Kazembe Hamadi

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I was always good at drawing which served me well during a turbulent childhood. As a shy kid I loved cartoons, music and films of all genres. I idolised artists like Bruce Lee and Bob Marley, admiring how even in death one can still be a positive influence on the world and I wanted to do the same. I decided to take art seriously after completing my G.C.S.E’s going onto study Art & Design and Photography at Brentside Arts College for three years. After completing the course I took a year out then enrolled at Thames Valley University (UK) graduating with a Ba Hons Digital Art with Animation. I am now a part-time creative illustrator, graphic designer & animator currently working within the poster design, portraiture and conceptual art fields.

I've been involved in the art, photography and film scene for a number of years, my achievements include winning finalist in the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize art competition, Bronze medallist in the UK Skills art advanced Challenge 2007 and best film poster in the Odeon Short Film competition 2009. In 2010 a selection of my artwork was published for the first time in a hardcover book called 'Virtuoso showcasing talented artists from around the world.’ In 2012 I created animations for London Bus-Tops, a collaborative public art installation project spanning 20 London boroughs to form part of London’s cultural Olympiad for the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2013 I won 1st place in the State of the Art Cinema 'design a movie poster' competition for my poster design for indie comedy Frances Ha starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Noah Baumbach. I created a poster design for indie musical rom-com God Help the Girl from Metrodome distribution released in 2014.

I've exhibited widely around the UK including The National Film Theatre in London, The Trocadero in London, The Hospital Gallery in Covent Garden, Light House Gallery in Wolverhampton, Pitshanger Manor Gallery in Ealing, Ada street gallery in Bethnal Green, London and most recently in 2014 with the State of the Art Cinema exhibitions held at the A&D Gallery and The Strand Gallery in London.

As an artist I have reached a creative turning point in my life and plan on making original pieces for as long as I can. I want my work to touch elements that have never been touched on before. My ambition is to move into the film and music industry.
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Exhibitions.

2014 – State of the Art Cinema, The Strand Gallery, London. A free exhibition of contemporary film poster design and photography presented by the Film Distributors' Association indicating the spectacle and diversity of films from around the world.

2014 - State of the Art Cinema, A&D Gallery, London. A free exhibition of contemporary film poster design and photography presented by the Film Distributors' Association indicating the spectacle and diversity of films from around the world.

2012 - London Bus-Tops, London boroughs. A collaborative public art installation project across 20 London boroughs creating a new exhibition space for the public arts as part of London's 2012 cultural Olympiad.

2007 - TVU Contemporaries show, Trocadero, London. Showcasing recent Thames Valley University graduates cutting edge art and design practice.

2007 - Pixel Shake, Ada Street gallery, Bethnal Green, London. BA Hons Digital Arts graduate degree show.

2007 - UK Skills Challenge, Light House gallery, Wolverhampton. Promoting excellence through skills competitions for young artists.

2006 - Nationwide Mercury Art prize, The Hospital gallery, Covent Garden, London. UK’s premier student art competition and exhibition.

2003 - Yesterday, today and tomorrow, The National Film Theatre, London. Part of the Yesterday, today and tomorrow exhibition of works by young artists from Ealing schools.

2002 - Yesterday, today and tomorrow, Pitshanger Manor arts gallery & house, Ealing. An exhibition of works by young artists from Ealing Schools.

2002 - The people of Ealing, Pitshanger Manor arts gallery & house, Ealing. An energetic mixture of work that creatively reflects the people of the London Borough of Ealing.
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Awards & Publications.

2013 - State of the Art Cinema 'design a poster' Competition. Winner of 1st place in the State of the Art Cinema 'design a movie poster' competition for indie comedy Frances Ha.

2010 - Virtuoso. A hardback book showcasing the work of talented artists from around the world.

2009 - Odeon Short Film Competition. Winner of 1st place in the Odeon short film competition poster category for Odeon Uxbridge entry ‘Dummy’.

2008 - Babelgum Online Film Festival. Short film ScreenPLAY short listed into the Babelgum online film festival’s Animation award.

2007 - UK Skills Challenge Art Advanced Competition. Art Advanced BRONZE award for digital painting 'C.G.eye.'

2006 - Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition. Winning finalist award for digital illustration 'In Search of…'

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