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Miss Aniela

Artist

Statement

Fashion meets fine art, and beauty meets absurdity in Miss Aniela’s ‘Surreal Fashion’. Dreamy characters bask in opulent worlds from the sublime to the bizarre. Zoo animals peer from French chateaus, a yellow tulle dress explodes into the canaries of Jean Baptiste Greuze, and painted ships of an English stately home dance upon the waves of a model’s cascading skirts. Many of the images notably feature elements from classical paintings including Adriaen van Utrecht, Melchior d’Hondecoeter and Otto Marseus van Schrieck; creatively and strategically combining modern with old, and birthing a new creation from paint stroke to pixel. Miss Aniela has been working on the collection for over 6 years, shooting extensively on location worldwide. The result is a visual feast crossing centuries of art history.

Bio

Mixing art and fashion photography, British artist Miss Aniela (Natalie Lennard b. 1986) creates a fine balance of contemporary creativity. Her work centres on a fusion of traditional imagery and digitally enhanced motifs, interweaving in a surreal composition.

 

Miss Aniela began 2006 as a self-portraitist, her ‘Self-Gazing’ series becoming quickly invited for numerous exhibitions and art fairs in London, Madrid, North & South America. Through ten years Miss Aniela has evolved her passion for surrealism in the collection ‘Surreal Fashion’, where she pictures contemporary models with a reference to Renaissance and Dutch masters, shooting in stately home settings across Europe and USA. Larger-than-life characters dominate a dreamlike tableaux of chandeliers, taxidermy and four-poster beds; motifs for another, utopic world of the past that we long to inhabit. Miss Aniela’s recent work also involves the ‘Face’ series, intricate laborious artworks merging large-scale faces with hundreds of paintings from art history.

 

Miss Aniela has been exhibited by the Saatchi Gallery, House of Parliament, Waldermarsudde Museum Stockholm and Vogue Italia in Milan; and in numerous media including BBC, Plastik Magazine, Yahoo, The Metro and NY Arts.

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Education

 

2005-8:  BA (Joint Hons) English and Media, University of Sussex, England


 

Exhibitions

 

2019    Organ Vida International Photography Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

Solo show, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Barcelona

Mother Art Prize, Finalist 20 Group Show, Mimosa House, London 2-18

2018    Exhibited at Whitebox Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Portrait Prize Shortlist

‘Timeless Tales’, joint show with Adam Martinakis at CultureInside Gallery,

Luxembourg

Faces Series @ Directed Art Modern at Palm Beach Art Fair, Jan 2018 

2017    ‘Coalshed Face’ permanent exhibition at The Coal Shed, London, Oct 2017

Surreal Fashion permanent exhibition (12 images) at Crillon, Paris

Solo exhibit Twelve Women in Academia at Houses of Parliament, 16th – 19th

Surreal Fashion at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde Museum Stockholm,

Sweden

2016    Solo exhibit ‘Twelve Women in Academia’ for University of Sussex at

Attenborough Centre for the Arts, & Brighton Jubilee Library

‘White Witch Awakening’ permanent exhibition at Aynhoe Park UK

2014    Surreal Fashion at Castle Fine Art, London

Solo exhibition ‘Surreal Fashion’ at Photosynthesis Gallery, Sofia Bulgaria

Saatchi Gallery, Continental Shift by Saatchi Art

‘Kai Face’ commissioned for permanent exhibition, Kai Mayfair, London

2012    101 Glimpses of Photo Vogue by Vogue Italia, Corso Como, Milan

‘Women: Inspire & Enterprise’, Hospital Club, London

Alexander Salazar Gallery San Diego

Solo show, Man-made Images Ireland

San Francisco Fine Art Fair (w/JoAnne Artman)

Affordable Art Fair New York (w/JoAnne Artman)

2011     JoAnne Artman Gallery LA

2010    Art of Photography Show San Diego

Photolounge Truman Brewery London

Solo show, Selected for Photo-Space curated by Alternative Arts London

Group show @ The Fishing Quarter, Brighton seafront

2009   David Weinberg Gallery Chicago

Buenos Aires Photo, (w/ Camara Oscura)

Photo Miami, (w/ Camara Oscura)

Estampa fair,(w/ Camara Oscura)

2008   Solo show ‘Self-Gazing’ at Camara Oscura Madrid

2007   Solo shows ‘Self Gazing’ at Impure Art Brighton and Apartment C London

Solo show at North Laine Photography, Brighton

 

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