The Boécho Gallery in Barnes offers unique art at affordable prices this Christmas.
The Boécho Gallery on The Broadway in Barnes has been open for a year and has already built a reputation for offering accessible and affordable art by international contemporary artists. The gallery name – ‘bo’ meaning beautiful and ‘écho’ meaning ‘repeat impression’ – reflects the ethos of the gallery, in its search for artists whose work has a core theme, often natural and aware of the environment, around them.
Following degrees in fine art and history of art, gallery owner and curator, Dee Gray, has worked for well known galleries such as Fabian Carlsson on Bond Street and as an Old Master Print dealer on Jermyn St, before opening her own. She says: ‘I’ve been working for over 20 years in the art world, so it’s wonderful to show artists in my own space.’
Dee spends months finding just the right mix of artists before each exhibition: ‘I have files of artists on my books, I visit student shows, galleries and exhibitions, but I like to pick mature artists, who have found their place.’ Dee looks for diverse artists who have a central theme for each exhibition.
New York artist, Tessa Grundon, uses natural materials, such as beeswax from local hives – ‘literally a distillation of time and place’ – pigments from the earth, mud taken from riverbeds found on her travels and rust found on old objects. She says: ‘My work references a range of influences from the topography and history of a place and its ever-changing environment; the shifting tides to the effect of man on community and the landscape, to man himself and the shared visual language of natural forms.
‘I work with an amalgam of different materials and artifacts relating to specific geographical locations. I use local maps, beeswax from nearby hives; pigments drawn from the mud, various colored earths, vegetation, rust and charcoal. I look for inspiration and materials in the landscape whether in the woods, abandoned places or building sites, using the debris found along the strand lines of estuaries, riverbanks and marshes, from the source of a stream to where it meets the ocean through places both rural and urban. I collect sounds, images, data and objects. With these materials I create work that embodies a sense of place – totems of landscapes that resonate with me.’
Wayne Binitie, who attended both the Slade School of Art and Goldsmiths and has had exhibitions at the V&A and Royal College of Art, has also used liquid beeswax in his work. His photographs allow a minutely detailed look at the world around us – from glaciers to glass.
The work of Rosie Dowd-Smyth, who graduated from Goldsmiths, has a lighthearted feel – using everyday kitchen objects to explore art. She says: ‘I make things that look brash but really I’m all about the small gestures.’
The CIBOTEMPO exhibition runs 1 December – 28 February