Johannesburg, a glimpse – images © Jason Florio

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Exhibition – ‘Face to Face’ Sean Henry Sculptures, The Lightbox, Woking

 

'Catafalque’, 2003 - Sean Henry Sculpture, lies on a rusting steel platform, Jubilee Square, Woking, Surrey © Helen Jones-Florio
‘Catafalque’, 2003 – Sean Henry Sculpture, Woking, Surrey © Helen Jones-Florio
Face to Face – sculptures by Sean Henry

12 August 2017 – 5 November 2017

Exhibition – The Lightbox, Woking, Surrey, UK

‘Henry’s work is highly realistic and essentially modern in its choice of subject matter, colour and materials. His figures – often anonymous men and women – have an emphatic physicality which allows room for the viewer to draw their own interpretations, while deliberate changes to scale and colour imbue his figures with a powerful interiority and ‘presence’.’ Read more The Lightbox

The Wanderer - Sean Henry Sculpture, standing outside Woking train station, Surrey © Helen Jones-Florio
‘The Wanderer’ – Sean Henry Sculpture, Surrey © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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“I am Amigoe Dieudonné – Artist Painter” West Africa

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VIMEO: Filmed & produced by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ©Jason Florio/Florio Studio. Click here to view

 

 

The above short video portrait of Amigoe was shot in The Gambia. He has travelled for over fifteen years around West Africa in his wheelchair, which is by no means an easy feat – as Florio and I witnessed for ourselves, whilst following him around, filming, in Gambia – especially when he only has the use of one arm, having been paralyzed in his legs and left arm since he was a young boy. Amigoe’s determined travels saw him stopping along the way to create extensive bodies of work (he told us that in one place he lived outside, in a park for months on end, painting beneath the shade of a big tree) which he exhibits and sells wherever possible to be able to continue his odyssey.

We first met Amigoe at the opening night of our Photos Tell Stories – ‘The Gambia by Gambians‘ – photography exhibition, at the Alliance Française in Banjul. He asked us if we would shoot the short bio, to enable him to approach potential clients and galleries for exhibitions.

 

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Amigoe at work in his house in The Gambia, with Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Last year, true to his independent and ever-inquisitive nature of the past fifteen years, Amigoe decided to make the arduous overland journey to Bamako, Mali, to see if he could expand his artistic career. He is now back in his homeland of Togo, where he returned to for the first time in many, many years to apply for a new passport – ever hopeful to fulfill his dream of being invited to Europe or the US to exhibit his work.

 

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Amigoe working on a new painting for an exhibition in The Gambia  ©Helen Jones-Florio
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Florio, Amigoe, and fellow artists, at his former home in Cape Point, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
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Amigoe surrounded by his paintings, preparing for a forthcoming exhibition at the Alliance Francaise, in Banjul, The Gambia ©Jason Florio

 

As always, we wish Amigoe – the artist painter – all success in his continuing odyssey.

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Florio and Helen – a salon print sale, at home in NYC © Stefan Falke