“So I don’t think London will be a problem as in to draw artists into it. I think what’s harder for artists is to survive economically. You’ll often get artists that come out of art school, and in 10 years time, they no longer do art and they’ve gone into a different career because they can’t afford to or they choose not to make the sacrifice of living standards.”
Kathy Barker trained at the Wimbledon School of Art gaining BA Honors in Fine Art (painting) and a Master of Art in Printmaking. As her career progressed she followed her true passion for portraiture and studied at the Charles Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy in the atelier fashion. In addition to her portrait painting, she is currently providing Postgraduate drawing tutorship at West Dean College, which is part of the Edward James Foundation. [kathybarker.co.uk]
“There are alternatives- you can move to another city or another country, but it’s frustrating to see that artists are the trailblazers for the developers. And unfortunately, it’s a vicious circle.”
Karolina Albricht (b. 1983 in Krakow) is a London based artist and curator currently undertaking Turps Studio Programme in London. 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. Her recent exhibitions include Dear Painter 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. Her work is rooted in figuration while operating within an abstract language. Continuously, she’s negotiating new configurations of form, colour and surface, establishing and defying the possibilities of painting, stretching it beyond the flat surface of canvas. She sees painting as a generative force of space, time, movement and feeling; an active environment where these elements meet, setting their own terms; a possible reality. A reality felt and experienced. [karolinaalbricht.com]Read More
“There’s always a place where you can make your building or your development stand out, and also connect to the local community by figuring out who is producing work that is relevant to that community, that speaks to that community, and then using their art to connect back to that area.”
Tom Cox established his reputation and gained widespread acclaim as an urban landscape painter and has been featured in the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Artists & Illustrators Magazine and more. In 2016 he established Focus LDN, a pop-up gallery exhibiting the work of emerging artists across London. In 2018 he orchestrated his first international exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Demand for his work grew and in 2019 he was tasked with a number of large scale commissions, whilst simultaneously being taken on by Select Gallery in Notting Hill. [tomcoxstudio.com]Read More
“And when I go for the exhibitions at like Tate or, you know, big galleries, I’m always really impressed when I see there’s such a wide range of age in the audience. So yeah, as an artist it’s such a brilliant environment for me to share my work and thoughts.” -Minjoo Kim
Minjoo Kim is a London-based narrative painter who was born and raised in South Korea. Kim’s work addresses the formatin and re-negotiation of cultural identity, drawing from her own experience growing up in a conservative Korean context.
Since moving to London in 2016, Kim was confronted with a radically unfamiliar cultural environment which led to a range of new perspectives on beauty, femininity, and social relations. Her ongoing research is the result of this continually expanding focus, encompassing a broad investigation of the social and political issues surrounding the identity of women, particularly from her own East Asian milieu. The subjects of her paintings, primarily women, are drawn from real-life but depicted in an imaginary setting, or as Kim describes it, ‘a virtual narrative’. [minjookim.net]Read More
“We live in a digital era, where we are all online, like we artists and developers are there like you just need to look for us. In a way it’s easy to find a good fit to work and collaborate.” -Ingrid Sanchez
Ingrid Sanchez is a full time artist and designer. She teaches workshops in her home-studio as well as many cities abroad. She is most known for her loose dynamic style and non-sketching approach. Watercolour always serves as her ground base and other mediums like inks or acrylics join in depending on how her paintings evolve. Her artworks are the result of constant and fearless experimentation.
“So I think having these kinds of spaces where there are other people around; I think it creates a nice community and environment for you to also have a dialogue with other disciplines.” – Jukka Virkkunen
Jukka Virkkunen is a painter from Jyväskylä, Finland. In 2014 he graduated with a BA in graphic design from the Universidade Norte do Paraná in Brazil and in 2020, he received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in the UK. Through his paintings he explores emptiness and physicality through minimal mark-making on monumental monochrome canvases. He creates his own architecture- a volume of colour held inside a space or over existing structures.
“I do ceramics, but I also run a small arts organisation where we have events and there’s so many things that when you try to pull them together in another context outside of London, it feels like there’s no room for it.” -Bisila Noha
Bisila Noha’s ceramics are strongly influenced by Japanese ceramics. She makes ‘simple’ ceramic pieces that she uses as either a canvas for abstract landscapes or as the embodiment of her reflections and personal life stories. She teaches ceramics regularly at Crown Works Pottery and runs workshops with organisations. She is also co-director of Lon-art and Create, the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts. [bisilanoha.co.uk]
“It’s about finding a balance and creating a model that perhaps gives a sustainable return, but not a mega return, because you have a value system that might be changing from sort of huge profits to medium profits and nurturing the community around you.”
Jane Clatworthy is a figurative artist based in Earlsfield, London. Her work is based primarily on the male form, exploring concepts of masculinity and vulnerability. It encourages questions and dialogue on the validity of the continuing stranglehold of the patriarchy on today’s culture. In particular, how the nude male body still remains behind almost impenetrable walls of censorship and taboo. [janeclatworthy.com]
“It’s really nice and inspiring to be able to touch base with other people, see what they’re doing, you know, just to be able to kind of explore within this environment because of what’s available.”
Brian Reinker is an abstract and op-art artist. Working in the language of landscape, architecture, and topography, his colourful abstractions depict real and imagined places with the disciplined approach of an architect. Reinker aims to distill the essence of these places using a variety of techniques and media. His work can be found in collections in the UK, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and the USA. [www.brianreinker.com]
“New builds can be sort of fairly featureless and when plopped into the middle of existing communities that can cause friction or tension especially in kind of deprived areas. I hope the idea of putting studios into ground floors of new developments becomes more of an established thing because it creates a link to the community.”
Lily Pearmain is a ceramicist in southeast London. She studied Russian at UCL before turning to sourdough baking and then to pottery. She’s driven by experimenting with processes and approaches to clay as a material, while keeping the work clean- often using simple forms and minimal glazing. [ lilypearmain.com]