THREE ARTISTS: Sitting in a tree...
An emerging London designer who, as a sculptor, has worked on HBO’s Emmy Award Winning ‘Game of Thrones’ for the last three years. Niall's recent design work includes Central St Martins final year productions ‘Herons’ by Simon Stevens and ‘Mary Barnes’ by David Edgar and currently the prodigious little ‘wunderkind’ is working on the latest Peter Strickland film. Not a bad accomplishment for a recent graduate before even mentioning he has been asked to design productions of ‘The Strip’ by Phyllis Nagy and ‘Some Voices’ by Joe Penhall opening at the Platform Theatre (December 8th). It’s kind of impossible not seem obsequious when talking about him but it does get even better! As if an enviable CV within design for film and theatre so early in his career wasn’t enough; Mr McKeever has an incredible talent for sculpture, so far showing a body of work A Clodhopper would say works on construction and destruction of being human in both the organic and the intellectual sense. Talking about his work Niall says “I love the layered aesthetic that is ambiguous as it is mysterious. A vehicle for portraying the moral struggles of our modern souls”. With promise worthy of a Saatchi acquisition as a sculptor Niall still remains grateful for his work as a designer in theatre, film and TV “I feel I am in an extremely fortunate position in the fact that these industries allow me to view the world in the most inspiring way; through the eyes of someone else.” Through A Clodhoppers dreamy eyes the future looks bright for this fine young thing.
Riza Nazim Ulusoy
With a career that started in Istanbul Naz is a senior art director with more than 15 years of experience working for digital ad agencies with a focus on video, animation and illustration. Coinciding with this corporate identity he has also built a strong body of artistic work with animated shorts, short films, A/V installations and specialists projects fusing design and art. His breadth of work covers a multitude of disciplines including the B&W photography of ‘and a year of wandering’, the ‘tungsten day’ series of images shot through late 2009 in London and Istanbul on an expired Kodak T160 and the “Alchemy processes”. The latter he describes as an open-source software project “likened more to live performances as forms, colours, styles evolve through an iterative process of free-association and improvisation” a concept that is particularly attractive to A Clodhopper and our penchant for live life-drawing. Naz is a man who seems comfortable straddling the line of commercial freelancer and artist, a career path he says was obvious from a young age “I used to doodle all the time as a child, copied scenes from the Voltron sticker book, watched Robotech and played with Lego Technics” he writes. Readers take note, for a creative and prodigious child - Doodling, Robotech and Lego Technics might just be the perfect recipe.
A Chinese artist based in London Yi-Ling is mostly self taught as an artist and has been making paintings for the past 6 years. A large part of her working is with oil, predominantly on linen like with the haunting ‘Two black boxes, one behind another’ (2015) or the playful and other-worldly ‘Funny organs’ (2015) from her ‘pink works’ series. But there are bold uses of other materials like with her piece ‘05.51AM’ (2015) - a striking mix of oil, glue, pigment and Gesso on wood ”The act of making is often at the core of my practice, the correlation between the ways of making and a chosen subject matter is often one of the most asked questions along the process” she says about her process. The young artist goes on to talk about one of the underpinning thought processes behind her creative acumen “What is significance of a subject matter, the only immaterial presence that is set within imagery and physical objects? This dilemma has for a long time been a subject of interest for me”. Over the past year she has also started making objects and works that are no longer strictly based in the 2D realm. Although she has stopped calling herself a painter, painting remains the core of her practice. A Clodhopper says long may your progression continue Yi-Lin Wo.