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Exhibition! Opening March 3

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David Fried and Manda Helal

Private View: Thursday, March 3, 2011, 6-9 pm

On view through March 10, 2011

The George Tavern

373 Commercial Road, London  E1 0LA

Tel: 0207 790 7335

Mixed media artist, David Fried and ceramicist, Manda Helal present paintings and ceramics at a unique London show. Both artists have eclectic backgrounds and currently dedicate time to working with art within the community.

David Fried seeks inspiration from his dreams, nightmares and the London cityscape. “I paint the things I love to hate and the things I hate to love. My love/hate relationship with London, the city that informs me, the city that consumes me. I wish to emulate the dryness of the discarded and dehydrated doner, the succulence of the freshly skewered shish. Forget the halep.”

David studied Fine Art at Middlesex Poly and Royal College of Art. He is a professional Art Therapist in adult mental health, combining personal creative art making with group therapy artmaking. He works in mixed media.

Manda Helal is inspired by both the contemporary and the archaic and combines both in her work. “I am a morbidly curious urban beachcomber. I combine the things I find with the work I make. I am fascinated by the effect of time and circumstance in producing the process of decay.” Manda originally studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital before deciding to become a ceramic artist. She studied Ceramics at Putney School of Art, Sir John Cass, and Goldsmith’s Collegee. Whle a student, she began teaching in the East End community. Her students include  adults, youth, and people with mental and physical disabilities. Manda is currently Ceramic and General Technician at Wimbledon School of Art, University of the Arts, London.

Hope to see you there!