Jean-Luc Almond – 1 floor Corridor
Jean-Luc Almond is a young emerging British artist. In 2013, he graduated with a First Class (Honours) degree in Fine Art Painting from City and Guilds of London Art School. He was awarded the Painter & Stainers’ Award for an Outstanding Foundation Painting Student in 2010. In 2014 he exhibited in the prestigious National Open Art Competition in Somerset House where he was awarded the CASS ART Commission Prize. He was also the winner of The Best Painting Prize at the ‘Injustice’ Open Art Competition, La Galleria, Pall Mall, 2014, judged by esteemed art critic, Edward Lucie Smith. In January 2015 he was sponsored to take part in the Contemporary International Art Fair Artrooms 2015 at Melia White House Hotel London. He most recently exhibited in SCOPE Basel with L. A. based gallery Art Unified, in Switzerland, June 2016. Jean-Luc’s paintings have sold nationally and internationally. Featured as a Saatchi Art ‘One to Watch’ by Rebecca Wilson, former director of Saatchi Gallery, he was included in Saatchi Art’s ‘20 Emerging Artists to Buy Now’ and ‘the Best of 2015’ collections.
Lorenzo Belenguer – 1 floor Corridor
Spanish artist based in London and Valencia highly influenced by Minimalism and Arte Povera. Lorenzo Belenguer was one of the two performers invited by Leah Capaldi to perform ‘Hung’ at the Serpentine Gallery. Tate Liverpool as part of the Keywords project.
‘No Soul for Sale’ at the Tate Modern and many other exhibitions mainly held in London. In 2015, Belenguer exhibited alongside 56th Venice Biennale.
Belenguer has also been included by the UCL Art professor, Susie Hodges, as a representant of the art movement Neo-Geo (Neo-Geometric Conceptualism) alongside Jeff Koons and Peter Halley in the book: “Art in Minutes”.
Kelly Halabi – room#114
Kelly Halabi Young artist, painter and sculptor, Franco-Lebanese. Born in Paris August 21st, 1991 and grew up between Paris and Lugano. She studied Fine Arts at the American University of Design Parsons (New York) in Paris. She participated in four group exhibitions in Paris, during her university time. Her first solo exhibition was at Aimo Room concept store in Lugano. Not containing herself to the classical mediums, Kelly continuously explores the infnite possibilities that surrounds her. It is this endless curiosity that makes her work so effortlessly captivating. Her unique vision and ability to fuse found objects together allow for her story to transpire. It is the destruction of the object’s primary intention that creates a palpable tension lined with furious anxiety. Kelly’s work is perforated with memories of a destruction and of war wounds she saw in her youth on the buildings and in the eyes of the people surrounding her, all resonating strongly throughout her work. In a world where chaos prevails she finds a way to tame the uncontrollable, allowing materials to coalesce into unexpected forms.The constant push and pull of emotions and cultures brings forth a semiconscious state of mind where structures are stripped down to their essence and a new physical and psychological depth is attained.
Maupal – Ground floor
Mauro Pallotta has been in every big international newspaper from the Washington Post to Yahoo News International, The Chicago Tribune and France’s Le Monde to name a few. In August 2014 his works were displayed on maxi screens in Seoul during Pope Francis’ visit of South Korea. Predominantly using acrylic spray on wool steel, MauPal’s artwork holds strong social and political value. Portraits such as ‘Islam’ and ‘Hitchcock’ represent the artist’s temperament and sensibility as he draws on the topics of religion and mainstream culture.The artwork that launched MauPal’s prominence was his giant street painting of Pope Francis, positioned at a side road, just steps away from the Vatican. To accompany his ‘Pope Francis’ mural, the artist’s choice to exhibit in London holds particular relevance, as his next big painting paid homage to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Burgeoning into one of the great art hubs of London, the Meliá White House Hotel previewed three of MauPal’s paintings during ARTROOMS2015 including his celebrated portrait of Alfred Hitchcock. In the aftermath of his extraordinary street mural of ‘Pope Francis’, this exhibition provided a glimpse into the mind of an artist who is fast growing in stature and reputation.
Franco Nonnis – 1 floor Corridor
Franco 53, lives and works in Cagliari, Italy. He is a self-taught painter. His passion started when as a child he was seeking inspiration at his grandfather’s workshop. Franco is incredibly well travelled and the different cultures he experienced are evident within his works. Franco’s artistic works cover the spectrum of human lives, engaging his audience with his authentic expressions of delights, sufferings and the emotions that surround us all.
“Nonnis anthopomorphations lead again towards an image of freedom, where forms proliferate almost by themselves. Perhaps reference can be found in the iconic graffiti covering city walls or the imagery of simplified surrealism. The use of a clear priming, sets the painting in a kind of infantile elogy, like the little theatre fantasy world where characters and objects release themselves by their relationship with the conventional world. They generate a matrix of visionary and enigmatic context.” Nicola Nuti, Art Critic
Francesca Pasquali – 1 floor Corridor (Courtesy Tornabuoni Art London)
Francesca Pasquali (born 1980) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in her native Bologna. Pasquali‘s work can be divided into several cycles of work, recognisable by their titles that often refer to the materials used, as with the Straws series. Cut to different lengths, innumerable plastic straws are attached to wooden panels – or more recently to mirror-polished Plexiglas – to create a vibrating surface. In the Frappe series, Pasquali experiments with neoprene, assembling layers of the material into spirals which are then mounted onto wooden panels or metal nets. Works from the Bristles series consist of plastic broom bristles assembled into wooden containers and arranged to form a soft, compact surface.More recently, the artist has been experimenting with long, uncut, plastic bristles, in particular with the site-specific installation Francesca Pasquali for Salvatore Ferragamo travelling to Milan and London in 2016.
Gloria Sulli – room# 122
Gloria Sulli is an artist who focuses her research in the macro-theme of nature. In her work balance and precariousness are placed in the foreground, in contraction, like atoms and primitive nuclei that emanate energy. Her concept of observation connects relationships that develop lightness and suspension, joining those of protection and experimentation. In a combination of methods, techniques, coming from the sculpture and installation world, she plans imagination without ever abandoning the playful and ironic dimension; she puts into play symbolism and ritual, and encourage a link between spirit and matter. Recently, she has intensified the tones: from soft colors – almost natural- to the use of harsh and metallic shades, that places her in virtual systems, illusory and unreal, essential. In moments of opening – from light to dark – she creates atmospheres, which stimulate the perception of wonder and enchantment.
Fabrizio Trotta – 1 floor Corridor
Fabrizio Trotta was born in Paola in 1973, in Calabria, where he currently lives and works after a long musical and artistic experience in Milan. He is a self-taught artist, while in his Milanese years he gained a diploma in Sound Engineering in 1994 and a university degree in Computer Science in 2001.For years he significantly undertook such activity of musical composer, arranger and producer. However, this especially gave him the right training to interpret the sound vibrations that he later converted in visual vibrations in his paintings.Fabrizio Trotta modulates soundwaves and frequencies with many materials and textures. His predilection for the materials and the colour, and his wish to involve the use of all our senses, including olfaction, took him to widen his artistic research to minimal paintings, realized with oil, pigments or spices. In this artworks, called “Chromotherapy” and “Chromoaromatherapy”, the colour, in his therapeutic and cathartic function, becomes the unique protagonist being represented as “material rain” through the new and original painting technique called “Spectrogram”, that reproduces on canvas a 3D spectrogram. After he met public approval in Italy and abroad, and with his works featuring in private and public collections, he creates the “Playing Art” in 2008. This is a new concept of a pictorial, dynamic, interactive and subtly playful art, whose potential is closely linked to the possibility of interaction and intervention by the owner/observer on the painting itself.
Joy Trpkovic – 1 floor Corridor
I studied Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, Portsmouth Polytechnic ( BA Fine Art. Hons.) and Sussex University. My paintings, hand built porcelains and more recently photographic prints have been widely exhibited in Britain, Minnesota, Zurich, Basel, New Delhi, Belgium, Italy, France and Spain. My photographic prints are another response to ideas inspired by strata, marine forms, fossils, bones and the ancient resonant history of landscape. These photographs link to my other current work in hand built porcelain. I often use film ( Fuji A.S.A. 400) for its painterly quality and occasionally a digital camera. The “Rocks and Stones” series are printed with pigment ink on Epson Velvet Fine Art paper.
Stevens Vaughn – room# 192
Stevens Vaughn born in Minnesota, United States, is a ritualistic water painter who uses pigments to document the language of water. His exhibitions are influenced by his study and training in the philosophy of how important imperfection is to the state of perfection in Japan and China. In 1984, Vaughn set up a glass sculpture and blowing studio in Hsinchu, Taiwan and designed media for US retailers including Neimen Marcus, Bloomingdales and Gumps during which he designed products in Limoges, France and glass on the island of Murano, Italy. In 1988 he developed ceramic and porcelain studios in Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, China based on what he learned in Asia. In 1996, he moved to the island of Xiamen, China where he played a major role in the development of porcelain art in the cities of Chaozhou and Dehua, where he was given an honorary professorship in the Ceramic Institute in addition to lecturing in the Central Academy of Art Beijing.His methods of painting have been reported to use ritual “dripping” techniques that don’t pull out the color randomly, rather distribute pigments dropwise. The technique uses instability of the fluid to create figures and the splash of the droplets to further enhance the painting.