Many galleries and fashion houses across the area will join Mayfair Art Weekend to showcase the unparalleled artistic expertise, quality and diversity on offer in Mayfair & St James’s.
The 2019 programme invites art enthusiasts to explore a series of free exhibitions, tours, talks and site-specific installations across the capital’s world-class galleries
Here's what you can experience in St James's:
The MAW Hub at Princes Arcade
Swing by our hub in Princes Arcade, just off Jermyn Street, and discover the St James's galleries involved in Mayfair Art Weekend, through a beautifully curated showcase.
Stoppenbach & Delestre
Exhibition: Rhythm of lines and colours in French Avant-Garde
For the 2019 Mayfair Art weekend, Stoppenbach & Delestre is pleased to present “Rhythm of lines and colours in French Avant-Garde”, an exhibition including works by Charles-François Daubigny, Eugène Boudin, Armand Guillaumin, Hippolyte Petitjean, Louis Valtat, Henry Moret, Emile Bernard, Kees Von Dongen, Henri Manguin, and André Derain.
The exhibition investigates the visual language of imagination in paintings through the interplay of lines and colours. Throughout the early stage of modern art, the aggregation of forms and colourful textured surfaces, central to translate the sensation of the artist, embodied their ongoing pursuit of change and transformation in their approach of painting practices.
The Royal Over-Seas League
Exhibition: Louise McNaught; Consume
27 June – 1 September 2019
ROSL and Liberty Gallery present the work of Louise McNaught, a British artist who celebrates the glory of nature and animals. She uses blazing neon colours and mixed media to give her subjects a godlike, heavenly quality. Louise’s gentle touch highlights the delicate relationship we humans have with nature. The solo exhibition ‘Consume’ will present a new body of work by the artist, exploring the materiality of the modern world in her signature style of stunning detail and bold colours.
Louise‘s creations feature nature and animals, which are motivated by emotive and spiritual experiences which has manifested in a mixed-media approach. Her soft style suggests a delicate relationship between nature and ourselves. When focusing on endangered species the imagery often takes on a duality of not only what is happening to the animal itself, but also reflects how we feel psychologically about the effect the human race is having on these species. Her focus on endangered species has resulted in a book called ‘Survival’, which Louise created with worldwide publishers Big Picture Press in September 2018. The idea came from the Solo Show Louise had 2016, also called ‘Survival’ and is sponsored by the well-known charity Tusk.org with proceeds of the book going toward helping their cause.
Louise McNaught completed her Fine Art Degree BSc (Hons) in 2012 at the University of Greenwich, and she has continued to work as a professional artist ever since, with international representation. She also became a published Author in 2018. Her artwork has also been featured in art fairs in Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Brussels and all over the UK.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Exhibition: 'The Camouflaged Beauty of Fashion', Isabelle van Zeijl's Debut Solo Show and Summer Exhibition
24 June - 30 June 2019
The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery
In a contemporary art world that condemns beauty as camouflage for conceptual shallowness, championing high aesthetics is nothing short of rebellion. Van Zeijl takes female beauty ideals from the past, and sabotages them in the context of today.
As a women she experiences prejudices against women; misogyny in numerous ways including sex discrimination, belittling/violence against women and sexual objectification. Van Zeijl aestheticises these prejudices in her work to visually discuss this troubling dichotomy, presenting a new way of seeing female beauty. An oppressive idealisation of beauty is tackled in her work through unique female character and emotion. Van Zeijl is invested in her images. By using subjects that intrigue and evoke emotion, she reinvents herself over and over and has created a body of work to illustrate these autobiographical narratives. Her work takes from all she experiences in life – she is both model, creator, object and subject.
Going beyond the realm of individual expression, so common in the genre of self-portraiture, she strives to be both universal and timeless, with a subtle political hint. At first glance, one might mistake van Zeijl’s portraits for subversive portrayals of noblewomen painted by Dutch Golden Age Masters. Through the exploration and manipulation of the visual vocabulary of the past and the implementation of modern photographic technology, her work possesses a timeless beauty, transcending the boundaries of epoch and media.