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Foregrounding South Africa: An Interview with Julie Taylor, Founder and Director of Guns & Rain

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Julie Taylor is Founder and Director of Johannesburg-based gallery Guns & Rain, which was established in 2014 to showcase works by emerging and established artists from southern Africa. As an anthropologist, communications specialist and art entrepreneur, she is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the region’s fine art and culture. Julie holds a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford. www.gunsandrain.com/

Prior to developing the gallery, Julie was Head of Communications for Sub Saharan Africa at Google and played a crucial role in an Africa-wide initiative that brought 100,000 businesses online. Aside from being published in numerous academic journals such as the Journal of African History and Anthropology Today, she is also the author of ‘Naming the Land,’ a book based on her doctoral research on San identity in northern Namibia.

Originally founded to address the scant presence of African artists on the international scene, Guns & Rain represents practitioners from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Nigeria. The gallery’s bold and diverse selection of works illuminates contemporary artists’ concerns with identity, belonging, history, land and struggle: what Julie believes to be the “cornerstone themes of southern Africa.” 

The gallery regularly participates in art fairs such as FNB Joburg Art Fair,  Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Also Known As Africa (AKAA) Paris, and will exhibit at this year’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.

Services offered include art advisory, customised searches and sourcing, commissions and venue hire.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Julie via video call between London and Johannesburg…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

We are ethical, transparent, ambitious, resourceful, and savvy. I think there’s a lot of unethical behaviour in our industry, so businesses and organisations can really improve on that front by making their values clear. 

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Truth and Beauty share David Niddrie’s Rough Diamonds

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Truth and Beauty Digital Gallery is pleased to present David Niddrie’s Rough Diamonds.

 

” Rough Diamonds is a series manipulating photographic images into reflective patterns. My interest is in exploring angles and perception, taking in a micro and macro frame of mind, by looking at urban infrastructure on a grand scale taken down to street level. I look for repetition in a natural state, and one altered by humankind – the abstraction of familiarity.

This series began in 2006 with scanned prints from colour film, fine-tuned until new patterns resonated with me. A few years later, I shifted to digital captures to have larger images to work with. I work with the architecture of our city towers, streetscapes, roadways; objects such as raw meat, bicycle parts, fishing nets; and fragments of forest, fire, and water from time spent in the wilderness.
I am still seeking out these elusive moments. It’s only when I can push past the form before me – to find the hidden relationships within the scene – do these diamond patterns reveal themselves.” — David Niddrie

Illuminating Ireland: an interview with Barbara Stanley, Gallerist and Art Consultant

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Barbara Stanley founded her gallery in 2002 with the mission of bringing contemporary Irish art to London. Hailing from Western Ireland, it is no surprise that she is committed to representing the country’s top painters and sculptors.

Barbara Stanley Gallery promotes a dynamic selection of works on its website and aims to showcase them to an international audience. Having established herself as London’s leading specialist for contemporary Irish art, she has recently launched a new print website that offers high-quality prints at affordable prices by many of the gallery’s regular artists. Drawing on Barbara’s 16 years of experience in the field, she offers consultancy services to private and corporate collectors. www.irishartinlondon.com // www.irishprintsonline.com

Services offered include art advisory for private and corporate collections.

The gallery exhibits in various locations across London.

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

 1. Describe your business in 5 words:

Promoting Irish artists in the London market.

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ODETTA is pleased to present Bluebird of Happiness

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

ODETTA happily announces their first Summer Exhibition, Bluebird of Happiness,  in their new space at 1st Dibs Gallery.  The exhibition features artists Daniel Hill, Paula Overbay, and Andra Samelson. The Flat File Feature Artist is Angie Drakopoulos. The exhibition opens on July 30th and closes August 31, 2019. There will be a meet the artists event on August 3rd, 3-5.
A harbinger of good luck, the bluebird signals to the viewer that joy is forthcoming. For the artists of Bluebird of Happiness, each coming to blue in their own way, the audience’s joy is actualized in their paintings through saturated blues, an impossibly light touch, and a flair for the psychedelic. Their meditative fields invite us to move slowly, think less, and let our eyes dance.

 

 

 

 

Paula Overbay, Over the Moon, 2019, Acrylic on Wood, 22 x 22 inches

 

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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