VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION
Rainbow in the Night
Artist: Alexander Ong Amodio
Medium: Photography
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
This series of portfolio is mainly emphasized on the triumph of homosexuals who they have been slowly gaining recognition throughout the world since the past decades. It highlights some elements such as costumes, make-up and fashion materials in the black & white world.
About the Artist:
Alexander Ong Amodio is a Malaysian photographer currently living in London. He began his photographic career at 18. He has worked for a newspaper in Malasia & photo agency in Singapore. When the Tsunami hit in December 2004, he was called upon to carry out a photographic reportage assignment in Indonesia to portray the Tsunami refugees.

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Memories of Ireland
Artist: Ann Foster
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
Ann Foster painted this work having returned from an S & M party in Ireland. It was her first visit to Ireland and she was impressed by the quirky people she met over that weekend and needed to express that.
About the Artist:
Ann gained a first class hon degree from Sheffield and a M.A. from Manchester. She worked for many years as a social worker and psychotherapist. Recent Exhibitions: New York 8/2007 Sheffield 6/2007 London 2/2007. Issues of sexuality and gender are of particular interest to her and lesbian, transsexual and transgenic images strongly influence and pervade her work.

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Portraits of Him #4
Artist: Asa Johannesson
Medium: Photography
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
Portraits of Him (2007) comments on and challenges masculinity as a form of identity. By focusing on men of female to male transgender the series aims to use the sitters' embodiment of masculinity to explore notions of desire, fantasy and dreams. Portraits of Him' dipicts a longing, culminating in the desire to become him.
About the Artist:
Photography for ASA Johannesson is a tool for self-exploration. Asa graduated from University of Westminster BA Photographic Arts in 2006. Asa's most recent project, Portraits of Her is selected to show at the Magenta Flash Forward/Emerging Photographers 2007, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada in October 2007
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Own sex city
Artist: Beldan Sezen
Medium: Charcoal, pastels on paper
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
Since her early childhood years, Beldan Sezen struggled with the discrepancy between what she directly experienced and what often had become common acceptance through social conventions and a language of silence. Taboos implanted by words and visuals which she understands as an intellectual and emotional diminishment. Therein lies the motivation for the work.
About the Artist:
Beldan Sezen is of Turkish origin, born in 1967 and grew up in Germany. Now based in Amsterdam, Beldan works as a freelance artist, having done illustrations, cartoons and short animation films. Beldan is part of the artists4freedom group and a published poet who is currently working on a graphic novel, and a lesbian murder mystery.

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Bain
Artist: Francisca Bancalari
Medium: Digital Photography
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
The work deals with the themes of displacement, queer beauty or identity, alienation and ambiguity through the use of familiar objects such as my body/the body and its becoming foreign, fragmented or abstracted - the blurred boundaries of a hybrid sexual object, a body, a human body and an animal body.
About the Artist:
Francisca Bancalari is a 24 years artist of Argentinian nationality. She has a Fine Art degree from Goldsmith’s post the foundation course at the Central St Martins. She also studied fine Art- painting at the University of Buenos Aires.

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Los Angeles
Artist: Gillian McCormick
Medium: Drawing
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
The work is a large scale drawing from a collection based on the female kiss taken from one of Rodin's most famous sculptures “the kiss” capturing the phychological condition and phenoma of love. The works were formulated and convieved in the city of angels with a cineamotography feel towards the finished image.
About the Artist:
Gillian McCormick was born at 5.05am in a sleepy scottish village. She graduated with Hons from the department of drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art and spent a brief spell at the New York academy under scholarship, but found the course too rigid with their use of skeletons and mathematics to portray the figure, preferring to fuse expression with mannerism.

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Astronomy for Poets
Artist: Ken Hurd
Medium: Giclee print
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
Ken Hurd is an artist working in original mixed media on canvas and small editions of giclee prints. He creates exotic or puzzling landscapes that are intended to create a ‘sense of wonder’ about the world.Ironically his work draws on imagery from encyclopedias and 'books of knowledge' that he used to pore over as a boy, because the work is more about a lack of knowledge about the world. ‘Astronomy for Poets’ is about childlike innocence about the world”.
About the Artist:
Trained as an illustrator/designer, Ken Hurd has produced freelance work for Raleigh Bikes, Peugeot Cars and Cadbury's. After winning the prestigious Adobe Photoshop calendar competition in the year 2000, he decided to finish work to study fine-art at the University of Wolverhampton. Graduating in 2004 he now spends his time working on his own highly personal mixed media projects on canvas and small limited editions of giclee prints.

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Untitled
Artist: Matthew Hughes
Medium: Photography
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
As a material object the photograph can be viewed as an indexical inscription of time and presence of time to emerge within the image. The faint traces of figures in the work operate as phantoms, indecipherable but alluring to a presence of lives halted in an embalment of time. Within the construction of these prints various photographic printing strategies and techniques have been adopted, with the resulting prints being formed from a combination of layers and printing process.
About the Artist:
Born in Barnstaple, Devon in 1979 Hughes left in 2000 and headed to Brighton to pursue a career in the arts. Here he developed a passion for sculpture, working with textiles, domesticated objects and discarded materials. Originally indenting to study tapestry at Edinburgh, his tutors saw the potential in his photographic work and persuaded him to apply him self in that direction. He is currently in his final year of his BA (hons) Photography Degree at the London College of Communication.

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Conversation
Artist: Maxine Badger
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
This picture depicts a moment of ease. Two women communicating side by side. It is as much about words unsaid.
About the Artist:
Maxine graduated from Bristol School of Art in 1986 and has exhibited throughout Sussex, in Cork Street and Barcelona. Her painting explores the push and pull between people.

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Taken
Artist: "Mikesbliss"
Medium: Acrylic on box canvas
Artwork Synopsis:
The motivation behind the work was to visualise the futility of forgiving a man that you know will never change.
 
 
 
 
About the Artist:
Mike has been working as a professional artist for five years. He studied Fashion at Edinburgh College of art. His work has been featured in Boys Magazine & Blue Magazine.

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Places I Call Home
Artist: Nigel Grimmer
Medium: Digital print in Perspex frame
 
 
 
Artwork Synopsis:
Nigel Grimmer’s practice explores the relationship between public and personal imagery and its influence on the production of identity. An archive of ephemera from popular culture - comic books, action figures, joke shop props, snapshots and film stills - is drawn through his personal narratives and then returned to the public realm. Rendered both strange and familiar, Grimmer presents an alternative to mainstream culture, an acknowledgment of his experience by the conveyance of a unique sensibility, a subculture, formed by the selection and editing of this material.
About the Artist:
Has a Masters in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 1998. Since graduating Grimmer has exhibited throughout the UK and has shown work in Germany, France and Switzerland. Grimmer has curated a number of exhibitions in London and his work is regularly published in a variety of journals.

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Sh-Out
Artist: Sarah Davies
Medium: Bronze
Artwork Synopsis:
“Her Amazonian devil woman, strong in her high heels complete with fanged snake tail, mighty erection, lusty tongue and bullet nipples, is her own goddess, arms aloft saluting the sky”
 
 
 
About the Artist:
Since graduating from Art school in 1990, Sarah Davis has travelled from Fine Art to Multimedia, and now she is going forward to Fine Art and making sculpture again. Sarah is curious about how we can dare to be as we truly are, in our visceral, sensual, theatre of life. Her sculptural work and animations are widely exhibited accross the country, including galleries in London & Manchester.

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Chelsea
Artist: Katie Chaplin
Medium: Batik on Silk
Artwork Synopsis:
Katie paints sensual women on silk. Her painting involves a technique using batik wax which is removed before the silk has been steamed to fix the colours.
About the Artist:
Born in Sheffield 1978. No formal training beyond A level art and silk painting class. 2003 began to exhibit in North Yorkshire, also raised her daughter and set up a business Japan Crafts.

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Positively Yours
Artist: Bob Strachan
Medium: Mixed Medium on paper
Artwork Synopsis:
Born of technophobia, sensitive information exposed, database security, HIV +. How does it feel to be in the minority? Are you feeling secure?!
 
 
 
About the Artist:
I am a 46 year old Gay HIV positive artist working in east London, connecting with the scene after a period of maturing and self-examination. It's time to reach out.

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Diagnosed
Artist: Vince Laws
Medium: Poster paint on bedsheet, enamel paint on glass.
Artwork Synopsis:
Based on Vince Laws’ poem Diagnosed. Written on and about the day I was diagnosed HIV+. Made by painting my body and lying on a clean bedsheet in the foetal position. The text is written as if by the figure behind the glass.
 
 
About the Artist:
Vince Laws was born in Erith, Kent, 1961. He has sub-edited Gscene (the Brighton LGBT magazine) for the last 7 or 8 years, and in the last few years returned to visual art, producing pieces based on his poetry. He is currently working on a 21st century queer version of the Faust legend in which an HIV+ man sells his soul to the devil in return for perfect health, the voice of a poet, and to die at his happiest moment.

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Queenie- Writer and Playwright
Artist: Ajamu
Medium: Photography.
Artwork Synopsis:
An image from Ajamu’s latest photographic project- Man-Royal, Whickers and Zami’s.The work will include 15 portraits of key Black British lesbians and writers.
 
 
 
 
About the Artist:
Ajamu was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England in 1963. He is predominatly a self-taught issue based fine art photographer specialising in black homo-content figure studies, self- portraits and studio based constructed imagery. The practice through experimentation and risk taking is to extend, push contemporary theoretical debates on Identities, The Body, race, genders, play, sexualities and pleasures.

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