The ARTROOMS team has worked together with Partners and Sponsors for this new section showcasing works by shortlisted artists from several Awards and Prize in the UK and abroad.
Art Below showcasing selected works across billboard space in major London stations leading up to and during the fair.
Art Finder presents Svetlana Bogatcheva (Russia), and Brian Huber (USA) also among ARTROOMS 2017 Selected Artists.
Svetlana Bogatcheva is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist born in St.Petersburg, Russia in 1986. Currently living and working in Finland she has been influenced by many different cultures and traveled extensively. Svetlana’s process consists of periods of deep introspection, retreat, observing, research, writing and sketching. Materials are unexpected and simultaneously often taken from the everyday life, such as: recycled textiles and plastic, rubber, natural materials and even food. The ideas, feelings and physical materials now all have to be carried to term, in their own time. The act of creation in itself is something that must be very pure, it can not be forced or controlled.The subjects are existential questions, motherhood, womanly power and the fullness of our experience of life once we open up to everything, even the most uncomfortable.
Art Gemini Prize, presenting Benjamin Buckley and other shortlisted artists of the 2016 Edition of the Art Gemini Prize.
Benjamin Buckley is a London Based artist, whose works are inspired by the black line of traditional Chinese and Japanese woodblocks prints. Benjamin has gone on to show his works in multiple group and solo shows across the UK and Europe. With commissions in the UK, US, China and Europe, he is currently working on two high-profile commissions in the US and China to be released later this year.
Benjamin’s works reveals a world in constant overflow of architectural marvels, Americana, Orientalism, commercialism, gentrification and spirituality. He explores a landscape through Western imagery and the artistic heritage of Asia.
Selected by ARTROOMS Director Cristina Cellini Antonini among shortlisted candidates of the Celeste Prize 2016 : Tokyo based architect and artist Emmanuelle Moreaux (France), Reyhaneh Mirjahani (Iran), and Generative Art artist Janusz Jurek (Poland).
Janusz Jurek – 1 floor Corridor
Janusz Jurek – born in Ostrów Wielkopolski, still lives in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland. Graphic designer. Since 1996 he is been carrying his own NEO Graphic Design Studio. He does commercial things such as 3D designing, photography, graphic designing, animation and other new forms of visual arts. Graduated from University of A. Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland – Art and Educational Institute in 2000. Experiments with the line, which strongly characterized the work of Janusz Jurek gained an appreciation of the industry. Graphics series Borderline was awarded in international networks including Art People Gallery, Behance, Digital Art, Colossal.
Reyhaneh Mirjani – 1 floor Corridor
Reyhaneh Mirjahani was born in 1993, in Tehran, Iran. In 2011, she entered University of Tehran and majored in sculpture. In her practice, she has taken every opportunity to experience different materials such as Fiber Glass, Wood, Clay and Stone. In 2016, after receiving her BFA Reyhaneh Mirjahani has moved to Poland to challenge herself in a new platform. Reyhaneh initiated her professional career by participating in the “Fourth International Tehran Symposium”as an artist’s assistant in 2012. Later on, she participated in two group exhibitions in “Iranian Artists Forum’s Gallery” in 2014 and 2015. In September 2016, she was the finalist in the super-young artist section of the “Celeste Network” competition in London. During her practice as an art practitioner, sculpture and installation have become a means for her to express the antithetical and paradoxical sensations. In the past three years, her main focus has been on the parallel worlds of the imagination or past and the reality or present. Reyhaneh’s interest in her latest works is deeply rooted in exploring the unconscious potentials of these parallel worlds in human’s mind through the memories of losing or leaving. Her last project is called “Post-Absence” series.
Emmanuelle Moureaux – Ground floor
French architect / designer living in Tokyo. Inspired by the layers and colors of Tokyo that built a complex depth and density on the street, and the traditional spatial elements like sliding screens, she has created the concept of “shikiri”, which literally means “dividing (creating) space with colors”. Handling colors as a medium to compose space, she designs wide ranges of projects from architecture, space design, and art. Principal Architect at emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design. Associate Professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design
The NOA – National Open Art Competition with a selection of this year’s most hotly anticipated, award-winning artwork with National Open Art (NOA).
For the last 20 years, NOA’s annual open art competition has attracted the latest emerging talent from the UK and Ireland. A Not for Profit arts charity, whose aim is to provide talented artists with a platform to promote their work through exhibitions, as well as offering a £50,000 prize fund.
Damien Borowik is a French artist based in London, UK. In his work, he explores the art of making and the creative processes which occur during the act of creation. Working with various medium, he seamlessly embeds technology and digital processes as an integral part of the work. With a strong emphasis on serendipity and aesthetics, Borowik develops his own creative tools digitally and physically. His work spans many disciplines including video, sound, light, digital and online work, installations and performances. Borowik started working on his drawing machines in 2014. The machines are built in an iterative process using mechanical components, electronics and programming code. Over the past three years, Borowik’s drawing machines have been commissioned by Christian Dior Couture (Paris), used in a project with Samsung Electronics (Seoul), and have been exhibited at the Southbank Centre (London), Kinetica Art Fair and at the major Creative Machine exhibition at Goldsmiths, University of London. Very recently, 6 machine drawings have also been included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Computer Art Collection. Borowik graduated with honours from Central Saint Martins and completed his Masters studies in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths.
Mireia de Coursey
Born in Reus, Catalonia in 1980. Her artistic journey began when she attended La Llotja Arts School in Barcelona although she would describe, and like to think of herself, as self-taught artist. She recalls creating abstract forms of expression since a very early age. She found sense in the surreal and to become immersed in that world appeals to her now as it did when she was a child. She remembers her father telling her not to waste time drawing portraits and landscapes instead. she never understood him and nothing he suggested resonated with her. Creating intangible art and other forms of expression did and it continues to inspire her and it is the very thing that makes sense now. To move others, provoke in them the sense of joy and feeling that she experiences, it is what drives her today. Who wants to see “ reality” when we live it everyday?
Falk von Schoenfels
The intrinsic interest of visualization of anything started very early in my live. In fact, as long as I can think back into my childhood, I had a pen or a brush in my hand, mostly for the purpose of drawing cheap little comics. That’s not unusual for a kid, but I never gave them out of hand again. Contrariwise, I discovered plenty of other materials throughout the further years, such as spray cans, acryl- and oil-colors, clay, fimo, waste and, of course, cameras. I remember my first analog pentax too well, a nice shooter. After checking out some schools in Munich, I ended up in Croydon, Great Britain, for my a-levels. As conclusion to my artistic interests I returned to Munich and studied classical grafic-design at Akademie u5 (diploma in 2001). Even if I grew up with C64 and Atari, I started working with computers pretty late. Today I mostly work freelance for various magazines as an art-director, journalist and supervisor. Photography is still a big thing in my life and I love painting with acrylic colors and writing poetry as well as doing any kind of experiments in creativity. Some new experiences are installations.
Born in Hungary, Emese Wu moved to the UK in 2003. Having graduated from Central Saint Martins, she currently lives and works in London.
When she begins to construct a piece of work, she is conscious of the fragility of biological existence, its delicate surface subject to limitations, the creeping eventual deterioration, and the occasional moments of the miraculous. A fascination with life, and ultimately death has often been the trigger for her artistic expression, and so there is from the start a marked sense of ambiguity in her work, a sense of simultaneous possibilities. In attempting to allow viewers the possibility of becoming deeply immersed in an ambience of senses and emotions, she found it necessary to create an impact similar to that of a dose of fundamentally experienced reality. In order to achieve this, she chose to involve both living and dead organisms, everyday objects and objets trouvés, both natural and manufactured, all experienced in a duration of reality – that is, time.
SWA – President Sue Jelly together with VPSWA Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf, Soraya French and Dani Humberstone will represent The Society of Women Artists.
Soraya is a professional artist and author, she works from her studio at Project Workshops in Hampshire. She works in all painting media but is known for her vibrant mixed media paintings in a variety of subjects, mostly travel based. Her work is both colourful and evocative with ambiguous passages left to the viewer’s imagination. Colour, pattern and texture are the most prominent features of her work. Soraya exhibits extensively in the south of England and London, she is represented by Wykeham gallery, Minster gallery, Iona House gallery, Bell fine Art, Nadia Waterfield and Courcoux Contemporary.
Born in London in 1965, Dani attended a Rudolph Steiner School before studying fashion in Brighton, East Sussex. After which she returned to her original love of painting and drawing, freelancing as an artist before setting up a publishing company where she worked as the principle artist and designer. After several years she left publishing and turned to painting full time. She also worked as a freelance gallery manager and curator. In 2001 she open The Art Shop, a studio, art shop and creative ‘hub’ in Wadhurst East Sussex. Where she also chaired The September Art Exhibition (a small selected art exhibition) – a post she has recently stepped down from. She was selected to exhibit at The Florence Biennale in 2013 & 2015. Dani was elected a Vice-president of the SWA in 2015. She also writes books on painting for Search Press Ltd. Dani ‘paints a lot of fruit’ – she is interested in their metaphorical use in both the visual arts, literature, Mythology and as Symbolism. She says: “within my work I aspire to fuse the still-life tradition of Vanitas Painting within a contemporary context, using both familiar objects and ideas”.
Sue Jelley PSWA SPF
Sue studied Fine Art with James Hockey at The West Surrey College of Art, Farnham and spent 10 years in a Private Studio studying under the Hackney Family. Later she studied with the Portraitist Ken Paine. She exhibits regularly at the Mall Galleries, home of the Federation of British Artists and is represented in the U.S by Kathi Rodgers and Liz Hernandez. She is also a member of The French Pastel Society. Her work can be found in many private and public collections: Quincy Jones; Roger Taylor (Queen) and has been commissioned by the BBC to produce paintings for the BBC 2 and 3 Jazz Awards as well as portrait and other commissions. Sue is a Londoner and is fascinated by life in the Capital. The River Thames and the exciting part it plays in our everyday lives features prominently in her work. She finds all aspects of city life and the interaction of work and leisure with the many inhabitants and visitors important subjects: Ballet at the Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg; Flamenco in Cordoba; Jazz in London and Paris. Sue is a member of the Society of Women Artists and is extremely proud to be their President.
Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf VPSWA
Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf (b.1982 Australia) is a London based artist who grew up between Germany and the UK. Her work predominantly focuses on painting and portraiture, exploring themes surrounding female identity and mortality. She studied Fine Art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design (200-04) and was awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Award Grant to complete her MFA at Wimbledon College of Arts (2013-15). Rebecca was featured as one of the winners of the BBC art program ‘show me the monet’ in 2011 and recently went on to become a Vice President to the Society of Women Artists where she is on the judging panel for their annual open exhibition at the Mall Galleries as well as co-curating the exhibition. The recipient of several awards, she has exhibited widely in solo, curated and juried group shows at venues such as the Mall Galleries, the V&A and the RCA. Her most recent exhibitions include ICON at Candida Stevens Fine Art which featured work by 23 eminent British artists as well as her largest and most significant solo show to date in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia. Her work can be found in both public and private collections.