APRIL 14 - JUN 18
FEB 03 - APRIL 02
ARTWORK ON SHOW
Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Natalia Zdorovtsova is a second-year Neuroscience PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, but has spent much of her life between the United States and the United Kingdom. As a neuroscientist, Natalia is interested in how the brain coordinates attention in our day-to-day lives. Painting is what captures Natalia’s attention; she finds art deeply meditative, and sees her practice as an opportunity to contemplate the things, people, and concepts that she tries to communicate through a visual format.
Lately, Natalia has been interested in the processes by which the ordinary is made sacred. In her abstract art series, Symbiosis, she has combined her love of art and neuroscience by painting the fractal branching patterns of braincells in the aesthetic context of sacred geometry.
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
Sree’s painting is of the view on a walk down to Lizard’s Point in Cornwall, July 2021. Full of life, sea and sky. Reflecting upon her painting, Sree recalls how fresh the Cornish sea air was.
Sree aims to capture the most beautiful sights, landscapes and structures she experiences when she travels, as well as those in her hometown, Cambridge. Sree likes to find combinations of the natural and man-made world (images of plants creeping up buildings are some of her favourites). Particularly over the last two years, Sree has found little worlds within her paintings to which she can travel to wherever, and whenever; like small windows into paradise.
Sree is a 21 year old gap year student, she loves to paint, travel and explore. She will be in Rome this summer to end my gap year, and will return in autumn to begin her BA in Classics at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.
Oil on canvas
Painting is what drives Meg. Being at work and knowing she gets to spend the evening at her easel gets her through the day.
Recently, Meg has been learning to create tattoos, so she has been able to branch out further with her creative side as she juggles this with other projects.
Acrylic paint, 21 x 29.7 cm
Pause is the first palette knife painting Sophie has ever made. After receiving a beautiful set of palette knives for her birthday she was keen to begin using them to explore the thickness and texture of acrylic paint.
Sophie was inspired by Paul Cezanne’s palette knife portraits. She is fascinated by the way he created these portraits from thick slabs of paint; colours blending on the canvas with each application and movement. Sophie wanted to explore this process her own way, beginning with an initial drawing, outlining the subject’s features.
Acrylic paint, 29.7 x 42 cm
Boredom was created whilst she was interested with the variations in texture palette knives create. She wanted to explore her use of palette knives further by working on a larger scale so she could use my bigger sized knives to work the paint, as she was struggling as a beginner on a small scale.
Firstly, Sophie created an abstract background with a wash of blue acrylic, letting it drip and dry however it wanted. Here, Sophie wanted to focus on the figure, trying to capture her essence of youth with bright, bold warm colours, whilst also creating a contrast with the cool blue background. Sophie did not want to overcrowd the painting with too much paint for fear of making the colours muddy so she chose to work with lines to illustrate the clothing of the individual.
Sophie loves that everyone has their own story. Everyone is the main character of their own life and we each experience life differently. Her fascination with painting people specifically is to try and capture that. With each face, she tries to convey an emotion, an idea or expression as well as to try and understand her own thoughts.
colours of abstraction series,
each is 90 x 120cm, acrylic and spray paint on mdf board
Alex is a a first year undergraduate student at the university of Cambridge studying architecture. Alex Aliev's work looks at how architectural form and space is broken down and reconstituted into a series of shapes at varying depths. The constructivist and surrealist art movements are big points of inspiration in how he simplifies and arranges features of the built environment around him. He also experiments with colour and texture which provides a framework for this abstract exploration.
Out of Oblivion Series,
Photographic prints of digitally altered collages
Ines Rocha is a Portuguese student of fine arts at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Her works involve psychology in a way of understanding herself and the human mind. She usually works with video, installation, and mixed media.
Anglia Vapor Series
Mixed media on paper, 17 x 17 cm (2021)
Digital reworking of mixed media on paper 17 x 17 cm printed on giclee paper 17 x 17 cm (2022)
Diaspora Vapor Series II
Digital reworking of mixed media on paper 59 x 59 cm (2022) and printed on giclee paper 17 x 17 cm (2022)
These works are based on the colours of Cambridge in spring and summer. Following their previous series, Diaspora Vapor Series I (2020), these studies on canvas and paper were a way for Molly to explore higher saturation of colour during the intense summer months in Cambridge after moving home from the welsh coast.Using pencil, pen, ink and paint Molly aims to create a space the viewer can follow and travel through.Over the winter, she found a way to translate her abstract style into digital artwork.These digital manipulations are the second stage of my process towards completing my first ever installation.
The digital works are based on physical 59 x 59 cm works from her Diaspora Vapor Series II on paper in which she continues to explore her relationship and knowledge of blue and green whilst considering distance and the place of the viewer. By furthering her process in Adobe Fresco, Molly is hoping to continue to create “vapor spaces” created with a variety of materials and mediums. The next stages for this series to complete the installation will include more layers of digital art and paper, as well as glass.
ANAMARIA KOEVA is a freelance artist and writer. Originally from Bulgaria, she has been living in the UK for 9 years. She graduated from MA(Hons) Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and is currently studying MSt Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge.
Anamaria is the author of five books of poetry published abroad and of four solo exhibitions, the latest one of which took place in 2022 in the Scottish Art Club, Edinburgh.
She is a part of the Gallerie V team.
Andy is a final year PhD student in Genetics at the University of Cambridge. He started his PhD when he was a naïve 21 year old and was impressed by the beauty of the microscopic world.
His college, Clare College, is on the Backs and this vista of Cambridge has always inspired him. He hope that these images help you to gain a newfound appreciation of this city and this world.
Series I contains 6 microscopy images of Drosophila (fruit fly) tissues stained for different cellular components.
Series II contains 6 architectural photos taken from the Backs (Trinity College, Clare College, and King’s College).