Lena Brazin (b.1985, Kosice, Slovakia) is an artist currently living and working in London, UK. Largely self-taught, Brazin successfully completed and eagerly deserted a Masters degree in Management and Economics to pursue a career in the arts. Unable to ignore her burning desire to paint, the artist embarked upon years of mentored study in Slovakia and France. Following this, she enrolled upon the alternative studio-painting programme at Turps Art School in London from which she graduated in 2019.
Her unrelenting work ethic has been rewarded with victory in the form of numerous exhibitions. These include the “RA Summer Show 2020” Royal Academy of Arts 2020, London; “Ancient Deities” Arusha Gallery 2020, Edinburgh; “FBA Futures 2020” Mall Galleries 2020, London; “Exceptional” graduate art award, Collyer Bristow Gallery 2020, London; “Turps Painters 2019” Turps Gallery 2019, London; “Artist of the Day” Flowers Gallery 2018, London; “Bow Open Show” at Nunnery Gallery 2018, London. In addition, Brazin has been shortlisted for multiple prizes including: FBA Futures, Exceptional Graduate Art Award, Jackson’s Painting Prize and Bow Arts Open. Furthermore, her work is in the Soho House Collection as well as the hands of private collectors in France, Slovakia, the UK, the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Sally Kindberg is a Swedish artist based in London. Kindberg graduated with both a Fine Art BA and MFA from Goldsmiths University of London, completing in 2012. Prolific in her achievements, the artist has exhibited extensively since. Kindberg has a well-established global presence and has noted the following as some of her most significant successes. Recently, the artist produced some of her largest and most ambitious paintings for an exhibition in Seoul: The London Now 2020 at Space K. Furthermore, Kindberg has noted the memorable curatorial experience and rich conversations she had at MOCA London in 2019 working with two other artists. Additioanlly, Nature Morte Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life was a travelling group exhibition in which Kindberg participated that visited Norway, Sweden, Poland and the UK. The artist is proud to have contributed in many highly regarded displays worldwide. As a consequence of this wide-reaching exposure, Kindberg’s paintings have been collected in Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, the UK and the US.
Sally Kindberg’s paintings are immediately seductive in their oily sheen, inviting material hypnosis. The artist hopes to inflict, however, a second glance or ‘double take’, an optical return to the picture plane. Upon this secondary response, she anticipates the audience might pay further attention to the everyday or the overlooked. Kindberg’s paintings are acutely rendered, but the figurative exhibits a teasing tendency towards abstraction. This diffusion aligns with Kindberg’s modest feelings for life and art; she paints with depth and simultaneously encourages the awkward and bathetic, “I am glad the world is clumsy.”
Tilde Grynnerup (b. 1973, Denmark) works across different medias such as textile, wood, installation, conceptual, photography, and film. She chooses whichever media expresses her vision the best, and work without limitations.
Having spent a decade writing songs, and another decade working with fashion, she creates artwork by combining words and textile. And having grown up with the inherited craftsmanship skills from a carpenter father, woodwork is like family to her.
She works alternately between her wood workshop in the countryside and her studio in the city of Copenhagen. The interaction between the countryside nature and the city is her perfect balance. Just like the interaction between working with soft materials like textile and hard materials like brass and wood.
CHO HUI CHIN
Cho Hui Chin
Cho, Hui-Chin is a contemporary artist, best known for her figurative paintings and sculptures as the grotesque iconography of infants depicted in a metaphorical and id-iosyncratic visual language. Cho (born in 1994, lives and works in London and Par-is) finished her Bachelor at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London with first-class Honours and the dean’s list, and Royal College of Art. She has devel-oped her artistic practice from a multi-fertilisation of disciplines across paintings, drawing, sculptures, prints, videos and text works to allude ideas, systems and expe-rience as the bodies of artworks through the juxtaposition of questioning the stability of the materiality and our place within it.
Through the art practice of these different fields, Cho’s practice is research based and interdisciplinary, involving the relation between materials and the dilemma of using materials, and the relation between act of writing itself being the research and activity shaping the argument. Cho also explores how metaphors are overlaid and in-tegrated into our ordinary perception of items and literatures, simultaneously depict-ing the manifestation of responding to the metaphors hidden in the materials. With the multicultural circumstance, an amalgam of materials and languages of diverse fields act to prompt metaphysical dialogues regarding the distortion of figurative motifs and the leitmotifs about the rhetoric of political and ethical discourse along-side the iconography of babies whilst the motif sustains her works.
Her works are concerned with a miscellany of incongruous figures, motifs and frag-ments forming a narrative, that is grotesque but still compelling, and questioning the argument with the concerns of metaphysical perspectives, politics, ethics, humanity and community.. Cho’s inquisitive artistic practices are embodied in her introspec-tion and a reflection on humanity, desire, fetish, ambivalence, sadism and obsession. Cho Hui-Chin’s works have been exhibited and collected widely including solo shows and biennials in London, Paris, Florence, Rome, Hamburg, Slovenia, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Fukuoka and Tokyo.
BERIT LOUISE SARA GRØNN
Berit Louise Sara Grønn
Berit Louise ́s work is about her perception of life, vary themes she spends time thinking of and mythology. Making observations of society and her surroundings. Her own experiences, relations and beliefs are in a conversation with her examinations. she is looking at the surroundings and creating a kind of sense of chance. She is Sami and her upbringing in the Sami culture has thought her how to value nature, subconsciousness and the worlds spirituality, the way life was handled and the impressions of everyday life is well within her.
Most of her projects start with a photograph, that then will lead into the painting. Applying color, form, expressions, words, themes and life on the canvas gives her freedom to play and develop within her own regulations. The works are about exploring abstraction, about balancing between having control and indulging in the unknown. The tension between the first strokes and the next ones that follow, those that only occur as accidents and how the interaction develops into unknown visual possibilities. She is interested in how the dynamics of the canvas changes with new elements that arise as she adds different materials from acrylic and oil to silk fabrics and ribbons. Her paintings let her join in on dialogues and her vibrancy in the work becomes an abundance of visual information.
Annabel Faustin was born in the South of France in Toulon, in 1989.
When she was 4, her father who was a fireman and a painter, died in a plane crash. This accident has influenced her life and her will to become a painter like her father to realise the dream he couldn’t achieve anymore. In 2007, she moved to Paris where she obtained a diploma in Art direction at L’École Estienne and a master degree in luxury management. From 2014 to 2019, she worked for many luxury brands as a designer where she enjoyed work, but experimented with lack of time and overproduction. Inspired by her current fast life, she began to paint portraits of peaceful sleeping characters, a way to express her own tireness. Since 2019, she lives and works in the Latin Quarter in Paris as a painter where she is keeping on creating a slow and soft world with some bright acrylic colors on canvas. In 2020, her work appeared in French medias ‘Konbini Arts’ and ‘Inside Closet’. ‘Blues’ is her fist participation in an Art show.
The paintings of Annabel Faustin are all about softness, slowness and contemplation. As part of modern society, we live in a very stressful and violent world because of over information. Her aim is not to literally show the negative aspects of our society but to paint a new world made of kindness and harmony, as a ‘colorful mirror ‘of it. She wants to create modern pictures that bring joy and peace to the spectator. To compose her painting, Annabel Faustin is inspired both by history of art paintings such as Renaissance and Romantic movements, and current social trends such as smartphone’s omnipresence or the selfie trend. Today’s items are mixed with classical landscapes to create surrealistic pictures. Her characters, inspired by Fernand Léger paintings, are rounded with bulky bodies. They quietly contemplate the world around them and protect each other. In this dystopia, nature and culture are not opposed anymore but become a part of each other in a full dreamy and harmonious vision.
Ania Hobson was born in Suffolk, UK. In the remote countryside, she spent her formative years drawing and painting. Initially developing and fine-tuning a technical skill by painting her surroundings such as farmland and landscapes, she quickly started focussing solely on portraiture. She studied portraiture painting at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art. After completing this, she soon abandoned a very schooled style for a more personal, contemporary one. She currently draws inspiration from the great portrait artists such as Alice Neel, Paula Rago, and Kerry James Marshall, as well as being influenced by other contemporary art movements in painting. She works from preliminary sketches, sometimes from life, by which she creates scenarios and situations imaged or re-created from memory, which have a strong story-telling aspect. She deepens the atmosphere by working on often very large canvasses with organic colours in oil, thickened with impasto. Ania won the Young Artist Award with the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018. Last year she exhibited in Venice with the GAA Foundation at one of the official collateral events of the Venice Biennale at the ECC. Ania recently had her first London solo show this year at The Catto Gallery and is working towards another for 2021. She continues to work in between Suffolk and London.
Ania aims to discuss and portray scenarios and situations, often through the use of her own personal experiences. Creating characters is her way of exploring the human form and often working from personal memories enables her figure to become more abstracted, less anatomically correct and unquestionably more expressive. Ania aims to engage the viewer with her exaggerated features and characters. This states ‘acts as a platform for communication and enables the viewer to draw parallels to their own experience and form deeper connections to the narrative within the paintings.’ Perhaps alluding to why most characters are depicted looking into the ambiguous background in which they are depicted. This references a continuation of narrative and leaves the viewer wondering where the characters are looking and what they might be seeing, suggesting the story continues outside the painting’s composition.
Xu Yang (b. 1996, Shandong, China) is an artist based in London. In 2018, Xu graduated with a 1st Class Honours BA in Painting from Wimbledon College of Art, and has recently completed her Masters, also in Painting, at the Royal College of Art, London. Xu considered herself to be a professional artist following her first solo show in the UK: ‘100 Carat Diamond.’ This exhibition was awarded to Xu as the recipient of the Barbican Artists Group Trust ArtWorks Open, and it took place earlier this year. The artist is plentiful in award nominations; these include the Contemporary Young Artist Award (2020) and The Signature Art Prize (2019). Additionally, Xu has succesfully been awarded high acclaim at the Air Gallery Open (2019), and the ‘On the Mountain we Stay’ Residency (2019). Further, in 2017 she was shortlisted in the Whitechapel Gallery ‘First Thursday’ competition, and in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Clyde & Co Art Award.
Xu Yang has exhibited her artwork extensively across the UK, China and elsewhere in Europe. This year her work was featured in the London Grads Now exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, which elicited affirmative conversation from the public, and consequent coverage in The Sunday Times and Fad Magazine. The artist believes collaborative relations to be of high importance – she has contributed to an ‘Imaging Technologies’ project with the Wimbledon College of Art Painting Research at Tate Modern (2017), and Monster Chetwynd’s ‘Here she Comes’ at the Royal Festival Hall (2016). Xu’s artworks have been collected in Asia and Europe.
Heidi Ukkonen (b. Sweden) is an artist based in Antwerp. In 2015, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with a Masters degree in Painting. Following this, she co-founded gallery Showhouse JayJay and has since exhibited artwork extensively around Antwerp, and more recently in Amsterdam. Earlier this year, Ukkonen participated in-group show DONTGIVEADAMNS with Marian Cramer Projects and will be exhibiting at This Art Fair (Amsterdam) in 2021.
The artist’s creative process contrarily begins towards the end of each day, when Ukkonen claims the best ideas arise. Her paintings are derivatives of the drawings she produces at night, when the “usual becomes unusual”, the ordinary becomes extraordinary and heady dreams generate artistic whimsy. The resultant artworks are paintings of egg-tempera acrylics and airbrushed detail, which are boisterous, soulful and uncanny in their animation.
CAMILLA MARIE DAHL
Camilla Marie Dahl
Camilla Marie Dahl b. 1993, Sharon, USA is a painter and sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011, Dahl attended Kunsthøjskolen I Holbæk, a school of fine arts in Denmark. She then went on to graduate from Skidmore College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art. Dahl proceeded to have a successful early career, attaining numerous awards including the SEE Beyond Award, which facilitated the creation of her first full scale bronze figure sculpture. She has resultantly exhibited works in group shows across the USA, including ‘One Year of Resistance’ and ‘Uprise/Angry Women’ at The Untitled Space in New York City. Further, Dahl is a recent recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and twice the recipient of the Leslie T. and Francis Posey Foundation Graduate Art Scholarship. In 2019, she was awarded a residency at La Ceiba Grafica in Veracruz, Mexico. Additionally, she is a recent graduate from the New York Academy of Art with an MFA in Painting.
Camilla Marie Dahl’s textural paintings and sculptures are created concurrently and in conversation. They meditate upon human manipulation of the natural, and concepts of hubris, modesty and isolation. Through their timely construction process, and as finished artworks, her paintings and sculptures consider the inherently humane appreciation of the natural world versus our self-centering desires to contain, control and optimize. Ultimately, the artist wishes “to communicate a championing of humility over ego.” Her robust and ambitious artworks are highly regarded, and have been collected internationally. Last year, Dahl’s work was auctioned at Sotheby’s New York.
With a background in real estate, Miki Matsuyama is an artist and aspiring interior designer based in Tokyo. Initially, Matsuyama was interested in the transactional side of space and property. This interest, however, has developed into a fascination with the transfer of space – from the architecture, to the screen and finally onto canvas. Through this process, Miki is creating a space of her own following the dimensional shift that occurs with each adaptation.
Matsuyama’s resultant work balances between art and illustration, she creates a light that makes one feel inclined to step inside the space. Yet one should observe and reflect upon the artists particular architectures of form, which offer a unique and personal perspective. The audience is encouraged to peruse and absorb the artworks, much like the artist does when looking for early sparks of inspiration in her surrounding world whether digital or physical.
In 2018, Miki Matsuyama achieved her undergraduate degree from the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo. She also studied Interior Design at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, and spent a year in Paris learning French. Further, Matsuyama gained experience working as a Real Estate Sales Representative at Sotheby’s and as a Gallery Assitant at Galerie Perrotin, both in Tokyo.
Born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1991, Ryoko Kaneta is a Tokyo based artist whose paintings exist as transitional narratives, telling folk tales and ancient Japanese chronicles.
Feminine figures emerge delicately from the canvas, embodying nature season by season. One might fail to define the boundary between the elements and the bodies present in the scene. Yet, by applying sensitive fading techniques, Kaneta seamlessly intertwines all elements of her paintings without concealing a discernable and distinct image.
Ryoko Kaneta graduated from the Yokohama college of Art and Design in 2014 and has since exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia. Growing up Kaneta consumed images of anime and manga; such influences are apparent in her design aesthetic today. As well as these contemporary stimuli, the artist draws inspiration from late 18th century Japanese paintings. Ryoko Kaneta’s works are rooted in history and Japanese tradition yet take ephemeral form, appearing as phenomena.
Born in South Korea, Stickymonger is a New York based artist whose work transforms space into one of pulsating fluctuation. Transfixed by the eerie yet inviting gaze of her animated subjects, the artist offers a guarded insight into her surrealist imagination. A demonstration of dark and light, innocence and anxiety, one is transported into a liminal state of being.
Working across an extensive range of mediums and form, Stickymonger initially trained in Korea and New York as a graphic designer, yet made the transition to fine art early on in her prospering career. Since then, Stickymonger has exhibited extensively all over the world in both group and solo exhibitions. Recent successes include an exhibition of her work at the Frieze Art fair in New York with Murakami Takashi’s Kiki Gallery, a solo show entitled ‘On a Clear Day’ with Hidari Zingaro in Tokyo, and a solo show ‘Parallel Universe’ with Space27 in Hong Kong.
Parallel Universe | Unveiled Limited with Space27, Hong Kong | 05/17~ 05/26/2019
On a Clear Day | Hidari Zingrao Gallery, Tokyo, Japan | 04/05~ 04/23/2019
Searching For Something That Isn’t There | AFA Gallery, New York, USA | 11/15 ~ 12/02/2018
Jelly Bean Blast | Wootbear Gallery , San Francisco, USA | 06/17 ~ 07/13/2017
Jammed | Superchief Gallery, New York, USA | 04/15 ~04/21/2016
Cosmic Girls | Everyday Mooonday Gallery, Seoul, Korea | 01/15 ~03/27/2016
Eye see you, you see eye | Bunny Cutlet Gallery, New York, USA | 01/10 ~ 20/2014
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Frieze Art Fair | Kaikai Kiki Gallery, New York | 05/01~05/05/2019
Art Basel Hong Kong | Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Hong Kong | 03/29~03/31/2019
FEMME | Juxtapoz Project Space, Jersey City, NJ | 03/01 ~ 03/29/2019
DAYP | Myplasticheart, New York, NY | 04/27 ~ 05/25/2018
EAST/WEST | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 01/13 ~ 02/17/2018
7th Annual Supersonic Invitational | Spoke-Art, NY | 01/06 ~ 01/28/2018
JUXTAPOZ Clubhouse | Superchief Gallery , Miami, FL | 12/ 6~ 12/10, 2017
CIRQUE NOIR | AFA Gallery, New York, NY | 10/01 ~ 10/22/2017
Duality | Wyn317 Gallery, Miami, FL | June, 2017
Formations | Giant Robot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 02/04 ~ 02/22, 2017
Sensory Overload | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 01/21 ~ 02/18, 2017
Beneath the New Waves | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 12/17/2016 ~ 01/14/2017
Tower to Streets | World Trade Gallery, New York, NY | 09/15 ~ 10/17/2016
CHG 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 08/27 ~ 09/24/2016
Brooklyn Public | World Trade Gallery, Manhattan, NY | 10/22 ~ 12/01/2015
Tiny Trifecta | Cotton Cancy Machine, Brooklyn, NY | 06/06 ~ 07/05/2015
Bunnycutlet Presents | Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY | 01/16 ~ 02/09/2015
Gemma Holzer (b. 1996)
Born in California, Gemma Holzer is an artist based in London. Primarily, her work is a reflection on childhood, the following emergence into adulthood, and life in the post digital age. The artist uses creative tools including autobiographical illustration, references to popular culture and indications to familiar children’s media.
The artist creates bold, large-scale paintings with brightly coloured acrylics and oils. She uses painterly techniques to attain flat surfaces that mimic digital screens; overly saturated scenes allude to memories of youth. The computerised images, albeit abstracted, are drawn directly from Holzer’s experience of childhood. Further, Holzer’s work addresses interpersonal relationships, loneliness, and reality. The paintings offer a surreal escape, and invite the audience into the make-believe experience constructed by the artist.
The fetus-like creature PinkBoy is the subject of most of the paintings in ‘Alone Together,’ and is reminiscent of familiar cartoon imagery. Holzer is inspired by artists including Charles M. Schultz and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and this is reflected by the motifs in her paintings. PinkBoy is a self-portrait; a stand-in for youth. He is placed within the artificial worlds to raise questions and concerns around being human in today’s age.
2021 November West Bund Shanghai
2021 October Art Taipei
2021 July Art Taichung
2021 May Art Basel and Art central Hong Kong
2021 March Art Tainan (solo booth)
2021 January One Art Taipei
2020 Solo show, Alone Together, Four You Gallery
2019 Group Show, Got It For Cheap & Velvet Ropes, House of Vans, London UK
2019 BA Degree Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, London UK
2018 Solo Show, Alien Within, Haren Majesteit, Amersfoort Netherlands
2018 Interim Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, Mother, London UK
2018 Group Show, SEX!: Human Construction & Human Connection, Crypt Gallery, London UK
2017 Group Show, Got It For Cheap, curated by 0-0 LA, Worldwide
2017 Group Show, School of Visual Arts, SVA Flatiron Gallery, NYC USA
2017 Interim Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, Crypt Gallery, London UK 2016/2017 Solo Show: Personal Space, Haren Majesteit, Amersfoort Netherlands
2016 Foundation Show, The Art Academy, London UK
2018 Shortlisted for The David Ballardie Memorial Awards
2019, The Shipyard Anchor, San Francisco USA
2019 City & Guilds of London Art School, BA (hons) Fine Art first class
2017 School of Visual Arts NYC, Summer Residency Photography
2016 The Art Academy London, Foundation degree with merit