The Friends’ Art Exhibition is held every year in our Conservatory and showcases paintings, prints, textile art and sculptures from South London’s artist community.
The exhibition is a platform for new and established local artists and all proceeds contribute to Horniman Museum and Gardens projects.
This year, we are talking to some of the artists involved in the exhibition to find out more about their work. Here, we speak Zsuzsanna Pataki, a cityscape artist.
What is the story behind your artwork?
I seek to present the history of a city, the space as it is being developed and reused over time.
I love history and the beauty of society.
What inspires you in day-to-day life?
If I can make someone smile, it makes my day. I want to lift up your spirits with my colours. Put you in a good mood, bring back your memories of when you travelled to the city I painted.
Why do you think it is important to support local artists?
It’s a busy marketplace online and off with lots of run-of-a-mill reproductions at retail giants, so selling art is not an easy walk. There is more to art than just a price tag. It helps us put food on the table, but it helps the local community find its voice, its tone, its colour. It connects people. It cheers them up or calms them down, comforts or brings an element of wonder.
Visual artists are the equivalent of beautiful music to your ears. You can live without it, but how much better to pick the style you like and enjoy!