Exhibition of Drawings at the Albany Gallery (15th January 2010 to 6th February 2010)

by Marcaeus Yates

It has truly been some time since I last stepped through the doors of this wonderful gallery, but in an instant I felt at home.

20 gallery artists have been given the opportunity to display their drawings for all to see & all are invited to vote for their favorite both online and at the gallery itself.  I certainly made my vote, but will not reveal for whom as I do not want to influence anyone’s selection as the work is varied and truly wonderful

Having only used drawing as a means to adding flesh to an idea or to be painted on canvas, I found myself in awe at what these artists have chosen to utilise as a main medium.

There were three artists though that truly reached out to my soul and here is a list of those that instantly grabbed my attention.

I am not familiar with all the mediums used to create these works, but I will mention where possible those mediums and techniques that I can.

Alun Mogan – Barn interior versions 1 & 2

The use of both lighting and shadow within these works were stunning.  This artist truly has a special eye for detail & despite the fact that the barn used is in desolation and disrepair, Alun Morgan had managed to breath life into both these works.

Farmer 6

Again the eye for detail as well as the passion that Alun possesses shows through in this work & seems to reach back to the advent of photography as it has an almost sepia like quality.

Ceri Aukland Davies – Dusk

This is a very well structured charcoal work & Ceri has used the medium extremely well through the entire cloudscape effected in this piece.

I always found charcoals extremely difficult to use, but Ceri has managed to create a scene that is smooth, serene and yet turbulent at the same time.

In effect Ceri has mastered this medium in a way that leaves others to shame.

Study for Shadow

Well what can I say about this work?

I was truly left breathless by this work which was again mastered in charcoal.

I felt the crash of every wave as well as felt the air of what the artist was looking to portray in this work.

Steve Alport – Storm Clouds over the Brecon Beacons

Another artist with a love and a master of charcoal.

I live very near to the Brecon Beacons and am very familiar with this scene in real life & all I can say is that Steve Alport has captured every detail there.

This was an intense work capturing everything that nature had to offer on the day the artist created the work.

His use of light and shadow is sublime and for me heralded as well as paid homage to the works of great artists long since past.

This is a venue I’d recommend all to visit if they have the opportunity as the works currently on display here are stunning to say the least.

After spending many hours looking at every piece held within the Albany Gallery, I found myself coming away with a thirst to see more as well as wanting to study these artists in more depth as I strongly felt there was much they could teach me about the spectacular techniques & mediums each had harnessed within their works.

Cerise Art Agency, London, 2010

Jean Francois Rauzier – dreaming through photography

I was lucky enough to visit the  recent exhibition at Watermans & Dodd in London where Jean-Francois Rauzier had his first exhibition in the UK.

Needless to say, I had formed an initial opinion and generated a considerable interest prior to seeing his works, but what I saw went beyond my imagination and expectations. The intricate details and pursuance clearly definite in his works are beyond any expectations of photographic mastership and undoubtedly represent only the tip of the genius iceberg of this artist with what it seems an infinite imagination.  Complicated yet clean, multilayered yet defined, his works are encyclopaedia of his knowledge, passions and ability as an accomplished photographer. His over 30 years of experience on the advertising field have everything to do with the meticulous execution of his hyperphotos and luckily have not affected his vision in typically marketing direction of the immediate attention grabbing shot.

Quite the opposite.

Jean Francois Rauzier’s works looks almost natural until you manage to concentrate on a fragment and turn your pre-conceptions upside down. Pebbles on a long beach, oh no, these are actually clocks; beautiful tree with a lake (is that a little girl over there?), block of flats in an entangled honeycombed building; an immense ‘no beginning-no end’ library… So, now are you seeing it? I mean really SEEING IT?

Jean Francois demands attention.

Going beyond the pixels per frame attitude of the modern photographers he uses up to 3,500 images per photo, yes, there is no typo here. Some of the pictures he exhibits actually contain up to 3,500 images and hold on to it – have size of about 30-40GB! The monolith works could spread over 50 metres and one could not possibly imagine the patience and surgical brilliance of matching and adding, resizing and collating the images together until a truly exceptional pieces emerge. But besides the pure technological accomplishment lies his vision of a fine artist, a modern day Rafael, Da Vinci or Titian who uses his mouse as a brush and his Mac as a canvas.

Once should feel privileged to be able to see in person the brilliance extraordinaire of this man. Jean Francaois Rauzier set a very high marker for comparison and a standard in its own rights.

Art review by Elena Todorova-Stanev, Cerise Art Agency 2010

The one to watch: Mallika Chabba – the 4164 miles long interview

Malika

4164 miles is the distance between London and Delhi.

I had the chance to chat to the very talented and inspiring Mallika Chabba on a late Friday evening and I am delighted to highlight some of Mallika’s personality, inspirations and aspirations ahead of her first solo exhibition at The Claridges, Delhi.

Mallika discovered her love of painting while on college breaks from the Government College of Fine Art, Chandigarh, India . She specialised in sculpture and would love to continue with wood carving one day when she has her own studio. She further went to study art conservation of oil paintings at INTACH (indian national trust for art and cultural heritage). Malika loves to experiment with different materials and that has lead to a wonderful array of works which she united under the name of Potpurri – her first solo exhibition, which is about to take place at The Claridges in Delhi, a great recognition for the young and multitalented Malika.

LW: The theme behind your exhibition – Potpourri – why did you choose that name?

MALLIKA: Well, because at this point of time I like everything and my work is based on everything around me it’s a mixture of different elements forms and textures, because I don’t restrict myself to a particular kind.

LW: What materials do you use most?

MALLIKA: I use acrylics, oils, leather, spray, distemper, charcoal

LW: Do you prefer to work with certain materials and how do you decide which to choose when?

MALLIKA: I love working with acrylic on canvas but I love to experiment and it’s very spontaneous as to what material to use when

LW: How do you decide on the subject of your next painting?

MALLIKA: Sometimes when I look around all I see is different kinds of colours and then I just close my eyes and form an image…and that’s how I paint even like painting from photographs.

Since I am out of college I don’t have a model who can sit nude for me in a certain pose so I tell Kenny (Mallika’s husband) to click my pictures and then I just follow my heart. I see my own pictures and paint female figures 🙂

LW: What makes you grab a brush and start painting?

MALLIKA: I am completely nocturnal, if there is an image in my mind and colour formation I just need to get it out as soon as possible and it happens mostly when I am about to sleep, where I get up and forget abt my sleep and pick up my brush and start painting

LW: Do you admire any artist in particularly?

MALLIKA: For me every artist has its unique style but I really like the boldness of Pablo Picasso and softness of Leonardo. And in Indian art I really admire amrita Sherrill’s works and nikhal changala’s works. ooo i also really like chintan uphadya’s sculptures

LW: Thank you, Malika. Good luck with the exhibition!

Mallika Chabba exhibits at The Claridges, Surajkund, Faridabad, Delhi, India from 24th October until 31st October 2009.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/Potpourri

Art interview by Elena Todorova-Stanev, Cerise Art Agency, October 2009

Elena is curating ‘Elixir of Life’ exhibition at The Smithfield Gallery in London from 22nd until 28th November 2009. http://bit.ly/1a4Hox

‘The Elixir of Life’ Exhibition at The Smithfield Gallery

Cerise Art Agency is delighted to present for the first time in London the works of two outstanding contemporary Bulgarian artists.

The Smithfield Gallery will host for one week only a selected collection of oil paintings by Diyan Dimitrov and sculptures by Dimitar Stoyanov. Accomplished painters and remarkable observers, they came to tell the story of their search for balance and harmony, and ultimately – the Elixir of Life. The beautiful tale takes us on an amazing journey where pain and bliss transcend from dream to reality, from past to present. We share and associate with their inspiration, visions and expectations admiring the power of their images. Their love of reflection, shape and colour stretches beyond the fragile frame of the human life and explores its existence wonderfully embedded with the nature. Humanising the animals and plants in their paintings is a further step in highlighting the role of the surrounding world as a friend, teacher and witness.

The exhibition is a rare opportunity for the London public to enjoy the works of Diyan and Dimitar and to mark their debut into the local scene. With their paintings and sculptures selling in many private collections in Europe, we are sure they will be well received in London.

Diyan Dimitrov was born in 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated the National Academy of Fine Arts and has been exhibiting mainly abroad, with most of his works being held in private collections. Diyan works in the field of composition, portrait and  still life. An accomplished painter and astute observer, his paintings are his travel-log to the Modern day romanticism. Diyan works between London and Varna, Bulgaria.

Dimitar Stoyanov was born in Bulgaria and specialized in the field of miniature woodcarving and iconography. His works are deeply rooted in the Bulgarian culture and spirituality, which also provide a source of inspiration and beauty. As well as working strict to the tenets of the Bulgarian Ortodox Church, Dimitar has managed to transfer the essence of his philosophy to more contemporary and modern mediums.

The exhibition will take place at The Smithfield Gallery, 16 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9HY from 22nd November until 28th November. Opening times 10am-6pm. Website http://www.thesmithfieldgallery.com

Press party on 23rd November 2009 from 6pm

Private viewing and official opening on 24th November 2009 from 6pm

Twitter Exhibition Open Day on 27th November from 10am until 6pm

Eva Rothschild – love it or hate it, you will notice it!

Ok, I will confess now – I love it!

So I will be very biased and I will understand if you stop reading now…

But HANG ON 1 second! And you will be intrigued! I promise!

The structure is hard to miss, it’s centred in the middle of Tate Britain as a giant disproportioned ant with as many legs and tentacles as you could expect from a giant insect, or an alien spaceship, or some quirky futuristic pyramids.

And that’s the beauty of it!

Eva Rothschild managed to create a whole new world, a story, a dynamic tale of many visions and objects with mere aliminium creation. This monolith three dimensional construction follows you around and you keep on coming back to it from every door and corridor of the museum. This  is the story of an invisible arrow that has started its journey as a tiny glossy black, aluminium box tubing speck of dust and continues through time and space. The feeling you have is that the arrow actually transcends into another dimension, vanishing in front of our eyes, rather than just ending on a visible level. And if you stand in the lower end of the construction, you might just have a feeling of this arrow going through you and sucking you as a participant in a strange time adventure.

You can see Eva Rothschild Installation at Tate Britain until 29th November 2009

The pictures used are property of Tate Britain

http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/evarothschild/explore.shtm