An array of famous faces including Tallia Storm, Natalie Imbruglia and Nancy Dell’Olio gathered together this evening to mark the opening of art curator to the stars Jean-David Malat’s debut London gallery.
Dubbed the ‘the most well-connected man in London’, there was no shortage of celebrities on the launch night of JD Malat Gallery, in Mayfair, which officially opens its doors to the public on Monday, 11 June, 2018.
Having worked with a number of superstars including Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gordon Ramsay, Bono, Kate Moss and Dolce and Gabbana, JD Malat Gallery specialises in contemporary art produced by both established and up-and-coming artists.
Located close to the capital’s prestigious Berkeley Square, an area steeped in artistic history, JD Malat Galleryis a fitting addition to this culturally-rich neighbourhood.
Gallery founder Jean-David Malat said:
“Launching my first gallery is extremely exciting. The support from my clients and everyone who attended the grand opening party yesterday evening, has been overwhelming. I am now looking forward to welcoming people from all walks of life into the gallery and presenting an abundance of emerging talent to the masses.”
Born in Paris, Jean-David has more than a decade’s experience in the sector, with a keen interest in showcasing both established and emerging artists. Contemporary and light, the gallery has been designed with a neutral palette in mind, providing the ideal location for exhibiting artists.
To coincide with the opening of JD Malat Gallery, Jean-David launches an exclusive exhibition by London-based Norwegian artist Henrik Uldalen: Metanoia. This new collection of seventeen paintings, created specifically for the gallery launch, are deeply atmospheric depictions of human figures, painted in oils and obscured by thick layers of impasto.
The gallery’s basement floor is dedicated to a group exhibition and features the works of recognisable and new talents.
These include pieces by Lithuanian-born artist Edgar Askelovic, whose hand-crafted silicone full-body sculpture of singer Rihanna garnered worldwide press attention earlier this year, Erdoğan Zümrütoğlu, a Turkish artist who works between Istanbul and Berlin, using oils to create a mix of figurative abstract works,Istanbul-based sculptor Hande Şekerciler, who uses epoxy resin and acrylic to create pieces that play with fantasy and reality, and Katrin Fridriks, an Icelandic artist who has developed a unique painting style in which two-dimensional, abstract forms seem to leap from the picture plane in bright flares and explosions of pigment.
Also exhibiting at JD Malat Gallery is award-winning Japanese artist Mio Yamato, who explores the process of how material and form changes over time, Andy Moses, a Californian artist who paints with pearlescent pigments on concave canvases, Brazilian street artist Nina Pandolfo, known for painting delicate, large-eyed girls, Masayoshi Nojo, who works with a range of mixed media including photography for his artworks and Santiago Parra, recognised for his large, abstract, highly-expressive black and white paintings which use bold sculptural brushstrokes.
In addition to holding exhibitions, JD Malat Gallery serves as the intermediary in the sale of artists’ works. Furthermore, the gallery is set to become an artistic hub with regular host talks, conferences and student visits, creating a public space for all to enjoy.
JD Malat Gallery is located on 30 Davies Street, London, W1K 4NB.
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