Local Elephant artists team up for first-ever exhibitions

Local Elephant artists team up for first-ever exhibitions

Two local artists are holding their first ever exhibitions in Elephant and Castle’s Mercato Metroplitano this weekend (Thursday 28 November – Sunday 1 December).

In her first solo exhibition, entitled Self, Elephant-based artist Magdalena Steflova explores her portrait work.

The London artist, who has lived in Elephant & Castle for just over a year, is inviting local people inside her art world in a one-of-kind experience, running for four days at Mercato Metropolitano (2nd floor space inside Camara Building).

Specialising in large-scale portraits, Self is “an immersive experience” in Magdalena’s practice.

“I can’t wait to showcase my first UK exhibition – I’m very excited!” she says, “I’m originally from the Czech Republic, but have been in the UK for more than a decade.”

“My work is primarily large scale portraits (1m x 1m), with my preferred medium being acrylic on canvas,” continues Magdalena.

“The portraits in Self are quite colourful, featuring women with different backgrounds – some of the paintings are inspired by my friends or people I have met here over the last ten years, some are inspired by music, fashion and culture.”

“I’ve always loved Southwark,” she continues, “I lived in Southbank and Bermondsey before moving to Elephant and Castle over a year ago. It feels like home and it’s very important for me to support local businesses and community. I wouldn’t have wanted to hold my first exhibition anywhere else in the world.”

Joining Magdelena for a special event on Saturday 30 November, is local crime and horror author Jon Richter with his new dark fiction book. Called Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works: Volume 2, Jon will be at Mercato from 6pm to talk about his works and sign his latest book.

“This is my first book launch, although it is my fourth book – It’s a little bit daunting!” explains Jon Richter, the writing name of Elephant and Castle artist David Darbyshire.

“I’d describe my books as ‘dark fiction’ – bit of crime, horror, fantasy. Bit of a genre hopper,” he admits. “This book contains short horror stories, and a few psychological thrillers. Ten shorts with different twists – it’s been described as ‘Black Mirror meets Tales of the Unexpected’!”

“I really like the area; there’s so much going on,” continues David. “I’ve lived here for a while. It’s up and coming, but doesn’t feel like its lost its personality and spirit. A place as lively as this is a great source of inspiration.”

For more information check out the Event page, and to book your free tickets check out the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/self-by-magdalena-steflova-solo-exhibition-tickets-80232195657

Read more about the individual artists here: