The only thing to do in London is visit art galleries. At least that's what I do, every time I touch down. Forget about the historical sites, Picadilly Circus crowds or the theater. London is rife with galleries showcasing some of the best and brightest international artists and it doesn't cost a penny to view their work. This time around I visited some of my old standards, but also did some digging to find out where the best contemporary art is housed. It was worth it. I happened upon some beautiful pieces by my old favourites but also walked unknowingly into one of the best exhibits I've ever seen in my life. Ahh London, always a surprise around every corner. A fantastic place for an art adventure.
Nestled in a very tony part of town, Saatchi Gallery is just a quick skip away from Sloane Square tube station. This was the first gallery I visited and definitely one of the highlights. At present there is an exhibit on called 'Pangaea II: New Art From Africa and Latin America'. The gallery consisted of several floors of airy rooms filled with a diverse array of artistic endeavours. The most powerful would have to be the very first room which had stunning large-scale graphite drawings of trees by Diego Medoza Imbachi intermixed with these delicate, little mixed media tree sculptures by Jorge Mayet. His sculptures were suspended from invisible wire and they rotated ever so slightly in the breezy gallery air. As a lover of trees, this room took my breath away.
De Mis Vivos y Mis Muertos - Jorge MayetElectrical Wire, Paper, Acrylics, Fabric
For more on Jorge Mayet, check out this link
Solitude - Eddy Ilunga Kamuanga
Xanthe - Toni Gallagher
The Last Coke Bottle - Clive Barker