The exhibition delves into the art of dying and our fascination with momento mori in art. Featuring works from Alexander James’s Vanitas series on A Beautiful Announcement of Death. In addition, the show features a large-scale sculpture, Razzle Dazzle, and a site-specific installation Each Day, by British sculptor and photographer Gail Olding.
The previously nomadic Dellasposa has taken up a permanent collaborative share with a café near Shepherd’s Market, opening with tweaked puzzle paintings derived from Chardin still life paintings – Darren Coffield’s cool take on the digital misrepresentation of reality.
Dellasposa Fine Art, London, presents "In Pursuit of Things Past," an exhibition featuring works of still-life and portraiture by Darren Coffield and Isabella Watling. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2017.
"In Pursuit of Things Past" features a new series of paintings by Darren Coffield (b. 1969, London, UK) inspired by the 18th century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. In true Proustian light, Coffield presents the everyday world as extraordinary through his observations and compositions. These still-life paintings resemble a jigsaw, aimed at subverting the viewer's expectations and relational perspectives.
A new exhibition of still-life paintings by the provocative contemporary artist, Darren Coffield, alongside portraits by the rising portrait painter, Isabella Watling.
In Pursuit of Things Past offers a Proustian meditation on time, memory, and the aesthetic impulse.
Unveiling a new series of paintings by Darren Coffield, the artist uses as his motif still-life paintings after the 18th century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779). Darren Coffield draws parallels with Proust’s rumination on time past and time present by examining how we see and perceive the world around us.
Alongside Coffield’s portraits are recent works by the young apprentice to Velásquez and Titian, Isabella Watling. Trained at the Charles H. Cecil studio in Florence – the oldest artist atelier in Europe, where da Vinci is known to visit – Watling practices the sight-size technique of painting. She continues to paint from life, following in the footsteps of the Old Masters, by considered observation of her subjects; a vision in unison with memory, which expresses the greater reality of light, colour, and form.
Dellasposa is delighted to announce our new exhibition, In Pursuit of Things Past, is now open. Featuring works of still-life and portraiture by provocative contemporary artist, Darren Coffield, alongside paintings by rising portrait painter, Isabella Watling.
Natalie Milner asks London-based, BP Portrait Award artist Isabella Watling to share her sight-size method technique, plus tips for painting from life.
Last week, I was invited to take part in an event to discuss the remarkable paintings selected for Face|Time, an exhibition of contemporary portraits at Dellasposa gallery. The underlying theme of the exhibition is to explore the idea of portraiture through different artists and to re-examine our relationship with past portraiture.
Much has been written about the ubiquitous selfie, and whether you think it’s empowering or shallow, it’s certainly become a staple of our generation [...] Perhaps the antidote to the monster we’ve created lies in its origins: portraiture as an art form, to present an image which will make people feel something, have an opinion and a critical eye, beyond judging the whiteness of our teeth and the sheen on our hair. An upcoming pop-up art exhibition is doing just that and while I applaud their efforts, I worry that we’ll still forever be remembered as the generation obsessed with pictures of ourselves looking pretty.
Portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova has taken portraits of members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. These form part of her series on contemporary artists in the setting of their own studios. Here, the photographer sets out not only to capture the true personae of the artists as creators, but also to explore their special affinity with art, beauty and the creative process.