Oil on canvas, 49 x 57cm, 2023 Description: It is a self-portrait painting. This figure was captured in my studio after a long day at work. I was trying to calm my mind and stop thinking while lying on a floor. I felt it was difficult to fall asleep although I was exhausted.
Jade dressed up
Oil on canvas, 110 x 90 cm, 2022 Discription: Jade is my neighbour and I met her through her mother who lived in the same housing estate in London. When I interviewed Jade, she was 18 years’ old, and Taijariai was her first baby, 2 months. For the interview, Jade decided to put on makeup and wear a bright pink wig and put a blue and white striped dress on her baby. During the interview, she said she was very happy to have her baby but willing to sleep for longer hours.
Oil on canvas, 80 x 70cm, 2022 Description: I know Andrew since 2007. He is an artist and a father of four children, who loves Italy and Asia. When I started to paint this in 2022, he was having a treatment of cancer, and I was very worried about his health condition. All I could do was to pray for him.
Oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cm, 2021 Description: Luca Stifani is an Italian filmmaker and an actor based in the UK. He has a twin brother, Gabriel. I know them since 2002 when I came to the UK to study English. I met them at an English language school in Newcastle. I moved to London to study art in 2007, and they also moved to London to develop their art practices. Especially, Luca is very fascinated with making his own films. During his interview, he talked passionately about an acting class he had joined.
Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm, 2021 Description: Roger Allen is a London based aerial photographer. In 2019, he joined a hiking group to take pictures of beautiful landscapes while enjoy hiking. Since then, whenever he goes hiking, he takes a drone with him to take pictures of the scenery. I know him for over 10 years, and he is always interested in art. During his interview, he described his next hiking plan and how much he was excited about it.
Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm, 2021 Description: Peter Fish is an artist who has an art studio on the ground floor in the same building where I have a studio. Whenever I see him, he always sits comfortably in an armchair and often smoking cigarettes while planning his next art projects, evening plans, or perhaps having a daydream. He is an artist who is supportive and cares about the artists’ community. During his interview, he talked freely about his current art project.
Oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm, 2021 Description: This painting is my self-portrait. I captured this image when I called my dog’s name. My dog, whom I call Taro, is my best friend who lives in Japan with my parents. Taro was a 7-month-old puppy when I visited my parents in 2019. I looked after him during my stay in Tokyo. I fed him, took him a walk, and trained him. I cannot wait for seeing him again.
Mother and Child - Vaishali
Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm, 2021 Description: Vaishali Prazmari is a good friend of mine who is an artist and a mother of two. I visited her flat and backyard art studio shed in 2020. It was my first time to meet her second child. Vaishali looked very happy when she held her baby while giving him snacks. I was so pleased to know that her child was a healthy and cheerful boy.
Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm, 2022 Description: Gianinna Delpino is a Chilean artist whose practices include not only drawing and painting but also performing and singing. I met her in 2020 and shared an art studio with her in London for six months. I captured her while she was reading a book.
Oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm, 2020 Description: Andrew Stahl is an artist and a professor of Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art. He taught me art when I was an undergraduate student at the Slade from 2007 to 2011. He is a very supportive artist and always encourages me to make art. I visited his studio to interview him in 2020 just after the first UK lockdown. He explained me what he was currently painting and his experience during the lockdown.
Oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm, 2020 Description: Howard Michels is an artist I know for over 10 years. This figure was captured when he had a solo exhibition in London in 2020 just after the first lockdown. He was very pleased to have a chance to display collection of his latest paintings and very excited to talk about his art.
Self-portrait - Time to think
Oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm, 2020 Description: Time to think
Oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm, 2020 Description: Amanda Hill is an artist and a public art consultant who lives in Massachusetts, USA. She works with local communities and paints huge murals. I met her in 2008 when she was an exchange student at Slade School of Fine Art. During the UK lockdown 2020, we had a skype meeting and took numerous screenshots of her.
Self-portrait - Look at me
Oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm, 2020 Description: This is my first self-portrait painting during the UK lockdown 2020. I painted it in my studio while looking at a mirror.
Self-portrait - Look into a mirror
Oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm, 2020 Description: This is my second self-portrait painting.