Love Lock Art

LOVELOCK ART

SUPPORTING THE HOSTAGES

LOVELOCK HOSTAGE BRIDGE, JW3, 341 FINCHLEY ROAD, LONDON, NW3 6ET
JUNE 6 – JUNE 20TH , 10AM – 10PM (EXCEPT FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS)

54 talented international artists have generously decorated padlocks in solidarity with the hostages cruelly held captive in Gaza. These inventively customised creations collectively express support and yearning for the release of those incarcerated.

If you would like to own one of these padlocks, the first 54 people to make a minimum donation of £150 to the Hostages and Missing Families Forum charity will each receive one of the padlocks (randomly allocated through a draw). Please make your donation (see details below) and email us (marcel@brandguru.org) with a screenshot of your donation and your name and address. You will receive a padlock by the end of June.
Account: UK Gives Ltd. Sort Code: 771703 Account: 39408560 (Charity number 1161366)

Over 240 excruciating days have passed since the October 7th massacre. There are still more than 100 hostages in Gaza; elderly men and women, parents, children, disabled and chronically ill. Every second that passes could be their last. They must be released immediately.

Lovelock Hostage Bridge is fitted with padlocks displaying hostages’ names, as well as various signed by hostage family members. If you have yet to do so, please show your love for and solidarity with the hostages by adding your own signed padlock (they are freely available at JW3 reception).

Please consider making a donation to the Hostages and Missing Families Forum (details above) which offers families holistic medical and emotional support as well as professional assistance, and advances the ongoing efforts locally, regionally and globally, to bring the
hostages and the missing back home.

Participating Artists

Abigail Schama currently uses ceramic as her basic material. Coming from a background in painting she has exhibited is various media including the inaugural Sukkah for JW3 in 2013. In 1996 her paintings were part of Rubies and Rebels: Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary British Art at The Barbican, London. Her ceramics can be found at Maud and Mabel and Flow Gallery in London, Takara Design in Washington USA and Imprint Space online. Forthcoming exhibitions include ‘Nature’ at Maud and Mabel and an installs for ‘Freud’s Women’ at The Freud Museum London, October 2024. She co founded and teaches at The Mews Coachworks in 2017, a thriving predominantly female makers studio in Kensal Rise.

Adrian Glasner 
Both my parents fled Europe in the 1930’s with my grandparents to shores less focused on killing Jews. My father ended up in the Mandate of Palestine and my mother in the UK. In 1949 they met on a boat in the South of France, married and had two sons and settled in Israel. They came to the UK in 1961 and I was born in 1966. I went to Jewish school and Uni and then on to work for myself and provide for my family.
I write and paint, finding pleasure in the arts. My painting is expressive, a little dark, sometimes humorous. For me it’s not about painting a pretty picture, it’s about engagement, not being offered a full narrative, allowing the viewer in. The observer completes the picture on their own. This is my art.

 

My name is Adriana Jaroslavsky, I am originally from Venezuela and I am based in London. My practice focuses on migration and the human body as a vessel for memories and I’m intrigued by how our bodies map emotions based on space.

Alex Helfgott
My Lock is inspired by a stamp from My Grandpa Ben Helfgott’s correspondence with Poland in 1986. I am inspired by his life post Holocaust/darkness and his ability to move forward. The stamp’s Graphic of a bright blue sky with a shining sun is the simplest yet most effective symbol for light. It is emblematic of light after darkness. It gives me hope for the future. I am thinking of the hostages at this time and hoping they too see the light of freedom again soon. 

Annabel Boltsa

Figurative painter, based in North London

Born and brought up in London – 1966

Studied Painting and Drawing at Chelsea School of Art, 1990 Exhibited in London, UK, France

Including; Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden, Waterlow House , N6, N5 Gallery, Leicester Schools Art Collection, Dulwich Picture Gallery Works in collections in the UK and Australia

Drawing and Painting professor at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich and Haberdashers Aske’s School for Girls, Elstree and at the West London School of Art

My work draws on life, is autobiographical and explores universal concerns such as tension in relationships and a sense of place in our world.   I manipulate shapes, colour, rhythm and line to suggest atmosphere and plausible scenes; using observation, memory and photographs. finding truth and a meaningful images through conitinued examination. Looking, remembering, imagining situations and relationships.  Layers, ghosts of marks, energy, rhythm and emotional colour. Whether it be a pot, a person or a tree, the most important thing is to raise awareness of its inner condition to the viewer.  Everything remaining in my images has been verified and confirmed by repetition and acceptance. 

Fusion of emotional state by using essential shapes and colours to characterise the mystery, what can’t be said in words, of a motif.

Major influences on my work; Munch, Cezanne, Balthus, Gaugin and the old masters. I aim to explore an old idea with a personal twist.

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Arthur Levy

Aviv Benn is a London-based artist.

She completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018, and her BFA at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem in 2013.

Benn exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions and art fairs in the US, Europe and Tel-Aviv, such as Pi Artworks (London), Rhona Hoffman (Chicago), Untitled Art Fair (Miami), Future Fair (New-York) and more. She participated in artist residencies including Affect in Berlin (2014), Pilotenkueche, Spinnerei, Leipzig (2015), the Vermont Studio Center (2019), and PADA Studios, Portugal (2023).

She received the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2021, Rabinovich Foundation Grant in 2015 and 2019, and the Graduate Dean Professional Development Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017 and 2018.

The Sephardi artist Bettina Caro was born in Casablanca and now works in a studio in Hampstead, north London. Her evocative paintings capture the light and vibrancy of her north African childhood and she brings all the intensity, passion and richness of Sephardi life into her works.
 
Her powerful portraits and still lifes honour and preserve a lost culture. Bettina’s exhibitions, public works and private commissions alike reveal her deep connection to the past – Jewish heritage celebrated in Jewish art.
 
‘Growing up in Tangiers as a direct descendent of Rabbi Joseph Caro (1488 – 1575), author of the great codification of Jewish law the Shulchan Aruch, my roots and heritage have always been an integral part of my life. My father, a keen amateur painter, encouraged me to express myself through paint from the moment I could hold a brush. It was he who taught me how to use linseed oil to create a blurred effect. In 1973, we moved to Spain, where I studied art and architecture at the University of Madrid. Here in England, where I have lived since 1981, I have developed my own distinctive style to capture the Mediterranean landscapes of my youth and the Sephardi Jewish rituals that punctuated our family life, handed down through the generations.’
 
Bettina paints on canvas and board, using oils to create rich tones, acrylics for their intensity, watercolours for their delicacy and gold leaf to add that transformative touch of Mediterranean sunlight.
 
Her works are on permanent public display at the Board of Deputies, The Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, the Ben Uri Gallery, the S&P Sephardi Synagogue, as well as the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. She enjoys taking large and small private commissions, from the king of Spain commemorating the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews to a local London family celebrating a simcha.

David Breuer-Weil was born in London in 1965 and studied at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art under Henry Moore’s assistant Shelley Fausset and at Clare College, Cambridge. Breuer-Weil is famed for his monumental solo shows of vast painted canvases referred to as the Projects. ‘The Project’ was held in 2001 at the Roundhouse, Camden; ‘Project 2’ was held at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower in 2003; ‘Project 3’ was then held in conjunction with the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in 2007 and at the beginning of 2013 ‘Project 4’ was staged in The Vaults, Waterloo. Alongside the Projects Breuer-Weil continues to produce paintings, sculpture and smaller scale works on paper.

Breuer-Weil has emerged as one of the leading contemporary British sculptors with iconic works such as Brothers and Alien displayed to great public and critical acclaim. These powerful works have been installed in major public spaces in London including Hampstead Heath, Hanover Square, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch and around the world. Visitor, Visitor 2 and Alien were included in Sotheby’s 2010, 2011 and 2013 Beyond Limits exhibitions at Chatsworth House. His sculptures and two-dimensional works have been exhibited with the National Trust more recently. In 2016-2017 Breuer-Weil exhibited alongside Edmund de Waal and Hans Coper at the Jewish Museum, London. In June-July 2017 Christie’s held a solo show of monumental Breuer-Weil sculpture that was held at various locations across London; Cavendish Square, St Pancras, Portman Square and the Economist Plaza. In the summer of 2018 a new monumental work, Flight, was installed into Marble Arch and in 2019 Breuer-Weil’s Visitor 2 was exhibited as part of The Child Within Me, at the Abdülmecid Efendi Pavilion, Istanbul, to coincide with the Istanbul Biennial. Visitor V and Visitor I were installed in Berkeley Square, London in 2022 and in 2023 Breuer-Weil’s sculpture Sister was installed in Hanover Square, London.

A film about the artist, The King of Nerac, directed by Annie Sulzberger, was premiered in 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London and in New York at the Lincoln Center. Skira published the monograph David Breuer-Weil: Radical Visionary in 2011 and in 2020 Gli Ori (Italy) published David Breuer-Weil Golden Drawings. Breuer-Weil lives and works in London.

Davina Jackson is a figurative artist based in London where she currently works from a studio at Kingsgate workshops. She studied at Central St Martins and The Byam Shaw School of Art and completed her three year postgraduate at the Royal Academy Schools where she was awarded the Gold Medal for painting in her final year. Whilst juggling motherhood alongside her career as an artist, her work has featured in numerous group and mixed exhibitions, among them twelve appearances at The Royal Academy Summer Show. She has had eight solo shows, presenting work nationally and internationally, two of which were curated by the art historian and critic , Edward Lucie-Smith. Her work is represented in both private and public collections and throughout her career has won many awards, the most recent being the Royal Watercolour Society Open Award in 2023. In 2023 she was also elected as a member of the Royal Watercolour Society.

Hello, I’m Deborah Abram, 27, an abstract palette knife artist. I’m grateful to have been asked to contribute to this project by decorating a padlock. 

My design embodies three key messages: Firstly, to echo the imperative message of ‘BRING THEM HOME NOW!’. This text has been added onto a special canvas sheet which has my typical abstract artwork painted on top. These sheets were created a few months after the war and given to survivors from Kibbutz Kfar Aza that visited London. Some people in the community wrote messages to these individuals on my cards titled ‘sending love’, giving them a special message to go home with. Secondly, to craft a vibrant padlock symbolising our nation’s resilience, finding light in darkness and embracing life. Lastly, to illustrate the unity and strength of our community, depicted in the collage attached images to my padlock as well as a ‘Light in the Darkness’ dog tag. This is a section of a recent painting we created collectively since 7th October which I have explained below.  

Since 7th October, I’ve coordinated live interactive art experiences at charity events, a high school, and a rally, where we’ve collectively created paintings filled with messages of hope and strength. In addition to crafting bespoke abstract paintings for private clients and through collections, I launched interactive art experiences for events in August 2023. This concept involves me creating the base layers on my canvas, guests then have the unique opportunity to add their brushstrokes to my canvas and I then blend this all together with some final layers using my palette knife. 

Since introducing this in Israel last year, I’ve brought it to numerous fundraising events since 7th October enabling people to express themselves through art. Together, we’ve created beautiful abstract paintings, such as ‘Light in the Darkness’, crafted with messages of hope from a charity event in Central London for BFAMI and the Houmous Foundation. The painting was then auctioned at Sotheby’s where all proceeds went to charity. A segment of this painting was transformed into dog tags and sold alongside the original ‘Bring Them Home’ dog tags, spreading light and raising additional funds for charity. 

Other charities I have worked with include Stand With Us UK, 07/10 Human Chain and Magen David Adom who are all doing amazing work. My most recent painting I have completed is for the charity ’07/10 Human Chain’, titled ‘We Will Dance Again’ where symbols and words of hope were added by many at the rally in Trafalgar Square, London. I have upcoming plans to go to Israel to work on a few projects with soldiers as well as a new collection. We will continue to stand together.  

Deborah Azzopardi has been painting her distinctive, playful images for forty years.

She breaks down her subject matter into moments we have all experienced, capturing them forever in paint. Her paintings and Limited Editions celebrate the comedy of turbulent relationships, seductions, fantasies and worries of us all. 

To possess a piece of her work is to embrace the qualities that make us human, to be captivated by her palette of colour. The respect she has gained in publishing reflects honesty and imagination. The viewer is allowed to ponder, without preconceptions, the moments she represents.

Playful and provocative, the work of Deborah Azzopardi is a thrill for the senses. Moments of impulse, closeness and fun are explored in her distinctive style. With vibrant palettes and graphic lines, Azzopardi brings a feminine touch to the pop-art genre, her paintings are a testament to living life in full colour.

Her unique and feminine take on contemporary art is best described by the esteemed art critic Estelle Lovatt: ‘America has Lichtenstein, we have Azzopardi!

The Lock…

The title of ‘SSHH’ is a soothing word. It is not forcefully spoken here, just a simple action to calm.

The forefinger to the lips is soft and elegant. It ‘speaks’ in every interior and location.  It is a calming image that interprets in so many ways. No words are needed while it holds your focus.

Doug Fishbone is an American artist living in London. He earned an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2003. His film and performance work is heavily influenced by the rhythms of stand-up comedy – leading one critic to call him a “stand-up conceptual artist.” 

Fishbone curated Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf, a bespoke crazy golf course featuring some of the UK’s leading artists, at the 56th Venice Biennale. He exhibited a specially commissioned film at London’s Jewish Museum as part of an exhibition on stereotypes surrounding Jews and money in 2019.

Selected solo exhibitions include Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland, Tate Britain and 30,000 Bananas in Trafalgar Square. Selected group exhibitions include Tate Britain; Busan Biennale; the Hayward Gallery, and the British Art Show 6. He has performed at many major venues, including the Hayward Gallery, ICA, the Southbank Centre, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, and the Royal Academy.

 

Eliane Sarah Tilse – the creator of ‘Eliane Sarah London’ – the luxury and bespoke millinery and accessories brand. Having been trained at the world-famous Central Saint Martins, I decided to follow in the family tradition of art, craft, and apparel, and to design unique and innovative headpieces for the most discerning clients. Success quickly followed with the launch of my first millinery collection in 2011, after which I was featured in the Jewish press as a fresh and rising talent.

I am always conscious of my family’s heritage, and I believe I inherited my artistic talent from my late grandfather Moshe Perl, an artist and holocaust survivor, who utilised his gift of being able to draw and paint to survive the horrors of war. Being deeply inspired by his struggle, I made a vow that I would never squander my creative abilities.  

At Eliane Sarah London we source the very finest quality materials and turn them into exquisite headpieces, hairbands, bridal wear, as well as a wide range of soft accessories. We also manufacture home accessories and textiles to complement any elegant interior. In all our designs we relish using diverse textures, colour combinations, and effects in the most novel ways – novelty is the hallmark of the Eliane Sarah brand.

Georgiana Dacombe

I trained as an actor and am now an artist and art teacher/enabler specifically designing courses whish are accessed as ‘social prescription’, which is a sort of therapeutic approach to art without it actually being ‘therapy’, the therapy is the ‘doing’ of it. I believe that everyone should have a right to enjoy creative art sessions all through life as it provides huge support and a self confidence that is impossible to overstate.

I love what I do, and also create my own work and paint by commission – particularly painting animals. I was born and live in London (georgianadacombe.com)

Guy Zagursky is a prominent Israeli sculptor, graduated the Midrasha school of art and studied at Bezalel’s MFA program. He was born in Tel-Aviv in 1972, lived and works in Tel-Aviv. Since he graduated in 2004, Zagursky exhibited in all major museums in Israel, art spaces, public art projects, including a permanent outdoor sculpture commissioned this year by the Tel-Aviv Municipality.

Selected exhibitions: The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, The Israel Museum Jerusalem, The Herzliya Museum of Art, Haifa Museums of Art, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Ashdod Museum of Art, Agam Museum, Rishon Lezion, The Bass Museum, Miami, Artteritory Museum, Riga, MACRO Museum, Rome, Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Kwadrat Gallery, Berlin, TWIG Gallery, Brussels, Tache Levy Gallery, Brussels.

Residencies: International Studio Program at the Kunsthlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2009). The Fountainhead Residency, Miami (2018).
His works are included in both private, public and Museums collections.

Helena Goldwater makes performance art and paintings. Her paintings are delicate and obsessive watercolours. Their attention to detail reveals a process of hermetic intensity, with their powers of seduction disproportionate to their scale. Questioning truths of nature are at the heart of these paintings, and Goldwater seeks hybridity and the ‘unnatural’, creating new and twisted species of performing creatures.

Her work has been shown at many galleries and festivals, nationally and internationally, including, Action: A provisional history of the 90s, MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; gut flora, MOCA, London; 1st Venice International Performance Art Week, Italy; Nature Morte, Guildhall Art Gallery, London; If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, de Appel, Amsterdam; and at the Tate [Britain + Liverpool].

She also researches and compiles material on UK performance art histories of the ‘70s and ‘80s resulting in open access online resources. One example is Edge of an Era, which also commissioned new works, and programmed a series of events:
www.edgeofanera.co.uk
http://www.helenagoldwater.co.uk

Ian Thompson

I am an artist working mainly with ceramics and paint media.  Much of my work is an attempt to explore ideas around a sense of fundamental ‘humanness’; the paradox of vulnerability and strength, the individual creative nature subject to the inevitable fragility of life experience. Often I work with a variety of mythology and stories that allow me to delve deep into such ideas.

Despite the awareness of our own vulnerability on so many levels, of being human in such a universe, there remains within the individual a powerful creative courage to create, to build and to explore. This intrigues me, this courage to seek to expand and evolve despite our fragile natures and is one of the reasons why the transition during the Renaissance period and the liberal arts culture of the 16th century is so important to me. This ability to transform stories through the focus of representation upon that of the individual, vulnerable experience of being human.

Fundamentally, it is the ability to think and explore questions beyond the confines of the theological, social, political or economic cultures that we are forced to inhabit, that actually serve to benefit the institutions and our wider community. 

We forget the ‘human’ individual at our collective peril. 

 

Ilana Fattal is an Israeli artist who lives and works in London.

Tel Aviv born Ilana Fattal moved to London in 1993, where she began painting in her
London studio. She later turned to the medium of sculpture, creating pieces
distinguished by a vision and vividness which leave a lasting impression on the
viewer.

Her love of family and humanity are the key inspiration of her art, as well as unique
brand of humour. Working in both figurative and abstract styles. Ilana's pieces have
an everlasting appeal. She is happiest working with plaster and clay and has produced casts in both bronze and bronze resin.

Ilana has completed commissions for many paintings and sculptures, all of which are
in private collections.

She had many exhibitions and an exciting new selection of Her Sculpture in
Jerusalem and  shown at Heathrow Airport, and the King David Lounge.

I am Itay Hirshberg, an architect and artist based in London.

I was born in 1977 in Tel Aviv. 

I studied architecture at the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University and later completed an MBA at Ono Academic Centre. I worked as an architect in several Israeli practices, designing award-winning projects in Israel and mainland Europe. 

I moved to London in 2013 and joined Stern Thom Fehler Architects, where I work on varied projects, from residential buildings to educational establishments. I am also a Chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

As an artist, I enjoy creating realistic contemporary art that captures pieces of everyday life. I am particularly inspired by the figurative portraits of the Weimar art movement of the 1920s. 

I continually explore contrasts between shapes, colours, and surfaces to elicit a dialogue between the different parts of a composition. Oil painting is my main artistic method, although I also incorporate techniques involving acrylic, watercolour, and graphite. 

James Grossman is a Multidisciplinary Artist, who combines his background in Product Design with his love of form and sculpture. Exploring the relationships between organic forms in the natural and digital realms. The formulation of his designs is primarily constructed through simulations and digital craftsmanship to create works incorporating themes of tactility, connection, and containment.

He aims to capture obscure movement across a variety of mediums, by experimenting with advanced technologies. By doing so he plans to investigate speculative futures and inspire his audience to consider unexplored questions

Jordan Dawson

I am an Award Winning Artist & Customiser, with experience in Fine Art & Graphic Design. I have a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts where I specialised in hyperrealist drawing and my work has been exhibited in a number of galleries, winning the Young Artist of the Year’ 17 at the National Open Art Awards for a drawing of Conor McGregor.

Combining my love for footwear & design, I began customising footwear and have collaborated with some of the biggest brands in the world including Nike, Adidas & Puma.

At the start of 2021, I started my own business customising footballers’ boots including, Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, Declan Rice & more.

 

Judith Sovin

Originally from London, I moved to South Wales many years ago and trained and later taught on the Architectural stained glass course in Swansea. My recent work has primarily involved layering and bonding torn and cut sheets of hand printed paper of various texture and thickness to produce landscape images reflecting the big skies, colour, sea and industry of the South Wales coast.

I have previously designed architectural glass and art schemes for synagogues, hospitals and private residences. I work in many different media from print, stained glass, textiles as well as traditional painting and drawing mediums.

Whilst thinking of the hostages and how to decorate the padlock,  these words came to me:

‘In the heavens and the seas My heart lies with thee’

I have no idea where these words came from! I don’t know if I have heard them somewhere or if I made them up but they were the inspiration for the art work on the padlock, and they express all of our longing , dread and hope for the hostages.

Julie Held

Colour is central to Julie’s practice, expressing the poignancy of her lifelong preoccupation with the powerful yet fragile cycle of life.

Julie studied at Camberwell College of Arts and The Royal Academy Schools, London.

Exhibitions include: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The London Group, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Threadneedle Prize, Flowers Central, The National Portrait Gallery and The Barbican, London, as well as solo shows in Prague, Leipzig and Hamburg.

Her work is held in a number of public collections, including Nuffield College, Oxford University, New Hall, Cambridge University, The Open University, The Ruth Borchard, The Ben Uri Collection and the Tomas Choir School in Leipzig.

Julie is an elected member of the London Group, NEAC, RWS and the Arborealists. 

Jyll Bradley works with installation, film, drawing and sculpture to explore ideas of place, space and identity. Light has been a constant protagonist in her practice, from her early photographic light-box installations to her recent large-scale works in the public realm. Bradley’s work frequently engages with site and the creation of dynamic new spaces. Her acclaimed public realm commissions include The Hop for The Hayward Gallery Green/Light (for M.R.) for The Folkestone Triennial, Dutch/Light for Turner Contemporary, and Threshold for Kaunas, European Capital of Culture.

Jyll Bradley studied at Goldsmith’s College (1985-88) and The Slade (1991-3) and has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Government Art Collection, UK; Arts Council Collection, UK and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK.

Kami Shefer

Kara Bieber

Suspended between the boundaries of realism and fantasy, Kara's hand-cut collages are an act of imagination and re-creation produced through the upcycling of magazines.

Launched in 2013 at a London exhibition alongside works by Hirst, Emin and Quinn, Kara named her first collection “i don’t wanna be famous!” and has since produced over forty images, excluding commissions, which have sold, as limited edition prints, in the UK and overseas to private collectors, hotels and commercial spaces. 

The success of her collages is possibly due to her previous career as a photographer which began at the age of eleven with a solo exhibition of photographs taken in India.

Since then she exhibited at large and was named winner of the & “Woman Photographer of the Year” award at the Venice International Photographic Competition, at the age of nineteen.

Solo collage shows have included exhibitions at Clerkenwell London, Paul Smith and Augustus Brandt, with artworks sold in auction at Phillips and Sotheby’s and most recently showcased at Frieze Los Angeles 2024.

Karen Lynn

I trained as a Fashion Designer at Harrow College of Art (London, UK) and then as a Costume Designer with the English National Opera and later in UK Television commercials and international Feature Films as a Set Decorator.

I have been a figurative painter for some years and love to paint people, fashion, exteriors of architecturally interesting buildings and landscapes.  I work in oils and have distinctive style, no matter what I paint.  My work is thematic and I am attracted to and revisit time and time again my favourite subjects, including crowds, audiences, populated spaces and landscapes.  All painted with a stylist’s eye for colour and imagery.  A fascination with ‘non-uniform uniformity’, that is to say enticing the viewer, at first to be attracted by the repetition of objects (people, trees, buildings) in a scene but on closer inspection inviting them to notice and compare discernible difference.

Always searching for inspiration; sometimes hopping from painting retro images of women to flowers and fauna, from buildings to glamorous parties.  But as different as these themes are, they linked together by my love of pattern and colour.  I am trying to create in my art, scenes that vibrate and glow from the surface of the canvas.

My experimentation in a recent series of work is the incorporation of strong and neutral palette that moves the eye through the pictorial space.

www.karenlynn.co.uk

Karen Russo’s (b. 1974) work uses documentary and narrative in an exploration of how knowledge, perception, and culture intertwine the rational with the obscure.

Russo has exhibited widely including Whitechapel Gallery; Barbican; Hayward Gallery Project Space; Tate Modern; Delfina; Towner Eastbourne; Athens Biennial; KinoKino Kunstsal, Sandnes; Busan Biennial; Montevideo, Amsterdam; Große Kunstschau Museum, Worpswede; HKW, Berlin; Krefeld Museum, Krefeld, Tel-Aviv Museum and more.

Her films have been screened in film festivals such as Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, EMAF and Kasseler Dokfest. Russo is a 2023 Film London Jarman Award nominee. 

Kayla Rimmon is an award-winning jewellery designer and an expert in traditional jewellery design techniques. Ever since receiving a bead kit from her grandmother at the age of eight, she dreamed of being a fine jewellery designer. She studied Jewellery Design at the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City then Art History at Hunter College, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her work. She came to London in 2017 to pursue her dream and has been responsible for creating some of the most fabulous pieces seen on Bond Street in recent years. In late 2022, Kayla co-founded a fine jewellery company Aril Jewels with her business partner Chloë Woodmansterne, where they specialise in historically inspired jewellery, as well as bespoke jewellery. Kayla recently won a Gold Award at the 2023 Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards for an Ancient Egyptian-inspired Peridot Tiara design and in March 2024, the design come to fruition. She was also nominated for Emerging Jewellery Designer of the Year in the prestigious UK Jewellery Awards 2024. With just a pencil or paintbrush, Kayla creates beautiful technical drawings and hand-painted renderings, which help bring her designs to life.

Kimberley Gundle was born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her postgraduate in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1990.

Gundle has her finger on the pulse of life, she reflects on our fragile existence through her creative practice. Gundle is known for her bold and vibrant use of colour, She works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing to create her visual world.

On 20th March 2020 Gundle started a visual diary, these images connected her to the outside world in a time of isolation. She documented Life in the Time of Covid – 19, navigating the present. She recently published a limited edition artist book Navigating the Maze – a compilation of these sketches a year of days from 20/03/2020-20/03/2021. Each book is accompanied by a handmade ceramic talisman, a companion to the book and to the reader.

Kimberley continues to post a drawing at the end of each day to her Instagram feed to process the present and reach for the future. 

Instagram @kimberleygundle

 

@kimberley_gundle_studio

Laura Godfrey-Isaacs

Laura is an artist, midwife, award-winning author and health feminist. She combines her knowledge and experience in the arts and healthcare to bring fresh creative and interdisciplinary perspectives to support reproductive rights and justice, as well as feminist readings of the body.

Follow Laura on Twitter & Instagram

Find Laura’s blog ‘Birth, Art and Culture’ here

Visit Laura’s website  

Martine Kaczynski has been living in New York since she left London in the early 90’s and has been exhibiting and teaching since her MFA from Parsons School of Design in 1993. 

Frequently she develops work on private property that has been awarded to her by various patrons. Her large-scale projects have been exhibited at numerous venues, including Socrates Sculpture Park NYC, Turchin Center in North Carolina , The Lipe Park Syracuse, Rural Projects Gallatin N.Y, Art Austerlitz ,The Millay Art Center Austerlitz N.Y. And most recently at Turley Gallery Hudson New York for her solo show Threshold 2023.

She was a NYFA fellow in 1997 and has since been awarded grants from The Artist Fellowship, The Haven foundation and The Pat Hearn and Colin DeLand Foundation between 2011 and 2013.  She has also been nominated twice for The Rema Horn Foundation in 2008 and 2009. She has been an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Art, Triangle Residency Brooklyn N.Y, Rural Projects Gallatin N.Y, Arts Letters and Numbers  Averill Park N.Y, and The Millay Art Center N.Y 

Martine Kaczynski started teaching in New York shortly after graduating and has spent 20 years as a sculpture and drawing professor. In addition to working in the Fine Art Department at Pratt Institute she has taught at Parsons School of Design, Cornell University In the Art and Architecture Department, Bard College, Rutgers College and SUNY Purchase NY.

Maureen Dor is an architect and designer who qualified in London at Westminster University in the 1990s. She spent 2 years in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem working in architecture and interior design. She has worked on many project types including central London based residential, offices, reception design, retail and health centres while working for Rolfe Judd Architects and Jo White Design Consultants and on public housing for Lambeth Council. She has worked as an independent architect since 2006 in the private residential sector and freelancing on commercial office projects. Currently, Maureen Dor and Andrea Cavalho collaborate and formed Studio AnMo a design practice focussing on bespoke designs for commercial and residential projects. https://studioanmo.com

Maya Twersky is an Israeli / British artist based in London. She attended Central Saint Martins Foundation course and specialised in Illustrative Arts at City & Guilds of London Art School. Since graduating art school she developed her practice as a fine artist and illustrator. Her work is in a few private collections in the UK, USA, Israel, Qatar and Belgium. Currently attending classes at Hampstead School of Art, and studying for a CertHE in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.  

In my work I explore themes from psychology and philosophy. Using a variety of techniques, styles and effects I work quickly from observation or from my imagination. This expresses my critical eye and fascination with the human condition.

Michal Raz (born 1984, Jerusalem) is an Israeli London based artist. In 2013, she completed her B.F.A.e.d studies at Hamidrasha School of Art and Education in Israel, with high honors. In 2018, she graduated, with distinction, the M.F.A program from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL London with Jeanne Szego Prize. Michal’s work has been exhibited in Israel, United Kingdom, Europe, India and America. Her exhibitions include Mane Katz Museum and Weizmann Institute Gallery in Israel, Fold Gallery, Number20 Art Gallery, Strand180 and Unit 1 Gallery, in London, Tao Gallery in Mumbai, Jüdische Gemeinde in Frankfurt, Museo Hahim Isaias in Guayaquil, Ecuador, The Museum of Refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece and many more. Her work has been reviewed and collected internationally with works included in the Ambani Family art collection, Birla Family art collection, Hahim Isaias Museum collection, amongst others. She was also a finalist for the Concord Art Prize and the Red Mansion Art prize. About the work: Layering – augmenting what lies beneath, whilst simultaneously erasing it – is the fundamental principle in all of my painting, providing both its method and theoretical framework A finished work is a series of traces where one can glimpse vestiges of pop-cultural imagery, the austerity of high modernism, gestural painting, kitsch decoration; each stratum vying for our attention. The process relies on construction, destruction, deconstruction and reconstruction as the image is wrestled from conflicting elements. I embrace the dizzying nature of contemporary experience, its endless stimuli constantly in throwing up unforeseen connections and conflicts that we are compelled to navigate.

Michele Franklin

My strongest influences remain the great classics Rembrandt, Reubens, Picasso, Soutine, Vermeer, Artemisia Gentileschi and amongst the contemporary artists I admire are Jenny Saville, Auerbach, Claudette Johnson, Ewen McClure, Lucien Freud…and many more. I also adore the ancient sculpture of the Egyptians, Etruscans and Greeks But the Renaissance period remains my favourite with artists like Giovani Bellini, Piero Della Francesca and Giorgione who create the magic I can only aspire to.

At school I was lucky enough to be taught by a very good painter Stella Magarshack. She suggested Camberwell as the art school that would be right for me and that’s where I went and stayed for four years, majoring in painting with sculpture as my subsidiary subject, 1977-81. Afterwards in 1982 I went to Venice to study etching.

While at Camberwell I met my future husband, the late sculptor Brian Taylor. (1935-2013). We have three children.

It was because of him that I learnt a sculptor’s approach to drawing and have included this in my approach to painting as well as drawing. So when I paint from life, I plan and try to create three-dimensional space but I also follow my intuition not always knowing where it will lead me. I love painting from life and find that the more sensitive I am to my subject the better the painting turns out. Portraits are a favourite area for me although I find them tremendously difficult. But of course if the painting is not difficult and the challenge is not great enough then the painting is not really worth doing! I always remind myself, particularly when looking at great artists, that there is always more to learn.

My website is: www.michelefranklin.co.uk
Instagram: franklin_taylor_gallery

 

Michelle Haig Grainger

Graduated from Loughborough University in fashion and textiles.

Early career in the arts as a textile designer.

Currently works as a Jewellery designer and primary school art teacher.

Monica Winner

Born: London
Trained: Camden Institute
Hertfordshire College of Art & Design

One Person Shows:
Crest Gallery
Birmingham University
Ben-Uri Art Society
Lauderdale House
Garden Suburb Gallery
Fellowship House

Group Shows include:
Royal Academy – Summer Exhibition
Ben Uri Art Society
The Boundary Gallery
Camden Arts Centre
Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Pastel Society,
Society of Women Artists – Mall Gallery
Highgate Fine Art
Whiteleys Atrium Gallery
Bow House Gallery
Four London Painters – LJCC
Garden Suburb Gallery
Exhibitor International Jewish Artist of the year awards 2004.
Hanley Arts Club
Discerning Eye (Mall Gallery)
Has provided illustrations for volume of poetry – “Three voices three visions”
Awards: Britain’s Painters 1988 – 2 awards (Mall Gallery)
Nationwide Art Event 1995 (Ben Uri) – 1st Prize for drawing.

 

 

Nadine Aysoy

Though Nadine Aysoy is following in the footsteps of her grandfather P.N. Ferstenberg, who was awarded the title ‘The Dean of the Diamond Industry’ by the Belgian government, the jeweller’s approach to design is anything but traditional. Playful use of colour abounds throughout her eponymous label’s designs, with fine jewellery ranges available online from such eminent retailers as Harrods, Matches Fashion, Selfridges and more.

Since launching her first collection in 2017 she has derived influences from the old movies of Hollywood’s heyday when women were stylishly bejeweled. Nadine Aysoy defines her jewellery as colorful, identifiable and effortlessly elegant. Inspiration also came from her mother, who she describes as uber chic and who wore breathtakingly designed jewels in the early ‘70s, in which, as young girls, Aysoy and her two sisters used to play dress-up.

Niv Tishbi (b. 1986) is a multi-disciplinary artist rooted in design studies, specifically visual communication with a focus on illustration. His artistic journey has been shaped by an enduring fascination with the creative possibilities within three-dimensional space. His primary focus centers on sculpture and site-specific installations, crafting immersive experiences that challenge conventional perspectives. In his works, he asks questions about freedom and liberation (mental and personal, but also social and political) and confronts them with mechanisms of organization and order, that express oppression, subjugation, coercion, and control.

Oliver Bloom

Abstract inspired artist painting in expression and mood. And sculptor, sculpted the bust of Sir Nicholas Winton. 

Oriel Zinaburg

 

Rachel Englender

I am a professional cake designer and painter,
I have exhibited my paintings in London and now focus on my catering business.
I come from a family of artists who work in various mediums: photography, painting and installation.
For me I enjoy the practical and aesthetics process of baking. An art object to be enjoyed in many ways…

I developed my own business – The Hampstead Bakery (www.hampsteadbakery.com) 10 years ago.

I am a 3rd generation London born and bred Jew and my family originated from Germany, Lithuania and South Africa.

Cakes are celebratory, and I pray for the day we can celebrate the return of all the hostages.

 

Ruth Novaczek

I’m a writer and filmmaker – free the hostages, end this war www.ruth novaczek.com

Ruth Rosengarten is an artist, writer and recovering art historian. Born in Israel, she lived in South Africa and Portugal before settling in England in 2002. She received a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and has published extensively in the field of contemporary art history and art criticism. In 2022, she published Second Chance: My Life in Things, a literary memoir constructed around objects of sentimental attachment. She is now writing at the intersection of essay and poetry. Her studio practice has varied widely over the years, often shifting gears between photography and drawing, but over the past several years, she has been making collages out of the paper scraps of daily life: product labels, tickets, letters, newspaper and magazine text and images, printed text. She publishes daily stories on Instagram of her Books of Ongoingness, an ongoing project of collage books. She considers the additive and improvisatory character of collage to be an enabling frame that describes both her studio practice and her writing. 

Sandra Shashou

Shashou was born in Rio de Janeiro, and in the year 2000 studied at City & Guilds of London Art School, where she earned her BA (Hons) in Painting. After her graduation she had portraits commissioned by several prominent British intellectuals and politicians, and in the years following her studies largely established her reputation as a painter.

In 2013, her practice took a major turn into sculpture. By investigating how to work with exquisite Vintage and Antique objects that she was so strongly drawn to, she began to produce a series of focused and intensely personal works that reflect the resilience, fragility, and undiminished courage that are the true conditions of love.

Collecting is where the work begins, it is an integral part of my practice with a continuous search for handpicked perfect treasures destined to become part of my creations.

As a medium and as a metaphor, the finest antique tea sets have great resonance. Porcelain has become my signature sculpting material, my trademark.

In recent years Shashou has exhibited in London, Paris, Beirut, Geneva, Gstaad, St Tropez, Dallas, Miami, NYC, and Venice. She has been shown in Art Elysees, Art Beirut, Art Palm Beach, Art Miami, Art Southampton NY, Armoury Antiques NY, Art15 Olympia London, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips, and has been commissioned for site-specific public sculptures in the US, EU, and UK. Her work has been collected in several important private collections.
Shashou lives and works from her studio in Primrose Hill, London.

Sharon Pazner

Born – 27 December 1970 in Nairobi, Kenya 

Studies: 

1991-1993 Architecture – Bezalel Academy of Art – Jerusalem, Israel

1996-2001 Architecture – Ecole d’Architecture Paris La Villette – Paris, France. Graduated magna cum laude 

Solo Exhibitions:

– Sharon Pazner – December 2007 – January 2008 – Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Milan, – Fragile –November-December 2008 – RaktArt, Budapest, Hungary

– Processes – June – August 2009 – Sketchbook Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

– Equilibrio – September 30 – November 2009 – Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Rome, Italy – Skewers – November – December 2010 – Gross Gallery – Tel Aviv, Israel

– Fix – Nov 2012 – Feb 2013 – Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery – Tel Aviv, Israel – Concrete Games – March 2015 – Hankin Gallery, Holon, Israel

– Sealed – June 2017 – Sommer Contemporary Art – Tel Aviv, Israel – Palimpsest – (double exhibition) – June 2018 – African Studies Gallery – Tel Aviv, Israel – Scars -June 2019 – Zuzu Gallery – Emek Hefer Industrial Area, Israel

Selected Group Exhibitions: 

– Strich und Faden – September 2008 – Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin, Germany – Campolungo – September 2009 – Vittoriano Museum, Rome, Italy

– I sensi del mediterraneo – May 2011 – Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy 

– Alfred and the Dots – May 2013 – Alfred Gallery – Tel Aviv

– The Giving Tree – September 2014 – Umm el Fahm Art Gallery, Israel – Home Sweet Home? – January 2017 – Beit Binyamini – Tel Aviv,Israel 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharonpazner/ 

 

British born Shelley Levy spent much of her career in Los Angeles, California. She is a faculty member of the Brentwood art center and has been teaching classes and workshops for many years. Her students range from 7 to people in their nineties. Her teaching philosophy has always been about teaching the student and not the class. Everyone has a different way of learning and Shelley is convinced that the gentle nurturing approach always brings out the best in her students. 

Her Murals and paintings have been commissioned by businesses and private residences from Sunset to Laguna, London to New York. During her time in Los Angeles Shelley completed commissions for LAX, Sony Pictures, Trader Joe’s, Melissa McCarthy, Bafta, Chateau Marmutt and Hollywood Hounds, which triggered a series of dog paintings. She began to receive commissions for live portrait sessions: sketching guests at hotels, painting on TV, taking a residence at Paramount, and sketching on the rooftop of a well-known hotel whilst capturing a burlesque show. Her artistic services were contracted by all kinds of businesses: doctors’ offices, law firms, dentists, and many private homes… which led to a number of ‘unusual’ situations! She was featured in the Los Angeles Times for her Mural at the International airport. 

She has participated in several group shows both in London and Los Angeles and had a solo exhibition in London’s Chelsea. Shelley is currently living in London, and is the Resident Artist for The Milestone Hotel & Residences with The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. It’s everything she embraces in life – live sketching, fast and unflinching, meeting interesting people from every walk of life. 

In the U.K. she has done live sketching for Ann Kaplan (the Canadian Housewife and all round personality) of Lympne Castle, Interior designers, and continues to work and be the resident artist of The Red Carnation Hotels, which is her favourite association so far. 

In 2024, Shelley garnered attention from The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror for her captivating dog portraits. Presently, she is engrossed in illustrating two children’s books, one on mental health in the U.K. and the other a picture book on Los Angeles. Additionally, she is crafting her own Middle Grade book. Shelley is both a digital artist and a painter. 

Shelley the Artist is on Instagram Website: https://www.instagram.com/shelleytheartist/ https://www.shelleytheartist.com/ 

 

 

Tania Kaczynski Ceramic artist, art therapist, writer. 

I want the leaves of my padlock to show that life exists, even  in the darkest place.

Am Israel Chai.

 

Tanya Levy

If it were to have a name, it’d be called A wish and a prayer.

A bio of this padlock. It symbolises lots of things, Our blue Star of David being central on both sides. Blue is also the colour of protection and the throat chakra, to communicate and bring the light. Also inspired by India (where I lived for 16 years), the border/frame-style with motifs, is from Madhapani Folk Art. Here, on both sides, the bottom red dots represent the blood of our ancestors; the sides, the ascension of their souls; the Hearts above are the love of Hashem and being back as part of that one love. On the 1st side, surrounding our star, the chinese trigrams, a nod to all the aspects of life around us, in the scheme of things. I often use these symbols in paintings and in the form of Feng Shui, plus some pivitol I Ching sessions in my youth! I’ll just say that the three unbroken lines are Heaven / Helpful Friends. I’ve made these more prominent, in a wish and a prayer… The 2nd side has leaf-bird forms for new life. The berries are sweet peace coming to fruition. I am lots of things, including Artist/Photographer, universal citizen and very proud Jew. Am Yisrael Chai #Bringthemhome 

 

With a background in fine art and science, Tarra Rosenbaum brings a sensitivity and expertise to her artwork. Creating small sculptures through jewellery has been a passion since childhood, and her love for this intricate work has continued throughout her life.  She also expresses her creativity through painting and larger scale sculptures. 

Descended from a long line of creatives including painters, sculptors, fashion and graphic designers, Tarra Rosenbaum was born in the Netherlands. She has spent her life thus far navigating distinctive rural and urban places around the globe. Now living in London, Tarra brings a joy for life to her creations. 

Tarra’s brand was launched in 2006 at an exhibition of drawings by Picasso. Today, she sees her work as a balance between art and wearable functionality in her jewellery and with her paintings and sculptures she looks to inspire a light of optimism.  

Her padlock has two sides. One is the fluid flow with a lavender crystal on the lock and key and the other side is three sided triangles the strongest shape with charcoal a carbon material that is what we all are to symbolise the strength in all of us.

Yaron Meyer (b. 1991, Jerusalem) is a glass artist working between London, Israel, and the USA. He is inspired by the complexity of nature and human relations within and mediated by it, and his glass sculptures are a manifestation of this that challenges context, scale, colour and use. 

Desertification juxtaposes a grouping of blown organic forms with meticulously sculpted realistic thorns, in a vivid palette of oranges and cobalt that mark a Pop Art departure from the earthy tones of the desert landscapes which inspired them.

The inspiration for this latest series was the extremes of heat and scarcity that the desert embodies, and how Meyer sees these as a metaphor for the challenges of access and opportunity facing artists in Israel and elsewhere. And yet, amidst the harshness, Meyer also notes parallels between the desert and the art world in their potential for immense beauty and inspiration: even in the absence of abundance, they become places where humans can glimpse infinity and indulge in boundless creativity and innovation.

Meyer completed his BFA at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and has also studied at Dale Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School and at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has created installations for public and private clients, and has exhibited widely in the USA, Israel, and Europe, including at the 2022 Venice Biennale. He will also present at the 2023 International Glass Biennale in Sofia. He received an excellence award while at the Pilchuck, and the Clore-Bezalel scholarship to study at the RCA.