Two customers of Advance have been making waves in the art world! Creative Duo Hymie Aaronberg and Jerry Abraham both work with ActionSpace, a London based visual arts organisation which support artists with learning disabilities, and creates original projects to enable differently abled people to engage with the visual arts. ActionSpace was set up in the 1960s and aims to give artists with learning difficulties the same opportunities and experiences as their peers via programmes, exhibitions, and by acting as a commercial platform for the artists to use to sell their paintings. Hymie Aaronberg was ActionSpace’s featured artist for October 2016, and uses coloured pens and pencils to intricately depict the shapes, movements and colours of the world around him. He is regularly inspired by looking out of his window at his garden, and his work often reflects fond memories of childhood toys and playing. Hymie currently takes part in the Cockpit Friday Studio Project, in which the artists are self-directed and work with a variety of mediums.
Jerry Abraham is a resident artist at ActionSpace’s Cockpit Arts Tuesday Studio, whose artists tend to work in drawing, painting and sculpture. Jerry’s large drawings and paintings echo his unique interpretation of the natural world, and he uses broad, vibrant strokes of colour in pastel and oils – often combined – to create stunningly bold paintings of plants, flowers, tropical birds and more. Both artists look to nature and the surrounding world to inspire their creations, and Jerry was recently featured in an exhibition run by Cockpit Arts Studio at Kentish Town City Farm’s Apple Festival. The artists in this exhibition worked together on a group project inspired by the natural environment, and their work was publicly displayed to the large crowds of people who attended. Advance are proud to work with Jerry and Hymie, and hope they inspire others to be creative!