This joint exhibition by Aleksandra Zareba Zeltsch & Brian Okello is both a chronicle of areas in North Kensington and testament to art as a way of affirming life and stimulating senses.
The opportunity to talk to the artists was a treat to the guests who attended the Private View and two pieces were sold on the opening night. It was a mix of local people, some from across London, arts professionals, arts appreciators, family and friends.
We see the trajectories of inner lives expressed through Re-Seen & Unseen– two collections of new work inspired by ‘place’ through different approaches but with lots of connective tissue. Their art allows us to discover places, objects, people and feelings.
The key to the potency of Aleksandra Zareba Zeltsch’s images is the atmosphere drawing you in. She walks the line between seclusion and celebration, simultaneously conveying the beauty within the tranquility of solitude and the comfort of home.
Brian Okello’s observation, characterisation, and idiosyncratic style challenge perceptions of a unique multicultural area and how we all need to be truly seen and validated within it. There is humour and beauty embedded within his social commentary.
Each artist is imbued with the passion and desire to represent their beloved Portobello/Ladbroke Grove /Westway.
Re-Seen & Unseen continues at The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, 12-6pm each day until Sunday 7 March.
Reactions to Re-Seen & Unseen
What a great collection of new work in a great gallery. It’s fantastic to see such creative responses to the area I live in. More please – long may it go on.
The artists are amazing so I had to be here. So good. Technically amazing, full of beauty, warmth and hope. Such talents, they make West London proud.
Great Show. I saw my own area in a new way thanks to two inspiring artists.
Wonderful energetic artwork. Complementary artists. Expertly curated. And food and drinks always goes down well!
Great collection of work, with both artists’ pieces complementing each other’s outlook on the area.
Great space and great work from both artists, but I especially loved the strong community feel and style of Brian’s artwork.
Amazing atmosphere here, great work from the artists. Very inspiring indeed!
It was nice to see the mix of work between the two artists held together through the theme. Lovely space and a great evening.
I really like their work. The message is clear and the aesthetic is good. I had a really great conversation with one of the artists, Brian, genuine work and words.
Everyone was really friendly. The artist, Brian, is a really genuine guy and I love his style! I love this kind of event, I’ll be back!
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