Sara Jayne Harris exhibiting new works at 5th Base Gallery

19th – 22nd April 2018
This exhibition brings together the work of six multicultural artists with distinct fine art practices living, working and studying in Surrey inclunding Sara Jayne Harris, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants. Each has a story to tell, not as a singular totality, but as an interrelated network. Today, artists are not only crossing geographical borders but are also linking ideas, mediums, cultures and time. A global, contemporary art of diverse origins has now taken place. Despite different cultural backgrounds, each of the artists’ input is inextricably interlaced in this stimulating exhibition that invites to dive into the insights of humankind nature. The Interrelation theme within the exhibition is focused on not blending but transcending cultural differences.
Sara Jayne Harris investigates the connections between ancestors and the quotidian. The status of the everyday revealed from fragments of memory is elevated and takes on a significance through uncanny puppetry and filmic works.
The exhibition will be open Thursday, 19th April from 6-9pm; Friday, 20th April from 12-9pm; Saturday, 21st April from 12-9pm and Sunday, 22nd April from 12-6pm at 5th Base Gallery, 23 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ.


Remnants of Enchantment: Exhibition with Doa Aly and Islam Zaher

Opening reception: 12 April 2017 from 7 – 10pm
Exhibition will run from the 12 April – 13 May 2018

Gypsum Gallery, 5 Ibrahim Naguib St., Ground Floor, Apt. 2, Garden City, Cairo, Egypt
Opening Hours: Daily from 12-8pm. Friday 4-8pm. Sunday off. Or by appointment.
Ramadan Hours: Daily from 11-5pm. Friday 2-5pm. Sunday off. Or by appointment


Gypsum Gallery presents Remnants of Enchantment, a two-person show of new drawings and oil paintings by Cairo-based artists Doa Aly and Islam Zaher, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants who is showing at the Gallery for the first time. Aly and Zaher share a formative experience as students of painting at a state-run fine art school in the nineties and the works presented in this show track an ongoing artistic exploration of the legacy of fine art traditions in their practice.

In 2007, Doa Aly started a series of sequential pencil drawings based on illustrations of the human skull anatomy, as they appear in the 25th edition of Henry Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body. The series has organically evolved over the last ten years to reflect the artist’s interest in literature, performance, myth and ritual. Earlier sub-series of her drawings have featured depictions of dancer limbs, Victorian postmortem portraits and excerpts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a narrative poem that Aly has used as a major source in many of her performances and videos.

Primarily line-based, Aly pushes the fine art tradition of human figuration to its limit. She is adept at controlling pressure, motion and a generative friction between pencil and paper. Her terse, lace-like drawings of repeated patterns are intensely emotive but not expressionistic.

Islam Zaher’s loyalty to the essence of oil paint as an alive, tactile medium lies at the core of his art practice. Obsessed with the expressive potential of color and paint skin, his work seeks to translate cerebral processes into raw, psychologically charged images. Zaher’s sophisticated palette and his annihilation of form and contour stem out of his expert draftsmanship and innate understanding of the medium of painting.

For Zaher, Remnants of Enchantment started with an imprinted memory of a neglected sculpture studio to which he would escape as a student of painting – where ambition and longing advanced in existential cycles. The nihilistic mood of the space, of unfinished sculpture, dusty props and broken furniture, and particular characters that frequented the workshop form the basis for his oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Traces of futile labor and ludicrous desire are rendered in uneven brush strokes and careful layering. Zaher’s bodily motion in the process of painting wrestles to make a socio-psychological state of existence transpire through a medium that is as hard to contain as the ambition it attempts to express.

Fantasia: solo exhibition by Michael Liani at Rosenfeld Gallery

Michael Liani, selected artist for Artrooms Fair Roma 2018 and applicant for Artrooms Fair London 2019, currently has a solo exhibition on show at Rosenfeld Gallery. Fantasia presents a selection of works which include gelatin inkjet prints and a video, which has been previously presented at The Church Palace Hotel‘s auditirium cinem bachelet as part of Artrooms’ Video Section.

The exhibition will run until the 14th April 2018 at Rosenfeld Gallery, 1 Shvil HaMif’al St. Tel-Aviv Israel 66535.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 12-7pm, Friday from 11am-2pm and Saturday from 11am-1pm.

Exhibition: Responses & Reflections – the Art and Craft of Carol Wagstaff

The exhibition Responses & Reflections – the Art and Craft of Carol Wagstaff, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, will run until the 24th March 2018 at the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery.

Meet the artist Carol Wagstaff on Saturday the 24th March from 11am to 3pm at the Horsham Museum, where she will be talking to the public about her exhibition.

“The great thing about artists is that they can see the world totally differently from how you perceive it. If they match that vision with technical ability, amazingly different art work can be created. That is the experience that the public will get when visiting Responses and Reflections: The sculpture and art of Carol Wagstaff at Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum and Art Gallery. Using sculpture, print, photography and painting, Carol explores and then translates the atmospheres, interior or historical significance of spaces to create a response to, and a reflection of, her experience thereby producing a distinctive and unique art work.
London born Carol, who has a degree in Fine art, now lives in West Sussex. Her work features in exhibitions and galleries across Europe, as well as in the corporate world. The inspirational, personal and elusive nature of Carol’s work means that it can sit just as well in a gallery as it can in the home. Whilst some of Carol’s work is abstract others, such as her portraits, are figurative reflecting honesty in the representation. These portraits may, on the surface, be seen as easier to connect with yet they actually draw the viewer in. This causes the visitor to reflect longer as the art raise questions about and within the individual.
For some though it is the very tactile and almost sensuous nature of Carols sculptures, both those created for the small scale setting such as the home, and outdoor installations such as those produced for the National Trust at Standen, that capture the imagination. What visitors undeniably admire most about Carol’s work is the creativity and adaptability of an artist at the “top of her game” in all areas of her work, as the exhibition Responses and Reflections reveals.”

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery and the Visitor Information Centre are open Monday to Saturday (excluding bank holidays) from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Admission is free.

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery, 9 Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HE

Katherine Filice’s Solo Show: “The Secrets We Keep”, USA

Katherine Filice, selected artist for Artrooms Fair London’s past edition, will have her works exhibited in a solo show at the Gilroy Center for the Arts in historic downtown Gilroy. The exhibit, titled “The Secrets We Keep” and featuring a selection of Filice’s provocative pen-and-ink drawings, will be open from 10-March through 19-May 2018. An Artist’s Reception will be held on March 16.

Katherine Filice’s works explore human relationships through symbolism and intricate ink lines. Filice said, “Exhibiting my artwork at Artrooms London was truly a life-changing experience. I am thrilled to now have this opportunity to share my work with people in my local community who have been so incredibly supportive of this adventure.”

Katherine Filice’s background includes traditional formal art training and a long career as a graphic designer. For over 25 years, she has been the CEO and Executive Creative Director of Articulate Solutions, a creative services firm in downtown Gilroy. Filice was one of only 70 emerging artists worldwide selected by Artrooms to exhibit her work at the prestigious International Contemporary Art Fair for Independent Artists, held in January 2018 at the Meliá House in central London.

Kevin Heath, Executive Director of the Gilroy Arts Alliance, said, “At the Gilroy Center for the Arts, part of our mission is to celebrate and support the creative talent we have right here in our community. Having worked with Katherine for many years, it is truly an honor to showcase her incredible artwork. Showcasing contemporary works is a recent departure for the gallery, and we expect Katherine’s exhibit to intrigue—and challenge—our audiences.”

The Artist’s Reception will be on Friday, 16-March from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Gilroy Center for the Arts (7341 Monterey St. Gilroy CA 95020 USA). The exhibit is open from 10-March through 19-May. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 2pm – 5pm, and Saturday 11am – 2pm.

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Fernando Viscasillas – The dreamy artist who does not forget Pontevedra

The dreamy artist who does not forget Pontevedra

He went to London to exhibit his painting and took the opportunity to exhibit some original photos of the Lérez bridges


It happened in Ferrol. Fernando Viscasillas, today a painter and professor of drawing, settled in Pontevedra for more than two decades. Fernando, in his youthful effervescence, with all his life and illusion ahead, stood before his father, a Mr. engineer of the Bazán, and told him that he wanted to be an artist. He wanted to take advantage of the art that ran through his veins since he was a child – he even composed a book with drawings he made for his classmates and school teachers – and become a drawing teacher. The conversation, as you can imagine, did not end as Fernando expected. And the kid ended up in law school. But, that young man from Ferrol, either knew Ghandi or imitated him by pure chance, but the fact is that he made his resistance peaceful. “I was there for several years enduring, until they realized that it was not my thing, and they let me decide,” he says. Fernando ended up in Tenerife studying Fine Arts. There, the lawyer dreamed by his father died and the aritst was born. Since then, one thing is clear: the kid was not disappointed, because today he is an artist, and a well recognized one, who is quite happy. Fernando passed the race, passed the exams and, in effect, became a drawing teacher in art schools, colleges or institutes. This was how he arrived in Pontevedra, where he settled for good while still teaching in Ourense. Then he got closer and spent years in the CPI of Barrantes (Ribadumia). Fernando was always clear that, beyond his daily work, he was and is a painter. So he dedicated himself and is still dedicated to painting. He immediately took the international leap and his work was traveling to Tokyo, Venice, Paris … And above all to Bologna, since he maintained and maintains a close relationship with this city.

The reason for the bridges
The fact is that this summer, by chance, as always happens with important things, he saw that there was a selection of artists for a unique exhibition in London: Artrooms; a show that took place at the White Hotel House Meliá in which the artists show there work in their own rooms. With over 1,100 applicants and 70 seleted artists, he thad to prepare his London expedition

What did he take with him? Well, logically, his painting. In fact, within it, he chose paintings that constitute a tribute to his great-grandfather, the composer Eduardo Viscasillas, friend of Verdi, author of 200 works and member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna. And he managed to hang the paintings in the hotel room like it was an exhibition hall. «It was a huge job. It seemed Macgyver trying to place the pictures in it, “he remembered yesterday with a smile, even from London.
At the same exhibition, he included a photographic montage that made a bridge between the street and the works of the artists, and that was going to hang in the lobby of the hotel. He did not think twice; He got up one day and went to photograph the bridges of Lérez, from Los Tirantes to As Correntes through O Burgo. Then, he put technique and imagination and made some photomontages that led to London. It could not go better: “The truth is that they attracted a lot of attention, everyone asked me about Pontevedra, they said it looked like a very cosmopolitan city. And I, of course, explained that Pontevedra had been transformed and that it was ideal for walking, to enjoy it … I think I sold it well, “he says with a smile. Fernando will soon return to the land of Lérez. And he will keep releasing “the artist’s poison” that he says he has inside. Now he the father of two grown daughters and, when asked if he also gave them advice when deciding the future, he says: “I always tell them to do what the head asks them to do”. Then, the question falls: does he have the head or the heart? And he replies: «In my case I think they are united. I have my heart in my head … maybe that’s why I’m so clueless. My daughters sometimes ask me if I am here, because I can spend five hours doing nothing and not knowing what is around me, “he says. In his day to day, when he acts as a teacher, he makes a loving revenge to his father, now deceased. Because if his progenitor tried not to be an artist, he tries the opposite with his pupils, and more than one that was not clear about the future ended up aiming at Fine Arts. Although, to be fair, it must be said that Fernando’s father did not die without recognizing his acchivments. He remembers with emotion: “He went to the casino in Ferrol to tell his friends that he was exhibiting and that they gave me the Lorenzo Medici medal. It was very emotional, “the artist says. Years ago he received the medal Lorenzo Medici and his work has long traveled the world.



Selected Artist Fernando Viscasillas was published by the local newspapper “Diario de Pontevedra”. 


Viscasillas builds bridges with London

The artist will participate in a collective installation at the Artrooms Fair London with two photographic works of Pontevedra Bridges.

Fernando Viscasillas got up one day in November at seven in the morning to photograph the Pontevedra bridges. “I expected to portray them at dawn, with the first rays of light,” he explains. “It was terribly cold, and it was cloudy, but I worked on the photos and the works came out.” The two works that emerged from that experience, including the bridges of As Correntes, O Burgo and Os Tirantes, can be seen between January 19 and 22 at the Artrooms London fair, which will take place at the Meliã White House.
Fernando Viscasillas, shows his photomontages with Pontevedra bridges, “plus another one with Gondomar bridges”, in the collective installation “Building Bridges”, coordinated by Artrois Group. “Although my production as a creator has been mainly pictorial, photography has always interested me,” explains Viscasillas. “Now a time has come when I feel I want to give it a greater protagonism”

Viscasillas’ hobby began to become more serious when, after two trips to Birmingham, he started portraying the British city. “It is now in full swing, it is going to become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe,” he says. “I made a series of 40 photos and contacted a gallery to expose them”. He says he would like to complete the project by also portraying Leeds and Liverpool.

“Once I was selected to participate in Artrooms London and knew about this collective project, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to also participate in the event with these bridge photomontages from Pontevedra. ”


Tanja Bürgelin-Arslan designed glass walls for new Sparkasse Willstätt bank building

The german artist Tanja Bürgelin-Arslan, – one of Artrooms Fair London 2018 selected artist -, is well known for her public art. In December 2017, the new building of Sparkasse Willstätt, Germany was opened. The invited guests were raptured with excitement about the individual glass wall design showing the picturesque old town of Willstätt and its half-timbered houses. Regional topics are depicted and the logo colours are incorporated in the design. In this endeavour, she worked together with Planungsbüro für Banken (planning office) Thomas Wunderle. This is already the 12th bank that features her glass wall design.

The artist Tanja Bürgelin-Arslan has also won multiple awards. Her prize designs include the fountain “The Path of Life“ as well as her design of the “Duck Portal roundabout and not least her design of the “Fürth Rathaus“ (town hall Fürth) subway station.

You can see more about Tanja’s work here:
Photo: Udo Künster

Interview: Simone Rosti on The Palette Pages

“The Palette Pages is thrilled to introduce the art and interview by Art-Rooms selected artist Simone Rosti

Self taught or art school?

Self taught

If you could own one work of art what would it be?

An artwork of Maurizio Cattelan, it’s not important which one.

How would you describe your style?

I think to be a “not” photographer in the usual sense of the term, but an artist who uses the photography as a painter uses a brush or as a writer uses the word. Essentially, I think I am a conceptual artist who uses photography.

It was not easy to make others understand my art. Sometimes I have been considered as questionable technical photographer. Sometimes a photographer monothematic …The truth is that I do not care about the result and aesthetics of my work. I simply capture fragments of reality and I emphasize them up to the state of mind where I am. The results are my artworks with their imperfections, their misunderstandings, their incompleteness: our life. I never conceived shooting as a technical exercise where everything was balanced in search of perfection. Simply it was not my purpose. Conversely I found in imperfection and movement the key to my expression.

I think my art is very original, distinctive and identifiable. It is not common among photographers artists who often transit over in many areas with the risk to lose the fil rouge of their thought. I chose to stay in well-defined areas in favor of coherence; maybe in the future I could stop to produce artworks and I will focus on writing…The artist who recycles himself, selling his product as an object of consumption, does not interest me.

I am intrigued by essence and absence. I shoot through rapid movement of scenery: this is the starting point for subtraction, exasperation of contrast and scarification of the image until nothing but essence is left, an intimate and hidden projection of Self, an outstretched hand toward the viewer.”

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