we perceive this state varies from person to person. When travelling, Sally loves to observe people, places, and the different cultures she encounters. In this series of original prints, she has taken her own observational photos and reinterpreted them using a photographic printmaking process which she has then printed and handcoloured with watercolour paint. Each image means something personal to the artist as well as reflecting something of the place and people depicted. Three small samples of life from around the world: from the woman outside a café in Paris; to the people getting off a crowded cable car in an Alpine village; to reflections of a bride sitting in a shop front window in the city of Beijing being made up for her wedding photographs. As well as exhibiting regularly in London, the UK and abroad, Sally teaches printmaking at Kite Studios in Shepherd’s Bush. She has a BA (Hons) in public art from Surrey University and studied graphic and experimental printmaking at the London College of Communications (part of the UAL).
Who is the artist? All these images were produced by artificial intelligence. But to generate them I had to create and enter text prompts, raising the question of who is actually responsible for this work. The AI is trained using millions of images from the internet. That also raises the question of copyright. Although this technology is in its infancy, it’s getting better each month. So what does that mean for the future of art and artists?
Still Water Series - Deep Scottish abstract artist is Inspired by the connections between human beings and water, the artworks were created with water based medium including paints and inks. As humans we are 70% water with some parts of our bodies as much as 85% water. We cannot survive more than three days without it. Civilisations develop close to aquatic sources and we are drawn to water. We swim in it, bathe in it and drink it to live. It inspires us, heals us, sustains us and literally keeps us alive. From calming blue hues to the sounds of the sea, the correlation between watery influences affects us deeply. We even use water in everyday descriptive phrases such as Troubled Waters, Still Waters Run Deep and Uncharted Waters. This series of paintings evolved, as I considered the relationship human beings have with the force of nature that is water.
Female Funk “I believe in the power of creativity at both a societal and individual level - it helps me connect with the flow of the unknown in life, enabling me to adapt to change and reflect on the wider world around me and inner self.” Kirsty is a Scottish-Australian self-taught emerging artist, who is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. She has a creative practitioner background as a dancer, theatre maker and musician. Her international career as a Performing Arts Manager has spanned more than thirty years. She became involved in visual art (self-proclaimed ‘accidental artist’) during the pandemic as a response to grief. She is currently based in Scotland but has an art studio in London, where she works on her art practice including digital photography, painting (working mainly with ink and acrylic) and enjoys experimenting with mixed media. She has exhibited her work in both the UK, Australia and Italy between 2020-2023. Recently, she won The Edinburgh Practice Prize for Art ‘Memory: Your Perspective’, selected by Alzheimer Scotland and Kenny Hunter, Edinburgh College of Art lecturer and Sculptor (who has created a number of high profile, public commissioned works across the UK).
Esra Kizir Gokcen
Day 278 Art From Within is a selection of artworks from the 365 consequent daily meditative drawings by artist Esra Kizir Gokcen. Drawing daily and sharing on social media as an invitation for all to enjoy the process of drawing and to share wellbeing through art. Her approach to life and art has been reflected every day, for an entire year during the Covid 19 lockdown. Esra’s visual diary is heavily influenced by her readings, mostly about mindfulness and self-awareness and her daily walks in the local park. About the artist Esra Kizir Gokcen is a Turkish painter and printmaker. She studied art in Istanbul and currently lives in London. She has held solo exhibitions in Istanbul, Ankara, London and Amsterdam and participated in almost 100 group exhibitions internationally. Her works have also been exhibited in print biennials. Her art focuses on the bonds between social life and nature. Spontaneity is her way of emphasising the randomness of life. Esra’s latest works are mostly related to migration, globalisation and spirituality. www.EsraKizirGokcen.com
Hamer Tribe of Ethiopia Teshome D is an Ethiopian artist living in the UK. His work is inspired by the rich culture of Ethiopia. Pieces featured in this exhibition is about the Hamer Tribe, and the Rastafari which is influenced by Emperor Halle Salassie.
Brilliant Woman 3 Jenny Price is a British Contemporary Artist, who lives and works in London. She trained in textiles and printmaking at Camberwell School of Arts. Brilliant Women is inspired by past and present generations of women.
I've Been Going Through Something Works in the series ‘All My Memories Are Photographs’ are neither my memories in totality nor photographs yet they are time capsules of a kind. Liminal spaces bridging the gap between two points in the past, truth and fiction, actuality and the fragility of remembrance. The paintings are hybrids, context free found photography coerces composition with an imprint of autobiographical history. They are the moments of others and yet they are mine, an unlikely fusion of beings. These two smaller works ‘A Bitter Medicine’ and ‘I’ve Been Going Through Something’ are immensely personal yet distant. Do we ever really remember our pasts? Adam Lucy is a contemporary artist and poet living and working between coastal art hub Margate and London.
Aphrodite What grounds me and gives me nourishment and joy – is connecting with the senses, and my heart. I like the idea of healing, and find natural oils, aromatherapy and the touch of the human hand, essential and very soothing. Kindness and the heart are so powerful. Connecting with each other, even in small ways can make all the difference to us as humans. Art is another way to connect, and listen in to ourselves. As healing, and the properties of nature have become more important in my work, flowers have become more central - bringing their own essence to the story.
Life is Round Mal is a member of The Society of Eastbourne Artists. She currently lives in Pevensey Bay with her wife Lynne. Mal's art process has no dominant influence. Her mood and thoughts are the driving force behind her creative process. Regardless if she working on portraits of human or animals, landscape or seascape, there is always a story and an emotional element in the pieces she creates. For this exhibition, Mal’s work reflects the explosion at the beginning of life on earth, the circle of life and the process of ageing, from cradle to the grave.
Torn but Not Broken (Space to Breathe) “Torn but Not Broken”, is an ongoing series, now in its eleventh year, creating one piece every year. This series represents the brokenness, resilience, survival and strength of the human spirit, and celebrating our capacity to heal, grow and thrive in the face of adversity. Renee’s art practice is deeply rooted in her personal life. She creates art to reflect her cultural, spiritual and human journey. She seeks to tell stories that are relatable to the human condition and shared experience. Renee believes in the healing power of art, oneness of the human spirit and the universal golden thread of energy that connects us all. www.rilexier.com
The crux of Marianne Frank's art is her interest in people; in human behaviour and emotions as they unravel in response to society, morality and social interaction. "My art is narrative; my aim is to go beneath the surface to understand personal histories, to provoke thinking and questioning of the status quo." She believes that by searching beneath appearances, we each eventually discover our uniqueness. The texture in her artwork plays the same part as texture in life, it brings depth and perspective. Each painting is a frame; narrative structure arrested in time. She appreciates beauty, not in the classical sense, but the raw, unfinished beauty of human beings. When barriers come down, our beauty and true colours expand. Life's ordinariness is interesting, and her portrayal of the many aspects of that ordinariness makes us realise our fragility, in which we are essentially the same. "And," she says, "with this realisation comes less prejudice."
Tomas’s work is largely influenced by the intricacies of everyday living. He strives to capture the unnoticeable links between humans and nature, creating pieces that reflect the beauty and power of our environment. His artwork is inspired by the elements of life, the minute details that are often overlooked but are part of the bigger picture. Tomas is the co-founder and a curator of The Artists Pool. He recently started a long-term project exploring earth and it’s environment which has a schedule debut for Summer 2024.
Born in Turin, his attraction for drawing began at an early age with his first regional recognition (at the age of six), an interest which over the years was directed towards painting with a very free self-taught education following courses both in Turin (with the masters : Luigi Boccardi, Piera luisolo, Giulia Gallo) and abroad especially in France and Spain (with masters Josiane Abrial, Ivana Belloni, Antonina Aluppi and Nicolae Petrescu). For some years he painted landscapes "en plein air" varying with techniques from watercolor to oil on canvas, working alongside artists such as Noemi Barberà Babiloni and Ivana Belloni. In the last period his research has focused on portraits, aimed at making the soul of the subjects visible, relying on "colors that mature at night" quoting the great poet Alda Merini. Alessandro Merlo is an instinctive artist, creator of an evolved and very personal figurative language, but at the same time spontaneous and immediate.
Through his works the artist reveals himself, embodies his thoughts, materializes fragments of the past, manages the suffering and joys of the present... collects visions of the future...
Kites Born in Turin where ahe graduated in Natural Sciences. Self-taught in oil painting in her youth, she has always pursued the dream of an exclusively artistic path which, for various reasons, she then lived and built on a personal and professional level.
Born in Poland in 1978 and graduated in Communication Sciences at the Akademia Swietokrzyska Im. Jana Kochenowskiego from Kielce (Poland) her hometown. In 2006 she moved to Sicily and photography became an increasingly important form of communication for her. Over time she structured photographic projects rich in metaphors and symbols: