Past Exhibitions

OMAR CASTAÑEDA

Panela: The New Gold of Colombia

Museum of Contemporary Art Bogota (MAC)
Carrera 74 No. 82A - 81

Opening: Wed 9th March, 6-8 pm

The artist Omar Castañeda was educated at Los Andes University and at Saint Martin’s Art College in London, where he received an MA in Fine Arts. He has lived in England for over a decade yet still remains close to his Colombian heritage.

“Panela: The New Gold of Colombia” is a collection which attempts to disentangle modern day complex narratives surrounding globalization and national identity. As a staple Colombian food, Panela is loaded with cultural, social and political implications with regard to its value, production, source and consumption.

The exhibition, which takes place at MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art Bogota) in its 50th anniversary year, is jointly curated by London based art advisor Sandra Higgins and MAC´s own curator, Juan David Quintero. It includes a diverse array of mediums such as video installation, silk screen prints, sculpture, photography and paintings.

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Panela: The New Gold of Colombia

Hunger Land, 2011, digital print on paper, series of 1 of 5, 70x100cm


Lucas Posada

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OMAR CASTAÑEDA

Food of War: Panela the new gold of Colombia

Chalton Gallery
96 Chalton Street, London NW1 1HJ
Wed 26 August, 4-9pm

Omar Castañeda has an MA in Fine Arts from Saint Martin’s Art College in London. He has lived in England for over a decade yet still remains close to his Colombian heritage. This is the reason why he keeps exploring subjects and materials related to his native South America. His main inspiration and resource when creating art is food. By using common elements, he dissects the past of towns and regions, tells personal stories and recreates armed conflicts, both current and past. A basic human necessity, food is loaded with cultural, social and political implications with regard to its value, production, source and consumption. Food effectively dissolves most preconceived distinctions between nature and culture, production and consumption, morals and markets, family and society, the individual and the collective, body and mind.
Omar Castaneda


JEANNE MASOERO

Invisible Cities: A Mayan Journey

Sandra Higgins Art Salon, Chelsea, London
June 18- July 1, 2015

"A Journey... Take time for this journey, along winding paths leading to secret places and a subtle landscape of light and shadow, of ridges, crevices, where once cities existed." Jeanne Masoero

In the summer of 1977, Jeanne Masoero began one of the most important journeys for the development of her work, a journey through the Mayan sites of Yucatan in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, inspired by the writing of Italo Calvino.Throughout this personal journey she explored unexpected and surprising paths, both physically and emotionally. She discovered the ruins of Mayan architecture which became the basis for this show of 'Invisible Cities'. As in Calvino, the names of the cities she depicted were inventions of her imagination and not the real names. For Masoero, it was a process of discovery, where the travel was more important than the destination.The canvas became for her the place from which the artist starts a journey, a map to lead us to those imaginary and invisible places that inhabit the self.

Jeanne Masoero

Spiderweb City, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 91.5 x 91.5cm


CARLOS JACANAMIJOY

Recent Work

Sandra Higgins Fine Art, Chelsea, London
Showing through to June 5th, 2015

Sandra Higgins is delighted to present ‘Recent Works’, shown for the first time in London, by the acclaimed Colombian artist Carlos Jacanamijoy. This show will bring together paintings, sculpture, serigraphs and drawings from the artist’s studio in Bogota. Over the last 20 years, the “Maestro Jaca” (Master Jaca), as he is known in Colombia, has steadily built a strong reputation based on his abstract paintings, which depict landscapes inspired by the Colombian tropical rainforest where he grew up. The works in this exhibition will also explore the artist’s range of prints, drawings and sculpture. Inherent in each of these mediums is a surreal and oneiric quality largely informed by the rites and spiritual beliefs of the Inga community, the indigenous ethnic group Jacanimijoy belongs to. They express the way in which a modern-day Inga envisions the mysterious interactions of the natural world with the spiritual powers of the indigenous world. His works, thus, beautifully connect ancient traditions with contemporary sensibilities.
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Carlos Jacanamijoy

Chilakuan, sculpture in bronze, 2013


CARLOS JACANAMIJOY

Yellow wind and root of the wind tree

Sandra Higgins Art Salon, Chelsea, London
25 June - 18 July 2014
Private view: Tuesday 24 June, 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Sandra Higgins is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in London by acclaimed Colombian painter Carlos Jacanamijoy, which will mark the launch of her Latin American Art salon programme. Yellow wind and root of the wind tree will bring together five recent paintings of medium and large format that follow Jacanamijoy’s major retrospective at MamBo, Bogota’s Museum of Modern Art, which took place in late 2013. Sandra Higgins will show several works from that exhibition, as well as new works never seen before.
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Carlos Jacanamijoy

Hora de cosechar (2014), oil on canvas 94 x 124 cm


MARIPAZ JARAMILLO

Ellas (Them)

Sandra Higgins Art Salon, Chelsea, London
27 May - 20 June 2014
Reception in the presence of the artist:
Tuesday 10 June, 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Sandra Higgins is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in London of the renown Colombian painter Maria de la Paz Jaramillo, who will exhibit a group of portraits from her compelling series Ellas (Them), which depict women who are empowered and unabashedly sexual, but do not reject their vulnerability. The exhibition’s reception, which will be attended by artist, will coincide with PINTA Art Fair, whose Solo Shows section this year will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Influential Women in Latin American art.
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Maria de la Paz Jaramillo

From the series Ellas (2011), acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm


TOM PIKE

Incidents and Accidents

25 April - 17 May
Location: The Foundry Gallery, 39 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 5BS

The work presented in Incidents and Accidents represents Pike's fascination with the accidental nature of painting. His process is about embracing the unknown. His work has an underlying geometrical structure, yet that structure becomes quickly covered by exuberant diagonal lines, wisps of bright colours, and organic shapes. Looking to artists such as Jackson Pollock and Hans Hoffman, Pike seeks to understand the contradictions to the process of art production. Pike counteracts structure with organic forms, urging the viewer into a state of uncertainty.
"As both a practicing architect and a visual artist, Tom Pike straddles the liberal arts. The relationship between architecture and art is undeniably symbiotic, with a tradition stretching back to the Renaissance and encompassing such preeminent figures as Walter Groupius and Le Corbusier. In his particular way, Tom Pike the structure, rhythm and form that are of paramount importance to both discipline"
--- Simon Martin, Director of Pallant House
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Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-1.30, Sunday 2-5.30
Tom Pike

Favela, 40.5 x 29cm, Acrylic on paper


RICHARD WALKER

Rip It Up and Start Again

Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London
11 December - 10 January
EXTENDED TO 28 FEBRUARY
Private View: 10 December 2013, 6:30pm - 8.30pm

‘There was a brief and very exciting period in the mid 1970s when King's Road, Chelsea was the coolest destination for young people wanting something new and urgent. The term 'Punk' was yet to be invented, but from '75 onwards there was something in the air and things were about to get edgy. 1976 - my world catches fire. Romantic ideals meet trash culture. Punky reggae party. Fashionable Chelsea. A smashing time. Out on the town. Putting it about. Minsky's Gallery 1978 - one/man show business’
--- Richard Walker
‘Looking back at 1977 and the chaotic punky explosive quality of 'Smashing Time', it is clear that Richard not only contributed to the fracas of Punk but captured its essence in his art’
--- Simon Doonan
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Richard Walker

Any Day Now,1975, silkscreen mono print with collage, 35 x 35 cm


MARC BLANE

Financial Statements

Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London
20 November - 6 December

‘In the studio, one of the questions I repeatedly ask myself is; is globalized capital positive or negative energy? Does it move humanity forward? Is it a “sperm” inseminating consciousness with solutions to the pressing issues that face the world today? Or is globalized capital a disease, a “germ” adversely affecting modern civilization? Or both? Germ / Sperm is an image that embodies the conundrum of globalized capital.’
--- Marc Blane
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Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm; or by appointment sandra@sandrahiggins.com
Marc Blane

Copyright Mandala, Belgian linen, US currency (hand cut),
nylon fishing line, 63 x 63 cm


OFELIA RODRIGUEZ

Gazing At The World While
Hanging From The Sky: A Retrospective

Consulate General of Colombia
Westcott House, 35 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AE
10 July - 26 July

‘My interest is in creating, within my given space, a visual world of colour ... abandoning traditional modes of representation and contrasting abstract forms with the cutting, the pasting and the stitching of real-life forms. For me, art is the most intimate expression of the totality that I have lived.’
--- Ofelia Rodriguez
The Embassy and the Consulate General of Colombia are delighted to host a retrospective exhibition of work by the renowned Colombian artist, OFELIA RODRIGUEZ. This retrospective is curated and inspired by Sandra Higgins,
a long-time friend and dealer for artist. The exhibition brings together a selection of paintings, prints, etchings and sculpture - the artist’s signature ‘magic boxes’ - which span across her career, and map the development of the key features of her work.
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Making Art

Gazing at the World While Hanging from the Sky, mixed media, 104 x 142 cm


MAKING ART

Group Show
Co-curated by Sandra Higgins
and Silvia Ziranek

Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London
27 June - 19 July 2013

Pamina Brassey - Tatty Devine - Vicky Hawkins - Jeff McMillan - Carol McNicoll - Helen O’Keefe - Peter Randall-Page - Allegra Rose - Catherine Shakespeare Lane - Jake Tilson - Jessica Voorsanger - Silvia Ziranek
'Work about working, work about making (art): sewing; sawing; sticking; dipping; welding; spelling; printing; painting; framing; shooting; sculpting. Colour, shape and form - and how art's made. A sense of life, of light, of joy in the creative process unites this exhibition and its twelve makers.' Silvia Ziranek
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Making Art

SANDRA HIGGINS presents

JEANNE MASOERO

Magnetic Fields

Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London
30 May - 22 June 2013

This latest work marks the culmination of a long process. One in which the many years of previous work can be seen as a long but coherent search, a process leading forward to a mature mastery of a complex and deeply felt technique, which develops my long-standing fascination with painting as a model of endlessness.
- Jeanne Masoero
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DAVID FERRY

Desirable Ridge Intrusions

Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London
26 April - 17 May

This informal salon show will bring together a suite of ten unique new montages with mixed media, which form the centrepiece of this exhibition. The evocative images appear to transport the viewer to a mountain idyll - we could be in Alps, a cosy world of log cabins and meadows carpeted with wild flowers. A selection of other works by the artist, including unique books and editioned prints will be included in the exhibition. Be prepared to experience the imaginary ‘Alpine World’ of David Ferry!
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David Ferry, Ridge Intrusion 2, acrylic stencil, photomontage and pastel on paper mounted on board, 2011-13

David Ferry, Ridge Intrusion 2, acrylic stencil, photomontage and pastel on paper mounted on board, 2011-13

Barrie Cook, Courting Colour

NEW POSSIBILITIES: ABSTRACT PAINTINGS FROM THE SEVENTIES
18 November - 21 December 2012

The Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street,
London, W1T 1PE

Sandra Higgins is pleased to be co-curating with Megan Piper at the Piper Gallery, an exciting exhibition entitled 'NEW POSSIBILITIES: Abstract Painting from
the Seventies'.

The exhibition presents work by 14 artists from the 1970s: Frank Bowling RA, Graham Boyd, Barrie Cook, William Henderson, Albert Irvin RA, Tess Jaray RA, Jeanne Masoero, C. Morey de Morand, Mali Morris RA, Patricia Poullain, Desmond Rayner, Alice Sielle, Trevor Sutton, and Gary Wragg.

All of these artists were born between 1922 and 1950 and are still working today.

Many of the visual art works made during the 1970s found themselves neglected as attention focused on the rise of conceptual and performance art. This exhibition
demonstrates that, even as modernist certainties were challenged, new possibilities in abstract art continued to emerge, with a vitality.

The choice of works on show does not restrict itself to a particular approach: the pieces shown were made by the artists at different stages of their careers, working
with a wide range of techniques. The result is a demonstration some of the eclecticism which emerges as a central feature of seventies’ abstraction.

The exhibition runs until the 21st of December. For further information contact the Piper Gallery or Sandra Higgins: sandra@sandrahiggins.com

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Paintings from top: Barrie Cook, Blue, Red and Yellow Grid, 178x204cm, 1976; Patricia Poullain, untiltled work on paper, 54x54cm, 1973; Alice Sielle, 3-D blue & gold segments, oil on canvas, 61x61 cm, 1978; Graham Boyd, Descender, acrylic on cotton duck, 178 x 208cm, 1976.

Barrie Cook, Discover Art Now
Barrie Cook, Courting Colour
Joan Edlis. The Greyline Project - The Line of Twilight. 20 June - 13 July
Helen O'Keefe 9 May 2012: Mirror Images Private Reception
JOE HESKETH Escapism Anger Destiny May 12th
Ophelia Rodriguez, Dec 2011
Watercolours, Works on Paper, Art Fair

Exhibiting at the fair mixed media, collage and photography.

Artists shown include Andrélis-Rye, Romano Cagnoni, David Ferry, Patricia Poullain, Charles Ramsburg, Anne Smith, Janet Stayton, Richard Walker and Elizabeth Zeschin.

A Celebration of Style: Cool London Through the Photographer’s Lens

Mark Powell

Michael Chandler, Untitled, 2003

Inaugural Exhibition of quarterly exhibitions sponsored by Landmark Plc

1st December 2009, 125 Old Broad Street

Organised by Sandra Higgins, Chris Barlow and Kora Adler

Since marks and color are two elements basic to man’s expression, it is possible to think of Michael Chandler’s abstract painting as the representation of a beginning: perhaps the origin of this world, recalling a very distant time, or the beginning of the next world, revealing the unknown future. Almost all of the paintings are characterized by soft, ample curves that occur on an abundance of different planes until reaching far into the imaginary vortices, hurricanes, whirlwinds and whirlpools of every kind, as if everything were moving, opening, and creating a new natural world, a new kind of primeval explosion which gradually orders itself into a system, a universe, a new form of nature. With surprising tenacity, almost monastic rigor, Chandler has never left the scope of oil on canvas. In order to make a painting, today as in the Middle Ages, a composition is needed, Michael Chandler knows this well ---his strength comes from his uncommon way of composing on canvas, compositions which find their power and renewal within the evolution of American abstract painting.
Taken from text by Grazia Quaroni

Ofelia Rodriguez, Death Affectionately Embracing a Bird, 2007

Ofelia Rodriguez draws upon everyday things to create extraordinary beauty. For her, art is the most intimate expression of the “totality that I have lived”. Inspired by Colombia and her natal town Barranquilla, her work according to critics and curators can be described as one of a ‘surrealist reality’.
Rodriguez’s work is an eclectic mesh of magical realism, Latin Pop and kitsch art, using vivid, tropical Caribbean colours. Observing her work is a chance to delve into imaginary fantasy worlds set in the Caribbean where myths, legends and popular traditions like sainthood intertwine with daily life. According to British art historian Dawn Ades, Rodriguez “has managed to unite the practices of European and US pop art, with the rich tradition of popular art in Latin America in original and vigorizing ways and forms.” The result is art that is at times a critical look at the world in which Rodriguez has lived, combined with an undercurrent of dark humor and irony lurking between the lines.
Taken from ‘the city paper’ review on the occasion of the exhibition at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá MAMBO, Colombia, November, 2008