We are proud to present Hardest Hue to Hold, an exhibition curated by Aindrea
Emelife, sponsored and hosted by HKS Architects. We feature the curator’s
selection of artworks by the latest upcoming artists. This show brings together
the varied audiences of HKS Architects and Oaktree & Tiger to share art, uniting
people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, and, most importantly,
encouraging new thinking around two specific colours.
Conrad Carvalho, Managing Director at Oaktree & Tiger
FOREWORD – A NEW RENAISSANCE
The emerging artist market has been overshadowed by voracious flipping and
vertiginous price shifts over the past five years. Market aside, it is my personal
belief that the emerging art scene is more exciting than it has been for some
time. Perhaps I am still a romantic, and cynicism is yet to hit, but the sheer talent
coming out of art schools in my native London across a diverse set of mediums is
of a standard and cohesiveness that we have not seen since the YBAs (the Young
British Artists, who are young no longer).
Our fascination with the ‘next big thing’ has long existed within the human psyche,
and so this flame is fanned each year at the graduate shows of our institutions
showcase even fresher talent. And with this ebb and flow, some artists come to
the fore and burn bright, as they urge us to shake those mind-forged manacles
and ask us to look ahead. Some of the artists are in this show.
Enjoy, and get excited.
London’s burning. Welcome to a new Renaissance.
Aindrea Emelife, Curator of Hardest Hue to Hold