New Colours from Old Worlds: -
Contemporary Art from Oceania
11 November 1998 - 23 January 1999
Mathias Kauage is the best-known and longest established of the PNG artists who since the time of Independence have been painting in a contemporary style. A day-labourer from the Highlands he visited the first-ever art exhibition by a Papua New Guinean artist (Timothy Akis) in the late Sixties and struck by what he saw there decided that he could do equally well - if not better. After meeting Georgina Beier (the British-born artist/educator who had originally encouraged Akis) Kauage went on to study under her supervision, and within a year had indeed produced a sufficient body of work to hold his own exhibition. He never looked back, and was so successful that many others imitated his distinctive style - to the extent that a whole "school" of imitators sprang up around him. Often copied, therefore but never bettered he continues to be the only PNG artist with a major international reputation and following. After meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 1994 he presented her with a picture that he had painted showing himself and 'Queenie' meeting. The gift was accepted and the compliment returned when, in 1998, Kauage was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
Australian Abroriginal Art - From Arnhem Land and Melville Island
9 September - 7 November 1998
Aubrey Williams - Selected Works
24 June - 1 August 1998
An exhibition to coincide with the major retrospective of this important Guyanese artist's work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
To see available works and biographical details
El Anatsui: -
A Scultped History of Africa
13 May - 20th June 1998
This exhibition marked the publication of the first book to deal exclusively with this outstanding West African sculptor, El Anatsui; A Sculpted History of Africa, published by Saffron Books in conjunction with the October Gallery.
Aleister Crowley: Paintings and Drawings - A Retrospective Exhibition
8 April - 18 April 1998
Better known for his writings on Magick than as a painter, this unique retrospective of the collected works of 'the Master Therion' constitutes the only public exhibition of his expressionistic work since its first showing at the Nierendorff Gallery in Berlin in 1931.
Contemporary Art from South-East Asia - Featuring Xu Zhongmin
25 March - 9 May 1998
To celebrate and support the ASEM II Summit meeting in London, an exhibition of work from Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan and Mainland China.
Christine Kohndji - Djinns
25 February - 21st March 1998
Work by an Iranian artist living in Paris, that seeks to externalise the inner djinns or 'genies' by which we all are possessed.
Isabel (Lambert) Rawsthorne, (1912 - 1992) Paintings, Drawings and Designs
14 January - 21 February 1998