Exhigone returned for another adventure in the artistic world. A different venue, a lot of new artists and a unique creative vibe. We presented to you an amazing variety of visual and music talents, last blend of the Exhigone crew. Here is what happened.
We embarked on a new artistic journey at Paradise by way of Kensal Green. As soon as you push the front door, you can feel the cosy and sophisticated ambiance of the place. This pub has been turned into a stylish hang out with a beautiful Victorian décor. Massive ceiling lights, antic style statues, baroque mirrors and a lot of taxidermy are spread around. This original venue inspired us and we were delighted to organise the 6th edition of our artistic Sundays here.
On the way up
On your way up, you could feel the artistic vibe take over you. The paintings of artist Dean Middleton were the first one you could admire at the top of the stairs. Exhigone regular, he presented two women portraits on canvas. Beautifully executed, they looked like they were lost in their thoughts. Next to them was standing the work of Spanish marquetry artist Susan Bart. Working with wood and colours, she exhibited two unique pieces of art half way through sculpture and painting.
Sally-Ann Flanagan brought to us two inspiring pieces mixing shading of beautiful nuances. Two sculptural collages of Miguel A. Antolin were displayed at the top of the stairs. He used various objects, shapes and material to create this playful work featuring pictures, plastic pieces, drawings and more.
Landing in Exhigone visual mix
The first floor opened on the work of painter and illustrator Benjamin Jensen. He presented two interesting paintings of a surrealistic looking ball room and a inspiration on war. The opposite corner was filled by the art of puppet maker and illustrator Neil Hugues. He brought to the show “Wayne”, a fascinating character wearing a blue jeans and a lot of tattoos, as well as two prints of his original work featuring Wayne, including one of him driving a convertible car.
The work of Exhigone founder and fine artist Denise Mangaram was also on display. She showed two colourful paintings of Venice, inspired by a recent trip. She worked on a joyful carnival mask, as well as a representation of gondolas.
Lee Anderson (Lee Hybrid Desire, Instagram Hybriddesire) exhibited two pieces of her beautiful collection, including a representation of a tormented and chromatic human being and another one of a skull, both hanged in the music room. Kenneth James also had paintings on display in this room. He offered to our eyes two Saharan characters inspired by his visit to Africa.
The illustration aisle
The room leading to the conservatory displayed various strips of Spanish cartoonist Ulises P. Lopez, featuring the adventure of Surco in the Made In Shoreditch series. Graffiti artist Mish Chang presented some enlivening typography and letter creation work. Tattoo artist and illustrator Ruth Fernandez was asking if “the way we look is the way we are?” through a drawings and pictures compilation.
The opposite wall welcomed the art of illustrator Chetan Kumar (Cheism), who exhibited some representations of London: a meticulous and colourful work highlighting the British capital landmarks. Stella (Star plexus) presented some Asian inspired contemporary illustrations, spreading around bright colours and positive energy. Illustrator and painter Angela Harding brought to the show three vibrant watercolour paintings inspired by Mitlon and West Africa.
The middle room inspirations
Painter Lisa Lee exhibited a beautiful canvas of a woman wearing a crown of gems and birds. Exhigone regular painter and art teacher Tom Davies presented a moving portrait of a woman appearing quite thoughtful. You could appreciate two other gripping portraits of Georgia Mallin as well.
The room was also highlighted by the work of painter Mike Cox, a joyful representation of a carnival and a Monet-like canvas of the Thames. Spanish artist Pilar Iglesias had two fascinating pieces on display. Using mixed techniques of photography and digital drawing, she created unique modern expressions. Rebecca Corn brought to the show an abstract painting of brown shades with yellow touches of light.
The Photo room
The photo room welcomed the work of Sonia Sharma who presented shots of an Anonymous gathering. Photographer Rio Yukawa also had pictures on display, representing both “peace and thought”. Manueal Batas brought a series of images impersonating a story entitled Through the pinhole.
Exhigone regular Hosein Rad exhibited a mix of shots of unusual cyclists and some Persian calligraphy. Hosein also settled a photobooth, taking inspirational pictures of the attendees. The music room displayed as well the writing of Shak Jay Alam through the lyrics of We R T Smokes.
Music is on!
Because we want to feed both your eyes and ears, we prepared for you a nice and eclectic mix of musical talents. Mr Classik and Kim opened the live sets brilliantly. This duet of rap and electric guitar seduced the crowd instantly, filling the room with a great energy. Just thinking it was their first gig, we want to wouaaaa! They were followed by The Spectre, who performed a few of his tracks on the Exhigone stage. Closing the first live music session was Exhigone family member TerraOne. Rapper, producer and beatboxer, he delivered a great show featuring some amazing tracks of his latest release.
Shelly Ravid and her band opened the second live session. With a contagious positive attitude, she entertained the crowd with a mix of ska and reggae songs. Retrospective for Love came next, performing some amazing neo-soul tracks from their new EP. Rapper Juli took the stage after them, taking us into the world of Spanish hip-hop. And last but not least, Exhigone founder, rapper and songwriter Rory Jackson alias Rorkid closed the festivities. Joined on stage by Joe Jackson, drummer Fabio and D’d, he ended the night sharing his talent to all the exhigoners!
DJ Speedy (Supa Fine UK) was behind the decks before and in between the live sets, spinning a cool mix of soul, jazz, funk, hip hop and reggae. And did you get to taste one of the delicious flapjacks from 5adays? Healthy and tasty, that is what we are talking about…
All the pictures of Exhigone 6
Have a look at the best shots of the evening !
Check out these snaps from Hosein Rad’s photobooth at Exhigone 6.
From exhigone regulars to new comers, we had an amazing and eclectic mix of visual and music artists. It was great to see familiar faces as well as a lot of new ones, and to meet new people along the way. That was a passionate and creative day, full of inspiration, and we had an amazing time.
Exhigone is growing thanks to all of you. We hope to be back soon for our 7th Edition to present another melting pot of talents. If you’d like to get involved, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to the venue Paradise by way of Kensal Green for having us, as well as all the artists, musicians and DJ for their contribution.
Massive thank you to Fabio, Charlie, Tristan and David for their help out on the day.