ARTISTS COME TOGETHER TO HELP PROMOTE AN #ENVIRONMENTFOREVERYONE
5th June 2020, @ 6pm GMT+1
5th June – 30th June 2020
Daniel Raphael is delighted to announce GROUNDED, an online group exhibition to mark World Environment Day (WED). International emerging artists from all over the globe (including Argentina, Thailand, Iran and New Zealand) have been brought together to promote awareness for the environment, both on a global and local level. The mediums in this exhibition span from painting and embroidery to sculpture and poem art.
Of all the pieces, the message towards our natural environment is most prevalent within the works of British artist, Jelly Green and Argentinian painter, Alejandro Pasquale. Jelly’s ‘Night Canopy’ is reminiscent of a dense undergrowth at the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. The foreground of blue and green tones is alluring and beautiful yet the background, much darker, subtly reminds the viewer of a gloomier reality that is deforestation. Pasquale’s work is an unfamiliar blend of nature and humans. A man’s head is shrouded in flora and fauna. Consumed by nature, he is at one with his surroundings, an antithesis of most of the cosmopolitan dwellers nowadays.
On a gentler note, Hong Kong artist Yi To produces abstract figurative paintings using natural minerals. Her ‘Untitled’ piece features an earthy palette emphasising the luminescent blues and purples within the work. The figures portray two characters curled up in the foetal position. The work is a reminder that human’s existence is merely a part of the natural world. Whilst we are developing new projects, constructing cities, consuming on a scale beyond comprehension, we are most comfortable when grounded and closer to nature.
Erik Minter, Riikka Hyvönen and Maryam Ashkanian explore the term ‘environment’ in a more physical sense. Minter’s wet figurative paintings are a progression from his abstract works; a loose body drips across the canvas, the movement of the paint denoting a feeling of loss or separation through its liquid state. Whilst Riikka looks at the physical environment through active sport, Ashkanian’s embroidered portraits portray humans during the most inactive time of the day. Her well-known, sleep series, are honest works of art as she explains that someone captured in their sleep is at their most vulnerable. The works have been presented in a new way for this exhibition, with a beige linen backing and simple white frame. The three works on show encapsulate Askanian’s vision of purity.
Almost 30 years ago, the first WED started analysing how our human interactions were affecting the natural world. Nowadays, the message of environmental awareness is at the forefront of organisations, countries and foundations worldwide. Combined with our time in isolation, the pandemic has forced many to reflect, take a step back and consider how we are engaging with our surroundings differently. Some of us have re-found old childhood hobbies, started new forms of exercise, become more mindful, re-connected with friends and family. Whichever the scenario, our natural, physical and even digital environments have been redefined; stripped back to more basic times, we find ourselves in one way or another physically and emotionally GROUNDED.
The Daniel Raphael Gallery in London is dedicated to emerging contemporary art. Founded in 2016 by Daniel Levy, the exhibitions aim to be interactive, thought provoking and original. We are a platform for an international range of emerging artists. The gallery first opened in the vibrant and diverse art and antiques quarter of Church Street, London, NW8. In 2020, Daniel Raphael re- located to a domestic setting, also in Marylebone, run by appointment only.
Traditionally WED is celebrated to raise #globalawareness #healthyenvironment #environmentforeveryone. Let’s use art to spread this message in a simpler way. Proceeds from sales will be donated to charities of the artist’s choice.
Blue Is The Warmest
Maryam Ashkanian 2013
sewing & Mixed media on fabric
Iranian artist Maryam Ashkanian (b.1988) graduated in Painting from Art Faculty of Gilan University, Iran. Her works have been exhibited in Tehran, Antwerp, Munich, Dubai, Edinburgh, Warsaw and Athens. Ashkanian embroiders individuals deep in sleep onto the surface of her handmade pillows, matching the size of her subjects to the area they would occupy when resting. The stitched sleepers lay sprawled in different configurations on the white background. These sculptures are a way to access the wide subject matter of dreams, a place where Ashkanian feels we can observe ourselves in one of the purest forms.
SPIRIT OF EDEN
Emma (b.1967) was born in Liberia, West Africa and lived in England before arriving in New Zealand aged six, where she still resides in the beautiful twin-harbour city of Auckland. A former nurse, Emma went to live in London in the early 1990s where she fell in love with Photography at the Camera Club in Leicester Square. It was here that she learnt darkroom techniques and took part in her first group exhibition. On her return to New Zealand, she became one of that country’s most adaptable commercial photographers, working freelance for over 20 years and winning multiple awards.
Peter lives and works in Chicago creating graphic, explosive cartoon-like embroideries. His most recent body of work is inspired by cartoons from Golden Age Warner Brothers. He will watch them from a design point of view and screenshot the scenes that catch his eye. He will analyse fragments of these images and then begin to add other cartoons, designs, or abstract images until a new design is born.
STAND ON THAT X THERE. // 2019 // Animation, 3 frames, freehand machine embroidery on linen
Riikka Hyvönen (b.1982) is a Finnish artist who graduated from Goldsmiths. Based in London, Hyvönen is known for her Roller Derby sculptural painting series. Hyvönen considers self-identity as a constructed mass deception that we have agreed upon. Her witty, playful and controversial work is both founded in the present while she extends commercial values in visuality to reconsider common female stereotypes and cultural assumptions on beauty.
Ollie Gomm, or Gommie as he is known, started his artistic career after spending a year roaming around the British countryside painting on ordnance survey maps. The former drama student gave up a 10-year career as an actor and started to make his works from acrylic paint, ink, mud, doodles and poems.
Jelly Green (b.1992) is a contemporary British painter who divides her time between her studio in Suffolk and London. She has been mentored by artist Maggi Hambling since she the age of 16 and in 2009, Jelly was selected as a Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) scholar. She also studied at The Prince's Drawing School in London (2012-2013). Her paintings are usually based on the natural world, most specifically the Brazilian rainforest, after spending much time there in the past. Her work has been acquired for private collections throughout Europe, the US, Asia, the Middle East and Australasia.
(b. 1995), Hong Kong is currently based in London undertaking an MA Painting at the Royal College of Art.
The Sum of Our Actions
Defaced by @erik.minter
Kenz (b.1996) studied Communication Art and Commerce at Deakin Melbourne, Australia. He is currently based in Bangkok and draws his inspiration from the human state of mind, memories and the tension between the consciousness and unconsciousness. He is interested in exploring the concept of nostalgia and innocent childhood memories through the depiction of his own personal objects from early life such as rubber bath ducks and walking push toys. This is executed through his signature style of soft tones and an artificial-like colour palette coupled with bold, round lines and shapes.
Erik Minter graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute; Brooklyn, New York. His work plays on bold, vibrant colour combinations often met with sky-tone gradients that weave between graphical shapes and fluid-like splashes. Combining abstraction with surreal figuration, Minter has moved from digital drawings and photographic manipulations to paint and the physical surface, seeking to capture the emotion of experiences, either lived or dreamed, and to express his feelings and curiosity about life. With different layers that unfold over time, each work gives way to new discoveries.
Konrad Wyrebek is British-Polish artist living and working in London, UK. One of his most recent series, Data Error, comprises abstract paintings and video-paintings using images captured from television, film, and print that represent contemporary living, lifestyle and culture. Each image is pixelated through a succession of digital compressions with deliberate settings causing corruption of data in the transfer between different software and devices. During the process, images are destroyed, protected and subsequently retrieved. “It is related to my interest in imperfection and deformation.” His paintings open a discussion into the chaotic and complex DNA of the digital age.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1984, Pasquale started to study Fine Arts in 2002 at the National Institute of Art (IUNA). In 2004 he quit and decided to continue as a self-taught artist, reinforcing his knowledge with courses given by local artists. In the years since, he has participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions around the world including France, Perú, Canada, Pakistan, Spain, Uruguay, USA, and Germany.