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Fri 11 Oct 2013

Surfacing Press Release

Three award-winning artists from the prestigious Brera Fine Art Academy in Milan and the Venice Fine Art Academy exhibit alongside three hand-picked students from the Royal Academy

  • ‘Surfacing’ showcases the finest in emerging contemporary art to encourage the growth of international artist networks across some of the world’s greatest fine art academies
  • Opportunities to buy art from young international artists, including work by: Ziggy Grudzinskas, Rebecca Ackroyd, Marisa J Futernick, Oscar Isaias Contreras Rojas, Isabella Nazzarri and Patrick Tabarelli
  • A selling exhibition with over 18 unique pieces of original art
  • Curated by Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery Director, and Liane Lang, exhibitor at the Venice Biennale
  • Private View: 17 October 6.30pm to 8.30 pm.

New exhibition, Surfacing, at the Griffin Gallery, London, unites and supports emerging young artists from Italy and the UK in celebration of the return of skill and craftsmanship to contemporary art; values at the very heart of the gallery.

Three of the finest young artists from Venice and Milan have been awarded Italian Artist Outreach Programme (AOP) Academy prizes, given to the country’s best emerging talent, supported by leading art brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris.

Isabella Nazzarri (Italian) and Patrick Tabarelli (Italian) are alumni of the Brera Fine Art Academy, one of the world’s leading institutions for creative arts. Oscar Isaias Contreras Rojas (Mexican), the youngest winner of the three AOP Academy prizes, studies at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts.

The winners are exhibiting in this one-off selling show at the Griffin Gallery alongside Ziggy Grudzinskas(British), Rebecca Ackroyd (British), and Marisa J Futernick (American), three hand-selected students from the UK’s world-renowned Royal Academy.

Surfacing fosters dialogue between British and continental artists through their work, giving the artists the opportunity to develop relationships with their peers from different artistic backgrounds.

Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery Director, says:
“The exhibition illustrates the gallery’s ongoing mission to find the best in emerging contemporary art talent across the world. As a gallery that searches internationally for excellent up-and-coming artists, we are proud to be showing work from some of the brightest individuals from the world’s best creative educational institutions.”

Exhibiting Artists:

Oscar Isaias Contreras Rojas, awarded the CINABRO AOP Academy award, uses his paintings to provoke debate, leaving only a few clues to his intentions and greater space for possible interpretations.

Isabella Nazzarri, winner of the INDACO AOP Academy Award, draws inspiration from old books about botany, science and anatomy, Isabella’s work develops from every-day sketches of what she sees in the organic world.

Patrick Tabarelli, winner of the ARIZICA AOP Academy award, recycles or creates his own art instruments to explore the depth and illusion of painting whilst keeping his canvas as flat as possible, demonstrating his craftsmanship with traditional materials.

Ziggy Grudzinskas explores the life and durability of the materials he uses by applying swift movement to create a range of colourful abstracts.

Rebecca Ackroyd uses objects that have an obvious coldness or rigidity, to evoke sensual experiences by creating work with a playful undertone that runs through the pieces by draping fabrics and jewellery over hard surfaces veiling and revealing aspects of the works and giving them a more personal touch.

Marisa J Futernick was born and raised in Michigan. Her work looks at the failed promise of the American dream by exploring the historical with fact and fiction through the use of Southern Californian subject matter.

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