World-famous art curator to the stars, Jean-David Malat, gives away £15,000-worth of art to coincide with the opening of his debut London gallery: JD Malat Gallery.
The prestigious art dealer, who boasts an extensive clientele made up of celebrities, diplomats, socialites, and political figures, gave the first 30 people to enter his Mayfair gallery an exclusive print by up-and-coming artist Henrik Uldalen on Monday, 11 June.
Born in South Korea in 1986 and raised in Norway, Henrik Uldalen is a self-taught artist best known for his oil paintings which marry classical figurative style with expressionist influences and a contemporary vision. As such, he is gaining an impressive following and prints from his brand-new exhibition, Metanoia, specially created for Jean-David’s new gallery, will be given away to members of the public.
Jean-David Malat, the founder of JD Malat Gallery, said: “As a keen supporter of emerging talent, it was only fitting that Henrik, who I discovered and have closely followed on Instagram, held his first major exhibition at JD Malat Gallery.
“Not only am I delighted to showcase his art to an audience who may not be familiar with his work, but also to provide the public with the opportunity to obtain their very own print. His star his clearly on the ascent and I’m sure we will continue to see wonderful things from this fantastic artist.”
Artist Henrik Uldalen said: “Metanoia is a deeply personal, evocative collection of work. I am thrilled that my work has been given this tremendous platform, Jean-David is a champion of up-and-coming artists.”
JD Malat Gallery’s basement floor is dedicated to a group exhibition and features the works of recognisable and new talents.
These include pieces by Lithuanian-born artist Edgar Askelovic, whose hand-crafted silicone full-body sculpture of singer Rihanna garnered worldwide press attention earlier this year, Erdogan Zumrutoglu, a Turkish artist who works between Istanbul and Berlin, using oils to create a mix of figurative abstract works, Istanbul-based sculptor Hande Sekerciler, who uses epoxy resin and acrylic to create pieces that play with fantasy and reality, and Katrin Fridriks, an Icelandic artist who has developed a unique painting style in which two-dimensional, abstract forms seem to leap from the picture plane in bright flares and explosions of pigment.
Also exhibiting at JD Malat Gallery is award-winning Japanese artist Mio Yamato, who explores the process of how material and form changes over time, Andy Moses, a Californian artist who paints with pearlescent pigments on concave canvases, Brazilian street artist Nina Pandolfo, known for painting delicate, large-eyed girls, Masayoshi Nojo, who works with a range of mixed media including photography for his artworks and Santiago Parra, recognised for his large, abstract, highly-expressive black and white paintings which use bold sculptural brushstrokes.
In addition to holding exhibitions, JD Malat Gallery serves as the intermediary in the sale of artists’ works. Furthermore, the gallery is set to become an artistic hub with regular host talks, conferences and student visits, creating a public space for all to enjoy.
JD Malat Gallery – Where and How
30 Davies Street, London, W1K 4NB