Forget Me Not LUMAS London exhibits a series of new takes on the still life
LUMAS London, 57 South Molton Street, W1K 5SJ
LUMAS presents new work by Olaf Hajek, Isabelle Menin and René Twigge
Painter Daniel Thurau introduces his ﬁrst LUMAS editions
Still life embodies the Dutch Golden Age, brought about by huge wealth from empire and trade. Floral still lifes displayed this cornucopia and abundance, but the genre’s vanitas paintings also highlight the existential crisis created by excessive material wealth. This timeless genre, with its inexhaustible potential, is still a source of inspiration for artists. With the upcoming Forget Me Not exhibition, LUMAS London explores how contemporary photographers, painters and illustrators interpret nature through still life in order to create new narratives for the 21st century.
Private View (Invitation only)
23rd March 2017, 7PM
Olaf Hajek will be present
Exhibition Dates: March 24 – April 22, 2017
Although the city still seems ﬁrmly in Winter’s grip, from 24th March 2017 LUMAS London will present an ode to Spring. Artists Olaf Hajek, Isabelle Menin, René Twigge, and Heiko Hellwig all interpret nature and still life in vastly different ways. René Twigge’s works represent the thoroughly modern meeting of nature and digital technology, whilst other artists draw inspiration from movements as diverse as Rococo and Surrealism. Forget Me Not presents the stunning overlap between digital art, photography, illustration and painting in vivid colour!
About the Artists
Daniel M. Thurau
With the Forget Me Not exhibition, LUMAS introduces its ﬁrst limited editions by painter Daniel M. Thurau. Under Thurau’s brush, plants such as sunﬂowers, tulips and even grass undergo an anthropomorphic transformation, becoming a cast of characters. These tongue-in-cheek pieces nod to the vibrant style of Van Gogh’s still lifes. “The themes and symbols I use are not the most important aspects of my art. They merely help to convey the sensations. They come from the collective subconscious and give viewers a point of reference to become immersed in the artwork in their own way. I try to reconcile elitism and popular culture by being honest with both and using humour as a connecting link between them.” – Daniel M. Thurau
Thanks to its delicate nature and transient beauty, the butterﬂy has always played a prominent symbolic role in the story of art. Symbolising the soul, rebirth and immortality, it has populated the works of painters from the Renaissance to Salvador Dali. Most recently, the butterﬂy entered the contemporary imagination with the release of Damien Hirst’s Butterﬂy Colour Paintings. In his new series, Black and White, Heiko Hellwig also celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of these magniﬁcent creatures. Set before black or white backgrounds, these works allow us to focus in detail on the individual characteristics of each butterﬂy.
René Twigge’s oeuvre deals with nature in all its facets, encompassing themes such as processes of growth and decay, and the relationship between colour and shape. Since completing her studies in Fine Arts at the Central University of Technology in South Africa, the Australia-based artist has been fascinated with the symbiotic relationship between the environment and technology. Since 2008, Twigge has regularly shown her work in solo and group exhibitions, particularly in and around Australia, South Africa, and Singapore.
Renowned German illustrator Olaf Hajek has featured in the LUMAS collection since 2010. Hajek describes his style as playing on “the imperfection of beauty.” New piece, Strange Flowers Black Paradise, will be introduced for this event and exhibition. This illustration reafﬁrms Hajek’s standing as a magician with colour, and a virtuoso illustrator and storyteller. The ﬂower arrangement seems to represent both a realistic ﬂoral headdress and a dreamlike apparition.
Isabelle Menin Isabelle Menin’s background in painting clearly informs her latest work. Her luminous colours and playful treatment of texture and materiality fascinate the eye, creating a vortex which draws the viewer’s gaze in deeper and deeper. Menin calls her compositions “inland photographs and disordered landscapes.” Some of her inspirations include Peter Paul Rubens and the Flemish Primitives, a group of artists in the 15th and 16th centuries whose members included Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling and Rogier Van der Weyden. Although populated by ﬂowers rather than people, Menin’s work echoes that of the Flemish masters in its desire to develop an alternative visual reality.
About LUMAS Gallery:
Founded in 2004 with a focus on ‘the liberation of art’ LUMAS offers museum quality, limited edition ﬁne art photographic prints at accessible prices. With over 40 galleries worldwide, LUMAS is one of the world’s most successful ﬁne art photography brands.
Comprising more than 2,000 works by 230 established and emerging artists, the LUMAS portfolio offers an entry point into collecting photography. The portfolio includes established photographers Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld, Horst P. Horst, and up-and-coming artists Paolo Pettigiani, Justin Barton and Alex Strohl among others.
Each gallery is designed around an innovative interior design concept, The Collector’s Home, to create the impression of an art collector’s home, and offering visitors a clear idea of how the work might look in their own space.
The LUMAS website showcases the entire portfolio, with extensive options to search by colour, theme, technique, content and price. The website also hosts virtual exhibitions, extensive image galleries and texts about the artists written by renowned authors.
Image Credits: 1. I’ll Be Your Summer 01 © Isabelle Menin, www.lumas.co.uk
2. Friendly Fire II © Daniel M. Thurau, www.lumas.co.uk
3. Butterﬂy X © Heiko Hellwig, www.lumas.co.uk
4. bloom v7.5 © Rene Twigge, www.lumas.co.uk
5. Strange Flowers Black Paradise © Olaf Hajek, www.lumas.co.uk