BACK TO THE FUTURE: Young Artists look to Old Masters
Curated by Mira Dimitrova and
Coinciding with Frieze and Zoo art fairs, where most of the artists will also be showing, this exhibition surveys work that is both informed by, and steeped in, art historical awareness; each artist has an entirely individual tactile or cerebral relationship with, as well as interpretation of, the diverse traditions that inspire them. The show will bring to light, combine, offset and foil their own work through the works of Old Masters, who in turn can be seen from a new vantage. The theme of an artist tradition will be explored through this dialogue. Works will include paintings, drawings, photography and video work.
Setting this project apart will be a set of commissions made specifically for the show - 8 artists have been asked to produce new work after coming into contact with particular Old Master works at the gallery and choosing an inspiration: eg. Tom Gallant worked with Ary Scheffer’s masterpiece ‘Dante and Virgil Encountering The Shades of Francesca and Paolo Di Rimini in the Underworld’, Barnaby Hosking has produced a new video installation inspired by Girodet’s ‘Head of Galatea’ a study for the Louvre painting, Richard Wathen was inspired by a stunning ‘St. Apollonia’ by Carlo Dolci, Paul Morrison looked at Volaire’s dramatic ‘Eruption of Vesuvius’. Each of the14 pairings will hang side-by-side in the exhibition.