Anthony Christian

A Passion for Drapery

“I do not know which to admire the most; your courage in defying the tendencies of modern art, or the skill with which you have done so”
Sir Kenneth Clark

Anthony Christian’s work is in some of the world’s most prestigious art collections, including the Queen’s Royal Collection; a clear testament to not only his masterful draughtsmanship but also the deep emotive power that his multi-genre art offers. In the rich oeuvre of his career spanning over six decades and created throughout the far corners of the world.

Few artists in history have painted inanimate objects with such intricacy or luminosity so as to incite emotional reactions. With a less than straightforward trajectory to fame and success, Christian’s resurgence with this exhibition cements his reputation as one of the most significant ’modern’, old master painters. Persisting in his modern, realist style throughout his career, Christian’s subversive attitude deserves to award him the status of an icon for many modern and contemporary artists.

In this exhibition, aptly named “A Passion for Drapery“, Christian offers us a series of artworks with a new and fresh feeling; dreamy imagery imbued with vibrant colours and revitalising light. His brushwork shows some influences from early Impressionism, such as in the work of Edgar Degas and William Nicholson, but there is also a subtle surrealist thread that is masterfully weaved through each picture. His art has traditional painterly values and yet at the same time it looks ‘contemporary’. But perhaps the greatest success is how Christian develops the narrative in arguably the most difficult subject matter that could afford such expressive freedom: drapery. Ever since he was a child sitting on his bed looking at the crumpled sheets and seeing all sorts of figures and monsters racing around in the intricate folds of the cloth, Anthony Christian has been fascinated by drapery. As an artist he became obsessed with the wondrous madness of the drapery and the endless possibilities and challenges it offered to express the stories hidden within it. A Passion for Drapery is the culmination of this obsession. Here we see how Christian gives cloth a life of its own through confident, virtuoso brushwork, as if the imaginary figures that he observed on his childhood bedsheets have reincarnated onto the canvas. While the paintings are carefully crafted with an overall balance of shape, texture, tone and colour, the drawings are true little masterpieces created using a technique of tinting paper which the artist then worked on with charcoal pencil and white chalk for highlights.

Such is the appeal of Anthony Christian’s art that it provides something of an existential experience; his artworks are allegorical ideas.A Passion for Drapery then is in a way one of the half-forgotten aspects of life we live with, that we scarcely notice, but that can mean everything.


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Zari Gallery
73 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ

Tel: + 44 207 580 7759

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm

Mohini Mehta selected for BigCi Residency

Mohini Mehta, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, has been selected to take part on the 4-week long BigCi Residency programme.

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program with a focus on supporting practicing artists by facilitating their projects. They are flexible in the range of creative initiatives that interest us, personal in the way they work with individual artists, quick in making decisions, energetic in development and implementation of projects, keen to be involved in multidisciplinary collaborations.

BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts.

Painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, performance artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and other creative souls are invited to apply for the residency. Curators, artistic directors, visionaries and ideas people are invited to propose events, gatherings, exhibitions and other creative initiatives.

In addition to the artist residency program, BigCi is available for a variety of events, performances, workshops, installations and exhibitions. Proposals are welcome.

Because of their location within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of our team, many of their residents are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, although many others use our beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

BigCi has collaborative links with a number of art organisations, including Asialink, Artspace Sydney, Sydney Biennale, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Goyang Art Studio, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea;  Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China.


Karolina Albricht: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Private View Friday 7th September 2018, 6-9pm
exhibition continues through Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September, 2-5pm
Unit 3 Projects, ASC Studios, Empson St, E3 3LT, London
During the show Gemma Lowe and Karolina Albricht will also open their studio (no 23) with 25% off all of Karolina Albricht’s works.
Curated by Sara Dare and Karolina Albricht, one of Artrooms Fair London 2018’s selected artists.
Pop up show of 6 female artists investigating the idea of fun and having fun with the idea of fun. Playing with it, challenging it, experiencing it, reinventing it and creating it. Each artist interprets fun in their own medium, on their own terms, coming from their individual experience and sensibility. The exhibition’s title is borrowed from Cindy Lauper hit from 1983. She changed the lyrics of Robert Hazard’s 1979 song and made it into a feminist anthem, a symbol of female solidarity. While carrying an important message of equality, this song is also an apotheosis of fun seen from all angles: artist’s, woman’s and human’s. The show’s aim is to recreate this broad perspective of fun. A collaborative playlist accompanying the exhibition was created by all participating artists. It introduces another personal dimension into the realm of fun.
I come home in the morning light
My mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we’re not the fortunate ones
And girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun
The phone rings in the middle of the night
My father yells what you gonna do with your life
Oh daddy dear you know you’re still number one
But girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just want to have
That’s all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Oh girls, they wanna have fun
Oh girls just wanna have fun (girls and boys wanna have fun, girls wanna have)
Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just wanna have
That’s all they really want
Some fun…
Exhibiting artists include Bea Acevedo, Cecilia Charlton, Florence Mytum, Jo Hummel-Newell, Karolina Albricht and Sara Dare.
is an artist based in London where she graduated in Fine Art and continues her independent practice. Abstraction, construction, volume, surface, ingestion, precariousness, fun…., the suspension in a state of undifferentiation between bodily and objecthood…..These are some of the aspects in Bea Acevedo’s sculptural practice that reflects on how our material environment shapes our subjectivity, the literal and metaphorical bodily integration of the materials that surround us.
is an American-born artist living and working in London. Her recent exhibitions include:SURGE: the East Wing Biennial, Courtauld Institute, London; Marching Through the Fields, Jeannieavent Gallery, London; Living Room, Safehouse 1 & 2, London. In June 2018 she completed her MA Painting at the Royal College of Art. Cecilia uses colour as a unifier across mediums of textiles, painting, sculpture, and installation. Her practice focuses on personal and social history, as explored through textiles of patterns and abstraction. Traditional materials and techniques provide focus on her creative life as a third-generation textile artist. Notion of time is central to the her work as a direct result of the time-consuming creative process, and the works themselves also indirectly evoke a sense of timelessness and ephemera. | @ceciliacharlton
lives and works in London, she has just completed her MA at the Slade School of Fine Art and has recently been included in Material Instincts at Kaleidoscope Gallery, Picnic at Subsidiary projects and 31 Celsius at ASC Gallery. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Slade Summer School and last year she completed a residency with TFAC at the Griffin Gallery. Her work focuses on how we engage with and understand the world on a physical, material and bodily level, rather than through intangible notions of language and intellect. “I playfully explore the physical and aesthetic
qualities of certain materials through accumulation and repetition, resulting in work which hovers between painting, sculpture and site-specific installation. I’m interested in how art can be used as a non-verbal form expression, breaking down sensory and cultural hierarchies through a focus on the haptic.” | @florencemytum
was born in Farnborough, Hampshire. She studied at Kingston University London
2001-2004 and Royal College of Art London 2004-2006. Recent exhibitions include Deep End Echo, Sid Motion Gallery London 2018, Artist in Residence, Saatchi Art Lounge, during Frieze Week London 2017. Her work has been included in satellite exhibition Afternoon Tea at the 53rd Venice Biennale with WW Gallery London, RA Summer Exhibition London 2014 and Jerwood Drawing Prize London 2012. Joanne was shortlisted
for the Beers London Contemporary Visions exhibition 2018 and has received a number of Arts Council Grants for the Arts awards for temporary installations and research residencies. She regularly exhibits internationally and has a growing international collector base. Human habits and social behaviour inform an improvised process which combines collage, painting, and installation sometimes of a public nature and not limited to the environment of a gallery. She is interested in the cultural artefacts and experiences that are created for celebration, mourning, demonstration, worship or survival which allow us, for a brief moment, to journey psychologically within the joy, sadness, meditation and belief, and freedom or dependence of our fellow beings. | @johummelnewell
is a London based artist. She was born in Krakow where she received her MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. In 2007 she completed Socrates-Erasmus at ArtEZ Institute of Fine Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands and was selected for 2018/2019 Turps Studio Progame. Her most recent exhibitions include Summer Show at The Concept Space and Marching Through The Fields with Warbling Collective. She exhibited at the ArtGemini Prize (Public Choice Award) and Arte Laguna Prize and was shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition, the Threadneedle Prize, National Open Competition and RCA Open Exhibition. Karolina uses bold colours, marks and shapes to create semi-fictional narratives. Her work investigates human nature through myth and ritual of the past and present. She is particularly interested in the experience of duality and applies this to both formal and contextual aspects of her practice. | @karolinaalbricht
is based in coastal Sussex and works throughout the South East and London. She graduated in Fine Art Painting at The University of Brighton in 2008 and was recently accepted on the Correspondence Course at Turps Art School. Recent exhibitions include Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair Victoria House London 2018, Third Order Unit 3 Projects ASC Studios 2018 and winner of The Winter Salon Exhibition at Rye Creative Centre.
Themes within her practice explore the relationship between process, environment, scale and ambiguity of form through an abstract and instinctive language. Playful and often psychologically charged shapes examine concepts relating to repulsion, lure, conflict, and proximity. Primarily working on large canvases, she is also concerned with the environment surrounding the works and the conversations between them seeking to investigate the relationship between alternative curation and installation. | @sarawaldrondar