Studio works April 2023
Studio Works offers the chance to collect original artworks by emerging global artists. The second instalment features Katie Hector, Kpe Innocent, Pablo Tomek and Minhee Kim - four artists we were excited to meet earlier this year.
About the artists
Bleach portraits of friends, lovers and strangers
Katie Hector rarely uses paint. Instead, she sprays dye and bleach onto canvas with an airbrush gun. The results are intimate, glowing portraits that quietly reflect on love and loss. The larger-than-life faces are painted as if the artist knows them well.
- "I appreciate the little things and I paint." - Katie Hector
Painting as an act of faith
Kpe Innocent transforms his faith into art – but without the usual symbolism of Western Christian art. His quirky acrylic on canvas paintings show bulbous humanoid figures. His work combines contemporary aesthetics like streetwear and modernist architecture, with Christian theology.
- “I was created because Someone else was creative.” - Kpe Innocent
The hidden side of Paris
Pablo Tomek dropped out of school for graphic design because he found it boring. He didn’t like following strict design guidelines and working to client’s briefs. It was very different to the freedom he felt doing graffiti in the streets of Paris with his friends as a teenager.
- “Only do something when it makes sense, when it is connected to a concept and there is a reason to do it.” - Pablo Tomek
Painting the grey area between humans and technology
Minhee Kim is nostalgic for the futurism of the ‘80s. Her works are largely monochromatic, with subtle nods to the cyberpunk aesthetic of films like cult classic Akira (1988). Kim’s work explores the connection between humans and technology but in two-dimensions rather than sculpture.
- “Mind control, ceaseless efforts and sensitivity is the key to making art for me.” - Minhee Kim