The Colony Room I, 1962 - Michael Andrews’s painting of one of 50s and 60s Soho’s most storied drinking dens, the Colony Room, is a who’s who of the art scene. That hot pink collar belongs to Francis Bacon. Artists’ model Henrietta Moraes is centre-stage. A chiselled Lucian Freud looks us straight in the eye. At the bar, Muriel Belcher, the club’s proprietor, strikes a pose.
Melanie and Me Swimming (1978–9)
Michael Andrews RA (30 October 1928 – 19 July 1995) was a British painter. Michael Andrews played a deaf-mute in Lorenza Mazzetti's Free Cinema film Together, alongside Eduardo Paolozzi (1955). Lorenza Mazzetti (26 July 1927 – 4 January 2020) was an Italian film director, novelist, photographer and painter. In the 2020 novel, Summer by writer Ali Smith, Mazzetti plays a cameo, but significant role. Her life story, as well as reference to her early films, are included.
January 19, 2017 - Narrated by exhibition curator and friend of the artist, Richard Calvocoressi, "Michael Andrews Elusive Painter" introduces the artist and his work, unknown to many, and reveals the curatorial vision behind "Earth Air Water," on view at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill, London through March 25, 2017. This documentary, accompanied by unseen archival material, as well as footage of the only existing filmed documentation of Andrews, is a biographical overview of the late British painter.
La Femme Damnée - Nicolas François Octave Tassaert, 1859
Nicolas François Octave Tassaert (Paris, 26 July 1800 – Paris, 24 April 1874) was a French painter of portraits and genre, religious, historical and allegorical paintings, as well as a lithographer and engraver. He was the grandson of the sculptor Jean-Pierre-Antoine Tassaert.
Montauk Highway - Willem de Kooning (Netherlands, active United States, 1904-1997) / Holland, 1958
Willem de Kooning, who immigrated to New York City from Rotterdam in 1926, perpetually blurred the boundaries between abstract and representational modes. From 1957 to 1961, de Kooning spent more time in Long Island, away from Manhattan. During this period, he painted a number of suburban parkway landscapes. De Kooning relished the transformation of the terrain from urban to open highway—expanses of concrete, broad fields, and sky—and rendered the experience here in rapid, broad strokes.
Becca Shmuluvitz graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. She was the 2013 recipient of the Morris Louis scholarship, awarding her 22,000 dollars. Her work has been exhibited at The Dress Shop gallery in Brooklyn NY, Area 405 in Baltimore MD, and the Escola LLOTJA in Barcelona. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Hernan Bas (b. 1978, Miami, FL, lives and works in Detroit, MI and Miami, FL) creates paintings, works on paper, videos, and installations that weave together adolescent adventures with classical poetry, religious stories, mythology, the paranormal, and literature.
Willem de Kooning: Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point (1963)
The title Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point refers to one of Willem de Kooning’s favourite places in Long Island, New York. During his period in Long Island De Kooning rode his bike daily to Louse Point where he observed the water. While this painting recalls pastoral nature it was, in fact, painted in the artist’s New York studio shortly before he moved to Long Island. The painting is characterized by large expanses of colour, pastel hues and complex surfaces. Colour accumulates to a thick impasto. In this abstract portrayal of a landscape De Kooning was driven by intuition and memory. The artist’s use of pink is reminiscent of flesh and brings to mind his statement: “The landscape is in the Woman and there is Woman in the landscape.” This was De Kooning’s first painting to be acquired by a European museum.
Tadeusz Styka (born April 12, 1889 in Kielce, died September 11, 1954 in New York) - Polish portrait painter, son of Jan Styka, brother of Adam Styka. He took his first drawing lessons from his father, then studied in Paris. He is mainly known for portraits of famous figures of the first half of the 20th century (including Pola Negri, Ignacy Paderewski, Enric Carus). He also painted genre, religious and symbolic scenes, nudes and animals (especially lions). He often collaborated with Brother Adam and was awarded the French Legion of Honor. He died in New York and is buried next to his father at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Artemisia Lomi or Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter, now considered one of the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists working in the style of Caravaggio. In an era when women had few opportunities to pursue artistic training or work as professional artists, Artemisia was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had an international clientele.