Gimpel Fils opened in 1946 and is best known for its longstanding support of contemporary British and International art. We pride ourselves on exhibiting art that is thoughtful and challenging; Each of our represented artists is recognised for their individual creativity, inventiveness and vision. We are committed to curatorial experimentation and maintain a contemporary exhibition programme.
Since the gallery’s foundation, we have supported artists from different generations, with a particular focus on young and emerging British artists and established international artists. We are the primary representatives of a select group of artists at different stages in their careers including: emerging artists Lucy Stein and Shana Moulton, mid-career artists Steven Gontarski and Christopher Stewart and mature artists Alan Davie and Albert Irvin. We are proud to have given artists such as Richard Hamilton, Annelies Strba and Gedi Sibony their first solo exhibitions in London. We maintain links with our past and occasionally show work of the British Modernists, Henry Moore, Robert Adams and Barbara Hepworth, with whom the gallery made its reputation.
In 2004 we launched “Downstairs”, a project space showing work by young and emerging artists. The inaugural exhibition was Seamus Harahan's film work Holylands; Harahan, who the gallery now represents, has recently been awarded the Paul Hamlyn Artists’ Award, the UK’s most prestigious art prize. We have established a tradition of giving international artists their first UK show in the Downstairs space, exhibiting for example, Thai film-maker Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook in 2006 and installation by T.Kelly Mason in 2007. Following her Downstairs exhibition in 2008 Susan MacWilliam was selected to represent Northern Ireland at the 2009 Venice Biennale. The programme Downstairs both compliments and contrasts our main programme, and is evidence of our continuing commitment to promoting contemporary art.