55 Factory Exhibition Review

I've made it. My first ever exhibition has been reviewed. Hooray! Thanks to 55Factory we ( The Expressive Collective ) had much more exposure last summer. And here's result, full review.   It's really strange to read interpretation of your works written by somebody else! So funny! But giving it second thought I think I could get use to it ! Watch the space. New exhibitions coming soon !

Lack of being: Full of talent, not to be missed exhibition

That Camden is one of the hot hubs in the London arts scene is not new. This eclectic area – where some of the most relevant countercultural movements have developed over the last decades- is still a meeting point for innovative minds, thirsty of creative freedom and stimulating experiences. Between its boundaries we can found from Bambi’s popular graffiti to anonymous paintings, breathtaking exterior building decorations or the smallest of the art galleries packed with a handful of the most talented emergent artists in the city. That’s the case of Camden Image Gallery, a new venue with a very bright future ahead. ‘Lack of being’ is their latest exhibition. Come along if you fancy a taste of pure wonder.

Exhibition displays artworks by the Expressive Collective, a group of twelve innovative and London based designers, painters, sculptors, etc. In the exhibition book they define it as an ‘eclectic mix ranging from abstract art, illustration, design, figurative painting and sculpture’. Different origins, art schools and traditions get together here for a representation of organised chaos. Kasia Niemczynska will undoubtedly appeal to pop art lovers and Andy Warhol nostalgic. This time, iconic Marilyn and Mao Zedong portraits have been replaced by 21st century stars. As a result, Samuel L. Jackson in his ‘Pulp Fiction’ look and ‘House of Cards’ actor Kevin Spacey open a series of deeply ironic and subversive paintings where even a lusty Marie Antoinette has a place.

illustration by Kassia

illustration by Kassia

On the other side of the balance there’s Umi Qulatien, who has found in minimalistic Arabic artworks an amazing source of inspiration. Geometry and refined lines team up in her fascinating paintings. Golden and sand predominate in her representations of mandalas and all sorts of mystic-echoed forms.

Work by Umi Qulatien

Work by Umi Qulatien

Amanda Houchen has also a corner of her own at Camden Image Gallery. Influenced by naïf art and with an aftertaste of Edvard Munch, she depicts the decadent glamour of circus, cabaret and stage performance. Powerful bright colours make us feel the passion and even the danger in such non-ordinary lives.

Work by Amanda Houchen

Work by Amanda Houchen

Theon Marcel, Patrick Miller, Sam Simpson, Robyn Lacey, Brian Hollingsworth, Amelia Wood, Lami Makinde, Aggie Chudzik and Marek Rybowicz are the other nine members of this creative team. Shoes customization, Kandinsky-like paintings or bronze sculptures are only some of their channels of expression.

Work by Theon Marcel

Work by Theon Marcel

Work by Theon Marcel

Work by Theon Marcel


Enough spoilers! Now it’s up to you to find out more on your own. Will you miss out this exhibition? Not by lack of being... informed.