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#ArtMoment Drawing Biennal highlights

Drawing Room is currently playing host to a fantastic exhibition of over 200 works on paper by leading international artists of different generations, including household names like Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley.

All the works will be auctioned off to support the work of Drawing Room, the only public non-profit gallery in UK and Europe dedicated to contemporary drawing. Prospective buyers may register here and get bidding.

I wanted to focus on two artists whose works caught my eye and where we have the chance to explore their wider practice through works they have on display in London right now.

Jyll Bradley’s ‘coin’ evokes her memories of gardens getting ready for Spring and the washed out tones are a slice of sunshine in themselves. A large collection of her coins may be found over in the City of London as part of Sculpture in the City where translucent discs with geometric patterns are activated by the sunshine that breaks through and complements the geometry of the glass buildings surrounding her work.

As a trained dancer Florence Peake is a performance artist primarily and she recently staged a public mourning process. Inspired by this performance she has created an exhibition of expressive paint and sculpture at Bosse & Baum gallery in Peckham. The gallery has been painted black and mourning feels very apt given the current political and environmental crises we’re going through. Her figurative work on paper has the same dark energy as her wider practice.


Drawing Room -Panel Discussion #ArtMoment

Drawing Room panel discussion #ArtMoment

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#ArtMoment Drawing Room Panel Discussion

What makes drawing so special a medium? What impact does it have on the viewer? And how does this impact differ in an office setting? These were some of the important questions that were tackled by a panel discussion on 26 February held at Drawing Room —  a space dedicated to promoting contemporary drawing.

The esteemed panel was Mary Doyle (Drawing Room Co-Director), Jon Sharples (Chair of the Simmons & Simmons Art Network), Rana Begum (artist) and Mary Findlay (International Art Curator, Deutsche Bank). The panel was chaired by our very own Laura Uccello (Business Development Manager at Momentous Fine Art).

They discussed how wonderful it is for office workers to see art in their workplace and how staff form relationships with art in meeting rooms. When men and women spend hours of their lives making corporate decisions while gazing at the same pieces, it becomes part of their work lives.

Deutsche Bank Corporate Collection

At Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt each floor is dedicated to one artist’s works, with the artist’s names next to each floor label in the lifts. It’s details like these that let visitors know that a company is serious about collecting art and promoting artists.

Drawing is accessible — many of us have been on calls and seen our hands drift to a pad of paper as we doodle away while listening to others speak. It’s this activity that makes drawing so relatable to all of us. Drawing is something we understand and that resonates with us.

When an artist is commissioned to draw on a wall at an office, it can act as signal of intent. This is a work that’s here to stay it screams — it implies that we as a company are committed to this office and to our staff, we’re not going anywhere.

Simmons & Simmons Corporate Collections

Drawing can make a political statement too. The partners’ dining room at Simmons & Simmons is full of pictures of the partners who are largely white and male. So what better place to have hung Chris Ofili’s portraits of beautiful black women.

The panel debated many topics but what they could all agree on is that drawing is important, drawing is versatile, drawing is valuable.


Corporate Curator and Artist Discussion

#ArtMoment Introduces Tabish Khan Fine Art Critic

Introducing Tabish Khan #ArtMoment

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#ArtMoment introduces Tabish Khan – Leading Art Critic

He visits and writes about hundreds of exhibitions a year covering everything from the major blockbusters to the emerging art scene. Tabish has been Visual Arts Editor for Londonist since 2013 and he  is also a regular contributor for FAD with a weekly top exhibitions to see in London and a column called ‘What’s wrong with art’.

Through his collaboration with Momentous Fine Art, Tabish will be a regular contributor giving our readers a behind-the-scenes look at the London art scene by covering the latest gallery openings, exhibitions and art fairs.

“I am excited to be working with Momentous and look forward to sharing news about fantastic art and exhibitions with you all. Writing in this newsletter gives me a great opportunity to share my passion for art with fellow art professionals.” Tabish Khan

Keep an eye out for Tabish’s first #ArtMoment article on 13 March 2019.


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