The Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, announces the latest exhibition in its 2018 ‘Emerging Artists’ art series with Ackerman Studios titled ‘Eight From Nyne: Ones to Watch’, which will run from 10 May to 2 July 2018. Artists include Richard Hoey who returns from Brazil to exhibit in London for the first time in three years, and Zandra Stratford – the only resident Canadian to be selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition last year.
The exhibition is in association with After Nyne Gallery, which expertly curates and promotes a roster of rising creatives across the arts spectrum. The varying styles in this show are eclectic yet harmonious; and offer collectors the opportunity to view and purchase works from some of today’s most exciting artists. The exhibition will feature Mark Beattie, Vesna Milinkovic, Liza Giles, Richard Hoey, Joanne Hummel-Newell, Gillian Hyland, Chris Kenny, and Zandra Stratford.
Of particular note are two artists who have not been widely seen in the UK, but who will use the show at 45 Park Lane as a launch pad to re-engage with British collectors.
Richard Hoey has recently returned to the UK after having spent the past years living and working in Brazil. Hoey employs tactile materials such as gesso, jute and metal leaf to produce multi layered works with highly detailed surfaces. For the artist, the materiality of his work acts as a conductor between the inner and outer worlds of human experience. The materials employed serve as a code, each with its own correspondence. For example, the choice of gold leaf is related to ideas of purification and transformation. Hoey’s practice, and his choice of materials is informed through direct experience with his environment. Current influence is derived from his time spent in Brazil where the artist feels immersed in a culture steeped in a history of colonisation, slavery and tribal folklore. For the artist, this history is imbedded into the land, the architecture, even the pavements, which have become a focal point in recent works.
Zandra Stratford will be making a short term move to the UK from her current home on Salt Spring Island off the coast of Vancouver. An abstract painter known for bold, semiotic works, her pieces lay a foundation of elemental earth tones; clay and cement greys and soil blacks, laying strata after strata of contrasting and ambitious colour as a counterpoint to industrial textures, and this overlaid with confident horizontal structures. Preferring large canvases and panoramic birch panels, Stratford’s work is an exploration of urban forms and our experience with cities’ materiality. Each interaction, point of surface contact or scuff, whether by design or by circumstance, is at once something removed, something revealed, and something left behind. Her piece “Gorgeous Filth #01” (2016) was selected for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, the only resident Canadian to be selected for that show’s 249th year.
Artworks will be exhibited in The Lounge and BAR 45 at 45 Park Lane, and all artworks are available for sale.