Arts Editor’s Edit: Must See Exhibitions in London This Week

After Nyne opens the month of May with a precise list of must see exhibitions for the weekend in what our Arts Editor Luciana hails as “a collection of works to excite and inspire the city’s contemporary art lovers… until next week.”


UNTITLED – Ryan Hewett: The Unit

In his European debut, South African artist Ryan Hewett embarks on the London art-map at The Unit, presenting a new series of portraits featuring some of the world’s most iconic names and leaders. Hewett’s focuses on individuals both dead and alive, great and tyrannical who have impacted change, shaped history, and continue to leave a mark in their origins. The likes of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler, Stalin and Osama bin Laden are all all captured in semi-abstract depictions, stripping away the underlying details of each icon’s countenance under heavy layers of paint – promoting audiences to explore their own individual experience with each icon and call to memory an account of their legacies.

UNTITLED marks a change in direction and perhaps even a step to growth for the self-taught artist who until now, was best known for his portraits of friends and acquaintances rather than public figures. Known for the smouldering intensity of colour in his work, Hewet deftly wields his artist’s brush to create subjects that are equally as profound. The artist’s rich use of impasto adds stature to the narrative behind each portrait and individual captured

UNTILED runs until 24 May 2015 at The Unit London
9 Earlham St
Covent Garden
London WC2H 9LL

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Menagerie – Angela Lizon: Presented by Coates & Scarry at Gallery 8 (LAST CHANCE!)

Curated by Coates and Scarry at Gallery 8, Angela Lizon revels in combining unlikely and surprising images within her paintings, and intriguing new works will be unveiled in her solo show Menagerie. In Menagerie, Lizon’s highly distinctive menagerie of works, cats can be seen wearing Native American headdresses, pugs sport paper doily collars, paying homage to the Jacobean neck ruff and babies cavort on the backs of ostriches.

Such juxtapositions give her familiar, well-loved and often kitsch subjects unsettling and often humorous qualities. Straightforward images of an animal or a child are completely transformed into paintings which are less sentimental, more complex, supremely unnerving and almost otherworldly.

Her placement of cheap theatrical accessories, plastic props and nylon costumes or a bold change in scale metamorphoses these diverse images of people and pets. Working originally from the kitsch, girlish imagery that could be found within her daughter’s bedroom posters, a simple magnification in scale enables a conversion from the small and innocuous into the monstrous.

This effect can be seen in the over-sized, glass-eyed guinea pigs that accompany a tiny ballet dancer in several works or the enormous overbred flat-faced cats, a motif to which the artist returns repeatedly.

Chippy Coates of Coates and Scarry says “Each of Lizon’s paintings contain numerous stories and experiences, brought to the surface by the expressions, objects and costumes that are embedded within her works. They contain a clear wit and charm, counterbalanced by a creeping sense of unease.”

Menagerie runs until 7pm – 2 May 2015, at Gallery 8,
8 Duke Street
St James’s

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Consume – Leontia Gallery

Leontia Gallery launches a spellbinding collection of contemporary art inspired by the UK’s innate obsession with consumerism and popular culture. The highly anticipated exhibition features original works created by a new wave of pioneering urban artists from across the globe, including homegrown British talent Schoony, critically acclaimed Norwegian artist Magnus Gjoen’, Neon artist Rococo Wonderland, futuristic popular culture visionary Juan Barletta, internationally renowned artist Cedric Bouteiller, Carne Griffiths’ insightful collection of portraits created with liquids such as alcohol and tea and also 2014 winner of The CASS ART Jean-Luc Almond’s , who’s latest thought provoking paints are inspired by Victorian death masks.

Throughout the two-week opening the pop-up gallery will be open to all art aficionados. Alongside the display, visitors will be invited to attend small group workshops with the artists to hear about their techniques and discussions on consumerism.

For art connoisseurs looking to buy their first piece, Leontia Reilly, the founder of Leontia Gallery, will be offering private viewings and consultations to talk through the artwork whilst sharing industry insight on investing in art.

Leontia Gallery, the online and pop-up gallery dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art from exceptional emerging and established artists, will be showcasing its second show in London this Spring.

Leontia Reilly explains; “The gallery is not a gallery in the traditional sense as it exists online, the show’s locations are ephemeral; each exhibition and location is curated around a theme. It is a natural fit for this exhibition ‘Consume’ to be in the heart of Hoxton, a canvas for street artists.”

“Every piece of artwork on display has a strong concept and technique, which creates beautiful visual pieces to be enjoyed by everyone from art critics to collectors and those who’ve never visited an art gallery before. We have purposely selected a range of pieces for everyone’s budget £300 through to £4000, to encourage the existing and new enthusiasts to be at the forefront of the pioneering new movement of contemporary art.”

CONSUME runs until 12th May at Leonita Gallery
73 Leonard Street

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Nothing Perishes – Soho Revue

The launch of Soho Revue Gallery, founded by William Pelham and none other than India Rose James, sets their leading exhibition Nothing Perishes. The exhibition features a roster of artists and selected works that promote contemplation and require sensory commitment. Each artist has pushed the existing limits of their medium, 􏰐􏰎􏰂􏰑􏰕􏰂􏰈􏰒􏰄􏰋􏰄􏰃􏰁􏰉􏰘􏰄􏰇􏰁􏰋􏰇􏰄􏰂􏰃􏰄􏰃􏰉􏰎􏰑􏰗􏰎􏰑􏰙􏰄􏰌􏰈􏰑􏰂􏰒􏰁􏰇􏰌􏰈􏰂􏰈􏰒􏰄􏰋􏰈􏰕􏰄􏰌􏰚􏰌􏰖􏰔􏰑􏰂􏰅􏰌􏰃􏰄 the ethos of the gallery.

Curated by Marine Tanguy with co-curatorial assistance from Victoria Williams (Cob Gallery), Nothing Perishes features work by eight young visual artists exploring a range of mediums. Including Alison Bignon, Jennifer Abessira, Scarlett Bowman, Wendy Bevan, Walter & Zoniel. Works have been exhibited alongside the three- screen cinematic installation Eleanor, which stars recent Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson and was created by Alex Warren and TobyRoss-Southal.

Here, aesthetic and written poetry meet the moving image in a vast three-screen installation exploring the inner lives of three women – all played by Ruth Wilson. Warren and Ross-Southall seamlessly fuse art forms – collaborating with the likes of Polly Stenham, The Royal Ballet, and The Mys- tery Jets – to create a haunting piece that is rich with possi- ble narrative, exploring the soul and rhythm of these women through a compelling tapestry of solitude, companionship and human nature.

Soho Revue Gallery is a new art gallery which offers a vibrant destination in the heart of London where the most promising contemporary artists will be drawn together with- in a remarkable setting. It was founded by a panel of young artistic directors on the premise of multi-disciplinary creative expression and collaboration.

Nothing Perishes runs until May 14th at Soho Revue Gallery
14 Greek Street