Based in London, UK

The embrace is a recurring motif embodied in many forms in my work. Primarily, I am a painter and sculptor, and I tend to focus on the interplay between the physical sensations of my materials and the raw emotions I experience in my own life and close relationships. Currently I am concerned with common feelings of introspection we have all experienced during the recent pandemic that proved to catalyse the effects of rumination and loneliness.

My painting method is physical, and this physical process demonstrates the material qualities of my work. Hence, I view the process as much a key part of the painting as the final marks I make when I complete a work. In a way I feel like I must really exploit the properties of paint and wet clay to reveal the process, so I prefer to use materials that are wet, sticky, and primitive. Clay and oils have this honesty unlike plastic media; they are so tactile that it feels as close as one can get to moulding another body and the intimacy of touch can be as delicate as the process of firing clay.

Recently I have found a natural progression into painting landscapes that lack figures. These lonely, desolate landscapes are imaginary and dreamlike, they reveal our aspirations, our desires, and our fears. And more so for this reason are they as figurative and bodily as my previous work. The landscapes could be said to reflect the vast span of aspects that comprise our private selves. I enjoy being able to create snapshots of memories, quiet unsaid moments and framing phrases and lyrics to this effect. Ultimately my work is diaristic, I find a cathartic release in the process and discovering classic and banal themes that can be shared with others.

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Education

Wimbledon College of Art (UAL)

BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, 2017-2020

Oxford Brookes University

Distinction in Foundation in Art and Design, 2016-2017

Awards

Saatchi Art's Rising Stars 2020

The Fine Art Collective, Elephant X ColArts Summer Residency 2019

Solo Exhibition

TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE, Liliya Art Gallery, London, March 22nd - April 18th 2021

Selected Exhibitions 

UNDER THE SAME SKY, Riana Raouna, Nicosia, Cyprus, March 31st - April 20th 2022

INTO THE FIRE, Grove Collective, January 13th - 5th February 2022

HUMAN CONCERN, The Artists Contemporary, December 1st 2021 - January 14th 2022

INTIMATE TIMES, Riana Raouna, Online Viewing Room, November 6th - December 18th 2021

INVITATION AU VOYAGE, Riana Raouna, Online Viewing Room, September 10th - October 22nd 2021

WHEN SNOWDROPS RISE, MAPA Fine Art, Art Hill Gallery, October 1st - 3rd 2021

GROVE COLLECTIVE OPEN CALL, London, September 2nd - 14th 2021

THE WILD GEESE CALL, Old Street Gallery, 22nd - 28th August 2021

YAC 'Selects', Instagram, June/July 2021

NEMESIS, Asylum Chapel, London, December 3rd 2020

PENULTIMATUM, Copeland Gallery, March 6th - 8th 2020

MADE IN ARTS LONDON 2019 COLLECTION LAUNCH, TM Lighting Gallery, September 12th - November 29th 2019

SAVED THOUGHTS, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, July 19th - 28th 2019

CREAM: WHIPPED, The Coningsby Gallery, London, July 3rd - 7th 2019

SEVEN COUNTIES OPEN, OVADA, Oxford, May 10th - June 9th 2019

 

SAND PIT, Holborn, London, May 10th - 12th 2019

NOISE, The Crypt Gallery, London, January 21st-22nd 2019

TRACES (Curator), Central St Martins, London, November 22nd-30th 2018

VIVID STATE 001, The Crofters Rights, Bristol, September 19th 2018

 

STOCK UP ON AIR (Curator), Nunnery Gallery, London, September 14th-16th 2018

CROSS COLLEGE/ COURSE/ YEAR SHOW, Chelsea College of Arts, London, April 17th-20th 2018

CAMBERWELL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Camberwell College of Arts, London, March 6th-8th 2018

INTERMIX JUNGLE, The Mill, Oxford, August 4th-5th 2017

VIDEOVADA, OVADA, Oxford, June 15th-18th 2017

289, Oxford Brooke's University, June 9th-15th 2017

 

ARTEFACT, OVADA, Oxford, February 10th-14th 2017

Press

Grove Collective Artist Interview Video, Custorian Tours, August 2021

BA Painting students exhibit drawing work in ‘Traces’ exhibition - Sophie Kassey, UAL, Wimbledon College of Arts, November 28th 2018