SPLENDIFEROUS! – AN INTERVIEW WITH VILLAIN

There seems to be a recurring theme of me being always in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, while I duly attend all sort of tedious and lacklustre shows, I missed out on the opening night of Villain’s solo show ‘Fantabuloso’ at the Atom Gallery in Hackney. I got to see his works only the morning after, when Super Fu*@!ng Gay caught my attention on my daily slog to work. Given the historical lack of diversity in superhero comics, I was surprised to see how many of them…

COLOURFUL COLLAGE

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. They might help us break the cycle of boredom, entertain the whole family or practice mindfulness. Colours, patterns, textures and even the sounds we produce with paper, brushes and water anchor us to the moment.   FOR THIS TUTORIAL YOU NEED: – White Paper…

SALTY STRAW TREES

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. They might help us break the cycle of boredom, entertain the whole family or practice mindfulness. Colours, patterns, textures and even the sounds we produce with paper, brushes and water anchor us to the moment.   FOR THIS TUTORIAL YOU NEED: – Coloured Inks…

GOOD GRIEF! A CONVERSATION WITH PAINTER HELEN LEE

Throughout history the universal themes of mortality and death have been explored by artists from every possible angle: the dead and the dying, a brush with death, its inevitability, the aftermath of a violent act, the tragic loss of a loved one and resurrections aplenty. Even the reasons behind each work are equally disparate. For some it is a way of coping with grief, others are mostly interested in keeping memories alive or recording historical evidence. For Helen Lee it was, and still is, a matter of discovery. The artist…

DOODLES

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. They might help us break the cycle of boredom, entertain the whole family or practice mindfulness. Colours, patterns, textures and even the sounds we produce with paper, brushes and water anchor us to the moment.   FOR THIS TUTORIAL YOU NEED: – A Set…

DECOUPAGE

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. They might help us break the cycle of boredom, entertain the whole family or practice mindfulness. Colours, patterns, textures and even the sounds we produce with paper, brushes and water anchor us to the moment. I did this with a young family friend, who…

NATURE DOODLES

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. They might help us break the cycle of boredom, entertain the whole family or practice mindfulness. Colours, patterns, textures and even the sounds we produce with paper, brushes and water anchor us to the moment.   FOR THIS TUTORIAL YOU NEED: – A Set…

PINK IN PECKHAM

If Frantz Fanon were to write his 1952 book ‘Black Skin, White Mask’ today, a chance encounter with two contemporary works of art would probably result in a different title. Not only do Pink Devil by Heath Kane and Afro-Glitch by Kamile Ofoeme feature strikingly similar visuals – a candy pink mask – but, rather unsurprisingly, I came across them both in Peckham. Besides being the go-to place for one of London’s most dynamic art scenes, it’s also where Simon Whybray created his bubblegum staircase installation for Bold Tendencies. I…

RAINBOWS

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. In these last few weeks, the rainbow has become a symbol of support for people wanting to express solidarity with NHS workers. The idea came from a nurse who intended it to be a sign of hope for patients and staff in hospitals across…

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. They might help us break the cycle of boredom, entertain the whole family or practice mindfulness. Colours, patterns, textures and even the sounds we produce with paper, brushes and water anchor us to the moment. And expressing ‘WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND’ brings awareness of thoughts…