Jonathan Ross is pleased to announce the March exhibition at Gallery 286 where the very different nature of its two exhibition spaces will be perfectly complimented by its new occupants.
On the ground floor, where the red walls, heavy velvet drapes, antique furniture and welcoming gas-log fire evoke another era, Larisa Davatz is showing her elegant surreal paintings in which period costumes are central to the compositions. In some the owners of the dresses are only partly present, as if they cannot quite manifest themselves in the 21st century. Gone but not forgotten; insects, birds, butterflies and fish are their companions and other elements hint at a secret message only to be interpreted by the initiated.
Larisa Davatz was born in Tientsin, China. When she was 10 her family moved to the USSR. At the prestigious Moscow Art School and later at the Surikov Art Institute she proved to be a precocious talent. In her late twenties her travels took her to Tashkent, Uzbekistan where the culture and climate greatly influenced her artistic vision, providing a warm colour palette, romantic style and metaphorical content. Many of her works are in museum collections including the Tashkent and Samarkand Art Museums and the Tretiakov Art Gallery in Moscow.
In the downstairs gallery, contrastingly cool and white, Marco Sanges shows an exciting selection of surrealistic, erotic scenes and portraits of striking characters. Silent movies were a major inspiration for the epic pictures of this innovative photographer and filmmaker, and the influence of Surrealist painting and photography echoes in his still life compositions.
Marco Sanges is an imaginative and innovative photographer who has exhibited worldwide.
His clients include: Cutler and Gross, Agent Provocateur, Vogue, Sunday Telegraph, Photo, Katalog, Dolce & Gabbana, Eyemazing.Books include: Circumstances, Venus, Wild, and Erotic Photography.
Previous exhibitions include: THAN New York Academy of Art, Da End Gallery Paris, At Home with Art in aid of the Prince's Trust London, Art Warehouse Rotterdam, Proud Gallery London, Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs Amsterdam , Art and Design London, Gosh Art Auction London curated by Tamara Eccleston, Edward James Foundation West Dean, Espai Barcelona, Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, London, Hackney Empire, London, Windsor Arts Centre, GG Gallery, wanted gallery, NY Academy of Arts curated by Eileen Guggenheim,‘Savile Row’ at B-Store, ’Purity’ at Cobden Club, ‘Hidden Light’ at ICI and ‘Enigma’ at Arte Fiera, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, British Art Fair, Art London
.Awards include The Best Experimental Art Film at the Open Cinema Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia 2009 and Best Art Film at the Portobello Film Festival London, UK, 2008 for the short Circumstances.
Marco's work is in the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts USA.