The gallery opened with Norwegian artist Henrik Uldalen’s solo exhibition, ‘Metanoia’ - 11 June 2018 to 12 July 2018.
Uldalen said: “This exhibition is a symbolic riddance of a certain darkness which I have always carried. I’m not able to define this burden is or why I have it, but I feel something is changing and I am letting go of an image I have constructed for myself. The collection is the slow realisation of the ever-changing self.”
The second solo exhibition was by Turkish artist, Zümrütoğlu, who brought his solo exhibition ‘Mirror of Darkness’ to JD Malat Gallery from 1 October until 13 November 2018.
Zümrütoğlu’s exhibition explored Joseph Conrad’s novel, Heart of Darkness. He explained: “I have always been heavily inspired by Conrad and his work. This is my own Heart of Darkness, exploring existential fears about modernity, progress and capitalism. Humans become greedy and dissatisfied with what they have. Everything is too easy for us to access and we have become complacent.”
Columbian artist, Santiago Parra, ended the year with his expressive paintings in ‘Rising Action’, from 16 November until 15 December 2018.
This collection of works explores the artist’s subconscious in an expressive and intrepid way, expanding our understanding of Abstract Expressionism. For the first time Parra felt he was able to achieve the technique of making Automatic Paintings.
Conrad Jon Godly’s beautiful swiss alps brought a breath of fresh air to the New Year with his solo exhibition, ‘TO SEE IS NOT TO SPEAK’, from 25 January 2019 to 2 March 2019.
Godly explains “My surroundings have a huge influence on me, artistically and personally. I don't see myself as a landscape painter, I am interested in capturing the mood and feeling of light, or the reflection of the moon on snow. Only after closely watching and listening, can you understand your subject. And understanding is crucial to paint the subject well.”
We celebrated International Women’s Day with the opening of Icelandic artist, Katrin Fridriks’s solo exhibition ‘Grey Area’, 8 March 2019 to 27 April 2019.
The exhibition consisted of a selection of major abstract works which discover the natural energies of her native country, Iceland. She explores human interaction with the forces of nature and takes inspiration from inventor Nikola Tesla’s idea of clean and free energy.
Our current exhibition is by critically acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Li Tianbing. His solo exhibition is titled ‘Urban Scene’, which opened 2 May 2019 to 15 June 2019.
‘Urban Scene' becomes a signifier of the ideological tensions which clash in the main spaces of the world’s urban centres. Li Tianbing’s work is a spectacle, not only for those involved, but for the viewer who becomes a witness to these social pressures.
And finally, the exhibition that will open in celebration of our 1-year anniversary will be ‘Echoes of Light’ by L.A based artist Andy Moses, opening 20 June 2019 to 20 July 2019.
Jeff Koons is an admirer of Andy’s artistic flair, observing that ‘There’s always a sublime beauty within the work. The co-mingling of time and space, both real and abstract, is one of the most relevant aspects of Andy’s work to me.’ This exhibition will be one you will not want to miss.