Last night saw the opening of Gallery Elena Shchukina's second space in the prestigious Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge with Icons, the first UK solo exhibition of Monaco-based Brazilian artist Marcos Marin.
Playing host to a multitude of guests, the gallery opened its doors to art collectors, artists and key figures in the London art scene.
A special performance by Marcos Marin himself, playing the classical piano accompanied French singer, Gregory Bakian delighting guests and was the perfect accompaniment to the fascinating display of Marin's work.
Marin injects a sense of movement into his subjects. He draws on the interaction between illusion and picture plane of 60s Op art, as well as a Warholian fascination with celebrity culture. Paintings, sculptures and screen prints of leading lights from the worlds of art, entertainment, politics and sport come together in a star-studded display adding a voyeuristic dimension to the viewer's gaze. Media and culture legends are brought to life alongside representations of contemporary figures: David Beckham and Elton John are joined by plexiglass sculptures of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, all shining brightly in a red carpet like event. Dubai's Burj Al Arab building, London's Big Ben and Rio de Janeiro's Sugarloaf Mountain at the mouth of Guanabara Bay are amongst the iconic landmarks also on show.
Marcos Marin (b. 1967, Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a renowned Brazilian artist whose works have been exhibited internationally. Espaço Arte Livre (Lisbon, Portugal), Galerie Caplain Matignon (Paris, France), Espace Pierre Cardin (Paris, France), Visionnaire Gallery (Milan, Italy), RDBR Gallery (Rome, Italy), Patrice Breteau Gallery (Palm Beach, Florida, USA), rank amongst spaces to have held Marcos Marin solo exhibitions. His work has also featured in group shows including the Prince Albert II Foundation Exhibition (in Singapore), Le Cirque Autour du Monde (Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Monaco), Grace Kelly Exhibition (Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan). His portrait of Princess Grace has also been on display at the New National Museum of Monaco.
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Marcos Marin: Icons
24 February - 28 March
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 - 17:30
18 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London SW3 INQ
+44 (0)20 7499 6019