Thursday 30 January 2020

Don’t miss “Identity and Self” – only until Sunday at the Willesden Gallery

Urban Brent” by Jagruti Modi (Acrylic on canvas, 510 x 755mm)

Guest post by Philip Grant

When I visit Willesden Green Library, I usually head straight for the Archives and Museum on the second floor, but a friend had recommended that I have a look at the “Identity and Self” exhibition, in the Willesden Gallery on the ground floor. I’m glad that I did, and am writing this to encourage you to do the same!

This is a group exhibition, bringing together the work of 27 Brent-based artists. Its aim is to kick-off the “Borough of Cultures” year by showcasing artwork in a variety of media, by emerging and established artists from across Brent’s diverse community. It certainly succeeds in doing that, and is a treat for the eyes.

A small selection of the art on display at “Identity and Self”

Because of the variety of artworks, everyone will have their own favourite pieces, but I think the one I have featured above fits well for “Wembley Matters”. It is vibrant and colourful, with a range of views, from the arch of the stadium and Wembley Park tower blocks to the Jubilee Line running through Fryent Country Park. I understand that the artist is self-taught, and that this is the first painting she has exhibited; yet her contribution to the exhibition holds its own alongside works by Fine Art graduates who have had their work displayed at the Tate Modern, or prestigious private galleries.

Another corner of “Identity and Self”, featuring “Alison in Wonderland” by Alison Baptiste.

I can’t understand why this free exhibition was only put on for just over two weeks. Its final day is Sunday 2nd February. If you would like to see it, Willesden Green Library is open until 8pm on Friday, and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Philip Grant.

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