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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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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.
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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” 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.
Already an established name in British art, Chris Gollon is having a phenomenal year. What started as a solo exhibition in Guildford Cathedral in his home county of Surrey in 2014 has snowballed. ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ is such a hit with both secular and religious audiences, with the clergy, and draws huge media attention that it is now a major national touring exhibition to English cathedrals. Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance, this year it has travelled to the cathedrals of Norwich and Chichester, is now in Durham Cathedral (2nd Oct – 2nd Nov) before travelling to Hereford for Advent. The exhibition focuses on the complexity of women’s experience of the Biblical narrative and also sheds light on women who are nameless or forgotten like Job’s wife, the first woman to question God’s actions. For each cathedral Gollon adds a new work. At Chichester, partial inspiration came from Chris Gollon reading Carol Ann Duffy’s book ‘The World’s Wife’, which lead to him painting the first ever image of Judas Iscariot’s Wife. His image of her imploding with grief as she holds her husband’s suicide note, whilst also hearing news of the forthcoming Crucifixion is heart rending. Although not particularly religious himself, Gollon’s gift is to bring these women and their stories back to life, drawing us into the human drama of the Biblical stories and making them relevant today. The exhibition has been featured in The Independent, on BBC Radio 3 and drew the attention of Clare Balding, who interviewed Chris on her BBC Radio 2 programme Good Morning Sunday. The price of Gollon’s work is rising steadily and more national media attention is in the pipeline.
Chris Gollon has enjoyed many solo museum shows in the UK and has works in important public collections including the British Museum. The latest book on his life and work is ‘Humanity in Art’ by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, and is endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE. Gollon is currently working on a new series of paintings that are an artistic collaboration with acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, which will be unveiled in a solo exhibition at IAP Fine Art in London in January. Eleanor McEvoy will launch her new album in the exhibition. Details on Chris Gollon and his future exhibitions are on his official information website: www.chrisgollon.com.
Article courtesy of IAP Fine Art.
For more information on read: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/artist-chris-gollon-puts-women-10185009
The Fear of Letting Go
An exhibition of the work of Dan Baldwin
Lawrence Alkin Gallery
” I incorporate personal objects from my collections, that’s because I was taken away from my father when I was nine and never told why, so ‘The Fear Of Letting Go’ is also about myself letting go of all this stuff, confronting why I make art but still making it accessible for anyone. I always want my art to be translated into whatever the viewer gets from it, yet it makes sense to me”. Dan Baldwin speaks frankly to the Lawrence Alkin Gallery team ahead of the exhibition, “The Fear of Letting Go”.
Last night saw (if you were lucky enough to get glimpses through the masses of people who turned out for the Private View) the opening of Baldwin’s latest exhibition, taking place at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London. The space is cleverly hung with a mix of 2D (technically in some of the painting cases closer to being 3D), and 3D pieces. Baldwin’s iconic vases were displayed proudly alongside canvases and other flat surfaces worked on by the artist and a captivating bronze sculpture.
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If you’re not familiar with the work of Baldwin, go and visit LA Gallery before the show finishes and acquaint yourself with the artists incredibly bold use of glazes and finishes on his earthenware pieces which make them instantly recognisable and charming. The Fear of Letting Go also combines full size paintings with smaller studies which help make sense of some of Baldwin’s recurring motifs and themes. Be prepared for the unusual though, Baldwin uses personal objects (toys, money and even a cap gun) and attaches them to canvases and boards. For me, one of the most impressive pieces in The Fear of Letting Go, is ‘End of Innocence (Black), Bronze Edition, 2015’ which is (almost) lifesize sculpture of a girl who has on her hear a rabbit mask (complete with whiskers and ears) cast in bronze with a black patina. There is something both naive and dark about this piece that draws the viewer to look closer.
One Day I Was Free – Bronze With Patina. Showing as part of The Fear of Letting Go @danbaldwinart #danbaldwin #danbaldwinart #thefearoflettinggo #FOLG #bronze #sculpture #bird #skeleton #black #cage #art #exhibition #london #londonart A video posted by Lawrence Alkin Gallery (@lawrencealkingallery) on
“I think that memory is often altered from reality.” I think Baldwin is right on this point – it is probably best that you go and see the exhibition yourself rather than let my memory of it affect your experience.
Read the full interview with Dan Baldwin – http://www.lawrencealkingallery.com/news/artist-interview-dan-baldwin-the-fear-of-letting-go – Interview by LA Gallery
For more information on the show, please click here.
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