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
Written by Megan Thompson, Cert CII tel 0208 353 8907.

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

The acclaimed Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns to London this October for its 27th year. Running from 31st October until 5th November, it is the flagship art and antiques event of the British winter season. 100 of the UK’s very best dealers will be offering an incredible array of over 30,000 one-off, diverse and truly original pieces – all within the iconic setting of London Olympia.

The fair is an inspiring destination for home owners and interior designers as well as seasoned collectors. It is particularly popular with those looking for unusual, not-on-the-high-street Christmas gifts. The six-day event is expected to attract over 20,000 shoppers from the UK and internationally, all looking to buy works priced from £100 to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Ranging from signed jewellery, artwork, furniture, ceramics, glassware, clocks, fossils, textiles, mirrors, silver and sculpture – the Fair will host an amazing choice of pieces that is sure to inspire the experienced buyer or the first time follower.

Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director says: “The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has become an important event for the winter arts season, attracting consumers and trade alike. The Fair also runs at the same time as Asian Art in London when major collectors descent on London. The diversity of pieces on sale from our dealers is extraordinary and ranges from diamonds to dining tables and from lanterns to Lalique.

“Interest in antique furniture appears to be increasing as interior fashion favours an eclectic mixture of old and new. These pieces provide long lasting durability and many years of pleasure to live with.”

It is the only fair in the UK to work in association with the top two trade associations, BADA (The British Antiques Dealers’ Association) and LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers). There is a very strict vetting process in place whereby everything is checked by independent experts to ensure that every piece for sale is genuine and correctly labelled.

There is a complimentary interiors and arts talks programme and highlight tours from an independent art advisor. Both are included within the ticket price

From 4pm until 9pm on Tuesday 31st October, there will be an exclusive Preview Event where visitors can have a first view of the incredible array of pieces on offer.

Ticket prices for Preview day are £30 while standard advance admission is £15* and £20 on the door.

The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will take place at the Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.

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

A green statue with arms held outstretched in front with a golden mask in hand. Behind the statue shows part of an exhibition

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, 27 June – 2 July 2017

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.

Simply click here to register for your complimentary e-ticket

For more information on the Fair visit


ArtPakk – A Reusable Bag For Protecting and Storing Your Art

ArtPakk advertised as the most protective bag on the market.

Developed by a Framer, Gallery Owner and Artist, with first-hand knowledge of the industry. The ArtPakk is a reusable bag for protecting and storing works of art and frames.

Consisting of 3 different bonded layers they provide 6mm of dependable protective material. No more worries about damage from knocks, sunlight and dust.


• Re-usable with Velcro flap
• 100% recyclable so an Eco-friendly alternative to bubble wrap
• Water resistant and mould repellent
• Strong and shock absorbent
• Tested to hold up to 50kg of weight
• Temperature controlling fabric provides insulation
• Soft and acid-free inner lining, ideal for oils and resin

These easy to use bags are expandable with optional label holders. They come in 10 sizes and are available to both trade and retail customers.

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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.

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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

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'Krankenhaus' by Gina Soden

Emergence at Eye Like Gallery – A Solo Show by Gina Soden

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.

Deutsche Bank Art Collection – Tour

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

Deutsche Bank London Reception featuring works by Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst

Deutsche Bank London Reception featuring works by Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst