Paper Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London

The Saatchi Gallery in the west of London is one of the artistic gems of London. Entirely free, the gallery has built a reputation over the years for showcasing up and coming talent in a variety of shows. It even provides a free repository for artists to showcase their art via Saatchi Online.

Situated off the Kings Road in the heart of affluent Chelsea and just down the way from Sloane Square station, the gallery was first opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 and has had multiple locations prior to settling in the impressive ‘Duke of York HQ’ building. A grade II listed building it was completed in 1801 and designed by John Sanders and as the name might attest has a long military association.

Now the buildings light and airey rooms provide the perfect setting for some of the worlds brightest artistic talents and ‘Paper’, the latest exhibition makes good use of it’s surroundings. A take on the throwaway in an increasingly digital world, the show features 43 different artists contributing across multiple rooms in the gallery.

The show itself has attracted some controversy with headline grabbers focusing on the likes of Annie Kevans portraits of dictators in their youth and work from American artist Zak Smith whose art features actresses met from an alternative career in the porn industry. As it happens the Kevans work is a highlight and a credit to the curation, occupying a large space the small portraits present themselves in a straight line across the back and side walls. At first glance just pictures of kids, the images take on a new meaning as the viewer reflects on the lives that would come ahead.

Other highlights of the show include Han Feng’s floating city made from tracing paper, Jessica Jackson Hutchings ‘Couch for a long time’ made up of newspaper cuttings of Barack Obama and Yuken Teruya’s trees made out of discarded paper bags. Tom Thayer’s ‘nature scene’ depicts delicate birds and a tree made from paper and Miler Lagos has created a series of logs made from newspapers in his ‘fragments of time’.

A few shots of the show are below and it lasts until 3rd November 2013, it’s worth going to and absolutely free.

The entrance to the gallery just off the Kings Road

The entrance to the gallery just off the Kings Road

Admiring 'The Grocers Wife' by Ann Toebbe

Admiring ‘The Grocers Wife’ by Ann Toebbe

Couch for a Long Time by Jessica Jackson Hutchins made up of cuttings of Barack Obama

Couch for a Long Time by Jessica Jackson Hutchins made up of cuttings of Barack Obama

Michelle Obama features on one of the couch arms

Michelle Obama features on one of the couch arms

Annie Kevan's portraits or dictators in their youth

Annie Kevan’s portraits or dictators in their youth

Eric Manigaud's 'Portrait Clinique' drawings which recreate photographs taken of patients in Nazi medical faciliites

Eric Manigaud’s ‘Portrait Clinique’ drawings which recreate photographs taken of patients in Nazi medical faciliites

Works from Storm Tharp 'window' and 'Jodie Jill'

Works from Storm Tharp ‘window’ and ‘Jodie Jill’

Karen Heagle's 'The End of Abundance' shows a culture picking through the remains of symbols of an abundant economy

Karen Heagle’s ‘The End of Abundance’ shows a culture picking through the remains of symbols of an abundant economy

Tom Thayer's 'Nature Scene' shows a tree and birds created from bits of scrap paper

Tom Thayer’s ‘Nature Scene’ shows a tree and birds created from bits of scrap paper

A close up of one of the birds from Thayer's sculpture

A close up of one of the birds from Thayer’s sculpture

Gerald Davis's 'Fagboy' is admired by a visitor

Gerald Davis’s ‘Fagboy’ is admired by a visitor

Han Feng's 'Floating City' is made up from tracing paper

Han Feng’s ‘Floating City’ is made up from tracing paper

The city is made up of lots of different tracing paper buildings

The city is made up of lots of different tracing paper buildings

Silke Schatz's 'Mothership' was popular with photographers

Silke Schatz’s ‘Mothership’ was popular with photographers

Daniel Kelly's 'I see it all now... Some of it!' has been described as Paper Architecture

Daniel Kelly’s ‘I see it all now… Some of it!’ has been described as Paper Architecture

Two maids 'Clair and Jane' are collages made by Jannis Varelas

Two maids ‘Clair and Jane’ are collages made by Jannis Varelas

Paul Westcombe's 'Coffee Cups' are just that, art created on used cups of hot drink

Paul Westcombe’s ‘Coffee Cups’ are just that, art created on used cups of hot drink

Steven Lowry's try's to create 'visual noise' making use of statements and slogans

Steven Lowry’s try’s to create ‘visual noise’ making use of statements and slogans

Two visitors admire some of the art on display

Two visitors admire some of the art on display

Zak Smith's 'Girl in the Naked Girl Business' depicts Sasha Grey a pornographic actress

Zak Smith’s ‘Girl in the Naked Girl Business’ depicts Sasha Grey a pornographic actress

Dominating Gallery 7 Marcelo Jacome's 'Planos Pipas' hovers over the gallery like a series of conjoined kites

Dominating Gallery 7 Marcelo Jacome’s ‘Planos Pipas’ hovers over the gallery like a series of conjoined kites

Jason Brinkerhoff has produced a series of works inspired by the female form

Jason Brinkerhoff has produced a series of works inspired by the female form

Jose Lerma and Hector Madera produced this giant paper sculpture of former boxer Emanuel Augustus

Jose Lerma and Hector Madera produced this giant paper sculpture of former boxer Emanuel Augustus

Logs made out of newspaper by Miler Lagos

Logs made out of newspaper by Miler Lagos

This man admires an epic work from Dawn Clements

This man admires an epic work from Dawn Clements

A huge mural by Dominic McGill dominates the far end of Gallery 5

A huge mural by Dominic McGill dominates the far end of Gallery 5

McGill packs his work with quotes, history and politics.  This piece takes the center of the room with another mural at the back

McGill packs his work with quotes, history and politics. This piece takes the center of the room with another mural at the back

Yuken Teruya's collection of trees made from discarded paper bags got a lot of attention

Yuken Teruya’s collection of trees made from discarded paper bags got a lot of attention

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the show, this tree is made from a former McDonalds bag

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the show, this tree is made from a former McDonalds bag

Photographers were lining up to take pictures of the little trees

Photographers were lining up to take pictures of the little trees

Rebecca Turner's 'Dumbstruck' provided a lot of fun for photographs

Rebecca Turner’s ‘Dumbstruck’ provided a lot of fun for photographs

Saatchi Gallery is a free public art gallery situated just off the Kings Road in Chelsea and down the road from Sloane Square tube station. For stunning paintings for sale uk by many different artists Saatchi Online provides an invaluable means of connecting directly with artists in order to buy their work. ‘Paper’ is on display at the gallery until 3rd November 2013.