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17/01/2019 @ Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU
What better start to the new year than art? Painter Mircea Teleagă, one of the most exciting Romanian artists residing and creating in the British capital, is our special guest for a solo show that opens at London’s 12 Star Gallery this January. Before the exhibition’s closing date we invite you to meet the artist, winner of the much coveted Scholarship and Artist residence at Alexander McQueen’s Sarabande Foundation!
The event is part of the cultural programme that marks Romania’s EU Council Presidency and is organised with the support of the European Commission Representation in the UK and the Embassy of Romania in London.
Born in 1989 in Romania, Mircea Teleagă graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2016, where he attended the MFA Painting Course led by Lisa Milroy. To study at Slade he was awarded the Sarabande Scholarship, being selected for it by artist Dinos Chapman. After graduation, he was artist in residence at the Academy of Visual Arts in Hong Kong and at Sarabande in London, the latter between 2016 – 2018. During this time, he had two solo shows: ‘let it burn’ in 2017 and ‘Presence’ in 2018, curated by William Davie. To coincide with the last solo show, the first monograph documenting the show – ‘Presence’ – was published, containing three essays by artists Justin Mortimer, Caroline Walker and writer and critic Jane Neal. During the summer of 2018, Teleagă was part of the ‘Romanian Eyes’ show at Space K Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. His works can be found in The Kolon Collection (Seoul), The Simmons & Simmons Collection (London) and The Soho House Collection (Amsterdam). Currently, Mircea Teleagă is an Honorary Research Associate in MA/MFA Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art.
“My work revolves around painting. One of my main interests is to challenge the notions of ‘abstraction’ and ‘figuration’ as I see them more as labels that usually harm the reading and understanding of painting. I do see painting as a perfectly viable means of communication that does not need the aid of verbal communication. I aim to have a diverse painting vocabulary but do focus on the exploration of a few aspects in painting such as particular places, landscapes and border areas. I explore both image and material at the same time and the result is a presence that is intrinsically revealed both within the individual paintings and the works as a whole.” – Mircea Teleagă
Where: 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU
Meet the artist & drinks reception: Thursday 17 January 2019, 18:30-20:30. Free entry. Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite.
The exhibition can be visited between 8-18 January 2019, Monday to Friday between 10am-6pm. Free entry.