Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Brazilian artist Daniella Bonachella makes UK debut
I definitely get the sense that there is a thriving, Brazilian artistic community in the UK (and certainly in London). After my post on Estela Sokol last month, I received several emails from other Brazilian artists exhibiting in the UK, including Daniella Bonachella. I was impressed with Daniella, not only because of the quality of her work, but also because of the calibre of the gallery where she made her UK debut.
Daniella is curretly exhibiting at Debut Contemporary in Notting Hill, a platform to help emerging artists with commercial and business nous to succeed. Debut Contemporary is the brainchild of Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight, who set up Wolf & Badger – a fashion boutique with a similar aim of nurturing and supporting emerging designers.
And Daniella’s work certainly has a strong element of commerciality; she reminds me of a modern day Gustav Klimt. It’s not surprising, then, when she tells me that he is one of her favourite artists. “I also admire Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch and Vincent Van Gogh,” she told me. “And I’m inspired by emotions, particularly female emotions.”
Daniella works predominantly with watercolour, acrylic and Indian ink on paper. “The paper is a special one for watercolour, with high-weight content and a lot of texture. Sometimes I also add oil based pastel crayon to some of my works,” she explained.