Artist Louise Champion regards the mundane as beautiful. Her first solo show 'Turning a Corner' was inspired by the everyday and she is most attracted by the common things that are most often overlooked in the urban world. In Louise's world, architectural elements that are often ignored become her centre piece; boxed buildings, staircases, cranes, subway seats and all the ordinary are bestowed a rightful and significant place. Perhaps this connection with the mundane comes from the fact that she both treads the reality of working in a different industry while also living to create her art; or perhaps she does it as a reminder that it only takes a change in perspective to see beauty even in the simplest of things. Read More »
Young artist Chris Agnew is someone to watch out for. Although I've only managed to see his works in pictures, I was really intrigued by the depth and the technical complexity of the artworks from his recent exhibition The Pomp of Circumstances which was shown at the Nancy Gallery in London last July.
A product of both the University of Leeds and the Wimbledon College of Art, Chris Agnew explores the roles of both accidents and reasoning in the evolution of belief systems. Using pencil and etchings as a genre, his artworks range from landscapes to skyscrapers systematically drawn as if to conceive and offer a window of how a freethinking society should be - despite how grim and gritty some of his artworks come across. He has has the technical ability which some of the contemporary artists lack these days and I am happy Read More »
Rise Art is an online gallery that rides on online community and social engagement to help people discover art at affordable prices. People need to sign up as members to get exclusive deals and access to private deals plus a blog where members can contribute articles. I haven't signed up yet but thought that it's about time to have something like Rise Art to touch on getting affordable art to this Facebook generation. After all, if social media dictates and reflects what the public wants, then why not include art as the last piece of the puzzle? I've browsed through some of the artwork featured are really of high-calibre.
Luckily, I interviewed David Smith from Rise Art. They have just launched their first official partnership with Bloomsbury Art Fair from 4 to 8 July. I sent him a few questions to know more about this collaboration. Read More »
We can pretty much buy everything online these days and the reliability of online channels like Amazon and its collaborative filtering recommendation tools helps customers find exactly what they are looking for. If shopping online has indeed reached its peak of maturity, the online art market is still unfortunately flagging behind. We have the Saatchi online gallery and the Picassomio that are selling art online but for some reason, it just appears to be a platform (more like an online gallery) to showcase artist's works. What is fairly lacking is a form of curatorship that will help collectors find the best artworks possible.
It is interesting how the blogosphere can bring like-minded individuals together. Stephanie and I connected in the World Wide Web because of each other's art blogs. She runs her own website at Artsmacked.com where she features her own exhibition reviews and opinion pieces. Aside from the grueling demands of art blogging, Stephanie is also a freelance curator who gives lectures on art history and guided tours.
This Feb 2, she has a curated a show called Painting without Paint at the Apiary Gallery, a group exhibition from young and emerging artists who come from some of London's most prestigious art schools. In this exhibition, Stephanie and the artists hope to stretch the boundaries of the medium of painting. Read More »
With new and exciting exhibitions coming up this 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad focussing on more established and superstar artists like David Hockney and Damien Hirst, this is also a perfect time to promote young artists to the international audience.
I am always curious how young artists manage to break into the art scene here, having to live in such an expensive city like London. Young artist John Bingham, who recently had his first exhibition at the Other Art Fair last year, gives us an over-all view of the challenges and opportunities facing young artists like him in London and why he considers Tracey Emin his heroine. And to top that, he even scored a dance with her! Read More »