Art 15 London

21­ – 23 May 2015
London, UK
Booth E24
Exhibiting Artists: FAIG AHMED, ANDREW SALGADO, LEONARDO ULIAN & JANNEKE VAN LEEUWEN

Beers is pleased to announce its participation in the 2015 edition of Art15 at London Olympia. At booth E24, Beers will present a selection of works from 4 amazingly talented artists: Faig Ahmed, Andrew Salgado, Leonardo Ulian and Janneke Van Leeuwen.

For more information on the fair please visit their site HERE.

FAIG AHMED
FAIG AHMED (b. 1982, Baku) graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Currently, he is studying the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs. Solo exhibitions include East in Twist, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA (2012); Actual Tradition, Kicik Qalart gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan (2012), Actual Tradition, Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah, UAE (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Love me Love me Not, Venice Biennale, Yarat contemporary art space pavilion, Venice, Italy (2013); Wonder works, Cat street Gallery, Honk Kong, China (2013); At the Crossroads, Sotheby’s auction house, London, UK (2013); Home sweet home, Azerbaijan cultural center, Paris, France (2013); NEXT LEVEL, Contemporary art gallery “YAY”, Baku, Azerbaijan (2012); Commonist, Yarat Contemporary art space, Baku, Azerbaijan (2012); Fly to Baku, Contemporary art from Azerbaijan, Berlin, Germany; Paris, France and Phillips de Pury & Company, London, UK (2012); On Soz, Yarat Contemporary art space, Baku (2011); Steps of time, Kunsthalleim Lipsiusbau, Dresden, Germany (2008); Aluminum 3, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku Azerbaijan (2007); 52nd Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan pavilion, Venice, Italy (2007); Caucasus, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2006). The artist currently lives and works Baku, Azerbaijan.
ANDREW SALGADO

Andrew Salgado’s paintings have evolved greatly in style since first rising to prominence over half a decade ago with his (then) signature large-scale, painterly portraits, where large swathes of colour played across the surface to define his subjects. In his most recent work – the representational has given way to the more abstract: and now such colourful, symbolic, and compositional elements are the driving force of the painted image. While the figures remain a common thread –today Salgado’s subjects are depicted in a fantastical, often ominous tableaux. There are abundant references to the tradition of figurative painting both historic and contemporary: Matisse, Gauguin, and Bacon are all readily recalled; while contemporary greats like Tal R, Daniel Richter, and Peter Doig are also referenced with equal reverie and respect – often like quiet in-jokes for a viewer to catch. The artist’s long-standing tendency to paint clowns and the absurd remain constant (in 2016’s The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight, the artist had actual circus performers in the exhibition space during the exhibition’s duration), and again one sees faces are painted in bright orange, with purple noses and vibrantly coloured hair. Where there once was a plain background, which placed the figure at the forefront of the image, now there is a kind of harmonious cacophony, a medley of pop-coloured squiggles, harlequin patterns, and wonky block shapes–all of which may seem hastily scribbled if it weren’t for the fact that they slot into one another like an impossibly orchestrated puzzle.

Salgado’s more recent works have made a noted effort to distance himself from a 2008 assault (in which he was attacked for being a gay man), and are decidedly certainly more irreverent than his previous offerings: brighter, more celebratory, even theatrical. The artist carries this sense of play into his exhibitions, too. For ‘The Snake’ (BEERS London, 2016), hundreds of butterflies were released to flutter amongst the audience as if they had burst from the artworks themselves; ‘A Room with a View of the Ocean’ (Lauba House, 2017) saw an 8-metre ocean projection (and artificial ‘beach’) on the final room’s wall, inviting the audience to partake in a meditation of what they had seen; and the two-day-only exhibition ‘Nature Boy’ (BEERS London, 2018) saw a pianist (at a baby-grand!) playing the eponymous song on repeat for the entirety of the show’s duration. For Salgado, similar to his increasing use of collaged elements, an exhibition is an opportunity to extend elements of the painting beyond the canvas–an invitation into his world of colour, fantasy, and fun.

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, ‘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 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 have raised over £75,000 in 5 years. In March 2019, he successfully entered the secondary market with a piece in a Strauss & Co auction in South Africa. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include a booth over Basel Miami (TBA, December 2019); and a fourth solo at BEERS London (October 2020). His works have been collected extensively in private and public collections worldwide.

LEONARDO ULIAN

Leonardo Ulian’s meticulously created works use technological components (from literally deconstructed appliances) to be methodically rearranged upon a surface mount in a mandala formation. The mandala, is a spiritual and ritual symbol in many Indian religions representing the circular nature of the world, existence, but also references a type of metaphysical order to things. Thus, the ideas and concepts behind Leonardo Ulian’s work stems from a profound interest in how systems can be applied in the process of making art, how life evolves, how technologies exist. Perhaps Ulian’s technique-laden discipline is meant to approach ideas about a scheme of convention, exploring the system itself in order to understand it, and perhaps, trying to find a condition of artistic autonomy within the framework created. Like Mondrian’s grids lifted from the constraints of their 2-dimensionality, the abstraction in his work appropriates ideas of reincarnation, and displaced communication, where one finds a newly formed meaning from a reincarnation of previous elements. The work has expanded to incorporate different elements: including encased books, abstract ‘paintings’ made from copper soldering, and free-standing sculptural forms. In his last solo exhibition with the gallery, he created a suspended veil within the gallery, transforming the space into a space of almost technological reverence. The artist has collaborated with Hermes, Wired Magazine, and countless other brands and companies eager to see how the artist can translate their message through his unique way of seeing – and making.

LEONARDO ULIAN (b. 1974, Gorizia, Italy) lives and works in London, England. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Devotion’, The Concept Space, Berlin (2016); ‘Technological Mandala 48 – Eye of Pula’, Singular Gallery, Pula (2015); ‘Volta NY Art Fair’, Massimo Carasi Gallery, New York (2015); ’Tesla Remixed’, Massimo Carasi Gallery, Milan (2014) and ‘Flames, Roses and Wires’, Shift Gallery, London, (2013). Group exhibitions include: ‘RA Summer show’’, Royal Accademy, London (2019); ‘Himalaya Revealed’, IFS Antiquity plaza and L7 Art Gallery, Chengdu, (2019)’, ‘Impact’, Sharjah Art Museum (part of the Islamic Art Festival), Sharjah (2017); ‘Matter Matters’, Massimo Carasi, Milan (2017); and ‘Spirit Mandala’, The Scorching Sun Art Lab, Lhasa (2016). Ulian was awarded the Owne Rowley Award in 2009, as well as the Stamps of the XX Century, Italy. He has been collected by the fashion house Hermes of Paris International and Fidelity Worldwide Investments. Ulian’s group showings with BEERS London include ‘London Art Fair’, London (2013 and 2014). Solo exhibitions with BEERS London include ‘Sacred Space’, London (2013); and ‘Real Reality’, London (2017).

JANNEKE VAN LEEUWEN

JANNEKE VAN LEEUWEN (b.1980, The Netherlands), obtained a Master degree in Neuropsychology before she went to the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where she specialized in Fine Art Photography. Directly after graduating from the Rietveld Academie in 2009 her work was selected by the prestigious Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland for the traveling world exhibition ‘reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today’. Van Leeuwens photography has since then been exhibited internationally, amongst others at the Azzedine Alaïa Gallery in Paris, the JustMadrid Artfair 2012, in Madrid, Spain, The Aperture Foundation in New York, the Art Basel Miami Beach, United States and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. In March 2011 she had her first solo exhibition at the AJG Gallery in Seville, Spain. In September 2012 she was a selected artist to exhibit in Amsterdam during the first European Conference on ‘Visual Thinking Strategies’, which was developed by Philip Yenawee, the former director of education of the MOMA New York, United States. Since 2011 Janneke van Leeuwen lives and works in London where she is a resident at V22 Artist Studios in Bermondsey.  Van Leeuwen’s exhibition proposal ‘Golden Cages’ for the launch of Art:I:Curate has been recently been selected for exhibition at Gallery 8 on Duke Street, London from the 24th till the 27th of January 2013.

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