'The all encompassing Art Fair'...
Korean artist, Jinyoung Yu's work presents child models with sorrowful expressions pleading for an unwanted void to be fulfilled. Commenting on the periods we spend in our lives grieving for the presence of a familiar relationship. The use of a child cleverly communicates a sense of vulnerability, of innocence. With elements of transparency the body of her work takes direction from it's surroundings. Another comment on our environmental influences.
Andrew Salgado (1982 - )
Andrew Salgado has based himself in London since 2008 & is widely thought to have achieved the status as a highly collectable contemporary artist of the present day. His works are instantly recognisable with bold movements of paint & use of colour as he challenges the reality of his subjects giving his work an abstract tone. The abstraction remarks on the fragility of the human body moving beyond a literal translation of his model. Salgado manages to steer the viewer away from representation whilst retaining classical properties. It is this balance that distinguishes Salgado from other artists in his field. He prefers to be referenced as an abstract figurative painter as opposed to the label of portrait painter.
Steve Bandoma (1981 - )
Bandoma is an exciting Congolese multi-artist who is fast gaining a reputation for progressing mixed media values within a culturally rich framework. His abstract figurative collages are created using watercolour, ink & clippings from contemporary publications, which fuel excessive modern desires. Bandoma's playful, lighthearted characters cleverly raise difficult issues about politics, religion, consumerism & the environment in an inviting way, which would otherwise have a sobering affect. He achieves a sense of frenetic energy with the fragmental elements expressed alongside sporadic splashes of various colour. This urgency is inspired by the chaos of daily living experienced in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, where the artist lives.
Sean Henry (1965 - )
Henry's amazingly realistic figurative sculptures capture your attention in an instant. They contain a raw psychological presence, which forces it's viewer into a contemplative state of mind. Seemingly part of the real world each figure carries a narrative that the viewer is left to piece together, with the aid of the title. You're not the Same, 2005, is a reflective piece as a seated figure faces into despair. Whereas T.B.T.F (To Big To Fail), 2013 exudes the intent to overcome a powerful source in the face of adversity.
Cathy Lewis (1968 - )
Cathy Lewis developed her sculptural technique in Glasgow before widening her audience to the rest of England. Concerned with the ideas, customs, and social behaviours of people, her work features strong urban or tribal identities translated through the human form. Lewis' recent focus on children comments on how cultural identity is influenced by our surroundings. Working in either resin, or marble her figures transmit a piercing gaze of subtle confidence.
Background – Alan Davie – Full review to follow.
Biggs & Collings (1956; 1955 - )
Fascinated with art history they hold modernism as the last art movement of substance feeling everything that has followed relies on controversy & lacks meaning in comparison. It is this preoccupation that allows Biggs & Collings to respond to the optimism of the abstract tradition using a contemporary take on the form. Their work also stands as a statement on arts treatment of social realities as becoming formulaic. Other works said to be derived from form are held in less regard due to their close assimilations to already existing conceptions. Biggs & Collings collaboration attempt to turn this notion on its head by offering comments, which favour meaning in colour terms. “The palette used is objective, the same with shape, line, tone”.
Andrew McKenzie (1969- )
There is a certain freshness to the McKenzie's work with the inclusion of simple yet dramatic white borders, which resemble a polaroid photo & add balance to its core. The vibrant palette he uses to concoct vivid passages through nature's woodland provoke a harrowing yet inviting aura, which leaves the viewer in conflict on how to proceed, how to experience the painting. A sense of motion is also enjoyed as the multiple layering technique alludes to another dimension.