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Artists of the Season Winners - Summer 2024!

Updated: Jul 9



ART from HEART is excited to announce the Winners of the Artist of the Season featured in our Summer 2024 edition!


3 Artists, 3 Mediums, 3 Countries:


Rimin Lim - Mixed Media - South Korea / UK

Zarina Keyani - Painting - Birmingham, UK

Roman Shtein - Digital Art - Georgia / Russia



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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Artist Rimin Lim - Mixed Media - South Korea / UK



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Left to Right: Untitled, 2019, Watercolours, oil pastels, coloured pencils and acrylics on paper;

whoareyou Collage, 2021, magazine cutouts and digital drawing with iPad;

Liberation Collage, 2021, Magazine cutouts




Artist of the Season Winner Rimin Lim is a Korean artist living in England. Her work explores her emotions and social/natural circumstances while living abroad as a foreigner and international artist in a changed environment.

 

Lim's art is inspired by her particular interest in the environment and the human body. Currently, she is exploring and working on the theme of the body, incorporating elements of the environment and identity into her work. She delves into the body as the main subject of her art to discover different implications. An important aspect of her art is for people to find their own identity while looking at the artwork made of various connected materials.

 

She frequently uses various materials for a collage such as photographs, fabrics, threads, and found objects. One of the most used materials recently is threads and different strings. The artistic process of weaving, plaiting, and stitching the materials reminds her to think that every human, nature, or society is connected with their own identity, even in a seemingly complex and unusual appearance and environment.

 

She found inspiration in Nicholas Hlobo's innovative use of ribbons in his sculptures. The satin ribbon represents femininity and domesticity, offering a striking contrast to the more masculine materials. This demonstrates how ribbons, strings, or threads can carry diverse meanings based on the artist's concepts and intentions.

 

The overall objective of my art is to communicate with the audience and encourage people to think about their own identity, environmental problems and social issues we are currently facing and change society.

She studied and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, United Kingdom in 2024. In 2019 she was awarded the Painting Contest Prize at the Dongduk Women's University in South Korea. She has participated in group exhibitions in London and worked as a curator for a few exhibitions.




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Artist Zarina Keyani - Painting - Birmingham, UK



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From Left to Right:

I Used The Deadwood To Make The Fire Rise, 2024, Acrylic, Gesso, Pencil

The Beating of the Storm, 2024, Gesso, Pencil

Innocence Burning in the Skyes, 2024, Acrylic, Gesso, Pencil




Artist of the Season Winner Zarina Keyani is a UK-based artist specializing in abstract and semi-abstract work. Their art explores themes of culture and landscape, focusing on environment, language, and social interactions. They enjoy experimenting with various materials, mediums, and sizes.


Painting is one of Keyani's favourite methods of expression. Their approach varies from quick, instinctive, and responsive techniques to those that require months of careful consideration and refinement.


Keyani's new series of paintings explores the consequences of our actions, or lack thereof, on the environment. It reflects the constant struggle and delicate balance between the exploitation and conservation of our resources.


As individuals, we often find it challenging to see the broader picture amid our daily routines, leading us to take the easier path. Understanding the impact of our actions requires access to education, news, popular culture, and art. Musical artists like Linkin Park have highlighted the repercussions of human behaviour on ourselves and the planet through their music. Their work resonates deeply with younger and older generations, helping to raise awareness about what’s at stake. As one of my favourite bands, I feel a special connection to their message. Consequently, I have incorporated lyrics from their song "Burning In The Skies" as titles for my paintings, providing a voice to the visual elements. I encourage viewers to listen to the music if they can.

This series is a continuation of Keyani's "Reflection" series, which delves into social issues and the understanding of topics such as law, climate change, and self-awareness. These paintings, created on sketchbook paper, utilize various mediums including oil, acrylic, gesso, and collage.


Keyani's work has been showcased in numerous exhibitions across the UK and internationally. In addition to creating art, they collaborate with galleries and educational institutions for talks, curatorial activities, and artist development programs, including teaching. Keyani is based in Birmingham, UK.



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Artist Roman Shtein - Digital Art - Georgia / Russia



© Roman Shtein, Digital Art, All Rights Reserved.

From Left to Right: Laura #27; Laura #31; Laura #32; Laura #45



Artist of the Season Winner Roman Shtein, born in 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod before the Soviet Union's collapse, grew up in a creatively rich family. With an artist mother and architect grandfather, his early life was steeped in artistic inspiration. His Russian and Jewish heritage profoundly influences his work.


Shtein's professional background lies in the arts, embracing various forms of artistic expression. In 2018, he began sharing his artistic vision, exploring mixed media techniques, multimedia art, digital art, and other visual arts. His multifaceted approach blends different mediums, creating dynamic works that reflect his unique cultural and artistic influences.


Schtein's Series "Laura" is an exploration of the modern digital identity crisis, examining how social media shapes our perceptions of ourselves and others. Using mixed media digital collage, the series highlights the duality of online personas, where curated images mask authentic selves, blending illusion and reality.


Through abstract and realistic visuals, "Laura" captures the fragmented nature of contemporary identity, reflecting on how social media fosters feelings of inadequacy and disconnection.

Each piece acts as a mirror, showing the contradictory layers of our digital identities. Faces morph and pixelate, symbolizing the fluidity and fragility of self-presentation online. "Laura" challenges viewers to question the authenticity of their online personas and the impact on self-perception. It calls for introspection and a return to authenticity, urging a reevaluation of true connection in a screen-dominated world.



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