2018 Group Exhibition
Daniel Segrove, Felipe Alonso, Seongjin Kim, Will Woods, Gon Bregu,
Jack Bush and more...
Painting and drawing
20 December, 2018 - 2 February, 2019
Reception: Thursday, 20 December 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
PRESS RELEASE - for immediate release
Into its seventh year RKG still works to strike a balance as an artist does: by committing to its
strengths and encouraging the unique elements as contributing factors, with more time and
attention given to cohesiveness with individuality. The artist's individuality and skill become at
once one with the work. The artists at this show present in diverse ways a spark from the
attention given to the artwork. The immediacy of shared experience between artist and viewer
on seeing these drawings and paintings, invites differently with each artist.
At Kim Seongjin's drawings something familiar, natural, direct, takes place within the realistic
rendering of his work. Kim's masterful suspended feelings in the drawings strike a note.
Individual depth is revealed with labour-intense work; transcendent trust becomes the
experience shared with a fellow human - in a portrait of another artist, or of a family member.
Daniel Segrove is much more intrigued by the connection from the journey of exploration, to
the minutiae in the reality of subject or method. Composition in Daniel's work is the way the
process gives in to, or as the subject invites. Daniel's painting has authority, led by a feeling of
trust, which suggests ambiguous narratives.
Then we have Felipe Alonso who is prone to the visceral, but bridged by affection and
openness to the experimental, always drawn by his diverse nature.
The realistic drawings of Will Woods are loaded with endless energy, absorbing the invitation
of the unframed subject matter, with the strong presence of feeling which provides abstract
Abass Rivzi’s drawing is led to surrender to the enduring subject, within all. The length of time
spent in making the drawing seems to be enough to finish one, which then suggests another,
as proof that in each direction you see it appearing as the truth leads onwards.
The initiation of this group exhibition derived from the realistic nature of Gon Bregu's painting
in his solo exhibition "Over Sea Reality". His contribution to the gallery's journey, a long,
rigorous, testing ride with the aim of encouraging the desire of painting.
Daniel Segrove is a graduate in multidisciplinary mixed media with a BFA from the Academy of
Art University, San Francisco. Daniel currently lives and works in California, and has had two
solo exhibitions with RKG, shown his work in the United States and internationally. Segrove's
work incorporates oil paint, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, graphite, collage, and mixed visual
"My subject matter ... focuses on the everyday, mundane or monotonous life and trying to
project my own experience or significance to these ordinary scenes."
Felipe Alonso is a Spanish artist based in Medellín - Colombia, whose practice includes
painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Felipe has a degree in art from Complutense
University of Madrid.
"The driving force behind my paintings is an enduring interest in people; in the human spirit, its
emotional resonance and the way over time it manifests in our relationships with others."
Kim Seongjin's statement: ‘Unexpectedness’ is marked by the unusual and uncommon.
‘Expectation’ is the virtue of being easily experienced without consciousness, just like we
understand the language of our own country.
But experiencing the unexpected, is determined by the choice of each individual person.
Perhaps it is selected as a preference, as a result determined by history of the individual person.
Just as the feelings about beauty vary from person to person, so is the unexpected also
perceived differently according to the individual’s taste.
Reaching the state of understanding with unexpected experiences.
And the process of consciously recognizing my comprehensive existence.
It is concealed in the common spaces like a riddle."
William Boyd (Will) Woods studied Fine Art (Painting) BA (Hons) at Chelsea School of Art,
London, United Kingdom, graduating in 1991. Always trying to further develop his artistic
lexicon, he regularly attends workshops at The Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Drawing
School, both situated in London. William has also been asked to feature in ‘The Drawing Ideas
Book’ by Frances Stanfield scheduled for release worldwide in the summer of 2019 (Octopus
Publishing Group). William lives and works in Leigh-on-Sea, a historic former fishing village in
Essex that is at the mouth of the River Thames, some thirty miles east of London.
"Utilizing painting, drawing, and sculpture techniques, my work examines the personal and
universal exchanges found in contemporary world. The notion of the graphic impulse, with its
raw, immediate, and unflinching emotional extremes delivering a directness and frankness,
characterizes my work. Layered, abstracted marks are cumulative, each stratum revealing
visceral and emotional intensities. I attempt to draw the viewer inward to experience an
encounter with the subject and the collective consciousness.
Drawing has become an essential daily practice for me which is both meditative and a
celebration of my direct surroundings, however mundane they may appear. I use drawing as a
visual language to communicate the transient moments of our daily lives, which I try to
approach with honesty and an ever curious mind. I endeavour to draw as fluidly as my subject
allows with an ever searching gaze relating one object to the next recording them as I see them
at that very instant.
The corrections or pentimenti are an essential part of the drawing process that I openly
embrace as a constant reminder of the fleeting nature of all living matter and these marks
appear as a shadow of a moment passed."
Abbas Rizvi Working within the illusionistic realm of drawing and painting, Rizvi’s work
explores the nature of subjective experience and memory. Often using nostalgia as a starting
point, Rizvi explores the fluctuating relationship between emotionally loaded memories and a
grounded and sensory present. Dreamlike scenes portray pregnant moments that situate
themselves within greater narratives, with symbols and signifiers that function as threads for
the viewer to disentangle and contextualize.
Born in Iran and raised in Pakistan, Abbas Rizvi lives and works in Toronto. Rizvi studied
Drawing and Painting at OCAD university, and currently works at The Power Plant
Contemporary Art Gallery.
Marcus Marriott is a visual artist from Temiskaming Shores, Ontario. His work is focused
primarily on the human figure, which he explores through oil painting, digital and analog
photography, and videography. Influenced by movements like American impressionism and
artists like William Merritt Chase and Edward Hopper, Marriott’s self-reflexive paintings convey
the complexity of isolation and the intimacy of humans as they exist in the quotidian. He strives
to capture the moments that are small, quiet, and often spent in introspection.
Agron (Gon) Bregu 's "Over Sea Reality" exhibition is integrated in its entirety to this group
exhibition. Bregu's approach keeps alive an individual low-key significance within the larger
scale of overwhelming and oppressive change in society, as in the natural world. Observing
nature and society informs the artist's personal take on a life of painting.
In this body of work is a predominantly grey palette. The red stripes in the two paintings of the
American flag stand out in contrast. In both paintings the same flag is buffeted by hurricane
winds, first intact, then torn and tattered, suggesting the convention of a flag as the symbol
that carries on, uplifting the spirit of its people, of a country - in this case, America.
Gon Bregu is reflecting upon a personal point of view. The individual's social order is in
upheaval, like an individual in a hurricane. The bravery and endurance of the individual in
surviving both natural and manmade disasters, tend to be overlooked. The low-key human
qualities which make it in these extreme conditions, compare with the nature of Gon's
The source material for this exhibition is the eye of the camera monitoring a hurricane.
Enduring elements of the images inform the post facto experience. This real-life monitoring is
translated into personal sentiment that triggers the artist's take on nature and social
connection. The duality of Bregu's painting invites both intent and what is to come.
Within both nature and society, as for the individual painting, one has to survive or succumb;
so it is for anything that breaks under this pressure of disaster and succumbs, as do elements
in the art of painting by Bregu.
Agron Bregu's work is in the collection of the National Art Gallery of
Albania. Garnering attention from art lovers since his debut, Gon lives and works in Athens,