Christie’s contemporary art fair Multiplied is coming to South Kensington next month, with it will be hundreds of works of art for sale by some of the country’s best artists, as well as exciting new talent emerging through London’s art colleges. Here we round up 13 names to look out for at Multiplied
1 Sylvia Moritz
Camberwell College of Arts, BA Graphic Design
Sylvia tends to work quite meticulously with techniques such as printmaking and pencil illustration, however she also transfers these traditional techniques into digital, allowing different media to work hand in hand. One of the current issues that Sylvia’s work makes a statement about is overpopulation and urbanization. She aspires for her audience to take a closer look and notice the complexity of the world we live in. She enjoys leaving the conclusion to the viewer; she allows them to decide whether this piece of art communicates the negative aspects of overpopulated urban areas or the positive view on its diversity. Sylvia has been nominated for many awards, and was the winner of both ‘Best of Year’ with D&AD in 2013, and 1 st Prize and People Choice Award of the ‘Find Your Voice’ competition by London Business School. She is also currently shortlisted for the RSA Summershow.
2 Anna Laura Masciave
London College of Communication, MA in Publishing
Anna Laura’s photograph ‘Ricardo’ is a portrait from “Life will tear us apart”, her photography project about the people she has known in the last two years between Rome and London. Riccardo is an 11 year old boy from Rome seeing the snow for the first time in 2011, when the picture was taken. The work was selected by the panel for the Annual University of Arts Xhibit Competition 2013.
3 Monica Alcazar Duarte
London College of Communication, MA in Documentary Photography
‘Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers’ tests the charged image of Mexico offered by the media and popular culture. As a Mexican herself, Monica is well aware of the richness and complexity of Mexican culture and contemporary life, and this project offers a small glimpse of this. The principle behind the project stems from Monica’s interest in notions of meaning and interpretation in flux. She wanted to make evident how interconnections are transitory, and how conclusions and preconceptions are not fixed. Monica hopes that her images help her audience reach a subtle awareness, regarding how they read and interconnect images and information. Her aim is that the audience examine how they reach their conclusions and what that says, not only about the images, but also about themselves. Awarded runner up for ‘The One to Watch 2014’ by Lisa Pritchard Agency. Selected for KALEID 2014. Prints from Monica’s book ‘Your Photographs Could be Used by Drug Dealers’ will be available for the first time at Multiplied.
4 Rowan Ottesen
With his ‘Read Between the Words’ series Rowan focuses on the hidden potential of everyday words. It spans a whole series of phrases that have been analysed and redefined by extracting hidden definitions from within the alphabetical structure of the words themselves. This project originated from a small one day workshop with the very talented Camberwell Artist Sam Winston. After completing his first series of ‘Read Between the Words’ Rowan discovered, by chance the concrete poetry of American poet Emmet Williams. Studying him has greatly informed the project and inspired Rowan to expand the series. ‘When we were children, we learnt new words, studied their meanings, and thrived for an opportunity to use them in a sentence. As adults we say hundreds of thousands every day, but if this project could rekindle forgotten appreciation of these words, this would be a surprising but rewarding feat.’
5 Melissa Fairchild
Camberwell College of Arts, MA Printmaking
While on Camberwell’s MA Printmaking course Melissa felt the absence of nature in the harsh urban environment of the city. The feelings affected how she began to research and create her work, and through her pieces she began to ask questions about the state of humanity. She found that as this went on underlying environmental themes began to appear in her work. Melissa’s ‘Resurgence’ series was inspired by man’s ever evolving relationship with nature during a time of intensive change and adaptation. The wreaths attempt to evoke feelings surrounding lifecycles, arcadia and how man represents nature through images. The series is intended to provoke thoughts surrounding the fragility, uncertainty and complexity of the beautiful world we live in.
6 Bart Hajduk
Camberwell College of Arts, BA Painting
Bart takes inspiration from the camp and erotic, such as James Bidgood’s Pink Narcissus and Pierre and Gilles pictures; playfulness and artificiality of Rachel MacLean videos; and the fantastical paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. Bark says of his work: ‘What inspires me is the joy of creating new worlds filled with characters that I perform and the amount of effort that I put into design of sets, costumes and props.’ Bart was initially inspired by the legends of the unicorn and his own fantasies of becoming a princess and so he based these pieces from the MiAL Summer Collection on the series of The Unicorn Tapestries. In addition, he gets a lot of ideas and excitement from contemporary London nightlife, especially the transvestite and homosexual club scene. Bart would like the audience to fall in love with the vibrant saturated fantasy of the opulent and artificial world that he has created and also to appreciate the hint of playfulness and eroticism. He is looking forward to further exploring and playing with the concept of digital collage and to translate that to experimenting with moving image.
7 Armenoui Kasparian Saraidari
Central Saint Martins, MA Photography
Armenoui’s ‘Of Armenian origin who have never obtained any other nationality’ comes from a phrase found stamped on the proofs of identity given to the Armenians when entering Greece in the early 1920’s. Each photograph is a set of one’s belongings that, as the title proves, is significant to his profession. The expanded white area, the portrait format of the prints as well as the titles of the images echo biographical data and identity documents. Arranged as one piece and lighted in a dramatic way those objects symbolise a person in his absence. ‘These still lives’ restore the loss of individuality resulted by deportations and are an attempt to portray not only my ancestors but also a whole generation of the Armenian minority in the Ottoman Empire. If the experience of exile constitute of whom those people were, these portraits manifest exile from a present scope’, says Armenoui.
8 Cadi Froelich
Chelsea College of Arts, MA Fine Art
Within Cadi’s work she often finds herself coming back to the work of Cornford and Cross, a UAL Alumni artist duo, who are meticulous in concept, execution and material, whilst still keeping true to their wider investigation of the world we live in, and the human experience of modern life. Ideas of consumption, production, obsolescence and interaction are key. ‘Contact’ is a part of an ongoing series of works using copper. Bronze is a copper alloy which has associations with accessible artworks in public spaces. Following the recent shift in how we communicate, the smartphone has become a modern icon, connecting us intimately across all distances. ‘We hold the object to our cheeks, but the information is transmitted invisibly. The vast network of wires, cables and conducting materials which enable this connection grows ever larger, yet is ever harder to see as it’s in orbit or in walls behind wireless routers,’ she says. Cadi came second in the 2011 Jerwood Drawing Prize, made the shortlist for the Red Mansion Prize 2014 and been long listed for Saatchi New Sensations 2013.
9 Conall McAteer
Central Saint Martins, MA Fine Art
Conall McAteer is an artist whose practice is formally diverse. Often engaging in site-based work outside of the gallery space and ranging through sculpture, publication, installation and intervention. Predominantly engaging with the role of the artist in a post-internet age, his work introduces the audience with a new take on familiar and less-well considered aspects of everyday experience and culture. Utilising world-wide web content as resource, platform and tool, McAteer’s narratives explore the interaction of art, popular culture and modern visual dissemination media. His work merges the digital and the tangible; reflecting on the nature of creativity and notions of value, authorship and originality. McAteer’s future projects range from self-publishing a luxury magazine to launching an internet dating website and mobile app. McAteer was the winner of the Lowe and Partners NOVA Award 2012 and was shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize 2013 – selected from the top art graduates in the UK. He also recently selected for the ArtQuest LifeBoat 2012-13 residency scheme during which he built his own studio.
10 Emily Carter
LondonCollege of Fashion, BA Fashion Textiles
Emily was drawn to study at University of the Arts London because of the location, its connections, its reputability and the fact it was the only place she could find which had a course that incorporated both fashion and textiles. As she has worked through her studies, Emily’s work changed so much that she claims she barely recognises it from when she began at UAL. Although Emily has always loved to draw, she never dreamed that her skills would progress as much as they have during her time at London College of Fashion. The development in her work is, as Emily puts it, entirely down to the tutors and her ambition and drive throughout the course. Most of Emily’s current illustrations are from her second year of study when she discovered the fine pen composition style and aesthetic used in the pieces. The pieces are inspired by Emily’s lifetime interest in natural history, animals, science and biology; and the beauty of the natural world.
11 Imogen Parry
Wimbledon College of Art, BA Fine Art Painting
There are strong inspirations behind Imogen’s work from American literature and L.A. culture, which are apparent in her subject matter and iconic imagery. Bret Easton Ellis and British Science Fiction writer J G Ballard are two authors that have been paramount in the development of these pieces and in the forming of their narrative. Imogen’s work has also been informed by artist David Hockney and photographer Jordan Sullivan. It is through these cultural influences that Imogen has developed and refined her current practice. Imogen often combines different media: she will print drawings, photograph paintings, collage photography and through doing this she has developed an exciting way of making work which keeps her inspired. She enjoys printmaking because it takes away the immediacy of the handmade mark- Imogen notes that the Western world often experiences life in an indirect way, for example through the Internet, and this is something she likes to replicate in her work.
12 Katy Binks
Camberwell College of Arts, MA Printmaking
The inspiration behind this collection is African textiles; Katy’s work has taken on inspiration from the detailed patterns and the stunning overall effect that African textiles emit. Specifically Katy finds the work of Kusama has had a specific influence on her three ‘Coloured Shapes’ pieces. ‘I’m very much interested in the immediate visual impression that artworks can have. I like to use colour to draw people in and I like the potential of pattern and installation as means of disorientating the viewer,’ she says. Katy mainly works with screen print; she enjoys the process in this style of working and finds that there is always something new to learn, and different ways to work within this technique. Katy was shortlisted for the New Business Award for UAL Creative Enterprise Awards.
13 Robbie Porter
Camberwell College of Arts, MA Illustration
Robbie Porter is a Scottish illustrator currently based in London. He studied Visual Communication in Leeds and then worked at a Printmaking Studio for a couple of years before becoming a freelance illustrator. Robbie graduated in 2013 from MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Art where he also created his first children’s book. He has also created work for an impressive client list including The New York Times, New Scientist Magazine and The National Museums of Scotland, as well as album covers and a full length graphic novel entitled The Librarian’s List. Robbie uses a variety of tools from pen and paper to computer and camera in order to create images that convey a message, feeling or story. His work stems purely from his imagination, ideas pop into his head and he turns these into uniquely recognisable illustrations, which promote a quirky and creatively fun attitude.
All of these artists will be exhibiting at Christie’s Multiplied through Made in Arts London, (MiAL) a student and graduate-led not for profit enterprise, promoting and selling art and design by UAL students and recent graduates. UAL encompasses a range of creative courses at six colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, ChelseaCollege of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Art. It supports artists and students who are producing exciting works of art and design to break into the art and design market and begin selling their work. As a customer and collector you will find art and design on Made in Arts London that you will not be able to access anywhere else.