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Past Exhibitions


On Paper
21st September - 15th December


An organic exhibition of works on paper by both established and emerging artists.

The show provides a showcase of drawing, printing, collage, painting and photography. Several artists are represented in the show, each with a very distinctive style, variously contemplative, abstract, lyrical or experimental. A few of the artists present new work reflecting the artist’s experience of COVID.

The work on paper is complemented by the intriguing stone sculptures of Alice Cunningham reflecting on climate change.

Artists: Lynne Collins, Alice Cunningham, Liz Elton, Nahem Shoa, Josephine Verbist, Sofia Kapnissi, Rui Matsunaga, Richard Moon, Shiroma Ratne, Twinkle Troughton, K-Van

The Gentle Sound of Thunder 
July 31th – August 30th

Nahem Shoa, Jonathan Hunter and sculptor Alice Cunningham

Dekka-Arts presents ‘The Gentle Sound of Thunder’, an exhibition of paintings, figurative and abstract, by artists Nahem Shoa, Jonathan Hunter and Alice Cunningham.

Nahem Shoa and Jonathan Hunter explore the imaginary through veils of lived experience that overlap one another without censorship, limitation of logic or reason. The work brims with beauty, irrationality, earthiness, a heightened awareness of death and a dash of the diabolical.  

Alice Cunningham explores our relationship with the natural world. She has met with numerous scientists studying all aspects of climate change and the work on show here explores the resulting ideas through her sculptures, carving marble and rock formed during the Triassic period 230 million years ago.

The artists explore, through their own personal idiosyncratic visions, interpretations on the theme of Paradise Lost and Found. The work takes us to where the dream world begins to mix with the real, allowing us to see the reality of now; climate change disasters, wars, racism and extremism, in a way that is both moving and haunting. Each artist uses this archetypal narrative, through their varied visual languages, as a vehicle for exploring their inner truths.

Querentology - the Art of Seeking
July 9th – July 28th

An exhibition with paintings and sculpture by Sian Kate Mooney, Hedley Roberts and Anna Fairchild.
The artists seek understanding of the world through the conscious and unconscious manipulation of matter, working in a variety of materials; plaster, paint, bitumen, light and cloth, to pursue this goal.
In fortune telling, the person who seeks insight through the reading of the Tarot is called the querent, and Jung considered Tarot to be a tool to facilitate individuation. The Querentology artists are in pursuit of the same yet use more earthly materials to re-vision our universe. They are the Querents.

'Body and Soul'
June 7th – July 4th

Raul Gabriel is an Italian Argentine artist who lives and works between Milan and London. He exhibits in public and private spaces in Italy and elsewhere and his works are found in numerous collections public and private. His exhibitions also include major installations and the re-thinking of space.  
The works on display feature a series of powerful, expressive, figures both emergent and immersive, encapsulated within a force field of dynamic energy. The figures in the works strive to emerge but remain hidden – a motif that Gabriel uses in much of his work. These powerful and dramatic works convey a passionate challenge to the viewer but remain sheathed in mystery.

Small and Beautiful'
Dec 14th – February 21th

An eclectic and exuberant selection from some of our artists including original works and prints from some leading British artists. The exhibition includes an exciting range of paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints.
Artists include  Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Rui Matsunaga, Richard Moon, Shiroma Ratne, Tomoi Yokoi, Linda Samson, Lynne Collins, Moira Purver, Joanna Mallin-Davies

The Art of the Machine

Can AI be truly creative? Can algorithms and machines write poetry or produce art? Is AI an existential threat, an opportunity for greater innovation and artistic collaboration …. or both? In this show we display the work of some artists who have worked with AI in a collaborative fashion to explore these creative possibilities. 

AARON The pioneer of AI in Art is Harold Cohen (1928 – 2012), a British Artist who moved to California and started working with some of the early AI pioneers in 1968.
AUTONYMO.US Pindar Van Arman has been developing his own artist collaboration with his painting machine, ‘Autonymo.us’, for many years. .
PATRICK TRESSET Patrick Tresset is a Brussels based artist who develops theatrical installations with robotic agents as actors.
JULIEN MERCIER in his installation 'One minute human' explores how much a machine can learn from one minute speech data.

Poetry event with Henry Maddicot, Clair Meyrick, Ernesto Sarezale and Alex Vellis 26/10/19

Moving performances on the theme of death

Dolores Calvo 'Deceased'
5/10/19 -

Dolores Calvo’s latest project is a reflection on mortality and legacy and continues the artist’s exploration on the politics of mourning: this time, around the death of a painting. The work of Art goes through a process of anthropomorphism, the paintings not only represent mourning but seem to actively participate through this collective gathering within a metaphorical funeral parlour.

Shiroma Ratne & Linda Samson
31/08/19 - 21/09/19

Shiroma Ratne works across several disciplines employing painting, printmaking and installation art with natural dye processes. In essence her work is a continuous journey exploring movement, colour and rhythmic energy with the real and the imaginary. Her inspiration comes from the natural world and its evolutionary traits and processes. Nature is her teacher in her quest to broaden her horizon. She allows herself to experiment and engage in a carefree fashion when creating artwork embracing the unexpected end result fully. 

Linda Samson is a Scottish figurative artist who trained at Glasgow School of Art and works both in London and on the Fife coast of Scotland where she has a small ceramics studio. The stylized forms in her work came initially from her discovery of Oceanic art and African masks while the conjoined faces or reflected images derive from a study she did at the British Museum on conjoined twins.  Her work is also influenced by Greek classicism and the use of symbolism by Renaissance painters such as Della Francesca.






Rui Matsunaga, Richard Moon & Mara sculpture
3/08/19 - 25/08/19

Dekka-arts gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition with sculpture from Rui Matsunaga, Richard Moon and Mara Sculpture. The show will be open from August 3 to August 25. The exhibition gathers captivating and enigmatic paintings from Rui Matsunaga that draw inspiratin from mythology, Asian folkore and popular culture; elegant Prints by Richard Moon that address nostalgia and longing for ideals of past eras with a tonal sobriety and somber scenes rooted in Becketian ideas of failure. Also in the show a collection of spectacular Zimbabwean Mara sculpture.





Marcia Bennett Male and Lynne Collins 29/06/19 - 28/07/19

Lynne Collins and Marcia Bennett Male bring us a delightful collection of work based around food, thus continuing a long tradition in Art. The Art world's engagement in food is still very present in contemporary Art as both artists demonstrate in this joyful celebration through photography and sculpture.

The representation of the familiar in different media and format brings us a fresh look at what seems commonplace. At the same time, each image and each sculpture becomes something distinctive and sublime in its own right.

Lynne Collins is an award-winning phtotographer who is known for her artfully arranged still-lives. Her work is imbued by elegance and poetry.

Marcia Bennet Male is a member of the Royal Society of Scuptors whose chief focus is the depiction of food and all things related.




































Stephen Marshall & Dolores Sanchez Calvo 20/05 - 24/06











Stephen Marshall

Stephen Marshall is a British Artist whose work has been internationally exhibited in numerous solo and group shows.
Much of his work has explored themes people in space, or groups of people moving through abstract spaces barely interacting with one another. His earlier work, as represented here, is more introspective and portrays captivating environments that draw the viewer into an internal psychological dialogue yet portrays external elements of perception.
The title of the piece, 'Disconcern', is a characteristic terminological invention that Marshall often uses in his work. Here he conflates 'disconcert' with 'concern' (or perhaps 'unconcerned') to describe an atmosphere that somehow is strange and yet also familiar. 
In his more recent work he has moved from the more traditional oil on board to working with glass and using a technique of layering to create impressions of activity and movement and layered existences.


Dolores Sanchez Calvo

Dolores’s work explores notions of anomie, ontological crises and the dislocation of the emotional from the physical and intellectual dimensions of selfhood. Her work seeks to challenge the often sanitised and anodyne aesthetic of trauma, grief and mourning.
The depiction of individuals deliberately removed from identifiable contexts seeks to confront the viewer with a series of parsed images; these suggest a narrative that can appear raw and disturbing but open up to different interpretations to different viewers.
Since relocating to the UK, the artist has frequently exhibited internationally and in the UK. In the UK, she featured in the National Portrait Gallery 2007 Photographic Portrait competition and was a winner of the Westminster Arts Photographic Award (2008).