A new exhibition showing artworks by Oona Hassim opened this week at the Woolf Gallery in Charlotte Street. From crowds of shoppers to festivals and occupations Hassim captures the excitement and colour of people squeezed together on London’s streets. There are several paintings capturing scenes from the Anti-Cuts Demo in March 2011.

Oil painting of students marhcing through London street.
Oona Hassim ‘Student Demo: November 22nd 2011’ 92x92cm Oil on canvas.

“I look at the physical structures of the city, and the energies and atmospheres of the people that pass through and around them. These are sometimes quiet moments where evening lights glow out from a backdrop of soft greys. At other times one is engulfed by a throng such as the swirling shoppers on Oxford Street, or impassioned protesters heckling with chants and drum beats, their waving banners shimmering and fragmented in the chaos”, says Oona Hassim.

This short film shows Oona Hassim at Occupy London, Nov 2011.

Oona Hassim was awarded the Kate Barton Scholarship from Central Saint Martins College of Art is a regular at The Royal Academy Summer exhibition. Her works can now be found in the London Institute Collection as well as in many other collections worldwide.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to present a fantastic selection of new artworks from Oona Hassim. This exceptional selection, once again truly demonstrates Oona’s masterly technique and vision,” says Nick Woolff.

Oona Hassim Solo exhibition continues until 15 March 2012 at Woolf Gallery, 89 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PU