Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

Arusha & Artisan


We are very delighted to be collaborating with Artisan Kitchen & Bar set in the heart of Manchester, who will be showing a collection of works by Ilona Szalay throughout August and September.

'Set in a vast 12,000 square foot, semi-industrial space on the first floor of the Avenue North in Spinningfields, Manchester. Cooking goes back to basics in the fire, with pizzas, meat and fish it is casual dining at its best. Think artist's loft studio meets concrete warehouse: stripped back and raw. Showcasing sculptures, murals, art installations. Open all day, everyday serving brunch on weekends as well as lacing the city with music and drink into the night.'

Ilona’s paintings trace a path through a world of conflict and power play, a place of rigid hierarchy and fierce competition. Using concise visual language the work explores notions of vulnerability and beauty, dominance and submission, violence and control. Illona seeks to investigate the tension between protection and control in her work and as a result there is an ambivalence in the images, a questioning of motive/morality, and an examination into our impulses to both create and destroy.

Ilona Szalay was born in born in Beirut and now lives and works in the south of Italy, she completed her studies at Oxford University and Byam Shaw School of Art, London and has exhibited extensively since graduating. Ilona’s work has been exhibited at numerous London galleries including the Royal Academy. She has also gained several prestigious awards for her painting including winning the ORA Prize in 2013, being selected for the Barbican Open Arts Exhibition and in 2014 she was selected as one of 14 artists worldwide to invest in by Rebecca Wilson curator of Saatchi Art. 

We are delighted to be working with Artisan and look forward to seeing the responses to Ilona's powerful work from new visitors to the show. 

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