Vasilis Avramidis – Harvester
A new series of paintings
At the START Art Fair,
Saatchi Gallery

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Vasilis Avramidis graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design with an MA in Fine Art in 2011.
Avramidis was shortlisted for the Salon Art Prize 2011 and he and his work has appeared in the Metro (UK), Sunday Telegraph (UK), Idol magazine (UK), Hi Fructose (LA), Rooms Magazine (UK), Juxtapose Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, Arrested Motion among many others.
His work is exhibited internationally and collected by University of the Arts London and private collectors in UK, Greece, USA and Japan.
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“Primordial Soup”
at the James Freeman Gallery
Carolein Smit, Chris Berens, James Mortimer, and Sam Branton
9th September to 8th October

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Opening Reception:
Friday 9 September, 6:30 – 8:30PM

Trusting instinct over reason is rather frowned on nowadays, the implication being that it is a lack of discipline to be tamed. But for many artists, unfettered magical thinking sits at the core of their artistic practice, allowing them to tap into hidden ideas and give some shape to things that don’t make sense. In ‘Primordial Soup’, we present four artists who each use this approach as a key part of their work: Carolein Smit, Chris Berens, James Mortimer and Sam Branton.
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RCA 2016 MA show – Highlights

Zhilu Cheng

Zhilu Cheng – MA Jewellery

Kenji Hirasawa

Kenji Hirasawa – MA Photography

Jiji Kim

Jiji Kim – MA Photography

Katie Spragg

Katie Spragg – MA ceramics and glass

Elena Gileva

Elena Gileva – MA Ceramics and Glass

Susannah Stark

Susannah Stark – MA Print

Fernanda Cortes

Fernanda Cortes – MA Ceramics and Glass

Burning Sculpture

Julia Parkinson – MA Sculpture

Karolina Lebek

Karolina Lebek – MA Photography

Sunyoung Hwang

Sunyoung Hwang – MA Painting

Josefina Nelimarkka

Josefina Nelimarkka – MA Painting

In Search of an Author by Lex Thomas
An Art Circus Book

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In Search of an Author is a collection of 62 fluidly drawn ink studies, individual drawings in their own right, but interlinked by the subject of belief and the stories we tell ourselves. Artist Lex Thomas examines unexplained natural phenomena such as the supernatural and paranormal as well as magic, cults and UFO religions. The effect is a non-textual, fragmentary narrative echoing the idea that ‘truth is in the eye of the beholder’. The title acknowledges the playwright Pirandello, credited with breaking through the ‘fourth wall’ with his creation of Mirror Theatre.

In Search of an Arthur is currently available at BookArtBookShop, ShoreditchGosh! London or direct from Lex Thomas’ Website.

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Elizabeth Price’s A Restoration
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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As a fresh graduate from The Ruskin School of Art in 1998, Elizabeth Price worked for a year in the Bodleian Library’s underground stacks. She remembers the damp, the haphazard stacking of books, the way the floors got smaller as they went further and further down beneath the cobbles of Broad Street. A book could be declared lost for twenty five years and turn up in a pile a few centimetres away from its original place. In the stacks books were arranged by size rather than subject, and Price would spend most of her shift reading books in unexpected succession.

This sense of the subterranean, along with the archival practices of collecting, collating and cataloguing, are key components of Price’s new video installation A Restoration.

After winning the Contemporary Art Society Award in 2013, Price received a commission to make an artwork in response to the collections and archives of the Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean Museums in Oxford. During the course of her research, Price became particularly interested in the work of British archaeologist Arthur Evans. After holding the position of Keeper of the Ashmolean, Evans achieved fame for the excavation of the Cretian palace of Knossos at the turn of the 20th century. He set about restoring the site with what Price calls ‘a kind of energy that is unreserved and febrile and exciting’, adding concrete pillars and filling in frescos with an ‘extraodinary’ creative license. Continue reading

Island Hopping
The 2016 Setouchi Triennale

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From this week onwards a small cluster of islands in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea will host its third international art festival. The 2016 Setouchi Triennale will run for a total of 108 days, and is expected to receive upwards of a million visitors, along with over one hundred new artworks joining the permanent installations already dotted across the archipelago.

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Twelve islands in total will be taking part, along with Uno Port on mainland Honshu and the town of Takamatsu (known by fans of Haruki Murakami as the setting of Kafka on the Shore) on nearby Shikoku. This year’s thematic focus looks both inward and outward: paying particular attention to local Setouchi cuisine and traditions alongside ‘cultural exchange among Asian countries that are connected by the sea. Continue reading

Wu Lan-Chiann
Contemporary Ink Paintings

The first UK solo exhibition of the Taiwanese ink painting artist, featuring work produced over the last 20 years.

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Reflections is the first UK solo exhibition of Wu Lan-Chiann, Chinese ink painting artist. This exhibit shows a selection of Wu Lan-Chiann’s work produced over the past twenty years. Displayed in reverse chronological order in the museum’s galleries, the exhibition has three themes; early career work, dusk to dawn series, and current directions.

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At the core of Wu Lan-Chiann’s work, is a deep personal contemplation of universal themes and values that connect people across time and place. While continuing a tradition that is centuries old, her paintings are distinctly contemporary both in concept and execution. Starting from a young age, she combined Asian and Western modes of representation into a personal style that is intensely poetic. Blending two very different painting traditions, she has emerged as an artist with an authentic style marked by decisive brushwork and delicate application of colour.

In her recent work, Wu Lan-Chiann is interested in capturing the precious but fleeting moments of life through the depiction of free floating petals and leaves. She sees a comparison between the rhythm of nature and the human cycle of life. Her work captures special moments and at the same time represents the invariable and eternal cycle of life and nature.

Wu Lan-Chiann is exhibiting at the Museum of East-Asian Art in Bath

Brian Sewell
Eminent critic and writer dies aged 84

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Eminent critic and writer, famed for his dislike of Tracey Emin, dies after being diagnosed with cancer.

An acerbic critic, Sewell made no secret of his contempt for modern art and was renowned for barbs directed at the likes of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. He called Emin “trivial” and Hirst “fucking dreadful”.

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His waspish putdowns, love of fine drawing, knowledge of art history and his genteel diction made him one of the UK’s best-known critics. His witty turn of phrase led to regular television appearances, including two turns as a panellist on the BBC gameshow Have I Got News For You.

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Second Shot At Life by Dom Kavanagh
An Art Circus Book

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In the Summer of 2014, Dom Kavanagh underwent a double lung transplant following a lifetime suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. This inspired him to produce this fundraising book of Wildlife and Landscape Photographs in collaboration with UKGiclee

“As my own life neared expiry due to respiratory failure following 47 years of damage caused by cystic fibrosis, I returned to painting to reflect on what I would miss most and to celebrate subjects and scenes which are great for the soul and which reminded me of what we all have around us that we should be grateful for.

After a successful transplant, my painting continues and my photography resumed.  Beavering away from my man cave nestled at the end of my garden in rural north Shropshire, surrounded by woodland and its evocative sights, sounds and smells, I have been inspired by the natural world to give something back, in the shape of this fundraising book, for the gift of organ donation so selflessly offered to me.”

Second Shot At Life will be published in September 2015

Take a look inside

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