Growing up in Hong Kong, a former British colony, I was fascinated by the western culture and I dreamed that one day I could see Europe with my own eyes. After graduating from university in 2016, I took a gap year and decided to have a working holiday in the UK.
Meanwhile, I started to practice drawing again. However, I gave up the chance to take visual art as an elective in high school. But as time goes by, I realised that drawing still means a lot to me, which is something that I would like to keep on doing. At the moment I am interested in landscape/urban sketching, portrait, and illustration. I also took up painting with water colour from 2016.
Throughout the previous two years, I was very much impressed by the places I have been to and I enjoyed hearing stories from different people. It is my great pleasure to be here to share my little art travelogue: including my works in both Hong Kong and London, plus a selection of self-drawn postcards during my journey. Since I am moving from one place to other quite often, most of my works are in portable, small scales.
I am celebrating my first year in London, a city that has received my wife and I so well. We were welcomed by some good friends, met incredible people, places, cultures, breathed a bit of its history... it is definitely a year to remember and to celebrate.
I come from Brazil, more precisely from Rio de Janeiro, a city as dynamic and diverse as London, but distinctly different. Since I got here, there were many different things that have influenced me. I chose the Docklands because it was clear to me that it represents a rich part of London's history. I got myself fluctuating back to the past, imagining that each shipment that arrived in the Wharf brought the hard work, the sweating and the diversity that helped to build up London as it is. Furthermore, how interesting the dynamics of the goods leaving the boats, arriving at their proper docks, through man made channels, a genuine mix between simple architecture and a remarkable sense of primary functionality. Such dynamic and diverse ecosystem only grew the level of admiration and respect I have for people living or working in the region. The Docklands just enchanted me.
In conclusion, my reflections, inspiration, details, stories, all is translated into the drawings that I want to share with you, at the exhibition.
I hope you enjoy and feel the same energy I felt throughout this past year.
From a London aspirant,
Deli Felice @ Albion, 40 Albion Street, London, SE16 7JQ