Thursday August 27 2015

Impulse by Lita Cabellut


Opera Gallery is excited to present IMPULSE, the newest series by veteran artist Lita Cabellut  to be exhibited in London in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair 2015.

In this series, Lita Cabellut deconstructs traditional concepts associated with beauty and its relationship to violence; and examines our inherent impulse towards these two kindred sensations and the clash between society’s banishment and expectation of the beautiful.

The concept of beauty is a burdened one. We are living in a society that fears its adoration in contemporary art, yet intimidates its women into accepting it as their highest value. We have degraded it in mass media and the celebrity yet revere it above all other qualities of life. Beauty is a double-edged sword – an instrument of seduction and inaccessibility burdened with an overwhelming distrust in the simple sensation of pleasure.

With these dichotomies in mind, Opera Gallery is excited to present Impulse, the newest series by veteran artist Lita Cabellut to be exhibited in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair 2015. By deconstructing traditional concepts associated with beauty and its relationship to violence, Cabellut examines our inherent impulse towards these two kindred sensations and the clash between society’s banishment and expectation of the beautiful.


Born in 1961 to a Gipsy family in Barcelona, Lita Cabellut is a prolific contemporary portraitist. Inspired by the ubiquitous fresco paintings in her hometown, Cabellut spent four years in classical training and held her first exhibition at the Town Hall of Masnou, Barcelona at the age of seventeen. At 19 she left her native Spain to study at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which is where she remains today to live and work. Over the years, Cabellut has developed a unique technique that yields an inimitable quality and texture to her work. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous museums worldwide, including the Netherlands Manifesta Maastricht; Seoul Arts Center; Contemporary Art Museum in Sicily and CSMVS Mumbai, among many others.


Opera Gallery London is part of Opera Gallery Group, comprised of 10 galleries located throughout the world. Its unique structure as an international art gallery network with locations on several continents allows it to develop its artists on a global scale with exhibition centres in the United States (New York and Miami), Europe (Paris, Monaco, London, Geneva), Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul) and the Middle East (Dubai). Adapted to the dynamics of today’s world, Opera Gallery Group offers an eclectic mix of styles and artworks that exemplify not only the varied tastes and styles prevalent in the artistic sphere, but also the gallery’s foremost dedication to the accessibility of art and the universal communication it inspires.

Since its inception, Opera Gallery Group has strived to offer international collectors unique access to a diversity of multicultural artists, from the works of Modern Masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Bernard Buffet, Henri Matisse, Lucio Fontana or Andy Warhol, to the most sought-after contemporary artists. In parallel to its gallery activity, Opera Gallery Group also guarantees and protects the heritage of established modern and contemporary artists through collaborations with museums and art centres around the world.


IMPULSE, Lita Cabellut

13 - 29 October 2015

Opera Gallery London, 134 New Bond Street, London W1S 2TF

Gallery opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 7pm

Sunday & PH: 12pm - 5:30pm


Wednesday June 10 2015

Raw Footage Press Release




JULY 1 – 18, 2015

In celebration of its ten-year anniversary, Opera Gallery London presents Raw Footage, a group photography exhibition focusing on the meeting point between editorial and fine art photography, with a gaze tuned towards the body as a tool for both consumerism and sensuality. Exhibiting works by world-renowned fashion photographers including Mario Testino, David Lachapelle, Paul Solomons and Gerard Rancinan, among others, Raw Footage explores the evolution of fashion photography from the selling of a garment to the manufacturing of an idealized reality.

Raw Footage

Curator: Jean-David Malat

Opera Gallery London

134 New Bond Street, London


Gallery opening hours:

 Monday to Saturday: 10am – 7pm

Sunday & PH: 12:00pm – 5:00pm


For all media inquiries and hi-res images, please contact:

Natalie Williams /020 3709 6060


Thursday May 14 2015

Marcello Lo Giudice Press Kit

On the 14th May 2015 renowned Italian artist Marcello Lo Giudice will present a new collection of never before seen paintings at Opera Gallery London. The new collection will consist of 15 new paintings in Lo Giudice’s signature style.


Recognised for his unique structure of colours, oils and pigments that are densely layered and coated, buried and re-emerging, laid one upon the other under various phases of scratchings, abrasions, removals and levels, Lo Giudice’s canvases give shape to the matte and inconsistent bodies of hue and material. Through this painting technique, the surface develops interlaced designs, crossroads and interferences.


Wednesday October 15 2014

Nick Gentry - Portraits

Nick Gentry 


14 October - 11 November 2014

Ozwald Boateng, 30 Savile Row, W1S 3PT

An exhibition curated by Opera Gallery for Ozwald Boateng

Fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and Opera Gallery London Director Jean-David Malat are partnering to present a pop-up exhibition of portrait works by British contemporary artist Nick Gentry.

In the Ozwald Boateng flagship store’s gallery space, Portraits presents a selection of Nick Gentry’s distinctive floppy disk and film negative artworks, hand-painted on obsolete vintage media.

Today we go to great lengths to create a digital identity in addition to the actual lives we live, with the belief that these online records are only growing in importance and will outlive us”, the artist states.



Wednesday October 15 2014

Miro Calder Dubuffet at Opera Gallery London


From 14th – 31st October Opera Gallery brings together a trio of Masters for the exceptional exhibition, Calder - Miró – Dubuffet.

Opera Gallery presents Alexander CALDER, Joan MIRO and Jean DUBUFFET for a collective exhibition of rare pieces of modern art.

Since its opening in 1994, Opera Gallery has been a strong supporter of artists’ creativity and inventiveness - also visible in their work with contemporary artists worldwide. In this exhibition, the curator Jean-David Malat celebrates artistic creativity through the work of three celebrated modern artists who, in their time, revolutionised the role of the artist in society; and explores the effects of artistic insurgency, both in its time and in the repercussions that it carries on contemporary art creation.


Saturday September 27 2014

Bernard Buffet museum exhibition in Baku, Azerbaijan


The Heydar Aliyev Center, the Fonds de Dotation Bernard Buffet and the Opera Gallery international group are honoured to present in Baku, Azerbaijan, a comprehensive reflective museum exhibition on the work and life of Bernard Buffet, one of the most popular French painters of the century.

The exhibition features over 40 artworks, carefully selected to give the visitors a comprehensive insight into Bernard Buffet’s technique and his unmissable style. From melancholic clowns to dark grim landscapes, from sharp-featured portraits to austere yet hypnotic still lifes, from scenes of acrobats to illustrations of classic literature pieces, Bernard Buffet’s flair stands out powerfully and overwhelmingly.


At the Heydar Aliyev Centre, 1 Heydar Aliyev Avenue
Baku, Azerbaijan
26th September 2014 - 15th January 2015


Thursday May 22 2014

Marc Chagall - Exhibition of masterpieces

Opera Gallery is delighted to announce an exceptional exhibition of masterpieces by March Chagall in London this spring.

The exhibition will present a carefully curated selection of paintings and drawings by the Master of early modernism Marc Chagall, brought together in the London gallery for the first time to give our collectors and art lovers a deep understanding of the artist’s technique, colour mastering, and fantastical subjects and images.


Marc Chagall (1887-1985, Russian, French) is one of the most prolific and successful artists of the 20th Century, whose breadth of work spans almost every artistic medium, including painting, prints, stained glass, tapestries and book-making. He is considered one of the pioneering artists to cultivate Modernism. Chagall said, “If a symbol should be discovered in a painting of mine, it was not my intention. It is a result I did not seek. It is something that may be found afterwards, and which can be interpreted according to taste.” Marc Chagall’s art and technique, as well as his ability to convey striking images, gained him a quick recognition on the art market and among collectors. For example, in October 2010, the painting "Bestiaire et Musique" depicting a bride and a fiddler floating in a night sky amid circus performers and animals - subjects all very typical of Chagall’s work - sold for $ 4.1 million at an auction in Hong Kong, becoming the most expensive contemporary Western painting ever sold in Asia. The artist legacy in painting of image and use of colours defines Modernism in his artwork. Chagall’s paintings are held in high regard for their fantastical images and use of colour that undeniably define Modernism. The biggest art institutions in the world have, too, showed respect and recognition for his work. Indeed, his most-admired public works include the beautifully stained-glass windows for the synagogue of Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical Center (known as the Jerusalem Windows) (1962), the ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964) and the windows the Notre Dame Cathedral of Reims, France (1974). By the 1940s, Chagall was a well-known and established artist and in 1946, the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited a painting retrospective of his works at that time.


Marc Chagall at Opera Gallery London: From May 22nd to June 4th 2014


Wednesday April 9 2014

Mauro Corda & Gérard Alary

Opera Gallery is proud to present a joint exhibition of contemporary virtuoso sculptor Mauro CORDA & dark expressionist painter Gérard ALARY in London for the first time.

Born in France in 1960, Mauro Corda comes from a family of stonecutters with Italian origins. From an early age, he expressed interest in sculpture and he entered Reims’ École des Beaux-Arts aged 15, before pursuing his education at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Later, Corda was sent to the Villa Velázquez in Madrid; a rewarding experience that led him to exhibit in Paris and gain international recognition through exhibitions in Hong Kong, Chicago, Venice and Bologna. Mauro Corda renders homage to the greatest sculptors of history with his technique - a technique to which he instils movement and modernity by questioning his life-size pieces about identity and the limits of the human body. His ease with matter allows him to use various materials, such as bronze, aluminium, iron, marble and stainless steel. Corda’s sculptures push boundaries and overthrow our certainties as they question the fragility of existence. Claiming that a piece that has no soul will have no shape, Corda’s sculpture is a poetical expression creating an invisible world and giving shape to mystery. A true virtuoso, Corda inspires great humanity within his sculptures in order to convey his emotions and fears through the cold material.

Gérard Alary is a painter born in 1945 in Avignon, France. A graduate from the École des Beaux- Arts in Paris, his first solo exhibition took place in Dijon and was a great success. In 1995, he put his career on hold to become a professor at Dijon’s École des Beaux-Arts and it is not until 2005 that he returned to painting for an exhibition at the Centre d’Art Contemporain of La Seyne-sur-Mer. Several exhibitions followed, always in strongly spiritual and symbolical sites, such as the Vieille Charité Museum in Marseilles in 2007. The noteworthy exhibitions approach personal themes thanks to which Alary renews contact with the joys of painting, depicting the human body and the individual in powerful expressionism that oscillates between “figuration and nonrepresentation” as per the artist’s own words. Dark and thick matter emerges from Alary’s Vanitas, in which he depicts the bone rather than the flesh and death rather than life, highlighting the violence of the artist’s fears and distress. In the chaos telling us of the end of our human condition and the erasure of our lives since birth, we face a brutality that would drag one down to hell inside
the deepest of the artist’s turmoil. Gérard Alary’s works are presented in multiple museums, art centres and public collections in France and abroad.

Mauro Corda & Gérard Alary at Opera Gallery London from April 9th to 22nd, 2014


Tuesday March 18 2014

Rancinan XXL

An exhibition of monumental photography

Opera Gallery London is proud to present Gérard RANCINAN’s monumental art photography in London.
The exhibition XXL consists of five monumental photographs, from the Trilogy of the Moderns series. All photographs are unique pieces, numbered 1/1.

The photographs presented are all fine art argentic prints on great scale: from 2.80 meters up to 4.70 meters! The very specific printing process is possible only in a single photo-lab located in Düsseldorf, Germany. The scale and format, unique in the world, make these photographs treasured artworks for the collector.

For XXL, Rancinan chose to exhibition five of these breath-taking monumental photographs together for the first time ever: at Opera Gallery London, in the heart of London’s arty neighbourhood Mayfair. This exhibition is therefore a rare opportunity for the photography collector and lover.

These photographs have travelled the world. Indeed, before being brought together at Opera Gallery London, they were exhibition in museums all over the globe: the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; the Triennale Museum in Milan, Italy; the Danubiana Contemporary Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia; the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France; etc. After London, their next destination will be the Himalayas Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, China and the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil.

From "The Raft of illusions" to "The Feast of The Barbarians", each photograph is a masterpiece reflecting our times: acclaimed photographer Gérard Rancinan is an observer of his contemporaries, bearing first-hand witness to events in our society.


Born in the Bordeaux region, Gérard Rancinan travels the globe, bearing first hand witness to events of historical importance. Natural catastrophes, civil and ethnic wars, and urban riots… he comes face to face with the complexity of the human condition and the random events by which it is fashioned. His imperious need for self-expression leads him to focus on the world’s most important issues, he delivers startling images filtered through an ever-evolving aesthetic prism.
Constantly breaking down barriers, he is, by turn, an investigator deconstructing the great sagas of contemporary life, and a portraitist. His photographs of athletes, artists, ecclesiastics and politicians have become iconic. His images have earned him a number of prizes, including four prestigious World Press Awards.
Following his domain of predilection, in the “Trilogy of the Moderns” he becomes the wakeful observer of his contemporaries. This marginal perspective involves real mises en scène, veritable simulacra of the world in which we live.
Internationally renowned, Gérard Rancinan’s work is exhibited in the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums and features in the most important contemporary art collections. During a recent Etude Million auction at Drouot (2008), Gérard Rancinan became one of the highest ranked photographers in France. In 2012, one his photographs was hammered for a total price eight times above the estimation at a Philips de Pury & Company Photographs auction; breaking the world auction record for a living French photographer.
Gérard Rancinan is an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.


Rancinan XXL at Opera Gallery London from 18th March - 3rd April, 2014


Friday November 22 2013

André Brasilier

Opera Gallery London is pleased to announce the first London solo exhibition of French painter André Brasilier, opening on the 21st November 2013.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Opera Gallery has carefully curated a selection of just under thirty dream-like paintings by André Brasilier, including his most notable themes and illustrating his love for nature, music, the human and life in general.


André Brasilier, whose parents were also painters, was born in 1929 in Saumur, France. From an early age, he showed natural inclination for painting and he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at the age of 20.

In 1953, aged only 23, Brasilier won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome of painting. He had his first retrospective of 100 artworks from 1950-1980 at the Château de Chenonceau in 1980 and a retrospective exhibition at the Musée Picasso-Château Grimaldi in Antibes (French Riviera) in 1988.

Over the years he held numerous exhibitions all over the world: France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Russia, The Netherlands, Korea, Hong Kong… Notably, he was honoured by a retrospective exhibition of his work at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2005 and at the Museum Haus Ludwig für Kunstausstellungen Saarlouis in Germany in 2007.

Brasilier’s works often feature themes and motifs of horses, nature, music and women. Set against the most simplistic and romantic backgrounds, he transports us easily into surreal landscapes, which lighten the soul with dreamy infusions of figures set in simplicity of colours, shape and form. In an intimate communion with nature, he draws his inspiration from its language, sounds and colours, thus revealing the natural beauty of our surroundings.

Although Brasilier bases his painting on reality, he is not a realistic painter, as once explained by Bernard de Montgolfier, Honorary Chief Curator, The Ville de Paris Heritage: "One could say that Brasilier has a very personal way of being non-figurative within figuration". Indeed, he strives to make the invisible visible again, opening the viewers’ eyes upon the non-obvious, in a relentless quest for intimate and cohesive humanism.


Horses are very important subjects of Brasilier’s body of work. “I really like this animal, as much for its beauty, as for the harmony that it has with nature. In nature, the horse gives a sense of scale. It provides interesting proportions with the sea and the sky, for example. I love life, and horses, with their forms and their ardour, delight and intrigue me.”, he says.

Similarly, music seems to be a central theme of his paintings: “I love, above all, life, and in all of its forms. Music is one of these forms that I especially appreciate. My first exhibition in 1959 was entitled “Autour de la musique” (“About Music”). Since then, I’ve always liked to work with this theme. All is beautiful in music, the discipline of the orchestra, the harmony of a quartet…”

Finally, the human form is very present in Brasilier’s work, often under the shape of women. About this subject, he says: “For me, we measure the importance of a painter by his or her abilities at portraying this human form. Look at what point the human “figure” has allowed painters like Picasso, de Staël, or Bacon to go beyond their contemporaries.”

All three themes will be highlighted in André Brasilier’s exhibition at Opera Gallery London, providing a complete insight into his work and technique scope.


From November 22 to December 6, 2013