ART IN MIND 22nd May – 4th June 2018


22nd May – 4th June 2018

Preview: Wednesday 23rd May 18:00 – 20:30

The Brick Lane Gallery, 93-95 Sclater Street, London, E1 6HR




Iris Sun Art is an artist whose paintings make use of a warm palette, with fluid brushstrokes creating the effect of motion. The artist has an ‘inexhaustible supply of inspiration’, and divides time between SW England and Greece. ‘I capture ‘harmony’ (or armonia as the Greeks call it) as it is happens; capturing it ‘right in the act’ and using my painterly talent for colours gives shape and form to nature’s spectacle; and what a never-ending wellspring of inspiration it is for man: inspiring mind, body and soul; masses of harmony in other words! It’s no exaggeration to say that in the vibrant manner in which I convey my inspiration and manage to depict things with great tenderness and perceptive force, so much so that my paintings transform into a metaphysical interjection into the flow of day-to-day life. The genuine, emotive, sheer artistic force within me work emerges again and again in a unique, unparalleled way! I am wrestling with balance, purity and serenity, as I can transform surprise into bewilderment’. |


Chiara Di Donato was born in Naples (Italy) on June 26th, 1980. At present, she paints her works by means of brushes or by using different types of spatulas. With this technique, colours interact each other creating shade, veins, marks, lights and shadows that would not otherwise appear. As a result, the different layers of paint acquire special volume and depth. Each painting is unique and inimitable, thus becoming the way the artist wishes to arouse emotions through. She is a teacher who loves painting. She constantly travels looking for new museums and this is how she discovered the work of Richter and Pollock. At this moment, she creates abstract and material art.

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Dayana Sharon Marconi was born in Italy. Currently based in Rome, she is enrolled as MA Photography student at Falmouth University, where she created the photographic project “I can hear you now”. In her work, she is interested in exploring the ways in which photography can be used as a tool for psychological research, investigating the inner world of the portrayed individuals and viewers. In her portraiture, she is particularly interested in the impact who of anxiety disorders and panic attacks. As a sufferer of anxiety disorders, she often feels the urge to scream out in pain but this inner pressure is never expressed. Our lives are managed by social norms that stigmatise these behaviours and Marconi is interested in creating a constructive dialogue around mental health issues that are still considered taboo in our culture.

Marconi has a BA in Intercultural Studies from University of Trieste (2005). In 2012, she moved to London and then to China and subsequently travelled across Asia, Europe and the USA, exploring different cultures and embracing diversity. |


Hyun, Jung Sook is a fine artist based in Fullerton, California in USA. She received her Bachelor of Art degree at the College of Fine Art Education, Hannam University, Korea in 1983, and her Master in Fine Art, at the Graduate School Kyunggi University, Korea in 2000. Since 1998, she focused on oil painting and master color as her main skill set, exhibiting in 17 sole exhibitions several areas including Korea, America and Germany. Jung Sook continues to paint and teaches art at the ARTLAND Studio.

Between light and shadow in this world, Jung Sook Hyun wishes to describe everything she paints into soft and warm touch of God., |


Michelle Wickland Sims earned a first class degree from central St Martin’s college of Art and Design. After a career working in film she now paints at her studio in Crystal Palace. These works were created as a series of discussions between movement and stasis, deliberate mark making with graphite or oil paint and ‘found’ form, discovered through pouring and pooling varnish. Marks are made quickly and then inspire new movement and shapes. There is dialogue between intent and spontaneity. Ideas and inspirations evolve and quite often overlap one another. |


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”. |


Tamara Tolley is a resident in the Barbican Estate, living with her family and working from a corner flat above the Barbican Arts Complex. Her work explores her individual creative experience within a Brutalist landscape. By recycling and reversing fragile and often heavily encrusted palette papers, Tamara’s works become a palimpsest of previous endeavours carefully preserved in double-sided framing. Tamara – like the architects of the Barbican and the City – never works from a blank canvas. The Barbican exists within a wider landscape of Ancient and Classical forms, and Tamara’s Barbican juxtaposes these with a constantly re-emerging modern and post-modern urban City: geraniums co-exist with cranes, planes and ‘copters overhead. Her process of recycling paint and paper is an attempt to capture the idea of a City in a constant state of salvaging, recovering, reutilising and re-emerging. Reversing palette papers enables Tamara to create not merely the textures but also what she refers to as “the colour of concrete”, whether incorporating the unconscious use of past palettes or drawing directly onto the raw palette itself. In addition, she employs charcoal, that breaks in her hands, and smudges, or ink brushes which lack the finesse required for precision drawing. The process of her work therefore deliberately and necessarily challenges typical austere, monolithic, stark and objectivised representations of Brutalist Barbican in architectural drawings or photography. Tamara’s artworks – and her process of making art – questions how we as individuals reclaim a personal and diverse space within the urban environment and establish our individual rights within a city. |


Rushdia Sheikh is an artist who from a was encouraged to draw and paint from a very young age. After studying Art and Design at the University of Cambridge, Rushdia went on to study at the State University of New York with a full scholarship. ‘My paintings are my joy, my life, my torment. I strive to achieve inspirational elements through my use of colour and light and space. With God’s guiding hand I will continue to paint for “painting is the grandchild of nature, it is related to God”’. |


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