Spot emerging talent at the graduate exhibition at Affordable Art Fair, Battersea from 18-21 October.
Fresh from her Soho House White City project earlier this year, highly regarded curator Cassie Beadle of the Cob Gallery has travelled the country visiting all the graduate shows to select the most promising talent for the Affordable Art Fair’s 2018 graduate exhibition.
This year, more than 15 artists have been selected with a particularly strong female artist contingent.
Names to look out for include:
Alexi Marshall documenting women and their bold sexuality.
Sola Olulode, a University of Brighton graduate whose work explores the relationship between African heritage, colour and identity.
Katie Avey from Glasgow University who explores notions of memory through abstract shapes and forms.
Check out a selection of the artworks below.
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Glasgow graduate Katie Avey translates memories into the abstracted shapes and forms into her paintings. She develops specific shapes, relating to individual objects and spaces to reflected the mysterious workings of our minds and recalling of memory and personal experience. She has recently been awarded the SSA New Graduate Award and The Edinburgh Palette Studio Award.
RCA graduate Cagla Ulusoy’s large scale paintings are influenced by her Turkish heritage in their colour, form and texture.
Slade Graduate Sofia Mitsola’s large scale mythical and biomorphic interpretations of Sphynx women- her works have just been exhibited at Tiffany and Co. in their Covent Garden store as part of their young graduate award.
Brighton graduate Sola Olulode’s canvasses are connected to her Yoruba heritage both in their materiality and subject matter. The distinct blue colour of her canvasses are created with her own version of ‘Adire', an indigo-dyed textile traditionally made by Yoruba womxn in Nigeria using resist-dyeing techniques.
Marco Robert Allegretti
Marco Robert Allegretti makes sculptural works from a tradtional inlay marble techinique. The Inlayed marble cuts have been specifically sourced for colour, shades, veins and transparencies, furthermore the different marbles used are remnants of marble used during the Roman Empire-many of which have become extinct and are incredibly rare.
Slade Graduate Alexi Marshall’s large scale linocut works establishes an unapologetic imagery of women in their bold sexuality, divinity and unconstrained freedom. Linocut printing is a recurring medium in Marshall’s practice, and she creates theatrical tableauxs and morality plays, populated by saints and sinners. A certain kind of violence is projected as the images are scratched and carved into the medium in these labour intensive, detailed carvings- turning the tables on the traditions of ‘women’s work'.