Amelia’s Magazine | Leyden Gallery: Platform for Emerging Arts #5

Category: Art

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Johann Lester, Chloe and Jade

Although just over one year old, Leyden Gallery is fast building a distinct reputation for showing work by both new and established artists, with recent shows featuring Paula Rego (Oct/Nov 2013) Antony Micallef (Dec/Jan 2013/14) and Henry Moore (March/April 2014). Leyden Gallery has also had new work, which was commissioned by them for their inaugural exhibition Fabricate on show at the Tate Liverpool in April 2014 – Fournier Street by Sue Clayton. As a young gallery Leyden is gradually building a select group of represented artists – The Platform programme is one of our preferred approaches of seeking out new talent.

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Conor Flynn O'Donnell, Not a fish tank.

Leyden Gallery is delighted to present their fifth Platform for Emerging Arts exhibition. It is their largest Platform show to date, with an impressive range of artists working in mediums as diverse as wool, biro and oil. The Platform for Emerging Arts exhibitions are an important and distinctive element of Leyden Gallery’s on-going dedication to the discovery and development of emerging artists.

The Platform for Emerging Arts Exhibition show is part of Leyden Gallery’s ongoing programme of events. This group show features unrepresented artists once every quarter, allowing new and emerging artists to be introduced to the art world.

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Daniel Hosego, Calf print

The call out is not limited to any specific medium and as such attracts applications from artists, who work in mediums that might otherwise struggle to be shown in a commercial art gallery context. This also provides a dynamic encounter for visitors to the gallery. Leyden Gallery is committed to offer this opportunity to a full range of emerging artists to exhibit work at a reputable London gallery, with full support from the curator and its directors.

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Lydia Brockless, Open holes (One, Many)

Silvia Battista
The cultural references for Battista’s exquisitely detailed pencil drawings are early Italian renaissance painting. Her re-thinking of the work of artists such as Pontorno, Antonello da Messina and Masaccio, especially their understanding of the human figure is re-interpreted through a contemporary lens

Lydia Brockless
Much of Brockless’ sculptural work deals with paradoxes, these complex contradictions are materialised in the combinations of processes and forms.

Daniel Hosego
In his series called Melancholia, the artist Daniel Hosego explores the anxieties of living artists as they attempt to forge an original artistic vision. Each work comprises a triptych of images that have been painstakingly drawn across the pages of leather bound books; placing the work in a liminal state between object and image

Margherita Isola
In this Platform show Isola will show works which belong to her new project called Hamlet in Harar, which is presented here as a series of embroidered collages of mixed technique.

Johann Lester
Lester presents a body of work that has been produced by only using the marks of black biros, creating interplay between shadow and light.

Conor Flynn O’Donnell
Through his abstract painting practice O’Donnell engages the question of perfection, in what way it may exist, and how we may continually seek it.

Olexandra Solomka
The artist draws her influences from Tudor-age portraiture, as well as Eastern European iconography and folk art

Sintija Vikmane
Through her art, the Latvian Vikmane researches the convergence of history, beliefs and mythology from diverse cultures

Private View: 17th Feb 2015, 6:30 – 9 pm
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-7pm
Find out more here.