Salon Contemporary is offering emerging, innovative and passionate artists out there a chance to display their work in the creative hub of Notting Hill!Artist of the Week’ is a new and exciting competition, with the opportunity for one selected artist each week to have their work featured on our website in the run up to our AoW Christmas Exhibition. The winning candidate will then be offered a residency in London’s West End! We’re calling on artists from all fields including the visual arts, performance, dance, film, theatre, animation and music!


The exhibiting artists 'Artist of the Week: The Exhibition' are:
Akleria * Alyona Larinova * Dragana Jurisic * Helen Gorill

Monday, 23 May 2011

This Weeks' Artist of The Week Winner is Aoife O'Donnell

Artist of The Week love the lucid images created by Irish visual artist, Aoife O'Donnell. Art & science collide in her Micro Portraits.

Removed from their usual context of the laboratory, these new genetic portraits seek to interrupt the traditional notion of the family portrait in photography prompting the viewer to consider the transformations and changes occurring inside the body on a cellular level,and questions when the alternative portrait produced by scientific imaging moves from the generic to the personal. The photographer provides a privileged opportunity for the viewer to get up close and personal with elements of the body which may previously have eluded recognition.
Based in New York City and specializing in photomicrography, O'Donnell completed a B.A. in photography at the Dublin Institute of Technology and has previously studied at Columbia College Chicago during 2008. Upon graduating she was awarded the Dublin Institute of Technology Medal for exceptional performance. Having exhibited her current body of work entitled Micro Portraits at the Gallery of Photography, she was selected to exhibit at the Photo Ireland Festival and at RUA RED's summer exhibition 2010. Her work has also been exhibited at Filmbase, The Joinery, The Back Loft, The Homeless Gallery and The Complex. It has been reviewed in the Irish Arts Review autumn edition 2010. O'Donnell has contributed to various companies including Merc London, Red Stripe UK and Starchild Chicago. She currently divides her time working at Griffin Editions, The International Center of Photography and Rick Wester Fine Art. Micro Portraits will be exhibited at Raandesk Gallery, New York City in October 2011.

Self Portrait, DNA, 40X

Self Portrait, Skin, 100X

Self Portrait, Hair Follicle, 100X

Self Portrait, DNA, 40X

Betty, Cat Hair, 100X

Self Portrait, Saliva, 100X

Appendix, 40X

Hair Follicle, 100X

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

This Weeks' Artist of The Week Winner is Rashmi Patel

"Most philosophy involving the human body has dealt with gender as one of its key concepts, from Freudian to Lacanian theories concerning Dualism and binary oppositions women have always been placed second to man, identified as inferior and ‘other’, women’s existence has been placed at the bottom of a hierarchical structure predominantly created by man. What my practice involves is challenging these theories, creating paintings which attempt to tackle issues relating to the representation of women."
 Fine Artist from Loughborough School of Fine Art, Rashmi Patel has a strong sense of her practice. The content appears in a true and considered light through lively distinctive paintings.

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This Weeks' Artist of The Week Winner is Sara Hurley

Hurley explores the perception of Art and the identity of the Artist through Present History and Contemporary Society. She intends to use text as the subject of her work over a number of years of study and exploration. The texts are chosen from Artists throughout history and contemporary art and looked at as objects, like a still life set up, a figure or a landscape. In an attempt to reproduce a new form from the past art events, in the presence of the audience without analysis or dilution.

Recently completing an MA in Art & Space, Iranian born Sara Hurley has exhibited at the One of All exhibition last year through a virtual installation and we look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!