It’s August already! The year seems to be flying by. The summer has been a mixed bag of events but it’s also been a period visiting galleries, gaining inspiration and working on a few pieces including the musical themed works above. Part of my ‘art of music‘ collection. This follows the recent work with Darryl Yokley on ‘Pictures at an African Exhibition.’ Please visit Darryl’s site for the CD and further details. I’m looking forward to sharing a wider spectrum of work with you over the coming months. So, for the time being, just keeping up appearances and reaching out! Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and relaxing month ahead.
Good to see New York’s weather returning to what we expect from the summer months. Last week, I was fortunate to visit Brooklyn Art Museum to see Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960- 1985.
The show is organised by the Hammer Museum LA as part of a wider initiative supported by the Getty Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bank of America and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York amongst others. The Brooklyn Presentation is curated by Catherine Morris, for the Elizabeth A Sackler Centre for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.
The show presents the work of more than 120 women artists and collectives active in Latin America and the United States during a period in the history of Americas and the development of contemporary art. The artists come from fifteen countries and include emblematic figures as well as significant, if lesser known, contemporaries. The exhibition illustrates an amalgam of radical and feminist art practices both in Latin America and among artists in the United States.
For women artists in Latin America, the decades covered by the exhibition were a time of repression as well as liberation. Most countries in the region were ruled by dictatorships or embroiled in civil war during these years. The lives of many of the featured artists were entangled with experiences of authoritarianism, imprisonment, exile, torture, violence or censorship.
There are many works to see, including ‘ The Neighbours’ by Marcia Schvartz’s and photography by Switz born Claudia Andujar. In 1971 Andujar began photographing the indigenous Yanomani community, leaving Sao Paulo to live in the states of Roraima and Amazonas. The dictatorship dispatched officials to force her to leave such rural communities in an attempt to halt the spread of images illustrating the then government’s encroachment on indigenous life.
The show is truly a remarkable collection of work, allowing visitors to capture the minds of inspiring and pioneering artists. The show runs until July 22nd so if you’re in town pop in and see it! For further info please visit https://www.brooklynmuseum.org
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!