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Through the Minds Eye @ Curious Duke Gallery

Buried in thought, the young woman gazes into the distance with a graceful spirit. And yet there is a mysterious element hidden somewhere beneath the fine layers of acrylic brush strokes, swirls of spray-paint and charcoal contours in all of Hannah Adamaszek’s mesmerizing artworks. Gifted with a distinctive, refreshingly different approach to her craft, the Crawley-based artist unites what the Curious Duke excels in: Providing a stage for thrilling art beyond the ordinary. Already featured in the wonderful ‘Art of Curiosity’, Hannah’s Aztec-inspired paintings now fill the gallery as her well-deserved first solo show ‘Through the minds eye’ sets off. Expressive and thought-provoking, the imagery of Hannah’s featured works is drawn from a wide range of inspirations. Unmistakably influenced by portrait photography and street art techniques, referring to the free spirit of the 60’s/70’s and the pristine philosophy of the Native-Americans, her artworks playfully explore the many facets of human emotion. Conceptually, she works her solely feminine figures around a personal feeling or brings the memory of a specific place on canvas: ‘I want to portray a feeling, normally …

The Art of Curiosity @ Curious Duke Gallery

By nature, I’m a curious person. Especially when it comes to art. That’s essentially how Eleni Duke caught my attention with her ‘Curious Duke Gallery’. Located in a lovely 300-year-old Victorian building on Whitecross Street, it provides a home for the work of rising surrealist and urban artists from the UK. Indeed, the tiny art space, which opened almost two years ago, stands out as a fresh, tangible and – above all – non-elitist part of London’s art scene. An ‘anti-gallery gallery’, so to speak. Last weekend, I abandoned the wonderful sunshiny weather for a short while and set out to discover ‘The Art of Curiosity’, the gallery’s beautiful new exhibition. The show’s spectrum is broad in scope and ranges from oil and water colour paintings to etchings and sculptures, encompassed by the overall concept of human curiosity for art. At first glance, it might seem difficult to curate an exhibition that includes the work of eighteen different artists in such a relatively small space. After wandering about the gallery for quite a while, the …