On the 15th of November we were honoured to display a vibrant array of Teofil Barbu’s artwork at artFix Woolwich. Teo’s solo exhibition Soul and Colour brightened up this dull and drab November and filled our gallery walls with bold and captivating paintings to invigorate our worn out spirits. He visited the gallery early on launch day enthusiastic and ready to set up and curate his exhibition. His whole approach is very hands on – and this is the case even in the most practical stage of hanging the work. Despite his age he preferred to climb up the ladder and position the pieces himself.

His work is truly mesmerising and his construction of colours and shapes on the canvas is arresting, the strokes of colour leaping off the page. When you step into the gallery the size, composition and his arrangement of colour is vivid and striking – yet soft and familiar. His paintings have a dynamic quality, where the work feels as if the work is its own living, breathing entity. His marks on the canvas almost vibrate and radiate. The blending of these colours is seamless and integrates contrasting colours with ease, without a question or their contraction against one another. He explains that his work is all about interpretation and that he chooses abstract and simple imagery to provoke and stimulate conversation that is not limited to the page.

He explains that his approach is quite ‘simple’ and straightforward. Initially he considers a composition, drawing out often geometrical designs, thinking of possible colours – configuring the overall structure of his piece. He explains that he tends not to work with an easel and works on a table on top of his work, looking into it. He explains that he feels that this is not ‘professional’ like other artists but that he chooses to create his work how he feels he can communicate his intent. In response to this I explained that the matter is not one of professionalism but one of choice and preference. He is modest and has such a passion for his work, explaining that he has so many pieces at home – just that he didn’t want to suffocate our gallery walls.

Ashley Gray exhibited his debut exhibition ‘Why Suffer Alone?’ this summer at artFix. Ashley is a digital artist who adopts a conceptual approach to his artwork. He uses his artwork as a  means of both understanding and communicating intangible feelings. Ashley uses his art as an instrument to further understand and navigate through his thoughts and feelings but also to explore why we suffer, and the nature of suffering in itself.

He explains that we often isolate ourselves through periods and moments of suffering and that although there are many different reasons for this, our sentiments and attitudes towards hardship are usually the same regardless of race, gender, and individual identity. The most prevalent reason we choose not to share our suffering is that we often feel alone and misunderstood in this suffering. We feel that suffering and struggle must be an individual pursuit – it is rarely something we feel eager or inclined to share. We are keen to conceal our feelings due to a lack of understanding. If we were entirely aware of our feelings, our fears and our suffering we would be able to steer through our minds and explore the uncharted waters that harbour these thoughts. We are hesitant to share our hardship because the sorrow and despair is hard to explain, hard to articulate. If we could express our feelings we would learn that we are not alone in our suffering. Ashley’s artwork directly considers this concept of sharing. He creates a shared experience of his own suffering, encouraging others to recognise that they are not alone in their hardship.

It is through his own inner conflict and hardship that Gray is able to empower himself. Throughout this exhibition he demonstrates that the very suffering that causes his struggle can also construct his happiness and triumph.

artFix teamed up with viewbug for a photography exhibition showcasing a range of talented artists. The artists showcased in this exhibition are the skilled winners of an international photography competition and we are honoured to present their works. The names of the photographers and the titles of their photographs are as follows:

(In no particular order)

–       Motherhood, by Scottwickard

–       In the Mist, by mounirrabhihallner

–       Gravemakers and Gunslingers, by HathsinPhotography

–       Red Reflex, by ilyablinov

–       Arctic Sailing Sea Ice, by ramesrushforth

–       Tempus Fugit, by sxsvexen

–       Double beauty, by ralfeyertt

–       Lethe’s Asylum, by levinlee

–       Lonely logs in the orange autumn woods, by Hud1ai

–       The Lost Swimmer, by Elena Paraskeva

–       Untitled, by Kareas

–       Ce type es plein, by Siamesesam

–       Butterfly dreams, by Mariakinosian

–       Hilltop, by Twilightgirl

–       Lady in the Boat, by Liliyanazarova

Earlier this month, on the 6th of September, the Photosapiens team brought themselves, their photographs as well this delightful September sun we’ve been having all the way from Athens to London for their exhibition ‘Mind Your Business.’

 

Their photography exhibition showcases nineteen different professions, with the photos taken all in one site – Hotel Xenia. After practicing how to pronounce the name ‘Xenia’ with full support from the Photosapiens team, they explained the significance of the hotel for their artwork. The hotel they have taken these photographs in, once a landmark, is now in ruins. This hotel used to exist as just one of the many other hotel Xenia’s in Greece. The hotels have been designed to co-exist with local residents , giving access to the whole community to inhabit a shared space. The Xenia hotels have been designed and constructed by the infamous Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis and the hotels exist as an important showcase of cultural heritage. They are, by design, a contemporary tribute to classical Greek architecture. Konstantinidis is considered as one of the leading figures of modern Greek architecture due to his meditative approach which surpasses the characteristics of international modernism. These hotels not only promote Greece, benefitting Greece through business and tourism, but they also sustainably preserve Greece’s natural beauty. In this way this concept of space is integral to the Photosapiens aesthetics and artistry.

The location, as well as the vantage point or angle used to take the photograph, remains the same throughout the entire series.  When considering this series closely one can notice the subtle details – the decaying of the walls, the peeling of the cement, the progression of marks and wearing of the floor tiles. These changes are indictive of the length of the time the project took and almost act as a time-lapse across the gallery walls. This sameness in terms of the backdrop in itself establishes a consistency throughout the images because they are all truly very different. Although each photo inhabits the same space it communicates an entirely different location and vocation. The hotel Xenia ruins occupy different sites and spaces within the same location. The re-appropriation of the same space to create and explore different scenes in fact considers how we conform and adjust ourselves as well as our lives in relation to our allocated scene. In this way this exhibition attempts to explore the self beyond our ‘business’ or occupation. Mind Your Business, the name of this wonderful exhibition is an interesting play on the core concepts the Photosapiens are dealing with. The photographs are a mirror to us as people and how many of us spend our lives acting out our professions. We spend our lives focusing and being consistently consumed with our careers. This series urges us to be mindful of how we mind our business and navigate ourselves in our daily lives.

Their team aim is to identify a different perspective of man in in relation to his environment.

Each of these participants, as they like to avoid using the word models, projects an entirely different reality onto their surroundings. In the same way the people in these photographs have created realities entirely different to their own, we also constantly perform our professional roles and construct different realities. In this way the Photosapiens are considering the ways in which our vocation or career is often performative. We wear costumes and pose against props and act out our roles. The different items and objects, as well as the body language depicted in each image, speaks for itself. It explores the way in which we constantly appropriate ourselves into different roles and professions. In this way each image is portraying a different relationship of man with his surrounding environment. The setting of the scene not only establishes a persona and identity but also a location and appropriate condition. There were over sixty participants during this project and the Photosapiens team explained that not only are none of the people photographed professional models, but that for many of them it was the first time getting in front of a camera for a photo shoot. The team explained that they used simple camera techniques and that no editing was done after the photographs were taken. The team refrained from using models to communicate a more natural body language but also to display real people, with real occupations outside of modelling. The lack of post-editing further adds a sense of realism to these images and makes the teams mid-air shots just that much more impressive. Some of the people seen in the shoot are friends and family of the team and some are onlookers or residents living close by who became engaged with the shoot seeing the progression of the project month after month. Those involved were astounded by how they looked in the photos. ‘They were impressed by the quality and how great the photos turned out but moreover they were grateful and excited to be a part of the project, Mara Giamali explains.

Spirros Androulakis, one of the teams most indispensable members, explains that some of the props and objects used are vintage in respect to their profession. He adds that this is in an attempt to evoke a sense of nostalgia for the audience. In this way the images, as well as the decaying hotel walls, exude a sense of the archaic. This further reinforces the idea that professions and their particular features may become obsolete, or that walls and venues may become extinct and in ruins but people and their passions live on and that their history and heritage should be told. This exhibition encourages that all our stories should still be told.

We were fortunate enough to feature Bozena Koj’s stunning work at the gallery in June 2019. The solo exhibition launch was a success, a large number of visitors had seen her work promoted across our social media platforms in the weeks leading up to the event and had been waiting patiently. Bozena’s work is stunning and picturesque. Her work exudes a sense of serenity and peace. The colours are bold and vibrant and yet blend together skillfully. The gallery had been transformed into a scene of landscapes and radiant forms. Bozena explains that she has been drawing ever since she can remember. In 2012 she signed up for a Drawing and Painting course at Morley College taught by Denzil Forrester where she developed and mastered new techniques and skills she incorporates in her art today. She studied under Denzil’s guidance for over three years and has been developing and constructing her artistic style since.

Her solo exhibition titled The Soul Melody entirely embodies and articulates her artistry. Each piece radiates from the center, creating depth and dimension – almost as if the paint on the canvas are the melodic echoes of the souls itself. She dedicated her first solo exhibition, The Soul Melody, to all the people present in her life. In her artistic statement she states ‘I believe everyone has a purpose in life and a melody of the soul which needs to be sung.’ Bozena’s purpose is painting and drawing, it’s her way of expressing herself and the abundant beauty and serenity she sees in the world. She adds that ‘more than anything I hope that my artwork communicates the plentiful joy and happiness of life and that it energizes the souls of those who see it, in the same way it replenished mine while I painted them.’

Her piece Free Your Sparkles is a colorful depiction of sunrise at sea with an open  illuminating floating jar, overflowing with flickers of sparkles. The painting explores darker hues of brown, blue, red and green with lighter and brighter tones of orange, yellow and white emanating from the center. The glimmers and sparks form the jar have spread across the canvas, illuminating the whole scene. The strokes used to create these ‘sparkles’ sit on top of the serene backdrop of the painting. The clusters are created by little dots using cotton buds creating marks with varied densities and varied intensity. The sparkles glimmer and shimmer on top of the moving waves also creating a sense of motion on the canvas. The clusters and flickers of white light on the piece further enhance and heighten this sense movement. The sunrise itself suggests a rebirth, a sense of new beginnings – a dawn of something new on the horizon. The representation of a sunrise in itself further encourages a dynamic sensibility to the painting, it is as if the piece is transforming and shifting into a new day.

“Free Your Sparkles” by Bozena Koj

As well as producing skillful masterpieces using traditional acrylic or oil paints Bozena also uses a range of mediums on canvas to create different textures. She skillfully creates different finishes on her pieces using different brush strokes, materials and techniques to emulate different landscapes, visuals and abstractions. Her painting The Soul Path has a captivating quality and texture to it. The painting depicts a vibrant and colorful path into the forest. In this painting Bozena has created an impressive texture that appears embossed. This texture emulates branches and limbs of a tree extending into the center of the canvas. Bozena explains that she creates this texture using tissue paper. Not only has she used this affect for the branches and the trees but also for the jagged bushes of flowers. Often with mixed media art the mix of different mediums can be too visually defiant, with a lack of coherence – Bozena’s work seamlessly and tactically blends these mediums to masterfully depict her intended vision. She uses distinctly different and vibrant colours in the painting to create shadows and depth. The different colours are used to reinforce the composition of the piece. The shadows and darker tones used at the base of the trees add even more depth and perspective to the path stretching out into the painting. It is as if this piece in itself invites us into Bozena’s world, if we were only to step in and follow the bright coloured road.

“The Soul Path” by Bozena Koj

Lucia initially Trained at Chelsea school of Art, North Oxfordshire College & school of art, & De montfort University.
Lucia is a regular artist in residence at artfix often seen drawing or painting live at the artfix easel.
She has previously painted scenery for different theatre productions ( The Gate theatre /The young Vic/ The Jermyn Street theatre) and painted theatre costumes for productions of Beauty and the beast /Riverdance and Cats.
She has exhibited regularly at Blackheath and Charlton..And North of London at the Menier gallery  (London Bridge) and The Espacio Gallery (Bethnal Green).
She has taught students rudimentary expression with experimental methods in gesture and freedom at the Strand, King’s college,  London.
Most recently she has lent her talents to the Royal borough of Greenwich facilitating artworks with local communities, culminating in a successful exhibition of printmaking, sculpture and installation at the woolwich centre library.
The artist retains copyright on all works sold.

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Help us spreading the love

As a firm believer in the power of creativity to inspire social progress, artFix is always seeking ways to encourage positive change within its community.

As well as supporting creative self-expression, we also want to inspire kindness and communication among people.

Starting February 14, our Spread the Love campaign is our umbrella project to achieve this via two modest but tangible actions at the Café; a Generosity jar and a Conversation Station.

In this way we’ve extended Valentine’s day from its restrictive and solely romantic associations, advocating love and support towards all, strangers and those in need. The initiative advocates generosity as well as communication.

Generosity Jar – Offer suspended coffees/ food with us

Enjoying our coffees/food? Why not spread the love and buy another one for someone you can’t afford it? Simply put a little extra cash or the suspended coffee/food receipt into our jar and we’ll use it for someone in need.

As well as supporting creative self-expression, we also want to inspire kindness and communication among people, especially within our surrounding community in Woolwich.

The Generosity Jar allows for customers to buy a coffee/food for another who may need it. Spend an extra £2 or more and leave your receipt in the jar to allow someone else to enjoy a “suspended coffee/food”. As city dwellers often fixed and anchored to our phones, we often forget to interact with those around us. We seldom strike up friendly conversations or encourage familiarity with those in our surrounding community. Arguably, we have lost a sense of community by restricting ourselves to our headphones and holding ourselves back from integrating with wider society. In this way we’ve also introduced a Conversation Station at the Café in artFix Woolwich.

Conversation Station at the Café in artFix

This station is active between 4-6pm daily to encourage casual or thought provoking conversations between those willing to further connect with their local community.

So please, come down to artFix and enjoy the café/food and gallery space for yourself. Strike up a conversation and contribute towards your wider community.

Spread the Love!

Much love,

artFix team

In the recent months artFix has been developing an artistic showcase, presenting life in one of South East London’s burgeoning communities – Woolwich. We’ve been organising and administering weekly workshops with local art practitioners to work with members of the local community to showcase their artistic rendition of what it’s like to live and work in Woolwich. Mentors from various different spheres of the creative arts have been working with community groups and locals, collecting their stories and helping them shape their experiences into artwork.

The project has been funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich Community Art Fund.

We’re honoured to be working with;

  • Sandra Marques, a photographer and bookmaker, who’s been working with members from Gallion’s View Care Home and Woolwich residents.
  • Robert Pierce, from Petite Pantos, a professional performer, writer and director who’s been working with members of the English Express Group, 7th Plumstead Brownies and 7th Plumstead Guides to create engaging performance pieces depicting our “story-tellers” lives in Woolwich.
  • Tatiana Ellis – author, rap-artist, musical director. She is also the founder and co-ordinator of the R.O.M.E.L foundation – she has has been working with Rosebud Centre for girls, Black Majority Ethnicity Volunteers and RevolYOUtion to create original pieces reflecting our participants experiences in the community.
  • Lucia Colella, a talented visual artist and regular artist at residence at artFix who has been working with Friends of Woolwich Common, Women in Sheds and Autistic Inclusive Meets to create visually evocative pieces describing and showcasing their experience.

These workshops have been taking place routinely during the past few months. The given mentors for each group have been working closely alongside our ‘story-tellers’ to prepare their given pieces for our ‘A Day in The Life’ artistic tour. This will be taking place this month on Saturday the 18th of May. During the ‘A Day in the Life’ tour the story-tellers would present their creations in front of a live audience. Members of the public will be able to self-guide themselves around Woolwich to experience the area, learning about its most integral feature – its community. During this day artFix is also offering free workshops along with the given exhibitions and performances as part of the GET CREATIVE Festival. The day’s itinerary and further details can be found at https://www.artfix.org.uk/events/a-day-in-the-life/.

This day will be filmed and the footage will be used to create a more traditional documentary that will allow theevent to be preserved and celebrated in the future. The release of the documentary will create an opportunity to once again invite the mentors, the story-tellers, the volunteers as well as the general public to celebrate Woolwich and its people once again.

 

The project is rooted in artFix’s own inherent and core principles; it’s based on the strong belief in the essential role that the arts and culture play in the life of any successful community.Our aim is to help create a stronger community in Woolwich through sharing experiences and engagement with the arts. In this way the ‘A Day in the Life’ project will foster interactions among community members, artists, art organisations and existing community establishments. The shared experiences will empower the community, celebrating self-expression via the arts, encouraging a greater understanding between Woolwich locals, challenging miscommunication, assumptions and ignorance. The project not only benefits the wider community but also the story-tellers and contributors themselves. Participants involved in the project, through free workshops, will also develop new creative and artistic skills which would inevitably contribute to their personal development and wellbeing.

By sharing their everyday experiences with the wider community in an artistic way, participants, as well as the general public, will be able to connect to each other and to the wider Woolwich and Greenwich community, enabling a sense of belonging and strengthening a sense of community.

Join us on the 18th for a day of workshops, performances, projections and installations created by the Woolwich community during the past few months!

In our community and at artFix, everyone can Live Everyday Life as a Work of Art.

 

 

 

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/GwmcrWGYjHs

Recently, artFix was honoured to showcase Healing, a solo exhibition by visual artist Tabita Cargnel featuring both her past and current works. The exhibition’s launch was fantastic. Visitors roamed the gallery, wine glass in hand, peering and pondering on the pieces. Tabita too, ambled along the white walls gazing into her works, but also revelling in the buzzing atmosphere.

Tabita’s artistry encompasses painting, photography, robotics and active installations, among many other fields. This exhibition features her paintings as well as her sculptural pieces. Tabita explains that installations talk to the viewer through more senses; ‘Two dimensional visual art can only be experiences through sight whereas installation art can be explored in a three dimensional way; the visual, acoustic and tactile. The more senses used in an experience of any given art, the quicker the learning process and the stronger the memory will stick in the users mind.’ This sculptural element is not only evident in her installations but also in her two-dimensional works as she explains: ‘ I like the possibility to go sculptural, to have thicker paint that can built up easily.’ Her work has an obvious three-dimensional quality, configuring itself outside the page as well as within it. This embossed quality builds colour as well as texture on the surface of the works, creating different images and different depths.

 

Her recent works are comprised of abstract paintings, interactive installations and sketches exploring the emotions associated with healing and being. Her work bridges the gap between art and technology to create sincere and evocative pieces. Walking through the gallery you can really tell that her work demonstrates the emotive, the delicate – a display of the internal, personal nuances of feeling and sentiment. When talking to Tabita she explains: ‘When I paint, I visualise my emotions. Good ones, bad ones. Undefinable ones? Sometimes I don’t even know what I feel, the process is very intuitive. When there are unsolved tensions, they can be solved through painting. For me, the paintings that result from strong unsolved emotions are usually my strongest works.’

Pieces like EMBRACE, SUMMER and THERE, regardless of context, exude a sense of comfort and warmth. The tones and impressions created by acrylic induce a sense of familiarity and serenity. EMBRACE, (Acrylic on foamboard, 23 x 33 inches) in particular, establishes a certain tenderness through its exploration of layers and warm colours. The darker brown imitates a vignette of photography and brightens the warm yellow that shines through in the centre. Evident throughout quite a few of her pieces is a certain presence of the solar illuminating the page. This is particularly evident in DIVE, SUMMER and WORLDS where in which a spherical warm colour strikes the page. Her painting DIVE, (Acrylic on canvas, 101x 82cm) comments on freedom. The piece is an intensely hued and captivating painting depicting a white bird in flight in the centre of a blue background, surrounded by a scarlet orange ring. Despite the vibrant backdrop illustrated, Tabita creates a deliberate focus on the bird in flight in this painting. The bold red outline along with the vignette effect created further navigate the audience to the middle of the painting. Through its focus on the white bird gliding, the painting evokes hope, opportunity and liberation. Tabita adds that ‘the red circle represents the sun, a fireball, a ball of passion.’ – this illuminating, solar component that is seen repeatedly throughout her work.

Additionally, there is a prevailing sense of contrast in her works. This is particularly significant in the piece THERE (Acrylic on paper, 21.69 x 16.54 inches)  where the cool, blue tones juxtapose the warmer contours on the page. The artwork depicts a hug shared between two people at night time, drawn in a fiery orange-red. Layering over the red, are linear blue strokes, underlined with horizontal scratches to depict the rain. Tabita explains that the red shines through because it was applied earlier causing the paper to soak the red. Even when scratching off the blue the red still remains. Through its process, as well as its visuals, the work suggests the durability of love and affection depicted by the bold red on the page, even amongst the cold blue rain. The scratch in itself creates an absence of paint, resulting in thin white lines adding even more texture to this piece. Despite the scratching there is a certain softness and tenderness to this painting. The vertical blue strokes, varied in shade, create a sense of motion further asserting the endurance of kindness.

More than anything her work is unconditionally expressive. There is a clear sense of the linear created throughout her work. In many of her works Tabita has developed a discernible linear quality; this is apparent in pieces such as TO BE DANCED, WATERFALL, RELIEF RAIN, FLOATING, THERE, AWAK, HEALING, RAINY DAY, MINT LOOKS, EMBRACE, REFLECTIONS, SUMMER and DIVE.  Tabita explains that ‘I see the horizontal line in a visual as a timeline. When we look at a visual, we “read” it like we read a book.’ This is particularly interesting when looking at pieces such as REFLECTION (Acrylic on canvas, 8.27 x 8.27 inches + 11.26 x 16.54 inches + 8.27 x 8.27 inches). This trilogy of abstract paintings is about feelings. It was created during a live session among friends. It happens to be one of the first works Tabita created in London. There is a clear linear quality to these pieces. It’s almost as if the light blue sky and its clouds, creating a horizontal impression, are intersected with short vertical strokes of deep green and dark yellow. It is almost as if Tabita is painting over the cloudy skies of London, creating new impressions and new interactions between colours and lines – the colours blue and yellow have somewhat interacted and transformed into a deep green in the same way the vertical and horizontal and vertical lines converge and small layered strokes.

 

Come see the great artwork on display while you can!

Until next time,

artFix

Earlier this month, June 2019,  we were delighted to showcase a solo exhibition by Sophie Venturini from Thames Side Studios.

The exhibition focuses on a collection of her works including paintings, drawings and ceramics. As an independent artist Sophie has brought to life a range of her own original content. Sophie enjoys working with bright colours and has a keen interest in expressing herself through bold colours and striking mark making. This is evident in her abstract and figurative works, often articulating emotional and imaginative content.

   The launch was stimulating and the evening was spent with Sophie wandering amongst the guests, conversing and exploring each piece. The street lights had ignited, the gallery spotlights were sparked onto the pieces and the guests peered inquisitively into each and every piece. Sophie is keen on the dialogue and interactions made between the art and the audience. She spent the evening, wine glass in hand, connecting and communicating with everyone – considering their own interpretations and inferences.

 

The Entrepreneur catches the eye as soon as you walk in the gallery. The portrait embodies a young sophisticated man dressed in a suit and tie. The piece has a sketch like quality with lines and colours layered on top of one another, making impressions and contours. Most of her strokes and shading have been made in red, a bold and compelling colour to use. The piece is also heavily highlighted with neon. Sophie explains that the neon is expressive of the modern era, symbolising a protest against the traditional red. This new generation of modernity is vibrant and assertive, it is sophisticated and exudes confidence. The man’s countenance is bold and dominates the empty space. The multi-coloured quality of this piece further suggests the multi-faceted and different characteristics we inhabit that complicate former definitions of identity. The colours struggle to keep in their lines in the same way we resist from definitions and restrictions outlining and labelling us constantly in society. 

Another captivating piece is Mother of the Birds which explores motherhood and the maternal. Sophie Venturini explores her own experiences of maternity and motherhood in this painting. The painting features a woman in the foreground surrounded by birds that seem to be caressing her as she holds them in her arms. This piece considers the two-way relationship of motherhood; not only is the mother holding and supporting the birds but the birds are also caring and loving – almost nuzzling the mother. The page is subtly vibrant and colourful, in a way that almost suggests the colour is slowly developing on the canvas. The hues of blue and pink, as well as the smears of green and yellow, add pigment and life to the grey background – almost in the same way that mothers often feel as if their children have  added a sudden rush of colour and depth to their lives. The piece also considers texture closely, it is almost three dimensional. The strokes and layering form a rough and raw finish to the painting.

Gabriel has been recognised as an all-round favourite from this collection. The portrait painting is captivating. Inspired by the biblical figure Gabriel, the painting portrays the being in an almost saint like manner, with its angel wings extended behind like a headpiece. The hair is straight and almost modern, like a new age Gabriel transcending into the 21st century. The painting is dominated by hues of blue – with strokes of bright pale blue striking the figures cheekbones and chin. Sophies use of pigment when shading is inspired. The colours both complement and contrast one another on the canvas. The eyes are dark and piercing, sustaining the focus, drawing the reader further into the piece. 

Another interesting piece is The Shaman, an explosive mixed media painting. The piece is vibrant and colourful, bursting with shades of blue, pink and purple against its black outlines. The bright pigments used to illustrate the face feel somewhat foreign and familiar at the same time. The Shaman represents outdated and alternative spiritual modes of knowledge. Here Venturini has developed a modern take on ancestral figures. The glitter and dripping effect used contrast the ancient ideals of the Shaman himself but also suggest that these notions of tradition and culture can in fact go beyond their ‘designated’ time and exist in the modern world. The headpiece, recreated in glitter, almost imitates a radiating and iridescent halo. The colours of the face in the foreground extend to the background of the piece as if the Shaman himself exudes its energy, overwhelming the canvas. 

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