Martha Zmpounou combines figurative and abstract elements to explore complex themes such as codependency, trauma, and human relationships. Over time, her work has evolved from challenging commercial fashion imagery to pursuing a more universal and emotionally resonant understanding of beauty.
Holly Elan Watson talks about her recent art residency in Japan, where she focused on the theme of discovery and the juxtaposition between the benefits and dangers of nature. The use of colour, texture, and symbolism in her pieces aims to evoke various senses and emotions, from sexuality and sensuality to joy and caution.
Inspired by childhood drawings and particularly by a drawing of a knight by his brother, Sebastian Supanz has repeatedly employed the motif of the knight in his works. This symbol holds personal significance to him, serving as both a nostalgic reference and an emblem of his artistic journey.
CiCi Suen, a versatile artist trained in illustration at Camberwell College of Arts, has navigated various mediums from graphic novels to fine art. As she transitions into oil painting, Suen continues to experiment with different ways to depict nature and is considering integrating narrative elements into her compositions.
Nika Rubinshtein explores the hidden aspects of human existence, such as the mysteries of the soul and the afterlife, influenced by her family’s maritime and mystical history near the Black Sea. Her work, often featuring feminine energy, is created through experimental techniques like blending water and inks, allowing for spontaneous evolution.
Afonso Rocha is particularly interested in the tension between people and the process of representation; he constructs his art like a collage, layering images, references, and meanings to explore relationships, vulnerability, and the duality of human emotion. He provides a metaphorical stage where figures can interact freely, invoking a sense of discomfort or tension that prompts viewers to form their own interpretations.
Ornella Pocetti combines painting and ceramics to explore themes of gender, horror, and optimism in imaginary landscapes. Influenced by both psychoanalysis and her love for horror, she aims to create enigmatic, timeless worlds that blur the lines between past and future.
Sarah Longworth-West focuses on painting as both a medium and a subject, creating what she describes as “subtle dystopian non-spaces.” She draws inspiration from everyday urban and suburban experiences, capturing moments through photography, which then serve as a basis for her paintings.
Austin Honour explores the eclectic range of influences and techniques that shape his artwork. Honour confronts contemporary issues like fake news and image manipulation while offering room for viewer interpretation, aided by titles that hint at his mindset. Elements like scale and the use of black and white serve to question the importance and authenticity of the subjects he portrays.
Influenced by Quodlibet painting, Alastair Gordon’s recent focus shifts from hyper-realistic portrayals of historical objects to a looser, more expressive interpretation of landscapes. By embracing both controlled and improvised techniques, his works encapsulate complex emotions, explore themes of grief and loss, and capture transient yet significant moments in life.
Channatip Chanvipava, originally from Thailand with Chinese heritage, uses his art to navigate his bicultural upbringing and the emotional landscape of his memories. The abstraction in his work invites viewers to connect on a personal level, while the varying scales and formats of his pieces serve as reminders of different dimensions of life.
Edmond Caputo combines sculptural elements and painting to explore themes of loss, memory, and nature, inspired by the passing of his father and childhood walks they shared. The work invites viewers to contemplate the intertwined narratives of personal grief, cultural heritage, and the universal human connection to the natural world.
Alexander Ardisson discusses the intricate world of his creative process, which he describes as akin to journalling. Ardisson discusses how switching between different forms of expression keeps his creativity flowing, and how his tactile jumpers serve both as a personal pursuit and as a nod to his Italian roots and English upbringing.
In our intimate conversation with artist Sichen Grace Chen, we were drawn into a world where vivid colors, nature, and self-discovery coalesce in a mesmerizing tapestry. Through her introspective painting process, Sichen explores the past and the present, turning personal objects into universal symbols and weaving the threads of time, growth, and womanhood into a surreal yet relatable narrative.
Five artists breathe new life into classical painting techniques, merging past and present in a captivating display. From Luna Sue Huang’s vibrant brushstrokes to CW Landon’s boundary-pushing abstract creations, Thomas Gillant’s unique scraping technique, Daniel Arteaga’s fusion of photography and painting, and Stephen Whittaker’s harmonious blend of abstraction and figuration – this show explores the evolution of painting.
Lexia Hachtmann’s artistic journey is a testament to the power of exploration and the transformative nature of art. From her early inclination towards non-traditional forms of art, such as installation, to her unexpected love for painting, Hachtmann is painting and probing painting as a medium itself.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Luna Sue Huang – a narrative of deeply personal tales, feminist ideologies, and cultural tapestries. Her art, a dance of colours and emotions, explores the unseen layers of human relationships and societal norms. From confronting traditional female representation, to challenging herself with new mediums and themes, Luna’s art is a bold testament to her unwavering passion and commitment.
We visited the mesmerising world of Thomas Hart Benton at JC Gallery in Mayfair. Born in 1889, Benton defied expectations to become a key figure in American Regionalism, capturing rural America and its working-class communities. Discover his intricate, El Greco-inspired portrayals alongside studio photography in this captivating exhibition. On view until May 26th
The multifaceted work of artist Daniel Arteaga encompasses a diverse range of artistic disciplines, including painting, printmaking, performance, and street art. His creations capture the essence of places, memories, and dreams, while exploring themes of reflection, belonging, and movement. His interest in philosophy, as well as his personal experiences of migration from Colombia to London, also influence his work.
Borrowing from traditions of landscape painting and illustration, Charlotte Evans’ paintings weave together memory and myth to create worlds that are both familiar and strange, comforting and sinister. These worlds are not unlike those conjured in the moments right before sleep, when your mind wanders and drifts and colours become more vivid, sounds sharpen and smells sweeten, all combining in a flash of clarity before dissolving into sleep.
Trained as an architect and multimedia artist, Yuqiao Guo sees her painterly practice as a product of her fascination with self-portraiture and interest in the narrative capacities of the body. Approaching the majority of her work through an autobiographical lens, Guo paints her figures in a way that closely balances surrealism with intimacy, creating striking visual metaphors for the fleeting moments of self-awareness.
Adrian Gardner explores the meaning of life, mortality and adventure through the use of vibrant, colourful landscape paintings. Gardner draws inspiration from artists throughout history such as Titian, Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst who have used painting as a way to express the meaning of life and death.
Ioana Baltan paints large-scale works that revolve around topics such as mental disabilities, poverty, homelessness, dreams and mythology. Working within a figurative landscape, Baltan incorporates abstract and decorative elements to narrate human origin stories and her personal experiences.
Hidetaka Suzuki paints an array of topics ranging from food, portraits, random objects and scenes that he discovers online. After collecting images on a daily basis and building up an archive, Suzuki intuitively is drawn to objects or scenarios that have an uneasy, human and stimulating quality to them.
Jan Valik creates loose, colourful abstractions that evoke powerful feelings and tend to suggest something otherworldly. Valik plays with intuition, experiments with different gestures, shapes, compositions and forms to create spatial ambiguity and a unique visual language. Valik often contemplates scientific topics such as Quantum Theory and Anti-gravity while working, which resonates in the process, leaving a mysterious and suspenseful energy to the pieces.
CW Landon looks to shared experiences, immersion in our environment and poetry to provide new ways of thinking about human behaviour in today’s society. Landon incorporates geometric abstractions to explore different architectural spaces and absorb the embedded attitudes of our collective trauma, inward energy and human psyche in his work.
John Heywood-Waddington embraces the traditions and tropes of Western art history, cinematic devices such as the split-screen, poetic sensibilities and photographic references in his work. His paintings suggest narratives through their expressive movement and rhythm, yet remain open to the viewer’s interpretation.
Yaya Yajie Liang’s paintings are brightly coloured depictions of imaginative figures, animals, objects and gestures. Liang explores sensations and psychological ideas such as control, power dynamics and dreams. Liang’s abstract paintings are informed by traditional Chinese painting techniques and philosophy that incorporate metaphorical signifiers and investigations of the Rhizome Network Theory.
Brazilian artist Romulo Avi creates intense, colourful, abstract paintings by building up and removing layers of gesso and paint. Avi works with potentiality, an abstract idea which allows him to draw up intuitive structures outside the frameworks of representation. Using unconscious mark making, the surface of Avi’s works is loaded with a vibrational energy charged by opposing colours. His works are a reminder to acknowledge temporary moments and the fleeting nature of life.
Thomas Cameron captures everyday moments of city street scenes and the psychological landscapes of people that inhabit his paintings. He explores the city, guided mainly by his intuition and interest in the urban environment. Cameron captures beauty in the mundane through a process of exploration, photographing, collecting, editing and painting.
Featuring: Nahmad Projects, Thaddaeus Ropac, Roman Road / Working Project, Unit London, Soho Revue, The Artistellar, GUTS Gallery