Category Archives: PERSONALITIES
A new gallery is now open in London, l’étrangère, with the opening exhibition of the first UK solo presentation of Marek Szczęsny. Throughout a career spanning almost forty years, Szczęsny has worked on canvas and paper to produce paintings that oscillate between abstraction and figuration, the subjective gaze and the personal encounter. We recently interviewed the director of the new gallery, Joanna Mackiewicz-Gemes, about the opening exhibition, what people can expect from the gallery and what the future holds.
THE SLOW TRAVELLER AND HIS GLOBAL ADVENTURE | INTERVIEW WITH ED GILLESPIE
Motivated by a desire to see the world without ruining it in the process, Ed Gillespie circumnavigated the globe without getting on a plane. This inspirational adventure, allowed Ed to see the transition of landscape, culture, people, language and cuisine that travelling through the world, rather than over it, involves. Ultra Vie interviews Ed on his global adventure and on the exhilaration of taking it slow.
‘BOLD & BEAUTIFUL’ AND MESMERISING DRAWINGS | AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSIE CORCORAN
Rosie Corcoran, a celebrated wildlife British artist, presents her latest major exhibition in Asprey London’s flagship store from early December. For a short time, the exhibition showcases Corcoran’s beautifully detailed drawings of natural animals, particularly tigers, in the store located on New Bond Street. As ‘Bold & Beautiful’ is the first exhibition a contemporary artist is invited to display their works in the historic venue, Ultra Vie had the chance to interview Rosie Corcoran on exhibiting her new works and an insight into the artist’s major solo exhibition.
SOTHEBY’S POST-WAR AND MODERN BRITISH ART SALE | AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANCES CHRISTIE
Among the number of auctions occurring this month, Sotheby’s held a Modern and Post-War British Art Sale between 18th until 20th November. The sale was a highlight as never-before-seen in public L. S. Lowry’s ‘Outside the Factory’ painting and a rare Heron painting were both featured, as well as the Tim Ellis Collection of 20th Century British Art entitled ‘A Way of Life’. We caught up with the Head of Sotheby’s Modern Post-War British Art Department, Frances Christie, for an insight of the sale and collection presented in this auction.
TRASH ‘N’ CASH AT IMITATE MODERN | AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DOTMASTER
Stencil artist The Dotmaster presents his latest exhibition at London’s Imitate Modern, with his range of mixed media collection of the street art world. Entitled ‘Trash ‘N’ Cash’, the exhibition explores our conscience and identity through our perception of currency and luxurious big brands. The artist’s play of juxtaposition brings in questioning notions to how we perceive our perspectives towards our society. Ultra Vie had the opportunity to interview The Dotmaster for an insight of the artist’s perspective and on ‘Trash ‘N’ Cash’.
GOODE & WRIGHT CELEBRATES 3 YEARS | INTERVIEW WITH CHEF FINLAY LOGAN
The popular brasserie on Portobello Road, Goode & Wright, is celebrating their third magnificent year in business with the launch of a new bar within the restaurant. Goode & Wright is famous in the neighbourhood for its superb seasonal menu full of generous and gutsy brasserie fare. Ultra Vie had a chance to ask Chef Finlay Logan about his professional background and the passion for classic French cuisine.
CZECH AVANT-GARDE ART COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S LONDON | AN INTERVIEW WITH ADRIAN BIDDELL
On 12th November 2014, Sotheby’s presented the sale of Czech Avant-Garde Art from the Roy and Mary Cullen Collection in London. The auction, which totalled £784,219, was preceded by a sale of 20th Century Art, during which auction records were set for artists including Max Dungert, Georg Hartmann and Lajas von Ebneth. Ultra Vie had the opportunity to interview Senior Director of Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings Department, Adrian Biddell, for an insight of avant-garde European paintings including on collecting Czech Modern Art, as well as on the Roy and Mary Cullen Collection.
Grimaldi Gavin gallery’s latest exhibition displays Arkady Bronnikov’s collection of photographs of Russian prisoner tattoos found between the mid 1960s until 1980s. In 2013, the selection of photographs were acquired by FUEL, publishing two volumes of The Bronnikov Collection. With 918 images included, the collection forms a representation of a guileless criminal society. In celebration of its release and exhibition, Ultra Vie had the opportunity to interview Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell from FUEL for an insight of their latest publication.
THE UK’S FIRST PALEOLITHIC AND SPECIALIST FREE-FROM RESTAURANT OPENS IN NOTHING HILL | INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY REDMAN
This December, UK’s first paleolithic and specialist ‘free-from’ restaurant launches in Nothing Hill’s Westbourne Grove. Pure Taste is a soon-to-be-open 100% gluten-free restaurant catering for the paleolithic and many other specialist diets without compromising on the flavour. Ultra Vie interviews the founder of Pure Taste, Holly Redman on the principles of paleolithic diet and her passion for free-from food.
ROKA’s launched its signature Japanese robatayaki cuisine in London’s Northbank with Roka Aldwych, the largest of its venues in the city. Once again, the robata grill food dominates the menu complimented by a selection of expertly prepared sushi and sashimi. Ultra Vie interviews ROKA Group Executive Chef, Hamish Brown on his inspirations for becoming a chef, Roka’s western-friendly Japaneese cuisine and his personal favourites from Roka Aldwych.
FRIEZE ART FAIR: THE COLLECTOR | AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN BROWN
Frieze Art Fair in London not only brought back Frieze Masters’ 3rd edition but also introduced the curated booth. The most discussed booth “The Collector” was curated by Helly Nahmad Gallery. Helly Nahmad dreamed up the life of imaginary collector Corrado N, who works as stock broker in 1968 in Paris and lives in a small apartment in Montparnasse, collecting the greatest artists of his time.
RURAL CUISINE AT RABBIT | INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD AND OLIVER GLADWIN
This October, the team behind the acclaimed Notting Hill restaurant The Shed launched a new restaurant in the heart of stylish Chelsea. Brought to London by talented brothers, Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin, Rabbit is a true celebration of British ‘wild food’ with an emphasis on sustainability. Ultra Vie interviews Oliver and Gregory on their commitment for sustainability, rustic inspirations and favourite foods.