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U – Artists

  • U - Artists
September 14, 2014

Questions of identity are diverse and never seem to have a clear answer. It is as though they represent those questions which do not have and do not need to have an answer. However, there are individuals who have been asking themselves these kind of questions, and they will present their work to the public in the period between September 19th and October 18th 2014. An event which marks The Unit London’s one year anniversary will present an amazing ensemble of true guides through the exploration of the state of human identity in the digital age. They are Mark Demsteader, Ryan Hewett, Henrik Uldalen, Jake Wood-Evans, Ivan Alifan and SNIK…

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Jake Wood-Evans, artwork detail

Mark Demsteader

This renowned artist form Manchester has a huge following internationally, and will showcase latest work for the first time with The Unit London. Demsteader’s ability to masterfully use mediums such as pastel, charcoal and oil are articulated with the artist’s devotion to the close observing of the human form. The faces of figures on painting are often contrasted with the mysterious background, as the artist empowers the lines of the faces with rich detail, but leaves the rest of the canvas unfinished. It is as though his soft and gentle creatures linger in the uncertainty of their surroundings…

Ryan Hewett

Ryan Hewett is a self-taught artist from South Africa. This represents the place where his success begun. In 2013, Hewett had a show at Barnard gallery, which sold out in days. Since then, the career of an artist who takes part in the transformation of the portrait genre led him on the path of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Hewett’s inspirational portraits are sprung into existence through expressive spray techniques and represent the questioning of the human identity within contemporaneity.

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Ryan Hewitt, artwork

Henrik Uldalen

This Norwegian-born artist asks himself one of the crucial questions of identity, one that has come to be on the dawn of the postmodern epoch – is there a sort of an innate notion of self or is it in fact something shaped by context and/or social and cultural environment? The methodology of this self-taught painter is reflected in classical figurative painting. However, the artist finds it important to build a particular atmosphere which overwhelms both the canvas itself, as well as the spectator. Thus, the work becomes open to different kinds of interpretations…

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Henrik Uldalen

Jake Wood-Evans

The work of Jake Wood-Evans represents the mesmerizing play of construction and deconstruction. This artist’s devotion to an extraordinary aesthetics is reflected somewhere in the dialectic relation of unsettling and beautiful imagery. Classically trained, Wood-Evans creates oil paintings which range from small pieces to the large scale and epic canvases. The sense of absence which can be felt in his artwork conveys strong emotional energy, as his characters gaze into the postmodern abyss of the unknown…

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Jake Wood-Evans

Ivan Alifan

This 25-year old artist who has already had a residency at the prestigious Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is truly a rising star in the arena of contemporary art. In 2015, Ivan Alifan will have his debut solo show in New York with Jonathan LeVine gallery. Ivan Alifan’s portraits, according to the artist, do not represent an investigation of the physical, but rather a construction of a particular narrative which dwells upon latent sexual subtexts…

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Ivan Alifan

SNIK

One thing is certain, no more is contemporary art a whole without the powerful energy of street art. This street art duo has been transforming the art of stencil for twelve years now. The female figures of their artwork are created through complex and inspiring methodology of using numerous levels of hand-cut stencils. The art pieces created by SNIK have render this duo to be widely respected, both within the street art realm as well as the gallery spaces around the globe…

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Snik, artwork detail

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