Thru 29 July 2011
Fresh from it's debut at the prestigious art fair, SCOPE Basel, we are thrilled to present a solo installation of new work from rising star Hector de Gregorio.
Hector de Gregorio creates deliciously modern portraits of his friends, with each print on canvas involving extensive research, costume making, photography, digital imaging and hand-finishing in oils, waxes, gold leaf and varnishes. De Gregorio has recently developed this incredibly labour-intensive way of working even further, by collaborating with other artists to add three dimensional elements and installations involving both eroticism and religious iconography.
The Spanish born artist graduated from London's Royal College of Art in 2009, with a Master's Degree in Printmaking, and has since been awarded the Thames & Hudson ArtBook Prize for Printmaking, and the AXA Young Masters Art Prize for his inspiring contemporary portraiture. De Gregorio has shown widely, with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Milan, New York, Miami and Chicago, and his work is held in the collections of Lady Victoria Conran, Mehmet Omer Koc, Theo Fennell and the Boundary Hotel, London.
Alongside we will be showing a collection of new watercolours by Josie McCoy, a new body of work in spraypaint on hand-made metal canvases from sheOne, and new work on paper by Kelly Jayne.
Opus Art is housed in a beautiful Art Nouveau building, Milburn House, on Dean Street close to Newcastle’s Quayside and Central Station. The gallery boasts a large reception area and three separate viewing rooms, plus a ‘windows’ gallery overlooking a busy street. The gallery is by appointment only, Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm. Established in 2005, Opus Art, the North’s premier contemporary art gallery, represents the best in cutting edge contemporary art and photography. Its extensive roster of artists includes Chris Acheson, Kim Baker, Charlotte Bracegirdle, Teresa Duck, Hector de Gregorio, Hush, Chris Kettle and Karl de Vroomen. In addition to maintaining an international presence through its websites, Opus Art hosts exhibitions in major cities and attends international art fairs, typically in New York, Miami, Basel and London.