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Andrew Salgado, our artist of the week

Andrew Salgado confronts concepts of identity face-on in his spectacular, large-scale works. The London-based Canadian artist is playful with media, effectively producing emotive, engaging images. We’re proud to have Andrew as part of the Tagsmart community!

Discover abstract art with Anne- Claire Fleer!

Anne-Claire Fleer is a London based Dutch abstract artist whose work has been selected as a prize for the Tagsmart competition. She defines herself as ‘bold and energetic’ and that’s exactly what her works inspire: happiness, joy and energy! 

Her canvasses and other creative expressions; body painting and sculpture paintings, are colorful, chaotically structured and contrasting. Her approach is intuitive, her main media acrylic and spray paint on canvas and her inspiration comes from everyday life, both internally and externally.

Anne-Claire is an inspirational person who left the business world to pursue her dream in becoming a full time artist.

Discover more of her work at: https://anneclairefleer.com

Stay tuned for upcoming competitions on: https://www.instagram.com/tagsmarthq/

Anne- Claire’s upcoming exhibitions:

July 1 – August 1: Kahaila Cafe, Brick Lane, London

September 1 – October 1: Wilton Way Cafe, Hackney, London

November 29 – December 2: Art Fair East, Norwich, Uk

Tagsmart weekly Discovery: Charles Clapshaw, a Tropical Paradise

Charles Clapshaw is a post-abstract expressionist painter from Australia inspired by the great masters of art such as: Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, Milan Mrkusich, Donald Judd, Michael Johnson, Kandinsky, Malevich, Klee and Hilma af Klint.

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Form and colour dominate Charles’s art with the painting developing the shape of the subject along with the texture of the paint.  
The subjects of his art, consist of personal stories interwoven among theories of space, dimension, and weight. The simplicity of the lines and the vibrancy of the colourful layers makes its form the sole subject matter.

Charles uses the space of his canvas to create visual tricks based on viewing angles and lighting by giving the observer the ability to move around the painting, look underneath and up above the work and yet adds another aspect to how his painting can be interpreted and viewed.

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The lines and layers in his work create a unique space on the canvas and reflect the painter’s unique style. Breaking the logic and rules of the paintings is part of Charle’s ongoing contradiction.


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Charles Clapshaw is currently in Bondi Australia painting a wall drawing. He has works for sale in Bali, Bangkok, and Edinburgh.
For more information visit his website: http://charlesclapshaw.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlesclapshaw/
To buy visit: Saatchi Art

Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Spencer Murphy between Photography and Painting

The award-winning photographer Spencer Murphy was born in 1978 and grew up in the Kentish countryside. He trained in Falmouth College of Art and he now works and lives in London, dedicating his time to creating his own artwork and taking photographic commissions.


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From award-winning portraits to post-apocalyptic worlds, Spencer Murphy’s ability to dance with light often borders on ethereal. He is a master of portraiture whose portraits looks more like paintings rather than photos, earning him a place hanging among the greats in England’s esteemed National Portrait Gallery.  He has collaborated with various magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper. Some of his portraits have been featured on the Rolling Stones Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused.

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Spencer has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition 7 times between 2006 to 2013 and in 2013 he won the Taylor Wessing photography prize. His work is now held in the National Portrait Gallery’s Permanent Collection.


Spencer Murphy’s awards:

Sony World Photography Awards, shortlisted 2010,2011,2013 Third Place Winner, Campaign, 2013, First Place Winner, Campaign, 2014/ Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, selected 2006 and 2007-2012 Third Place Winner 2012 First Place Winner 2013/ AOP Photography Awards Bronze Award 2009 / Creative Review Photo Annual, selected 2007,2009,2012 / AOP Bursary, winner 2006 / Creative Review-Creative Futures, commended 2006 / The Magenta Foundation, emerging photographers, winner 2006 / Metro Imaging Bursary, winner 2002

For more info visit Spencer Murphy’s website: https://goo.gl/aMkzo

Adam Lee's ‘This Earthen Tent’ exhibition at Beers London

Adam Lee works from his studio in the hills of the Macedon Ranges, Australia, and he works mostly with traditional painting and drawing materials. His work references a wide range of sources including historical and colonial photography, biblical narratives, natural history and contemporary music, film and literature to investigate aspects of the human condition in relation to ideas of temporal and supernatural worlds.

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Lee’s This Earthen Tent exhibition at Beers London presents a new series of work in which he continues to explore pilgrimage and the experience of lamentation as a metaphor for the experience of painting. 

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Themes of family, shelter, and a sense of protection tend to represent the works, evoking a sense of ethereality or nostalgia, but ultimately reflecting his fascination with our longing for home, however evasive or mysterious that may appear.

As viewers, we quickly become aware of Lee’s interest in archaic figures and a tendency toward folkloric and fantastical imagery. From the idyllic to the pastoral, his paintings include shrine and tabernacles, funerary scenes or pilgrimage groups, often circulating around the hermit as a metaphoric figure or unknowing protagonist.

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Lee’s works are often accompanied by a sense of regeneration. It seems time converges; the past, future and present become one, and narratives become complex and uncertain.

Adam Lee: This Earthen Tent will be on display until September 30.

Artist Lee Woo-hwan in trouble for 'verified' fake paintings

“In 1978 and 1979, I drew 30 to 40 pieces a day at maximum. Many exhibited works were not even included in the work book. I used to sell my painting to a gallery, but sometimes I did not receive any money and the paintings were missing. Frequently, I left space for a signature or a registration number empty for the gallery to fill in.”

This is what Lee Woo-hwan said in a press conference on Thursday. Lee has been caught up in controversy on whether his paintings are genuine, while some wonder “why him among others?”

In the late 1970s when Lee became famous and demand for his paintings surged, he had to mass-produce hundreds of paintings within two years. Naturally, the mass production left loopholes, which was an attractive target to forgers.