BEST EXHBITING ARTIST

Our art exhibition is a curation of artists of different practices using their skill and creative expression to speak to our festival audience. Which has been your favourite artist of the festival? One vote can change it all. Please place your votes below

 
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SUSSIE COUSSEN

I am an emerging figurative artist currently working out of the Hat Factory studiosin Luton, and graduated as a mature student with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Bedfordshire in 2015.

 

My art practice is currently based around the study of figurative renaissance

painting and techniques, combined with a modern day approach to creating art:

recording how aspects of institutional and historic racism play a significant role in the methods in which audiences view art.

 

SKIN: 40 Portraits

This large artwork is about skin colour and society’s obsession with it. These

portraits show that skin colour is not necessary to inform us of a person’s ethnicity.These portraits I hope can help start a conversation about what it is to be human and why skin colour still matters in how we judge each other.

‘PIETA’ was triggered by the unprecedented amount of murders over the last 5years that have occurred in London. Taking reference from the renaissance religious paintings and the incomparable Michelangelo’s Pieta, PIETA shows a mother mourning the senseless death of her son. She is dressed in a vibrant green dress while her son lies dead in her arms and to reinforce the narrative I have used the ‘dead colours’ technique. Although this work takes its reference from the past it represents a very modern problem.

AMANDA VALLE

Amanda Valle was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1984. Only

daughter of a single mother, she spent most of her early years home. An ordinary and settled life on the surface, Amanda filled her time by drawing the worlds and colours living in her mind with the views from the window becoming her first muses for her self-expression.

Back in the Island Back in Island is a short film exploring the creative journey of artist Amanda Valle she returns to her home in the Dominican Republic. Following an emotionally draining period, Amanda seeks comfort in the local culture by immersing herself in the colours and textures that were once so familiar. A journey of self discovery, the short film became the main source of inspiration for the artist’s new series composed of twelve paintings.

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SONGHUAN LI

Songhuan Li is an artist who focuses on transferring human dreams and

subconscious experiments into the form of contemporary art, experimental films and installation by his comparative psychological research. His goal in life is to help the audience to understand the nature of the mind, let the audience reach their inner enlightenment, by simply viewing his art and films.

According to rumors, deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a "centre" that transcends time and space, where illegal euthanasia can be established. A director, who is about to lose her sight due to illness, discovers this "centre". Before she die, she realises the ultimate truth of her spirit.

GLORY SAMJOLLY

As a figurative painter, Afro-Caribbean and British citizen at birth, I assess ethnic minority identities in the western world by creating iconic narratives through my portraiture. Living in London has taught me to use ethnic isolation as a platform of distinction rather than a victim collective, and to understand other artists who have felt non-British because of their ethnicity. Before a painting of mine reaches its finished form, it requires investigation into my model, and their stance in society.

Dear Archives, is a series of portraiture paintings which narrate of Black/ Asian

women in colonial settings. The purpose of this series is to assess the feelings of

Black/ Ethnic women towards embracing their British identity, having been brought up in the United Kingdom, Europe or post-colonial countries. These

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ANDREW PETTIGREW

I have been a digital artist for 9 years and I currently use an ipad, previously a

surface pro. I have previously created cover art for albums, mixtapes and singles

for Christian rappers. I have also illustrated a children's book entitled ‘Where’s my Grandpa’. The power of.... With each illustration, each piece shows power and is titled with that as the opening.

SADCAT (Georgia Clay)

Sadcat is a 24 year old artist from Manchester, England. Her practice spans from traditional canvas paintings to tattoos, to digitally illustrated animations. Her work, whether it be on skin, screen or canvas, draws inspiration from contemporary culture and the ever evolving digital climate and its impact on our lives, channelled through saturated colours and playful imagery. It’s these illustrations which propelled her most recently into the NFT space, where she has continued to explore the different and emerging ways in which art can be sold and consumed.

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