TNG Members work in a diverse range of different formats and styles, and each and every one forms a vital part of our creator community. This week, we caught up with three of our members – Ernesto Romano, Adam Robinson and Lucy Stopford – to find out what they’ve been up to recently.
Ernesto Romano is an Italian artist living and working in London. Ernesto uses x-rays of his own body in his work, transforming them with bold colours along with Swarovski crystals, gold leaf, glitter and spray paint for a shiny, colourful style. Adding sparkle through hand-embellishments, he often uses symbols like crowns, thorns and jewels which are then superimposed on the x-rays.
Ernesto has recently had three pieces accepted by the HUB/ART Gallery in Milan – Royal Blood, First Lady (Silver) and First Lady (Gold). The pieces had previously been on display as part of another show, but have now become part of the gallery’s collection. The artist first came into contact with the gallery in 2019, during a collaboration between HUB/ART and Arte Mea Advisory.
Sydney-born Adam Robinson has lived and worked in London for the past 17 years. Before coming to focus on his art practice, he graduated with a degree in Theatre Design and worked in television as an Art Director. Adam’s work reflects his passion for colour, found materials and the processes of collecting and arranging. Architecture and the built environment are particularly influential to his work, though his inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources. Recently, Adam has created a new collection of “stamp circle” works.
“I scour flea markets, car boot sales and charity stores” Adam explains, “to find vintage, paper materials for my artworks and in these places I would often find stamps, either old collections or attached to letters and postcards. I’d built up quite a collection and decided I wanted to use them in some large, pattern-based pieces. I created my first stamp circles in early 2018 and sold them at an art fair soon after. I’ve been creating more works since then, including my recent 2020 collection.
“Stamps are fascinating materials. Each one is an individual artwork in itself and has its own history; history of the time period it was created and history of its individual journey. I love the idea of bringing them together to create a new narrative. I also love the colours and when grouping them together they can create beautiful, cohesive patterns. I’m often intrigued by the image the stamp is depicting, be it geographical, political or historical, and this sometimes leads to research on my part which can be a great learning experience.”
While some artists have struggled to find the inspiration or motivation to create during lockdown, it seems Adam has really seized it as an opportunity to get working:
“With every other aspect of my life on hold, lockdown gave me the once in a lifetime opportunity to focus entirely on my art – an ideal utopia.”
Lucy Stopford works exclusively from life in a range of materials, including oils, charcoal and clay. These mediums allow her to record the process of working by leaving gestural marks of repeated enquiry on the finished piece. Lucy is a studio artist at Oxford Arts at the Old Fire Station, as well as a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP) and current chairman of the Oxford Art Society.
This year, Lucy has work in the Society of Women Artists’ first ever online annual exhibition, which has gone virtual as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The exhibition is running online for three months – until 31st December – to give the Society’s followers plenty of time to take a look at the selected works. Regarding her inclusion in the illustrious exhibition, Lucy says:
“This is the second time that I have shown with the SWA and I’m delighted and honoured to be in such talented and professional company once again. The exhibition is superbly presented and easily navigated online.
“The charcoal portrait is of an LA writer who has sat for me many times and although I am interested in the power of suggestion through the broken line, I also wanted to include definition in the portrait to convey her keen wit and sharp eye for detail.”
Lucy also had work in the CBPP exhibition, Perceptions, which was scanned by The Net Gallery earlier of this year.
Article by Toby Buckley.
You can find out more about Ernesto’s work via his TNG Profile, or his website: www.ernestoromano.com. Ernesto has recently been interviewed by The Other Art Fair. You can read the interview here.
For more information about Adam’s work, check out his TNG Profile, or explore his website: www.adamrobinsonart.com.
Lucy’s work can be found on her TNG Profile, or on her website:www.lucystopford.com.
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