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…
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
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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.
WISHING A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL WHO READS THIS MESSAGE AND ALL THE GREAT NEW CONNECTIONS MADE DURING THIS PAST YEAR.
I DEDICATE MY LATEST PAINTING TITLED:
THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS
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!
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.