Approved: 16.08.2006

Andrea Kim Valdez

Artist, Arts administrator, Curator, Event organiser, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am both a sculptor and an artist who draws on an Ipad.  A founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios I now take an organisational back seat and concentrate on my own work. 

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        Artist Statement

        I am both a sculptor and an artist who draws on an Ipad.  A founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios I now take an organisational back seat and concentrate on my own work. 

        My sculpture reflects my environmental interests and is varied in both materials and concept, ranging from installation, commissioned outdoor ceramic work, to smaller ceramic or wooden works, usually of a semi-abstract nature. More recent work explores the use of Fluorescent Acrylic sheet as an expressive material.

        I draw extensively in traditional media and during lockdown made numerous brushpen studies of the local allotments and trees in Highgate Woods.  I also explore the numerous possibilities of drawing on an Ipad - taking original pen and ink drawings as a base, incorporating original photographs and drawing directly on the ipad.   

        I write and tweet regularly about art under the pseudonym of ‘The Unknown Artist’  - an identity I assumed after making a full size acrylic sheet sculpture of Albert Turpin, an artist well known the 1930’s as an artist of the ‘East London Group’ whose work disappeared from history until resurrected by the recent book ’ From Bow to Biennale’ by David Buckman.

        The following articles can be read at this link – Artlyst blogs
        ‘Vivre Le Lieu’ – sculpture at the village of Ozenay, France
        Michael Craig Martin must be reading my blog! Sculpture at the RA Summer Exhibition.
        Juan Uslé and Richard Deacon at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
        Art, Science or Boyle Family? ….and Anaïs Tondeur, Nuuk Island, 2014 . A trip to the Jerwood gallery at Hastings
        Dumas and Kiefer- Reflections on their work following their London exhibitions
        Subterranean Sculpture Shock – Lynn Dennison at The Rotherhithe Shaft
        Rain, Hail, Snow- adventures in ‘ddr limited’ Central Berlin
        Three Days in Valencia: Picasso watching Television.
        Three Days in Valencia: IVAM- El Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno-
        Three days in Valencia: A surprise at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
        The Three M’s – Mortality, Motivation and Meaning in the life of an Artist
        Not just for Christmas- the economics of the artist
        ‘The Importance of a Title’- a visit to the UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate

        Earlier articles can be found on the Facebook notes of The Unknown Artist including the series on ‘The Unknown Artist investigates the Restorative Powers of Art at the Seaside’


        CV & Education


        Group Exhibitions
        2016 Shortlisted for Ibero-American Arts Award
        2016 Discerning Eye
        2015 Paint and Pixels Avondale Gallery
        2014 ArtGemini Prize
        2013 Worcester Open 2013
        2013 24 Artists CEOS Group Show
        2012 ‘Points of Departure’ Original Gallery
        2011  Discerning Eye
        2011 CEOS Group show, Original Gallery
        2009 Contemporary British Art, Millinery Works Gallery, London
        2009 Twenty Curator and Exhibitor, Original Gallery, London
        2009 Drawntogether, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2
        2008 Hornsey Town Hall Curator and exhibitor of group show including sculpture, site specific installation, film and sound
        2007  ‘Small is Beautiful’ Curator and Exhibitor Royal Academy Schools Gallery  
        2005 Crouch End Open Studios Inaugural Exhibition, John Jones Gallery, Finsbury Park, London
        1998 'Art Select' at Battersea Arts Centre
        1998 Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
        1997 Gillingham Open Art Exhibition
        1997 Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Gallery
        1995 Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
        1995 Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
        1995 Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
        1994 Battersea Art Fair
        1993 60th Annual Exhibition, National Society of Painters, Sculptors and  Printmakers


        Solo exhibitions

        2016  ‘On the Edge of Beauty’ The Crouch End Gallery
        2014 ‘The Studio Of the Unknown Artist’ Installation Sandringham Gardens
        2013  ‘Wilderness’ NorthSouthIdeas Gallery, Highgate
        2012  ‘Ecos de Las Amazonas’ Sandringham Gardens
        2011   ‘Ecos de La Selva’, Crouch End Open Studios
        2010   ‘Birth of the Innocents’ Hornsey War Memorial, London
        2009   ‘Drawing Moving Visions’ St Pauls Cathedral and Sandringham Gardens
        2008-2005 Crouch End Open Studios exhibitions at my studio

        Residency, Research Projects and Other Work

        2011 Research and Drawing project in the Amazon rainforest, Colombia
        2010 Selector for Barnet Open
        2009 Selector for Barnet Open
        2008 Drawing Residency at the Rambert School of Dance
        2008/2009 ‘Drawing Moving Visions’ St Paul’s Cathedral, Rambert School of Dance
        2004 Kim Valdez founded the Crouch End Open Studios and continues to organise this event.
        2000 Sculpture Residency, Far North Queensland, Australia.
        1998 Multimedia computer animation ‘Full Fathom Five’ from ‘The Tempest’
        1998 Essex County Council ‘Artists in Education’ bursary 

        2011 Ceramic fountain for a Roof Garden, St Johns Wood
        2006 Ceramic fountain for garden in Ilfracombe

        Education and Awards
        1991 Owen Rowley Memorial Prize for the best work or works in the Final Year show.
        1991 1st Prize in Sculpture Class for the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Worker