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Darko Taleski

Inspiration does not ask me when to came. I get it every time, everywhere, when I walk, when I talk with somebody, when I teach children, when I sleep, when I drink coffee, when I met new people, when I see pleases and thinks over and over again but every time in different way.. Inspiration came like a flash. I remember it and I transform it in an art piece as fast as it come it. Using a storm of emotions during creative process it is my way of giving energy to the art works. 

I usually use acrylic colors mixed with natural materials, paper and cardboard. I like to experiment with different kinds of materials and surfaces. The line in this period is primary in my works. It is usually black one composite with other colors on white background, but the line is always dominated. The line gives a dynamic and more emotion. 


Trough the art I present the feelings of other people on me, as well my feelings to myself.

Darko's art has been exhibited at MASA-UK Art Gallery since 2013 and at art fairs in: Manchester, Chester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Christine Southworth

A member  of  the  Manchester  Academy  of  Fine  Arts,  and Society of Women Artists. Christine has been awarded the Barbara Tate Award in the 153rd SWA Annual Exhibition.

Several years ago she joined NEO Artist Print Studio where she is producing etchings based on her research and travels. She likes to work from life, developing unique interpretations of human and natural forms. 

"My main passion is for drawing, drawing helps me understand the world I live in and is a natural progression to etching. My favourite material to etch on is copper but I do use zinc and solar plates are ideal for any collage based designs".

During  my  career  I  have  been  in  many  exhibitions:  Society  of  Women  Artists,  Mall  Galleries,  The Royal Birmingham, Manchester Academy and many others. My most notable commission was for Diana, Princess of Wales.  

Scholarship to Bolton College of Art  

A level: Art & Design, Craft  

Intermediate in Art and Craft  

National Diploma in Design (Lithography / Etching Main + Textiles)  

Professional History  

1978 to 2003          Bolton School Boys’ Division, Head of Art / school counsellor  

Hanna El Azzabi

As an artist, I try not to be a passive part of this system. I tinker and shape composite images. I mix mediums and references. I reconstruct meaning through fragmentation at the borderline between the real and the imaginary.


First I deconstruct and then I rebuild, using images which, taken out of their context are no longer sacred but mundane. I always start by collecting bits of materials from video games, movies, and the news to create a new composition inspired by an imaginary picture issuing from popular culture and that I keep in mind throughout the whole process. This obsessive picture had struck me at some time in the past and now it fits in well with the new context I have chosen for it. To me, everything begins and ends with popular imagery, this great nebula which has shaped us and that we then contribute to shape in our life time.

Hanna El Azzabi, French, Edinburgh based artist

Hanna El Azzabi

Title: Blue Reflection

Media: Oil on canvas

Hanna El Azzabi, Western Pyramids

Hanna El Azzabi

Title: Western Pyramids

Media: Oil on canvas

Michael Viger

“For me music and life is all about style” - Miles Davis


His life, full of culture, music, movies, art is all about style and adventures. It is our great privilege to introduce Michael Viger at Masa-UK Art Gallery. The preview of his art work will be at the Manchester Art Fair in October 2020.


Michaël VIGER is a French-Austrian Artist and Director. Over a period of 25 years, he worked as a first assistant, director, 2nd unit Director and Advisor in several well-known movies. These include: “The Tango Lesson”, “The Man in the Iron Mask” with Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malkovich, “Harrison's Flowers” with Andie McDowell, Adrien Brody and Gerard Butler, “The Visitors - Bastille day” with Christian Clavier and Jean Reno, “The curse of Edgar” with Brian Cox just to name a few.


His main inspirations were his father, a Jazz musician and artist and Yves Brayer, a famous French artist. His artworks reflect clearly the universe of jazz and cinema, a homage to the New Yorker Jazz Clubs with the shiny music instruments and their soulful musicians. The compositions of Alfred Hitchcock and the intensity of Orson Welles, play a big part in his creations. 


Michael’s work is loved by many, as one of his most popular collectors is Damien Chazelle (Oscar Winning “Lala Lala” Director). His work has been presented in Studio Moliere Gallery in Vienna, Austria, with exhibitions in Prague and Biennale of Florence to follow. 

David Swithenbank

David Swithenbank (1926-2018) has spent his life at the Dawes Bank, Holcombe, Bury. He was educated at the Bury Grammar School and Bury Art School. He was in India from 1945 to 1947 and in 1945 was a member of the Art Club in the Viceroy's House, New Delhi. The country and especially Indian birds and architecture have been a lifelong study and inspiration of his. 

David was the President of the Bury Art Society founded in 1949 with the local MP as its first president, followed by LS Lowry whom David succeeded. 

It was our privilege to have had the opportunity to celebrated David's 90th birthday with an exhibition at MASA-UK Art Gallery in February 2016. 

Carl Jacobs

As a child I always loved drawing and painting.  At school, art was always my favourite subject and passing GCE first grade in Art, I went on to do a two year Graphics Course at Ashton-Under-Lyne College of Art, obtaining a North West Regional Diploma in Graphic Art and Design.

I have spent my whole working career in art for the advertising and publicity business producing designs and finished artwork for everything from newspaper and magazine ads to brochures, logo design and point of sale display material, working in studios in and around the Manchester area, enjoying my job tremendously.


I would say that when I begin a piece of work, my aim is not one of total realism, but more of an individual, slightly abstracted feel, which I achieve by fragmenting the image into shapes that echo certain elements in the image and then the painting, in a way takes over and dictates to me how it wants to progress.  I find this way of working really exciting and enjoyable.  


My background of graphic art has a tendency, I think, to show through in the style my work. For the last few years I have been exhibiting in several galleries in the Manchester area and also down in Padstow, Cornwall where my paintings have been receiving a substantial amount of interest. Cornish harbour scenes are indeed one of my favourite subjects.  I love to paint the quayside cottages and fishing boats, which feature in much of my work.

Patricia Leontieff

The artist, who has been painting and exhibiting for over 20 years, brings some of her finest art at the MASA-UK Gallery at 10a Bolton Street in Bury.

She has exhibited mainly throughout the North of England. During that time her work has received many praises in exhibitions at Bury Art Gallery, The Octagon Museum in Bolton, The Hawarth Art Gallery, Accrington and Durham Massey Hall, Masa-UK Art Gallery, Bury Art Fair  and Althrinham.

Jane Fraser

Altrincham based artist, working in various media - mainly oils, but also acrylics, pastel and mixed media. 

My main inspiration is the landscape, both urban and rural. I love to observe, interpret and record my surroundings. My subjects could be anything from the familiar farmland of my daily dog walks, to the wild grandeur of the Peaks and Lakes, and the spectacular cityscapes and hidden alleyways of Manchester and other northern towns. I’m an enthusiastic member of Manchester Urban Sketchers, and like nothing better than exploring the quirky and forgotten corners of our cities.

My paintings can be seen at MASA-UK, on EASEL (the online presence of Manchester Art Fair), and in galleries in Altrincham and Ashbourne. 

Olga Lomax

Olga Tsarevska is a Russian born and educated artist who came to England to expand her artistic abilities and is greatly influenced by the scenic views of the North of England where she currently lives.  

Olga puts great passion into her work which is clearly evident in the fine detail, use of colours and attention to detail of the significant features of the piece.    


A lot of Olga’s art is born from a strong foundation of passion, research and expansive knowledge of the great beauty in this world which many of us just pass by in our busy day-to-day lives.  

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