Maddox Gallery debut at Art Central

29 March 2018|art fairs |James Nicholls

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Maddox Gallery are delighted to be making our debut at Art Central 2018
in Hong Kong from 26 March – 1 April, at Booth D17.

In this exhibition we have carefully curated a variety of work, taken from a selection of artists whose work is exhibited across our four European-based contemporary art galleries. The Maddox Gallery booth includes a brand new collection, of never-before seen artwork from Mr Brainwash, alongside Julian Opie’s work, as well as a famous Banksy.

We will also be showcasing works from Michael Moebius, whose famous bubblegum portraits of iconic pop culture figures have graced the covers of titles such as the Robb Report.

Also on show will be the engrossing photography of David Yarrow, a world-leading fine art photographer. David Yarrow has built a global reputation for producing photographs of the planet’s most remote landscapes, cultures and endangered animals.
“David’s images have the power to engage and influence our appreciation and knowledge of some of the planet’s most extraordinary fora and fauna” comments, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Royal Patron of Tusk Trust, who wrote the foreword to David Yarrow’s ‘Wild Encounters’ book last year. As well as all of the aforementioned art, we have several fantastic pieces on display from The Connor Brothers, who have specially produced the 15 works for Art Central 2018, after selling out at both their solo show at Maddox Gallery Mayfair in November 2017 & at Art Miami in December 2017.

There is no other stand that matches the exuberant mood and quirky style than that of the Maddox Gallery Stand that can be allocated at D17. Showcasing the work of blue chip, established and emerging artists from across the globe such as Mr Brainwash, Julian Opie and The Connor Brothers.

Mr Brainwash art is a hot commodity and has received a considerable amount of attention at the Maddox stand, and because of his ongoing successful impact in the art world, we believe he is an excellent investment name to get behind.

He works primarily with layers of screen print and stencilled images; his compositions are emblematic of a graffiti wall inundated with 20th century iconography. He is both sly and playful in his juxtaposition of the cultural idols of the past (Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe) with the icons of today (Kate Moss, Madonna). The vibrant palette and imitation of pop artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring add a puckish wink. To add to his intentionally derivative persona, Guetta uses a special signature and authentication on all of his artworks. All unique MBW artworks have his mantra “Life is Beautiful”, his thumbprint, hand-signature, and assigned dollar bill number sequence.

Another example of an artist working under a pseudonym are ‘The Connor Brothers’ who are Mike Snelle and James Golding from London. Artists working under pseudonyms is nothing new, particularly in the world of street art – just take Banksy as an example. But why was the Connor Brothers art created under the same conditions of anonymity? They began work together as a form of therapy, inventing the Connor Brothers as a cover to protect themselves from public exposure. They eventually chose to break cover from their detailed disguise once their work saw widespread success.

“The Connor Brothers work explores the boundary between truth and fiction and raises questions about how we construct meaning from experience,” says Hubert Weinstein, critic and author of After Post Post Modernism.  Their work focuses on aplayful twist on the conventions of romantic fiction, the works remain fantastic entertaining subjects for decades to come.

Our final artist, Julian Opie who is instantly recognisable thanks to his fragmented comic book style was also showcased at our stand. The artist produces landscapes and portraits defined by simple schematic lines and blocks of colour. Animated figures are a hallmark of his work, drawn with simple black outlines and dots for eyes. Opie takes inspiration from classical portraiture, Japanese woodblock prints, Egyptian hieroglyphs, public signage and Pop Art aesthetics, particularly the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.’