Prestigious art curator to the stars Jean-David Malat opened the doors to his debut gallery at 11am today, giving away £15,000-worth of art to the first 30 people that entered his London gallery: JD Malat Gallery.
Art enthusiasts flocked to form a queue outside the Mayfair gallery from 9am, to make sure they were in with a chance of securing a limited edition print by up-and-coming artist Henrik Uldalen.
Born in South Korea in 1986 and raised in Norway, Henrik Uldalen is a self-taught artist best known for his oil paintings which marry classical figurative style with expressionist influences and a contemporary vision. As such, he is gaining an impressive following and prints from his brand exhibition, Metanoia, specially created for Jean-David’s new gallery, were given away to members of the public.
Jean-David Malat, founder of JD Malat Gallery, said: “I am thrilled with the way the gallery has been received today, there was a real buzz in the air. It was no surprise to see people arriving at the gallery so early this morning to view Henrik’s work; the pieces are sensational. It was wonderful to provide the public with the opportunity to obtain their very own exclusive print, bringing Henrik’s work to a whole new audience.”
Artist Henrik Uldalen said: “I was delighted to see so many people take time out of their busy working days to come to the launch. Having seen people appreciate my work in the gallery, it was awesome being able to hand them a print to take home.
“The collection that I created for the JD Malat Gallery launch is a deeply personal exploration. As an advocate for up-and-coming artists, Jean-David has given me a tremendous platform to showcase my work.”
For Metanoia, Henrik Uldalen has worked in his signature style of oils, creating deeply atmospheric depictions of human figures obscured by thick layers of impasto, for an effect which is both otherworldly and emotionally familiar. The pieces are striking – showcasing a personal exploration of the psyche and human experience.
JD Malat Gallery is located close to the capital’s prestigious Berkeley Square, an area steeped in artistic history, making it a fitting addition to this culturally-rich neighbourhood.
In addition to holding exhibitions, JD Malat Gallery will serve 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, 30 Davies Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4NB
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
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Notes to Editors:
Jean-David Malat has been dubbed ‘the most well-connected man in London’ and will
harness his experience selling art through both established galleries and private sales.
He is committed to using his years of expertise to bring even more artists to the world stage, and his gallery will showcase the work of both established and up-and-coming artists. In addition to holding exhibitions, JD Malat Gallery will serve as an intermediary in the sale of artists’ works. Furthermore, the gallery will host talks, conferences and student visits to support the art community and to create a public space for all to enjoy.
The word ‘Metanoia’ comes from the Greek ‘metanoein,’ meaning ‘a change of mind.’
In theology, metanoia is defined as ‘a transformative change of heart, a spiritual conversion.’