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Fri 21 Mar 2014

Gallery News

Private View of Saatchi Art Showdown: In Glorious Colour:

We had a very successful private view of the second Saatchi Art Showdown that Griffin Gallery has hosted. The event drew a crowd of over 200 people, including the Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea. The exhibition is comprised of works by the 10 shortlisted artists, who entered works which fit the theme ‘In Glorious Colour’. The winners were announced by our very own Becca Pelly-Fry, Nigel Hurst, Director of Saatchi Gallery and Jaime Gili, an internationally acclaimed artist.

The winners were:

1st prize (£1000 artists materials) to Jonathan Gabb for his monumental sculptural painting, deep gum 8.

2nd prize (£500 artists materials) went to Vivien Zhang for her painting entitled Order, Oscillation and Pretence Gesture (Purple).


Events Next Week:

On Tuesday 25th March we will be hosting another Lunchtime Lecture. At 1pm, Iwona Cislo will provide her observations on approaching modern art in ‘How Should I Approach Modern Art?’ Iwona is a sculptor and visitor’s guide at the Tate Modern; she will consider the ways that contemporary art is being misunderstood, its current relationship with the everyday public and provide a guide on understanding contemporary art today.

On Saturday 29th March Q-Art, a student/graduate run arts organisation, is holding an Open Crit at the gallery from 12-3pm.

Q-Art crits are open to artists of all backgrounds to meet others and develop and discuss art work in a diverse and constructive environment. At this event a mix of student, graduate, and self-trained artists will present work for discussion and feedback.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to

To find out more about Q-Art and their crit programme, visit


Griffin Art Prize Tour:

The Griffin Art Prize tour is drawing to a close, but the events programme at its last stop, White Moose Gallery is being very well received.
Ed Crumpton held a workshop on drawing negative space, Rae Hicks led a workshop entitled Outsider, Amateur Art and the Art World, as well as giving a talk about the inspiration for his paintings and practice.


Freya Douglas-Morris Solo Show:

A solo show of Freya Douglas-Morris’ paintings opened in Milan this week. Freya exhibited 3 beautiful watercolours in Water + Colour. For her solo show at Spazio Cabinet curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi Freya has exhibited oil paintings.

For more information visit Spazio Cabinet’s website:

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