Edward Akrout, Patrick Altes, Olayanju Dada and Daniel Soresa are featured in "Africa My Africa - Connecting Boundaries", a new exhibition curated by Lahd Gallery and GAFRA, which aims at connecting an "invisible pyramid" that unites North, East and West Africa.
International artists from a variety of mediums including paint, sculpture, audio-visual, and installation have joined together for the joint exhibition Culturelines Sans Frontiers to explore and question cultural boundaries in Greece.
Think you recognise him? You may know Edward for his roles in Mr Selfridge, Midsomer Murders or The Borgias. Or you may know him for his artistic flair- whichever way, there's no getting around this guys artistic talents.
His style tends to show the emotions and personality traits of characters that he's met on his travels in London, Paris and New York but with just a few strokes of the brush or pen.
We don't want to give too much away! Just come let Edward impress you again and again with his work which will be at The Hoxton, Shoreditch until the end of January 2016.
For actor and painter Edward Akrout one life isn't enough. He's a New Yorker, Paris native with Tunisian blood, and currently calls London his home. His paintings were born all over the world during his travels.
And if you were to include the many roles he's inhabited over the course of his career, Akrout has lived more than a normal share of lives.
The corridors of the Hoxtown Gallery are lined with charcoal, ink and acrylic designs, along with larger oil paintings that adorn the foyer. Akrout’s collection of portrait-style drawings set the theme for the affair – this is the first debut of limited edition prints of his artwork, including an exclusive piece for the Hoxton that will be released throughout the company’s hotels internationally.
Akrout has stated his purpose is that of “capturing emotion and movement whilst translating it into the purest and simplest form on paper and canvas.” Akrout aims for his pieces to speak for themselves, connecting emotionally with viewers by representing the essence of universal emotions and characteristics.
There is an unmistakable connection between Akrout’s two chosen disciplines, for as an actor his job is to inhabit different emotional states, and as an artist he has an uncanny ability to capture in only a few strokes of the brush or pen.
The Paris-born master of onscreen dashing/dangerous bad-boys lets his joie de vivre nomad him far and wide – the resulting portmanteau of accents he regularly aces is nothing short of Streep-ian. From philosophy at The Sorbonne and drama at LAMDA to The Borgias and Mr Selfridge, Akrout’s ability to travel boldly in life – and role – is a tour de force.
Whether Akrout is performing on the stage or the screen, donating his time to aid work, or painting in his West London home, he gives his all. You know that he’s authentic, genuinely quirky, and unpretentious, whilst retaining a humble attitude toward others.
Edward Akrout arrives for our photo shoot in the impeccably decorated drawing room of London’s Dorset Square Hotel. The dashing six foot tall actor is quiet and polite, with a charming British accent and wildly unkempt hair. Akrout has been busy making a name for himself with roles in high profile projects like The Borgias (Showtime), The Hollow Crown (BBC) and the recently released Hollywood Western Dead in Tombstone.
It was a busy Sunday night for the members club at Café Royal, the swanky hotel in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. An exclusive crowd including models, socialites, gallerists and art dealers were out in force in support of actor Edward Akrout. Not only was Akrout screening an episode of Mr. Selfridge (in which he stars) but making his debut in the art world.
Edward had accumulated pieces throughout the years, having created them in Paris, New York and at his home in London. Akrout described that even though he was capable of handling the daily rejection and criticism he faced as an actor, the idea of establishing himself within the art community terrified him. This was evidently the most personal venture he’d embarked on.