Posted: Jul. 11 2018
hyperrealistic sculpture, immortalising MMA legend Conor McGregor.
The life-sized piece, titled ATLAS, is worth £50,000 and will be gifted to the fighting icon for his 30th birthday. It shows McGregor bursting out of a block of marble and is part of an edition of three unique variations of the piece. The two other sculptures will be sold by JD Malat Gallery, where it will be on view to the public as part of their summer exhibition from 14 July until 30 September.
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JD Malat Gallery's founder, curator and dealer, Jean-David Malat said of the appointment: "We are so excited to be working with The Cult.
"As a new gallery, we needed a team of strong and dynamic communication experts to help take our business to the next level. We have utmost faith that The Cult are the right people to put our name in the cultural spotlight. We really look forward to collaborating with them on this project.”
JD Malat Gallery was opened by one of the UK's biggest art dealers and curators, Jean-David Malat in Mayfair, the heart of London's art world.
The prestigious, Davies Street gallery specialises in contemporary art, and represents a broad spectrum of artists from international backgrounds and schools.
Occasional secondary market masterpieces are exposed and acquired. And the gallery also offers advisory services and collection creation based on the gallery’s wide-ranging portfolio. The programme consists of an array of exciting artists supported by year-round exhibitions and contemporary art fairs.
The gallery’s basement floor is dedicated to a group exhibition and will feature the works of established and up-and-coming talents.
These include pieces by Lithuanian-born artist Edgar Askelovic, whose hand-crafted silicone sculptures of singer Rihanna and MMA icon Conor McGregor have saturated the press this year; as well as Andy Moses, a Californian artist who paints with pearlescent pigments on concave canvases. Istanbul-based sculptor Hande Şekerciler will also be shown by the gallery - he usese poxyresinand acrylic to create pieces that play with fantasy and reality. Also joining JD Malat Gallery's impressive artist roster, is Katrin Fridriks, an Icelandic artist who has developed a unique painting style in which two-dimensional, abstract forms seem to leap from the picture plane in bright flares and explosions of pigment.
Award-winning Japanese artist, Mio Yamato will also be exhibiting at the gallery, alongside Brazilian street artist Nina Pandolfo, known for painting delicate, large-eyed girls; and Erdoğan Zümrütoğlu, a Turkish artist who works between Istanbul and Berlin, using oils to create a mix of figurative abstract works. Masayoshi Nojo's pieces will also be on sale from the gallery - they work with a range of mixed media, including photography. Finally, Santiago Parra - recognised for his large, abstract, highly-expressive black and white paintings - will be available from the Mayfair gallery.
In addition to holding exhibitions, JD Malat Gallery is set to become an artistic hub with regular host talks, conferences and student visits, creating an inclusive public space.