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Picnic in the Park

"Picnic in the park?" "Picnic in the park." So goes the rallying cry across London and the world as we enter a world where we're allowed to meet friends but can't yet go to the pub. Here are some of our favourite artists' interpretations of what makes up the institution of the modern picnic, from triangles of processed cheese and fresh fruit arrangements to facemask-clad revellers and discarded banana skins.

Curated by Phin Jennings

10 in demand artists this week

This week we take a look at the artists gaining traction among our collectors. Sophie Iremonger uses mixed media to articulate her thoughts and feelings about power, evolution, sex, death and a host of other topics; Fred Ingrams paints from life and has a particular interest in the mystical and marshy plains of The Fens; Nadia Attura mixes photography and collage with mixed media to create digital images that provide a painterly poetic and interpreted view of the world.

Curated by Phin Jennings

Gathering

Aristotle once said that "an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human." Some years later, existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre declared that "hell is other people". As a species, we don't seem to know how to feel about gathering. What we do know is that, change as it might (something that it has been forced to do beyond recognition with the advent of social distancing), gathering is an undeniable part of what it is to exist in our world. For this collection, I have put together works by artists all grappling with the idea of gathering in one way or another. Some, like Mazen Khaddaj, Lee Ellis and - most explicitly - Angela Edwards with her aptly titled painting "Who was it?" seem interested in the way that individual forms and identities can lose themselves in a crowd. Others seem to portray the opposite message. For the figures represented by Rozalina Burkova and Malayka Gormally, multiplicity only serves to reinforce and cement their identities. I have also included some abstract works; Matthew Dibble (referencing De Kooning), Persi Darukhanawala and Sandra Blow all take their thinking of gathering to a more primordial level, exploring how individual forms and marks interact with each other in a group. I don't doubt that, as we continue to limit and adapt the way that we gather, we will continue to learn about this sometimes individuality-denying, sometimes identity-affirming and always necessarily human form of interaction.

Curated by Phin Jennings

New Artists

We’re proud to welcome these new artists to Rise Art. Luca Grechi’s interest in plants and abandoned objects takes him on a journey through passage of time, exploring processes of transformation and evolution; Mitsushige Nishiwaki’s exposure to the west gives him a unique lens into the western culture from a foreign perspective, presenting iconic western cityscapes with a playful and humorous approach.

Curated by Phin Jennings

Who are the artists to watch?

We've selected works by artists who are making some exciting choices within their chosen medium. From Gina Soden's photographs of architectural decay to Nelson Makamo's charcoal drawings of rural South African life, these pieces are bold and innovative.

Curated by Phin Jennings