The month has been quite a reflective one so far. I’ve spent most of it with relatives at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital I’ve never been inside before. Of course, when visiting friends or relatives with health conditions, you focus on the most important things in life such as the people, relationships, the legacy you leave behind and the fulfilment of doing all you can whilst you can. We should remember some of the things we often take for granted someone else is praying for.
We remember those we meet along our travels, especially the ones that genuinely provide unconditional love for you, support your career unreservedly and appreciate your aspirations in life. Being in this reflective position once again only encourages me to focus on such people, my love for the arts and the necessity to continue enjoying, above anything else, the therapeutic fulfilment of being creative as and when I can.
Moreover, this week I’ve witnessed once again the power of music as an art form to stimulate patients and bridge communication. We cannot underestimate the power of the arts in general but particularly in hospitals. I’ve always been an advocate that everyone of us must seek and execute abilities to be creative in whichever discipline we lean towards. It is something every human soul needs because it provides therapeutic support and may combat the stresses of everyday life! I hope occupational health therapists will agree!
Always on the lookout for creative stimulation, one recent inspiration for me is Milstein OR#2 (114” x 152”), a marvellous painting by the artist Ellen Griesedieck. The work is displayed at the hospital and you can’t miss it as you approach the restaurant on the second floor. In appreciation to the skills of health professionals, the painting captures the teamwork required for the delivery of modern medicine and surgery. Unfortunately, this photograph doesn’t capture the size, scale and appropriate placing of the work but it is still is an eye catcher.
In summary, just put your life and the life of loved ones in perspective, pursue your dreams, no matter your current circumstances, find that creative therapeutic outlet and remember you are the architect of your life! Live it now, on your terms, because it’s not a rehearsal!
Summer seems to have arrived and not fast enough! Looking forward to spending the time working on projects and building a new body of work. I’m also looking forward to attending some interesting, inspirational and thought provoking shows on both sides of the pond so very excited. Wishing you all a great day!
I’ve been a bit busy lately with my head down, creating some new work in the studio but it’s good to update you on what’s new.
Firstly, I’m honoured to have contributed to Darryl Yokley’s second album entitled’ Pictures At An African Exhibition’ which is now on general release via Truth Revolution records. We’re all pleased with the final result and hope you find it enjoyable too! Check out Darryl’s website for info on the album tracks and related artwork. Remember, the release party is at the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, NY on May 3rd
I’ve also been guest writing for Occhi Magazine, catching up with Nigerian born artist Babatunde Omotoye, to discuss his move to Toronto and his first Canadian solo show. Check out the interview along with my review of ‘Dreaming Whilst Black’ , a new mini comedy series from 4Quarter Films, a London based creative production company, specializing in the creation of narrative-led commercial and fiction content.
I am very happy to announce friend and fellow artist Kerry Zacharia will be exhibiting her first central London solo art exhibition near St Paul’s Cathedral from the 20th March to Friday, 6th April.
The theme for this show is London, entitled “London in Different Dimensions”. This exhibition will be hosted by The Salvation Army at their International Headquarters within their Gallery 101 space. The Private Viewing will be held from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on the 21st March.
In this exhibition, Kerry aims to engage her audience in a very decisive way with her expressive and highly individual graphic line style, taking them on a journey through familiar urban scenes of this great City of London. They will experience how her everyday life, inspired by simple, uplifting and sometimes spiritual moments, has been turned into a unique collection of paintings. Her London art is deeper than the instant connection it forms, especially when closely observed her audience will be guided via the energy of her lines, allowing for any mysteries to unfold and connections to be formed, thus making the whole experience of viewing her art ‘different’.
Kerry was born and raised in North London and is of Greek-Cypriot ethnic origin. Creative talent was present in her as a child; however, her career took her on a different path. Her passion for art long remained and at the age of 53 she has managed to establish quite a following. As a self-taught artist, Kerry has not been influenced by any art training and relies on her own inspirations and inner vision to guide and develop her art practice. Her art is largely received as “different”, “energising” and “mysterious” and as her having a unique and recognisable style. Someone has described it as “Van Gogh from another dimension”.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Kerry will be running a fundraising event to raise awareness and money to help support the great work of The Salvation Army. People engaging in her fundraising event will not only be entitled to a generous discount on buying her original art, but will be helping Kerry raise even more money as her employer, Telereal Trillium, will ‘Charity Match’ her donations.
Kerry was happy to answer a few questions about the exhibition, her work and what’s planned for the future.
How long have you been a practicing artist?
I started painting with ink on painting around 2005 and took part in my first group exhibition in March 2014. I officially went public with my art on social media in October 2013.
Your work is very distinctive and appears to follow certain themes. Are there any artists who particularly inspire you?
I developed my own style over the years and recall early traits of my graphic linear style back to when I was at school but it wasn’t until I look to ink on paper that my style started to take shape evolve.
Being self-taught, my style is inspired from within and my everyday environments. I’ve always liked the old masters El Greco, Monet, Van Gogh, Seurat, Dali, Cezanne.
Many connect my art with Van Gogh but this happened naturally and not because I have studied his work or been particularly influenced by his art.
Please explain more about your work and the theme of the show?
Yes, I’ve entitled it “London in Different Dimensions” as the show not only captures the breadth of my London theme collection but also the different ways of looking at familiar urban scenes through a number of sub-sets.
These paintings have been naturally inspired by simple and sometimes spiritual moments that I have experienced in my everyday life. The viewer will certainly be transported via a unique artistic journey through this great city. Many of the paintings are inspired around the city because that is where I work and I always find spiritual inspiration when I’m near St Paul’s Cathedral. I’m absolutely delighted to be able to show these paintings just around the corner from there at The Salvation Army International Headquarters.
So what’s your connection with the Salvation Army?
It has been my main goal to get my London theme collection under one roof in a solo exhibition in central London and to combine it with the ‘art of giving’. It all fell into place when I became associated with The Salvation Army during a group show at their Gallery 101 space, September 2017. I have since become more familiar with the great work they do. I set up a fundraising campaign on ‘Just Giving’ to run in conjunction with my solo show to raise awareness and money in two key areas of their work, homelessness and modern-day slavery i.e. human trafficking.
I believe this is your first solo show in London?
This is my first solo show in central London. I also had a smaller similar themed solo show near to where I live in North London, June 2015.
What other plans do you have for 2018?
I’m currently working on a new body of art inspired by family and faith, which I hope to exhibit 2019/2020. I’ve no other planned shows although I would be looking for a suitable opportunity to exhibit a recent contemporary series, entitled ‘Open the Door’ later in the year.
The exhibition is at Gallery 101, The Salvation Army International Headquarters, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EH. Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (closed Good Friday/Easter Monday). Nearest Stations: Blackfriars, Mansion House and St Paul’s. Click here for Gallery 101 details. Kerry will be available most days at the show, contact Kerry to arrange an appointment.
Contact details: mobile 07976 742692; for all enquiries and to RSVP for Private View email email@example.com; to learn more about Kerry Zacharia and her art practice visit www.artistkerryzacharia.com
The result of my collaboration with Darryl Yokley is released this April 20th and all involved are excited with up and coming performances and promotional events in New York and beyond. Keep an eye out on Darryl’s website for updates. I hope to see some of you at these gigs! The first single ‘Ubuntu’ will be streaming on band camp. You can download the single by visiting this link and pre-ordering a physical or digital copy of the album. Wishing you a great day!
Hoping you’re all well and the year is being good to you so far. I’m happy to announce that I’m participating in Unfold, the forthcoming exhibition at London’s Espacio Gallery. I’ll be exhibiting some of my recent figurative work which I hope you’ll like. The exhibition is a fascinating journey into the creative mind of several artists. It reveals the creative processes that are essential to the development of their art. They allow the viewer a glimpse into sources of inspiration, and invite the onlooker to watch their ideas unfold, evolve and eventually develop into finished works.
The exhibition, curated by Carlos de Lins, showcases a variety of interpretations and mediums reflecting their different styles. The private viewing is on Thursday 1st February. The show runs from January 30th to February 11th 2018.
Featured artists are:
Tanaz Assefi, Elena Brand, Andrea Coltman, Evaldas Gulbinas, Ekaterini Koliakou, Charvi Jain, Benjamin Nyari, Renee Rilexie, Pierre Verluca, Claire Weinstock, Sara Wickenden, Lewis Albert Williams
For further info please visit the gallery website.
This week I had the pleasure to meet conceptual abstract artist Mahlia Amatina at the Menier Gallery near London Bridge. Until this weekend, you’re invited to visit Around the World in 80 Washing Lines, an interactive autism-friendly art exhibition depicting unique washing lines across the globe. The exhibition will tour both galleries and launderettes in the South of England, inviting visitors to discover the story behind each garment and washing line. The exhibition will also feature free, educational workshops for primary school children.
Around the World in 80 Washing Lines explores the connections and similarities of each washing line using a combination of photographs, textiles and a multi-sensory catalogue of effects including touch, smell and sound. Artist Malia Amatina explains the reason behind the project; “The project started as a means to highlight similarities between us as human beings, in a world where we often focus on differences. The universal washing line is a perfect means to do this: we all have laundry to do; irrespective of who, what or where we are in the world.”
Visitors can interact with each installation of clothes and get a glimpse of the person behind the garment by reading a short blog with real quotations. The exhibition reaches out to a wide and diverse audience, including those suffering with autism, alongside those to whom art is not fully accessible. As an autistic artist, Mahlia is keen to create an exhibition that is appealing and available to those across the spectrum. The campaign has already gained fantastic acknowledgment thus far having been recognised for its charitable efforts by the prestigious Arts Council, receiving funding earlier this year. The project has also recently been backed by The National Autistic Society.
For further information about the Around the World in 80 Washing Lines exhibition or Mahlia Amatina’s artwork please get in touch with Mahlia Amatina on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07725 366966, or Jessica Alley at Little Red Rooster on email@example.com or on 07506756914.