Collective Ending presents Lewis Brander & Sonya Derviz First Light

Sonya Derviz Wise Young Girl Oil on canvas 200 x 220cm. Courtesy of the artist and Collective Ending

First Light is a two-person exhibition of paintings by Lewis Brander and Sonya Derviz, 2018 graduate students of Goldsmiths and the Slade School of Fine Art respectively. In the years following post-art school, Lewis and Sonya diligently continued to pursue and advance their painting practices, Lewis having moved to Athens and since returned, and both having stoically resisted both past years plagued by the pandemic. This exhibition, thus the first of our 2022 program at the Collective Ending headquarters, features recent paintings that reward extended, in-person viewing by alumni.

Lewis Brander Paros 2019 Oil on linen 29.5 x 29.5 cm Courtesy the artist and Collective Ending

Lewis’ paintings capture fleeting moments and fading memories, addressing sentimentality as a subject in itself. Representative but employing an avoidance of set narratives or dictated interpretations, his hazy, faded depictions of crumbling Greek colonnades, reclining lovers, or listless London skies capture sentiment rather than fact. Charged with a deep-rooted love for hand ground oils and a penchant for pure pigments, Lewis paints on raw linen or canvas to achieve
subtle, muted tones and pale, hazy hues that resonate and radiate.

Sonya is a fine observer and documentarian of her own environment, her emotions and her lived experience. Basing her artistic practice on the prolific collection of found images, she fervently exploits her sources, her environment and her own subconscious to find inspiration. However, during the physical process of painting Sonya embraces an innate intuition and inherent instinct for what is needed on the canvas. An inevitable imagination, each painting ends up being an exaggerated, altered or poorly remembered representation of their original influences.

Collective Ending presents Lewis Brander & Sonya Derviz First Light Organized by Hector Campbell February 19 – March 19 Opening: Saturday February 19, 5pm-10pm

About the artists

Lewis Brander (born 1995) lives and works in London. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018, having completed his foundation degree at the City & Guilds of London Art School. Recent exhibitions include: solo exhibition ’30 Drawings’ at Alex Vardaxoglou (London, 2018), group exhibition ‘Out of Bodies’ at THRDS Studio (London, 2018), group exhibition ‘Many and Often varied” at the Guts Gallery (London, 2018) and ‘Painting’ at Alex Vardaxoglou (London, 2018).
Sonya Derviz (born 1994) lives and works in London. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018, after completing her foundation degree at Central Saint Martins. Recent exhibitions include: Solo exhibition “Pas De Corps” at VO Curations (London, 2019), Group exhibition “It Seems So Long Ago” at Matthew Brown (Los Angeles, 2020), “Minimal | Maximal’ Group Exhibition with LVH Art (London, 2019) and ‘Parfum d’épines’ with Phillips x VO Curations (Paris, 2019).




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