Community Art 25th June 2022 11AM 4PM I was thrilled to be asked to run my community canvas art project at Feltham Fete It was wonderful to see everyone get involved. The theme was HOMEGROWN. We saw lots of drawings of flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables and everything homegrown. People of all ages were welcome to sketch and become part of this collective artwork on canvas.
Community Art at FOLK
Community Art Project 12 June 2022 11AM - 4PM I ran a community artwork project with the residents of Folk Palm House to celebrate 4 months since Folk at the Palm House opened their doors. All residents were invited to put their own creative mark on the building as they worked together to create The Tree of Life painting. It was a wonderful day, and great to see everyone's creative and artistic skills.
GQ Club Innovation
Art Workshop 18th May 2022 7.30PM 9PM I facilitated the first GQ event, a Club social networking programme for professionals, freelancers and business owners at Greenford Quay and the local area. It was an evening of creativity where people were invited to tap into their spontaneous side through exploring colour, imagery, texture & the world of surrealism and collage. It was an incredible night, full of laughter, sharing ideas and supporting each other. I think it's fair to say everyone was buzzing from the experience.
Surreal State of Mind
Art Workshop 4th April 2022 An incredible evening. I had the privilege of running my Surreal State of Mind art workshop for the residents Folk co-living The Palm House. They were warm, open and welcoming. Looking forward to running more fun classes in the near future.
Ways Of Seeing
Group Exhibition Private View 25th February 2022 19:30- 22:00
Solstice Shorts: Words from a Brink
Honoured to have my painting Red Earth (2) on the cover of the seventh Solstice shorts anthology. Words from a Brink is a collection of poems & stories that respond to the climate crises. This is a subject matter close to my own heart and one that I explore through my art. Thank you @cherry_potts_writer @arachnepress SolShorts 2021 book, #WordsFromTheBrink will be published 16th December in time for the #festival on the 21st. Honoured to be invited to the Solstice shorts festival. I enjoyed hearing all the wonderful readings and sharing my response to the climate crises through my art. Such a privilege to have my work on the Book cover, and a platform to discuss it with such a talented group of people.
Christmas Tree decoration with me at Greenford Quay 2021
Community Canvas Art Exhibition/ Meet the Artist (2021)
I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon at OPEN Ealing Canvas art project Exhibition which was led by me and also a meet the artist talk. It was great to share my practice and influences with everyone. Thank you to everyone who came to show their support. It was an honour to be part of the Ealing High Streets Task force - Love Ealing love local project which worked in partnership with the Ealing council and the local business community. The aim of this project was to support our local high streets and local businesses to aid Ealing’s recovery from the pandemic. The programme was also to encourage you to explore new parts of the borough, and even rediscover favourite areas that you may not have visited in a while. Another key objective was to celebrate the culture, heritage and arts that make Ealing such a vibrant place to live and visit. A series of four community artworks were created by residents as part of the #LoveEalingLoveLocal events, and are on display today at Open Ealing The display offered visitors an exciting chance to see all pieces together before each is exhibited in a separate location, close to where they were created.
Love Ealing Community Canvas Exhibition
A series of four community artworks, created by residents as part of the Love Ealing, Love Local events programme will go on display at Open Ealing in Dickens Yard, Ealing next weekend (27-28 November). The art pieces were created during a series of workshops the took place in October in West Ealing, Pitshanger Lane, Southall and Acton, in which visitors were invited to draw, doodle, sketch and scribble what they love about Ealing’s high streets and local areas. Hosted by local artist, educator and therapeutic art coach Komal Madar, the activity was inspired by the Uniqlo TATE Play programme and the Gutai group of radical Japanese artists who sought to change the world through painting, performance and children’s play. Each artwork speaks specifically to the area and community where they were created, depicting elements of local landmarks, culture, and people to create a unique ‘snapshot’ of the area. Whilst the activity was aimed at the younger residents, the opportunity to participate was open to all and the display offers visitors an exciting chance to see all pieces together before each is exhibited in a separate location, close to where they were created. The exhibition will be on display at Open Ealing from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday 27 November, and from 10am to 8pm on Sunday 28 November. The display is free to attend, on a walk-in basis. Visitors can also register to attend a free meet-the-artist session with Komal Madar, at 12pm on Sunday, 28 November where Komal will talk through the concept, process and what we see in the artworks.
Greenford Quay (2021)
Where We Find Ourselves
Yes! The kind of post I like to receive. I'm so honoured to have my Artwork 'Blue Echo' on the cover of this wonderful anthology "Where We Find Ourselves: Poems and Stories of Maps and Mapping from UK Writers of the Global Majority" 'Stories and poems from nearly 40 UK writers of the Global Majority, from African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Carribean, South American, Chinese and Malay communities, writing about maps and mapping. Stories and poems of finding oneself and getting lost, colonialism and diaspora, childhood exploration and adult homecoming.' Edited by @laila.sumpton & sandrastorytime & published by @ArachnePress. 2021 October
FLUX Exhibition 2021
Opening Times: 4th November - Private View - 6.00pm - 9.00pm 5th - 27th November: Tuesday - Fridays: 11.00am - 19.00pm Saturday - Monday 11.00am - 17.00pm Location – Design District Building C1, 1 Cripps Yard, Soames Walk, London, England, SE10 0BQ Tube - North Greenwich is a 2 minute walk away. FLUX Exhibition is a ground breaking art event – a collection of the most dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists which represents an alternative way to encounter today’s best new art. FLUX has established itself as the platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, unconventional art event. Held at the new Design District in Greenwich Peninsula, London and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of FLUX, this much anticipated edition of FLUX brings over 40 artists to the fore. Gray has hand selected the very best emerging and established artists for a 24-day event. FLUX opening party comes alive with musical guests, performance art and site specific installations, which complement the work and bring a new experimental approach to the exhibition. The show represents a rare opportunity to gain access to a diverse group of gifted artists, on the path to being the big names of tomorrow, showcasing international talent in a collaborative, curated show. FLUX celebrates dynamic, emerging artists on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.
Ealing Beat Art Trail
BOROUGH OF EALING ART TRAIL 11–12th and 18–19th September 2021 BEAT offers a window into the world of local artists and encourages their passion for creating and will provide an exciting opportunity to broaden the artistic experience, not only for the general public and local community, but also for those taking part. An art trail is an event where local artists open their homes, studios or other local venues to exhibit and sell their work. BEAT happens over the course of two weekends every year, during which a map is provided for the general public to find where they can visit around the Borough to see the exhibitions. I will be in Venue 2(Stewkley House) , click link for the brochure.
My Name in Tate Modern
Finally made it to the Tate to see my name from 2,700 books in Yinka Shonibare's installation The British Library. The Installation is now part of Tate Modern’s collection displays. Back in 2014 I was a volunteer at Yinka Shonibare's CBE Guest Studio in East London as an assistant book binder, for his installation The British Library, containing 6,328 books bound in ‘Dutch wax print’. Names are printed in gold leaf on the spines of 2,700 of the books, the majority of which are of first- or second-generation immigrants to Britain, both celebrated and lesser-known, who have made significant contributions to British culture and history. Among names such as Hans Holbein, Zadie Smith, Dame Helen Mirren and Danny Welbeck, the names of those who have opposed immigration also appear, including Nigel Farage and Oswald Mosley. The British Library was originally co-commissioned in 2014 by HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival for the Old Reference Library at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. The installation has since been presented at Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo and Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2016, and was shown as part of the Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
Greenford Quay (2021)
Being a local artist, I was asked to provide the art and crafts at the Greenford Quay Garden Party. It was wonderful to see everyone get involved with all the art activities I had set up. I was inspired by UNIQLO Tate Play which invited everyone this summer to draw on banners and all over the floor of the Turbine Hall in an ever-changing living mega artwork. It was inspired by the Gutai group – radical Japanese artists who wanted to change the world through painting, performance and children’s play. everyone of all ages were welcome to scribble, sketch and become part of this wonderful collective artwork.
Anselm Kiefer (2020)
Jan 13th 2020: About last night. Anselm Kiefer at Whitecube Gallery. His new exhibition Superstrings, Runes, The Norns and Gordian Knot. A fantastic night I won't forget.
Masterpeace Art Kit (2020)
Nov 2020: I launched my first ever Art kit with Masterpeace studios. The kit comes with 3 unique sheets of patterned origami paper to collage with which can be swapped out for something more festive.
Mental Health (2020)
This was a very big highlight for me. It was a big surprise to see the artwork I do had reached Argentina and was used to inspire a workshop run at a Hospital all part of mental health. It really does warm my heart, and really is a beautiful way to connect with people. Here is what they said. "A job that emerged with a lot of freedom and very joyful way". This is how Sergio Eisen plastic artist and art teacher tells it, one of the workshops we dictate at the Hospital of day ...... Inspired by Komal Madar Art, a British painter and educator of Indian origin, the students of the workshop were working, layer by layer and from stains and lines, in this collective work, which is already exhibited at the headquarters of our association. " The stains set has structure. For sample enough the stems of the flowers, which look like bars and end up being stems and flowers. We found it a very joyful experience ".
Public Commission: Our Hayes our Heritage (Jan 2019)
Komal Madar was commissioned to create a painting for the Our Hayes Our Heritage project, led by Uxbridge College, exploring and celebrating the rich industrial and cultural heritage of Hayes. It is on display at the atrium at Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre in Hayes. The project was funded by A New Direction, Barratt London & Segro, and Hillingdon Community Trust, supported by Hillingdon council. “It has been a joy to create this artwork in which I set out to capture the past, present and future of Hayes. I've used a combination of photography, collage, painting and a variety of mixed-media including coffee to pay homage to the former Nestle Factory. I used my camera to photograph the Grand Union Canal, the Old Vinyl factory, the newly built flats where the tv show The Circle was filmed, and of course not forgetting the gigantic statue of Nipper. I wanted to create a painting which was vibrant, playful and that celebrated the history and culture of Hayes, and the home to EMI where The Beatles albums were manufactured. I hope my painting will inspire and encourage young people to learn more about the history of Hayes, and feel proud of it's exciting past, present and future developments."
Visions of Colour (2018)
Introducing my first Solo Exhibition - Visions of Colour. I’m very excited to be showcasing a large collection of my paintings. The exhibition will run for two weeks and is not to be missed. Open to Public from 27th April - 10th May 2018 9:00 - 18:00 (Exhibition was extended for a further 2 weeks).
British Library (2014)
The Installation is now part of Tate Modern’s collection displays. Back in 2014 I was a volunteer at Yinka Shonibare's CBE Guest Studio in East London as an assistant book binder, for his installation The British Library, containing 6,328 books bound in ‘Dutch wax print’. Names are printed in gold leaf on the spines of 2,700 of the books, the majority of which are of first- or second-generation immigrants to Britain, both celebrated and lesser-known, who have made significant contributions to British culture and history. I am proud to say my name has also been included and is among names such as Hans Holbein, Zadie Smith, Dame Helen Mirren and Danny Welbeck, the names of those who have opposed immigration also appear, including Nigel Farage and Oswald Mosley.