Contemporary Curated11 Jul - 3 Aug 2017The Fine Art Society is pleased to present a display by some of our represented contemporary artists. Works on show will include wood and stone sculptures by Tim Pomeroy, enamel...
Geraldine SwayneSilvering 28 Mar - 19 Apr 2017We are proud to present an exhibition of paintings by the artist Geraldine Swayne. Drawing together recent works on canvas, aluminium and copper, these works are suggestive and mysterious. People...
Women Artists: A Conversation6 - 28 Feb 2017The Fine Art Society is pleased to announce a major group exhibition of contemporary women artists. Featuring works in a diverse range of mediums, styles and genres, the exhibition represents...
Performance & RemnantAndy Goldsworthy, John Giorno, Shein Wei, Ori Gersht, Michael Petry, Justin Davis Anderson, Jo Broughton, Geraldine Swayne and Rashaad Newsome 9 - 30 Oct 2015For Frieze 2015 The Fine Art Society presented a major contemporary group exhibition featuring 9 artists who incorporate the act of performance in their practice including concrete poetry, dance, choreography and theatre. The exhibition which was displayed across two floors of the Bond Street gallery included work across a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography and video, from a line up of exceptional talent including: Andy Goldsworthy, John Giorno, Shen Wei, Ori Gersht, Michael Petry, Justin Davis Anderson, Jo Broughton, Geraldine Swayne and Rashaad Newsome.
What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me10 Oct - 5 Nov 2014Marking the centenary of Duchamp's readymade, The Fine Art Society was proud to present a major group exhibition What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me. It was the largest show in the history of the gallery, taking over the entire five floors of the Bond Street townhouse as over 50 Contemporary artists responded to Duchamp and his legacy. The readymade is a concept that challenged the very notion of art itself. As a result of this gesture, anything could be art if the artist chose it.
Duchamp's impact not just as an artist but also as a great thinker and writer, is incalculable. His afterlife is undoubtedly phenomenal and his legacy is a subject continually discussed by art historians and critics. Yet it is so deeply embedded in the practice of art that it is hard to pin down. So instead The Fine Art Society has asked artists to respond directly and personally. Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) is a multifaceted figure who still looms large over contemporary art. Duchamp is worshipped by some and condemned by others - either way there is no disputing that he is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries.
Duchamp derided the adoration of art and all canons of taste and categorisation. He said once, "I force myself to contradict myself so as to avoid conforming to my own taste". In 1913 he set in motion one of the single most influential and significant ideas in modern art. Alone in his studio he created his first readymade by selecting and presenting a found object, Bicycle Wheel. He would not show the work for another year - the first pure readymade is dated to the 1914 Bottle Rack.
Geraldine Swayne: How are you?12 - 25 Sep 2014The Fine Art Society Contemporary was delighted to hold the first solo show of paintings at the gallery by London based artist Geraldine Swayne. Swayne creates intimate yet powerful works painting with enamel on small copper or aluminium panels. Her exhibition How Are You? will be the first installation in the new contemporary penthouse, a space designed for private viewing and the occasional pop up solo presentation.
Swayne’s small paintings feel like historical miniatures but feature contemporary subjects from sources as diverse as pornography, landscape painting and portraits of friends. The paintings feel completely self contained and accomplished, and yet have a subtle brevity of form and lightness of touch. A portrait of a fading rock star painted in jewel like tones on enamel takes on a completely new meaning in her intimate and compelling style.
Swayne is also a member of the celebrated band Faust and has often blurred the boundaries between her work as a painter as a musician. Not only does she paint her musical collaborators but she also incorporates painting into her on-stage performances and documents her experimental performances in her paintings.
Swayne is noted for navigating the complex relationships between painting, music and film. Her multifaceted and distinguished career includes winning a Northern Arts Travel award to paint and make super-8 films about Voodoo in New Orleans. She moved to France in 1991 painting portraits and large outdoor paintings for the Marie of St Jean de Fos. Since 1999, she has made numerous experimental films including the world’s first super-8 to Imax film East End, produced by Cathy Shaw, and narrated by Miriam Margolyes with music by Nick Cave. After leaving the film industry in 2004 she worked as an assistant for Jake and Dinos Chapman rebuilding Hell. Although better known as a painter she joined experimental rock group …bender in 2005 and in the following year, the seminal Krautrock group Faust with whom she has recorded two albums and toured widely, making musical improvisations and live paintings at venues such as the Wrexner Centre for the Arts in Ohio, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art and CalArts. As a painter she has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows at including the Barbican, Calvert 22, L-13 and Fred, London. In 2010 she was a finalist in the John Moores painting prize, Walker Gallery, Liverpool. In 2014 she was awarded a live/work residency at Acme Fire-station in East London, where she now lives and paints.