Notton Gallery will open its doors on Thursday 7 September 2023 on Seymour Place with Hyperphantasia, an exhibition of new work by the Scottish abstract and figurative painter Jamie Gallagher.
Hyperphantasia – a condition where the mind creates extremely vivid mental imagery – sees Gallagher delve into his own psychological landscape to produce a series of arresting impasto portraits. While influenced by the work of artists such as Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and Maggi Hambling, Gallagher draws from technologies such as AI as much as abstract mark-making, lending his work a distinctive contemporary edge.
Following his first solo exhibition Post Normality Reality Disorder in 2018, Gallagher has gone on to show work in multiple galleries and art fairs across the UK, and his work is held in private collections worldwide. His show at Notton represents the largest collection of his paintings to date.
Opening in Frieze week, one of the biggest dates in the art calendar, Hyperphantasia is the first of a series of exhibitions at Notton Gallery showcasing the work of some of the UK’s brightest emerging artists, which also includes:
- 28 September to 14 October: London-based Swedish iconographer Henrik Delehag, whose bold visual output spans drawing, painting, film and typography but is united by his obsessive preoccupation with faces, pattern and the relationship between black and white.
- 19 October to 4 November: Polish artist Marzena Ablewska-Lech, whose paintings draw from her rich inner dream world as well as from the flora and fauna of the forests of Pionki, central Poland, where she spent her childhood.
- 9 November to 2 December: Abstract contemporary artist Joanna Bailey, whose continued exploration of media (textile, paper, pigment and found ephemera) and technique contributes to her singular style. After exhibitions in Europe and the US, Notton Gallery is proud to present a new body of her work.
Notton Gallery is the latest venture from Peter Notton, a first-time gallerist, but fine art veteran. Notton began his career at fine art printing and publishing studio Pratt Contemporary, where he reached the level of master-printer and collaborated on books with artists including the Brazilian sculptor Ana Maria Pacheco, Associate Artist at London’s National Gallery. Prior to launching Notton Gallery, he worked with Mayfair photography gallery Hamiltons, where he coordinated exhibitions of work by names including world renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino and the revered British photojournalist Don McCullin. Notton’s ambition for the gallery is to use his passion and expertise to provide a fitting platform for some of the most exciting artists working in the UK today and to help bring their work to wider audiences.
Notton Gallery opens its doors at 16 Seymour Place, London W1H 7NG on 7 September 2023.
During more than 25 years working in fine art I have been fortunate to work with some truly remarkable artists. It has been a privilege to help show their work and to learn more about their processes and inspirations.
It is that passion I feel for what artists do that is behind my decision to open Notton Gallery. The gallery represents an opportunity to use my expertise to develop the reputations of artists whom I admire and that I believe art-lovers should be investing in now.
A gallery is a place to experience art as it should be experienced and my intention is to tailor each exhibition to provide audiences with the best showcase of the individual artist’s work. I am excited to be joining Marylebone’s longstanding creative community and hope Notton Gallery will bring a fresh energy to this fantastic neighbourhood.