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LUMAS Gallery: London's Space for Modern Photography
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LUMAS Gallery: London's Space for Modern Photography

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Updated: 20 April 2016
In an exciting three part series, the LUMAS gallery located in Mayfair has launched an innovative and exquisite exhibition that challenges preconceived notions of photography. Including multi-layered editions, photography cutouts and exclusive silk editions, this spring brings forth a whole new notion of photography and imagery to the London art scene. We find out more.

Inspired by Andy Warhol, artist Renaud Delorme has brought a whole new perspective to multi layering in portraits. Taking images of everyday objects such as tennis balls, cassettes and reels of film, he then layers on printed acrylic glass to represent recycling in his art to produce very unique works of art. Each of the pieces hanging in the gallery really gave off a sense of modernity mixed with traditional practices.

Also spread around the gallery, artists Vincent Poole and Joe McDermott worked with LUMAS to produce cut out pieces of limited edition portraits that question the notions of originality and commodification in art. Mr. Poole said that the art was meant to be mounted on white walls in a way to kind of challenge the way art is experienced on a whole. The pieces scattered around the gallery gave bright colors to the walls and really popped out in a fun and quirky way.

In another very unique and interactive method, the photography and art of Thomas Zeitlberg was also taking over the gallery in a very special way through silk scarves. The contemporary artist takes the world of fashion and art and merges them with the use of imagery. By printing his work on high quality silk scarves, the artist brings whole new meaning to wearable art.

Alongside these innovative artists were the works of ten high profile photographers such as Marc Quin, Bernhard Lang, Erin Cone and other 20th century artists like Horst P. Horst, Gilbert & George and Bert Stern. Notable pieces included Mark Quinn’s ‘Flowers in Silicone,’ Gilbert & Georges’ ‘ Ginko Winkgo’ edition and Horst. P Horst’s portrait of Coco Chanel.

What is so different about the LUMAS gallery, and really quite clever, is that the whole interior layout is that of a home. There are living rooms, lounges and even a dining room. In speaking with one of the representatives of the gallery, this concept was thought of to make buying art much more easier and relatable to customers. Now potential buyers can imagine what the pieces would look like in their own homes or spaces, making them much more likely to indulge. The whole theme of the gallery is to make art more accessible to all kinds of people, something that is very important to recognize in the world of expression and artistry nowadays.

This launch really brought out the works of each artist in a very special and refreshing light. The exhibition is definitely a must see and is a perfect way to kick off the spring season with pieces inspiring color, character and a whole new perspective on art.