#1 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

Based on general public votes.

#1 – ‘The Imaginary Iceberg’ by Yufei Li.

Digital print, 50x70cm, 2017.

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#1 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘The Imaginary Iceberg’ by Yufei Li.

The title is adopted from Elizabeth Bishop’s poem. A fragile iceberg is reconstructed in the fictional construction drawing, with our emotional attachment to the vanished physical landscapes. It is the virtual representation in this digital era of our aesthetic desire of nature.
About the Artist:
Yufei is a graphic and architectural designer. Flitting between China, Singapore and the United Kingdom for the past twelve years, her interests fall into narrative cartography and line drawing as a form of revealing remote and imaginary landscapes. She studied architecture at the Architectural Association and is currently based in London.

#2 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

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#2 – ‘Escape’ by Richard Brayshaw.

Pigment inkjet print, 62x44cm, 2016.

  #2 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘Escape’ by Richard Brayshaw.

‘In general I am interrogating how we perceive our constructed spaces, both urban and rural, their different characteristics, their influence on our sense of self and our position in the world as well as their psychological effects in exposing our insecurities and vulnerability.

This particular image was made by combing 2 images. It was made as part of a project I am involved with. The group 6plus2 is working on a project called Hold. It is a site responsive project set in the now empty Petersfield police station. Part of my response to being in the cell was to feel trapped and want to escape. This image is a combination of the physical containment of the cell brick wall with the mental escape of imagining a seascape.’ (Richard Brayshaw)

#3 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

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#3 – ‘Rokit Girl’ by Heloise Bergman.

C-type Print, 40x50cm, 2014.

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#3 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘Rokit Girl’ by Heloise Bergman.

Heloise Bergman is a lens based artist from New Zealand.

‘Rokit Girl was inspired by infatuation with the Dutch Masters. Vermeer’s female subjects were portrayed occupied by houshold errands, often with an intensity that elevates the everyday to something more profound. Almost a decisive moment. Over three hundred years later, Rokit Girl works in Brick Lane and I capture her between customers. She embodies an ephemeral look, gender fluid, time fluid; but when she meets my eyes across the shop, it feels like another decisive moment.’ (Heloise Bergman)

#9 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

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#9 – ‘Seven Wonders’ by Farah Ishaq

Linocut, 101x34cm, 2017

TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refuses
#9 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refuses 2017 – ‘Seven Wonders’ by Farah Ishaq

Presenting Seven Wonders of the World – key figures who have had substantial input into the way we live our lives in 2017. With the snap General Election on our heels it is important to heed the words of a classic work of ‘fiction.’ The artist has chosen specific passages from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a surprisingly easy task all things considered. An artist for just two years, Farah’s career change from journalism to contemporary art has seen a dramatic progression from kitchen sink working to a scholarship to study a Fine Art MA.

Runner-up for this year’s Batsford Prize, Farah Ishaq has already sold hundreds of original prints by word of mouth alone – and unveiled her first public installation in conjunction with London Overground in Walthamstow. Juggling work, health and single motherdom, Farah’s practice aims to capture snapshots of stillness in everyday chaos. She searches for the feeling of ‘home’ through playing with relief printing, type, found objects and paper to explore possibilities. Seven Wonders is an edition of 10 – but number one is the key one for the vintage book pages chosen as paper and the hand-pulled lino prints are behind museum glass and finished off with an Ash frame.