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.

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.

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

Seeing Double – Van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery

There are only a very few paintings in the world that are truly iconic. Philip Hook in his book “Breakfast at Sotheby’s” lists the Mona Lisa, The Scream and unsurprisingly includes Sunflowers by van Gogh in his list of famous images. If we all created our own list of top 10 famous images I am sure we would end up with differing lists, but we could safely predict that Mona Lisa, The Scream and Sunflowers would feature fairy frequently. Read more

Autumn Celebration Offer – Deutsche Bank Art Collection Tour

Insure your art collection or art gallery in the month of October or November 2013  through Brownhill Insurance Group (Love Art Insurance) and join us for an exclusive and private tour of the world-famous Deutsche Bank art collection.

Deutsche Bank’s art collection in London consists of over 4,000 contemporary works on paper, as well as major paintings and sculptures in its reception area by artists such as Damien Hirst,  Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg and Keith Tyson. Through its art collection, Deutsche Bank aims to both enrich its working environment and support contemporary artists from around the world. Deutsche Bank is sponsoring Frieze Art Fair for the 10th consecutive year in 2013.

The Brownhill Deutsche Bank tour will start with a glass of wine, a welcome from Browhills and an introduction to the collection by a Deutsche Bank art expert. The event will then continue with a tour of the most prominent artworks in the collection. The tour will concentrate on works displayed in the reception and 50 conference rooms and corridors of their London head office in the City.

Places on the tour are extremely limited, and will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis at the discretion of the Directors of Brownhill Insurance Group.

Brownhill Insurance Group are specialists in art insurance – for established, up and coming art collectors and art dealers. For more information, please click here and for a quote please contact our Love Art Insurance Team on 020 8353 8903 or email, quoting “Brownhills Loves Deutsche Bank Art”.

Image courtesy of – Deutsche Bank London reception area, featuring artworks by Tony Cragg and Keith Tyson.