Two Barking-based artists will display new exhibitions of their work this autumn and winter.
Photographer Jimmy Lee will present his One Borough exhibition from 4 November to 3 December, focusing on Barking and Dagenham’s Summer of Festivals, which took place in Parsloes Park in June and July. He said: "It really is an honour to be able to capture these moments in a place where I have lived all my life and now to get the opportunity to show you all this is really exciting, these events really are a credit to Councillor Darren Rodwell and his extremely hardworking events team."
A lifelong resident of Barking and Dagenham, Lee started his business in commercial photography in 2014, when a long-term physical condition forced him to give up work as a builder after 30 years. He started his new vocation as a street and documentary photographer, and soon gained the attention of one of Britain's most famous snappers, David Bailey CBE.
Since then he has photographed weddings, corporate events and has partnered with Barking and Dagenham Council to photograph the majority of its charitable and public events.
To see Lee's work, visit https://jimmylphotography.com/
Romanian-born Laura Iosifescu staged her first major group exhibition That’s What I Call Art in September, to coincide with the first anniversary of her own gallery, Laura I Gallery, based at the Ice House Quarter on the River Roding bankside.
The opening of the event was attended by mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell. Celebrating the diverse new talent exhibiting at the gallery, prizes of £3,000 were awarded to help them further their careers.
Iosifescu's journey to owning her own gallery was perilous; just 12 years ago she was homeless in London, having arrived from her native Romania. After years of knocking on doors of businesses and displaying her art on the streets, she gained positive attention for her work. She said: "Things changed when I started to show my art. Being next to my art, people suddenly started to take notice of me, to listen and so [they] would start to help me".
After gaining a Fine Arts degree from University of East London (UEL), her work was displayed in the Saatchi gallery; now about half of her art has found its way across the world in private collections and at global corporate headquarters.
Her forthcoming exhibition Code of Faith is a collaboration with UEL, and celebrates the wide diversity found within religion and belief. It will take place at her gallery from 7 December to 20 December.
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