Inés Szamrey

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Biography

I was born in Córdoba, Argentina, in 1971. I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 1994 from Figueroa Alcorta School of Fine Arts.

Since graduation I have worked as an artist, a graphic designer and illustrator and more recently as an art educator.

Buenos Aires and Córdoba were the two first cities where I set up my studio. Very early my work started to deal with paintings that stood at the threshold of representation and abstraction.

I left Argentina for the United States in 2001. First in Columbus, Ohio, and later in New York City I started to develop my technique that combines my own painted papers, painting and collage.

I now live and work in London. I continue to pursue an image of indeterminacy somewhere between abstraction and representation.

My paintings are in private collections in the UK, USA, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Denmark, México, Spain and Turkey.

Statement

I am a dedicated painter with one simple goal: I strive to create flat surfaces that generate the illusion of representation within the context of abstraction. Painting has always been liable to experiencing and interpretation. Weather anecdotal reading, conceptual understanding, allegoric deciphering or any possible relationships between the work of art and the observer, to me it will be more important the effects of a work of art than its signification.

My paintings are composed mostly of highly saturated colour fields that suggest imaginary scenes like domestic still-lives or Arcadian landscapes. My ideas are driven by colour. Colour is so resistant to theory that I find it is the real subject of my paintings. Colour as subject allows me to dilute representation.

Each painting begins with a series of arbitrary strokes which soon develop into a formal idea to explore. Spontaneity is the goal at this stage. I continue to overlap different media: chalk, crayon, painted paper, over thin and thick acrylic paint. Each layer represents a shift in direction, a new challenge or choice, a new painting to become. I delight in working with the accidental and deliberate evolution of the painting. The finished painting is open ended, and because of the nature of the technique it is difficult to end a composition which is ultimately a sum of several paintings that lay behind the final coat.

Exhibitions

2013

“Spark Life” Children's Art show, London, UK – organiser, curator and exhibitor

2012

“Is it an Octopus?” Children's Art show , London, UK – organiser, curator and exhibitor

The Elevated Art Fair, Leadenhall Market, London, UK

PINTA, Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, London, UK – with Branding Latin America

The Decorative Art Fair, Battersea Park, London UK – With Catharine Miller, Fine Art dealer

Tavistock Hall, Harlesden, London, UK - with Harlesden Gallery

The BAR Gallery (Brent Artists Resource) Willesden, London, UK - with Harlesden Gallery

2011

"Harlesden High Street Art Exhibition', London, UK

The Harlesden Gallery show, The TRICYCLE GALLERY, London, UK

FPS (Free Painters & Sculptors Society) winter show : "CONFLICT and RESOLUTION", La Galleria PALL MALL, London, UK

WORKS IN PROGRESS, Praxis Studios, London, UK

Beaucatcher, Stoke Newington, London, UK

2010

The SPENCE, Stoke Newington, London, UK

CROSS MY ART Exhibition - Art & Escape - Pentonville Rd. Kings Cross, London, UK

The 100 Paintings Summer Show, PATRICK HARVIST Gallery, London, UK

2008

THE COBDEN Private Members Club, West London, UK

LOLA & SIMON, London, UK

2007

The CHOCOLATE FACTORY Open Studios, Wood Green, London, UK

ART IN THE FLAT, London, UK

HENLEY FESTIVAL Contemporary Art Exhibition, UK

BSA The British Sociological Association, London, UK

2006

LAUDERDALE HOUSE Gallery: "On Fruit", London, UK

NBBJ Gallery, Columbus, OH, USA

2005

The Postcard Show, SURFACE GALLERY, Nottingham, UK

Latin American Art Exhibition, THE KNAPP GALLERY, London, UK

The SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL GIFT FAIR, San Francisco, CA

OLD GINGER Handcrafted Furniture for Modern Living, London, UK

The LEAMAN Partnership, London, UK

ARGENTINE EMBASSY, London, UK

2004

Participation in exhibition of Taller de Arte Textil "LA RUECA ", hosted by Cabildo of Córdoba, ARG

Participation in public art installation What an Art Gallery Should Actually Look Like (Large Glass) at EXIT ART, New York, NY, USA

KLU Design, New York, NY, USA

ANTHEM GALLERY, New York, NY, USA

HOGAR COLLECTION, New York, NY, USA

2003

6th Annual Postcards From The Edge benefit. Hosted by GALERIE LELONG, Chelsea, NYC, NY, USA

Silent Art Auction at Donnie Myers Studio, New York, NY, USA

STEPHEN COLATRUGLIO SALON, Columbus, OH, USA

2002

COLUMBUS CITY HALL, Columbus, OH, USA

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, OH, USA

HIGH ROAD GALLERY, Columbus, OH, USA

STEPHEN COLATRUGLIO SALON, Columbus, OH, USA

GETAWAY GALLERY, Columbus, OH, USA

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY, Dayton, OH, USA

2001

BASICS Home Decoration, Córdoba, ARG

MARK TWAIN High School, Córdoba, ARG