ART: This is an amazing artist. I first saw her work at the Young Masters Art Prize 2016 and again at this year’s recent prize at Gallery 8, Mayfair. Also came across her art at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Check out my article to see how her ironic and idealised representations of female beauty pays homage to the Renaissance, Flemish Primitivism (Jan van Eyck etc.) & the Pre-Raphaelites. Click link for article http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-art-of-isabelle-van-zeijl/
BOOKS/ART: I caught up with gallerist Jennifer Akinsuyi (I previously wrote an article about her) at this book signing celebrating the work of leading and upcoming artists working in sculpture, photography, painting and mixed media. The Art of Nigerian Women book signing & talk. Seventy five artists profiled in a 360 page book printed on silk paper!
(left to right, artist Lara Ige-Jacks, publisher Chukwuemeka Bosah, artist Aishatu Dapachi)
ART EXHIBITION: I attended the private view for the Young Masters Art Prize yesterday at Gallery 8 just a few roads along from the Royal Academy. It features work by modern artists which pay homage to the Old Masters. Watch out for the brilliantly talented Dutch artist Isabelle Van Zeijl. Her art looks like classic figurative painting but take a closer look and you’ll realise…perhaps it isn’t a painting. Click link for article http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/young-masters-art-prize-2017/
LAUNCH PARTY: I’m chillin’ with staff and writers of Whats Hot London? Magazine (which I’m editor of). We’re at the Piccadilly Institute celebrating our first print edition.
Near the club one of our writers Safeena Chaudhry bumped into the ‘golden woman’ on our front cover. She is a street performer who can be found posing as a human statue near Eros, Piccadilly. Here she has already changed out of her costume but is still covered in gold makeup
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Did you know Little Venice was named by poet Robert Browning? I visited this scenic canal area in Paddington and its Waterside Cafe. Check out the eatery rating in my review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/waterside-cafe-little-venice/