ANNOUNCED FINALIST IN THE SECOND GLOBAL ART AWARDS DUBAI

I have been named finalist in the second Global Art Awards recognising excellence and innovation in art and design, and will be going forwards to the grand final of the prestigious awards taking place at the FIVE Jumeirah Palm Dubai on 21st November 2018.

My painting Tree Of Life, has been singled out for praise by the judges, in the New Comer Category.

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I will also have the chance to be named The Best Global Artist of 2018, which is awarded to one outstanding overall winner, who will also win an exhibition in Abu Dhabi as well as the life-long title.

Dubbed “The Oscars for the Visual Arts”, The Global Art Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of artists from across the globe. There are 16 visual arts categories, ranging from photography, street art, illustration and painting to awards recognising individual artists, including Best Newcomer; Best Sculpture Artist Award; Best Innovative Artist Award as well as the highly illustrious Best Emirati Artist Award.

“It’s a great honour to be named a finalist in the Global Art Awards and I am delighted to be able to join such a fantastic, roll-call of artistic talent heading for the awards in Dubai. These awards really do single out the best, most exciting artists working today, to celebrate their achievements, and I am honoured to be among them.”

Joëlle Dinnage, Founder and Director of the Global Art Awards said, “We created the awards a year ago to establish an inspirational international art competition on a global scale. Artists who were successful last time have gone on to gain recognition and commissions, travel and attend exhibitions and receive a real boost to their careers.

“This year, standards have been exceptionally high and the competition has been fierce across all categories. Congratulations to all the finalists. We look forward to seeing them in Dubai.”

The awards ceremony takes place on the evening of Thursday 21st November 2018 at the 16th floor Penthouse FIVE Jumeirah Palm against the backdrop of the astonishing Dubai skyline.

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LOVING VINCENT – FIGHTING TEARS

I have been wanting to see the movie since it came out and like most artist (I think) I am not the most organised person.

Having always admired Van Gough’s works and the fact that the movie is the first one of its kind where every frame has been hand painted had me more interested than other films about and artist story that have been made.

I finally made it yesterday with my girl friend and was taken aback by the film and how they used Van Gough’s style of painting trough out the whole movie.

The movie was a master piece and the story very touching as there were so many things that hit home, like how he suffered from the mental pressures of his demanding family, how he took it up painting and taught himself how to paint after his most difficult time in his life and having experienced something similar myself while in prison discovering the therapeutic powers of painting!

The end was so sad!

The fact that he reached a point where the best solution in his mind was to take his own live! ( I understand exactly how he felt, as I have considered that many times and attempted when I was a teenager as a cry for help).

The sad thing is that mental health is still not taken serious enough even at this present time and the current conservative government here in the UK is cutting down funding for mental health instead of increasing it!

I became a prolific painter when I was in prison as it was my only way to keep demons out of my mind and only painted nearly 100 paintings.

800 in a space of eight years was what Vincent achieved and I think it is simply amazing!

I salute Vincent and must admit that I had to fight tears and a choking feeling in my throat as the credits of the film were being run.

The sad reality of the art world, the fact that he could not sell his work and since his death countless people have made and will make money million from his work!

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I dedicate my painting Tree Of Life to Vincent and  may he R.I.P and if there is and after life enjoy the fact that he was right with what he set out to do and appreciated by millions.

 

 

THE POWER OF THE ARTS

Click to see the video:  https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fontraxtv%2Fvideos%2F1478813782207558%2F&show_text=0&width=560” rel=”noopener”>THE POWER OF THE ARTS 

Today the following video has gone live and I am grateful to Barbara from OnTrax TV for including my story along with some great artists, about the power of the arts and hopefully inspire through creating!

The Power of The Arts
Positive Expression & Raising Awareness
Watch this short Video where we spoke to MOBO Awards (Official) winning producer Naughty Boy (tracks #Running Beyoncé #LALALA SAM SMITH ) BRIT Awards artists James Morrison Lemar, main stream TV vocal trainers & new artists who found their way through their dark days in prison via art ( Julio Osorio )
music & poetry, about how music & art is therapeutic.

SHORT Video Featuring: Stella Parton McLean PURDY RTC3 Robyn SashaBakery Boys Shack Baker Andrés Jimenez Gak Jonze Ben Mistek TaylorJulioCesartist8 Starboi Millz K- KOKE #DavidGrant #FameAcademy Rough Copy Matt Jam Lamont IC3 Everything, Everything William Kw General Levy (Official)

OnTrax TV Oliver Miles Barbara Be Tomáš Heidenreich Jc Bonassin DatGirl CallRush Jacob Wyatt Lee Amm Ren Vivienne Long Matteo Di Berardino Lee Bethell HUSH PR Sacha Taylor-cox

MY FIRST ATTEMPT TO PAINT AND DISCOVERING THE POWER OF ART

My first one hour art class result.

After being in prison for almost three weeks, locked for about 22 hours a day, until properly put into the system and having the chance to either work or study I felt I was going insane not being sure of what my future was going to be for at least six months until trial as I had decided to fight the case because I knew that the whole incident had happened for defending myself from a bully doorman.

I did not think I could paint all my life and one afternoon the cell door opened and was told that I had my induction at the art class so I should follow the flow of people going to education.

Tunde was the name of the tutor that afternoon and whom I am still in contact since my release in 2014.  We were given the go ahead to get some paper and use it how ever we wanted, to paint! (Here is his video talking about what he saw while I was there )

I was unsure what to do, but had a look through some art books and chose to try and copy a painting.

The following painting is a photograph of that first ever painting I did and the most important thing about it was that I completely forgot where I was while painting and at the end, was nicely surprised to see the result as there was lots of room for improvement but I knew then that painting was going to be what would get me through those six months there, while waiting for the trial and be freed as I was sure a jury would find me not guilty after watching the CCTV and the several different version of events the  doorman had given in changed statements!

How wrong, I was!

It then turn out that painting would play an even bigger role in my life and now is what I do to feed my soul!

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