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.
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.