I managed to have a quick look at Joana's current show @ The Royal Drawing school in between job interviews before it closes this weekend on the 4th of May. I was immediately struck by the artists composition and ability to create intimacy in the work through careful mark-making and colour choices. The artist's work is engaging because of how she moves away from working with photography to push her visual language. Concerned with memory, imagination and displacement. For this show, one of the main focuses is the notion of 'Love' and it's variety of meanings. It encompasses loneliness and different forms of absence. This is shown in how the figures are depicted and scenes are layered to create hidden meanings and engaging environments. The textures in the work and how environments were build up creating something visceral, and how certain fragments were deep in colour compared to detailed areas, suggested movement in the scenes adding to the poignancy of the work.
Delphian Gallery have worked in collaboration with the print space in London, located on the Kingsland road to put together a show collating work that spans photography to drawing to painting. This year's open call saw over 10,000 submissions where artists are encouraged to engage through instagram to share their work through a hashtag. This year saw the wonderful Florence Hutching's (last years solo show winner from the open call in 2018) as a judge alongside others associated with the gallery and show. The other day I went to see the show, and have put together some of my favourite pieces. First up we have Nettle Grellier whose large scale paintings explore figures, animals and more in domestic and other settings. I've followed her work for a few months and really engage with how she is confident in her application of line to the surface. Her work may be large scale but she has a real ability to keep each piece intimate and poetic through the composition of figures