Exhibition: Untitled (Close to Now)

Untitled (Close to Now)
Lever Gallery, 153-157 Goswell Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 7HD
5 – 6 May 2018
Private View: 5 May, 6pm;
6 May, 10-4pm

Untitled (Close to Now) explores a range of ideas and contemporary issues including our technological age, our urban environment, the state of self and alternative ways of challenging systems for a new artistic language. In bringing together a diverse range of works and mediums, this exhibition attempts to capture a multiplicity of our present, where our reality is constantly stimulated and fulfilled by a surfeit of sensations, emotions, thoughts and provocations.

Featuring newly created works from UAL Central Saint Martins undergraduate artists: Tom Bull, Amanda Hellryd, Charlie Chesterman, Gordon Berger, Augustine Skottowe, Ayse Kipri, Elliott Haigh, Vince Hart, Pierre Pagy.

Untitled (Close to Now) is a group exhibition organised by The Curation Socitey (UAL). Pre-order a copy of the exhibition catalogue (and have it collected during the private view) on Kickstarter, to raise funds to cover the costs of the exhibition (until the 26th April).

Keith Newlove from Flux Exhibition at Artrooms Fair London 2019

Last week, on Wednesday the 11th April, the Artrooms Team attended FLUX Exhibition 2018 to choose one of their artists to exhibit at Artrooms Fair London 2019 as a guest artist. After carefully going through the works of over 70 artists, the chosen winner was Keith Newlove, with his work The Thinker made with 3D Pen (P.I.A.) and Perspex.

FLUX Exhibition is London’s leading exhibition to discover the most talented, dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists.
FLUX has established itself as the platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, inspirational art event. Hosted by Chelsea College of Arts in London and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of FLUX, this fifth, much anticipated edition brings 100 artists to the fore. Gray has hand selected the very best emerging and established artists for a five-day event.
The show represents an opportunity to gain access to a vast and diverse group of gifted artists, on the path to being the big names of tomorrow, showcasing international talent in a collaborative, inclusive show. FLUX celebrates artists on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.

Among the exhibiting artists, we were very happy to see Artrooms Fair London 2018’s selected artists Joy Trpkovic, Marek Emzcek Olszweski and KV Duong.

Komal Madar: Visions of Colour solo exhibition

Komal Madar, one of Artrooms Fair Roma 2018’s selected artists, is launching a new solo art exhibition, Visions of Colour, in partnership with Hyatt Place hotel. Opening on Friday the 27th April, the prestigious two-week event will showcase the local artist’s unique, contemporary style; with a large collection of work on display including paintings featured in Vogue, House and Garden, and Inside Artists magazine.
The artist has been shortlisted for the Royal Prize Exhibition consecutively for two years. She said: “I’ve exhibited my work around the world and I’m so excited to launch my first solo exhibition in my home town in Hayes.”

“As an artist, I draw inspiration from nature and the world around me, and I also enjoy creating abstract works. My Indian heritage has played an essential role in influencing my style and I’m always experimenting with new materials such as Indian textiles, henna and Swarovski crystals. I have a diverse collection of work ranging from affordable art to suit any home, to large, luxurious pieces for the most passionate of art lovers. There really is something for everyone. I look forward to welcoming people to my new Visions of Colour exhibition, and hope that the local community will come along and enjoy my work.”

The free exhibition will run from Friday the 27th April to Thursday 10th May, from 9am to 6pm at Hyatt Place West London/Hayes, in the hotel’s glass-fronted bar and foyer. The hotel restaurant will be offering global cuisine throughout the day and all are welcome.
Dominik Strobel, General Manager at Hyatt Place West London/Hayes, said “with our Hyatt Thrive platform, Hyatt is committed to serve the people, the environment and the community and we are absolutely thrilled to have partnered up with Komal, our local artist. Our hotel is located in the heart of the London Borough of Hillingdon and we are so proud of our local heritage. We wanted to bring our diverse community together through the love of art, so it was really important for us to work with a local artist for our second exhibition. We were blown away by Komal’s vibrant style, Indian influence and authenticity, and we’re so pleased to welcome this up-and-coming artist to our hotel. We look forward to opening our doors to the public for the first Visions of Colour event.”

Hyatt PlaceWest London/Hayes, 27 Uxbridge Road, Hayes Gate House, Hayes UB4 0JN

For more information, visit komalmadar.com

Third Order: group exhibition by 4 female artists

Curated by Karolina Albricht, selected artist for Artrooms Fair London 2018

 PV Friday 13th April, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues until 29th April, open Saturday and Sunday 2-5pm or by appointment: albrichtkarolina@gmail.com
Unit 3 Projects, ASC Studios, Empson Street, E3 3LT


‘(…) we are familiar with things being either/or abstract or representational, but there is a third order out there (…)’ Jack Whitten, “Jack Whitten: An African-American and Pollock” Painting After Pollock


Third Order focuses on recent works of four female artists who push, pull, tug and examine the boundaries of figuration and abstraction in contemporary painting. The exhibition is not rooted in all-governing ideas, but embraces the subtle ambiguity of working between the familiar and the unknown. Personal narratives are created through different working methods, subjects and paint specific understanding of shape, colour and texture. The artists, following their visceral urge, develop a dialogue based on underlying search for the equivocal form. Not settling for a chosen camp or dogmatic structures, Third Order upholds an honest and unguarded approach to painterly exploration.

Agnieszka Katz Barlow’s paintings are made up of vibrant layers of colour and wayward flat shapes that act as surrogate figures. Katz-Barlow tends to avoid binary ideologies and instead embraces ambivalent spaces and anarchic identities. Interested in visual intellect and composing ideas from an internal digested pulp, Agnieszka lets her painting be a balancing act of opposing paradoxes. The narratives and spaces she creates are fictions that originate from, and can only exist within the language of painting.

Sara Dare is a painter and installation artist. Her practice explores themes of 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 proxim- ity. Sara’s approach incorporates the awareness of the environment surrounding the work and she currently investigates site-specific painting and installation of oversized work in an architecturally challenging envi- ronment.

Anna Liber Lewis paints from life, from imagination and from memory. Each painting comes from an en- counter. She is interested in this moment, when something shifts: a metamorphosis that happens some- times physically, sometimes emotionally; manifested in behaviour, body language and visual signs, a shape shifting. The paintings shift between what is seen and what is felt. They morph between the act of looking and the manifestation of a sensation, be that flirtatious glances, desire or defiance. Oscillating between subjectivity and objectivity, ambivalence is the driving force, moving in and out of abstraction.

Karolina Albricht’s empirical approach forms a constant enquiry into human nature. Her work resonates as a human experience of duality, which applies to both formal and narrative aspects of her practice. Albricht uses elements of abstraction and references the familiar form, allowing the intended and intuitive to meet. The exact moment where two of the opposing forces meet injects an element of tension into her work. This is what then becomes a reoccurring, obsessive feeling or presence in her painting.


Kaori Homma exhibiting at Crossings: Art and Christianity Now

Kaori Homma, selected artist for Artrooms Fair London 2018, is currently exhibiting her work at Southwell Minster.

From February-May, Southwell Minster will be host to an inspiring major art exhibition which will encourage visitors to explore, through art, two key Christian themes: crucifixion and resurrection. Crossings: Art and Christianity Now is a two-part exhibition which will fill the Minster with 100 new works of art by 36 significant artists, twice! The first half of the exhibition, Crucifixion Now, will be on show during Lent from 9th Feb-21st March, and the second part, Resurrection Now, during Easter from 1st April-10th May, Ascension Day. There will also be education work tied-in to the exhibition with school visits and a full programme of supporting events for all to enjoy. Crossings is unique to Southwell and will not be seen anywhere else.

The artists will each present two new works made especially for Crossings, one for each half of the exhibition, and part of the artists’ brief was to explore the two themes in a new way, refreshing visually our engagement with suffering in our world today (Crucifixion) and the hope of new life in the world today (Resurrection).

Crossings is free for all visitors to see, and is generously supported by a full-colour publication which all visitors are encouraged to buy (£5). This 52 page Exhibition Guide includes all of the artworks on show in both halves of the exhibition, as well as information about the artworks and artists to help visitors get the most out of viewing Crossings, and also presents a special exhibition essay written for us by Dr Alison Milbank, our Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster.

The 36 artists involved have been hugely supportive of this project and it is with thanks for their contributions and excellence that Crossings enables the Minster to present an exhibition of both National and International significance. Artists include: Sophie Hacker, Nicholas Mynheer, Mark Cazalet, Iain McKillop, Susie Hamilton, Chris Gollon, Biggs and Collings, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Paul Benney, Kaori Homma, Siku, Ian Adams, Jean Lamb, Enzo Marra, Matthew Krishanu, John Newling, Lee Maelzer, Jennifer Bell, Derek Sprawson, Sarah Shaw, Ray Richardson, and many others.

Southwell Minster is open every day of the year from 8.00am to 7.00pm
Southwell, Minster, Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD

(Source: southwellminster.org)

Le Dame Art Gallery: solo exhibition by Steven Vaughn

Le Dame Art Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by ritualistic water painter Stevens Vaughn. The exhibition is running from the 16th March to the 30th April. Private View will be on Thursday the 15th March from 6:30-9pm. Don’t miss the chance to meet the artist! RSVP to c.benito@ledameartgallery.com.

Stevens Vaughn was born in Minnesota, United States, to Vince Vaughn and Joyce Andresen; farmers and cattle ranchers. Due to a rare form of autism resulting in a lack of the concept of time and direction, his early life was based on seasons and events. He is currently based in China. His exhibitions are influenced by his study and training in the philosophy of how important imperfection is to the state of perfection in Japan and China. His methods of painting have been reported to use ritual “dripping” techniques that don’t pull out the color randomly, rather distribute pigments dropwise. The technique uses instability of the fluid to create figures and the splash of the droplets to further enhance the painting.Stevens Vaughn co-founded in 2000 Hafnia Foundation. The Foundation develop and support projects that inspire people, regardless of geographical boundaries, religions, sexuality or any other differences. Each project as well as their creators, seek to discover something meaningful while being playful during the process.

Le Dame Art Gallery at Meliá White House 1 Albany Street, Regent’s Park, London NW1 3UP

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am -6pm

BEL-AIR FINE ART launches new gallery in London

In January 2018, BEL-AIR FINE ART proudly opened the doors of its first UK space in London Mayfair, making BAFA LONDON the 14th Gallery to join the group. Appreciated by collectors and respected in the industry, BEL-AIR FINE ART keeps expanding and lands in the UK to present in its 200sqm London space an eclectic selection of its finest artists.

Founded in 2004 by François Chabanian, BEL-AIR FINE ART group has been focusing and sharing its expertise on contemporary art for more than ten years. Exhibiting international artists in Switzerland, France and Italy, the group is also taking part in fairs and organising international exhibitions in the Middle East, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Beirut.

The group prides on finding the best up and coming artists and lands an expert eye on Neo-Pop, postPop Art, Street Art as well as Optical Art. Far from overlooking other artistic movements, BEL-AIR FINE is equally able to advise on traditional artistic styles and promotes with the same energy emerging artists and great names of the XXI century.

BEL-AIR FINE ART LONDON is proud to present, from the 15th March to the 16th April 2018, two remarkably curated shows by Carole Feuerman and Sandra Shashou.

Strength, Survival & Balance will present an extensive selection of monumental sculptures by Carole Feuerman. The artist is recognised as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture, which emerged around 1970 in relation to photorealist painting. She was one of the three leaders in making life like sculptures that portray their models precisely. Feuerman’s has always captured in her sculptures the notion of natural beauty and a sense of inner peace.

Broken Reborn, by London-based artist Sandra Shashou, will exhibit a new body of work gravitating around the concepts of destruction and regeneration. Her work is complex and intricate, exuberant and elegant. Shashou’s new body of work comprises arrangements of smashed fragments of vintage fine bone china tea sets, Russian Lomonosov porcelain, Spanish Lladro and Nao ballerina figurines or German bisque Kaiser nude, dating back to the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Broken Reborn references to bravery, courage and rebuilding after devastation.

It is with great pride and joy that BEL-AIR FINE ART opened its new space on New Bond Street, London, and looks forward to see what the future holds.

Bel-Air Fine Art London, 105 New Bond Street, W1S 1DN, Mayfair, London

For any enquiries, please contact admin-london@belairfineart.com


Artrooms Fair London today announced the launch of the VIP and private view signaling the start of Artrooms London for the fourth consecutive year.

Artrooms Fair London  is set to run from the 20th – 22nd January 2018 at the Melia White House, for the fourth consecutive year, hosted by the 4 star hotel in central London (Regent’s Park). Artrooms sees independent artists from all over the world exhibit their work in over 70 hotel rooms that have been transformed by each individual artist showcasing their work.

Artrooms is the first international contemporary art fair offering free exhibition space to independent artists.  The fair is redefining the art world by innovating the way artists, buyers and collectors meet.

Cristina Cellini Antonini (Co Founder / Director) commented: ”We’ve watched Artrooms grow since its launch in 2015 and we’re very proud of the platform we have created that allows independent artists the opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading collectors, curators and galleries. 

The first Artrooms fair started at the Meliá White House Hotel in London in 2015, since then hundreds of artists from all over the world have benefited from a program of free exhibitions working alongside emerging and established curators, meeting private collectors and gaining visibility from a global audience.

In 2016, the fair became immediately the largest event for independent artists in the UK, and one of the most talked about in the UK art’s calendar, receiving approx. 400 applications and showcasing more than 700 artworks in 4 days.

In 2017, the third edition, Artrooms received 785 applications from over 60 countries which has increased the quality of the art work selected showcasing not only emerging but also multi-awarded independent artists. For its 4th edition in January 2018, Artrooms received over 1100 applications. This edition will see each of the 70 selected artists from all over the world (+ 1 voted by the public) exhibit their work in a hotel room.

New Artrooms Fair collaboration with MDH Hologram

Following last year very successful performance, the Artrooms Fair London is delighted to announce a new collaboration with MDH Hologram, the global market leader in holographic projection whose clients include Dior, Aston Martin, IWC Schaffhausen and Jennifer Lopez just to name a few ( www.mdhhologram.com).

Aura, a work by Analema Group, a London based art collective – lead by Oliver Gingrich, Evgenia Emets and Dr. Alain Renaud – focusing on the intersection between art and science. Will be part of the Interactive Project Section of the Artrooms Fair London.

Aura presents an introspective brainwave interface as holographic projection inviting the audience to reconnect with their spiritual self, with their inner life through electroencephalographic (EEG) brainwave measurements. EEG data provides information on brainwave data which are translated and visualized into an abstract shape. Using MDH’s EyeMagic, the projection technique suggests the dual nature of presence as spirit and as a physical condition.

Perceived as antipodal, contradictory phenomena, the relationship between technology, and the world of the spiritual is complex and multilayered. The idea of the presence is evoked through a real-time representation of brainwaves as a free floating light-sculpture – a mirror into the participants inner state of mind. Aura aims to investigate what it is to perceive someone’s presence, creating a subliminal visual echo of cognitive states channeled through real time interaction. The piece poses questions on the permeability and invasiveness of technology, as much as providing a tool for introspection, for self-observation and for engagement with one’s inner landscape.

MDH EyeMagic is the first holographic projection pod that withstands all ambient lighting, resulting in a unique optical illusion. Pioneered for Ralph Lauren’s flagship store on 5th Avenue, MDH’s EyeMagic has now been seen at London Fashion Week, at the Serpentine Gallery, Frieze Art Week and at last year’s Artrooms Fair London. The EyeMagic creates the ultimate optical illusion, with hitherto unseen impact. The audience is left to be visually amazed and here – invited to interact.

Fashion, Art and Cocktail Event: Colbacco e Tacco 12 at ContiniArtUK Gallery

Detail of "Doppio Sogno", 2015 by Michelangelo Galliani
Ambra Cortina Luxury & Fashion Boutique Hotel is bringing to London the glamour of the Queen of the Dolomites with the fashion, art and cocktail event “Colbacco e Tacco 12”

ContiniArtUK, 105 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1DN Tuesday 7th November 2017, from 18.00 to 20.00

"Doppio Sogno", 2015 by Michelangelo GallianiIn occasion of the World Travel Market, Cortina d’Ampezzo is bringing its style and glamour to London at the prestigious ContiniArtUK gallery. Exclusive fashion hotel manager Elisabetta Dotto has decided to present the third edition of the celebrated party Colbacco e Tacco 12, traditionally held at Ambra Cortina Luxury & Fashion Boutique Hotel, to Europe’s most vibrant capital.

Having become a yearly appointment for members of the Queen of the Dolomites to mark the opening of the winter season during the Milanese holiday of Sant’Ambrogio, London’s first edition of the event will be held at ContiniArtUK. With roots linking back to Italy, the centrally located London art gallery is frequented by high end international art connoisseurs and collectors. At the same time as the Colbacco e Tacco 12 event, the gallery will inaugurate “The Stone Age” on its first floor; a group exhibition featuring works solely done in marble by various influential artists.

The idea of exporting this event to London attempts to unite two important fronts of the made in Italy, demonstrating the Hotel Ambra’s ambition of implementing their recently developed communication and investment strategies. By bringing to Cortina important masters and offering its internal and external spaces to exhibit the artworks, the hotel aims to increase its relationship with culture and art. Following the London event, the fashion party will be inaugurated in Cortina on the 8th of December, presenting new couture partners, exclusive guests, and with beautiful models cat walking throughout the evening.

Together with luxury car partner Bentley, three further Italian partners are also sponsoring the fashion, art, and cocktail event: the brand Regina supporting the fashion aspect, the Tenuta 2Castelli providing wine, and Art Style magazine.

Ambra Cortina Luxury & Fashion Boutique Hotel – An old lodging located in the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Queen of the Dolomites has been transformed into a sophisticated, international and fashion boutique hotel. Nonetheless, by upholding strong traditional values and becoming deeply embedded in its cultural and social setting, the hotel has successfully retained both its genius loci and its ability to provide luxury hospitality. This exclusive mountain resort is managed and curated by Hotel manager Elisabetta Dotto, 3rd generation hotelier and open-minded entrepreneur, who travels world-wide in order to attentively report major trends in luxury hotels. Selected by Grand Tour Hip Hotels as being one of the 600 most unique hotels in the world, Ambra Cortina is a luxury hotel with a familial and cosy atmosphere. Open throughout the whole year, and located in the heart of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the hotel is suited to ensure that every guest feels special and pampered throughout their stay.

ContiniArtUK – Art gallery ContiniArtUK, inaugurated in 2014 by Cristian Contini, works with unique talents, such as Omar Hassan, Helidon Xhixha and David Begbie, pairing them to great masters including Fernando Botero, Robert Indiana and Igor Mitoraj. Every year, ContiniArtUK presents diverse solo exhibitions in its New Bond Street gallery (London), as well as participating in important external projects and pampered throughout their stay.

Press Hotel Ambra Cortina: Giulia Rossi +39 338 2166003 – press@hotelambracortina.it
Press ContiniArtUK: press@continiartuk.com

Image: Michelangelo Galliani, Doppio Sogno, 2015, Statuario marble from Carrara and brass, 100×100 cm