Opening with a selection of rare works by YBAs Marc Quinn, Damien Hirst, and Tracey Emin, BritARTnia will also present the work of internationally established artists such as Julian Opie of the New British Sculpture movement; celebrity photographer and recipient of the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary medal Terry O’Neill and Royal Academician and Turner Prize nominee sculptor David Mach.
Widely known as an incubator for young creators, Opera Gallery shortlisted three of the most gifted British artists from its pool of talents to feature in this exhibition. Joe Black had his debut solo exhibition in London in 2013 and has been growing his reputation as a multi-talented artist ever since, he is notably known for his large-scale works based on popular imagery and made from thousands of miniature objects. Nick Gentry draws on recycled and obsolete technological materials as the grounds for his paintings, thus creating a conversation between digital and analogue processes. Last but not least is self-taught artist David Whittaker, whose paintings are based around an interpretation of the human head and its metaphysical core: ambiguous and non-specific, they represent the universal alongside the personal and act as mirrors of our inner conflicts.
Finally, in the occasion of BritARTnia Opera Gallery will present two young British artists to its collectors and the London scene: Miss Bugs, whose motto is borrowed from Pablo Picasso’s “If there is something to steal, I steal it!”; and Dean Fox who combines neon with traditional oil painting to challenge the complementarity of the old and the new.
“In my experience as an art dealer, I have come across numerous international artists but I was always particularly touched and impressed by British artists. I still remember the early 2000s when Charles Saatchi showed some YBAs and the day I discovered "My Bed" by Tracey Emin. With BritARTnia I want to show some of the great names of the contemporary British art, alongside young promising artists such as David Whittaker or Joe Black.” – Jean-David Malat, Director, Opera Gallery London.