Artists

Karolina Albricht (b. 1983 in Krakow) is a London based artist and curator. She graduated with an MA from The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 2008, prior to that she completed Socrates-Erasmus at ArtEZ Institute of Fine Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands in 2007. In 2020, she finished Turps Studio Programme in London. Her recent exhibitions include OFF-BEAT, a solo show at JGM Gallery, London, Dear Painting at Nordic Art Agency, Malmo, Adazzle at JGM Gallery, London and Catamaran at Thames Side Studios Gallery, London. Her awards include ArtGemini Prize, Tyson Awards (selected by Liz Gilmore). She was shortlisted for RA Summer Exhibition, Threadneedle Prize and National Open Competition.

Karolina Albricht’s paintings derive from a private imaginative space. Continuously, she’s negotiating new configurations of form, colour and surface. Painting, to her, is an attempt to generate an active space, an environment which can be perceived and responded to through our intellectual and physical faculties, through the sum of our senses.

www.karolinaalbricht.com

Carolyn is a graduate of Canterbury College of Art with an MA from City and Guilds Art School, and she lives and works in Birmingham. Carolyn has been included in this year’s Royal Academy Summer (Winter) show and recently exhibited a solo show T Street Gallery in Birmingham.

Carolyn’s paintings are concerned with reflections, recollections and memories of the poetic in the everyday. It is these moments that she finds interesting, as she uses paint to memorialise the the insignificant. Often recording events by phone, her images are paired down to their essential composition. The paintings begin with a stained coloured ground, which is wiped on prior to working on the composition. That colour remains as a constant, permeating to the surface, as a reminder of the memory of an event.

www.carolynblake.com

Kiri Bull is a driven, mostly self-taught artist based in Staffordshire UK. She uses paint to explore issues surrounding identity, race, sexuality and mental health. Coming from a mixed heritage background and growing up in a predominantly white environment has strongly shaped her views on identity and how they can influence who we become.

Kiri is interested in how the body is often a vehicle for how others try to define our place in the world and the actions we take to either conform to this role or rebel against it. Mental health is a constant underlying theme in her work, as she often uses painting as a way to navigate her way through challenging emotions and memories.

She combines imagery of the natural world and the physical body to communicate universal feelings of love, loss and pleasure. She intends for her work to act as an emotional bridge between herself and the viewer.

www.kiribull.co.uk

Hannah Campion creates colourfully fluid paintings. In abandoned buildings, spaces or her studio, at every scale, fluorescent water is flooded onto surfaces and suspended paint injected into spaces. Objects are sculpted by carving through colourful paintings hovering them from ceilings. Snap shots of sediment are brushed and sprayed to make the picture plane shimmer and shift. The synthetic pop of a Bermuda short palette is diffused with Santa Monica sunsets and brushstrokes dripping in rainbows.

Hannah was awarded a scholarship from Chelsea College of Arts where she graduated with her MA Fine Art in 2013.  Press: Guardian Guide, Telegraph, How to Spend it Magazine, Wall Street International Magazine, Hunger TV. Exhibitions: London, LA, Berlin, New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur. Collections: Smurfit, Astra Zeneca and Charnwood Council and Special Collections Chelsea.

www.hannahcampion.com

Anna Choutova is a visual artist and curator working in London. Anna is currently studying for an MFA in Painting at Slade School of Art, after graduating with a First Class Honours with a BA in Painting from Brighton University in 2015. She is represented by Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh.

Coming from an Eastern European background, then thrown into a Westernised upbringing in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Anna’s practice functions as a form of rose-tinted voyeurism into an idealised Western culture. The culture she was born into both fetishizes and demonizes American consumer culture - Anna’s practice reflects this duality. She approaches food, consumerism and addiction with a contemporary Pop Art vernacular, using Kristeva’s Powers of Horror as a key reference point.  She has put herself between Malevich and McCarthy and is on a mission to marry destitute bleakness with inconceivable excess in her practice.

www.annachoutova.com

Tom Farthing lives and works in London. He gained a BA from the Ruskin School of Art in 2005, an MA from Chelsea School of Art in 2013 and has recently completed the Turps Banana Studio Programme. His painting takes the observable world as its starting point, and explores the boundaries between abstraction and figuration, flatness and depth, the real and the imaginary. Most recently, he has been making paintings investigating the effects of light at different times of day and the changing of the seasons in his garden. He has exhibited regularly in the UK since 2014 and his work is in numerous private collections both here and abroad.

www.tomfarthing.com

Carl Form, or Carlo Formisano, is a painter based in London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins, College of Art and Design. Born in Naples, Italy, he has lived in Brighton and Prague, before settling in London. His works have been featured in Garageland Art Magazine and Contemporary British Painting. He has shown works in Italy, UK and the Czech Republic.

For the works presented at Small Works Gallery, Carl is exploring the reality of the immediately visible and the suggestions that painting can create, looking at socio-political trends, with particular interest to the rise of the far-right movement, and the movements of protests and resistance all over the world. Every painting is born out of the ‘realʼ as most of his source material is taken from the immediate world around him (social networks, the artistʼs own photographs, the news and the internet at large). At a first glance, the work suggests pretty clear narratives, but at a second look, it seems to imply something else. With influences as diverse as Edward Hopper, Francis Bacon, Abstract Expressionism and the Old Masters, this body of work creates new tensions distilled from the use of oil paint with the layering of both overt and implied meanings.

www.carloformisano.com

Continuously negotiating the power of dislocation geographically, culturally, socially and through language, Farnaz Gholami’s current body of work develops a curious but uncertain gaze, looking and making sense of her surroundings and her relationship with the world. Solitude is intrinsic to the paintings, either by emphasising the absence of human figures in ambiguous landscapes and settings, or through the human subject dwelling in their world. The unfamiliarity of a place can create a platform of a dwelling between imagination and the real, abstraction and form; this suggests a different place in-between: the “Non-Place”.

In these paintings, motifs are borrowed from surroundings and memory to create a non-place where the familiar and unknown are juxtaposed next to one another. Through the idea of non-place, the possibility of acceptance and inclusion is sought out. Acceptance of the unknown and inclusion of the queer are the promises of the non-place.

Farnaz Gholami is a recent graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, currently living and working in London. She was born in Ireland, grew up in Iran, and lived in the USA and South Africa, before settling in London, UK in 2016.

www.farnaz.net

Gabriela Giroletti (b. 1982 in Porto Alegre, Brazil) is a painter living and working in London. Gabriela graduated from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2018. She was awarded the Desiree Painting Prize and was the artist in residence at Colart headquarters in 2017.

“My current painting research explores the relationship between the painted image (the meaning, the immaterial, the metaphor, the mind) and the material presence in the painting (the corporeal, the touch, the physical presence, the body). Although the metaphysical element is present, the work always relies on the material possibilities as a starting point. I paint loosely observed details of the world around me. I often use the natural world and simple moments as departure points, reinforcing the importance of everyday experience.”

www.gabrielagiroletti.com

Liam Mertens is originally from New Zealand and lives and works in London. His work is influenced by popular culture, advertising language and colour theory. With simplicity at its core, Liam depicts the complicated and overlapping memories of home as they become embedded in new spaces. Liam is currently a part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020.

www.liammertens.co.uk

Shaun’s work reflects an ongoing interest in non-places and edgelands, as well as local urban landscapes. He creates atmospheres that suggest the sinister and unsettling. His uncanny landscapes are readable in relation to ideas of psychological states and of local and national histories. Further investigations delve into folkloric film and literature, science fiction, TV public information films, folk horror and hauntology in search of the darker, eerier side of nature; the spaces we occupy and move amongst.

www.shaunmorrispaintings.com

Michal’s work is a continuing research of ethnology, pattern making, abstract art, pop culture and digital aesthetics, avoiding any final definition, nor imposing any absolute conclusion. The physical, mental and philosophical starting point of her work is the state of upholding multiple, often contradictory, positions simultaneously. Her paintings are made by layering and accumulating different ways of making and materials until the point of exhaustion, a meeting point between abstraction, decoration and imagery, stripped down combinations, repetitions, and re/de-constructions. Her interests and sources of inspiration varies from Eastern philosophies, occult beliefs, through art history, pop culture, feminist art, to music, rave culture, the digital age, and more. The philosophical investigation is manifested in her works through the creation of images that deal with contrasts, diversity, and unification, as well as the concept of non-separation and lack of hierarchy both through traditional techniques and emerging ways of making and the usage of different materials. 

www.michal-raz.com

Ben is a British artist working across a variety of media including painting, sculpture and printmaking. He specialised in painting at Wimbledon College of Arts (First Class Honors Degree, 2014) and followed this with a scholarship at the Royal Drawing School.

Ben’s work is an investigation of the ‘exotic’ in relation to colonial and Eurocentric viewpoints. To confront such cultural biases, Ben has relocated to Bogotá, Colombia and continues to explore notions of shared history and human experience. He is interested in how the viewer can relate to and empathise with the ‘imagined other’ through stories and images. Ben combines found images with observational drawings to create a fantastical realism with narratives referencing folk-lore and mythology, with work that transforms into living things in themselves.

www.ben-stephenson.com

Sarah is from Cumbria and currently lives and works in London. Sarah's interdisciplinary practice straddles mediums such as painting, installation and photography. Her ongoing devoted relationship to the abundance of nature and its uncertainty allows Sarah to explore in situ experiments which are in flux.

www.sarahtew.co.uk

Monica is originally from California, but lives and works in UK. Her experiences of continually starting over have led her to reflect on the cycles of change and renewal in nature. Through a material-led process, Monica embraces accidental and incidental moments in which she seeks the catalyst or disruption and embraces the transformative nature of the elements as potential collaborators. Monica has a BFA from the California College of the Arts and an MFA from Slade School of Art.

www.monicaperezvega.com