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Hosna Darvishi was born in Tehran, Iran (1983), growing up
in a multicultural atmosphere where music and the arts were held in great
esteem. She completed a BA in Painting and an MA in Graphic Design in Tehran.
She now lives in Vienna, where she studied painting with Johanna Kandl at the
University of Applied Arts and graduated in 2017 with a second MA. Darvishi has
held solo exhibitions in Tehran and Vienna and has taken part in several
international group shows.
Felicity Gill is a figurative artist and portrait painter
working mainly in oils. She worked as a Storyboard Artist in a busy London Art
Studio and the Advertising Agency AMVBBDO before moving to Kent to set up her
painting studio and raise her three sons. Felicity teaches Portrait Painting at
West Dean College and has been commissioned to paint portraits of, among
others, Joan Bakewell, Boris Johnson and Mark Rylance.
native New Yorker, whose work exacts a preference for hyperbole and
psychological texture within the twisted confines of self-portraiture.
The roots and tone of his work are supported by many pillars in the myriad
expanse of the Arts including the dark avant-gardism of Tatsumi Hijikata’s
Butoh, the choreography of Pina Bausch, the performance, video and installation
artist, Vito Acconci, the Romantics Poets (Lord Byron & Percy Shelley, in
particular) and extending back to the Northern Renaissance (Hans Memling &
Jan Van Eyck, notably). Presently lives, teaches and maintains an active
studio practice in Providence, Rhode Island.