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
Celebrating its 45th edition, London’s longest running art and antiques Fair will showcase 160 of the world’s leading specialist dealers. Discover a diversity of periods and styles crossing a variety of disciplines including furniture, clocks, ceramics and glass to jewellery, textiles, sculpture and art. With over 55,000 pieces to explore, personalise your interiors with eclectic statement pieces and add irresistible treasures to your collection.
Returning as part of the Fair this year, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art & Design Fair – SOFA LONDON will present three dimensional contemporary artworks crossing the boundaries of design, fine and decorative art.
New for 2017, join the dedicated Interior Design Talk Series and learn more about the latest trends from leading international experts, including Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Emma Burns from Sybil Colefax & John Fowler, Douglas Mackie and the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design). Listen to insightful and inspiring talks with a programme hosting speakers from leading museums and institutions including the British Museum and TATE.
Mosimanns’ Jazz Café will be serving a divine selection of dishes to enjoy for lunch and dinner, complimented by top of the range beverages for you to enjoy on your day out.
For lovers of stylish interiors the Fair is an unrivalled destination.
For more information on the Fair visit olympia-art-antiques.com
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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/.
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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Eye Like Gallery presents ‘Emergence’ – the first solo show of the acclaimed artist, Gina Soden. Not only does Emergence put on display iconic pieces of the artists work alongside work being displayed for the first time – but a collaboration between Gina Soden and Eye Like has resulted in a newly commissioned piece ‘Krankenhaus’. This monumental work, in terms of impact and size (160cm x 160cm) will no doubt be the highlight of the show and propels the artist further into recognition.
Gina Soden has been the subject of must press interest recently having won the prestigious ‘Emerging Artist of the Year‘ award from National Open Art in 2013 and subsequently being short-listed for the same award in 2014. This young Reading-based photographic artist is also to appear on BBC One’s ‘Inside Out’ later this year.
Emergence shall give Gina a chance to explain how her photographic works of often derelict and decaying sites provide a new sense of life and beauty as well as providing a perfect description of her own development as an artist furthering her already developed style. Aside from Gina’s emergence towards international fame, Emergence seems the perfect exhibition title for a gallery that, only just opening in Beaconsfield earlier this year, has been going from strength to strength gaining recognition from collectors and artists alike as the collaboration with Gina Soden has proved.
We are really excited about this collaboration and look forward to hearing how gallery owner Sarojini Brindley and gallery manager Mollie Philpot get on. For the chance to see Gina Soden’s work at Eye Like Gallery, the exhibition is open from 5th – 26th September 2014 at their Beaconsfield space with a Private View on Thursday 4th September from 18:00 – 21:00.
For more information, or to RSVP to the Private View, click here.
We were lucky enough to be given a tour of Deutsche Bank London’s impressive collection last week and were joined by a small group of our VIP Art Club members. I can safely say that we were completely overwhelmed at the volume and scope of the art that adorns their walls. Deutsche Bank has been associated with collecting contemporary art since 1979 and have established a vast collection of artists you will have heard of, and some they’re sure you’ll hear about in the near future!
When we entered their London offices from London Wall we couldn’t help but see Keith Tyson’s huge 12 Harmonics series that hangs down the entire length of the lobby. Commissioned for the space, Tyson’s polyptych panels are impressive for reasons beyond their scale. Each of the 12 panels painted on aluminium show one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac that are either immediately obvious or entice the viewer to work out which star sign is connected to which panel. However Tyson doesn’t stop at the signs of the Zodiac, or the first twelve elements of the Period Table… or even cleverly including numerical clues from 1 to 12. If you were not impressed by the three ways Tyson includes three different ways of linking the polyptych, he finally links the series with groups of three for each of the seasons and then splits the polyptch panels in half to have 6 day and 6 night panels.
After managing to pull us away from Tyson’s incredible work we were shown up to the eighth floor where the meeting rooms are named after – and contain – a contemporary artist. Corridor upon corridor is lined with works by familiar artists with the names on the doors giving clues as to what might await you inside. We were winding our way around the labyrinth of the eighth floor when one by one we disappeared off into the meeting rooms to discover works by artists we all loved. As both a fan of architecture and art I must admit I loved the views from their offices onto the nigh-time City skyline.
The remit of the collection is that it consists (with the odd exception) of works on paper. This is for two reasons, firstly it means that often the works are by well-known artists made more affordable by purchasing their traditionally less desirable works on paper and secondly that in an office block there is an abundance of space on the walls to hang the art!
The London collection of the Deutsche Bank is impressive on its own, but it is not an isolated example of the Deutsche Bank’s commitment to encourage artists and the wider art scene. The Deutsche Bank Towers in Frankfurt, Germany, is a similar enterprise on an even greater scale with floors organised into groups by geographic region and then by individual artist. Maybe a trip to Frankfurt might be on the horizon!
If you want to learn more about this incredible collection, the Deutsche Bank London has created an Art App for iPhones and iPads which can be downloaded, for free, here.
To take advantage of our VIP Art Club offering. Please sign up here
Next week sees the return of London Art Fair to the Business Design Centre from 15-19th January. Among the wide range of galleries displaying their artists works will be Ink_d Gallery on stand G12. Representing artists such as Carne Griffiths, whose screenprint portraits are bold statements, and Miss Bugs, the collaborative team, shown in the header to this blog post.
On Wednesday 15th January Brownhill Insurance Group with be holding a drinks reception, hosted by Ink_d Gallery on stand G12 from 6pm. If you have applied for tickets to the fair through us we look forward to seeing you at the reception, however if you already have tickets you are very welcome to come along and say hi on the night.
If you missed the opportunity to apply for tickets to the London Art Fair 2014, join our VIP Art Club here to receive promotions and tickets to arts events in and around London.
Header Image Courtesy of Ink_d Gallery. Night Night Sleep Tight, Miss Bugs.
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