It is fair to say that Zil's style can capture anyone’s attention; the beauty and the colors of his paintings have a sense of nostalgia, which is difficult not to feel beguiled by.
I couldn’t resist getting in touch with him and find out what’s behind this artist painting such warm and colorful pieces in the grey and dappled London.
Zil is an exceptional person and I felt he had the same interest in meeting me - a filmmaker interviewing artists.
On the surface, Zil's work may come across as a the work of a nostalgic Spaniard, but when you get to met him in person an entire world opens up around.
After a few glasses of red wine, we had a chat, accompanied by ariose sounds of Spanish songs from his radio.
Welcome to Iberia.
The Invisible Within
After following Dan’s work closely for some time, I jumped at the opportunity to get close and intimate with the guy, through the lens of my camera, when I was invited to his place for an interview. He tends to work with chalk and paint – his talent and the quality of his work would easily amaze anyone.
Dan is a very down to earth guy and is great to converse with - he is incredibly insightful with a clear perspective on things.
This is somewhat evident by observing the interior of his house in Tooting, which he personally refurbished. The whole place is finished off with his own artwork hanging around and a library area filled with books - a juxtaposition of what he had to deal with as a youth.
On the top floor Dan managed to create a compact studio. That’s where I found him, where he was putting some final brush strokes to an oil painting of Professor Noel Fitzpatrick. All around the canvas lay sketches, photos, and a spectacular view of South London from his balcony, allowing the setting sun to shine through the room as we sat down to discuss Dan’s complex upbringing, of which fortifies the authenticity and depth of his works.
Hasan’s work reflects each episode of his life like an open-house journal. That fact became apparent as I sat with him in his home to get to know him and his motives for painting more intimately.
After meeting him at a gallery opening, and watching him quietly smoking his pipe, I was drawn to approach Hasan by the calm tranquil energy he emitted through the air.
His home carries that same energy, but as I glanced at the numerous works that line his walls I detect the ubiety of a story untold by the warm tonalities of his current art pieces. Those pieces are characterised by darker colours and represent a man under siege during Syria’s internment war.
Learn how Hasan has recreated his life here in London following the support afforded to him as a member of the arts junta of Syria.
The worth of each of us
Upon first meeting Deanio I was struck by his coy demeanor; not many words were exchanged as we headed up to the space where he creates. Of course, I quickly learned not to take his modesty for granted, observing the candid statements made through his art.
Deanio moves with the audacity to prompt regular people to take note of the privileged positions they assume in society. Having explored the camp in Calais, Deanio is even more determined to communicate the dimensions of displacement that affect so many…Talking to a country perhaps in denial.
To do this Deanio focuses on absorbing the energy of society and releasing it onto his canvas, in his studio, alone in his thoughts. At the same time he’s capable of creating poignant and relevant murals in the middle of London’s busy streets.
Here, in this Video Deanio explains how he processes the nuances of the human characters around him to produce his pieces of work.
Human forms, desire and mortality emerge from the collection of paintings lining the wall of Rebecca’s south London studio. These images take up the notion of identity, particularly of the archetypal female, and echo of a time when, as a child, Rebecca would draw mythological figures.
As with many artists her work reflects the prominent themes of her surroundings: being raised in a matriarchal family with her own mother working as a portrait painter. Her style, then, is nothing if not intuitive of her own identity and more than an abstraction that is carried across here artistic pieces.
Rebecca delves a bit deeper with us and explains how portraiture helps bring the notion of what it means to be a woman today to the forefront of her work, leaving a lasting and enduring impression.
She has served as Vice President of the Society of Women Artists for the past few years now and will be co-curating Picasso's Women, an all female artist show including theatrical performances and monologues, which you can catch at Gallery Different from the 24th of September.