London Clubland (not the dancing type) is a world that most of us are only vaguely aware of and the Royal Overseas League is a case in point. A magnificent building tucked in a courtyard in St James and overlooking Green Park, it really is hidden away in the centre of London.
I’d heard about it but never actually been till very recently when invited to attend the Young Masters Art Prize exhibition, held there for the first time.
Organised by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, the Young Masters celebrates artists “who pay homage to the skill and techniques of the past; knowing that young artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at art history and its lessons.” Painting, photography, video and ceramics were all included.
This skylight and the next couple of photos give a small indication of the interior as well as how well the artwork sits within it.
Work by Antoine Schneck and Christoph Steinmeyer below.Isabelle van Zeijl‘s photography is on the left.These 3 photos by Sandro Miller (apologies for the photo quality but it was pretty dark) had me perplexed for a while but I got it by the third one. Can you?Lauren Nauman’s frail porcelain and brass piece below was only one of several ceramic artists shown. ROSL, as it is commonly known, was the first London club to accept female members from the beginning and has an ongoing programme of art and music. For more information please visit the website.
I’d seen a lot of this piece on social media and finally managed to visit it in person a week before it closed at Tate Britain’s wonderful Duveen Galleries.
Cerith Wyn Evans created this sculpture called Forms in Space…by Light (in Time) filling the gallery above our heads with neon shapes drawn in space. The structure begins with a circle
then 3 symbols used by opticians for eye tests , also used by Marcel Duchamp in his The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (the Large Glass)
followed, as you walk through, by shapes initially inspired by the gestures of Japanese Noh theatre.
You don’t , of course have to view it from front to back; wandering around it gives so many different viewpoints. I also wanted to mention the way the whole thing has been suspended – the support has a fascination of its own.You can see more of his work in London in the lobby of the recently opened Four Seasons hotel at 10 Trinity Square .
Designed for the Royal Bank of Canada by first-time exhibitor Charlotte Harris, this garden, inspired by the Boreal Forest of Canada and focusing on the importance of fresh water, felt cool and serene on a hot day.
She completely captured the natural rhythm of form and texture along with a variety of greens making a harmonious and very appealing place.
Charlotte has been at Chelsea for several years working with other designers but this was her first Chelsea garden winning a well-deserved gold medal.