FLUX, now in its fifth year, is an annual exhibition at the Chelsea College of Arts that brings together 100 carefully curated contemporary artists from an open call. The exhibited work is by emerging dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists. It runs from 11th to 15th April 2018 and offers the opportunity for you to see that great names of the future as they emerge. We decided to have a closer view at a few of the artists whose work you’ll see.
Reviews of past FLUX exhibitions by Time Out, Aesthetica, Fad Magazine, Galleries Magazine, Glamour Mag, and many more:
‘Such a shame FLUX is over. That was an amazing and powerful exhibition and that’s all thanks to London’s Art Queen Lisa Gray thank you so much and can’t wait for the next one!’
‘Great opening night at the FLUX Exhibition last night, tons of fabulous work and great to meet so many lovely people! Well done Lisa Gray for curating and organising such a tremendous show, have not been to opening night like that in a very long time! Bravo!!!’
‘Who could have thought or dreamed or anticipated what has happened. Out of Lisa’s creative will has come a unique idea. An eye gazing out to the busy world, calling upon artists both young and not so young, saying “I have an idea, a venue, a home that will embrace bright colour, bright visions, both edgy and serene. It won’t be the first, and in time to come you’ll find more surprises!” For her ideas are growing in strength it seems. Prepare? Indeed, prepare your panels, your canvases, your castings and your artful performances, your glass, your clay and find an even better company grown in vision a few short months away.’
–Gordon M Scott
‘Fantastic event. Fantastic talent. Fantastic people. It blew my mind. This week I’m in withdrawal. Big thanks.’
‘What a blast Lisa! Do it again!’
–Steve McGuire Stephen
‘Exquisitely curated by her, the exhibition displays the works of over 70 of the hottest artists from around the globe. The atmosphere was electric and fun, with eccentric live performances in a venue that is airy and unique in character. The ChromArt team were there in full. We talked to the artists about their works and had a great time mingling with lots of familiar faces plus other art entrepreneurs like the lovely people of Whitesao. It felt like a celebration and although the place was bursting to the seams with people, there was space to move around and everyone was having a great time. The bar never seemed to run out either! Such was the frenzy the ChromArt team didn’t stick together long, just for a quick picture at the beginning of the evening. This incombustible woman that is Lisa Gray, with her passionate drive and vision, has set the standard for the contemporary art scene in London. She is already preparing forthcoming shows. We look forward to seeing what wonderful events she has prepared for us.’
Where: 16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU (nearest tube stop is Pimlico)
When: 11th – 15th April 2018
Private View: April 11th 18.00 – 21.00 (ticketed)
12th April 11.00 – 20.00
13th April 11.00 – 20.00
14th April 11.00 – 19.00
15th April 10.00 – 15.00
The artists showing include:
Wendy Helliwell, Caroline Reed, David Booth, Emmanuel Okoro, Jane Walker, Kailyn Deyn, Nathalie Hensse, Sara Abbott, Sophie O’Leary, Veronica Gudmundson, Viv Owen, Mark Lloyd (small space), Marcela Olivia Dorantes, Adam De Ville, Adam Hall, Aisling Drennan, Alan Powdrill, Alberto Petrivelli, Alfie Bradley, Aliette Bretel, Alison Shanks, Andrea Shearing, Andy Farr, Andy Walker, Angela Mcfall, Arwyn Bailey, Caia Mattheson, Caroline Lingwood, Carrie Goldsmith, Corinne Natel, Corinne Rubens, Dave Shrimpton, Day Bowman, Delfina Emmanuel, Detlef E Aderhold, Deyan Mihov, Diogo Duarte, Don Keyland, Ella Harrison, Ernesto Romano, Ferri Michaelides, Francesca Busca, Francesco Jacobello, Franck Turzo, Fraser Renton, Gadge Roberts, Giacomo Bevanati, Harry Bunce, Helen Dyne, Ian Wolter, Iva Troj, Janet Cawthorne, Janey Walklin, Jenny Chan, Jerry Shearing, Jill Tattersall, Joe Inglis, Joshua, Joss Rossiter, Joy Moore, Joy Trpkovic, Judith Brenner, Justina Kochansky, Katherine Viner, KV Duong, Lesley Oldaker, Lesley Risby, Lina Ogaily, Linda Lipinski, Lisa Carletta, Lisa Traxler, Liz Nast, Lucy Marks, Malda Alajlani, Marc Standing, Marcus Jake, Mark Timmins, Mark Welland, Martin Turner, Michel Zaco, Michelle Hold, Natalie Tobert, Nick Huck, Pedro Sousa Louro, Phillip Wombwell, Ronan Salaun, Ronnie Jiang, Sabina Williams, Sally Buchanan, Sally Hewett, Sarah Jenkins, Sima Mehta, Sue Haskel, Suzie Pindar, Tenny Schneider, Teresa Wells, Tone, Tony Nero, James Paddock, Simon Probyn, Andrea Vargas, Anna Jaxe, David Atkinson, Keith Newlove, Marek Emczek Olszewski, St Amant, Fernando Velázquez and Joshua Healey Lapena.
To give you a taste the diversity of the artists showing at FLUX exhibition here are a few highlights:
Pedro Sousa Louro offers professional media coverage of exhibitions and other art events. Looking through the eyes of both, a photographer and a visual artist, Pedro Sousa Louro provides high-quality services for galleries, curators, and artists at competitive prices. Cubism has always been part of his life but was only used in isolation during the early stages of his artistic career. In his more recent researches and studies he finds himself combining both cubism and abstract expressionism into one practice as he creates his work. He uses the technique of ‘dropping’ used by Pollock, but with the order and sense of Rothko.
Jill Tattersall is a Brighton-based mixed media artist, who treats art as ‘the stuff of life, a compulsion, a major reason for getting up in the morning.’ For the last twenty years, Tattersall has had work shown and sold across the UK and internationally. She hopes that the challenge, pleasure and sense of adventure she feels towards her process comes through in her work which focuses on texture, colour and pattern.
I work with and through colour, blending abstract and figurative to make dreamlike, vivid images and patterns of the world around me. Where do my ideas come from? Science is constantly giving us insights about the forces that created us and our universe, and how they interact to form patterns on every scale and in every aspect of our existence. We’re made of them, we see them everywhere and, compulsively, we weave them back into our own environment.
I use paints, inks, dyes and pure pigments to build up subtle, intense, glowing tones, often on my own hand-made cotton paper. I’m constantly experimenting with materials and techniques, combining reclaimed, recycled or found objects with pure pigments and precious gold and silver leaf.
Day Bowman, a graduate of Chelsea School of Art and London University, is a painter whose work lies on the axis of figuration and abstraction. In the past 15 years, she has collaborated with film-makers, composers and musicians to produce installations in sacred spaces, market squares and railway stations throughout the U.K. The Urban Wastelands Project (2011-12) highlighted issues concerning the wastelands and detritus that surround our cities and ports. She regularly exhibits around London and the UK, she is currently curating a group exhibition ‘Getting Away!’ that will celebrate the great British holiday: deck chairs, ice creams, traffic jams. This exhibition will take place at Arthouse 1 Bermondsey in July 2018 and then tour to Quay Arts IOW later in the year.
Fernando Velázquez grew up in a small village just outside Seville. Fernando moved to London in 1996 where he spent several years working from a studio in Hackney. Having developed a large following of dedicated fans and collectors, he is now living in Dorset. This provides him with a new source of inspiration during a new phase of his career.
‘I truly believe in the immense power of painting to reveal the deepest mysteries of the human condition. I paint to understand the world around me, discovering unknown territories full of meaning. Painting gives me the opportunity to see reality with clean eyes. The distinction between abstraction and figurative art has no relevance for me; all art is real, based upon our physical dimension and the endless current of our imagination.
I feel that the art of today should engage people on an emotional level, changing perception and revealing something new. I want to light a candle that never goes out, like Sibelius, to contribute to tradition with my personal vision. I want to move people as much as great art moves me, the art done by men and women before me. Although I struggle sometimes to give form to what I see inside, I believe that my paintings encapsulate life, touching the corners of a small universe of thought. Art is good when deeply felt, beyond technique, intention and knowledge; it is good when born from necessity, true passion and the strength to follow a path, regardless of the outcome. I paint to share my discoveries with anyone who sees the same endless journey towards light.’
Lisa Traxler is an award-winning artist, who graduated with a BA Hons degree in Fashion & Textiles and previously worked in London as a fashion editor and costume designer. She is a member of Royal Watercolour Society (elected 2015), Royal British Society of Sculptors (elected 2017), National Acrylic Painters Association (elected 2009). She combines painting and 3D form within her art practice. Two books have been written by the artist (‘Decade’ & ‘Lives OF Spaces’) with essays & foreword by Jonathan Parsons (artist, author & lecturer) & Peter Davies (art critic & artist). Her work can be found in private & public collections throughout the UK, Hong Kong, New York, Australia & Italy.
Joy Moore captures the power and the presence of landscape, rather than the view of it by focusing on the colour, space and light that forms a landscape. She is inspired by the dominance of nature over humans and by the marks that humans make on landscapes. She also equally interested in the minute details of nature: from the extraordinary wildflowers of a Piemonte spring to the tangle of dead undergrowth of the autumn and winter months.
Francesca Busca treats art with the same importance as philosophy, she sees both of their purposes as trying to provoke something in the viewer of its time. Using her technical and creative capabilities she feels the need to convey to the viewer a thought or emotion.
Torn between optimism and surrender, Francesca is haunted by the idea of mankind’s imminent self-destruction. Yet, she believes in a future which uses resourceful innovation such as reusing, recycling and upcycling. She pairs the colours and textures of artificial and natural elements to demonstrate how rubbish can be a relative definition and how it can be turned into something useful and beautiful.
Sue Haskell pursued a career in marketing, before returning to her interest in art and design by training as an interior designer at Chelsea College of Art and Design and going on to develop a practice in residential design in London. Haskell has sustained her interest in art by taking numerous courses in portrait, sculpture wood turning, print-making and figure drawing from life. Most recently she has been creating 3D decorative art.
Helen Dyne has been working with glass for over 16 years. She is self-taught and enjoys the freedom of exploration without traditional boundaries and constraints. She combines her love of nature with her interest in found objects, such as vintage clocks and old tools. Her 2D glasswork involves painting on many glass layers and then fusing the final piece into one solid piece of glass to create an almost 3D illusion.
Delfina Emmanuel is inspired by her place of birth: Alghero, a small coastal town in Sardinia, Italy. Her work invokes and mimics the delicate and fragile nature of the living organisms that can be found in the sea.
She combines the fairy tales and symbolism of Latin and Greek poetry with memories of Sardinia; the coastline, seabed, corals, anemones, shells and plants. She particularly is drawn to the gentle flowing of the living creatures found on the seabed: the protruding coral structure tentacles, the huge variety of the porous sponges, how they take up different shapes and the porosity and pattern of their surface.
Her objects are to be symbolic in meaning; the teapot is presented as a hollow vessel that has been used for a century as a utilitarian item but now becomes a joyful challenge of transformation into an object of beauty and evolution.
Michelle Hold is a German-born artist based in Italy, she has lived in Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Munich and London. In each of these locations, she has attended various art and textile design classes and worked as a textile designer in Milan. She paints vibrant, loud abstract works inspired by nature and new science. They are based on capturing the essence of feelings, emotions and the universe’s energy, while focusing on beauty and colour.
Francesco Jacobello was born in Militello in Val di Catania in Sicily. He grew up surrounded by art and artistic expressions. These external circumstances have helped shape his art practice by allowing for his own personal and artistic language to develop. A core inspiration behind his works comes from his personal connection with his environment and the wish to capture the expressions and feelings that draw one to people, places and situations.
Marek Emczek Olszewski, who was born in Poland and has been living and working in London since 2006, is attracted to non-obviousness, light and shadow play, movement, reflection, geometry and extreme minimalism. He is a member of the Free Painters and Sculptors collective and his work has been featured and bought by some of the world’s leading architects and interior designers, including Candy & Candy and a high profile commission for the Qatari Headquarters in London’s Mayfair.
Iva Troj is a contemporary artist who seamlessly incorporates her vast experience of traditional painting techniques with postmodern elements to create engaging and stunningly detailed works that challenge the notion of societal conformity. Her knowledge of traditional art techniques was developed by the necessity to fit in with the Cold War aesthetics of social realism. Alongside this, however, lay her acute perception of the reality existent beneath external structures. You can find out more about Troj and her work by reading our interview with her here.
Tomas Harker is an emerging artist who has gained international interest and has been featured in collections around the world. He has previously been included in an exhibition at the Tate Modern, London and has recently had two hugely successful solo shows. The late critic Brian Sewell recognised his talent and he has received glowing appraisals from many publications, including Vogue Magazine.
Sally Buchanan is a London-based multimedia artist, whose work combines conceptual principles with meticulous craft and a dash of wit. She creates installations, sculptures, embroideries and land art and achieved early success with her challenging and eerie multiple self-portraits that act as psychological boxes. She has attempted to investigate her own actuality using both her body and physical material upon it.
To find out about other exhibitions that are on currently please visit our artist calendar.
If you’re an emerging artist and would like some advice have a read of our series ‘Advice for Emerging Artists’.
The top image is: Jill Tattersall, Alternative Worlds, 2018, collage, 90x64cm