Christian Hook makes art (and science) history
A series of paintings from Christian Hook was hailed as a landmark step for art and science in a new documentary which aired on Sky Arts in October.
The night before it hit our screens, Clarendon hosted the Premiere at a private cinema in Mayfair; immediately afterwards, Christian unveiled the exhibition in our Dover Street gallery and took part in a Q&A live on Instagram. ‘Painting the Invisible’ charts his remarkable collaboration with a team of Nobel Prize winning scientists (including Carlo Rovelli, author of The Order of Time), many of whom attended the event.
Rachel Simkiss, Director of Brand at Clarendon commented: “Christian is a brilliant communicator and charismatic broadcaster and has travelled the world to find subjects that capture the zeitgeist. In this collection I think we are seeing the genesis of a new movement in which art and science work together to take us beyond realism.”
The complete collection and backstory can still be viewed in our catalogue which includes a narrated tour of the exhibition.
During his visit his work took centre stage at a massive street party when it was beamed onto the façade of this iconic building in a dazzling light show, sharing his famous mantra. ‘Life is beautiful’, with the people of London. Talking to Sky News at our Covent Garden gallery, he commented that he still feels he has a lot more to give.
Despite his global success and the fact that rising auction prices are making him an increasingly dynamic investment option, “This”, says Mr. Brainwash, “is just the beginning”. He already has a spectacular collection lined up to launch in January, and we are looking forward to seeing what comes next… the only thing we know for sure is to expect the unexpected.
Sherree Valentine-Daines reunited with Queen Elizabeth
Sherree Valentine-Daines has many prestigious accolades and appointments to her name, most notably being commissioned by the organisers of The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations to produce a painting as a birthday gift for Her Majesty.
But this November, after a very long wait, Sherree was delighted to renew her acquaintance with another Queen Elizabeth – Cunard’s world famous ocean liner, one of the iconic Three Queens Fleet. Two years ago Sherree was appointed Artist in Residence to the Three Queens in partnership with Clarendon; having exhibited in distinguished venues including Tate Gallery, the Barbican and the Royal Society of British Painters, she declared herself delighted be back on board in her official capacity, “adding a unique and fascinating new dimension to a Cunard voyage.” (Lee Powell, Cunard’s Vice President Brand and Product.)
In the course of her voyage to Lisbon, Sherree painted Queen Elizabeth’s Captain Howarth in front of a live audience and unveiled new works for guests. Clarendon founder Helen Swaby commented, “The artwork that Sherree has created on board will become part of the Cunard legacy and will enhance her position as the ‘Face of Modern British Impressionism.’”
Their dazzling blend of pulp fiction, high culture and ironic wit has made The Connor Brothers two of the biggest stars of contemporary art and the response of collectors to their first Clarendon Exclusive collection, Truth is Stranger than Fiction. was phenomenal. The timing was perfect as the ‘Brothers’, James Golding and Mike Snelle, were celebrating the 10th anniversary of their hugely successful collaboration. Their next release, The Truth Will Set You Free, included a commemorative box set for which they chose 10 seminal works to showcase their uniquely creative take on their influences, interests and appropriations.
As this anniversary year draws to a close they have reinforced their playful and provocative message perfectly with a series of vintage wise-cracking pin ups demonstrating that Vice Outplays Virtue…every time.
Fabian Perez paints his all-time favourite singer
Fabian Perez’s Living Legends series is his personal tribute to some of the most iconic figures of our time whose legacy he personally admires, and ranges from rock stars to sporting heroes.
Over the last few years these have proved to be role call of famous faces, and his work is now hanging on the walls of the great and the good all over the world. He has made a lot of friends along the way - Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger , Rafa Nadal and Pep Guardiola, Quincy Jones and Ringo Starr, even Pope Francis his a portrait hanging in his Private apartments at the Vatican.
In 2021 his subjects were as varied as ever, Mike Tyson, Charlie Watts, Ariana Grande, Cher, David Beckham…but one man got a special shout out from Fabian!
“What a great honor to paint my favourite singer of all time. I hope you enjoy the portrait for many years to come. You wear it really well!”
That man – the one and only Rod Stewart.