A brief summary of some of my works.
More than a masterpiece, these projects are milestones in my practise, some little, some large.
Recently I have had the opportunity to create original art work that can be explored and interacted with. I have been able to work alongside organisations and the community to deliver a message through the vessel of art.
A temporary artwork in Coronation Park by Vishal Joshi on 1st & 2nd May 2021
The Paper Planes project was a chance to explore the thoughts, feelings, people, and places that make us hopeful.Shop My Work
Hands of Freedom
Hands of Freedom is a city-wide temporary art exhibition created by award winning artist Vishal Joshi. The project has collected over 1000 'hand portraits' from communities and residents across Leicestershire, and Joshi has used these to create and inspire new artworks and installations.
Hands and hand-gestures are used across all cultures to express emotions and feelings; sometimes confusion and anger, at other times friendship and hope.View Project
Broken Dolls - Monroe
A broken ‘doll’ Oil on canvas 2017
Most consider Monroe to be one of the most beautiful women that ever walked Earth. She was a glowing icon and her presence radiated with happiness and beauty. Her sultry seductive features were recognised internationally yet the life she hid from the world and silver screen showed more darkness than we could bear.
As a subject of unthinkable abuse in her childhood and teens, Monroe had pieces torn from her character. Although you cannot see the pain, it was there, hidden and hidden beautifully well. Only when the layers of her personality are stripped away would it show.Shop My Work
This piece was the materialisation of a healing experience. In the midst of the pandemic I was suffering with some developing health problems and that lead me to an emotionally dark place. Amidst all this I had lost a couple friendships due to misunderstandings and my work had all come to a standstill with the pandemic. Exhibitions and fairs were being cancelled and I was not producing anything new as I was caring for my children full time. My primary outlet was gone. I was even too ill to exercise or cycle and this was my place for relief to strengthen my mental health. I was overwhelmed to say the least. The health problems were the most rattling part of it all as doctors wouldn't see me in person and I was feeling more and more broken each day. The answers I did get were put me in more doubts and that lead to some serious scares and it all left me feeling under pressure.
As I cared for my kids and watched the sweet smiles on their faces I instantly thought about being there for them and the way things were going I wondered if I would be able to be there for them for very long. Looking back on this and writing about it now feels like i am talking about a movie where I witnessed the all vicariously but its all so personal and at the time I couldn't thing=k or feel much more..but I put on a brave face as we do and marched along to the beat. I felt burdened by my blessing, scared of my ambitions and I felt like my body was giving up on me as I got weaker each day but my mind didn't want it to be so.
One night I woke up with a horrible and very real nightmare and I felt like I had to put an end to this. Since childhood I have believed that we hold within us the answers to every question that we seek. We can find them through listening to our intuition, by meditation and through self care and personal development.
It was late at night, I was exhausted but my mind was was wide awake. I lit some candles in my bedroom and sat on the floor at the foot of my bed and closed my eyes focussing on my breath and shutting down my response to everything around me.... it felt like hours had passed. I was lost in a trance. I woke up feeling like I wanted to start my day afresh in order to create a healthy start so I jumped into the shower and continued this meditation. I remember when I used to go to Tai Chi, my master, Stuart lead a spoken meditation for us after practice and it was to stand under a waterfall and imagine the healing light of the sun travelling through the water washing away all that bis negative and giving us life through the water. I closed my eyes and felt that healing energy.
I came out of the shower in t my bedroom with my towel on and noticed that candle had gone out. My mood had already lifted at this point through the process but something very profound was realised when I lit the lighter to ignite the wick. I watched the flame as it sparked into life from nothing. It was raw and pure, full of energy that can both burn and brighten. it shone like a mini Sun. The power of to was not compromised by thought or doubt..it was what it was and it was not anything else. I took a breath and realised what I needed to from the flame.
The flame did not question its existence, it just did its thing and thats when it was most powerful. by being and not by being clouded with the fear of its demise it was able to be free from the pressures of time and the pursuit of its objectives. In order to fulfil itself it just did what it was supposed.
I took another deep breath and I felt lighter, more elevated and a hell of a lot more focussed. I realised that I was fighting to control parts of my life that were out of my control and the had lead me to this overwhelming state where I had actually fully lost control. I was like snake eating my own tail.
My ambitions, obligations, desires and dreams were burdens not blessings. My ability to see the future me is a beautiful part of being a human..a part of us that a flame does not have and by not having that inner voice it does its job better. I realised then that I need to let go. I needed to cut the strings that weighed me down and also not fly to high in my imagination of the future.
I had a blank stretched canvas in my bedroom. I went into my backpack and pulled out a case of chalk and charcoal and started drawing a body. My body, floating, nude, amongst nothingness. y mind was still flying in thought like the moment I lit the wick and I realised that my health problem that was a physical problem with my body and my mind was so attached to my body that it was getting infected too. I realised that then that I am different to my body. This image that I was sketching needed to show that this is not about this body but any body because it does not define me...it shouldn't. I am both more and less. We are not limited by this form unless we choose to act through it when we can't. There is a fire inside us that does not need to speak or dream or think or anything.
We can be, by being. Beyond time and space, beyond me and you we are suspended in the ether and that is what this sketch became.
I first made it on this canvas and painted it a few days later in the studio. I still felt that it looked trapped within the frame of the stretcher so I redrew it on to a piece of perspex so it actually looked like t was intended. Rather than limiting it to the housing of a frame I found these stand-offs to mount it up.
This painting encapsulates so much as an artist. The inspiration to create art for me is both the journey and the destination.
When I look art this piece it reminds me of how I conquered something so painful by myself.
I exhibited this piece at the Roy's Art Fair in November of 2021 and I sold it a lovely couple. As I shared this story with them I could see how they could relate. I am sure many many people can. I feel blessed to be able to communicate through the means of art and say something that I could have never articulated or even imagined without the piece of art. The meditation that lead me to this stage is something that I feel is our super power as humans and by mediating more we strengthen ourselves beyond any other strength that we know.Shop My Work
Education & Experience
2006 – 2009 – B.A Fina Art Painting Wimbledon School of Art, London
2008 – 2009 – Foundation Diploma Art and Graphics, Gateway 6th Form College, Leicester
2005 – 2008 – A Level in Art and Design, Gateway 6th Form College, Leicester
Nov 2021 – Roy’s Art Fair – Oxo Bargehouse, London, England
September 2021 – We Reflect – Stamp Festival, Hamburg, Germany
September 2021 – Hands of Freedom Sculpture No1 – Centenary celebrations with Attenborough Arts Centre, Wall mounted, Attenborough Building, University of Leicester campus. – Leicester, England
August 2021 – Summer Open Exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough, England
August 2021 – Liberty UK, Art in unusual places Toilet Art Exhibition – Hands of Freedom mural at Leicester Museum and Gallery (previously known as New Walk Gallery) – Leicester, England
May 2021 – Paper Planes (Outdoor installation of sculpture) – Made with Many – Coronation park, Corby, England
May – Nov 2021 – Hands of Freedom 2 – Centenary celebrations with Attenborough Arts Centre, displayed upon plinth at Leicester Cathedral – Leicester, England
Jan 2020 – Solo Pop Up Recent Works Exhibition at Marvellous Art Gallery, Belvoir Street – Leicester, England
Nov 2019 – Leicester Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, New Walk Gallery, Leicester, England
July 2019 – The Leicester City Open 100, DIY Gallery, Town hall Square – Leicester, England
Jan 2019 – Art displayed at Sherwin Hall Interior Design Showroom, Oadby – Leicester, England
Nov 2018 – Leicester Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, New Walk Gallery – Leicester, England
Nov 2018 – Chester Art Fair, Chester, England
Oct 2018 – Leicester Open Variant Exhibition, Curve Theatre – Leicester, England
Winner of the L.O.V.E Art Prize by the hosts at Curve Theatre.
Oct 2018 – Leicester Sketch Club Anual Exhibition, The Old Library Gallery, Leicester
June 2018 – Open 2017, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester, England
Nov 2017 – Winter Open Exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough, England
Oct 2017 – Leicester Sketch Club Anual Exhibition, The Old Library Gallery, Leicester, England
Winner of the LSA Artist Prize
Winner of the Viewers Choice Award
July 2017 – Open 28, The Old Library Gallery, Leicester, England
June 2017 – Open 2017, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester, England
Sep 2016 – Group show, Two One Two, Brick Lane, London, England
Jun 2016 – Group Show, 504 Gallery, Roman Road, London, England
I am a member and board member of the Leicester Society of Artists.