Abigail Yentis

Location: London
Website: www.abigailyentis.com
Bio:

Born in London on the 31st May 1994, Yentis started drawing and making art as soon as she could hold a pencil. She continued to expand her use of material every day, winning many art competitions and receiving several gold awards throughout school for her outstanding art practice. During high school, Yentis took part in numerous out of school art
classes, gaining as much experience as possible. Painting and drawing the human body from life was her way of calming the min d, expressing herself and disappearing into a beautiful world of distinct colour, and imagination. It became apparent around her early teens that t his is what she wanted to spend her life doing. Having completed an art foundation at Hampstead School of Art and graduating from a 3-year advanced art course, Yentis has made a bold transition from studentship to professional practice through exhibitions and obtaining art commissions. She h as shared her joy of art with the next generation of artists by teaching children to paint and draw. As well as taking part in many different art shows, live painting demos, and teaching techniques to a large audience.
Whilst Yentis paints portraits and abstract pieces using various mediums such as enamel, spray paint and acrylic paint, she predominantly uses oil paints for portrait and figurative work. Furthermore, Yentis is captivated by the unknown world that exists outside the comfort of everyday life and spends a lot of her time using this fascination of space in her abstract work. Having taken part in numerous collaborative exhibitions, such as recently completing a piece for the ‘No Artist No Art’ campaign at the Lights Of Soho Gallery, as well as a piece for collaborative exhibition, ‘EU & I’ at the Doomed Gallery, Yentis experimented with varied scale and composition in oil paintings and collage. She is vocal in her opinions regarding topical and historical political events. Yentis spends a lot of time investigating the texture of different qualities of paint as well as collage and is engaged with the process of building large paintings inspired by sketchbook entries personal to her. This process provides closure on difficult times. A series of paintings titled My Journal; Myself And You was exhibited in a solo show at The HSoA gallery, June 2017. Continuing this theme, Yentis had a solo exhibition at No Such Place Gallery in October 2017, her distance of the figurative, focusing ‘free flowing’ approach to abstract proved to be a great success. Following her show, Yentis travelled to Rome to take part in the Artrooms Roma exhibition at the Church Palace Hotel, March 2018 each artist transformed a hotel room into their own solo exhibition, a documentary was made on the trip, and Yentis’s experience is documented in many interviews online. May 2018 consisted of a summer semi- permanent solo exhibition “Muse Of Fire” in Kadies, Mayfair. Yentis recently built a large series of portraits for her solo exhibition "NO 9-5 ALIVE" at Crate, Hackney Wick, September 2018, which followed the unconventional lives of many, documenting stories in interviews. Yentis seems captivated with the the stark nothingness of space. An abundance of deep, dreamlike and surrealist visions, each painting is carefully produced over lengthy periods of initial rumination, then returning and reapplying layers, as if to form organic, skin-like layers in a process that Yentis describes as ‘a live being in its own form'
“I am truly engrossed in using the process of painting as a fluid vessel, which mimics and mirrors the human body; a live organ constantly growing and ever changing. The idea of the artwork taking a life of its own captivates me. The anxiety that stems from the passing of our physical existence onto an unknown plain has made me include explorations of the infinite cosmos: a dark, unknown world outside the comfort of everyday life. This is portrayed in visions of planetary and vivacious yet ambiguous skies. The cosmic theme subsists in circular orbs and cell like natures, which permeate the question of “where does the body end and the soul endure?”

Exhibitions:

Open studio show; HSoA, London, December 2014
Shared show; The Shoreditch Arts Club, London, September 2015
Open studio show; HSoA, London, December 2015
Solo show; HSoA Gallery, London, January 2016
Collaborative show; The Jewish Museum, London, February 2017
“Eu & I”, collaborative show; Doomed Gallery, London, March 2017
“My Journal, Myself And You” Solo exhibition; the new HSoA Gallery, London July 2017
No Artist No Art; Lights Of Soho, London, July 2017
Solo show ‘Shadows Of A Dream”; No Such Place Gallery, London, October 2017
Artrooms Roma, Le Dame Gallery, The Church Palace Hotel, Rome, March 2018
Solo show; Muse Of Fire, Kadies, Mayfair, LondonMay 2018
Collaborative show; HSoA Gallery, London, July 2018
Solo show ‘No 9-5 Alive’, Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick, London
Solo Pop-up Show; ‘Skies Upon Us’, Hackney Rhapsody, London November 2019