Portobello in fine art


Portobello’s colourful artist Misha Milovanovich, known as Misha World, has a body of new work based on things she has bought in Portobello Market. Her studio is a riot of photography, sculpture and colourful objects found on Portobello. Her vibrant new paintings of a rubber bosom, a monkey mask and ties (pic) found on the market adorn the walls. Originally from Belgrade in Serbia, Misha came to London to study fine art at St Martin’s 25 years ago and stayed. “People always misinterpret a world of fantasy and play and a world of optimism,” says Milovanovich, “There is a sense of unbridled optimism in creating art which I do and other work is slightly more satirical and serious.” She has recently been making small bijoux painting because she was travelling and taking work with her. In this body of work Milovanovich’s says: “We have little sense of stability and identity.  So much life I was connecting with is found on Portobello. I am interested in collecting strange things and reusing them. Everything I am interested in comes from an examination of human existance, an examination of discarded objects.” She then creates art like Disposable Smile and Bow Tie  which are now heading to New York for an exhibition.

Some of the paintings will be at the Christie’s Popup gallery in Brewer Street in Soho to raise money for Kevin Spaceys Old Vic charity on Tuesday 25 June. Lots of great contemporary artists are involved too, including Tracey Emin, Elmgreen and Dragset. mishaworld

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