The lifestyle hotel in Aldgate East, continues to host worth seeing creative exhibitions. Leman Locke is now introducing Michelle Beatty and her new photographic series A Freedom Movement 2019.
Michelle is an Australian born Londoner who has spent a creative lifetime moving seamlessly from the carnival of catwalks and high fashion showrooms, to the subtle backdrops of fine art photography - landscapes, architecture and foreign, far-off lands. For the first time, Michelle has created a body of work that straddles these two parallel career tracks, and the contrasting sides of herself.
Leman Locke is proud to present her newest photographic series, where three talented subjects with backgrounds in ballet, modelling and choreography are captured in the prime of their lives; embodying strength, wisdom, and feminine beauty. The subjects are offset by strong skies, powerful waves and brooding clouds. The photography exhibition runs across all 22 floors of the East London lifestyle hotel, open to the public from 10th May until 31st July.
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Directed by Arron Blake and Darius Shu, “HIS HANDS” comes to break your silence and speak to your soul.
Arron Blake also stars in the film and he plays an unnamed younger man who visits the flat of an older man, played by Philip Briseboise; the door to the flat resembles the bars of a prison cell, and Blake touching on the loud buzzer breaks the eerie silence. The action exclusively takes place within this darkened interior, which feels like a strange, disquieting bubble separate to the daytime cityscape outside.
An atmospheric psychological thriller which last as long as your tea break (13 minutes) but brings out themes of acceptance, loneliness and both gender and sexual identity; very important topics for the LGBTQ+ and the humanity in general.
After the thriumph in London in 2018, the film is set to premiere this April in Tribeca Film Festival and we can’t wait to see it screening in Europe.
‘‘HIS HANDS’’ has already won awards at the Oniros Film Awards and been screened at Perth’s International Queer Film Festival and The Lowry ahead of a wider release later this year.
Model: Harrison Sellers @ Supa model management
Gucci opened Gucci Garden within the Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence on January 10, just in time for this year’s Pitti Uomo trade show. Renovated by Alessandro Michele himself, the space holds several exhibition rooms overseen by critic and curator Maria Luisa Frisa, as well as a boutique filled with exclusive products, and a restaurant with the best chef in the world, Massimo Bottura, at its helm. Now, for the 95th Pitti Uomo in January 2019, Gucci has unveiled its plans for a brand-new exhibition, after dedicating one to Alessandro Michele’s collaborations with the house the designer’s homage to Björk’s. Two news artists, succeeding the work of Coco Capitán and Jayde Fish, will present their new murals.
Spread over two floors, the Gucci Garden highlights the history of Gucci, from its founding in 1921 to the present day, through a series of exceptional artefacts such as clothes, accessories, video installations and pieces of art. Each room explores the inspirations that were driving forces behind the house’s success, such as flora and fauna, one of Alessandro Michele’s favorite sources of inspiration and a recurring theme for several seasons now. Artists such as Coco Capitán, Jayde Fish and Trevor Andrew who all contributed to Gucci’s rise in the art world, have also contributed to the space, redecorating its walls with their unique artistic vision. Following the work of Capitán, Fish and Andrew, two new artists will take over the Gucci walls on January 8 2019, just in time for the 95th Pitti Uomo. The new exhibition will take over from the Björk-themed presentation currently in place.
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Eastern European ( originally from Ukraine) but based in Portugal, Ali Franco is a unique artist and painter.
"Lover of the erotic themes of the homosexual world, he represents a combination of concepts and taboos and gives us glimpses of bourgeois porn in candy covers, where Harmony novel atmospheres act as a setting for disturbing sexual acts among wrestlers of ancient Greece."
-Tell us a bit more about you and your art.
I was born within an artistic family, my parents have art education and my father always worked in museums and theaters, decorating rooms and the stage.
I loved so much to be in a backstage room, to see the actors preparing for showsand the busy atmosphere. I loved costumes around me and the makeup smell, it was like magic in the air.
Something else that stayed in my mind as a strong memory is the Apollo mask on the wall of my room. I was drawing him very often. Years later I was in love with the movies of Fellini Satyricon and Casanova. I guess all of these things had influence on me.
But I thought there is something I can't find and I want to see it...
I was looking for that something in books, magazines, internet and finally decided to create something by myself: homoerotic illustrations with the atmosphere I love: theater, Greek, French, Italian culture.
-How did you decide to follow and develop that section of art?
My first work pieces were not openly homoerotic actually. But people said “they look like gays, why do you do it? The guys you paint, look too feminine, it's so weird.” I guess I confused people around with my works.
I heard from them “it might be better to do normal things, because nobody needs paintings like yours”.
And I made a big break with my own artworks. I closed up and I was working just for requests, painting mostly portraits, landscapes, book and game illustrations.
But I believe it was a good experience in my life, that gave me new skill level and requirements. As a final point now they love what I create.
-Describe your art in three words.
Three main words are always with me when I'm painting - Passion, Beauty, Love.
-Where do you find inspiration? Books or paintings? Do you organise a set with live models as well?
I can say I'm more illustrator than a painter. I create a composition in my head and later I look for models. Sometimes my friends help me with this, sometimes I use photos… everything can be good in this case.
-How is fashion related to your work?
Talking about fashion, it's funny - as a teenager I wanted to be a fashion designer, to create interesting clothes, but at the same time I always thought - “it will be something out of fashion because it's too weird or complicated.”
I hope in future to use more clothes and hairstyle ideas in my artworks, maybe even to create some alternative or even a surreal world.
I like what is going on with fashion today - looks like we are very close to freedom, people can be creative and feel free to express themselves.
I'm really glad about it!
-Where can someone find your art and actually buy his favourite painting?
Two years ago I started to post my works on Instagram and didn't expected for a lot of followers, if to be honest. So I really appreciate all people who like my works! And I'm glad that people buy my paintings or art prints.
-What are your next plans? Are planning any exhibition soon ?
I have so many plans - first to continue create new illustrations sure.
I hope to publish few books with sketches and color illustrations. Also to take a part in art exhibitions and to make a solo exhibition in two years.
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Making a global splash in Hozier's music video for Take Me to Church, no one can forget how mesmerizing Sergei Polunin is in motion.
Lucky for us, the Ukrainian dancer has published a new video project earlier this summer and it has become one of our favourites here at REY.
Polunin linked up with photographer Rankin for a video. Shot for Hunger TV, the project takes the form of a music video. Polunin is captivating as he performs to Tempo by the alt-rock group Husky Loops.
One of the most inspirational video clips we've seen lately
and definitely the video of the day - Enjoy!!
After the huge success of the London’s Design Museum exhibition "Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier", a new announcement confirmed the good news.
The exhibition is travelling to Milan and it will be open on the 20th of September for four days only!
Showcasing his creations from the early 1980s and following his creative path right up until his final Paris Couture show in July 2017, the retrospective is curated by fashion historian Olivier Saillard, who, it’s safe to say, knows the ‘King of Cling’ and his work like the back of his hand.
Saillard was also behind Alaïa retrospective Je Suis Couturier, which took place in Paris earlier this year. The exhibition brought together looks including the iconic purple hooded gown worn by Grace Jones in 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill and a series of dresses worn by the likes of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Helena Christensen.
Taking place in the Italian city’s Palazzo Clerici throughout fashion week, the exhibition runs from September 20-25. Book your flights now, fashion fans.
Marco Kowalewski is an artist from Hamburg who is getting influenced by the artistry on different platforms in today's social media and platforms. Mostly drawing Illustrations based on current fashion, collections, editorials and influencers with exclusive taste, Marco wanted to present REY stories in a more playful way.
"I love to play with compositions, shapes , colors, and contrast while still working in progress.
Never being satisfied with my work and still trying to figure out how to become more pure and clear with every new line of my work." stated to our team.
Follow Marco on Instagram for more artworks and projects.
The philosophy behind Calisthenics is the art of using one’s body weight and qualities of inertia as a means to develop one’s physique, anywhere, without many expenses or means. The word Calisthenics comes from the Greek words kallos (beauty) and sthenos (strength).
We can say that it is essentially the physical education of the ancient Greeks, through which they prepared their body and spirit before going to battle or athletic games. It combines strength, balance and technique, and everyone can try it, regardless of age, gender and physical condition.
'Calisthenics' has become quite popular between fitness circles around the world in the last few years and today it's a 'movement' in the world of sports that gets bigger and bigger every day with millions of follower worldwide.
We visited the Rick Owens exhibition in Milan and we loved every detail of it.
The Triennale di Milano hosts an involving pathway through two decades of endless creativity: a selection of more than 100 garments, objects, accessories, furniture and runway videos will be displayed and connected through a spectacular site-specific installation created by the designer for the occasion.
“The clothes I make are my autobiography. They are the calm elegance I want to get to and the damage I’ve done on the way. They are an expression of tenderness and raging ego. They are an adolescent idealization and its inevitable defeat.” Rick Owens
The exhibition 'SUBHUMAN - INHUMAN - SUPERHUMAN' will be at the Triennale di Milano until the 25th of March.
London-based fashion photographer Antonio Eugenio presents his latest exhibition, RAW, that will be hosted by design-led hotel Leman Locke during London Fashion Week Men’s in January 2018.
In RAW exhibition, the photographer explores how diversity influences the codes of beauty in the male fashion industry.
Antonio Eugenio uses his volatile lens to capture authentic, unpredictable and vulnerable personalities in artificial surroundings. The photos seem to simultaneously question and confirm this contrast at the same time by a perfect set-up of lights. The portraits showcase the dreaming male and how diversity influences the fashion industry.