Andrew Salgado: In the Springtime We’ll Go Dancing

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Andrew Salgado returns to BEERS with an online exhibit of 12 works on paper, entitled In the Springtime We’ll Go Dancing. The title contains only a slight nod to the worldwide pandemic, but instead chooses to emphasize ideas of hope and optimism. The works contain similar effusiveness: strong colours, loud patterns, and images of mostly nude youth in leisure and reverie. There is a sense of longing, too, for histories both real and imagined. Greatly inspired by the artist’s affinity for literature, the works seem to weave through a dreamlike and seductive narrative. In many ways, the works can be viewed as a continuation of his sell-out exhibition at the gallery last fall, Strange Weather, and we at BEERS are very excited to present these works to you in an exclusively online format from 18th March.

ANDREW SALGADO (b. 1982, Regina, Canada) lives and works in London, England. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2009, and has since had 13 sold-out solo exhibitions held all over the world, and is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading young figurative painters. In 2017, Salgado was the youngest artist to ever receive a survey-exhibition at The Canadian High Commission in London, accompanied by a 300-page monograph, both of which were entitled TEN. Previous solo exhibitions include: ‘Strange Weather’ BEERS London, London (October 2020); ‘Blue Rainbow’ Angell Gallery, Toronto, (October 2018); ‘Nature Boy’, Beers London, (2018); ‘Dirty Linen’, Christopher Moller Gallery, Cape Town (2018); ‘A Room with a View of the Ocean’, Lauba Art House, Zagreb (2017); ‘The Snake’, Beers London, (2016); ‘The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight’, Thierry Goldberg, New York (2016). He has exhibited his work at various international art fairs including: Untitled Miami (2019); Zona Maco, Mexico City (2019); Pulse Miami (2016); and Volta Basel (2015). In 2015, Salgado curated The Fantasy of Representation, including work by Francis Bacon, Gary Hume, and Hurvin Anderson, with an impassioned manifesto on representational painting. In 2014 he was the subject of a documentary, Storytelling. He has received extensive press both online and in print, including GQ, The Evening Standard, The Independent, Artsy, METRO, Attitude Magazine, Globe and Mail (CAN) and Macleans (CAN). He frequently donates to charities including Pride London, Stonewall, and Diversity Role Models; his donations to the Terrence Higgins Trust are of particular note, having raised over £110,000 in 6 years; including £35,000 for a single piece in 2020. In March 2019, he successfully entered the secondary market with a piece in a Strauss & Co auction in South Africa. His works have been collected extensively in private and public collections worldwide. Salgado will host an online exhibition with BEERS, entitled, ‘In the Springtime we’ll go Dancing’ which will open on 18 March and run until 3 April 2021.