A Gal and Her Gallery – featured artists in order of appearance

A Gal and Her Gallery – featured artists in order of appearance

El Anatsui – renowned West African sculptor, Professor of Sculpture at the University of Nigeria at Nsukka.  His first one-man show outside Africa was at the October Gallery in 1995.  He has since gone to exhibit around the world. In 2007 he earned a prestigious place in the International Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and sold his magnificent metal clothes to major museums and collectors including the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Aubrey Williams – the first Caribbean artist to make his name in Britain, championed by the October Gallery even after his death in 1990.  His extraordinary Shostakovich series was bought by the Royal Festival Hall, his Olmec-Maya series featured in a recent show at Tate Britain who also held a one-day seminar on his work.

Kenji Yoshida – Japanese painter living in Paris. Born in 1924 he studied art under the great Hayashi Kiyoshi but with the onset of World War 2 was selected for training as a Kami-kaze pilot.  He survived the war by a lucky fluke and dedicated his life to art. His search for purity of form have led to an elemental series of circles in silver and gold leaf. Meditative works all of which have the title “Life”.

Rachid Koraichi – born in Algeria in 1947 raised in the Sufi mystical tradition and for many years lived and works in Paris. Now a leading Arab artist – his works have been collected by major institutions including the British Museum and the Smithsonian.

The Red Wave Collective, Fiji – a group of artists from the Pacific islands who paint the stories and myths of their ancestors to articulate current concerns, political and personal. This was the first of a series of exhibitions from the Oceanic arts scene.

The Lockhart River Art Gang – especially Rosella Namok, Fiona Omeenyo and Samantha Hobson. Young Australian artists from the rainforest region of northern Queensland. They have developed their own forms of expression very different from older indigenous artists of desert Australia. They were rapidly taken up by the big metropolitan museums in Australia and had a sell-out show at the October Gallery.

Fiona Foley – artist, activist, curator and writer.  Founder of the Boomali Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Sydney, she is well known in Australia. Her first solo show in London was at the October Gallery in 2006.  Her work is multi-media, using photographs, installation. It is surprising, sometimes shocking, always humorous.

Romuald Hazoume – born in 1962 in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin where he lives and works.  His sculptural experiments with plastic jerry cans, used to transport fuel around Benin and to smuggle fuel from neighbouring Nigeria received international acclaim. His installations have featured in the Musee Quai Branly, Paris, the Menil Collection, Texas, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and most recently at Documenta in Kassel, Germany where he received the top prize for sculpture in 2007.

And there are also images of William Burroughs, Gerald Wilde, Aubrey Williams and art from Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Peru and China.

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