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Solo Show of Harlem artist Stan Squirewell at Gallery 8, London | April 1-13, 2019

FACTION Art Projects is delighted to present a solo show of Harlem-based artist Stan Squirewell at Gallery 8, London. Following an exhibition of Squirewell’s work at FACTION’s Harlem space, the FACTION team is bringing him to London for a display of multilayered collages, which through elements of mythology, sacred geometry and science, tackle themes of race and memory. This marks Squirewell’s first solo show outside the US. A Private View of the exhibition will be held on April 2, 2019 from 6-9pm.

Squirewell’s newest works, which have evolved over two or three years of archival study and exploration, are heavily influenced by a recent revelation of his paternal ancestry.


Squirewell says:

‘For most of my life I believed my family were African Americans who had arrived to the US on slave ships, and it wasn’t until my twenties that I discovered my true heritage, that they were indigenous Americans. As a teacher working closely with the national curriculum I constantly see how history, even now, is curated. My art attempts to rewrite these assumed histories. The beauty of the works capture the viewer, but it’s the ugly that intrigues and leads them to look deeper.’

Rediscovering his ancestry has prompted Squirewell to question his identity, particularly in the western hemisphere. It also speaks to his battle with the omnipresent slavery narrative, when he himself comes from a black family that is not believed to have a history of slavery. Through portraiture he challenges histories and presents a more empowering narrative for black identity, seeking to change the terminology around the very word ‘black’.

The portraits have a16th, 17th and 18th century aesthetic with a contemporary awareness. The depicted figures are both real historical figures and fictitious characters that are in some way related to the artist. Through demonstrating the misrepresentations of history, they critique what we colloquially describe as fact. Each artwork is complete only after he ceremoniously burns both the collage and its hand carved frames which include motifs and markings from ancient indigenous American and African cultures.

The titles of Stan Squirewell’s works reference particular moments in our shared history. One work entitled ‘Willendorf’, is inspired by the prehistoric female figure of ‘Venus of Willendorf’, while another, ‘Amerindian’ refers to the ‘$5 Indians’ - those who, 125 years ago, paid for falsified documents that proved them to be Native American.


About Stan Squirewell:

Stan Squirewell was born and raised in Washington, DC and currently lives and works in Harlem, New York. His artistic training began at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Since graduating he has continued his tutelage under many of DC’s legends including artists Michael Platt and Lou Stovall. Squirewell, is a painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. His work is multilayered and his subject matter tackles themes such as: race and memory through mythology, sacred geometry and science. He draws his inspiration from theory books, science fiction movies and novels, avant-garde jazz and indigenous storytelling. He is a (2007 MFA) graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting where he studied with the late, Grace Hartigan. Squirewell is the first winner of the Rush Philanthropic and Bombay Sapphire Artisan series. He has performed with Nick Cave (SoundSuits) at the National Portrait Gallery and Jefferson Pinder with G-Fine Arts. He is privately and publicly collected, his works are in the Reginald Lewis Museum, the Robert Steele Collection and recently acquired by the Smithsonian for the African American Museum (2015.) Squirewell is currently exhibited as part of ‘Fashioning the body’ at projects+gallery in St. Louis alongside Bisa Butler, Soly Cissé, Renee Cox, David Antonio Cruz, Kenturah Davis, Hassan Hajjaj, Basil Kincaid, Mario Moore, Chris Ofili, Fahamu Pecou, Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Jacolby Satterwhite, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.

About FACTION Art Projects:

FACTION is a flexible collective, from the team behind the hugely successful Gallery 8 and Coates & Scarry in London, who have created a unique model for artists and gallerists to work together. FACTION addresses the changing market place and the erosion of the traditional art market, where galleries were gatekeepers for artists. FACTION provides artists with promotion and opportunity to access collectors and a wider audience, with all the support of a gallery but without the constraints of the traditional model. They aim to deliver a program of artists that is diverse and inclusive. FACTION launched in February 2018 at Gallery 8 in Harlem, New York and since then has become strongly imbedded in the Striver’s Row community and a highlight of Harlem’s cultural scene.

For more information please contact Anna Beketov,, +44 (0)20 7812 0645

Jaime Brett Treadwell at Pentimenti Gallery

The paintings on view in shift alt delete point to a slight detour from previous directions. Experimentation with new ideas, specifically architectural and mechanical drawing methods, combined with my persistent 1980’s childhood influences, including MTV graphics, digital synthesizers, and Miami Vice, has resulted in a deeper complexity of interwoven parts. I chose the exhibition title shift alt delete after recognizing the correlation between keyboard functions and the shifting realities present throughout this body of work. The shift key is designed to shift from one version to another, such as lower case to upper case. Alt, short for alternate, is designed as a modifier key to adjust or alter change. This ability to change or manipulate reality parallels my recent investigations regarding visual deceptions and spatial ambiguity through line, shape, color, and space. Similar to the key functions, elements in my painting often serve multiple roles. For example, a thin line may operate as the edge of a shape and also contribute to a repeating pattern of lines, later to return as a single line that cuts through another form or shape. These moments of co-existence throughout the painting disrupt the viewer’s perception of truth, often bending reality. Similar to pressing the shift, alt or delete key, these paintings can quickly switch identities back and forth, as they suggest alternate realities or a fictional universe.

Pentimenti Gallery 

Nov. 10th – Dec. 20th

Philadelphia, PA 

10 Highlights From EXPO Chicago

Although I am originally from the midwest, this year’s EXPO Chicago was my first time attending the international art fair. Having lived elsewhere for the past several years, and having visited a variety of different art fairs and festivals while doing so, I was anxious to see what EXPO had to offer. I can gladly say that it did not disappoint. Not only did the fair showcase an incredibly talented and unique roster of artists, it also featured a plethora of thought-provoking and dynamic programming, which included panel discussions on essential topics in curating, and an interview marathon hosted by world renowned curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Although, I was completely wowed and mesmerized by the artwork around every corner, I’ve come up with a list of galleries whose featured artwork was truly unforgettable. Here are my top ten gallery booth highlights from EXPO Chicago. And if you are able, be sure to visit these galleries in person…I know I will!

1. Shulamit Nazarian

Shulamit Nazarian gallery’s booth was an absolute showstopper. I still remember spotting this work from across the fair and making my way over to get a better look at these incredible paintings. I spent so much time looking at these vivid works by Amir H. Fallah, who Shulamit Nazarian represents, and could not believe the vibrancy in the colors and the intricate patterns within each painting. Check out the gallery’s website to see more of Fallah’s work, which also includes installations. And next time you are in L.A., be sure to stop by this gallery!

2. Richard Heller Gallery

Having been a huge fan of Christian Rex van Minnen’s work for some time now, to say I was excited to see his work in person is an understatement. His painting Let’s Step Outside is even more impressive in person. The artist’s skill and attention to detail is almost unbelievable, as his subjects look as if they are three-dimensional. The work will certainly leave you in awe, not knowing quite what you are looking at when seeing his fleshy, gummy-like creations. Other works featured at Richard Heller Gallery’s booth also caught my eye, which included the work of Amy Bennet, Ryan Travis Christian, Neil Farber, Farshad Farzankia, Kajahl, Tony Marsh, Joakim Ojanen, Alina Perez, Paco Pomet, Ryan Schneider, Devin Troy Strother, Orkideh Torabi, and Mark Whalen.

3. October Gallery

London based October Gallery definitely brought their ‘A’ game to Chicago. Their booth featured the work of two essential African artists Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga and El Anatsu. Both of the artists’ works are powerful and monumental, and proved to be even more so when shown together. I was particularly moved by the palpable emotion found in Ilunga’s painting Fragile 9, and I could not take my eyes off of the constellation-like patterns on his subject’s skin. October Gallery’s selection of artists showcased truly embodied an international aesthetic, as they state that they aim to promote “the Transvangarde, the very best in contemporary art from around the planet.”

4. Library Street Collective

Library Street Collective’s booth provided a breath of fresh air with a unique aesthetic straight out of of Detroit. Bright, saturated colors and neon lights contributed to a stand-out selection of artwork that filled the space with eager viewers. The pop-art-esque sculpture titled Greedy Nero by Adam Parker Smith was just one of many amazing works that was featured at EXPO Chicago as an extension of the exhibition Coping Mechanisms, hosted at their permanent space in Detroit, curated by Sara Nickleson.

5. Night Gallery

One of my favorite elements of EXPO Chicago was their EXPOSURE section, which showcased solo and two-artist displays hosted by younger galleries. This provided a change of pace, allowing me to slow down and really examine a larger collection of an artist’s work, rather than just one or two pieces. In this section, Night Gallery’s display of photography by artist Awol Erizku stuck out in the crowd. The booth was a color-lovers dream, as the walls were painted the same orange featured in the photography as well as the frames. The contrast between this orange hue and the subjects of Erizku’s work was beautiful and striking. Make sure to check out this Los Angeles-based gallery in person, as they have more work available by the artist.

6. The Hole NYC

The Hole, NYC represents an impressive roster of artists, many of which were showcased at their booth at EXPO Chicago. Featured artists included Alex Gardner, Eric Shaw, Holton Rower, Joe Reihsen, Jonathan Chapline, Johnny Abrahams, Matthew Stone, Morgan Blair, Robert Moreland, Royal Jarmon, and Adam Parker Smith. Each piece ranged in style and content, while still managing to be incredibly cohesive without any piece becoming lost or overlooked. One particular highlight for me in this booth was the work of Jonathan Chapline, whose psychedelic colors and bold lines create unforgettable compositions. Make sure to check out The Hole next time you are in NYC, as they also host performances and other artist-centric programming.

7. Nancy Hoffman Gallery

At Nancy Hoffman Gallery’s booth, I found myself absorbed in the large-scale, unique paintings of Peter Plagens, which was juxtaposed with the sculptural work of Jesse Small, among others. Although the artists’ works are very different from one another, the contrast complimented both bodies of work beautifully. What added to my experience at this booth was the welcoming environment from a knowledgable staff and the additional information provided about the artists. I always enjoy a good wall text— and on the gallery’s website, they describe Peter Plagen’s paintings as “a quirky personal expression, on which his characteristic clumsy/pretty configurations comport themselves.” Learning more about the artist’s practice can really enhance your experience when viewing their work!

8. Galerie Division

With locations in both Toronto and Montreal, Galerie Division showcased just about every kind of artwork you could think of, including painting, sculpture, installation, and digital animation. The digital animation titled CG Family of artist Alex Mcleod was absolutely mesmerizing, as shapes of liquid gold melted and changed form on screen, dancing and flowing. The paintings of Chloe Wise were also a stand-out within the selection of work Galerie Division featured.

9. Richard Gray Gallery

A staple in the Chicago art scene, Richard Gray Gallery showcased a staggering collection of contemporary and modern art, making it a must-see booth at EXPO Chicago. Artwork included that of seminal artists Alex Katz and Jim Dine, as well as the infamous surrealist Rene Magritte. Richard Gray Gallery also featured local and historically important artist Theaster Gates. As their collection proved to already attract crowds, the sculpture Laura Asia in White by Jaume Plensa became a star of the EXPO, as so many could not keep their eyes off of the optical-illusion created in the clever perspective of the piece. 

10. BEERS London

BEERS Gallery completely transformed their booth into a dynamic and colorful installation that covered every inch of the space with graphic shapes. Instead of a white cube, this booth immersed the viewers in an abstract world created by St. Louis-based artist William Lachance. The installation featured elements that came off of the wall, such as basketball goal, with accompanying basketballs on either side of the gallery (painted to match the walls, of course.) This being their first time at EXPO Chicago, BEERS Gallery certainly left their mark.

"Fate Of The Union" by Mike Davis at Spoke NYC

Opening Reception: September 8th, 6 - 8pm On view: September 8th - 29th, 2018

Spoke NYC is pleased to present Fate Of The Union, a solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Mike Davis. We are thrilled to be exhibiting his work at our Lower East Side location after a 10 year exhibition hiatus in NYC. Fate Of The Union will be Davis’ inaugural solo exhibition at Spoke Art, where he will be exploring themes of social and political dichotomies.

The artist’s highly complex narrative based works are painted in the style of Flemish Primitives such as Bosch, Bruegel and van Eyck. Originating in the 15th century, painters from the Flemish Primitives movement blended elements of realism and symbolism, creating worlds and scenes that had greater depth of emotional complexity than was ever seen before.

Davis’ paintings are full of symbolism referencing mortality, folly and egotism, creating rich scenes and storylines. Figures move across the landscape, building and carrying objects, busying themselves with bizarre tasks. Recurring elements are scattered throughout the landscapes, including keys, ufos, birds, snakes, ladybugs and butterflies. Hybrid creatures such as fish with legs and men with tree trunk heads inhabit this universe, creating an alternate reality that is surreal yet familiar.

Consisting of 15 oil paintings, the scenes are a combination of arcane personal symbolism and social and political commentary. In our current politically tumultuous times, the artist draws inspiration from the American political climate and the world at large, delving into the social divides of today to reflect our own reality though a new lens.

About the exhibition, Davis states, “my work depicts a world of myth and colliding timeframes, a land ‘on the other side of the bridge’ but one that resonates with our own - not as a memory but as a dream.”

Please join us Saturday, September 8th from 6 - 8pm for the opening reception of Fate Of The Union. The artist will be in attendance.

For more information, or additional images, please email


Mike Davis is a modern surrealist painter who currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. Self-taught, Davis began painting seriously in 1997. His inspirations range from his mother’s

woodwork, hand-tooled leather, and home projects to art of the ancient world, to surrealism, to the Flemish masters of the Northern Renaissance. He renders complex surrealist works embedded with symbols of mortality, folly and hubris, fixed within whimsical compositions.

In addition to painting, Mike Davis is an active musician, woodworker and owner of internationally- renowned Everlasting Tattoo.




"In Time" at Pt. 2 Gallery

Part 2 Gallery is proud to announce "In Time" a duo exhibition by Jean Nagai and Kelly Ording opening May 12th at 12pm in Downtown Oakland. The gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th st Bart Stations.  Opening receptions at pt.2: are always free, kid friendly and open to the public.  Both artists with be in attendance. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact info@part2gallery.comfor a sneak peek. Learn more about both artists below.


Jean Nagai is a artist/muralist (b.1979 Seattle, WA) and currently living in Los Angeles. He received a BA from The Evergreen State College and his work has been shown in the Pacific Northwest and other places across the US.

By engaging in a meditative process by which the sum of many individual dots accumulate to form a larger synergic whole, Jean’s work both creates and explores a visual microcosm and macrocosm that shifts between the physical, digital and spiritual landscape.


My work encompasses a broad palette and wide range of media: from muted to vibrant colors and tones, from pen and ink drawings to paintings, murals, and public installations. Each piece employs intuition and intention to explore the limits of minimalism, abstraction and representation.  Beginning with a dyeing process, each piece undergoes a dynamic natural process I follow by hand, setting up and capturing the conversation between the artist and the artwork. Additionally, the use of negative space is central to the dichotomies of surrender and control, illusion and memory, expression and restraint.  I’m especially interested in ways simple repetition, geometric patterns, and mathematical marking or mapping contain an inherent capacity to evoke represented subjects in the viewer.  The works included in the “In Time” exhibition focus on the use of color, shapes, and repetitive mark-making to show the passage of time.  In many of these pieces, the line becomes a marker of time, similar to the visual evidence of time seen in sedimentary rocks or old growth tree stumps.  These pieces are the evidence of both the artist’s hand as well as nature’s inevitable processes in the passage of time.

"Be Still" Exhibition: Interview with Loribelle Spirovski

The TAX Collection + Guy Hepner present ‘Be Still’, a solo exhibition by Loribelle Spirovski. Opening March 22nd, ‘Be Still’ is a collection of Spirovski’s’ latest body of work exploring how the concept of ‘space’ interacts with an occupant and the conversation that exists between a figure and the space around them.

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Tell us a little bit about your background. What was your upbringing like and how do you feel it has shaped your work?

I grew up in Manila with my Filipino mother, while my dad, who is of Serbian/Macedonian ethnicity, lived and worked in Australia. Due to visa restrictions, I didn't meet him until I was 7 years old, but I felt his presence very strongly throughout my childhood. He would send me care packages which included the first picture book I had ever read; it was one of those personalized books, so the protagonist was named after me. I think this was a hugely defining moment for me, because I began to associate myself with pictures, as well as forging a lifelong love of books. As well as this, my dad's brother happens to be a painter also, and for my 5th birthday he sent over a drawing of me and it was my most treasured possession. I was always a very introverted kid, so I spent most of my time drawing, creating play-doh sculptures and reading. 

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How do you feel your art has evolved over the past few years?

Evolution is probably the defining trajectory in my artistic practice over the past few years. I began in late 2012/early 2013 after graduating from university, having trained as an art educator rather than an artist. This degree fostered in me a love of art history  (which is probably evident in my work). However, the technique wasn't a focus of the degree, so is essentially a self-taught painter, my practice started off with finding me feet as well as my voice, through paint. I was initially drawn to realism/photorealism because it was demonstrative of skill, and taught me a great deal about observation and color mixing. My work is tied very closely with events in my life, and in 2014-15 I created a successful series called 'Memento Mori' during an emotionally fraught period - this was the beginning of my departure from realism. In 2016, I created the last of the 'Memento Mori' series with a portrait of my (now) husband Simon Tedeschi, who is an acclaimed Australian pianist - however, after successive rejections from portrait prizes that I attempted to enter with this painting, I decided to take a step back and reevaluate my practice. I made the decision to depart from photorealism (which I didn't much enjoy due to its labor intensive nature) and the 'crutch' of the grid method or projector, which aids photorealists in getting the most accurate reproduction of a photograph. Since then, my practice has been about honing in on a fleeting and ever-changing aesthetic quality, and on trying to use paint in a way that embraces, rather than hides its raw state. 

Being married to a musician has significantly affected my practice - Simon is my perennial muse and I've since done countless paintings and drawings of him. He has become a conduit through which I can take risks, and as such, my portraits of him are indirect self-portraits. 

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What do you hope viewers of your recent exhibition with The TAX Collection and Guy Hepner experience?

I want viewers to feel the ghost of my movements on the canvas - as their eye traces each line, stroke, dash and splatter, I want them to sense the physicality of my presence in every mark made. The faces are panted from memory and imagination, so I want the viewer to see themselves and to read their stories in the symbols. I was so affected by the extent to which the paintings resonated with attendees of the opening night, and having heard their very personal and varied interpretations and reactions, I feel that it's been a successful series indeed.

What would you say this exhibition about?

This exhibition is about so many things, but mostly I see it as an introductory letter to the city of New York. Having created this body of work specifically for this exhibition, I really let myself be as free and intuitive as possible in the creation of the works, and as such, it embodies so much about me, my past, my present, and where I want to be in the future. It's a dynamic collection that exposes so much of my emotional state of mind, my artistic influences and themes that I find myself constantly drawn to. I could talk about how I'm drawn to spaces, to myths and to ways of exploring trauma and anxiety through symbolism, but ultimately, I want my paintings to have an ineffable quality because if I could express it perfectly in words, there would be no need to paint. 


Where can we learn more and support your work?

The best place to find me is via Instagram @loribellespirovski which links to my website You can also find me on Facebook on @loribellespirovskiartist 

CAMA Gallery - London's first space dedicated solely to Iranian Art

In late November 2017, CAMA Gallery launched an exhibition of 30 Iranian artists in anticipation of opening their permanent space in London’s St. James’ in early 2018.

CAMA Gallery are the pioneering market leaders in Modern & Contemporary Iranian art. Following the success of their live online gallery and exhibiting space in Tehran, they now look forward to the inauguration of their new London gallery in St. James’. CAMA marked their arrival in the capital with an exclusive drinks reception at London’s iconic Hotel Café Royal in Mayfair.

The opening reception event centered around an exhibition showcasing the works of Iran’s best contemporary and modern artists, including the masters Sohrab Sepehri, Bahman Mohasses and Parviz Tanavoli. Committed to bringing the booming and increasingly accessible Iranian art scene to the heart of London, CAMA offer access to exclusive, premier works. CAMA Gallery aims to be a leading force in the growth and expansion of the art industry in Iran and the Middle East. CAMA showcases art of all genres in physical galleries and online, offering contemporary artists exposure and global recognition.

Artists exhibiting at the launch:
Mansour Ghandriz, Parviz Tanavoli, Jafar Rouhbakhsh, Massoud Arabshahi, Nasser Ovissi, Sohrab Sepehri, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Manouchehr Yektai, Bahman Mohasses, Reza Mafi, Sirak Melkonian, Mohammad Ehsaei, Abdolreza Daryabeygi, Nasrollah Afjehei, Parviz Kalantari, Ebrahim Faraji, Hossein Mahjoubi, Manouchehr Motabar, Hossein Ali Zabehi, Taha Behbahani, Jamshid Samavatian, Behzad Shishegaran, Nosratollah Moslemian, Reza Hosseini, Maryam Salour, Ali Nasir, Ali Nedaei, Fereydoun Omidi, Bita Vakili, and Masoud Keshmiri

Images below are works by artists included in the exhibition or represented by CAMA. Please visit the gallery website for more information or contact Anna Beketov, Damson PR: or +44 (0)20 7812 0645.

Art Miami Exhibitor Highlight: Vivian Horan Fine Art

Vivian Horan

Owner of Vivian Horan Fine Art

35 East 67th Street

New York, NY 10065

Mel Bochner, Blah, Blah, Blah, 2013, Monoprint with collage, engraving, and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper, 11 7/8 x 10 inches, 30.2 x 25.4 cm, Signed and dated on right recto in graphite

Mel Bochner, Blah, Blah, Blah, 2013, Monoprint with collage, engraving, and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper, 11 7/8 x 10 inches, 30.2 x 25.4 cm, Signed and dated on right recto in graphite

What is the gallery's focus at this year's fair?

This year, we will be focusing on emerging and mid – career contemporary artists from across the world.

Are there specific artists or works that collectors should pay attention to at your booth?  

We are very excited to be bringing a Nick Cave Sound Suit, a Jenny Holzer Led sign from the Survival Series, Blah, Blah, Blah by Mel Bochner, and work by the Light and Space Californian, Peter Alexander. Further, we are bringing the work of Paul O’Connor, an artist from Taos, New Mexico, who has an amazing understanding of metals and their alchemic effects. Paul will be included in our spring gallery show featuring Taos artists.

Rob Wynne,   Over the Rainbow , 2010, Poured and mirrored glass in 15 parts, 45 x 55 inches 114.3 x 139.7 cm, Signed and dated on verso of the last letter ‘W'

Rob Wynne, Over the Rainbow, 2010, Poured and mirrored glass in 15 parts, 45 x 55 inches 114.3 x 139.7 cm, Signed and dated on verso of the last letter ‘W'

What are some of your favorite aspects of being a part of Art Miami?

As this is our first year at Art Miami, we are excited to see what it brings – and thrilled to go from spectator to participant.

Please give our readers a few tips for making the most of attending art fairs based on your experience. 

1)   Visit Art Miami first! We would hate for you to miss the great works before they are gone.

2)   Take your time, and do not do too much. It is very easy to become overwhelmed, causing works to blur.