An Interview with Painter Louis Thomas at his Studio in Paris, France

As ever, Louis' work caught my eye on Instagram. I was captivated by the intimacy, and decorative nature of his portraits of fellow artists, models and musicians as well as people brought in from the streets of Paris. Across his oeuvre, Louis uses plants and flowers to celebrate the characters of his subjects. His studio is filled with paintings as well as collections of books, herbal tea and dried flowers, which are organised by colour and texture. I spent the day there with the artist discussing his influences and processes.

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An Interview with Photographer Kate Bellm at her Studio in Deia, Mallorca

Photographer Kate Bellm is based between Mexico and Mallorca where she lives off-grid in the mountains. We were introduced by Lucinda Bellm, founder of Lamb Arts, during her psychedelic Night Sky Rising exhibition. The space's walls were lined with hypnotic landscapes and empowering nudes entwined with Kate's keepsakes. Of course, her photographs are wildly beautiful, but it's her surreal manipulation of colour and texture that makes you feel as if you're walking in a dream.

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An Interview with Romana Londi in her Studio in Shoreditch, London

Italian-Irish artist Romana Londi and I met during the group exhibition Skinscapes curated by Tatiana Cheneviere and Guilia Vandelli at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop. We gave a talk with artist Camilla Emson on the importance of touch, and I visited her studio in preparation for it. Initially my interest lay in the involvement of her practice with technology and the way in which she plays with your senses. 

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A Review of Flora Goodwin's Curatorial Debut in Kensington, London

Flora Goodwin’s show is striking for a number of reasons. Firstly, the exhibition has no name - she states, ‘I feel strongly that I do not want to put these artists under one umbrella hence there is no title for the exhibition’. Despite the fact that the artists on display are all female, mostly British, and people that Flora ‘has known and collected for a long time’, there is no theme to the work, or at least none stamped upon them with a name.

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A Review of From the Vapor of Gasoline at White Cube, Mason's Yard, London

White Cube has asserted itself as a cultural nexus in St James’, London, for the time being, with blue chip rigour. The freestanding stronghold of the Mason’s Yard site declares its autonomy and 'From the Vapor of Gasoline' chimes into a chorus of liberal declarations whilst showcasing the best it has to offer; these are market darlings with museum-grade nous.

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A Review of LA Invitational at Gagosian, New York

Like the geographic and cultural threads that influence the west coast artists featured in this exhibition, LA Invitational is expansive in its curatorial endeavor. It consists of either new work, or work newly exhibited to New York. Taking place over six gallery spaces at Gagosian’s West 24th Chelsea location – New York’s blue-chip gallery district ­– the exhibition consists of painting, film, sculpture and conceptual work from 14 artists hailing from the American art hub of Los Angeles.

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A Review of The Great Women Artists at Mother, East London

The past couple years have seen more retrospectives of the great female artists of the 21st century. Marilyn Minter, Judy Chicago and the feminist photographers of the 1970s have had celebrated exhibitions in major museums around the world. Katy Hessel, founder of the online gallery @thegreatwomenartists, accelerated the momentum in central London last week when she exhibited the works of 15 female artists for the first time off screen in the lobby of advertising agency Mother.

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A Review of Frieze London at Regent's Park, London

In the midst of a world pulling itself apart at the seams and erecting more barriers than taking down, Frieze – one of the bastions of a globalised and multiverse ecology – has pitched its tent in London’s garden for the 15th edition of its Regent’s Park-based art fair. As every self-respecting gallery and institution across the city puts its finest wares on display, London has never looked more culturally spritely.

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A Review of Lydia Okumura: Five Sides and Other Dimensions at Broadway 1602, New York

The work of Brazilian-born Lydia Okumura straddles both Minimalism and Conceptualism. Her work seeks to “make art in a spontaneous way, using the minimum necessary in order to express an idea. . . I want to express the immateriality in everything.” Her work follows in the footsteps of Concretism and Neo-Concretism.

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A Review of Nexus Space at Platform Southwark, London

For the 2017 edition of Art Licks weekend, Platform Southwark was taken over by sculptor Emily Motto, carpenter Ed Haslam, and audio/lighting design duo Flow Conceptions to create a multimedia interactive installation titled Nexus Space. The show is a continuation of their sculpted, habitable pods that lit up the woodland at Brainchild Festival earlier this summer.

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A Review of Skinscapes at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London

Skinscapes, curated by Tatiana de Cheneviere and Giulia Vandelli is a group exhibition that, as the title suggests, presents nine artists wildly contrasting, deeply personal interpretations of the Skin. I feel the time has come to wake up to the true beauty of our skin that lies in its resilience, its sheer strength and ability to withhold all the pain and pleasure that life entails.

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A Review of Morning Defeats at Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Marie’s most recent exhibition ‘Morning Defeats’ is currently on show at the Hannah Barry Gallery, which has represented her since her first solo show back in November 2014. The exhibition presents thirty drawings in pastel on Japanese paper and also a large scale work on fabric, which includes drawings that have been applied onto the fabric with textile pens, crayons and dyes.

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A Review of Sea Sick in Paradise at Depart Foundation, Los Angeles

With one of the most dynamic surf spots in the world across the street, the Depart Foundation’s Sea Sick in Paradise evokes both the sport and the social life that informs it, with a diverse series of mediums and eras represented. While the works span many mediums and eras, what they all do is evoke the town square atmosphere of the beach, the human aspect that descends upon nature day after day. 

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An Interview with Grear Patterson at his Studio in the Bronx, New York

American artist Grear Patterson is based in the Bronx, New York. We first met at his solo exhibition True Romance at Marlborough Contemporary, where he attracted a broad spectrum of creatives and collectors from Mayfair to Hackney. Grear’s mixed-media works are known for their recurring motifs and exploring pop-culture. Despite being featured in publications like GQ and Vogue, there is no further evidence of Grear having a social media presence or even a website. 

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A Review of Feminism(s) x The Arab and Muslim Diaspora at Protein Studios, London

Feminism(s) x The Arab and Muslim Diaspora was the first in a series of exhibitions curated by Goldsmiths graduates Loren Elhili and Susanna Pousette. In part a reaction to Trump’s Muslim ban in the US, the debut show brought together female artists across a range of media to both destroy and challenge static stereotypes of Arab and Islamic women.

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