The Brick Lane Gallery

LIQUIDESIGN: CAPTIVITY - 17 SEPTEMBER - 21 SEPTEMBER

'CAPTIVITY' – caged creativity

Liqui is an award winning multi disciplined design studio specialising in sustainability within product and interior design. It was initially started by designer maker Cameron Fry in 2007 with the aim of establishing a design studio with sustainability at its core.

It sets out to design unique and environmentally sustainable products, whilst simultaneously producing award winning coffee shop interiors, developing sustainable products for international brands and creating beautifully crafted brand experiences.


In 2008 Liqui did their first ever show in Brick Lane – now their back in conjunction with Fry&Fry for their latest offering ‘Captivity’. It is a celebration of the character and personality Liqui instils within all of their creations.

For five days starting on the 17th of September Liqui will take over the Brick Lane Gallery. They’ve hunted down each one of their products taking them from their natural habitats, capturing and caging these feisty characters for your perusal and amusement.

Sommer Ackerman (from UK) is a 17 year old student studying at The BRIT School. She is showing several landscape photographs inspired and taken in Innsbruck, Austria. She has a great passion for black and white photography, as she feels that it really gives the viewer depth into the photograph. The concept behind these landscapes is looking at the formal elements: Colour, line, shape and space. She wanted to reflect these attributes in the mountains and the sky, by making the photographs have a sense of direction and a strong calming quality.

Sommer Ackerman is currently exhibiting in LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN at The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Nunu Japaridze (from Georgia) graduated in architecture from the Bauhaus-University of Weimar, Germany, where she is currently living. She was very keen on drawing since her early childhood, she took drawing classes regularly at school, participated in several exhibitions and made significant steps forward to fulfil her goal. Nunu moved to Germany and while she was a Bauhaus University student, she began to draw city views, historical buildings surrounded by old trees, gardens, streets and bridges over the river. Her drawings became really popular, visitors seemed eager to get her drawings as a souvenir of Weimar. So year after year, every weekend you could find Nunu at a special place in the street drawing and selling her drawings; gradually she, as an artist, became a part of the city. A key reason of her success is that her drawings are valuable from the artistic point of view. Wonderful combination of natural and architectural landscape and texture, aesthetic sense of surroundings, relaxed and tranquil manner of drawing are what make her an individual artist.

Nunu Japaridze is currently exhibiting in LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN at The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Simon Hopkinson (from UK), his paintings arise from a longstanding interest in the British urban landscape. He thinks that unpopular features like concrete and decay are often beautiful, despite representing modern malaise. He tends to avoid recognised attractions, seeking out the views which more reflect his spirit. Using his photographs as a guide, he tries to create something freer and more textured than photo realism whilst retaining the atmosphere of the photographed scene. He is more concerned with mood and mystery than with shape and design.

Growing up in Yorkshire, He began taking photographs of the surrounding countryside aged 12, moving on to cityscapes in his mid teens. After settling in Bristol to study at the university, he explored some of the city’s less cherished spots, using the resultant photos as the basis for his first acrylic on canvas paintings in 1994. He is entirely self-taught.

Simon Hopkinson is currently exhibiting in CONTEMPORARY PAINTING at The Brick Lane Gallery from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about CONTEMPORARY PAINTING or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Nick Jackson (from UK) is an award winning Lancashire-born photographer based in London. He specialises in landscape and nature photography captured in his native UK and on his travels abroad. His current exhibition focuses on dramatic urban imagery from around the world but much of his work also captures the beauty of wildlife and landscapes. Jackson incorporates bold colours and contours within his images to offer unique visuals which stay in the viewers mind.

Nick Jackson is currently exhibiting in LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN at The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Sandra Menant(from France) is an artist who internalised her family’s art driven life and suddenly took inspiration from the vital importance that colour has in our world. Four years ago she began to externalize on canvas really powerful emotions. She soon started selling on a regular basis, during Wandsworth Open House shows, at Cannizaro House in Wimbledon and from her home studio at personal viewings. Her emerging style is expressive and vibrant, touching the emotions of her public who can interpret freely the abstract forms and concept. Her paintings are all inspired and linked by flows of lava or water, ice or fire, interpreting the opposition of fluid and immobile clashes of temperatures and substances. The uses of smooth surfaces or textures are carefully selected to unravel the fascinating tactile world around us. These carefully chosen motifs give the viewer access to an abstract experience, where one can absorb emotions and reactions stemming from both her experience and imagination.

Sandra is also having a solo exhibition at The Brick Lane Gallery that will be taking place 14th - 20th October 2014.

Sandra Menant is currently exhibiting in CONTEMPORARY PAINTING at The Brick Lane Gallery from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about CONTEMPORARY PAINTING or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Michaela Nessim (from Sweden) lives and works in Canada where she has participated in several exhibitions. Her landscape paintings are designed to create a window in your space through which you can escape and feel a sense of inner calm and peace. The series has a strong focus on light and dynamic use of colour. The painting technique involves the use of many layers of acrylic paint to create depth and texture. The sky is always the starting point and defines the mood of each piece. As the series has evolved the sceneries have become less representational and more abstract but the focus remains the same. She was born in Sweden with mixed ethnicity, the contrast of Swedish cultural influences and Jamaican culture, artistically has translated into a strong focus on light and colour.

Michaela Nessim is currently exhibiting in LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN at The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Nguyen Xuan Khanh(from Vietnam) loves the tonalities of grey colours, which are soft and gentle. He believes that is a good background for the fresh colours to express themselves. The grey colour can also create a strong expression from opposition, and this way the artist can transmit his emotions. Through fine arts he connects the spiritual cosmos and realistic life. Art always reflects the conscious world of an artist on the surface of a canvas via colours, shapes, figures, etc. His art combines real life with far-away dreams of a pure universe embedded in everybody’s memory. He intends to only use a few colours, a concise layout in order to maximise the expressiveness and create a new view about the real world.

Nguyen Xuan Khanh is currently exhibiting in CONTEMPORARY PAINTING at The Brick Lane Gallery from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about CONTEMPORARY PAINTING or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Maria Cristina Sammarco Pennetier (from Italy) focuses on the marine landscape, understood as inner space, or better a ‘non-place’ of the spirit. Her creative process and the image that emerges are a conquest of inner, emotional coordinates, a search for the liminal area between the indefinite space of the unconscious and the precision of the sensations that emerge from it. In this sense the horizon is a perceptible line separating the sky from the sea, dreams from reality, it changes with her perception of the world, at times fragile, at others thwarted and at others fluid as the curator Roberto Borghi has said: “Cristina Sammarco’s painting swims in clots of colours and moods, in crystallizations immersed in fluid situations, in liquid and lively settings that have the unmistakable look of the sea […] The sea, in Cristina’s painting, is a sort of filter, a setting capable of distilling states of grace, of allowing life to reach its zenith. […]”

Maria Cristina Sammarco Pennetier is currently exhibiting in LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN at The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Marion Miller(from Northern Ireland) was born in County Down, Northern Ireland and now spends her time between Ireland and Southern Spain where she continues to paint in her studios.

Having studied Art & Design at Bradford Regional College of Art, Marion went on to achieve a B.A (First Class Honours) at Exeter College of Art and an M.A in Fine Art at Birmingham College of Art. Marion completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Leeds University with commendation.

Upon returning to Northern Ireland she lectured at University of Ulster and the Dublin and Cork Colleges of Art. Her work features in exhibitions and collections around the world, incl. Madrid, Granada, Perth, Portland, Calgary, Tokyo, Toronto, England and Ireland. She has also won several awards including the Northern Ireland Arts Council Grant, West Midlands Arts Council Award and the Arts Council Residency Award.

Marion Miller is currently exhibiting in CONTEMPORARY PAINTING at The Brick Lane Gallery from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about CONTEMPORARY PAINTING or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Keith Lloyd Davenport (from UK) is a self - taught photographer from Scotland. Photography is his response to life’s fleeting moments that pass us by everyday, largely unnoticed. The camera allows him to rescue these fractions of seconds in time, which he can share with us, the viewers. His street work explores our relationship with the urban environment. Keith is about to start MA Documentary Photography at University of South Wales, Newport.

Keith Lloyd Davenport is currently exhibiting in LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN at The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Jessica Swaysland (from UK) has contemplated the existence of spirits in nature since childhood. Although she was too young initially to define how she perceived these elemental forces, she always felt a strong awareness of the presence of otherworldly beings weaving powerful threads in the natural world. It is this belief in the existence of a cosmic force behind every form on the physical plane that dictates and lies at the root of each of her works. Guided by thoughts on the soul and our kinship with the elements, she sought to portray the subtle energies and aura surrounding all formations from nature. She believes humans attune to the spirits in our natural surroundings through meditation and study, and always intended for her works to be considered in the light of ideas concerning the soul and the third eye.

Jessica Swaysland is currently exhibiting in CONTEMPORARY PAINTING at The Brick Lane Gallery from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about CONTEMPORARY PAINTING or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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Jared Gilbey (from UK) studied Technical Illustration at Cornwall College and Falmouth School of Art and Design. He worked as a freelance illustrator in London for 15 years before embarking on the journey as a painter in 2003. His current work is focused on the landscape of life. Trees symbolize his emotions, and experiences of middle age, they capture the essence of life itself; symbolizing growth, maturity and age. His fascination started when he lived in Australia, captivated by the hardwoods - the peeling bark of the blue gums that revealed bright oranges - almost mimicking the scale and colour of the landscape itself. He worked in forestry as a tree planter, this impacted on how he viewed the landscape and the essence of how these magnificent structures hold on, with, or despite human intervention. Since returning to England he observes the seasonal cycle of deciduous trees with new eyes, skeletal structures where new life shoots forth, bringing hope and new beginnings. These paintings are a small selection of a much larger body of work.

Jared Gilbey is currently exhibiting in LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN at The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe from 4th - 14th September 2014. To find out more about LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN or to exhibit in a future exhibition please email info@thebricklanegallery.com 

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We had another busy evening at The Brick Lane Gallery as we also had the opening of CONTEMPORARY PAINTING! This exhibition will be open until Sunday 14th September 2014 so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see our talented international artists featuring in this exhibition.

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Thanks again to all those who were able to make it to the opening of LANDSCAPE; RURAL VS URBAN last night. We had a fantastic turnout and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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