My name is Grant Milne the founder of Artist Talk Magazine.
July 2019, I decided I wanted to spend more time painting portraits, along with developing a technique that would speed up the process. Prior to this, on average I was painting 1 - 2 portraits a year, which would take me approximately 12 months to complete each portrait. I therefore, decided to challenge myself to complete 26 portraits within a year. I decided to complete 26 A - Z portraits of famous faces, giving myself 6 hours to complete a portrait. The rules being I would split each portrait into three sessions of two hours duration, which would give me enough time to allow the oil to dry between layers.
In March 2020 the UK Government announced a lock down due to Covid-19. During this time I did continue to paint the A - Z portraits of famous faces, becoming aware, via National Media of #portraitsfornhsheroes This concept was created by the portrait artist Thomas Croft. The criteria being, if you are an artist and would like to offer a free portrait to an NHS key worker, then you post a green canvas from Tom’s Instagram @tomcroftartist on your social media. This including the hashtag #portraitsfornhsheroes, then triggers the opportunity for an NHS worker to be able to search for the hashtag, see your offer and contact you directly to apply for a free portrait. Similarly, if you are an NHS front line worker and would like to put yourself forward for the chance to get a free portrait, please look out for the green canvas, by searching for the hashtag #portraitsfornhsheroes and message the artist.
I thought this was a fantastic idea however, initially at the time I did not feel comfortable participating, due to the fact I was not confident I could complete the portrait or that anyone would want one. I decided therefore, to just continue the A - Z portraits. During this time I also had to make the decision to cancel the April 2020 issue of Artist Talk Magazine and hopefully, commercially make this issue available in July 2020. This was a difficult decision to make, as I knew the featured artists would have been excited to showcase the fantastic work they produce.
Three months went by and on the 4th June 2020 I finally decided I wanted to offer a portrait to an NHS Hero and be a part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes. At the time I was painting the famous faces portraits and I felt that my time would be better spent painting the true Heroes I therefore, posted the green square on my Instagram not knowing what to expect. I felt honored to have NHS key workers saying they would love to have a portrait, furthermore they all had incredible stories to share, so I decided I would complete three portraits. At this time I made up my mind to stop the A - Z portraits and focus on painting the three #portraitsfornhsheroes of Hannah Milne, Jessie Jeff and Cassandra Wright.
I was also working on making sure the July 2020 issue was ready to be published, at this point the cover had not been confirmed. Originally I wanted a major Art Gallery to be the focus but I felt with Covid-19 and the restrictions being imposed, now was not the best time.
I completed all three portraits and was personally pleased with the results. I asked Hannah Milne, Jessie Jeff and Cassandra Wright if they would be interested in sharing their stories and experience of Covid-19, they were all happy to do this and were delighted with the prospect of it. The cover had not been decided, so I thought #portraitsfornhsheroes would be the perfect tribute. I initially considered just one portrait being on the cover, but I thought it would be fantastic to include more, in order to symbolize how everyone has worked together to support and trying our best to get through this horrendous pandemic. So I made the decision to contact Thomas Croft, saying how I would love to include his portrait and 16 others on the cover, luckily Tom was happy to support the idea and sent me all the fantastic images.
Thursday 30th July 2020 issue 12 was finally commercially available. I was pleased to showcase more incredible artists from around the globe. All of the artists featured within this issue have given interesting, in-depth and honest accounts about themselves, their work, views and ideas. In addition to the amazing images of the work they produce. All the featured artists can be viewed here - www.artisttalkmagazine.com/featuredartists we are featuring the following; Portraits for NHS Heroes, NATALIA COLA, PAULO AMSEL, PETE REY, PORSCHE, SHANNON MCKEOGH, MARY STEFANOU, K11 MUSEA, MAYA BECK, CHOI WOO-YEUL and CHRISTINA WALSH
The cover of this issue is 20 portraits for our NHS Heroes. This concept was created by the portrait artist Thomas Croft. If you are an artist and would like to offer a free portrait to an NHS key worker, then please post the green canvas from Tom’s Instagram @tomcroftartist on your social media, which includes the hashtag #portraitsfornhsheroes. Then an NHS worker can search for the hashtag, see your offer and contact you directly to apply for a free portrait.
You can view the magazine at www.artisttalkmagazine.com
The feedback was really positive and it was amazing to see how many people have been involved #portraitsfornhsheroes Tom has really done a fantastic job in inspiring the nation. Furthermore, seeing the positivity from the NHS heroes has been amazing to see.
Just before the magazine was commercially available, I felt I wanted to give even more exposure to #portraitsfornhsheroes, I also wanted Hannah Milne, Jessie Jeff and Cassandra Wright to get something positive from the experience. I had this idea of wanting to showcase the portraits on Piccadilly Lights. The Piccadilly Circus is a large advertisement that is a famous feature of central London since 1908, when they hosted the first Perrier advertisement which was created with lightbulbs. Since then, the logos of many household names have been up in lights and the vista has featured in numerous films and TV programmes. Over the years, the technology has evolved too – from simple light bulbs to neon signs in the 1920s, then to digital projectors in the 1990s and on to LEDs in 2011. In collaboration with Ocean Outdoor, we curate public experiences throughout the year at Piccadilly Lights, including our annual pride celebrations.
On reflection I am not sure why I was that confident to email them. In the email I talked about the magazine, about the articles and experience of Hannah Milne, Jessie Jeff and Cassandra Wright and also the 20 #portraitsfornhsheroes on the cover. Amazingly Derek Manns from Landsec did email me back, saying what a great initiative and one they would consider. They amazingly donated 10 minutes of screen time, which had been originally for the NHS, at 8pm each Thursday, as a #lightitblue beacon. I would personally like to say thank you to Derek for firstly responding to my email, but giving me the chance and opportunity.
At this point I once again had to contact Hannah Milne, Jessie Jeff and Cassandra Wright and Thomas Croft. Saying I have this really fantastic opportunity to showcase the portraits on Piccadilly Lights. They all said yes. So working with Landsec, Ocean Outdoor and Make it Blue UK, I designed the copy for Piccadilly Lights. This involved 5 slides, first slide showing in full Thomas Croft portrait of Harriet, then my three portraits on separate slides. With the final slide showcasing all 20 portraits from the cover. Each slide would last two minutes and the full video would be 10 minutes. My friend James Hazeldine from Kudegra Productions put together the video format, adding the transitions between each slide. This was then sent to Ocean Outdoor who made this final export and helped make sure this would be displayed perfectly on Piccadilly Lights. I would like to say a massive Thank you to Pati and David.
I then had the final confirmation that on Thursday 6th August 2020 at 8pm I would be displaying on Piccadilly Lights. Saying Thank You NHS Heroes and showcasing all 20 #portraitsfornhsheroes. We then made the announcement live saying we would show this on Instagram Live, so everyone involved would be able to watch this. At this point I felt the pressure.
Thursday 6th August 2020, 8pm came and I could not believe it was being displayed on Piccadilly Lights. Saying Thank You NHS Heroes and showcasing all 20 #portraitsfornhsheroes, for me this was a brilliant tribute and showed how collaborating with one another we can achieve some amazing results.
View - Piccadilly Lights Video, Thursday 6th August 2020
A couple of days have now past and I decided to write how this all happened. I am truly honoured to have had the amazing opportunity to showcase all 20 #portraitsfornhsheroes inspired by Thomas Croft, which was featured on the July 2020 cover and shown on Piccadilly Lights
Thank you to everyone involved
Thank you NHS Heroes
Thank you Hannah, Jessie and Cassandra for letting me paint your portrait and providing an incredible article for the readers of Artist Talk.
Thank you to Landsec Group, Ocean Outdoor and Make it Blue UK for supporting this campaign, without you this would not be possible
Thank you Thomas Croft for creating and inspiring everyone with your #portraitsfornhsheroes
Thank you everyone who has completed the #portraitsfornhsheroes and thank you to the 16 artists that featured on the cover
Thank you James Hazeldine from Kudegra Productions
Thank you to everyone that has contributed an article to Artist Talk and our new Artist Talk Members. It was an honour to include all the featured articles of issue 12 on the Piccadilly Lights
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About Make it Blue - www.makeitblue.uk
We began with #LightItBlue – a campaign that prompted hundreds of landmarks and iconic buildings around the world to illuminate blue as a gesture of gratitude to all healthcare heroes and key workers.
With #MakeItBlue we’re inviting people everywhere to get creative and showcase their talents. We’ve galvanized communities across six continents to turn the internet blue with videos, images and messages of hope and positivity.
And now we’ve formed MAKEITBLUE CIC – a community interest company dedicated to raising funds for mental health charities. As live event professionals, our mission is to support industry colleagues in need, while promoting mental health awareness through arts, entertainment and cultural projects.
I am Hannah Milne aged 31 (soon to be 32). I am married to Paul who is a Planning Officer and Mum to Max 7 and Frankie 5. We live in a pretty village called Barrowby in Lincolnshire. I work 30 hours a week as a Staff Nurse on the Acute Care Unit at Grantham and District Hospital, along with 6 hours a week as Service Improvement Lead Nurse for the Mid Trent Critical Care Network. I am very lucky to have parents, grandparents and in laws living in very close proximity, a grandfather in Devon and younger sisters in London and Madrid.
The following is how I came to be in my profession. My maternal grandmother received excellent care in a hospice when I was younger, the nurses care and kind words made a lasting impact on my mum’s memories. This led me to want to be in a career where I could make a difference to people in their times of need.
My A-Level choices were therefore, chosen with a nursing career in mind, biology, psychology and sociology. I then applied to study nursing at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 and qualified 11 years ago, beginning my career at Lincoln County Hospital and later transferring to Grantham.
We have been very lucky in Lincolnshire that COVID 19 levels have been low compared to other less rural areas, Grantham being especially low. There have been a number of times we have been redeployed to The Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, where numbers were higher and there were staff shortages, due to quite high numbers of staff showing symptoms. Unfortunately a member of nursing staff at Boston died from COVID 19 after being ventilated and treated on ICU. My experience of COVID 19 being a time of great sadness and anxiety within the United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust, but especially at The Pilgrim Hospital. I have worked in a number of areas where patients displaying COVID 19 symptoms were admitted, thankfully with relatively low numbers having positive swab results. Assisting in intubating a patient has probably been the most nerve wrecking experience, as this is when contamination risk is highest. It is quite a weight on your shoulders to try and do all you can for a patient, whilst trying to keep all patients, your colleagues and yourself safe by following strict infection control procedures at all times.
The experiences that I would like to share are those of providing the best end of life care for patients during this time, which has felt more emotional than ever. Limiting the amount of time that family can see their relative before they pass away, has felt like such a cruel thing to do. Work as a nurse during COVID 19 has often felt like a battle between what is scientifically the right thing to do, in terms of reducing risk of infection and considering how patients, relatives and staff are being affected psychologically.
Delivering care, compassion and communication with patients is challenged by COVID 19. Hands have to be held through gloves, patients can’t see staff smile at them behind masks, reassuring words have to be spoken much more clearly. Admission rates have been lower than normal and the patients that have eventually attended, have been much more unwell that we would usually see before they seek help. Most of all I hope that patients know we are doing all we can to keep them safe and don’t risk their lives trying to avoid attending hospital.
Before COVID 19: To relax when I was not working I would take the boys to football three times a week, swimming and beavers. Socialise with family, friends and colleagues. Spend time with grandparents. Drink cocktails, take city breaks, shopping and camping.
During COVID 19: Reading, bike rides, walking, watching Netflix, painting garden fences, standing in queues outside Aldi, delivering food shopping, pretending to be on holiday in the garden, haircutting, playing family football matches, toasting marshmallows, building dens, quizzing on zoom, drinking red wine, cooking and now visiting family in the garden /on driveways.
The affect that working with COVID 19 patients has personally had on me, is that it has felt like an ongoing battle of head over heart. Between wanting to give patients as much of your time in close proximity as they need, without over exposing yourself to the risk of infection. Guilt that you can’t allow relatives to visit. Huge guilt and frustration that some treatment options that would normally have been available to offer to patients, haven’t been available during this time due to high infection risks.
The saying “There is always light at the end of the rainbow” what would you like to see
there?............ I would like to see a sense of normality. Patients not being too scared to come into hospital, that they are putting off getting help when very unwell, their relatives being able to visit and have the reassurance of being able to see their loved ones. Normal services resume at Grantham Hospital, staff deployed back to their usual places of work and us being able to deliver the level of service we previously have. Less worry about bringing COVID 19 home to my children and being able to hug my parents and grandparents
My Name is Jessie Jeff and I am 28 years old, I live in Dorset where I have lived all my life.
I was born in Dorchester however, in recent years have moved to West Parley, where I have bought a house with my partner Andy, my mother Alice and Chris, who is like a father to me, as my own father has never really bothered with me.
I also live with my lovely dogs who always keep me very busy. I live local to Andy’s family who are also like my family. Rosemary who is the amazing Grandmother, Neil jane, Tom, Kelly and my little niece Olivia. I was also very close with DAA, who was like a grandfather to me but unfortunately, he passed away a short time ago. My other family Simon, Sam and their children also keep in touch and still remain in Dorchester.
How did I get into the profession:-
I have always worked in the health care industry since the age of 16. I started in the kitchens washing up and worked my way up into the nursing roles, knowing I wanted to be a paramedic however, it being very difficult to get into. I used to care for my grandad Sam Benham, who I was very fond of and I feel the care he required, caused me to then have an interest into the caring role and this is where becoming a paramedic came to mind.
The experience with Covid 19 has been very challenging, upsetting and above these feelings, very rewarding. As Paramedics we have to have a calm, level headed approach, so as to relax the very scared, anxious and worried patients.
The wearing of the PPE has also been a great challenge, the sore nose and ears and feeling like you cannot breathe properly takes its toll on you however, with your colleagues support you get through, along with support from your family and friends.
The worst experience I had, was when I had to move out of my home into a hotel, which was very lonely. The reason being for this, was due to my relatives being high risk with medical conditions.
Not being able to sit with them at night, or after work and speak with them was most challenging. This being especially after some very sad jobs, where people were dying and suffering was at its peak. Again, it was also very challenging not seeing Andy’s nan Rosemary, who is also like a nan to me too. Not being able to see one another and do the things in life that we all take for granted, such as hugging and visiting each other is a painful, emotional and personal challenge of its own.
When I am not working, I do enjoy spending my time with family and my dogs. Andy and I also spend a large amount of time with Andy’s brother Tom, partner Kelly and niece Olivia which I enjoy, also going on bike rides. My mother and I also spend a lot of time together and have a big enjoyment in spending, which does not help the wallet! Andy and I are also working on our house, which is very much nearing the end, allowing us to do the things we want to do in life, including marriage.
I think mentally Covid 19 has affected almost everyone and it has also been very tiring and challenging. The wearing of PPE along with the wearing of surgical face masks that make your throat sore has been difficult however, with other colleagues you manage to find different coping mechanisms.
I would like to see things go back to normal, which I am sure if we follow government advice and stick to the rules, we will overcome this.
It has been a challenge however, there are still other challenges we need to overcome away from Covid 19. An example of this, being when myself and a crew mate were assaulted by four people. This was an unprovoked attack, where both myself and a crew mate were injured during the pandemic. This therefore, was also very hard to cope with as well as Covid 19. I am however, sure we will beat these challenges in the way that we always do!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this chance and space to be able to share some of the emotions, feelings and thoughts that I have so far endured and hope the readers of Artist Talk Magazine will enjoy!
My name is Cassandra Wright. I am a staff nurse and work in the theatre department of St John’s hospital Livingston. I have been a nurse since 2012. I have worked in many jobs within the medical and surgical side of healthcare . My role consists of being a scrub nurse and an anaesthetic nurse. This means I either assist the surgeon while he is operating or I assist the anaesthetist while you are going off to sleep.
I got into becoming a nurse through my own hero, My Mum. My mum got into nursing from her Mother and she from her Nanna. My mother started university as I just started high school, just to set the scene she had 4 children aged between 2 and 14, she worked really hard and graduated with a merit. I am really proud to be a nurse and carry on the family tradition. I am such a people person, I love to talk to people and I have found that the smallest things like a smile and conversation can ease a patient’s worries and that is what they remember. Although my patients are sleeping for most of the operations, I really enjoy talking to them before hand and helping ease their nerves before they have their procedure.
My experience of covid 19 will be very different from most. I was actually on maternity leave and I wasn’t due to go back to work until the end of July. I really struggled not being able to help my colleagues and felt really guilty. My family and friends kept repeating a phrase that didn’t sit well with me “I am so glad YOUR not at work”. I know that I am precious to my family and friends and they just want you to be safe however, my friends and colleagues are special to me and I wanted to help. When I returned to work I felt like I had started a completely new job everything was totally unrecognisable, the only thing that was in the same place was the changing rooms. Every day was different as guidance changed. Certain things felt very alien to me but you just have to learn to adapt. The support from my colleagues helped me through this uncertain time and I am so glad that I work with such a lovely bunch.
I think your readers should know that the nurses really felt the support of the public during the pandemic. We do have very difficult jobs and have to face death, illness, loss on a daily basis however, we do get great job satisfaction especially when things go well. It is nice to feel appreciated, health is wealth at the end of the day.
When I am not working I spend time with my family, which includes my wee baby boy. He takes up most of my time. We have really enjoyed our walks and exploring all the beautiful countryside that surround where we live. We are very lucky to live in beautiful Scotland and have access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. This time has made me appreciate where I live.
As a theatre nurse I am used to wearing full PPE however, its very intense wearing full RPE. You have to have trust in your mask and that you have put it on correctly. I have had my skin breakdown on my nose. We also have shortages in PPE at times and can feel stressful thinking you might not be able to work and help your colleagues. I always shower before I leave work, it’s a horrible feeling that you might be taking something home to your family.
At the end of the tunnel I would like to see a wage rise LOL. I hope that people realise how hard we work and that we try are very best every day.
On behalf of the readers and myself, I would like to thank all NHS and key workers for all the good you have done and keep on doing
© 20 #portraitsfornhsheroes from the cover of Artist Talk Magazine July 2020 issue
Following recent racial equality events around the world, Jackson's Art Supplies received a lot of correspondence regarding the bias towards caucasian skin and flesh tones, among colour ranges supplied by colour manufacturers. Jackson's Art Supplies decided to investigate further. Many had already undertaken changes.
Statements from Art Materials Companies
Here is a selection of responses from art materials manufacturers that Jackson's received when they asked them if they had plans in place to update their colour ranges (please note that for many English is not their first language). For the full list of statements visit https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2020/07/16/redefining-skin-and-flesh-colours/
‘We are addressing this issue. Portrait Pink was implemented one or two years ago to replace Flesh Pink, but this is clearly not enough.
We will be changing this shade to Peach. This is a growing concern that we should have been addressed already in the past and that we will address now’.
Jackson’s is committed to equality, and so we felt it essential that we look at our product lines to ensure they were in line with our company values. We have renamed our Flesh Tint oil colour Pale Terracotta and are working to add more shades to Jackson’s Handmade Soft Pastel Portrait set so that it caters for all skin colours.
Winsor and Newton
‘Following the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, as a company, we have reflected on how we can make a positive change in our industry. While Flesh Tint is a historical colour name, this is not a part of our history that we will be carrying forward.
We have made the decision to change the name to Pale Rose Blush across the different Winsor & Newton ranges and are working to ensure our products have the same colour with the new name to be available late August.
In addition to the Flesh Tint colour range, we are also continuing to review all product and colour names to ensure we remain inclusive at all times.
As a company, we are committed to be a positive force for change, and we are continuing to identify actions we can take to eradicate injustice, racism and inequality from our business and industry as a whole’.
For the full list of statements visit https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2020/07/16/redefining-skin-and-flesh-colours/
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Being the woman the central theme of this series, she is approached as an unfolding of a single individual, who is multiplied in different personalities, varied social contexts and a physical aspects transversal to those of a kind.
Despite the bright colours with which she represented as well as the outfits she wears, she is a mysterious being who does not smile, that is very sharp, cerebral and suspicious but who does not let her world be debauched by those she does not want.
The design is fast and fluid, without resorting to stylistic manoeuvres and without classicist ambitions.
The technique is basic and unpretentious.
The result is neither more nor less than what was intended.
Following the open-call group exhibition Isolation Mastered, JD Malat Gallery is pleased to announce that Kojo Marfo has officially joined our incredible roster of artists and diverse gallery programme.
Kojo Marfo (born 1980) is a Ghanaian artist based in London. Marfo developed his interest in art and visual culture through traditional Akan artifacts, sculptures and carvings that he was exposed to as a child growing up in Ghana. These artifacts still remain a vital source of strength for Marfo. He references traditional Akan art to highlight social issues, such as inequalities, religion, politics, and spiritualism. After travelling to New York and London, Marfo has developed a unique style that encompasses his wide range of influences in an effort to express his experiences and comment on society.
Marfo’s work seeks to re-establish the immense richness that is lacking in mainstream representations of African people. He hopes to explore a self-referential perspective of the Black image by creating figurative abstractions that showcase the beauty woven into Africa’s social and geographical fabric.
“I want people to see my work as a reflection of my Akan culture and my struggles living in the West. I want my artwork to create a connection with people, to be a symbol for everyone to relate to,” Marfo said. “No matter what you are going through, or where you live, I want my art to help people think and reflect on their inner lives and how it relates to the wider world.”
JD Malat Gallery is proud to present Upheaval, a solo exhibition by Colombian artist Santiago Parra, from 15th July to 15th August.
"When suddenly without wanting it, my arms lift the brush and a splash marks the beginning of the painting, in stupor I watch how the brush moves up and down, side to side and something gets written down on the canvas, I know it’s my unconscious writing but while it happens I am a witness to it all. When the energy has come out I know it’s time to lift the brush out of the canvas. The painting has now finished, I look up, exhausted, seeing it for the first time, I am surprised, amazed, at how this intriguing image has come out of myself"
- Santiago Parra
JD Malat Gallery is proud to present Upheaval, a solo exhibition by Colombian artist Santiago Parra, from 15th July to 15th August.
Following Rising Action, the ground breaking solo exhibition that took place in 2018, Santiago Parra is back with his most accomplished body of work to date. Parra has described this exhibition as being more refined and more attuned. He has changed the way paint is applied and chosen deeper blacks with subtle nuances resulting in a more defined brushstroke. The change of style can be attributed to the period of isolation enforced by Covid-19 which had a direct impact on the artist’s aesthetic.
The exhibition consists of fourteen mid to large format paintings created in a span of six months. These paintings were produced during the Covid-19 lockdown, a time of intense emotional tension for the artist. As a result, immense amounts of energy exude from the paintings. There’s a lot of angularity and composition is highly dynamic while brushstrokes appear to vibrate out of the canvas. Indeed, the artist called the exhibition Upheaval after seeing the paintings together. He liked how the word upheaval refers both to a massive telluric movement and also denotes a violent disruption of his inner feelings.
The subject of these works is simple: Parra yearns to express himself in the freest possible way. In this quest, he has found automatism which was a technique developed by Surrealists, its goal is to express one’s inner world in the purest most accurate way without the control or judgement of social pressures exerted by consciousness. One prerequisite to this kind of work is having the real urge to do it. Parra explains that his ‘objective is to let the practice develop on its own, the less conscious intervention the better’. Covid-19 really helped the artist reach his ideal aesthetic by creating new emotions inside of him that led to these tormented yet energetic canvases.
Every element of the painting: the brush, the paint and the canvas are chosen following the principle of automatism, respecting the inner voice that decides without doubting it, the aim is to empower the natural creative instinct. With everything ready Parra stands in front of the canvas and a multitude of feelings start to affect him, anguish, pleasure, fear, confidence... Here the objective is to decant one’s mind and calm down, breathing is important in the way that each breath has its own tune and one has to find the one that attunes with the canvas. As Parra explains ‘The concentration is beyond intense, every nerve on my body crisps, my muscles vibrate with tension and I begin to roar in an attempt to conquer the canvas, this can last for hours...’
Since Rising Action, Parra had a daughter which he said has changed him in a way that he had not expected, he has become more focused, clearer minded and this has undoubtedly translated into his work. In addition, Covid-19 has given Parra the opportunity to rethink his place in life, to question his values and aspirations. The upheaval that many worldwide experienced during the pandemic seems ever so accurately portrayed in his monochrome paintings. Now more than ever, Parra’s greatest desire is to make truthful art. If this is indeed the case then his desire is fulfilled, as Upheaval is the greatest portrait of truth one could wish for.
Santiago Parra is in the collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, USA, Jorge Pérez Collection, USA, Jean et Colette Cherqui Collection, France, Tanya C. Brillembourg Collection, USA, Solita Mishaan Collection, Spain, Cesar Gaviria Collection, Colombia, Kehinde Wiley Collection, USA, and Collection Lazaro, Spain.
Exhibition Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
15 July - 15 August 2020
JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB
Believing that surroundings can influence one` s health and mind, Painter and Physiotherapist Aase Birkhaug has combined her two passions by painting roses for a soothing effect on humans.
I am compared to the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo who said “ I paint flowers so that they shall not die “ and I say” I paint Roses so that I shall not die”. Impact on humans from nature, flora, botanics and for me the most beautiful flower The Rose. I have an Art – Nature – Health project where art, nature physiotherapy, medicin and science walk together hand in hand. I believe that it is possible to heal or change a negative mind to a positive mind.
My artistic process and my approach to creation starts when I am out in the nature and in the Botanical Gardens where I get my impressions for new paintings to create. I take photos when I am out in the nature, in the botanical gardens, the rosaries or just when passing gardens which is embedded with flowers Roses or colors that is eye catching. In Norway where I live we have 4 seasons during the year, winter, spring, summer and autumn. The 4 seasons have all of them their inspiration with colors but I feel that spring and summer and early autumn is the most impressive seasons related to the impact the flowers, Roses and nature give me. This because I mainly paint Roses and I try to catch the colors which impress me every time and every day when I am out walking or running. I take a lot of photos and I think my Iphone has about 15000 photos of Roses pt. Looking at all those photos of roses or flowers printing them out and using them for visual and colorful inspiration for a new painting to come. I can do a painting strictly after the motive or I can work intuitively and just let the motive be a sort of motivator and inspiration for a new painting to come.
Aase Birkhaug is also a designer for Costanza House of Fashion and today the Biannale Internationale Art Digitale opens in Italy together with a fashion show where the paintings - the motives are printed on fabrics to fashion clothes. From June 27, 2020 at 19:00 you will be able to discover Aase Birkhaug - www.costanzahf.com
Costanza House of Fashion is a company owned by the Costanza Foundation specialized in the production of high-class clothes, accessories and furnishings, with the design of works of art: paintings, sculptures, graphics. Wear art.
Fashion show and inaugural opening of the Costanza House of Fashion Showroom with digital exhibition, at the Poggio Posture and Wellness Center, Caltanissetta. June 27, 2020 at 19:00
Digital exhibition permanently until July 27, 2020
With the moral patronage of the city of Caltanissetta.
Artistic director of the event, Dr. Angelo Palermo, Ambassador of the Costanza Foundation.
Francesco Raponi Foundation onlus
Edgar Mabboux Art
Agnes Parcesepe Agili Art
Sinikka Elfving - Secret Garden
Francesco Raponi Foundation onlus
Edgar Mabboux Art
Agnes Parcesepe Agili Art
Sinikka Elfving - Secret Garden
Diffusion in various countries of the world, by Sweta Jha Ambassador of the Costanza Foundation for Singapore, Javier Rodriguez Ambassador of the Costanza Foundation in Spain; and many others.
Congratulations to all
Is the Future of Art Virtual?
About Natalia Cola
Natalia Cola is a global arts commentator and presenter. One of Forbes Monaco’s Entrepreneurial Women of 2019, Cola travels the world studying various artists, mediums, and the state of the industry. Additionally, Cola is the host of Natalia Cola Presents, a lecture series in which she presents and commentates on the work of renowned artists such as Christian Maas and Romero Britto.
Cola studied at the famed Art Academy of Smirnova-Lastochkina in Ukraine and has worked in various galleries Kyiv and Sotheby’s in London before moving to Monaco where she currently resides.
In support of today’s artists
1ST – 8TH JULY
Group Exhibition at JD Malat Gallery Open Call to all UK-based Artists
JD Malat Gallery is excited to announce Isolation Mastered, a unique group exhibition featuring the work of 20 selected artists who demonstrate a creative response to the isolation period during COVID-19. From the 1st – 8th July, Isolation Mastered aims to give aspiring artists of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to showcase and sell their artwork in one of London’s leading galleries.
From the 15th May to 15th of June, JD Malat Gallery will welcome applications from all UK- based artists. All submissions will be carefully reviewed by our experienced committee, with members from curatorial, art collecting, art dealing and art advisory disciplines. This committee will select their top 20 artists whose work presents an innovative dialogue with this isolation period and demonstrates a masterful exploration of their chosen medium.
The 20 selected artists will be displayed in an exhibition during the first week of July. During this exhibition, JD Malat Gallery will welcome members of the public to decide on their favourite artist through a series of online and in-person votes. The artist with the most votes will receive an exclusive solo show at JD Malat Gallery in 2021.
With all profits made from the exhibition directed at each artist and their practice, the goal of this initiative is to support artists during this difficult time. As a gallery that has inclusivity and diversity at the core of its programme, JD Malat Gallery recognises this unique artist-led initiative as an opportunity to foster connection and strengthen the art community despite this period of newfound distance caused by the global pandemic.
“During this period of unprecedented uncertainty, art is one of the most important ways to foster positivity and connect our society. We hope that this initiative not only provides a platform for artistic expression during this challenging time, but also upholds a collective mission to support the art sector and give creative individuals of all backgrounds an opportunity to exhibit their work.” - Founder, Jean-David Malat
- Full application on our website: jdmalat.com
- The artist must be based in the UK, provide a short biography and description of their work, as well as a selection of high-resolution images.
- Applicants can be of all ages and from all backgrounds as well as with or without art training or education
- Their work must be a response to the effects of the pandemic and/or the isolation period
- We will accept submissions of work in various mediums, such as sculpture, mixed media, painting, photography
- Paintings must not exceed dimensions of 150cm x 150cm
- Sculptures must not exceed dimensions of 200cm x 100cm
- The artist must be able to send their work to the gallery space
- JD Malat Gallery Team makes a preselection of artists, around 50.
- The preselection will be presented to the committee who will then select 20 artists
- The 20 selected artists can display their work in Isolation Mastered for one week
- This exhibition will be curated by the committee
- Curation of the exhibition will aim to reflect the inclusive nature of JD Malat Gallery
- An online catalogue will be produced which will feature on the jdmalat.com website and all other social media channels
- A newsletter will go out to the entire mailing list of JD Malat Gallery (circa 20,000ppl) informing them of the exhibition and giving them access to a viewing room and the online catalogue
- Through a series of online and in-person votes, the public will choose their favourite artist. Gallery visitors can post their votes in a ‘ballot’ box in the gallery. Online voters must repost their chosen work and use relevant tags: @jdmalatgallery #isolationmastered and artist tag
- The artist with the most votes will have a solo show in JD Malat Gallery, 2021
Confirmed Committee Members:
We are delighted to announce the following members are confirmed on the judging panel:
- Simon de Pury, Art Dealer and Auctioneer
- Dylan Jones, GQ editor
- Robert Montgomery, Poet and Artist
- David Bellingham, Art historian and Sotheby’s Institute Professor
- Gavin Rossdale, Musician and Art Collector
- Gavin Turk, Artist
- Jean-David Malat, Owner and Founder of JD Malat Gallery
For more information contact - firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jdmalat.com
In association with Roy’s Art Fair
This would usually be a time where final year Art students would be submitting their final pieces of art to be marked for their major project. A time for learning how to put together a degree show, including raising finances, curating, framing, painting endless ply boards and learning the necessary task of hanging your work. The degree show for most of the students is the initiation into the art world, a chance for friends, family and most importantly the industry to view the artist they intend to be. It’s the time that curators, buyers, gallerists and publications get to view artists work as well as competitions and graduate schemes being judged. In these uncertain times most of the universities have had no other choice than to cancel, virtualise or postpone these artist showcases. With many universities having to use proposal work for marking of the final degree due to the closure of studios and lack of resources available at this time.
Artists and creatives are fundamental in this world and the worry is that there will be a whole year of thousands of these students that will not obtain these “breaks” and experiences to enter into an industry that is notoriously difficult to earn a regular income.
Roy’s Art Fair is the UKs largest artist run art fair and offer invaluable expertise and support to both emerging and established artists as they navigate the Art world. The focus is primarily on developing a community led spirit initiated by artists to connect directly with the public and promote both the artists' and buyers' interests first.
Roy’s Art Fair will be launching a competition for final year students to give them the extra platforms for exposure. The competition will be launching on Monday 4th May and will run for 8 weeks. Each Monday we will select 5 artists and show their work via our social media platforms and sharing their details. These artists will then go into a final competition that will be judged by top industry experts and be given prizes which will help them craft their future directions in the industry. To enter, all students need to do is send an image of their degree artwork via Instagram to @Roysartfair together with artwork title, full name and university studied at.
Prizes on offer are:
Portfolio review with a gallery curator
Art supply vouchers
Artist mentoring sessions
Sharing of artwork, details and bio on our social media platforms
Invitation to networking events
Roy’s Art Fair want to reach as many art students as possible from all over the UK and also give the public an understanding of what these students are going through at the start of their working career. With the support of your publication we can reach more students and public that can support these students in such uncertain times.
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19 MAY – 27 JUNE 2020
ANNETT ZINSMEISTER & HANS KOTTER
JD Malat Gallery is proud to announce Shifting Space, an exhibition of work by leading German artists Annett Zinsmeister and Hans Kotter.
From 19 May until 27 June, Shifting Space presents an immersive platform through which the visitor can journey through intersections of real and virtual spaces with artworks that reflect an examination of space and light.
Spatial parameters are put into motion through an immersive installation by Zinsmeister and refractive light sculptures by Kotter. Through each artist’s respective medium, humanity’s relationship with space and the limits of human perception are put into question.
Zinsmeister’s installation art explores and analyses space on an architectural, artistic and theoretical level to develop new spatial contexts. Influenced by ‘Plattenbau’ - a contradictory ‘utopian’ form of architecture from post-war Germany, with a monotonous modular system that focused on efficiency rather than variety - Zinsmeister explores how modular form can be reconstructed to present a new field of space.
By taking over the entire top floor of the gallery, Zinsmeister will bring her theoretical research and artistic concepts to life through an experiential installation. Through a ‘re-programming’ of space, Zinsmeister’s installation will also present a spatial intervention to reveal new perspectives on existing potentials and critical questions about the individual’s relationship with architecture and space.
‘Nearby all my work is about human perception and its limits. My pieces mostly deal with different ways of perception, that is a natural ability but also a conditioned human habit. Especially my installations serve as machines of perception, because they have a strong impact on our way of seeing and understanding space. They reveal unexpected intersections and parallels, in the perception, depiction, and experience of space.’ – Annett Zinsmeister
Similarly, Kotter’s colourful three-dimensional objects that combine mirrors and lights redefine spatial context. With work that aesthetically relates to the innovations of Op Art, Kotter’s work explores how light and technology can challenge human perception. Tunnel formations develop upon concepts of ‘tunnel vision’, a term that generally denotes narrow minded perception is here turned on its head; the tunnels are opened up, extended and illuminated to display an infinity of different dimensions.
‘There is no other element with such a lasting impact on life on our planet as light. Light fascinates me in a huge variety of ways and I have investigated the medium of light, with its composition, physical contexts, colours, perception and cultural history for many years.’ – Hans Kotter
By exploring the shifting paradigm of space and the kaleidoscopic potential of perception, Zinsmeister and Kotter prompt multiple questions spanning ontological, scientific and artistic disciplines: What are the limits and possibilities of our visual apparatus? How does the human body relate to its surroundings through space and light? What roles do space and light play in our search for identity, utopian ideas and social interaction?
Zinsmeister’s theoretical research has been published across numerous publications and has played a central role in her conceptual art practice. Her work has been shown in international solo and group exhibitions, it is part of public and private collections including MoMA, New York, and Karl Ernst Osthaus, Museum Hagen, Germany.
Kotter has exhibited since the early 1990s throughout Europe and the United States and his works are included in both public and private collections worldwide, including the Kinetica Museum, London and the Kunstmuseum Celle, Germany.
JD Malat Gallery specialises in contemporary art and champions a broad spectrum of emerging and international contemporary artists. The programme consists of an array of exciting artists supported by year-round exhibitions and contemporary art fairs.
JD Malat Gallery will present its first virtual exhibition opening online on the 19th of May. An exclusive Q&A and discussion with the artists will be available across our social media platforms, with an Instagram and Facebook live.
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