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Liane is a London based artist with degrees from Goldsmiths College of Art and an MFA from the Royal Academy schools in London. She is represented in London by the James Freeman Gallery. Liane works with photography and 3D materials; her work for Alchemy will be photography printed upon a variety of base metals including iron and lead.
Khaled Hafez is a Cairo-based visual artist and filmmaker; his practice spans the mediums of painting, installation, photography, video and experimental film. Born in Cairo, he obtained an MFA in new media and digital arts from Transart Institute (New York, USA) and Danube University (Krems, Austria). Hafez works were shown at the 57th, 56th and 55th Venice Biennale, 2017, 2015 & 2013; Curitiba Biennale, Brazil 2017; 6th Moscow Biennale, Russia, 2015; 15th Fotofest Biennale, Houston, USA, 2014; 11th Havana Biennale, Cuba, 2012 and many others. Hafez is a Fulbright Fellow (2005) and a Rockefeller Fellow (2009). He was prizewinner at the Dakar Biennale, Senegal in 2004 and the Bamako Photo Biennale, Mali in 2011.
Born in Limassol Cyprus, Erek studied art in Turkey and then at St. Martin’s in London. He completed his MA in Theory and Practice of Transnational Art at Camberwell, UAL. Based in London, Erek in a variety of art media, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and performance. He is a multi-disciplinary conceptual creator with broad experience in creating large-scale works, public art installations and participatory projects.
Susan Diamond trained as a fashion illustrator and fashion designer Moving to London from the USA in the early 90s she co-established a successful avant-garde fashion label Charles of London. With her partner Mark Charles she created the renowned performance punk group Gobsausage. She returned to full-time painting practice and for Alchemy will be exhibiting a large painting in her inimitable punk style. Her work is owned by many collectors and has been exhibited in a number of galleries and also as billboard art in London.
After studying art and design at Alexandria University, Tarek Eleissy worked as an architect and designer, and later became head of the digital collection at Alexandria Library where he spends all day with ancient books, overseeing the scans and archives of the rare materials especially alchemical and magick books. Tarek Eleissy developed a meditation practice of calligraphic drawing, inspired by the fonts and letters seen in old texts. He has exhibited his work in Egypt and Alchemy is his first exhibition in London.
Ruth Bayer is an Austrian photographer based in London. She has produced some of the most iconic photographs of the English musical post-punk underground. Her works is held in major archives and is exhibited at galleries all over the world. Her photographs have appeared in numerous music and style magazines over the past two decades. Recent books include The Play Goes On: The Rituals of the Rainbow Bridge; Coil: Camera, Light Oblivion and Skipping to Armageddon (both Strange Attractor Press).
Catharyne Ward studied MFA Ceramics at the Royal College of Art and also worked as Eduardo Paolozzi’s assistant. Ward’s work is inspired by occulture, folk art and Victorian craft, and embraces painting, sculpture and installation art. She writes for BRUT Journal magazine. Her most recent publication is Liberty Realm (2020, Strange Attractor Press) Ward has exhibited in PS1/MoMA, the Drawing Center, the Walker Art Gallery, and the Whitechapel Gallery. She has held many residencies and exhibits regularly in the US and her work is in the permanent collection of the College of Psychic Studies (London).
Adam Vass is a Canadian artist based in London, working across different media including drawing, painting and sculpture. He taught at the Wimbledon College of Art, UAL; now he runs the private Paintbox Studios Art School.
Charlotte Collier-Hunter is interested in the alchemy of materials and the four elements in the ancient art of ceramics. She developed her artistic ideas and craft through an itinerant lifestyle that included sojourns in Italy, Australia and her native New Zealand. In London she founded Preaface Ceramics, producing ceramic art and bespoke pieces for clients. https://www.instagram.com/preaface
Natasha Redina works as a stained glass artist as well as a filmmaker, with work inspired by visual anthropology. She studied at SOAS and UCL, and most recently spent a year training as a stained glass artist. She won first prize in Architectural Stained Glass Design held by The Worshipful Company of Glaziers. Her work is being exhibited at the International Festival of Glass 2022, as well as major Cathedrals across the UK.
Hazel Florez graduated from Edinburgh University and the Edinburgh College of Art (MFA). Her artworks make reference to a wide range of symbolism including mythology, mysticism, hermetic philosophy, alchemy and Jungian psychology. She has a strong curiosity in the realms of ‘supra-rational’ human experience. Florez draws on a wide range of cultural influences including the tarot, medieval & Renaissance art, as well as the 20th century feminist, esoteric Surrealists. She speaks to these visual references in a contemporary context and weaves them into her own imaginary narratives.
London-based Alina Gavrielatos works as a painter, installation artist and illustrator. She also makes films. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she studied at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and the City and Guilds of London Institute.
diz_qo is a multi disciplinary artist, creating kinetic art, projection installation, sound design, photography, & mixed media 2D work, and anything shiny, flickering & incandescent. diz_qo studied Fine Art at the University of East London, where he specialised in ‘combined media’ which lead to early experiments in tape/slide,16mm film, & video art. Later, whilst simultaneously working in the creative events industries as a lighting, video & set designer, diz_qo was part of the Luna Nera art collective who created site-specific events, primarily using abandoned buildings and found materials.More recently diz_qo has created video work at Antenna Studios(UK), Cluster_photography & Print(UK), Jaki Liebezeit(Germany), Delaware Festival(UK), Intrinsic(France), & Tinderdust(UK)diz_qo also produces video content for live performance, documentary, art film & music videos, and has collaborated with diverse experimental musical and visual artists such as Mindframe, Francesca Bonci, Kumo, Spatial, Drumsoffchaos, Reiner Linke, Jochen Irmler, Michael Rother, Jan Jelinek, Violeta Vicci, Chocolate Hills, Metamono, & Blackmoon 1348.
Marwan ElGamal received his BA from the American University in Cairo, Egypt and MFA in Painting at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, Netherlands. His work encompasses both digital art and oil painting. He makes complex digital images then paints them on canvas. He also produces video art. Drawing from history, mythology, pop culture, archetypes and personal memory his works embody fluid interchangeability between these elements. Invoking the mysterious, the uncanny and otherworldly, the works depict realms outside of recognizable locations and time, alternative maps and esoteric landscapes.He has been exhibiting regularly in Egypt and abroad, and ALCHEMY! will be his first show in London.
Yomna Nafea is a young artist based in Cairo. She works in a variety of media to create projects that explore shifting states of the mind, cultural attitudes and layers of mental processes. Her work for the Alchemy! exhibition is a textile piece,made by an Egyptian artist considering modern forms of Alchemical transformation. The work expresses three states and transitions expressed in metaphorical symbols and hybrids of mythical creatures to create a new language, visually adjacent to ancient texts, secret rituals and magic spells of Islamic Medieval times.
Sarah-Lou Sasha Maarek
Sara-Lou Sasha Maarek trained as an architect then moved into fine art with 3D and installation work that explores corporeal forms and the environments in which they exist. Her installation for Alchemy recreates an alchemical process to create a homunculus attributed to Paracelsus in the XVIeme. Paracelsus describes the making of an artificial human, cooked and born in a glass jar. The installation uses symbolic tools fertile for creative horror and terrific wonder; the audience is a witness to unsolved mysteries. Maarek is currently completing her final year of the MFA at Central St Martins.