CAMA Gallery

CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

CAMA Gallery marked their arrival in the capital with an exclusive showcasing of Iranian art at Café Royal Hotel, London. 30 Exquisite pieces were on display by 30 highly acclaimed artists, inspired by professional and master Iranian art.

History of Iranian Art

Iran’s tumultuous history and troubled relationship with the West has often overshadowed overt international recognition of the country’s wealth of culture and artistic innovation. The turbulent political journey has been the driving force behind one of the most innovative contemporary art movements in modern history and CAMA are providing a platform for further global recognition.
Persian/Iranian art has one of the richest art heritages in world history and has a strong presence in various artistic disciplines including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and sculpture. So, if you are an avid fan of art, it is highly likely that your favourite art piece has some form of Persian influence hidden in plain sight!

Recent Sales

An untitled work from Iranian poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri’s Tree Trunk series sold for 360,000 USD and was the highest grossing item sold at the Sotheby’s 20th Century Art: Middle East auction in London on Monday 23 October 2017. This is an exciting time for CAMA and the way the art market seems to be evolving at the moment – hence the need for a London Gallery Space together with an online presence.

In early 2014 news travelled concerning record-breaking sales emerging from Tehran which saw auction sales exceed $5million. The same Tehran Art Sale in 2015 saw 126 artworks sold with 46 works achieving well above estimate, creating a new record of $6.1million. To no surprise, we saw this trend continue with auction sales in excess of $10million at the Tehran Art Sale in 2017. At this auction, Sohrab Sepehri sold his impressive paintings in excess of $2million with individual works being sold for over $850,000.

CAMA Gallery Event

We were lucky enough to view one of Sohrab Sepehri’s pieces at the CAMA Gallery event, which was also available to purchase. Staff and clients of Brownhill Insurance Group were incredibly impressed with the skills and beauty of each of the pieces on show and great interest was expressed by all in the room. I can see that CAMA Gallery have a fantastic opportunity to really ‘rock’ the art industry and that Iranian artworks are becoming more and more popular. Future projections for auctions/ sales are thought to be bigger than ever, so watch this space!
Take a look at their website for further information and if you would like to make any enquiries then please contact me and I can put you in touch with CAMA Gallery https://en.camagallery.com/
Written by Megan Thompson, Cert CII tel 0208 353 8907.

London Geodes: The Beauty Inside

Ventique Art Gallery is pleased to present London Geodes: The Beauty Inside, a new body of work by Matteo Margaroli. This exhibition brings together Margaroli’s London Geodes and Galassia collections.

Taking inspiration from diverse sources including his childhood spent hunting for crystals in the Italian Alps, the streets of London, and the Old Master’s paintings, London Geodes explores the contrast between the nondescript stone exterior of geodes and the hidden secrets within; quartz crystals, agate or amethyst. Starting out as air bubbles inside cavernous rocks, geodes are formed over millions of years, due to mineral-rich water flowing through the hollow rock interior.

Margaroli’s fascination with unearthing geodes started as a child; he was captivated by understanding how they formed and finding the hidden precious crystals. However, it is only by breaking the stone the inner beauty is revealed. Margaroli’s desire to extract the beauty concealed within the unexceptional rock exterior, references his ambition to unearth the hidden beauty within us; referencing how the cover of a book does not always reveal its contents. Each London Geode takes its name from a London street; the sparkling crystal mapping out the geometric urban landscape while also highlighting the city’s impact on Margaroli’s practice.

In the exhibition, Margaroli explores the format of the Geode through wall mounted and freestanding sculptures. The outer surface of the geode rock is reimagined and recreated in metal with a crack cutting through, revealing a slice of shimmering crystal within. The jagged peaks and troughs of the metal reference Margaroli’s architectural background, while also alluding to the multifaceted crystals used in the artworks. Each crystal is hand cut, covered in gold foil and individually placed, sparkling in reaction to light.

Adam and Eve Muse takes inspiration from the first man and woman; the freestanding sculpture consists of two figurative Geodes, facing each other, almost embracing, yet not quite touching. The internal crystals are predominantly visible to its partner, yet sections of the precious interior can be seen when actively engaging with the sculpture. The piece takes inspiration from the beauty that respective partners see in each other, cutting through the layers of hard stone exterior to only see the inner beauty.

Ventique Art Gallery, 77 Lots Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0RN
The exhibition runs from 12th October – 15th December 2017
Monday – Friday: 9.30-17.30 and weekends by appointment

The Artist Talks with Anita Klein

‘The Artist Talks’ with Anita Klein

On Thursday 28th September Brownhill Insurance Group hosted the first edition of ‘The Artist Talks’. A new series where you have the opportunity to meet and connect with some of our favourite artists.
 
This exclusive talk was with one of London’s top artists Anita Klein. Held at a quirky studio space near London Bridge, a venue something more akin to a New York apartment space, provided a suitable back drop as everyone gathered in anticipation to hear her talk about what inspires her and the processes around how she paints her amazing works.
Eames FIne Art Studio
Our art partners Eames Fine Art had hung the space with a wide selection of Anita’s work which gave the evening an early talking point. Wine was flowing and the bountiful spread locally sourced from Borough Market was a lovely way to start the evening.
A table filled with food locally sourced from borough market for 'The Artist Talks' with Anita Klein Evening
Vincent Eames of Eames fine art introduced Anita who had set up a presentation. She proceeded to walk us through her catalogue of works from the early ‘musings’ she did as an art student in the early 80’s all the way through to her current works.
Anita Klein, Vincent Eames and Alex Andrews at Eames Fine Art Studiio
Going through the work was like delving into her own family photo album, Anita’s work is very personal and she uses real memories as her inspiration. I asked Anita if she felt closer to works that involved her daughters and granddaughters, as opposed to some of the other works that were more general. It was interesting that she said the process she uses would be the same for all her works, there is no change to her thought process. She lives in the moment and produces the work having gone into a sort of dream like state. She was asked if she felt any sense of loss selling some of the more personal works, which she admitted there had been a couple.
 

Eames Fine Art Studio displaying works by Anita Klein

Anita spoke candidly for over an hour, but given her engagement and the subject matter it flew by. The overriding feedback from everyone who attended was that of an interesting and unique event that will hopefully be the first of many.

Young Masters End of Summer Party

On Thursday 7th September Brownhill Insurance Group sponsored the Young Masters Art Prize. Many entrants of the prize, past and present were exhibited; boasting a variety of mediums and subject. The exhibition showed new works of contemporary art that took inspiration from the past, hence the name ‘Young Masters’. Artists of all ages were permitted to enter and indeed were on show.

Held at the Royal Over-Seas League in St. James’s, London – this impressive building is a fitting venue for works of such high caliber. The pieces perfectly displayed throughout for all to admire.

As we arrived the Younger Masters curator, Cynthia Corbett was arriving via the stair lift, with Gillian Henderson, our Managing Director at Brownhills hobbling along behind on crutches. Both having suffered recent injuries – a sold out event like this could not be missed and the term ‘suffer for your art’ was never truer than seeing them both carry on so gracefully.

One of our favourite pieces was a film by Amartey Golding, a rising and talented artist who we had the pleasure of meeting. Titled ‘Chainmail’ – this 15-minute film challenges stereotypical perceptions of black masculinity and sexuality. At its centre this performance piece features a dance by Amartey’s brother Solomon Golding, who is a member of the Royal Ballet. Sadly we were unable to fulfill Amartey’s request for an after party – hopefully next time Amartey!

This year’s winner was Azita Moradkhani with her striking series titled ‘Victorious Secrets’. Azita embeds artwork into old-fashioned lingerie and uses colour pencils on paper. Her inspiration comes from her first experience of walking into a Victoria Secret store in the U.S. Her mind drawn to the juxtaposition between her home country of Iran where such objects are hidden away in private vs the frivolous nature of the United States. The drawings of intimate lingerie, ‘Victorious Secrets,’ explore connected narratives of pain and pleasure through repeated abstract patterns and images based on photojournalism and iconography. Azita’s work was not actually displayed on the evening as she had a rather impressive sell-out.

It was great to see so many of our clients and members of the VIP Art Club attend and we hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did.

Written by Megan Thompson and Angela Stewart of Brownhill Insurance Group

Caiger Contemporary Art

Caiger Contemporary Art at Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring

The 2017 art fair season continues this week with the Affordable Art Fair Spring edition. This is great fair for first time buyers or seasoned collectors.

Getting that spring feeling and wanting to purchase some great artworks, then this is the fair for you. There is so much amazing, wonderful original art out there, for prices that won’t break the bank, so why buy posters and cheap reproductions that you will find on any Tom, Dick or Harry’s wall?

Caiger Contemporary Art, one of our gallery partners is exhibiting this year. Find out a bit about them and their artists.

Caiger Contemporary Art says ‘Buying art should be fun, which is why we have already done the hard work for you, and have teamed up with some fantastic artists to show you how awesome it can be to buy art for your home. We want to tell you all about them and their work as we think it is great to know how something is made, why and by whom. It gives it that extra story to make you fall in love with it even more! Also by sharing with you these fantastic artworks we get to support the wonderful artists too so they can focus on what they do best – making some beautiful work for us to put on our walls!’

Here are some of the fantastic artists you will see on our stand this year at the fair.

Rod McIntosh

As a mark maker Rod lies within a tradition of drawing and recording his experience of the world, his travels, relationships and sense of self.

McIntosh’s process and methods developed as rules that slowly became a habit or creative ritual. The choice of materials evolved through this journey. His desire to maintain a strong integrity within his work directed him to learn the recipes for gesso, where he found the physical, tactile, step-by-step method reassuring. Continued research into the history of mark-making pointed to an honesty that he chose to draw with.

Rod McIntosh - The Moment Within II 2017

Rod McIntosh – The Moment Within II 2017

Corinne Natel

Her work is abstract based contemporary paintings inspired by landscapes, nature, cities, travel, fashion and media. Her work investigates colour, form, space and texture. She often explores seasons or nature based environments with colour, how colours work with one another and the colour relationship with the season or environment.

Corinne Natel - Elektra

Corinne Natel – Elektra

Laura Benetton

Laura’s work is influenced by the structure of birds’ wings and butterflies. Their movement and uniqueness have been a big source of inspiration. Focusing on the movement, on the stretch, Laura abstracts the actual shape and colours and to obtain a very energetic skeleton of line. The colours’ blend and the intensity of the butterflies never stop piquing her curiosity.

Laura Benetton - Infra 12

Laura Benetton – Infra 12

To find out more about their artists visit www.caigerart.com or find them on Facebook, twitter and Instagram @caigerart.

Nick Smith ‘Parlance’ Opening Night

Nick Smith’s third solo show – ‘Parlance’ is his best work to date. Taking iconic images from popular culture and adding his now trademark pantone effect, Smith has literally blurred the line between his subjects famosity and his increasing profile. The artist even depicted himself among the walls of celebrities, almost like he is predicting his own rise to fame.

Patrick Bateman, Tondo

Last night’s opening at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, welcomed in the month-long show. By 6:30 pm almost all the original works had sold leaving only a few pieces, including a larger than life Patrick Bateman portrait. The face of Christian Bale covered in blood filled the back wall of the basement and at £3,600 was the high-ticket item of the show.

I don’t envy the pre-show hanging session that both the gallery and artist must sweat over. The wall of 20 or so magazines from David Bowie to Karl Largerfeld must have taken some planning. With art being open to interpretation, one must assume prudence is key in the hanging of a show. With the juxtaposition of former president Obama on the cover of TIME Magazine (2009) and a younger Trump grinning on Playboy way back in 1990, does beg the question over the strategic placing of these pieces. Continuing down the line, the infamous Kanye West sits right of Trump, perhaps waiting for his shot at the Presidency. At this point, anything could happen and although outrageously ridiculous, this isn’t the first prediction I’ve seen of a President West.

‘Parlance’ opens to the public today and runs at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery on New Compton Street until 1st April.

For more information:

Visit – http://www.lawrencealkingallery.com/events/parlance. You can also follow Nick Smith’s preferred social media of choice – Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nicksmith_art/.

The Light Within Private View

The Light Within at RISE Gallery

Despite the cold damp weather Rise Gallery had a good attendance for the private view of their first exhibition of the New Year, The Light Within . A retrospective of artists that use the medium of neon lights to inspire and wow! The collection was very well assembled and installed to create a great aesthetic in the room, from Lauren Baker’s personal outlook to Rebecca Mason’s brutal observations there was much to enjoy and take in.

 

All Living Beings by Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker, All Living Beings 100 x 50 x 6cm Pink neon in black aluminium tray Edition of 6

Rebecca Mason, Pin The Tale of Woe on The Donkey 100 x 80cm Neon on direct painted aluminium in deep aluminium frame

Throw into the mix some great sounds from the DJ, fire eating dancers and some rather lovely craft brew from Inkspot Brewery in Streatham and all in all Rise Gallery can be rightly proud of this exhibition.

The exhibition is running until the 9th March with art from a wonderful selection of contemporary neon artists, including; Lee Blackshaw, Jimmy Galvin and Illuminati Neon. It’s not one to be missed.

Illuminati Neon, Captain America 110 x 82cm Red and blue neon on wooden board, hand painted Donald Trump with dimmer

Illuminati Neon, Weapons of Mass Distraction 100 x 132cm Hand painted Kate and Wills, gold frame, pink neon with dimmer

Lee Blackshaw, We Ride Together 6ft x 3ft Blue neon and giclee

Illuminati Neon, Personal Jesus 90 x 100cm Hand painted Mexican Jesus with lilac neon and dimmer

Read more about the exhibition

http://croydonist.co.uk/rise-neon/
More Pictures from the evening here

Shuby This Is The Spot Private View

Shuby ‘This Is The Spot’

A week ago today, Thursday 19th January saw the private view of ‘This Is The Spot’, a solo show by female street artist ‘Shuby’ at Lawrence Alkin Gallery on New Compton Street.

The gallery was greeted with a full house of collectors for the first opening of 2017. Guests included Ben Eine who once shared a studio space with Shuby.

The Showcasing of 18 large silkscreen one-off canvases executed in a traditional pop art style, delighted the walls of this intimate upstairs/downstairs venue.

Inspired by movie posters, small ads and tart cards ‘This Is the Spot!’ explores the beginnings of the UK porn industry. Running until February 18th, it truly is a must see.IMG_7004-compressor

For more information:

http://www.lawrencealkingallery.com/news/view-our-shuby-interview-and-private-view-videos




Fabiano Parisi, Il Mondo Che Non Vedo, 2016 featured at the young masters exhibition

Young Masters Art Prize Launch

On 2nd October, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery launched the fourth edition of the Young Masters Art Prize which Brownhill Insurance Group were proud sponsors of.

The exhibition, held at Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in Pall Mall, showed works from previous Young Masters artists together with guest artists.  In various ways these talented artists’ reflect on the history of art through a variety of media. These include ceramics, painting, photography, multi-media and video.

Commanding great skill, each artist takes an aspect of art history, such as genre, technique, subject matter, reinventing it in a contemporary way.  The standard of work seems to be of such high quality at each event. It is always a delight to be involved with Young Masters. We would like to congratulate the artists for the fantastic works displayed and also to Cynthia and the team for such an enjoyable evening.

(above picture: Fabiano Parisi, Il Mondo Che Non Vedo, 2016)

Turkestan-Journey

Turkestan Journey Exhibition at ASIA House

“Turkestan Journey” is an exhibition of traditional jewellery and textiles from Central Asia dating from the 19th to early 20thcenturies from the collection  of “Almaly”, Kazakh company.

The collection was started a mere 20 years ago and encompasses the works of craftsmen from Western Kazakhstan, who embodied the very finest traditions of national jewellery making and art, as well as accessories from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Kara-Kalpak area and Kyrgyzstan. It also includes elaborately embroidered robes from Bukhara and national costumes from Tajikistan and Turkmenistan regions as well as filigree belts, from Crimean Tatars.

This jewellery differs significantly from region to region with each tribe having it’s own ornament and preferable semi-precious stones. For instance, jewellery from Khorezm may be distinguished by the insets of carnelians and large round corals within pendants and necklaces. Turquoise, pearls and mother-of-pearl were beloved stones of the jewel-makers of Khorezm and Bukhara. The full descriptions of the jewellery may be found within the lavishly illustrated book of the collection published in 2015 by Hurtwood Press.

The exquisite items selected for this exhibition (almost 60) represent all types of ornaments worn in this part of the world during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The full and amazing diversity of Central Asia is laid bare here: from the richly decorated head bands of Uzbekistan and large silver gilt heart-shaped hair ornaments of Turkmenistan to the richly patinated and time-worn stylish silver Kazakh rings.

This private collection, comprising more than one thousand different types of jewellery and textiles from Central Asia, is of great importance to the development and understanding of cultural identity. Not only is it vivid evidence of the preservation of valuable museum pieces, but also a chance to see the cumulative and cultural experience gathered by the artisan jewel-makers of the region throughout their rich and varied history.