Art in Mind April 2018



24th April – 7th May 2018

Preview: Wednesday 25th April 18:00 – 20:30

The Brick Lane Gallery, 216 Brick Lane, London




Marcio Pontes is a Brazilian graphic designer who has studied at Central Saint Martins and SVA in New York. His digitally created works combine harmonious colours in angular and geometric compositions. ‘Within inspirations on Brazilian Modernist Art and Architecture my work is all about geometry and bold shapes playing between each other and in its space. Geometry. Colors. Graphics. Texture. Composition. Overlap. Movement. Transparencies. These elements all combined, arranged and repeated in a more organized way, create an optical stimulation and offer our eyes a more visual sensation that can fit in harmony into different environments such as home, corporate or home-office’. |


De Voc paints with a cheerful and luminous approach to colors, rightly associating luminous acrylic hues. She tries to create a visual harmony that corresponds to the emotion she feels when she paints. De Voc is a self-taught contemporary painter born in 1978 in France. Desiring to transform, confront and mix materials, her work is essentially based on acrylic paint, to which she adds material whether it is superimposed or with a layer of transparency. Painting gives her the freedom to express herself without any limits. The strength of colors is her signature. Her mode of inspiration is related to lyrical abstraction. After many trips and beautiful encounters, Voc painted with passion. |


Nevine Mattar exhibits two large works that incorporate multiple figures, leading the eye on a tour of the canvas. ‘Movement and Rhythm’ makes subtle visual references to figures of cultural importance, and uses mixed media to offer an interesting variation in texture. Nevine began her artistic career with a solo exhibition in 1982 entitled La Femme Fleur. She has since exhibited yearly both abroad and in Beirut. Many of her exhibitions were hosted in Lebanon for different charitable organizations including St. Jude and the Red Cross. Most exhibitions were based on specific themes such as Visualizing Opera, La Vie des Bohemians, Punch and Judy, Tapestry, Amulets and Talismans and the Value of Trash and Recycling. Her most recent exhibition in 2017-2018 was entitled “All that Jazz with Scraps”. |


Oliver Bloom’s semi abstract series is an interpretation of the emotional content found in the human organic world and the mechanical digital world. Oliver is a British artist who, after graduation from Wimbledon school of Art in 1980, has gone on to exhibit extensively across London and in France. On his Particles in Time series: ‘In a cellular scale the particles are timeless and infinite, mindful visions activated and catalyzed together rendering, provocative to mind’. | | |




Teddy Salad exhibits his delightful creations made from objects found and discarded as waste. Recalling the art of the readymade, made famous by Marcel Duchamp, Teddy fashions his work, including the frames themselves, from objects he finds near his home on the south coast of England. Conceptually, all his works are created using found materials both natural and man-made. In the main, the artworks lay claim to being at least 90% re-used, recycled or reclaimed (mainly from the sea) including the fixings that secure the frames. The paint is often from discarded pots and forgotten tins found in cupboards under the stairs, sheds and skips! Bringing these materials back to life ‘is both the challenge and the purpose of these artworks’. | |


Yu is a Japanese illustrator who graduated from Tama Art University. His gestural drawings focus predominantly on the outline of the figure, presenting not an idealised form, but rather a rougher, stripped back representation. He is inspired by the works of Japanese masters such as Matsumoto Taiyou, Katsushika Hokusia and Sakamoto Ryuichi. |ゆうYU-1813309825642204/


Mike McAdam Clark exhibits a selection of paintings from a series started in 2012. They have been conceived alongside other works in a more figurative vernacular, for example portraiture and life drawings. Mike finds inspiration in nature, for him ‘nature has depth, but the forms I use are imaginary, everything stripped down to the bare minimum’. ‘Human life is lived between the horizontality of our horizon and the verticality of man’s stature and constructions and when these are totally in accord, we recognise it and give it a special name: we call it a square’.


Ain Ali Mir is known as ‘An artistic soul’ within her circle, a painter by passion & love for art, Ain grew up in a culturally diverse surrounding, her fascination with art began at a very early age and she has pursued her passion for painting ever since, she has an expressive and an imaginative style. Her paintings range from highlighting social issues, making cultural statements to plain imaginative expressions. Ain is based in London and her work is mostly exhibited privately. ‘Celebrating diversity in nature is what I try to reflect in my paintings, I try to express my observations through my art and at times the strokes are inspired through imaginative interpretations. I like my work to be meaningful, expressive & thought provoking. I enjoy Spotlighting positivity & splendor in things through my art’. |


Meg Abbott is a Hackney based, self-taught artist who studied History of Art at Leeds University. ‘I am a London-based artist specialising in minimal line drawings of friends, strangers and statues. I fell in love with line drawing after studying the sketches of Picasso and Giacometti, whose loose, free lines abandon the idea of perfection and instead focus on impressions and free movement. The shapes of the female nude lends itself perfectly to this practice, and has become my main focus along with characterful faces – whether it’s one from a crowd, a film or the cover of a book’. |



Verena Terekina is an Austrian born artist who was introduced to art by her Grandfather, who ‘shared the love and freedom and drawing with me’. ‘My work is explained by itself:

Nothing is more important than the people and their stories/fates, portrayed in sheer faces/figures and/or authentic interpretation. With this process of drawing nothing else matters. Neither the origin nor religion of someone. Therefore I shut down all insignificant systems. This obtained freedom allows me to encourage each imagination with using sarcasm and different languages.

But even a big part of my inspiration, are nameless artists, musicians, actors, street performers and creators of all kind, who crossed my paths not only during my travels through Europe.

Verena is exhibiting a selection of pencil and charcoal on paper portraits that recall the pencil drawings of Egon Schiele, who she sites as a major influence on her work. Verena’s portraits often integrate small pieces of text alongside the faces, almost like speech marks, as if the figures in her portraits are alive and talking. | | | id=100015971015292