6 -15 August: Thursday to Sunday 12 to 5pm
The Sydenham Arts Artists Trail are delighted to promote The Anna Lovely Gallery Exhibition for the winner and runner up from the 2020 Virtual Artists Trail – printmaker Lilophilia and painter Kitty Jenkins.
Winner – Lilophilia
Lilophilia (Liliana Adaluz Romero Segura) is a graduate BA in Visual Arts; Graphic Design, of Pontificia Universidad Xaveriana at Bogota/Colombia. She completed her Masters in Printmaking at the Camberwell University of Arts in 2020.
Through the path of her artistic career, she had an intense interest in black-feminist activism and the defence of endangered communities (LGBTQ+, the Refugee community, Violent Domestic communities) as the relation of self-identification. Her love for printmaking, focusing on screenprinting, leads her to use the posters format utilising references as classic Lautrec to the unmemorable Black Panther Graphic Designer, Emory Douglas. For Liliana, posters relate and have a more considerable impact with the public. This format breaks the barrier between what is believed to be unsophisticated art or what high-quality art is, as the process of printing can be intriguing, confusing or straightforward. Poster printing has an uncomplicated profusion, due to the no need for actual professional space, referring to galleries or museums. They are versatile in various contexts as she true-heartedly believse in the reproductive characteristic that the print technique carries.
Liliana started in her early stages as an entrepreneur in the artistic environment as an Art Director with the project BANG MAGAZINE where she had the first-hand experience about the rigour of art-business. Also, she worked next to the advertisement enterprise, DDB Latina, as a graphic designer producing campaigns to Claro and BBVA. More recently she participated in renowned digital and screenprinting studios in London like Panopus printing and Jealous Gallery, where she worked next to experienced and qualified technicians printmakers/artists and designers. It is worth mentioning her interdisciplinary work with political activists and artists in social projects like Quieto Pelo Tumaco, MAFAPO (Mothers of the Extrajudicially Killed) and foundations like Grupo la Semilla. Her artistic approach includes a variety of exhibitions in Latin America, New York and London, participating in REDIBUJANDO BOGOTA (2017) EMERGENTE (2017), SVA SUMMER COURSE(2017), FASHION SHOW LEZAPATIER (2018), POLVO SOMOS (2018), ART WHO (2018), CASA VALHALLA ART TRAIL (2018), ATKINSON GALLERY MA SHOW (2020), CSM ART TRAIL (2020). Her more recent show is a virtual exhibition with the sponsorship of The Colombian Cultural Ministry in honour of the Celebration of Afrocolombianity.
Runner-up – Kitty Jenkins
Kitty Jenkins is a painter who studied BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Working predominantly in oil paint Kitty’s paintings are built up through a series of layers and fragments, focusing in on the figure and its structural complexities. Her work explores notions of identity and recognition, probing and stretching definitions of individuality, form and structure.
Within these works the human body is broken down and rebuilt. The resulting structures are constructed from a myriad array of references (figurative, organic and inanimate) and attempt to dissimilate the individual identity in favour of a fluid arrangement between figurative painting and abstraction.
Through these abstracted figures she examines the boundaries between forms and explores the isolation of the figurative structure from surrounding elements.