A R T I S T   S T A T E M E N T

 

Born in London on the 31st May 1994, Yentis started drawing and making art as soon as she could hold a pencil. She continued to expand her use of material every day, winning many art competitions and receiving several gold awards throughout school for her outstanding art practice. During high school, Yentis took part in numerous out of school art classes, gaining as much experience as possible. Painting and drawing the human body from life was her way of calming the mind, expressing herself and disappearing into a beautiful world of distinct colour, and imagination. It became apparent around her early teens that this is what she wanted to spend her life doing. Having completed an art foundation at Hampstead School of Art and graduating from a three year advanced art course, Yentis has made a bold transition from studentship to professional practice through exhibitions and obtaining art commissions. She has shared her joy of art with the next generation of artists by teaching children to paint and draw. As well as taking part in many different art fairs, live painting demos, and teaching techniques to a large audience.

Working predominantly with oil paint, Abigail Yentis has a noted way of “bringing the content to life”. Starting as a highly figurative portrait painter, Yentis has since expanded her practice to explore the relationship between the environments and narratives of a wide variety of people. She continues to produce paintings that are directly observed from life.

Having taken part in numerous collaborative exhibitions, such as recently completing a piece for the ‘No Artist No Art’ campaign at the Lights Of Soho Gallery, as well as a piece for the collaborative exhibition, ‘EU & I’ at the Doomed Gallery, Yentis experimented with varied scale and composition in oil paintings and collage. She is vocal in her opinions regarding topical and historical political events. Yentis spends a lot of time investigating the texture of different qualities of paint as well as collage and is engaged with the process of building large paintings inspired by past journal and sketchbook entries rather personal to her. This process provides closure as Yentis comes to terms with the records that were once the main focus of her mind. A series of paintings titled My Journal; Myself And You was exhibited in a solo show at The Hampstead School of Art gallery, June 2017. Continuing this theme, Yentis had a solo exhibition at No Such Place Gallery in October 2017, her distance of the figurative, focusing on a more ‘free flowing’ approach to abstract painting proved to be a great success. Following her solo show, Yentis travelled to Rome to take part in the Artrooms Roma exhibition at the Church Palace Hotel, March 2018 each artist transformed a hotel room into their own solo exhibition, a documentary was made on the trip, and Yentis’s experience is documented in many interviews online. Yentis has visited Rome many times since. May 2018 consisted of a summer semi permanent solo exhibition “Muse Of Fire” in Kadies, Mayfair. Yentis is currently building a large series of portraits for her next solo exhibition "NO 9-5 ALIVE" at Crate, Hackney Wick, September 2018, which follows the unique and unconventional lives of many, documenting their stories in interviews conducted by the artist.

 

 

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A R T I S T   C U R R I C U L U M   V I T A E

Solo exhibitions:

Open studio show; HSoA December 2014

Open studio show; HSoA December 2015

Solo show; HSoA Gallery January 2016

Solo show: “My Journal, Myself And You”  the new HSoA Gallery July 2017

Solo show ‘Shadows Of A Dream”; No Such Place Gallery, October 2017

Solo show Artrooms Roma, Le Dame Gallery, The Church Palace Hotel, Rome, March 2018

Solo show; Muse Of Fire, Kadies, Mayfair, May 2018

Solo show; NO 9-5 ALIVE Crate Brewery, September 2018

 

Shared Exhibitions:

Shared show; The Shoreditch Arts Club, September 2015

Collaborative show; The Jewish Museum; February 2017

Collaborative show; “Eu & I”, Doomed Gallery; March 2017

No Artist No Art; Lights Of Soho July 2017

Collaborative show; HSoA Gallery, July 2018

 

Art currently shown

Let It Be, painting, oil on canvas; Humphreys office 2015

Jerusalem, oil on canvas; FRS Synagogue 2016

EP album cover; The White Keys; DJ Kayper, 2017

A rotation of works; the HSoA Gallery

Grin, mixed media on canvas; MnkyHse 2017

A selection of new works at No Such Place Gallery 2017

Selection of works at Kadies Cocktail Bar 2018

Lips, Never Fade Factory, 2018

 

Commissions

Ghanaian Boy, oil on canvas 2014

Robs Father, oil on canvas 2014

New York City Skyline, oil on canvas 2015

3 Siblings, triptych oil on canvas 2016

Freddy Mercury WWTLF, oil on canvas 2016

Bob Dylan, oil on canvas 2016

Marilyn, oil on canvas 2016

FRS Jerusalem, oil on canvas 2016

The Beatles, oil on canvas 2016

The white Keys, DJ Kayper, oil on canvas 2017

Breath, mixed media on canvas 2017-08-02

Grin, mixed media on canvas, 2017

Mojo, dog portrait, oil paint on canvas 2017

Sylvie & Elsie, dog portrait, oil on canvas, 2018

Portrait of Samuel For His Fathers Memory, oil on canvas, 2018

Portrait of Sasha Gardener, oil on canvas, 2018

 

Projects currently working on

Graduating exhibition “Diary Entries and More”, The HSoA Gallery

Solo exhibition, Number 90

Portraits Of The Elderly with dementia; Jewish Care Charity

The Slow Satisfaction; Video documenting the fluidity of paint; Vimeo

Portraits of prisoners/LSW Prison Project

Seated Friends; portraits of friends in their environment May 2018-Present

Samuels Portrait For His Fathers Memory, 2018

Pendant making, December 2017- Present

Musical project coinciding with my painting; 2016- Present

 

Artist paid work

Painting commissions, 2011-present

One-on-one Teaching of Art to young children, July 2013-present

Live demo at Affordable Arts Fair, 2017

Artist in residence Art Fair Day HSF, 2017

Meeting Tulip Siddiq MP Kilburn & Hampstead HSF Fair Opener, 2017

Selling of T-shirts with my art on, May 2017-present

Artist in residence; The Number Gallery at Number 90, Hackney, August 2017

Curating solo show at No Such Place Gallery 2017

Art teaching assistant for children, The Hampstead School Of Art, London, November 2017- present

Live demonstrator of products at Cass Art Hampstead, London, and November 2017- present

Workshop manager; Affordable Arts Fair, Hampstead, May 2018

Artist in residence; Art Fair Day, Hampstead, June 2018

Advanced painting tutoring, August 2017-Present

 

Artist voluntary Work

Communal art with the elderly at Rueben’s House, 2013-present

Live portraits of residents at Jewish Care Home May 2017- present

Art For Dark Homeless Charity involvement 2016-present

Oil painting workshop; Cass Art London, 2018

 

Press

·      Artrooms roma exhibition march 2018: http://www.artwave.it/arte/eventi-e-mostre/artrooms-artisti-in-camera-da-letto/

·      Sheerluxe Magazine interview Jan 2018:

https://sheerluxe.com/2018/01/31/how-make-it-artist-kristin-gaudio-endsley-abigail-yentis

·      Cultural encounters; ‘Shakespeare’ Jan 2018: http://www.culturalencounters.co.uk/122/shakespeare-pentonville-prison

·      TAKE LDN Magazine solo exhibition press Oct 2017: http://takelondon.co.uk/exhibition-10-10-17-abigail-olivia-yentis-the-shadows-of-a-dream/

·      The Hampstead School Of Art Gallery solo exhibition press Oct 2017: https://www.hampstead-school-of-art.org/news-article/items/hsoa-advanced-course-graduate-abi-yentis-exhibition-shadow-of-a-dream.html

·      Sheerluxe Magazine solo exhibition press Oct 2017: https://sheerluxe.com/2017/10/04/what-do-weekend

·      Interview for Richmond free press April 2016: http://www.richmondfreepress.co.uk/arts-culture/can-fame-buy-your-way-into-the-art-world/

 

Awards/Mentions

·      YICCA; International contest of contemporary art: https://yicca.org/en/contest/artwork/2489/black-halo

·      All events solo exhibition: https://allevents.in/london/abigail-yentis-my-journal-myself-and-you/1207307779377819

·      The Number Gallery: https://thenumbergallery.com/painters/?category=Abigail+Yentis

·      Lights Of Soho Gallery, NOARTISTNOART Campaign auction: https://paddle8.com/work/abigail-yentis/145418-grin

·      Shoreditch Arts Club Twitter: https://twitter.com/shoreditch_ac/status/715346998480777218

·      Ashurst emerging artist Art Prize: https://twitter.com/TheArtPrize

·      Adhust Emerging Artist Art Prize finalist: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhQ3RGmnHDJ/?taken-by=theartprize

·      Afsharnotashfar Tumblr mention: http://afsharnotashfar.tumblr.com/post/164507707476/artist-abigail-yentis

·      The Hampstead School of Art: http://www.pictame.com/place/hampstead-school-of-art/22796897/J0HWLwyfgAAAF0HWJxkMQAAAFiYA

·      London Shakespeare Workout artist in residence: http://www.lswproductions.co.uk/lup2fb.htm

·      2nd Annual Skies, Fusion Art exhibition finalist https://fusionartps.com/2nd-annual-skies-art-exhibition-july-2018/