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Artists of the Month WINNERS - December 2022!

Updated: Feb 20, 2023



ART from HEART is excited to announce the Winners of the Artist of the Month - December 2022!


4 Artists, 4 Mediums, 3 Countries:


Lola Awada - Photography & Sculpture - Lebanon/France

Christina Vogiatzis - Digital Painting - Canada Simon Brewster - Mixed Media - UK Olivia Powell - Textile Art - UK



The competition is open to multimedia artists worldwide and was created to showcase, promote and raise the visibility of the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The winners are featured on our website and social media platforms and considered for any upcoming curatorial projects by ART from HEART. Artworks are selected based on creativity, originality, quality of work, and overall artistic ability.



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Lola Awada - Sculpture & Photography - Lebanon/France


© Lola Awada. All Rights Reserved.

Left to Right:

1 Luminous Treepalace sculpture, Clay, wire mesh, wire, plaster and light, 2018

2 I dream - part 3, Mixed Media on Fuji Pearl C-type print, 2022

3 Creamy skies over the Atacama desert of Chile, Digital Photography on Fuji Gloss C-type print, 2015

4 French Moonlight over Chinese Mountains, Photomontage on Giclée art print, 2021 in collaboration with XiangKuan Zhu (朱相宽 for a project called "Love: a different perspective "




Lola is a multi-disciplinary mixed media artist using painting, sculpture, photography, installations and photomontages in her work. She was born in Beirut and is Franco-Lebanese.


Lola hopes that anyone who looks at her work will feel a rush of positive energy and an awakening of their sense of wonder. She does not seek to shock, but to soothe.

Nature and the interconnectedness of everything in and with nature are her deepest inspiration. Music is another major inspiration of hers and the music (or, sometimes, the silence) she listens to when she creates becomes a part of the artwork. She likes to call it “the secret ingredient” in her art. Many of the visuals she creates were born within a specific song or melody.

My cross-cultural upbringing, way of life and friends, have left me feeling universal, belonging to no place in particular and to all places at once. My own true home and eternal shelter is music, that all-encompassing wonder, without which, as Nietzsche rightfully declared, “life would not be worth living".

Lola’s work simultaneously straddles nature, spirituality, humanity, magic, fantasy and what she refers to as "harsh realities" but because she is a firm believer in Dostoyevsky's saying that "beauty will save the world," she always aims to create a visually appealing final result.


Lola has exhibited both nationally and internationally and collaborated with other international artists and organisations, something she particularly likes doing.


Mostly self-taught, Lola first took photography courses in London and years later, after becoming a mother, completed a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London).

She lives in London since June 1990 and has always harboured a very deep affection for Latin American cultures as well as a profound interest and fondness for East Asian cultures.



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Christina Vogiatzis - Digital Painting - Ontario, Canada


© Christina Vogiatzis. All Rights Reserved.

Top Left to Right: Fire Flutter, Fierce Spirit

Bottom Left to Right: Eaglefeather, Gold Streak

Medium: Digital Painting (Procreate + iPad)



Christina Vogiatzis is a visual artist from Ontario, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s (BAS) and master’s degree (MArch) in architecture from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Byzantine art and architecture which influences her work through its inherently theatrical, semantic, and nature-inspired aesthetic qualities.


Christina’s work is inspired by the visual chaos of the natural world, bursting with organic colour, bold shapes, and playful light interactions. Her paintings straddle the boundary between the formed and the formless – composed scenes or subjects melting into a symphony of dynamic brushstrokes and instinctive marks of vivid colour.


Working in both traditional and digital media, Christina explores imaginative storytelling and world-building, featuring motifs from nature represented in a new and evocative way. All of her paintings are necessarily inspired by a specific question, idea, or experience, positioning them as visual compendia within a larger socio-cultural dialogue.


By pairing human actors with animal subjects, placed firmly within a spaceless, dreamlike setting, I seek to provoke an emotional, instinctual, and tactile self-reflection, examining what it means to be fundamentally human.

Christina has been painting and exhibiting professionally since the age of 16 and has received various awards and honours for her artwork in both national and international forums. Throughout her young career, she has featured in curated group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, and London, England. She participates in competitions and has been honoured by distinguished juries, most recently and notably by the Portrait Society of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She also actively explores the outlets of photography, writing, and poetry to express her ideas and contemplate the world around her.



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Simon Brewster - Mixed Media - London, UK


© Simon Brewer. All images are untitled from the Series "Trees". All Rights Reserved.



Artist Simon Brewer (b. 1958 Hoddesdon, UK) studied a BA in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art (1978-81) and an MA in Fine Art at Central St.Martins School of Art (2000-02).


My artworks are small and intimate, idiosyncratic objects, made using found, degraded, or recycled materials where possible. In an age of materialism, mass production, and a climate crisis, this takes on a greater significance.

Simon has participated in various Group Exhibitions including Trinity Buoy Wharf drawing prize in various locations (2020); The London Group Open The Cello Factory, London (2019); The Zeitgeist Open Bond House Gallery, London (2015); The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Burlington House, London (2015, 1992).


Simon had Solo shows at The Crypt residency, St Pancras, London; "A means of production" W3 Gallery, London (2018); Ugly Drawings The Exposure Gallery, London (2011); Plenty Pitzhangar Manor Studio, London (2009).


Simon was Artist in Residency at Canary Wharf New District in 2017.



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Olivia Powell - Textile Art - Mansfield, UK


© Olivia Powell, All Rights Reserved

Top to Bottom:

1 Pale Blue Dot 2

2 Pale Blue Dot

3 Pale Blue Dot Interstellar Shadows

4 Pale Blue Dot Happening


Medium: Woven shibori and jacquard fabrics; constructed with silk, cotton and wool. Naturally dyed using berries, black beans and red cabbage.



Artist Olivia Powell is a mindful woven designer, creatively and personally guided by responsible practices and slow consumption. Driven by the feeling of losing yourself in the process; overflowing with new ideas or meditatively constructing art.


Pale Blue Dot was inspired by sensory experiences of colour and light, elements trapped within the present moment. Processes such as natural dyeing and woven shibori were utilised to capture the sense of irregularity and movement. The effect was a glowing, ghostly quality of colour. However, imperfect holes were also left by the technique of woven shibori, which, when light is shown through them, form an image constructed of multiple dots of light. These are reminiscent of celestial star clusters.


The difference between viewing the fabric (an expression of colour in a single moment) and the shadows behind them become an unknowable distance of time and space. Our small sensory experiences are within the history of the universe.

Olivia's textile artwork invites us to reflect on our tiny place within the universe, so we can appreciate the beauty of our small, imperfect world, and desire to make more positive actions to preserve this planet for future generations.



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