Artists are currently struggling without exhibitions and the chance to physically show our works because of COVID 19

MANGO TREE WISDOMI hope no-one is offended by the timing of this but artists like me are going to struggle without exhibitions and the chance to physically show our works because of COVID 19.

I am a self taught painter whose journey began when I landed in prison just as I was achieving recognition through my photographic work. In November 2018, I was a finalist for the Newcomer category of the Global Arts Awards Dubai, and in 2019 listed as an artist in the International Auction house database. My story is about the power art has to heal and transform people’s lives in the darkest times.

So, for four weeks I am offering some of my favourite original artwork at the lowest price I have ever sold at. It gives me space for new art and supplies for the body and soul to keep me working through the pandemic. I also hope it gives more of you the chance to own and enjoy my original work and who knows, you may become a collector! Click here to view the full collection or for full portfolio and story.

I had the experience of being locked up so not new to me but now I have the added luxury of my beautiful Bella this time around to help keep me sane.

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The one thing that we must learn from the current situation as I did through my experience is that life is full of surprises and we can’t predict the future, so it is important to learn not to take everything for granted. When control is taken away from us, it leads to stress and depression. I learned that you can regain that control through self analysing, looking deep into what makes you unhappy, using art to illustrate by drawing, painting or writing each of those traumatic thoughts or situations in your life to process them on to the memory section of your mind and alleviate the trauma and bringing calm to one’s soul.

A good way to find happiness and distract one self, by doing things you love and exploring new things.

As well as painting I’m also writing a series of articles on how I coped during my incarceration in the hope that my experience may offer some tips to help people during the current crisis and you can follow and interact with me here on in my blog.

As always stay safe and well.


Feature story


I meet Julio one night at a trendy art exhibition he’s involved in, in a converted back-street tunnel in South London. Outside, it’s a miserable November night, filled with relentless rain and bitter, sobering winds and people walk through the door happy to finally be warm and dry. It’s the kind of night where you wonder if you might have been better off staying at home in your pyjamas and barricading the doors, but here we ar…

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A big hello to all you friends! On a cold day like this, I thought I share some warm news which will be printed tomorrow on my local paper covering my nomination for the Global Arts Awards New Comer taking place tonight in Dubai

You can see the full article at: Islington Gazette

Printed article preview.

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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.


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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