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Paint, plaster, wood and ink are all powerful resources in the hands of an artist, and the ability to transform their chosen material from its raw state into works of art is something that takes true vision.

The most unusual and unexpected everyday objects and materials can find their way into an artist's studio. Brightly coloured balloons, while usually found adorning the ceilings of a child's party, are transformed into playful sculptures with the twist of Masayoshi Matsumoto's hand, while marble, lime, copper, iron and pigments fuse together in Hayley Reynold's atmospheric modern frescos, heightened into fine art through her creative eye.

Eggshells once took the place of eyeballs in Aspencrow's hauntingly life-like sculptures of celebrities past and present, although he has since developed his techniques with resin, allowing him to create perfect replicas of the globular organs.

When looking at the work within the pages of this issue, take some time to think of each small piece of matter which came together by the hand of the artist, forming the finished piece before us.

Upcoming Exhibitions

8 December – 27 February 2018 | Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

Out of over three hundred applications, eight emerging artists have been chosen to exhibit at this year's highly anticipated EMERGENCY at Portsmouth's Aspex Gallery. The exhibition is an international event, attracting submissions from artists across the world. The selected artists' work will be displayed in a group show opening this December, during which a winner will be chosen to receive a solo exhibition in 2019, as well as a fee of £1,000 to support the development of new work. The artists selected for EMERGENCY are a celebration of all visual art practices, showcasing the diversity of contemporary art. They have been named as Eleanor Breeze, Matthew Gough, James Lewis, Lindsey Mendick, Flore Nové-Josserand, Beth Emily Richards, Maggie Roberts and Lotte Rose Kjær Skau. Their work and inspirations range from paintings of re-imagined memories, visually exuberant installations and visual typography shaped by a 90's childhood...


  Worthing Museum and Art Gallery Costume Trail
Until Summer 2018 | Worthing, West Sussex

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery has been celebrating its extensive costume collection - which is the third largest in the country – with an exciting first-of-its-kind costume trail which sees displays spread across the whole town. From sumptuous 19th Century dress to the glamour of the 1930s, to fabulous 1970s fashion, there's a diverse range of marvellous accessorised costumes on display which will surprise and delight. Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund last year helped the West Sussex museum to launch the trail, which presents items from the costume archive in state-of-the-art glass cases in nine popular, diverse venues across Worthing.


  Aspencrow interview

Aspencrow is the alias of Lithuanian artist Edgar Askelovic, known for his striking hyper-realistic sculptures of celebrities such as Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and Kate Moss. Over the years, Aspencrow's practice has seen him learning a number of technical processes that help him to create a more realistic finish to his sculptures, something which has helped with his overall artistic vision to accurately portray the person in synthetic form. To gaze into the resin eyes of Aspencrow's hyper-realistic sculptures is to gaze into the soul of the person depicted. Now based in Germany, his body of work includes the controversial pieces 'Begging Queen' - which saw an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II sitting homeless on the streets - and 'ICON'; a half dog, half David Bowie hybrid perched upon a white plinth.


  Nicholas Griffin interview

With a sophisticated eye for palette and composition, Nicholas Griffin's paintings draw in the viewer with their intriguing snippets of narrative, alluding to half-forgotten personal histories and dreamlike memories.While often depicting figures, it is the objects within his work which often hold emotive importance to the artist; however which object or objects in particular within the painting is another part of the puzzle left for the observer to ponder. Through his investigations in paint he is conjuring up a visual conversation, which in turn results in the final images being greater than the perimeters of the frame. Having recently graduated from art school, Griffin has continued to develop his practice independently.


  Masayoshi Matsumoto

Intriguing creatures great and small are formed from brightly coloured balloons, twisted together to create legs, wings and tentacles. They are the works of Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto, who faithfully recreates insects, birds, mammals and sea creatures from balloons in a variety of shapes. Matsumoto's skills are clear to see, with each of his works made from all balloons only; adhesives, maker pens, sealants and the like are not used at all. While his choice of materials may appear to have a child-like undertone, it is difficult not to be impressed as a viewer, as we capture a glimpse of the artist's vivid imagination and passion for the medium. When talking to Matsumoto about his work it is obvious there is no hidden agenda behind his intriguing artworks. His straightforward approach allows each piece to visually speak for itself.