If you are in London over the next few weeks then here are three art exhibitions you will not regret adding to your schedule. With two based in the heart of central London, the third is back on home turf in Dulwich, so, weather permitting, a glass of rosé in the tranquil surrounds of the Dulwich Picture Gallery gardens will provide a perfect place to meditate on the days activities. Note, for collectors, works at the Rhed show and the Blue Minds, Turning Tides exhibition are for sale with the latter being an artistically high-profile fundraiser for The Blue Marine Foundation.
Rhed | As Above So Below
Painter in his studio with 'Golden Brown'
Runs through June and July
Contemporary artist and graduate of the Royal College, Rhed, will open his third show at the Tanya Baxter Gallery on the King's Road in Chelsea. Rhed has a cult celebrity following (including Madonna who attended his opening last year) as he depicts figures in interiors blending a post-war London School with reminiscences of Bacon, Kossoff, Freud, and a dash of early Picasso.
Rhed’s subjects are mostly friends and acquaintances and are named informally. There is a narrative streak that runs through the work and tension in the use of colour and distortion of pictorial space.
436 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LJ.
Blue Minds | Turning Tides - Artists For The Blue Marine Foundation
Angela Hamilton, Enchanted Islands No. 2
Tuesday 24th June - 6th July
Blue Minds, is an artist-led collective comprising 26 world-leading contemporary creatives, framing the ocean as an endless source of inspiration and highlights why a healthy ocean matters.
N57 War by Anne de Carbuccia
This fully immersive show offers wearable art, soundscapes, photography, installations, paintings, ceramics, films, sculptures, workshops, talks, interactive media, and discussion rooms. Inspired by the tireless work of marine biologists and in association with The Blue Marine Foundation, Blue Minds exhibition makes explicit the mutuality artists share with scientists.
As scientists have been quick to point out, ‘if the oceans go, we go!’ This exhibition is not only a feast for the senses but is part of a growing movement to restore the oceans that cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. 15% of all proceeds from works sold will be donated to The Blue Marine Foundation. Definitely, a show to check out
127 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AS.
Unearthed: Photography's Roots | Dulwich Picture Gallery
Ori Gersht - Reflection
Open now until 30th August
All roads do of course lead to the world's oldest purpose-built gallery, our very own Dulwich Picture Gallery, where the first major photography exhibition is running until 30th August.
Unearthed traces the rich history of the medium through depictions of nature, with over 100 works by 41 leading international artists.
Mat Collishaw - Auto-Immolation
Unearthed: Photography's Roots will reveal the fascinating technical processes and narratives behind these images, showcasing innovations in photography by key figures including William Henry Fox Talbot and Imogen Cunningham as well as several overlooked photographers including rare works by Japanese artist, Kazumasa Ogawa and the English gardener, Charles Jones.
Jones’ striking modernist photographs of plants remained unknown for 20 years after his death, until they were discovered in a trunk at Bermondsey Market in 1981.
More information on DPG website here
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD