Two independent artists come together to present new artworks inspired by their relationship to, and journey through, Ladbroke Grove and the Westway estate.
Unseen by Brian Okello (aka popular Instagram artist, Bamboookidd), conveys his introspective ideas on the urban landscape and the characteristics of a community interacting under the Westway. Unseen celebrates what is seen whilst uncovering what’s beneath and unseen. His ideas are informed by social commentary and spontaneous responses to his environment, transformed through illustration and graphic art.
Re-seen by Aleksandra Zareba Zeltsch is a visual journey to rediscover the place that became her new home five years ago, to recapture the wonder that got lost in time and to reignite her emotional connection. Her process evolves through the historical path of art creation by progressing from hand-drawn sketches to photography and digital painting.
“Her works moved me”- Spectator
Read our write-up of Re-Seen & Unseen here.
About Aleksandra Zaręba-Zeltsch
Aleksandra Zaręba-Zeltsch was born and grew up in Poland, lived in Germany, and has lived in London since 2014. She studied History of Cinema and Film Production at The Film School in Lodz.
With her film education and skills for drawing, she likes to tell stories through pictures. In 2009 she published an illustrated book about a small paper ship that wanted to see the world.
In 2013, her short animation movie The little red paper ship travelled around the world. In everyday life, she works as a freelance matte painter, environmental artist and draws a lot.
You can discover more about the process of creating Re-Seen in this blog post.
About Brian Okello
Brian Okello is originally from Queens Park but he now lives in north-west London. He is a multidisciplinary artist and specialises in illustrations, graphic design and mural art. He has been practising for over 10 years and has built an identity through his own unique illustrative style.
Growing up, Brian would draw and sketch constantly. This became a hobby, then an obsession, and now a passion. The younger him never dreamed of becoming an artist and it was all just fun and games that he didn’t pay a huge amount of attention to. He just knew it was a fun escape, unaware that this constant routine, dedication and patience would lead to the development of his talent.
He has spent countless hours developing his style and has been fortunate to have experienced some success and notoriety from collaborations, commissions and the occasional viral moments. His work is very honest which makes it relatable.
The best way to describe his work is ‘it’s like something you’ve seen before but at the same time fresh, new and different’.
Find out more
Follow Brian Okello on his Instagram
The Muse Gallery
269 Portobello Road,
London W11 1LR
Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove Station (5-minute walk, 0.2 miles) Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines
Nearest train station: Paddington Station (33-minute walk, 1.7 miles). Step-free station.
Bus routes: 7, 23, 52, 70, 228, 452
Nearest stop: Ladbroke Grove Station