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Coming Up: October Gallery is Showing Alexis Peskine: Power Figures

It’s September friends! Happy new month to you all. What’s coming up in the African art domain this September? Alexis Peskine is exhibiting at London’s October Gallery this September. For those who don’t know October Gallery, it’s one of the first art galleries in London to exclusively specialise in contemporary art from Africa.

So back to the exhibition – This happens to be Alexis Peskine’s first art exhibition with October Gallery. The art showcase focuses on a new presentation of the artist’s work. Titled Powerful Figures, the art exhibition explores the complexity of  themes effecting people from the African diaspora.

His signature pieces are large-scale portraits rendered by the painstaking process of hammering nails of different lengths and diameters, with pin-point accuracy, into wood to create breathtaking composite image.

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Born in Paris in 1979, Alexis Peskine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University, Washington, DC. Alexis also holds a Master of Arts in Digital Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from M.I.C.A., Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He has won a number of prizes including the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Peskine’s work is thematically linked to the ‘Black Experience’. He has been featured in many publications from books, to prestigious newspaper such as the New York Times, Le Monde, O Correio da Bahia or Libération. His powerful portraits literally nailed into wooden planks pay tribute to the many individuals undertaking the dangerous boat journeys from North Africa to Europe. Using several sizes of nails, he uses the nail as brushstroke. He drives in the nails at different depths to create a sense of relief and to introduce a third dimension. The nail for Alexis represents transcendence. It expresses pain as well as the force of resistance.

So powerful. Catch how you can find this exhibition below, before it ends.


Plan Your Visit to October Gallery London:

Address: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 7367

Date: 13th September – 21st October, 2017

Admission: Free

URL: http://www.octobergallery.co.uk

Benchmarks: New Prints by El Anatsui Now Showing at October Gallery London

From 5th April, London-based art gallery, October Gallery, will be displaying the new prints by master painter El Anatsui. Titled Benchmarks, the prints are created in collaboration with Factum Arte, an extraordinary studio based in Madrid renowned for its synergy of past, present and future techniques.

Even though, El Anatsui is internationally-renowned for his iconic hangings of  aluminium bottle-tops, transformed into a distinctive visual impact. The Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient has always been in discovery of new media. According to October Gallery’s press release:

Anatsui’s metal wall sculptures are worked on by a team of assistants who crush, fold and pierce the bottle-tops on tables and on smaller flats of wood. The repetitive and relentless force exerted on these surfaces over many years has resulted in a landscape of textured relief embedded in the worktops. These wooden surfaces were delivered to the studios of Factum Arte together with some bottle-top off-cuts and cassava graters that had been used in earlier works, to serve as the primary source materials for this new series of prints.


The art gallery will receive guests for the private opening in the upcoming week. If would like to attend, you can request for your invite and RSVP by clicking here.

A selction of pieces from the Benchmark series will be on display. Moreso, there is a gallery talk holding on Saturday 8th April, 3.00 pm at October Gallery. See details below.

Gallery Talk: In Conversation with Mike Ward, Director of the Intaglio Studio at Factum Arte. 

Saturday 8th April, 3.00 pm at October Gallery. Entry Free

Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects and Elisabeth Lalouschek, Artistic Director, October Gallery, London, will be in conversation with Mike Ward, Director of the Intaglio Studio at Factum Arte, discussing the new series of prints by El Anatsui.

Contact October Gallery for all enquiries.

Art Sales: art@octobergallery.co.uk
Rentals & Events: events@octobergallery.co.uk
Press & Media: press@octobergallery.co.uk

Coming Soon! Sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp ‘s Primavera at October Gallery London

Opening at October Gallery London from 7 April to 14 May 2016 is Primavera, a new exhibition of works of steel by internationally renowned sculptor, Sokari Douglas Camp. Her often large-scale sculptures make frequent reference to her Nigerian roots, at the same time, encompassing contemporary international issues.

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Sokari Douglas Camp, Europe Supported by Africa and America, 2015. Steel, abalone, copper, gold, copperleaf and petrol nozzles, 200 x 181 x 93 cm. Photo Jonathan Greet, courtesy of October Gallery, London.

Douglas Camp majored in fine art at the Central School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. She has represented Britain and Nigeria in a number of exhibitions and has had more than 40 solo shows worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo and the British Museum, London.
Her new exhibition Primavera is a mix of major new sculptures which focus on the reinterpretation of familiar figures from the European classical tradition. The large work Europe supported by Africa and America, recreates and adapts an 18th century engraving by William Blake. This intricate composition features three female figures touching and supporting each other, dressed in contemporary clothing remnant of high fashion in Nigeria modern icons of contemporary culture and society.

Douglas Camp also bags some outstanding achievements, such as being one of the winners of the memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa in London, and appearing as the shortlisted artists for the Fourth Plinth in 2003. She has collaborated with Ground Force to create an African Garden for the British Museum, as part of Africa ‘05. In 2005, and was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to art.

Her critically acclaimed work Battle Bus travelled to Nigeria last year as part of Action Saro-Wiwa, a campaign to clean up the Niger Delta, eliciting nationwide support after having been held by local government officials.

We will be at the opening of the exhibition at October Gallery London, October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street,
Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL. 

Admission is free! For more enquires about this exhibition contact Art Sales: art@octobergallery.co.uk 

1:54 African Contemporary Art Fair Returns to London + Full List of Exhibitors

Another year, another spectacular display of African art at London’s Somerset House.

When we got the news that 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair was returning to London for its annual exhibition, we couldn’t help but start imagining the amount of art works and installations we will be seeing this year in London African art fair.

After a successful debut in New York earlier this year, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will open at Somerset House this October, 15–18. The exhibition will be set across three elegant exhibition wings and will include 37 exhibitors. This year will see the showcase of international and local exhibitors dealing with African art and over art works from 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora will be on display.

The third London edition will be designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects established in 2009 by architect Rashid Ali.

According to 1:54, “RA Projects will insert a series of richly coloured sculptural interventions across the East, South, and West Wings, while remaining sensitive to the architectural historicity of Somerset House, one of London’s finest Grade I listed buildings.”

To accompany the African art fair, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will also host FORUM, October 15–18, a critical four-day conversations series comprising artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company.

Exhibitors for the London African art fair will be coming from various countries like South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, France, Italy, Germany, the UK, the USA, as well as new additions like Spain, Sweden, Benin, and Angola.

The exciting highlight of the fair is the contribution of Hassan Hajjaj – Larache Studio, London. The Moroccan artist will transform the VIP Lounge into a vibrant and immersive salon in tribute to Moroccan interiors, fashion, and culture, edged with motifs of global commerce.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing the interior display as well as Ndidi Emefiele’s art works at Omenka Gallery’s stand.


Catch the full list of African art-focused galleries that will be exhibiting at the upcoming 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair:

(S)itor, Paris / Afronova, Johannesburg / Art Twenty One, Lagos / APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia / ArtLabAfrica, Nairobi / ARTCO Gallery, Aachen / Axis Gallery, New York / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg / Ed Cross Fine Art, London / Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan / Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris / Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan / Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris / Galerie Lelong, Paris / Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris / Galerie MAM, Douala / Galleri Flach, Stockholm / GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg / GVCC, Casablanca / In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris / Jack Bell Gallery, London / Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town / KooVha Gallery, Harare / MAGNIN-A, Paris / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle / October Gallery, London / Omenka Gallery, Lagos / Primo Marella Gallery, Milan / Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid / Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis / Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda / Tiwani Contemporary, London / Vigo Gallery, London.


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El Anatsui Receives The Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement Of The 56th International Art Exhibition Of The Biennale Di Venezia

We are elated to announce that Ghanaian art master El Anatsui will be honoured with The Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement Of The 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia.

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The decision was made by the Board of Directors of la Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation of the Curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition, Okwui Enwezor, for the following reasons:

‘Born in 1944 in Anyako, Ghana, and based at the university town Nsukka in Nigeria since 1975, El Anatsui is perhaps the most significant living African artist working on the continent today. The award for which I am recommending him is an important honour to an artist who has contributed immensely to the recognition of contemporary African artists in the global arena. It is also a worthy recognition of the originality of Anatsui’s artistic vision, his long-term commitment to formal innovation, and his assertion through his work of the place of Africa’s artistic and cultural traditions in international contemporary art. The Golden Lion Award acknowledges not just his recent successes internationally, but also his artistic influence amongst two generations of artists working in West Africa. It is also an acknowledgment of the sustained, crucial work he has done as an artist, mentor and teacher for the past forty-five years.’

El Anatsui’ work has received worldwide recognition and his  magnificent sculptures have been collected by major international museums.

Elisabeth Lalouschek, Artistic Director of October Gallery (which represents the artist since 1993), London states

‘I am delighted that El Anatsui has been given this most significant award in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the world of art.’

The acknowledgment will be awarded to El Anatsui on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, at Ca’ Giustinian, the historic headquarters of la Biennale di Venezia, during the awards ceremony and inauguration of the 56th Exhibition.

We are sending our congratulations and support to El Anatsui for such an achievement.

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