Chad Alexander is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. His practice is
characterised by his home and within his work the personal and political are often
interwoven. His work deals with associations and dissociations between place and
identity and explores the everydayness of contested spaces and people who inhabit
those spaces.He is interested in the segregational and confining nature of specific
architecture and urban environments and explores how these infrastructures impact upon lives.
Chad Alexander is an artist from Belfast. His work has been exhibited internationally
including most recently at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool, The Ulster
Museum, Belfast and The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. His work is held in the
collection of the Arts council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
He gained a BA Hons in Photography in 2017 from the Belfast School of Art.
I am a visual and sound artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Through the use of myth and personal narrative, the work brings attention to the subconscious layers of the psyche, where significance is given to symbolism, depicting a connection to the unity of Nature and our roots, whilst also exploring the themes of technology, cosmology and mysticism. The work is an attempt at self-explanatory inquisition, with ideas manifesting in the form of painting, moving image, sound art and installation.
James Ashe is a visual artist based in Belfast. His work uses the mediums of illustration, typography, risograph and screenprinting. Predominate themes in his work include politics, LGBT rights, architecture and built heritage. He has exhibited locally as part of groups and within collections in the Ulster Museum, and has had recent solo exhibitions with The Black Box and Framewerk Gallery.
A series of new collages and prints developed from the (de)construct exhibition at the Blackbox Belfast online in May 2020. The work takes reference from the 1970’s Brutalist architecture of the Ulster Museum in Belfast, designed by architect Francis Pym.
The bold collages look at various views of the concrete cubist structure. The multiple planes are broken down in to separate shapes, each piece is treated as an individual component before being reassembled. The sequence of collages explore positive and negative spaces in architecture.
Details of the making process can be seen on Instagram @heraldblack
Stephen is an artist and printmaker based in East London, graduating from the Belfast School of Art in 1997 having studied textiles. He worked for John Rocha in Dublin later that year, printing fabrics for men’s and womenswear collections. His work background also includes over 10 years home accessories merchandising for Habitat & The Conran Shop before establishing his creative business heraldblack in 2014.
Now printing on paper instead of textiles, he produces a range of hand printed & original monoprints as well as card and poster ranges that are stocked by retailers in the UK, EU & USA. Stephen’s work is also licensed through Bridgeman Studios and East End Prints and has been used by Habitat, Anthropologie, Columbia University Press, LittleBrown Book Group and Pringle of Scotland.
Lenka Davidikova’s artwork explores the idea of searching for an interpretation of the human condition, through introspection, and relationships with others. There is a sense of attraction to alienated, displaced characters in Davidikova’s artwork. Davidikova does not aim to create fixed images, guided by concentrated, focused attention; rather, she aims to be guided by active but unfocused attention, resulting in correspondences guided by ‘unconscious scanning’. Davidikova’s artistic practice consists mainly in working with various drawing media or ink. It is the immediate action these media offer that Davidikova is drawn to. The versatile ability of charcoal and graphite allows Davidikova to capture both gestures and emotions. In contrast, the limitations of the usage of ink, place a demanding element upon the artist’s fluid fixations.
Recently Davidikova started to experiment with the idea of making hand sewn 3D textile sculptures representing the human form which is often crippled. Having studied Fashion Design in Slovakia and hand sawing from a very early age, going back to reinterpreting skills and motions she once enjoyed becomes an important fresh element to Davidikovas artwork. It reinforces meditative aspect to her work processes.
The idea of the ‘Presenting Female Exhibition’ is to place emphasis on the female figure, in both its natural and unnatural settings, reflecting on the position of women within traditions, culture, and society. Depicting some of my personal heroines from Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Slovakia, the ‘Presenting Female Exhibition’ questions often assumed female trajectories. The ‘ Presenting Female Exhibition’ aims to celebrate the ‘ female ‘ figure within this society to bring awareness of her abilities to cope and to embrace everyday life; cultural differences, traditions she keeps alive, challenges she deals with and strength she shows to stand up for herself.