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Patience and Perseverance: An Interview with Peppa Martin, Director and Curator of Truth and Beauty Gallery & Studio

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Peppa Martin founded Truth and Beauty Gallery & Studio in Vancouver in 2006, which combines a  commercial photography gallery and professional portrait studio. She is the Director and Curator of the gallery and lead photographer in the studio.

Dedicated to the exhibition and appreciation of the photographic form, Truth and Beauty represents the work of 60 international artists, and hosts exhibitions and public programs such as talks, book launches and workshops. The gallery also features a digital portal for online exhibitions and print sales.

Peppa advises on print acquisitions and sourcing, career development, corporate and private commissions, and conducts portfolio reviews.

As a professional photographer, gallerist, curator, art consultant, and independent writer, Peppa’s commentaries on art and culture have been published internationally. A Board Member of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) and Chair of AWAD’s Global Chapter, Peppa is also on the Advisory Board of Photolucida (Portland) and a member of the Canadian Media Guild. www.truthandbeauty.ca

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Peppa via video call between London and Vancouver…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

Inclusive, welcoming, curious, current, and adaptable.
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Art Basel Unlimited Preview – Big and Beautiful by Art Decision

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Unlimited Sector of Art Basel is the platform for showing large-scale projects or as the press release states “artworks that transcend the traditional art fair stand”  This includes sculptures, video work, wall paintings, photographic services and performance art.  It is an immersive experience for the viewer where one can often step into the works, without the watchful eye of a gallery owner on you.  Curated for the eighth and final year by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-at-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., this year’s Unlimited promises to be as dynamic and thought-provoking as in years past.  75 large-scale projects are on view at Unlimited this year in the massive hall next to the traditional galleries sector.

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Katrine Levin Galleries : The Woodblock Prints of Chen Li | 3 – 8 June 2019

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Coinciding with the display of Chen Li’s artwork at The British Museum

Chinese art and Western art have different views about reality. But when I paint, I ignore [these] rules to create living artistic images. (Chen Li)

China’s frontier Yunnan Province is a place of spectacular landscapes and predominantly Buddhist philosophy. It is the home of Chen Li.

Chen Li is a master woodblock printmaker and an extraordinary painter with a unique vision and boundless originality. His joyful, dynamic, and intoxicatingly peaceful works convey the life-affirming energy of Yunnan.

In his woodblock prints, Chen Li uses Yunnan’s rare “waste-block” or “suicide” technique that leaves no room for error. All colours are printed from a single woodblock, each step carving over the previous one until the block is destroyed. Only a single edition is possible.

Our fourth solo exhibition of Chen Li’s works coincides with the display of his “Human Buddha” woodblock print at The British Museum, just 8 minutes walk from the gallery. This work was acquired by the Museum after our first solo exhibition of his woodblocks in 2018.

WHEN: 3 – 8 June 2019

WHERE: Coningsby Gallery, London, W1T 4RJ

Katrine Levin Galleries : The Magical Worlds of Mamuka Dideba | 31 May – 6 June 2019

Monday, May 20th, 2019

RUSSIAN … AND GEORGIAN … ART WEEK LONDON 2019

One of the oldest cultures in Europe and Central Asia, Georgia is a land of inspiration, diversity, and artistic mastery. It is the home of Mamuka Dideba.

The art of Dideba, who is dubbed “Georgia’s Bruegel”, brings joy through a unique expression of the wonder, the subtle humour, and the warm and often surreal philosophical outlook that is quintessentially Georgian.

A master of figurative and abstract, Dideba paints in exquisite Renaissance-era imprimatura technique that lights up the paintings from within – a process that requires enormous skill.

Inspired by the Old Masters and Georgia’s rich history, Dideba explores beauty through vivid characters whose unconventional forms and faces convey their essence with gentle humour.  The whimsical background and clothing of the figures incorporate elements of Dideba’s abstracted works, acting as an unconscious bridge between the genres.

His abstracted paintings lure deep inside their magical and irresistibly contemplative worlds through an ingenious interplay of light and colour. It is possible to “walk” for hours through their imperceptibly changing shades.

Born in 1968 in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, Dideba studied at the prestigious Nikoladze School of Art and the Tbilisi State Art Academy. Dideba is known as “Georgia’s Bruegel” because of his deviation from realistic proportions and interest in human behaviour.

WHERE: Shapero Rare Books, Modern Art Gallery, 32 St. George St., Mayfair, London W1S 2EA

WHEN: 31 May – 6 June 2019

AWAD WELCOMES A NEW MEMBER: Abigail Ogilvy Ryan

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Abigail Ogilvy Ryan is a gallerist and curator who recently moved to Geneva, Switzerland, with her flagship gallery still currently located in Boston, MA. Since opening Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in 2015, she been dedicated to her mission of presenting thought-provoking, engaging exhibitions that present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the Boston area. Her passion for matching clients with artwork began after her first experience working in two contemporary art galleries in Florence, Italy in 2010. Growing up in a household of educators, Abigail is drawn to the pursuit of educating her audience and collectors about contemporary art and her artists. Abigail also collaborates with nonprofits and educational organizations on auctions, events, and exhibitions that aim to give back to the community. She has supported an annual exhibition to fundraise and promote Artists For Humanity, a Boston arts non-profit which seeks to bridge the socio-economic divisions that currently exists in Boston. Abigail looks forward to expanding her gallery opportunities within the European art market.

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