Blue Art Exhibition - Six London Artists Inspired by Blue - Kingston London
“Blue” group art exhibition of artwork inspired by the colour and mood blue by artist who are members of the London Professional Artists Network
The Art Space, Kingston Cass Art, 103 Clarence Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1QY
14 December 2016 – 14 January 2017
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday, 9am – 8pm Thursday, 11am – 6pm Sunday
Free entry, no need to book, children welcome
Evening View Drinks (RSVP free but necessary) – Wednesday December 14, 6pm – 9 pm
For its inaugural group show, the London Professional Artists Network is exhibiting the artwork of six London-based artists on the theme Blue as a colour, mood, or symbolic reference. This art exhibition brings together diverse influences from geometrical abstractions, to studies of the female nude, from mediations on the blue as a mood, to the colour that saturates even our most urban industrial landscapes, blue surrounds us on a daily basis. In its very first show, the London Professional Artists Network will showcase the diverse artwork of six professional artists who find particular inspiration in the colour blue presenting a show that is both cohesive around a central colour and yet diverse in the variety of artworks and media explored.
Studies show that blue is the favourite colour of more than half the population. Why is that? In the natural world of flora and fauna, the colour blue is very rare. And yet it is so prevalent in the two biggest areas of reality that capture our attention and our imagination – the sky and bodies of water. Perhaps so many of us are drawn to the colour blue because it is always out of reach. The blue sky feels miles away – you can’t touch it, you can’t interact and engage with it, like you can with a red rose, or a green leaf or an orange, well, orange. Blue water loses its colour the second you try to take some with you. The second you plunge your hands into the sea and cup them to hold some water in, the colour changes. It is most certainly no longer blue. Perhaps it is this distance yet ubiquity of the colour blue that makes it particularly captivating, significant and emotive for humans.
London artist Lowell Johnson uses blue to create a sense of nostalgia in his paintings of industrial urban cityscapes. Even in a large developed city such as London, blue is all around us, reflecting off all the metallic and glass surfaces around us. Blue is particularly effective in the geometric abstractions of artist Joanna Gilbert. Angles, geometry, perspective and space are the foundations of her work. She creates abstract paintings based on the city skyline, new buildings and reflections in their blue glass facades.
Blue is a particularly symbolic colour. It is one of those colours that humans ascribe substantial importance and meaning. Sometimes, this symbolism is seen as good including references to purity, saintliness, humility, and an ethereal otherworldliness. Often, blue symbolizes calmness, contemplation and serenity. London artist Ellen Von Wiegand’s linocut prints speak to this symbolism. Blue features regularly in Ellen’s work, both as a colour, and in the air of melancholy that often surrounds her figures as they sit in quiet introspection. Artist Natasha Nejman’s artwork uses blue to lend an air of regal importance to the subject matter of her artworks part of her mixed media portraits collection. Combined with accents of warmer colours, Natasha’s paintings speak to blue’s ability to complement other colours literally and symbolically.
And yet, there is the undeniable negative symbolism of the colour blue – if you feel blue, you are sad. Singing the blues is singing songs of melancholy melody. Numerous references in literature link the colour blue with sadness, including Geoffrey Chaucer’s lyrical quote “with tears blue and with a wounded heart” in his poem “The Complaint of Mars”. Artist Rómulo Gonçalves uses blue as a colour reference and a mood for his series of paintings entitled “Thinking Heads of Timed Obsolescence”. Through the literal use of blue and its symbolic references, he explores human emotions and motivations all against a backdrop of philosophical thought.
Modern day paint is available in a huge variety of blues – from the dense dark indigo through to ultramarine pure blue and into cobalt blue and into pale almost translucent blues. Blue is captivating and eye catching. It’s expansive. Often, blue means space. Whether water or sky, blue expands across the painting to carry the eye of the viewer. Blue is fundamentally an expansive colour – one that speaks of freedom and wilderness and space – endless space – expanding space. For artist Vera Blagev, it is this aspect of blue that is the most significant – its ability to speak of space, and freedom and opportunity. To speak to the natural world references of her artwork that is rooted in a deep respect and love of nature.
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Participating artists include (in alphabetical order by last name):
About Vera Blagev:
Vera Blagev is a London based artist creating colourful modern mixed media artwork. Having travelled to more than 50 countries, and lived in three of them, Vera now calls London her home. She has exhibited her work in the UK and the USA over the past 15 years, is a grant recipient from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was one of the winning artists of the 2016 Pebeo Mixed Media Art Competition sponsored by Cass Art. Vera is interested in creating artwork that is fundamentally unquestionably beautiful. Focusing on what is most inspiring, calming and aesthetically pleasing in this world, nature as a theme comes back again and again.
You can learn more about Vera and her work at www.veraveraonthewall.com and her blog at www.veraveraonthewall.com/blogs/news. You can connect with Vera via social media on www.facebook.com/veravera.onthewall/ , www.instagram.com/veraveraonthewall/ , www.twitter.com/VeraVeraOTWall , www.pinterest.com/veraveraotwall/ , and
You can contact Vera via email at email@example.com or via phone at+44 (0)7463 713 441.
About Joanna Gilbert:
Joanna is a self-taught artist working from a studio in North London, having grown up in Kingston. Angles, geometry, perspective and space are the foundations of Joanna’s work. She explores abstract focused on the city skyline, new buildings and reflections in their blue glass facades. Craftsmanship, mediums and materials enable Joanna to create crisp, futuristic artworks of believable and colorful parallel worlds to our own. Joanna has recently exhibited with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries, the Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch and is currently working on a sculpture for an office in the Walkie Talkie Building. She has had commissions from the likes of Gazprom, House of Fraser, the NHS and American Express and her artwork is on show in various offices around the UK.
You can learn more about Joanna and her work at www.joannagilbert.com. You can connect with Joanna via social media on www.facebook.com/joannagilbertartist/ , www.instagram.com/joanna_gilbert_artist/ , www.twitter.com/jo_gilbert_art , and www.linkedin.com/in/joannagilbert .
You can contact Joanna via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at +44 (0) 7736 667 654.
About Rómulo Gonçalves:
Since graduating from the School of Art and Design, UEL in London with an MA in Fine Art, Rómulo has been active internationally, exhibiting in Portugal, France, Italy, United Kingdom, United States and China. In his paintings and installations, Rómulo tries to combine what he calls the “power of intervention” as an intuitive action versus social / philosophical reflection and the ability the work has to relate itself to the viewer as “alive” in the sense that it’s an identity that interacts with the reality of our experience. He gets inspiration from the immediate everyday experience, in particular from the images and ideas that come from the global interface provided by the mass media and also from the physical contact with the elements (the textural experience).
You can contact Rómulo via email at email@example.com or via phone at +44 (0) 7954 112 109.
About Lowell (Harry) Johnson:
Lowell is a London-born artist who has had the opportunity to live in the Languedoc region of France for much of his childhood. Having settled back in London, he likes to depict the ever-changing urban infrastructure and architecture the city throughout his paintings. Lowell mostly uses oil as a medium, but often includes materials including sand and plaster. His colour palette ranges from broad to narrow and he paints in a loose and sculptural fashion. His painting style enhances features such as the depth of field of his panoramas and light beaming off architectural structures. Lowell depicts aspects of architectural structures, urban landscapes, machinery and the man-made, some present, historical and often imaginary and dreamlike. He explores themes pertaining to modern urban life and utopianism through depictions of social housing, railways, roads and landmarks.
You can contact Lowell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at +44 (0) 7811 094 266.
About Natasha Nejman:
Natasha is an artist with an international upbringing. Born in Moscow, her early childhood was spent in the creative hotbed of Berlin. Natasha has further developed her artistic inquiry in London moving to the city a few years ago. Stylistically, the Surrealists massively helped to shape Natasha’s style with her contact with the work of Frida Kahlo having a particularly lasting impact. Natasha's work is based on observation, still life and life drawing. She often uses natural forms, such as flowers or the body, as a way to enable her exploration of our psychological concepts of love and normality. Currently, Natasha is represented by Predella House. She is taking part in two upcoming major group exhibitions in November, one of which will be at the Brick Lane Gallery.
You can learn more about Natasha and her work at www.natashanejman.com. You can connect with Natasha via social media on www.facebook.com/natasha.nejman.art/ , www.instagram.com/natashas__art/ , and www.twitter.com/Natashas_Art .
You can contact Natasha via email at email@example.com or via phone at +44 (0) 7732 413 208.
About Ellen Von Wiegand:
Ellen is a linocut printmaker who is drawn to the nude as a symbol of vulnerability. Ellen’s images are characterised by their use of elegant lines and patterns incised into larger colour fields. Blue features regularly in her work, both as a colour, and in the air of melancholy that often surrounds her figures as they sit in quiet introspection. Her background in the study of art history has come to influence her images. Observation of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints has informed the way she composes her figures, while the silhouettes of ancient Greek pottery have inspired the tendency to define her nudes using gentle contour against solid tone. Her work is held in a number of private collections within the UK, Italy, Australia, and the USA. She is a member of Southbank Printmakers, a co-operative printmaking gallery on the London South Bank.
You can learn more about Ellen and her at www.ellenvonwiegand.com . You can connect with Ellen via social media on www.facebook.com/ellenvonwiegandprints/ , www.instagram.com/ellenvonwiegand/ , www.pinterest.com/ellen_vwprints/ellen-von-wiegand-prints/ , and www.twitter.com/ellenvonwiegand/ .
You can contact Ellen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at +44 (0) 7769 039 324.
About the London Professional Artists Network:
A new network for professional artists based in and around London. Founded in late February 2016, this group aims to be a vibrant forum on and offline to exchange ideas, information, network, and provide encouragement and support for artists that are serious about creating, exhibiting and selling their artwork. With membership of over 140 artists, this group includes photographers, painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, sound artists, and artists of other disciplines. Holding monthly networking social drinks and peer review workshops, the network is having its inaugural group show curated by the network’s founder Vera Blagev.
You can learn more about the London Professional Artists Network and connect via social media at www.facebook.com/LondonProfessionalArtistsMeetup/ , www.instagram.com/londonprofessionalartists/ , www.twitter.com/LDNProfArtists , and www.pinterest.com/LDNProfArtists/ .
About Cass Art:
Cass Art is the UK’s leading art materials supplier. Cass Art’s mission is to fill every town with artists. Deeply committed to encouraging everyone to realise their creative talents, Cass Art provides the world’s top quality materials at the guaranteed best prices. Cass Art not only partners with some of the leading art brands across the UK, including The National Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, National Galleries Scotland and Sky Arts, it also works with local galleries and art institutions.
Cass Art Kingston is Cass Art’s sixth store and it is the first store outside of central London. Cass Art Kingston includes the Art Space on the upper level which host rotating art exhibitions and other art events to support the local artist community. You can learn more about Cass Art at www.cassart.co.uk/ and www.cassart.co.uk/locations/kingston