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Charting New Horizons: an interview with Katrine Levin, Founder of Katrine Levin Galleries

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Katrine Levin Galleries was launched in 2017, as a destination to discover extraordinary contemporary artists from places less explored. The idea was inspired by a trip to her step-father’s hometown in Kunming, the capital of China’s frontier Yunnan Province, where she was stunned by the calibre of art, depth of knowledge and experimentation. Katrine commits long-term to a small selection of masters of diverse styles, curating solo exhibitions for each. She immerses herself into the artists’ cultures, intimate stories, and places that inspired and informed their art to engage the viewers in a new perspective and to share a unique experience, insight and an intimate connection to each artist. 

Prior to establishing the gallery, Katrine practised Intellectual Property (IP) law in New York City and London for 15 years and attained an MLitt in History of Art from Renaissance to Modernism from Christie’s Education London. www.katrinelevin.com/

Dedicated to foregrounding the cultural context of such diverse works, Katrine Levin Galleries represents a range of dynamic practitioners who currently live and practice in their home country. The current focus is on Southwest China and Georgia.

Services offered include commissions by represented artists and consulting work

The gallery stages pop-up exhibitions in central London and Manhattan and has a strong online presence.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Katrine at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London…

1. Describe your business in 5 words

Discovering extraordinary artists from places less explored. That’s seven but the phrase really sums it up! 

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Communicating with Passion: an interview with Geneviève Lévesque, Entrepreneur and Founder of Artêria Gallery

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Geneviève Lévesque founded Quebec-based Artêria Gallery in 2008 with the aim of promoting the works of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. Lauded for her perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit, Genevieve was awarded the prestigious Québec Mercuriade prize for business excellence in 2016 and emerged as the winner of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award for Micro-Business from a pool of 6500 candidates in 2017. www.arteriagallery.com/

Artêria Gallery showcases bold, high-quality works from a variety of mediums, such as painting, photography, sculpture and glass, to cater to various tastes. Representing over forty practitioners from Canada, the United States and Europe, the brand proudly truly embodies its vision of creating employment for artists.

The gallery participates in exhibitions and fairs across the world, such as the Affordable Art Fair in London, New York City, and Hong Kong.

Services include appraisal, second market resale contracts from individuals or corporations, consulting for businesses and individuals, framing and delivery. 

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Geneviève via video call between London and Quebec… 

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

It’s really important as an entrepreneur to find your values that will guide your employees, customers, and all that you are doing. For us, the first word is communication, as we feel it’s really important to have transparency with the artist, employees, and clients, and we find everything works so much better when things are clearer. Number two would be engagement: the way we engage with everyone we work alongside is through commitment. For example, we only want those who are passionate about art to work for us. The third one would be enthusiasm because we want to have fun at work! We work super hard but also have a lot of fun. Most clients who come to buy a piece, it isn’t a chore for them, so we try to keep everything light, in a way. The last one would be rigour. You know, some people think the art world is flaky but it’s a really serious business! I know these concepts can sound quite contradictory, but for us, they really forge the identity of the gallery.

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From Studio to Home: an Interview with Jessica Lloyd-Smith, Gallery Director of Modern ArtBuyer Limited

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Jessica Lloyd-Smith is Gallery Director of Modern ArtBuyer Limited, which was founded in early 2012. The online gallery and consultancy showcases paintings, limited edition prints, mixed media and digital works with the mission of modernising the acquisition of affordable contemporary art. www.modernartbuyer.com/

Jessica’s background in both the art world and marketing lend themselves to the gallery’s consultancy service, where she sources dynamic pieces for private buyers, interior designers and property developers. The brand ensures high technical and creative standards through handpicking creations straight from the studios of exceptional artists. 

The gallery shows at Affordable Art Fair Battersea, as well as pop-ups in London, Bath and Bristol. 

Services include sales and art consultancy.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Jessica via video call between London and Bath…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

I’ll start with inspiring, professional, friendly, discerning. I think the final one would be diverse because the way I approach and find my clients, the way that I respond to them and the works are quite varied. We’re also diverse in terms of medium, level of artist’s career, price points and variety of clients, which ranges from big corporate clients to customers buying their first artwork.

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Gallerist, Mother, Landlord: an Interview with Susan Eley, Founder of Susan Eley Fine Art

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Susan Eisner Eley founded her eponymous New York-based gallery in 2006 with a salon-style model. She holds a BA in Art History from Brown University and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. Prior to establishing her brand, Susan worked in public relations and education at the Morgan Library & Museum, NY, and interned at the Mayor’s Art Commission of the City of New York, and at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. She is also a former professional ballet dancer with the Feld Ballet, and was a blogger for the Huffington Post. www.susaneleyfineart.com/

Situated in an Upper West Side townhouse, Susan Eley Fine Art offers visitors an intimate viewing experience and an alternative way of enjoying art. The gallery prides itself in representing a bold variety of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from all across the US, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Showcased works primarily include painting, photography, sculpture and print. 

The gallery hosts an ongoing program of solo and group exhibitions, as well as collector talks, political fundraisers, panel discussions, and literary and poetry salons. The gallery also takes part in art fairs in the USA and Canada. 

Services offered include curating, art consulting, primary and secondary market sales, and jurying.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Susan via video call between London and New York City…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:  

We are iconoclastic, intimate, off the beaten path, salon-style, and thriving.

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From Japan to London: an interview with Chiko Nara, Director of Hanga Ten

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Chiko Nara is Director of Hanga Ten, the only gallery across the UK and Europe that specialises exclusively in contemporary Japanese prints. Hanga Ten prides itself in showcasing limited edition prints that are original works in their own right, as each of them has been meticulously hand-printed by the artist. The gallery represents a vast selection of practitioners, ranging from emerging talent to internationally renowned professionals. Since its establishment in London over twenty years ago, Hanga Ten has exhibited at annual showcases such as the Affordable Art Fair,  London Original Print Fair, 20/21 International Art Fair, and Asian Art in London. www.hangaten.com/

The gallery invites artists to London from Japan to conduct talks and print demonstrations.

Services offered include sales of art, consultations and valuations specialising in contemporary Japanese prints. 

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Chiko at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy (RA) in London…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

“Amazingly beautiful contemporary Japanese prints.”
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