Resumé

 

Natasha de Samarkandi is a British artist and curator based in Central London.  de Samarkandi trained as a painter at Wimbledon College of Art before attaining a Master of Arts from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

 

After founding The Artist Co-Op in 2015 an autonomous collective and multifaceted agency for artists; de Samarkandi established the curatorial programme FAKTURA whilst Art Director for Renegade Inc. The title of the programme; FAKTURA was a term acquired from the Working Group of Constructivists manifesto and translated as the raw material, consciously worked by the artist. de Samarkandi’s series of curatorial projects delivered stimulating aesthetic experiences by refocusing the lens and peering through the looking glass to uncover the role of material in painterly practice.

 

On the artist and the art; Natasha de Samarkandi’s hypothetical stills of temporality navigate the space between representation and non-objectivity.  Utilising concentrated ink, graphite powder, assorted raw pigments and binding agents de Samarkandi produces fragments; approximations of reality.

 

Negative space is a valuable passenger, both an illuminator and container, activating the aesthetic.  Where gold leaf once historically illuminated icons from within, negative white space has now supplanted.   What is absent is as valuable as what is present. White space hosts dishonest landmasses, suspended in illumination whilst illustrating the nakedness of the fragmental dialogue.

 

Cross-pollinating techniques of application de Samarkandi has developed a unique visual language, by exhaustively ushering fragments through alternate processes the aesthetic is distilled into the pictograms.

 

Natasha de Samarkandi’s exhibitions and curatorial credits are wide. Engaged as member and former Head of Membership at The Chelsea Arts Club Natasha de Samarkandi has and continues to contribute in varying capacities to the spirit of the art community.

 

Education:      

Master of Arts from The Courtauld Institute of Art (2007-2008)

Bachelor of Arts from The Courtauld Institute of Art (2004-2007)

Foundation in Art from Wimbledon Art College (2003)

   

Curator:

Curator and Art Director at Renegade Inc.  Renegade Inc. Studios.
St Oswalds Studios, Sedlescombe Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1RH.

FAKTURA - June 15th, 2017 at Renegade Inc. Studios.
St Oswalds Studios, Sedlescombe Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1RH.

ROTH Reflections on Tradition and Heritage:  Kensington Olympia, London (29th October-2nd November 2014):  Curator and Catalogue writer.

‘Don’t Do Any More Henry Moore’ Chelsea Space, London (April-12th June 2010) :  Curator and Catalogue writer.

 

Artist:

FAKTURA - June 15th, 2017 at Renegade Inc. Studios with Suzanne Holtom and Frederick Thackeray-Vincent.
St Oswalds Studios, Sedlescombe Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1RH.

Art and Music for Médecins Sans Frontières:  Yinka Shonibare‘s Studio with Jake and Dinos Chapman, Anish Kapoor, Goshka Macuga, Paul Noble, Elizabeth Price and Gavin Turk.  Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road E8 4QL London.  (27th February 2016)

Artists of Vout O Reenees at STASH Gallery; Vout O Reenees 30 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB, Curated by Kate Enters (9th July-27th August 2015)

Value Art Fair Mayer Brown 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF

Value Art Fair Goldingham, McLaren Capital Ltd, Queen Street Courtyard, Queen Street, GU7 1BA. (6th to 19th June 2015)

The Art Market Holmfirth.  Original Art, Design and Contemporary Craft for sale and commission HD93JH (28th June 2015)

The Other Side - Chelsea Arts Club London (June 2015)

The Art Market Holmefirth; Sunday 28th June 2015

The Chrysalis Art Show in aid of Haven;  The Showroom Presents.  25 Effie Road, Fulham, London. (20/04/2015 - 24/04/2015)

BAAR and BASS; Ongoing 336 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR. 2015

STASH Gallery; Vout O Reenees 30 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB, Curated by Alice Herrick (29/11/2014 – 05/01/2015)

Laboratory; 277  Fulham Road, London SW10 9PZ (22/11/2014 - 30/11/2014)

ROTH Reflections on Tradition and Heritage:  Kensington Olympia, London (29th October-2nd November 2014)

REINVENTION:  Permanent exhibition as part of the Special Collections at Vanderbilt University Library.  Nashville, Tennessee.

REINVENTION ;The Mail Art Show.  The Green Gallery 535 4th Avenue South Nashville Tennessee. (22nd August- 13th September 2014)

REINVENTION:  The Mail Art Show.  Nashville Arts Magazine 644 West Iris Drive Nashville Tennessee. (22nd August- 13th September 2014)

508 Gallery; Kings Road Chelsea, London (July-August 2014)

They Couldn’t Find the Artist so they Hung the Picture:  Geales,  Solo Exhibition; Chelsea , London (26 February- 9 June 2014)

Things That Breathe; Chelsea Arts Club, Chelsea, London (2014)

Heroes and Villains; Chelsea Arts Club, Chelsea, London (2013)

Battersea Affordable Arts Fair;  Battersea, London (24-27 October 2013)

Stockholm Affordable Art Fair;  Stockholm, Sweden (3-9 October 2013)

Wills Art Warehouse;  Battersea, London (September 1st-Present)

Decomposition Group Show at  The Berwick Watchtower;  Berwick on Tweed (September-October 2013)

Lucid Drawings, Young British Artists at the Pelican; Fulham, London (July-November 2013)

Chelsea Town Hall; Chelsea. London (Winter 2012)

Body Clothed in Art;  Chelsea Arts Club, Chelsea, London (2012)

TESTBED1;  The Doodle Bar, Battersea, London (2011)

Ugly Bug ;  Chelsea Arts Club, Chelsea, London (2010)

Exquisite Corpse; Chelsea Arts Club, Chelsea, London (2009)

 

Teacher / Lecturer:

Chelsea Arts Club Art Workshop, Chelsea Arts Club, London (2014)

Tutoring (2008-2012)

Hampstead Fines Art College (2009-2010) AS and A2 Level Teacher of History of Art and Foundation Art Tutor.

More House School (2008-2009): A2 / AS Tutor and Foundation Art Tutor

Chelsea Arts Club Lecture, Chelsea Arts Club, London (2009)

 

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