Ilana Seati


A Secret World;06 April 2017- 01 May 2017

Ilana Seati’s A Secret World explores the familiar and unfamiliar nature of portraiture and anatomical representation. Her work epitomizes the idea of secrets through an imaginative portrayal of the human figure, where she combines the sense of the real and unreal.

Seati’s artistic manipulation of her subjects expands further into the semi-abstract realm. In this series of studies of the male and female figures on canvas and paper, Seati searches for a greater understanding of the paradoxical world we are living in which is our own invention.

Seati examines the concept of truth and fantasy in her works and, in particular, she looks at the way in which we move across the boundaries of reality and fiction in our lives, suggesting that occasionally figments of our imagination are, in fact, reality and vice versa.


Danielle Hewlett and Ilana Seati’s Face/Figment
28th January – 7th March 2016


Danielle Hewlett and Ilana Seati’s Face/Figment highlights the intimate nature of portraiture and the strata of interpretation and imagination that can be lain upon the subject’s representation by the artist. For thousands of years, artists have been tasked with the portrayal of others who wished to have their likenesses preserved, and before 1900 portraits were expected to deliver accurate resemblances of their sitters. But as time has moved on, the tradition of Western portrait painting has changed to allow artists to add their own aesthetic ideas to their subjects, resulting in a far more complex image.
Hewlett explores this idea on canvas, mostly in head and shoulder’s style portraits. Working from subjects invited to her studio for photographic sessions, Hewlett had applied her own stories and ideas to their faces, adding shards of colour into the compositions. This personalisation was further complicated by the intimate nature of the sitting, where the subject would tell her their stories, which would in turn influence her work. Each painting in this exhibition has come to represent a specific character in Hewlett’s life story. It is therefore an emotional, self-exploratory body of work; a looking back for the artist and a working-through of interactions and relationships. She tells an intimate story in each piece, and manipulates the image with the part of the mind where history and imagination meet. Hewlett is not interested in the accurate representation of someone's likeness but is more concerned with a re-imagination of their vibrancy and energy.
Seati’s artistic manipulation of her subjects stretches further than Hewlett’s into the semi-abstract realm. In this series of studies of the female figure on paper, Seati searches for a greater understanding of intimacy in portrait-making. All of the artworks on this exhibition started from life drawings in studio and were then re-worked privately in her own time, where she adding elements of her imagination and interpretation to the image. Seati examines the concept of truth and fantasy in her works and, in particular, she looks at the way in which we move across the boundaries of reality and fiction in our lives, suggesting that occasionally figments of our imagination are, in fact, reality and vice versa.





Reverie Revealed

26th September 2013 - 21st October 2013

The joint exhibition by Ilana Seati and the House on Fire Studio: Reverie Revealed is a provocative show that revels in the freedom of semi-abstract art as the artists take creative liberties with form, colour, texture, shape and line. Ilana Seati, Jiggs Thorne, Shadrack Masuku and Noah Mdluli create and represent altered but identifiable entities, turning the gallery into a fantasy-scape where highly-stylised subject matter exists with independence from visual certainties we have come to expect.
The House on Fire Studio is an inspired atelier, an inventive think tank in Swaziland that is adorned with mosaic, poetry and sculpture. A space that offers continuity of creative development and growth, House on Fire is the brainchild of Jiggs Thorne, an artist, poet and dramatist. The studio includes a gallery that showcases the soapstone and wooden sculpture produced by Jiggs and his artistic partners, Shadrack Masuku and Noah Mdluli. Jiggs guides the process and design and helps with the finish, but it is a collaborative endeavour. “Shadrack and Noah are the amazing hands,” says Jiggs.
Shadrack has worked with Jiggs for twelve years. “It comes from somewhere deep inside of me, some magic place”, says Shadrack who sees his work as a passion and a calling. Noah, working primarily in soapstone, has been a part of the House on Fire team for over ten years, and is one of the consortium’s core artists. His work and vision is evident in the construction of the studio itself as well as the pieces he produces.
Ilana Seati is a contemporary artist who creates potent abstract works that explore concepts of truth and fantasy. In particular, she searches for the ways in which we move across the boundaries of reality and fiction in our lives and how these two concepts can shape our worlds.
The visual language of the show is dreamlike, allowing the viewer to experience an otherworldly space occupied with artworks that hark to another universe entirely. Sometimes horrific, sometimes euphoric, all pieces explore the monsters and enchantments of spheres not completely known to us.

STUDIO
Lou Almon, Helen Joseph, Ilana Seati, Jenny Stadler

24th October 2013 – 18th November 2013


“Studio” refers to an artist’s work room or a place for training and investigation in the arts. The Italian word “studio” is derived from the Latin “studere”, meaning to study. The French term for studio “atelier”, suggests the home of an alchemist or wizard. The combined concepts of studying and completing an exercise with a sense of creation and imagination, is highly relevant to this diverse exhibition that celebrates the notion of the studio.

These four artists, colleagues and friends: Jenny Stadler, Helen Joseph, Ilana Seati and Lou Almon take part in regular figure drawing and portrait study studio sessions, coming together to share a model. The vastly different interpretations by each artist of the same subject matter provides a fascinating visual journey for the viewer as the four artists, starting off in the same room, create art with such unique translations into the visual.

Jenny Stadler is known primarily as a gestural, abstract artist. Her energy is expressed through line and hue, working in a wide range of media and experimenting with the abstract and figurative. She deals with a variety of themes in her paintings.

Helen Joseph is a fine artist known for her figurative drawing and paintings. In this body of work Joseph’s focus is on her perceptive and creative use of colour. Her studies of the model in the studio are worked over with hues that come naturally to her.

Ilana Seati is a contemporary artist who creates powerful semi-abstract works, specifically on paper in this exhibition. The artist explores the concept of truth and fantasy in her works. In particular, she examines the way in which we move across the boundaries of reality and fiction in our lives and how these two concepts play with our minds.
Louise Almon has lived her life as an artist for the past three decades. She produces artworks primarily in the form of multi-layered ink mono-prints and oil paintings. Her subject matter is taken from her immediate surroundings whether it is figures on the street outside her studio or the model she shares with her colleagues.
The dynamism and experimentation born from the studio sessions has resulted in an exhibition in which very different artworks are linked by a common subject matter, providing interesting insights into the creativity and imagination of each artist featured on the show.



Ilana Seati The Bride Mixed Media on Paper 70 x 100cm 2015 SOLD
Ilana Seati Painting 1 70 x 70cm Mixed Media on Paper 2016
Ilana Seati Untitled 5-17 Mixed Media 100 x 100cm 2017
Ilana Seati Untitled 1 Mixed Media on Paper 100 x 70cm 2015 SOLD
Ilana Seati Woman in a Blue Dress Mixed Media on Canvas 120 x 90cm 2016
Ilana Seati Untitled p3-17 Mixed Media on Paper 70 x 100cm 2017
Ilana Seati Untitled 2 Mixed Media on Paper 70 x 100cm 2015 SOLD
Ilana Seati The Embrace Mixed Media on Canvas 90 x 120cm 2016
Ilana Seati Untitled p7-17 Mixed Media on Paper 70 x 100cm 2017 SOLD
Ilana Seati Untitled 4 Mixed Media on Paper 100 x 70cm 2015 SOLD
Ilana Seati Painting 2 70 x 100cm Mixed Media on Paper 2016
Ilana Seati Untitled p12-17 Mixed Media on Paper 71 x 72cm 2017
Ilana Seati Untitled 3 Mixed Media on Paper 100 x 70cm 2015 SOLD
Ilana Seati Untitled 1-17 Mixed Media 92 x 122cm 2017 SOLD
Ilana Seati Untitled 8-17 Mixed Media on Canvas 70 x 90cm 2017 SOLD
 

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