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Floral Ceramics by Liying Zhang

 I am an artist who was born and raised in Beijing, China, now living and working in Chicago and New York, United State. I earned the BFA degree from Beijing University of Technology in 2015. In the same year, I transferred to New York State College of Ceramic in Alfred University, and got the second BFA degree in 2017. I earned MFA degree at School of the Art institute of Chicago in 2019.

My art practice mainly involves ceramics, printmedia, and fiber. In the early time, my subject of art was mainly based on the experiences and feelings from childhood. I have been explaining how the artworks came as confrontation with the past while achieving self-knowledge of the present. Found objects from antique store were used into my works a lot. In my created world, half-memory and half-imagination, everything could happen and change below their surfaces.  

My work also addresses universal emotions. In the recent years, the topic of ritual and making art in healing come to the fist view. I want my artwork could provides the strong atmosphere that can address all of audience relate to the works in one way or another.

 For me ceramics is a magical material allow me to create the ideal 3D from based on  my drawings. Shelter is the latest series of works in my art practice. I aim to create an habitat-like sculpture that have never been seen, also shows a sense of insecurity that I always have toward the surrounding and society around me. The Sculptures also can be seen as an ideal surrealistic miniature construction of hiding place or safe place in my imagination, and help me to chase away anxieties.

Three Dimensional Sculpture by Ling-lin Ku

Ling-lin receive her MFA from University of Texas at Austin in 2019 and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. In addition to being an artist Ling-lin has a background in music and law. She has a degree in Law at Taiwan. Ling-lin has been exhibited her work in cities ranging from New York, to Austin and LA, and selected into residencies including International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn and Haystack Open Studio, Maine. In 2019 Ling-lin is one of the four recipients of Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts awarded by the American Austrian Foundation. 


Double life, double play. My work is animistic and uncanny in the same time. I grew up in a culture that celebrates animism; influenced by the Dao belief that every object has a kind of unseen life and energy. Yet In the process of coming into life, uncanny things happen. While combining an enlarged egg-shaped dome with rigid, black raven legs, a narrative of death and birth appears. The tensions and nuance between strange and familiar create an eeriness.

By playing with the expectations of context and collaging parts into hybrids, I create objects that beyond our conventional understandings of the physical world, where seemingly familiar things can have alternate identities. Employing digital scanning and modeling is a way to jump into my own three-dimensional rabbit hole where I can precisely distort recognizable forms to re-assign their identities through hybridizing, recomposing, altering materials and hyperbolic scale shifts.

Johan Barrios Solo Exhibition, "Monólogo"


J O H A N  B A R R I O S



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Artist Reception: Friday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Anya Tish Gallery is pleased to announce Monólogo, a solo exhibition of new work by Johan Barrios, a Colombian artist now living and working in Houston. This is Barrios’ second solo exhibition with Anya Tish Gallery. Monólogo features paintings that convey the paradoxical dimensions of one-self. Barrios' work has surreal and cinematic qualities with a haunting aesthetic that is at once captivating and unsettling. 

“For me, all the pieces that are part of this project called Monólogo are the result of questioning what we call identity. All these self-portraits try to give an irrational look at how we are exposed to a symbolic solitude that distances us from any collective system. From my perspective, these figures are a replacement for a certain emotion that can often be related to fears and failures and become vulnerable to the conflicts that arise in the work itself creating a wider range of questions between image and spectators.”    - Johan Barrios

 Johan Barrios, born in 1982, is one of the most technically accomplished painters of his generation. Barrios’ work provokes the unique ability to make us feel and sympathize with his images invoking a harmony of the imagination and cognitive thought. Using himself as his own model he creates psychological portraits full of contradictions, doubt, beauty and anxiety, that exist between the surface of the canvas and trompe l’oeil illusion. Barrios pays close attention to every detail, expertly rendering muscle tone, hands, fabric wrinkles and flyaway hairs. He effortlessly translates light and shadow, executing his pieces with the proficiency of old masters. Depicted in a state of suspended tension, the subject has no identity, no narrative, no location, yet carries a diffused emotional resonance that addresses existential issues such as loneliness, self-discovery, intimacy and fragility.

Johan Barrios received his Masters in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, and has since exhibited across the globe in such major cities as Zürich, Switzerland; New York City, New York; Barcelona, Spain; Cologne, Germany; Montreal, Canada; Los Angeles, California; and Denmark. His work has been featured in numerous renowned print and online publications, including ArtMaze, HI FRUCTOSE, Minus 37, The Jealous Curator, and Juxtapoz Arts and Culture Magazine.

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Storytelling Through Painting by Jazmin Donaldson
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Jazmin Donaldson

Jazmin lives and works in London and recently graduated from the MFA Program at the Slade School of Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include The Field, ASC Gallery London, Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, Distant Heres, The Stone Space, London and Cartoons and Cereal, Offshoot Gallery, London.


In my work I explore the idea of storytelling with painting. The stories initiate from an autobiographical point of view and then take their own form by adding fantastical elements. I am interested in the intersection between memories and fantasy. My work is influenced by the world of fairy tales and myths where I re-use already known motifs in order to tell contemporary stories and concerns. I am specifically interested in women’s role in society and change over time, how we perceive that role and what feminism means today.

I am interested in the creation of each one of the characters of the stories and what they each represent. Elements that I am interested in exploring through different imagery are themes of identity, transformation, the absurd, the nonsense and the role reversal. All of them have in common the disruption of meaning or multiple meanings, which, in the end is part of an always shifting language that I am searching for. 

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Textured Paintings by Caoimhe Diamond
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Caoimhe Diamond is a visual artist from Northern Ireland who specializes in painting. She graduated from Bachelors of Fine Art at University of Ulster, Belfast in 2017 and went on to complete her MFA also at University of Ulster in 2019. 

I see Painting as a platform for decoration and the layered application of paint itself becomes a vital accessory to my surface. Areas of My Paintings have been brushed on, sprayed on, pipped on or exist as a premade paint texture. The impulse to decorate or embellish and find pleasure in materials when it comes to space-filling is something I relate to in my painting process and compositions. I use references from the media, aspects of myself and of people I know to reflect personal aesthetic. It is the emotional response to the materiality of paint that I find interesting and understand what it is like to hoard in everyday life. I find it compelling that recreations of paint forms can gain added value based of personal labour and through its unique qualities as I sometimes “personalize mass produced objects”.  I see knick-knack accessories, clothing, lucky numbers and common phrases as an extension of someone.

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Collage Exploring Connection Between Art and Nature by Laura Kay Keeling

Travels, daydreams, field guides, coffee, and film. Laura Kay Keeling resides in Toronto, ON and pulls inspiration from beautiful everyday moments shared through her 35mm photography, collage work, and installation projects. She has always been drawn to extreme environments and things that come from nature. Her focus is on creating work that instills an overall feeling of calm, curiosity and peacefulness within others as well as introducing opportunities for celebration and self-reflection often with her own humorous twist. She aims to explore the idea of “home”, how we utilize and design living spaces and form connections with our communities as well as the internet, social media & the effect on our lives. She is driven to explore the connection between art and nature and environmental elements are often the main focus of her work.


Humorous and Thought-Provoking Collage by David Krovblit

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, David Krovblit studied photography at Ryerson University. He worked professionally as a commercial photographer for over a decade, shooting many international brands and campaigns, and has won numerous awards for his work in the field. He currently lives in California and divides his time between Los Angeles and Toronto.

Krovblit synthesizes diverse references from popular culture, contemporary photography to 19th-century botanical illustrations to create a fantasy universe in his work that is equal parts mesmerizing and seductive.


Krovblit's keen eye for composition results in dazzling work, that is humorous and thought-provoking. His collages mirror and comment on the complex world around him - ultimately weaving them into a thing of beauty.


Krovblit's techniques bridge old and new methods of producing collage. He uses digital manipulation to scale and print images at various sizes, then reverts to cutting and pasting for the final product.

Collage/Mural Process


Collage artists have traditionally been limited by the size of the pieces they find in print. Krovblit's methods allow him to break away from this size restraint through a unique process.


He starts by collecting all of the images from different sources: online imagery, posters, magazines, and his original photography. He then brings it all into Photoshop. At this point, he builds the digital file as the blueprint. Once this is complete, all the layers are printed out to the desired size and scale (current work is from 2ft art pieces to 20ft presentation walls). All the visual components get printed onto massive sheets of paper; ready to be hand cut.


Once cut, the pieces are reassembled and pasted onto a board or a wall. When everything is in place, the work is carefully sealed with a coating of epoxy resin.


Vibrant Imagined Landscaped by Drica Lobo

Drica Lobo is an artist whose work captures happiness and vibrant strokes. Drica’s fascination with art began as a small child. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2003, and made Hermosa Beach, CA her home in 2007. Largely self- taught, Lobo has taken several painting classes during 15 years where she has studied with celebrated artists including Jose Ismael and Lisa Schultz. She completed her Master of Communications Degree at the University of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in 2001.


Her paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.


The artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality.


Drica Lobo currently lives and works in Hermosa Beach. Her work is included in public and private collections around the world, including Brazil, United States, Singapore, and China. She is a member of South Bay Artist Collective (HBCA) and Foundation of Local Arts (FOLA) in California.


‘I paint colorfully to show the world the positive influence of colors and the power of strokes, creating an imaginary scenario based on nature and freedom state of mind. Art is limitless and I'm committed to making the viewer closer to his heart, manipulating shapes and feelings through the selection and composition of color. More than anything, my paintings are feelings as much as they are imaginary. I recognize the value in self-expression, so I find a way to let my inner self be expressed on the outside. Colors are feelings, and it can also be possibilities.’

Small Sculptures by Kelly Sheppard Murray

Kelly Sheppard Murray is a Raleigh, North Carolina artist, educator, and designer with BFA, and MFA degrees from UNCG and ECU respectively. Murray’s career as an artist has emphasized three-dimensional design and fabrication for nature, health, science, and history museums, although her personal practice includes a wide array of media and processes. 


While maintaining a professional practice in design and fine arts, Murray teaches 2D & 3D design, painting, sculpture, and art appreciation at Wake Technical Community College. In 2014, Murray was awarded faculty rank as Associate Professor at Wake Technical Community College 


Murray is a 2018 recipient of the International Encaustic Artists Emerging Artist Grant. Other recognitions include being selected as a 2016 the Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence, as well as a 2000 and 2012 recipient of Regional Artist Project Grant by the United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County. She now maintains a tenant studio at Artspace in order to be able to continue sharing work and having a conversation with the public. 


Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition Kelly Sheppard Murray: Sculptures at Wilma Daniels Gallery, Wilmington, NC; Knoxville Tennessee’s Dogwood Arts 2018 Regional Arts Exhibition, Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s 2018 North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Artspace’s 30th Anniversary Retrospective Juried Exhibition.





Guided by the idea that consistent small actions create significant impact, I create small sculptures to allow my own daily actions to grow the body of work over time. This process of creating over a year or months is meant to also tie to the notion that our small actions affect the world beyond us. I encase, cover, stitch or layer found, industrial, cast-off or surplus materials to create objects or images that are not easily identified as natural or man-made. The pieces are made in a somewhat without plan or design but instead rely on a tactile knowledge and personal vocabulary built over a lifetime. I don’t plan these pieces but respond intuitively to materials and the forms. This process provides me the opportunity to discover something that I may not have otherwise imagined. 

In our slick, digitally saturated lives, I believe we need to be reminded of the living breathing tactile world that surrounds us.  My color choices are may be connected to nature while the forms remain ambiguous and non-specific but hold a hint of familiarity. 

I draw from the shapes of plants, moss, lichen, fungi, geological forms, and seashells. Because I am interested in how human behavior alters natural or man-made forms and spaces, I often place the irregular nature-inspired shapes in relation to grids, geometric structures, and repetitive patterns to try to consider the relationship between contrasting and sometimes conflicting forces. Combining and considering the similarities or differences in these shapes and forms allows me to deal with the intertwined relationship of human activity with nature.

Collage/Found Imagery and Painting by Sarah Perkins

Since studying at Chelsea School of Art and Central St Martins, I have been working successfully and internationally as a freelance illustrator for twenty-five years. My commissions cover literary fiction, classics, popular fiction, and gift books as well as editorial and design.

All my images are a mixture of collage/found imagery and my own painting. My influences are eclectic: found objects, textures, and pictures; folklore; rites and customs; the natural world; places I have been.

Realistic Paintings Utilizing Projection by Hali Pollard

Hali Pollard is a recent graduate from Stetson University with her Bachelor's of Art in Studio Art and Communication and Media Studies. Her work has been exhibited in Stetson's 28th and 29th Annual Juried Undergraduate Art Show in 2017 and 2018, where she won the Friends of Art Purchase Award. 


Hali presented her Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition, Layers, at Stetson University's Student Showcase, where she was awarded the Maris Award Runner-Up. Her piece "Here's a sign," from her exhibition won the Ann Hall Award and now belongs to Stetson University's permanent collection. There are currently two pieces of Hali's that now belong to the permanent collection.


Her work aims to elevate the darker side of romantic relationships and associated feelings using projections of light, color, and text. She utilizes the element of projection and dramatic lighting to create layers of meaning on her subjects. Using realistic methods of painting, Hali creates loosely written narratives that come across as familiar but undoubtedly leave questions unanswered.

Abstract Paintings by Fraser Radford

Fraser Radford was born in 1987 in Brockville, Ontario. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Religious Studies (graduated in 2009) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a Fine Arts diploma from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario (2014), and a post-graduate certificate in Studio Process Advancement from the Haliburton School of the Arts (2014). He has held numerous volunteer and paid positions at galleries and museums in Kingston, Toronto, and Brockville. He has apprenticed with Shayne Dark, one of Canada's prominent sculptors based out of Kingston, Ontario.


Numerous galleries across Ontario represent his work. His work is held in multiple private collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Australia, and New Zealand, and has been exhibited across North America. His work has also been published in several magazines in Canada, and the U.S, as well as The Peace Project, a catalog produced by Gallery 9 in Culver City, California in 2010.

Visual Network Paintings Exploring Connection by Hadley Radt

Hadley Radt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is currently living and working in the Bay Area. She received her BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in 2014 and her MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in 2017. Radt’s work has received numerous awards, has been featured in exhibitions throughout California and is part of private collections across the United States.


Radt’s paintings explore the connection between systems in our environment and how they relate to her own impulse to construct order. The structures she develops become a woven pattern of overlapping and intertwining shapes and lines. The marks become a visual network of intricate systems and patterns that she builds and deconstructs by establishing a logic and method.


Even as she attempts to formulate routines of order in her pieces, the patterns start to become tangled, creating environments of organized chaos. Mistakes occur within her mark making, and her hand can be seen. She intentionally and unintentionally interrupts the systems she builds, causing unexpected glitches that break the pattern. The errors make the work less mechanical and, instead, adds a human quality.


Radt is exploring terrains of connections; physical, psychological, emotional, neurological. She is interested in the depiction of these connections and tracking layers of information. She is curious about how the viewer is able to move through the accumulation of marks, finding their own pathways to navigate.


Radt is inspired by examples of repetition and geometry in both the natural and built environment. Including; maps, architecture, fractals, particle formations, and neural networks. Our environment is full of repetition and pattern, she is intrigued by all of these different kinds of order and they influence the structures she creates in her work.

Samantha Louise Emery returns to The Other Art Fair October 3 - 6

Artist Samantha Louise Emery is set to exhibit a multimedia portrait of author and journalist Caitlin Moran at The Other Art Fair in London in October as part of Art Below.

Caitlin Moran is one of ten in Emery’s portrait series IKONA | Mirrored Interior featuring the influential female trailblazers who have inspired the artist throughout her life. After creating original digital artworks from photographs of her chosen muses and superimposing imagery of her own body, the artist instinctively paints and embroiders directly onto the printed canvas. Through her layering of pigment and texture, the artist intricately translates her perception of her subjects’ unique voice, expression, and aura.

Emery’s work conveys a powerful message about female solidarity and empowerment. By including a self-portrait in each of her portraits, she seeks to keep in touch with her own evolution as a woman as well as highlighting the importance for all women to regard themselves as modern muses.

“Throughout my life, I’ve sought to understand who it is to be a Woman. What is the nature of our roles as a daughter, mother, partner, sibling and ultimately an individual? The root of feminine strength lives in us and is a birth right to all Women. I am on a journey to rediscover the source of a woman’s power, the Feminine Spirit. We’ve been graced with living in a time when many women have asserted their feminine selves and have inspired others through their actions. Yet more awareness still needs to be brought to the world about feminine solidarity, education and the positive effects it can have for girls and women today, and into the future. This sense of purpose drives the exploration and rendering of IKONA | Mirrored Interior; celebrating women who have inspired my life through their actions, attitudes and accomplishments. Some of these women I have known quite well and have participated in my evolution as a woman, and as an artist. Others have inspired me from afar, and yet all of them share something in common; they exercise their feminine vulnerability with courage and dignity. This internal mirroring is a phenomenon that I work to expand through my use of hand embroidery, digital drawing and traditional painting techniques, and digital photo compositing. I follow an intuitive process which seeks to combine shape and colour to develop textures that interpret the deep and intricate feminine qualities of each subject while honouring their unique personality.”

“Above all else, Caitlin Moran makes me smile. From the inside out. Her desire to bring laughter into the world channels my sense of self respect by being able to laugh at my own circumstances and daily struggles. Her strength of character and articulate nature sharpens my own wit and feminine intuition as I continue to grow and mature.”   Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.  120cm x 170cm

“Above all else, Caitlin Moran makes me smile. From the inside out. Her desire to bring laughter into the world channels my sense of self respect by being able to laugh at my own circumstances and daily struggles. Her strength of character and articulate nature sharpens my own wit and feminine intuition as I continue to grow and mature.”

Latex, acrylic and embroidered gold, silver and copper on canvas.

120cm x 170cm

Emery is currently working on her next series IKONA | Wise Women which will showcase cultural activists, journalists, and filmmakers, amongst others, who inspire women to rise to their highest potential through their work.

A portion of all income from the series IKONA | Mirrored Interior is donated to the Working Chance charity and the Malala Fund. Working Chance is the only recruitment consultancy for women leaving the criminal justice and care systems. The Malala Fund works to give all girls the chance to an education.

London born Emery completed her Ceramic and Design degree at Central Saint Martins in 1993. In 1992 she won the award at the Young People’s Film & Video Festival for her short film Night Shift inspired by the work of Sylvia Plath. Emery then moved to Canada and debuted several series of paintings which she exhibited in Toronto and New York. The multimedia artist splits her time between the UK and her studio in Bodrum, Turkey, her spiritual home.

For more information please contact: Phoebe Ruffels, or +44 (0) 203 981 5200

Paintings Commenting on the Curated Self by Vivian Rashotte

Vivian Rashotte is a self-taught Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto. After graduating with a BA in art history from the University of Toronto in 2013, she began to explore her own artwork through oil painting. Beyond her visual art practice, she’s also an associate producer on CBC Radio’s q, the leading arts, music, and entertainment program in Canada.


My work is inspired by art history, pop culture, and the images we regularly see proliferated on social media. To reflect our current obsession with the curated self, I combine mundane, familiar, and luxurious objects into compositions that appear intentionally staged, sometimes mimicking flat lay photography. While this could be understood as a critique of consumer culture or our generation’s social aspirations, I think my work is more self-reflexive — my paintings ultimately become like the coveted objects they depict, which makes the critique more irreverent than earnest.