Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki (currently not available) is arguably one of the greatest and most controversial living photographers. Most famous for his erotic nudes and sensual flower studies, his photos and artworks challenges taboos and unabashedly confronts complex subject matter, most markedly sex and death. Nobuyoshi Araki had his first major UK art retrospective, Self, Life, Death, at the Barbican Art Gallery, London in 2005 and recently he is famed for taking Polaroids of Lady Gaga.
Vasilis Avramidis(currently not available) uses oil on canvas to work with the idea of false perceptions in painting language. Gestural brushwork, painted objects and people are translated as pieces of land, which then become an ideal terrain for smaller scale landscapes, scenes and narratives. Avramidis explores the ability of painting language to speak about itself, while at the same time it incorporates worlds, which refer to external situations.
Erwin Blumenfeld began taking photographs when he was eleven, before his professional debut with a 1936 exhibition in Paris. He later published collages mocking Adolf Hitler, and was interned in a concentration camp during German occupation. Blumenfeld emigrated to the USA in 1941, where his post-war career flourished, with photographs appearing in Harpers Bazaar and Vogue, and a reputation as the highest paid freelance photographer in New York.
(currently not available) first came to prominence in his hometown of Brighton, where his iconic pop art images gained instant popularity. Simon Dixon has established a reputation for painting portraits of 20th Century icons including Muhammad Ali, Johnny Cash and Elvis. His painting style is pure pop, with photographic detail imposed on broad areas of flat color. Simon Dixon is influenced by his time spent illustrating underground comics and music magazines. A personal obsession with all things rock and roll defines the visual impact of Simon Dixon’s work.
Anthony Frost, the son of Sir Terry Frost, is an English artist noted for his abstract works consisting of brightly-coloured prints and collages. Anthony Frost’s paintings and prints are bright, full of colour and expression. They include repeated motifs (lines, triangles and dots) and a mix of materials (acrylic, hessian, sail cloth, string and other materials that come to hand). This hints at a complexity in the work, which at first sight appears quite straightforward. Although there is an element of planning in each work, there is also a random element which manifests itself in the creative process: adding a piece of material or a tie that can change the painting’s direction in unplanned ways.
Philip Gurrey(currently not available) seeks to visually explore certain facets of the human condition through the physicality of paint, working intently between image and oil paint’s own unique visceral language. A common theme is identity, and through its inherent link to the subconscious, Gurrey feels compelled to reveal/ask questions surrounding our understanding of ourselves as people.
Turner prize winning English artist Damien Hirst first gained prominence as a key member of the Young British Artist movement of the 1990s amongst notable figures such as Tracy Emin, Marc Quinn, Rachel Whiteread and Gavin Turk. His prints, paintings and sculptures often include skulls, sharks and butterflies, and relentlessly interrogate the boundaries between art, science, the media and popular culture.
Ali Miller’s work (currently not available) is fundamentally an amalgamation of personal experiences, family history, religion and identity and also the relationship between the individual to the material. Memory for Ali Miller is a source of euphoric inspiration and a Pandora’s Box of the more remote qualities of human nature. Whilst her work might signify a nostalgic reminiscence of years past, it also carries with it the weight of pressures and experience of real life.
Willem de Kooning
Klee & Cobra