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Updated: Apr 10

6th March 2024, Chelesa Arts Club

As a Chelsea Arts Club artist member I was invited to interpret the theme ‘All That Life Can Afford’. According to Dr Samuel Johnson, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London ‘All that life can afford’.

I decided to share this opportunity and collaborated with a current MA student at Central Saint Martins, Poojan Gupta, to create an artwork for this year’s Charity Auction Exhibition.

We have both been looking at repurposing found objects and we are both conscious about finding new ways to be more sustainable and demonstrate how we can be even more creative and make positive statements about sustainability with our art.

SAFAR - CESTA - JOURNEY, Lot 113, by Lukas Kroulik and Poojan Gupta. Sold 🔴

“Journey” unfolds as an exquisite testament to artistic ingenuity, transcending its origins through the meticulous process of individually cutting, crushing, and skillfully gluing 1224 pieces of collected medical packaging onto the 12x12 canvas.

This transformative act elevates discarded materials into a visually stunning mosaic, where the beauty of each carefully arranged piece not only reflects the art of repetition but also underscores the capacity to create something extraordinary from the mundane.

Lukas Kroulik and Poojan Gupta collaborate on a project for 2024 Charity Auction.

“Journey” becomes even more resonant as the tiny metal red London bus, a pivotal element in the artwork, holds a personal narrative. Discovered in a gutter on the rain-soaked streets of Covent Garden during a leisurely Sunday morning with a friend, the repurposed medicinal packaging now not only echoes broader themes but encapsulates a specific moment in time.

The raindrops, the cobblestone streets, and the shared experience with a friend infuse the artwork with a unique emotional depth, inviting viewers to connect with the journey not just on a societal level but also on a personal, intimate scale.

All works in the Exhibition are for sale by auction, and all proceeds will be split evenly between the two Club charities, the Chelsea Arts Club Trust, who will direct our donations to support young artists’ education, and the Artists’ General Benevolent Institution, which supports artists who cannot work due to illness, accident or older age.

Lukas Kroulik and Poojan Gupta outside the Chelsea Arts Club.

The starting bid for all artworks is £60 ... but let's see what happens up to the finish line on 22nd March 2024.

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