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Elliot Killick’s practice focuses on memory; its ephemeral, ever-fleeting nature, unreliability and subjectivity. He approaches this matter through portraits, painting from found photographs of people. The figures represented can appear indistinct and faded in the dark background, epitomizing the uncertainty of memory. Killick is interested in mankind’s obsession and near addiction to preservation of moments however mundane or momentous, and how accurately they were remembered.
The Killick commissions look to capture relevant stories from the past, and present them in a contemporary style, creating a new vision of Pall Mall’s illustrious history.
Pall Mall was one of the first areas in London with gas lighting. On 28th January 1807 the gas lamps on Pall Mall were lit by the London and Westminster gas light and coke company making it the first street in the world to be illuminated by the warm glow of gas lighting. The painting shows Scottish engineer and inventor, William Murdoch who is attributed with inventing gas lighting, illuminated by his invention.
Pall Mall was once the centre of London’s fine art scene, in 1814 the Royal Academy, the National Gallery and the Christies auction house were all based on the street. Fashionable taste in 18th Century Britain was based on continental and traditional art forms, providing contemporary British artists with little chance to sell their work. The Royal Academy in part changed this by providing a place for contemporary artists in Britain to display and sell their work. The painting is a self-portrait, showing the artist taking his next evolutionary step in the spirit of what the founding members of the Royal Academy were trying to achieve.
Contemporary abstract painter Eleanor Carlingford constantly grapples with the question of identity; how do you know who you are, how do you get the hang of life and how to act and react. Her work is an exploration into the question of how identity manifests itself. Carlingford believes for the most part, people become a version of what they have learned they are. Her paintings all begin life as drawings; unique characters and ideas born in sketch books. This visual information then moves to the canvas. Abstract, powerful, colour laden, textured works emerge.
Ross Miller is a portrait artist. A self confessed introvert, Miller aims to expose himself through his art. Dark and expressive elements dominate his practice. He begins each piece with the intention of creating a likeness to his subjects. There is a realism in his portraits. But this state is short lived. Rapid and raw marks begin to obscure and change each face, to reveal an inner turmoil. He successfully picks apart human emotions and lays them out for inspection.
Isobel Cortese’s curiously enchanting works play with the notion that ‘small is powerful’. Miniature depictions shrouded in a false sense of security; Cortese takes daily scenes and expertly twists them into curiously dark places.
Lee Ellis is an artist with an insatiable desire to create within unlimited boundaries. He embraces all forms of artistic mediums; printing making, drawing and painting being at the fore. Bold, abstract, raw and expressive. Ellis likes to employ an unusual juxtaposition of bright colours and dark subjects. Ellis’ paintings in particular convey an emotional and visceral angst. He never fails to depict the inner turmoil of his characters.
Truth, order, simplicity and harmony. Stephen Whatcott produces minimalist, abstract expressionist paintings that focus on line, form and surface. Favouring a limited pallet of monochromatic tones, he continually explores solidity, texture and shape.
Marcin Filip Cybulski
Inspired by philosophy, emotion and seeking of identity in a modern world. Marcin Filip Cybulski’s work explores the formal possibilities of multimedia collage: it is driven by the silkscreen process, deployed across a wide range of supports and surfaces, such as wood, textiles, and paper. His preferred method of working is to proceed intuitively, developing an image through a series of unconscious decisions. He uses highly personal iconography, based around the human figure and its interactions with fundamental emblems of geometry, such as the triangle, the circle and the cruciform.
Jason Keeley’s images are figure based, using photographic and digital techniques. Most are realised as traditional original screen prints and others as Digital UV prints direct to aluminium. They are all inspired by dance, human form and the op artists, particularly Bridget Riley.
Nancy Nightingale is an Edinburgh based Artist. She observes how changing daylight transforms spaces through elongated shadow forms. Currently, the focus of Nightingale’s practice is the translation of light and shadow within spaces possessing a cinematic quality into textured mark making. Directing the viewers’ eye using the frame, linking the interior with the exterior, is a tool Nancy often uses to invite potential narrative. The construction of space is made with sensitivity to materiality, imitating visual moments containing both harsh and subtle light. Her main body of work is often process-led which allows for a controlled restriction of information given to the viewer by removing detail. Materials are used as a tool for creating visual noise, where quieter moments exist within subtle changes in texture. By abstracting the original space, Nancy is able to capture the mood without the need for explicit definition.
Ahlers often develops his projects in collaboration with the people he photographs. Drawing inspiration from the rich history of photographic art, the theatre, the moving image and the people he works with, he aims to create intimate, truthful, unique and engaging still photographs that ask questions about the self and resonate with our feelings and ideas about our place in this world.