We are at it again exhibiting at the Espaccio Gallery in Shoreditch. Pop down an come and say hi. Its all in memory of an amazing artist called Frida Kahlo.
So who was she, to me she was an inspirational strong creative woman. Her talent from the early 19th century who lived a long painful life. She found solitude through the art of painting.
A little about Frida Kahlo
Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico's greatest artists who began painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident. At the age of 6 she contracted polio and then suffered a horrific tram accident which left her bed ridden for months, she had to wear a leg brace and body brace to keep her spine straight and was unable to conceive. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris Mexico & USA before her death in 1954.
The Victoria and Albert Museum currently have a terrific exhibition on called "Frida Kahlo ...Making Herself Up". There are historical portraits and photographs dating back to 1903 with details of her life. Following the artists death her husband ordered her possessions to be sealed up in a room she was born lived and died. Fifty years later these cupboards and room were opened to reveal her colourful and painful life. The items have been immaculately preserved. Her colourful soul trapped inside a broken body was kept alive for her love of painting.
Her injuries: a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone ribs and pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus.
The accident left her in a great deal of pain, and she spent three months recovering in a full body cast. Although she recovered from her injuries and eventually was able to walk again, she was in extreme pain for the rest of her life. As a result of the accident during the following thirty years, she had as many as 35 surgeries, mainly on her back, her right leg and her right foot.
One of her many quotes "i am not sick im a broken. but i am happy to be alive as long as i can paint"
Highly recommend a visit to see the exhibition
Ill be displaying two Frida Kahlo look alike images at the exhibition and some other prints in the binder. So please pop down and see our work. (many photographers and artists are also displaying and selling their creations) Invitation and snaps attached.
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
Fab turnout and now preparation for October..... curate10 openart.com 10.10.18