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FRI 6 OCT 2017
5 - 8:30pm
at 508 KINGS ROAD, Chelsea, London SW10 0LD
MON 2 -THU 12 OCT 2017
11am - 5pm daily
GABRIEL FINE ARTS present the third chapter in the history of the show ELEMENTS - a series of exhibitions concerned with the elements of earth, wind, fire, water; the universe in part or whole, and the unity we have to nature - reflected and transformed, from each grain of sand, each drop of water to each tiny particle of dust.
This diverse body of work from a group of artists that include Dan Archer, Melissa Budasz, Dmytro Dobrovolsky, Michal Krzysztofowicz (with his project Antarctica 366), Sheila Malhotra, Gerardo Surzin and Benjamin A Vierling - showcase artworks in a wide range of mediums weaving narratives
that observe, question and acknowledge our interaction with the natural world and depicting our enduring relationship within it.
Pariticipating artists: Dan Archer - Amy Birch - Melissa Budasz - Charis Christoforu - Dmytro Dobrovolsky - John M Eger - Frances Featherstone - Adriaan van Heerden - Dagur Jonsson - Michal Krzysztofowicz -
Sheila Malhotra - Sue Maud - Morena - Natalia Pevzner - Attia Rashid - Daniela Salido - Afshana Sharmeen - Lubos De Gerardo Surzin - J C Trouboul - Benjamin A Vierling - Rami Wakaf - Amber Walker
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Dan Archer’s sculptures display the physicality of materials and explore their relationship to architecture, humanity and landscape. A theme running through his work is a striving to invoke a sense of mystery or enigma, often concerned with ancient or uncanny places.
This connects these works with the theme of Alchemy linking many of the artworks in this exhibition.
“It is the task of radical thought, since the world is given to us in intelligibility, to make it more unintelligible, more enigmatic, more fabulous.” J. Baudrillard
Dan has exhibited widely in Britain including solo exhibitions at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Djanogly Gallery in the University of Nottingham. He has also exhibited and made works at sculpture symposiums in Japan, S.Korea, Sardinia, Sweden, Germany, Dubai, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy and
Recently Dan has completed a large works at the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Pune in India and for the Palmer Biennial exhibition in Australia.
Works in the exhibition
Alabaster and flexible neon.
This work is part of a series of sculptures and drawings made after Dan
visited the eerie chambers deep inside the Red Pyramid at Dahshur
near Cairo. These strange, airless, corbelled chambers had a tangible
atmosphere which Dan explores here, making a positive of the negative
shape of the rooms, with the blue neon echoing their charged
atmosphere. Blue is a colour often associated with mystical things…
Dan rediscovered the form again, in doorways, in a later visit to the lost
city of Tikal in the Guatemalan jungle, on the other side of the planet to
Part of a series of portal sculptures which Dan has been making for
many years. He sees the portal as a metaphor, a zone of transformation
from one state to another; in being awake to dreaming for example.
These sculptures have a quality like the looking glass in Alice Through
the Looking Glass.
Dan enjoys the qualities of travertine, its pits and craters, which he
opens up. He often leaves parts of his sculptures in their rough, natural,
riven state in a contrast to the more finished, polished surfaces. The X
doesn’t have any Christian connotations but does refer to X ‘marking the
spot’ and the X used to sign one’s name. Like the portal, the staircase
can be seen as a zone of transformation, maybe the transformations of
elements sought in alchemy.
Ancaster Limestone, Alabaster.
Travel also plays a part in the inspiration of this sculpture. It was initially
inspired by the wavy profile of the walls of the ancient city of Jaisalmer in
the Rajasthan desert in N. India. From a wavy wall it changed into a
wavy sea while Dan watched the ocean swell on his ferry trips from
Bilbao to Portsmouth on his journeys from his studio in Asturias in the
mountains of N. Spain. This sculpture, like all his works, has complex,
often secret, layers of reference and meaning.
I am a contemporary Visual Artist and Facilitator currently based in Warwickshire.
I graduated with BA Honours in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art in 2010 specialising in painting and performance. Since graduating, my practice has become predominately process led focusing on the landscape that surrounds us and beyond. I explore and experiment with a wide range of techniques and media in exciting, imaginative and playful ways.
I try and capture landscapes and the prevailing atmosphere of an environment at specific moments in time by working en plein air and using documentation to complete works in my studio.
Melissa Budasz studied fine art painting at Camberwell and Norwich Art Schools (1997) and has a studio at Brookmill Studios Deptford, London. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Conway Hall, London (Feb 2017). She has curated and exhibited in several large-scale projects, events and exhibitions including Broadcasting House for the BBC 100 Women event (2016), University College London Tedex festival (2016), Gerald Moore Gallery (2015), Dulwich Picture Gallery (2014) and regularly as part of the Deptford X Festival where in 2015 she was a prize winner in the Big Draw for a site specific collaborative drawing she co-devised. She is the founder and editor of ArtVerve, a journal on women’s art and for several years was the Chair of South London Women Artists (SLWA). Her works are featured in public collections, including Conway Hall Archive Library and in private collections in the UK and USA. Budasz currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom.The Muse is Exhausted (2017)
Hybrids of infamous muses and mythical creatures, these ambiguous portraits with their empty eyes and translucent, cellular bodies, are a reflection of ourselves in the form of carnivalesque demons, animals and goddesses. This new series, The Muse is Exhausted, explores the relationship of the gaze and the gaze turned in on itself and to the primordial goddesses of myth and imagination. In a world preoccupied with the communication of self and image and a culture of looking and being seen, these portraits pose existentialist questions of who and what we are.
Melissa about her work: “I explore my ideas and themes obsessively, my process is one of repetition and restriction that combines chance and memory. Painting has been a continuing quest one that is both self-reflexive and visceral and I re-draw and paint things continuously. I think of art as a memory, my work is never finished, only permanently abandoned. For me the physical act of creation evokes ancient archetypes, totems, and mythical rites that create a calculated catharsis that challenges my audience to see beauty in the simplest of things. Ultimately, I want to arouse my audience by the means of a sensual intensity that brings them an understanding of their own existence.
Born and raised in Paphos (Cyprus), Charis primarily works with paintings and stencils. His artistic process began as a child during frequent excursions to the horse farms in his local city.
Serving as his primary source of inspiration he soon found his main work object to be horses from all over the world. His art is characterized by intense and vibrant movement of horses with his compositions being placed against old sheets of book paper.
He has studied Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire. After graduating he started working and creating in his personal art studio in Paphos. Soon his work and reputation presented him with various opportunities to participate in various exhibitions. He has exhibited his work in a local Art Festival where he sold some of his work and he was invited to participate in an art movement called “make it new”, a project initiated and supported by the organisation of the European Capital of Culture - Paphos 2017. Through his work he has enhanced existing parts of Paphos city by reviving them back to life with his street art. This raised his publicity where soon his work and name were featured on various social media sites and reviewed on various blogs. Vast amount of his street work (stencils) is featured across the island of Cyprus and his painting can be found in residences throughout Cyprus and the UK.
Artist about his work: “From a young age animals were a very big part of my life. Finding myself surrounded by them my love grew bigger every day. The same happened with art. So my favourite thing to draw and sketch was animals. Soon I found myself amused by horses. Big mysterious animals that have so much power, but so peaceful at the same time. Then I started visiting local stables and horse riding centers, trying to sketch, paint and understand these magnificent creatures..
In my collage paintings I use pages of books some that they are relevant to horses and some that are not, showing to the viewer that we have information about them, but there is so much more that we need to discover about them.”
Dmytro Dobrovolsky was born in 1968 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Upon graduation from The College of Art and Design in 1988 he commenced his studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts from where he graduated in 1994. Dobrovolsky has regularly exhibited his art in the UK for over 20 years. Dmytro has especially connected with the Holland Park area, having had two important exhibitions at the Leighton House Museum. His paintings are presented in private and museum collections in the Ukraine, the UK, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Russia and Estonia, just to name a few. Traveling is an essential part of Dmytro Dobrovolsky’s search for inspiration. Each new place gives him new ideas, new colours, new shapes, new moods and a different outlook.
Frances is a UK based contemporary artist working from her studio in East Sussex near Tunbridge Wells. She obtained a BA (Hons) Degree (1st Class) in Fine Art from the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Francis’s paintings explore how our identity is shaped by the spaces we occupy. I question our perception of the reality surrounding us by juxtaposing traditional imagery with the unexpected. She is drawn to powerful images, such as vast skies, which powerfully draw our attention and emanate natural forces. Their depth and power reflects our romantic passions, elevating and diminishing us, helping me to explore the narrative and symbolism of our place in this infinite vastness.
Artist about her work: “Where figures occupy spaces in my paintings, I seek to explore their relationship to their surroundings. I am fascinated by whether humanity belongs in its environment or is a stranger to it. Whether humanity is the centre of the world, the only meaning that exists, or playing out an insignificant and meaningless play against the backdrop of a dramatic and infinite emptiness all around.
In 2017 so far I have been shortlisted for The Royal Society of Portraiture at The Mall Galleries, London; selected for the Art Gemini Prize Finalist Exhibition at Asia House, London; chosen to exhibit at The Derbyshire Open Competition, selected for a group exhibition by The Artists Pool at The Menier Gallery, London; and selected to exhibit at PIAF International Art Fair, London and on Kings Road, London with Gabriel Fine Arts.”
Adriaan van Heerden
Adriaan is an award-winning international photographer, passionate about wildlife, travel and landscapes. He hopes to share his photos to provide unforgettable experiences that transform emotionally cold spaces into warm, inviting ones. Adriaan came to the UK via a PhD at King’s College, Cambridge, before discovering his passion for photographing the natural world and humans’ place within it. By conveying the the thrill of encountering nature he aims to display the beauty in wildlife and experiencing this culture first hand. His work has been exhibited in London (Cork Street, Pall Mall, Chelsea & Bloomsbury), Barcelona and Kyoto, with images in private collections in the UK, USA & South Africa. He has been a runner up in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition as well as many more.
Mohammad H Izadi
Mohammad specialises in designing and creating engraved copper art with main focus on interior decoration and art wall. His chosen styles are Persian- inspired classic, modern, miniature and Gol o Morgh.
Artist about his work: “Engraving is one of the Iranian traditional arts and it has along history. With the transfer of designs and pictures from cave walls and building stones to gems, especially onyx lithography became know as carving art. Thereafter, with metals such as gold, silver, copper, brass and steel being the main materials used for the fine lines and exquisite designs, the art of engraving was born. I strive to define and distribute our ancient luxuriant art throughout the world.”
Dagur Jonsson is an Iceland-based fine art photographer and professional tour operator. In addition to his photographic skills and profession Dagur had studied classical opera singing for many years and he also obtained a BSc degree in Business from Bifrost University in Iceland.
“For me photography is a medium through which I want to express feelings and emotions. Subjects such as landscapes with dramatic clouds or captivating sunlight, moody winter scenes, and the beautiful northern lights are of special and personal interest and I photograph these scenes most often.” says Dagur about his work.
Mike, professional photographer and Data Manager for the British Antarctic Survey at the Halley Research Station, has created an amazing picture project documenting his year in Antarctica. He challenged himself to take a picture a day for the whole year. His work has been featured in various publications including The Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail.
‘THROUGH A PORTHOLE’
THE FOUR STAGES OF A SOLAR ECLIPSE
Last Echoes of a Fading Millennium is the artist’s impression of the Last Solar
Eclipse of the 20th Century. Only a faded echo remains in the dawn of the new
London based artist, Sheila Malhotra grew up in India. After completing her graduation she studied Fine Arts.
She has exhibited in very prestigious galleries in India and London and has extensive media and print coverage. Her paintings were auctioned by Christies and Bonhams Auction Houses in London.
Her paintings are housed in various private/corporate collections in U.K, India, Europe and other countries across the world. Her name appears in the “39 WHO’S WHO IN ART”; a dictionary of UK artists, and in the ‘Dictionary of International Biography’. Besides being an artist Sheila is a free-lance art critic Sheila received critical acclaim for her unique series ‘The world through a Porthole’ an idea conceived when she sailed the oceans along with her husband, who commanded merchant ships. For her the porthole was the only liberating link between the ship’s cabin and the world outside, giving flight to the soul itself. Sheila is also a Road Safety Campaigner, and would like to donate part proceeds towards Brake, the Road Safety Charity she is associated with.
Sue creates dramatic seascapes using painting and printmaking, (etchings, gum bichromates and cyanotypes) drawing on her sailing experiences to reflect the power and erosion created by the sea. The work tries to create the feeling of ‘being’ and to allow the viewer to experience the elements, strength, terrifying beauty and awesome might of the sea, in conjunction with our own frailty while sailing the oceans. Sue has exhibited in solo shows all over the country winning awards for her work in the Hartlepool Renaissance Exhibition at the Gray Art Galley and the T N Lawrence Award at the International Exhibition, Falmouth in 1999. Her work has also been seen in group shows as far away as Norway and Tokyo.
These natural structures shed large pieces of rock, sand, dust and fossils to the ground. I use these to create a feeling of beauty caused by devastation mixing them with other paint and print medium. This ‘all-change’ affects wildlife and our human life – my work with trees, combined with my yoga and my own philosophy, is combined to project both an interesting body of work and accentuate Earth’s Message.
Morena - Ing. Martina Dzubarova was born on 4. 8. 1981 in Slovakia.
At early age, Morena developed love of drawing and painting. Following years of studying art, illustration and design she obtained her qualifications at the University of Gardening Architecture and Design in Slovakia. Morena specialises in oil painting with main focus on portraits and figurative painting. Most of her work is concerned with capturing the spectrum of human characters and emotions. Through her work she wants to connect with her audience and she wants this audience to reflect on subjects of philosophical matter.
Morena is also a passionate writer and she will be publishing her first fairy tale this winter. In 2014 She decided to pursue her career in arts and successfully exhibited her work in Slovakia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Most of her current work has been inspired by the people from the streets of London and for this reason she decided to share her work and inspirations with our audience.
Born and based in Russia, Natalia creates beautiful evocative paintings of landscapes and dreamy sceneries which all represent different states of mind.
„Paint what you see…“
“Paint what you see, don’t see – don’t paint without feeling the nature’s sympathy. Look for something nearby, not nearby – don’t look for it…”, these lines, from the poem of the young Russian poetess, Olga Gensler, express my artist statement to the point.
My sketches are the transition states, half-states, emotion, which starts originating inside of me and grips me deeper and deeper. This is a happiness feeling that here and now, the captured moment in colour and even in the motion. I try to paint what I see and what I feel but at the same time I should heart it. This is a great importance to me.
The central image of my paintings is a landscape or precisely to say, an environment, which has something hidden in it. Either these are the flowers, the seacoast, the ballerinas or the night city, they always will be enclosed in some kind of a space for living.
In the series of the paintings dedicated to the ballet, such as “Sky waltz” (2016), “Marine” (2017), “In the ballet” (2017), in the images, which were caught, expressively taken from the life, I feel the life energy, the motion and the sound. One should not look for the concrete lines in the heroines of my works, except under a closer look one can sense the rustling of the ballerina’s dress and just audible touch of the feet on the marble floor. The air motion, not more. The delicate light creatures seem to be dissolved in the surrounding atmosphere becoming the blue shadows and the light haze.
How to paint the hot air of the seashore? To give a shape and to give a name to that blue that trembles and melts, when one looks at it from a bird’s eye view at noon in July. And the blue is so real, like all the rest, it is an inspired image – the painting “Blue deep” (2017). Knowing the strong effect of the light in this particular painting I strived to compound it of a few quite extensive color zones, where the blue tones prevail over the earth’s tones.
How to capture the impossible silence, the silence of the world? Such the silence that one could only imagine? I was concerned by this topic during the time of my work on the painting “In silence” (2016). So what is it, what cannot be measured? A splash of the water in the immeasurable space of the cold mountain lake, a concentration of the fisherman, whose attention stuck to the vibration of the line, a whistle of the seagull wing swishing through the air. An accented laconicism and a graphics, going back to the Chinese tradition, helped me to paint only the nature as a spiritual image.
On the contrary in the “flower series” I do not aim at the laconism but try to paint the variety of the colors combining them into the flickering and joyful complex compositions. The flower “portraits” are painted from nature in the natural angles and in the wind motions. I wanted for the viewers to see my flower paintings alive and with the elements of sentimentalism – paintings “Cornflower eyes” (2015), “Symphony of wild roses” (2016), “Spring rhapsody” (2016). After all the painted flowers will live for ever…
Nowadays my attention is focused on the unveiling the beauty of the world in its moments – the full-blown flower bud, the surf, the energy of a dance. These are the certain freeze frames, the elements of “slow living”, the moments, which are needed to be slowed down in order to gain much insight. And to paint the only thing, where one “feels the sympathy for nature”.
My work revolves around the basic term nostalgia. Living half my life in the UK, and as I have shifted to Pakistan, I see myself in a new world created of my own. A world of my memory. A world unrealistic yet made from the realistic. I deconstruct images and then construct them in a new manner, creating a new place, a place of my own. A place that is jumbled up in memory. No-one remembers anything as a whole. Memories come to you in parts and I have looked deeply within this. I create images from my own photography and manipulate them creating a new place. I work in 3D using various materials. My work originates from the word topophilia (love for a place), love for the place where I have spent half my life. It is a form of diaspora, being physically here, I am at times mentally in there. As I experience different places, I incorporate them into my work, showing their atmosphere, surroundings, culture and much more.
India-born Afshana has a degree in biotechnology but she has always been interested in the arts. She took up training under AV Illango when she was 13. “Oil has always been my favourite medium to work on. I started with landscapes and seascape paintings. I love its texture. But now, I am happy with experimental art,” she says. Illango recalls how as a school kid, she enthusiastically painted, participated in competitions and won prizes. “Even during her engineering days, while she was pursuing her degree in Biotechnology from Anna University, her interest in the arts never faded,” he says. Her series of work “Visual Sensibilities”, the 18 oil-on-canvas paintings and 10 pen works were inspired by the construction of the Chennai Metro Rail project. She said that although the road diversions due to the constructions irked many people, she was inspired by it. She wanted to immortalise the effort, hoping that future generations would be able to identify the humble origins of the mighty metro.
Lubos De Gerardo Surzin
L Dg Surzin was born on 25.November 1981 and his origin is Slovakian.
For last 10+ years he has lived in many different countries including Australia, Singapore, London. which is a result of his professional career as a Lead Environment Artist, Art Director and Concept artist for feature film.
Working on projects like Hunger Games, Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans and many more, gave him also opportunity to do also Oil Painting with several exhibitions around in Asia and Europe.
JC Trouboul is a Spanish artist born in 1985. He showed an interest in art, particularly painting and drawing, from a young age. Trouboul studied architecture in Barcelona, and his love for art and design influenced much of his work. Once he completed school, he moved to Miami to start his own business in architecture and real estate development.
After spending about a year in the hospital from an autoimmune illness, during his recovery Trouboul turned to art, his true passion. This is where his first paintings, expressionist portraits on oversized canvases, were born. About a year later, he showed some of those paintings at Miami's annual Art Basel event.
"Heroes", his first collection, tells the stories of brave people who have overcome incredible challenges in their past. Soon after, Trouboul moved to New York City, and obtain a scholarship at the New York Academy of Arts, but he decided to refine his skills by experimenting and self-teaching.
Trouboul is currently working on his neo-futurist-expressionist style in his primary studio in London and also in his hometown, Barcelona.
Benjamin A Vierling
Benjamin A. Vierling is a California based painter & illustrator working in traditional media. His imagery has embellished publications by Three Hands Press, Ouroboros Press, and Red Wheel Weiser Books. He has exhibited at the 2011 & 2016 Esoteric Book Conferences, and lectured at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, where a Decennary Retrospective of his work was shown in 2014.
The Alchemical Phoenix originally appeared on the cover of a book The Way of the Crucible by Robert Allen Bartlett.
Born in Syria in 1975, Rami studied sculpture and painting at the Centre for Fine Arts between 1997-2000. He also obtained a degree in Arabic literature from the Damascus University. Rami's award-winning sculptures have been featured in several festivals and awards including the Damascus festival for culture and heritage, Open day for UG group in Syria, Franco Folly-French week festival, and The Damascus International Film Festival. His work has been sold to private collectors in United States, Germany, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, and Syria. He is currently living and working in Damascus.
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