Griffin Gallery brings new generation of French contemporary artists to London with group exhibition, Selective Memories

  • Exhibition will showcase new works by young, talented artists from the renowned Parisian fine art school l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
  • Selective Memories explores the role of materials within contemporary art practice
  • Students have developed works using materials from Winsor & Newton and Lefranc & Bourgeois
  • Press Preview: 18 March 18:00 – 21:00 2015
  • Exhibition runs from 19 March – 17 April 2015
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Selective Memories brings together a collection of talented students and graduates from the distinguished l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA). This exciting new exhibition at West London’s Griffin Gallery investigates the role of art materials within contemporary art practice.

This cultural exchange between London and Paris is made possible by Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Conté à Paris and Lefranc & Bourgeois, who have been working with students from three ateliers (studios) over the past year. Provided with materials from the supporting brands, the students have developed original work in response to their personal experience of using the materials. The paint, sketching tools and printing inks become catalysts for the individual artists’ unique creative approach, and their works in dialogue with one another form a compelling example of the limitless possibilities of materials and creative imagination.

L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris is a historic landmark of prestigious grounds, dedicated to the study of all artistic endeavours. Students experience an intensive five-year education; learning from the Masters programmes in their respective fields to better express themselves as budding artists and as individuals. Each year brings new challenges and deepens the students’ understanding of the developing artistic world.

The opportunity to introduce and explore tools and technologies from the latest research in the field of fine art materials forms part of the Griffin Gallery’s commitment to developing the careers of the next generation of contemporary artists. The students were introduced to innovative products from water-mixable oils and printing inks, to solvent-free acrylic spray paints, mixable with more traditional acrylic paint. These developing technologies expand the potential of each artist to approach their work with greater freedom and enhance their practice.

Curated by Griffin Gallery Director, Becca Pelly-Fry, the exhibition is centred on the artists’ shared interest in breaking apart traditional modes of creating artworks. Though their approach is a dynamic mix of abstract, figurative and graphic work, the exhibiting artists are united in their respect for the importance of a foundation in art history. Taking their lead from those artists who pushed the boundaries of their time, each of the artists from ESNBA has developed a clear, independent voice and line of thinking within their practice. 

Rebecca Pelly-Fry, Director of Griffin Gallery and Global Manager of The Fine Art Collective comments:
‘This is an exhibition shimmering with energy and potential, it shows the future of contemporary art in Europe with each artist taking selective inspiration from the past to create a new visual language for today.’ 

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About Griffin Gallery ( 
Griffin Gallery is a new gallery in West London supporting cutting-edge talent, hosting discussions and celebrating the best in contemporary art in London and around the world through a new award, the Griffin Art Prize.

A particular focus for the Griffin is the championing of craftsmanship across all contemporary art disciplines. Situated underneath the headquarters of world-leading fine art materials brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, the Gallery is home to an extensive series of events for artists and arts professionals, including expert talks discussing techniques and advice, running alongside the main exhibition programme.

The Studio Building houses not only the Griffin Gallery, but also an Innovation and Development Laboratory and two purpose-built artists’ studios. The Gallery occasionally hosts workshops in the development studio where invited artists can use cutting-edge art materials created by resident chemists. This bridges science and art with the latest art materials and colours made using the world’s best raw materials, which go on to be sold worldwide.

This independent gallery is under the Directorship of Becca Pelly-Fry.

Opening Times:
Monday - 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday - 10:00 - 17:00
Friday - 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

Further information:
Gallery Website: 

Artists involved
Ulysse Bordarias
Apolonia Breuil
Cherryl Brunel
Charlotte Burtin
Elvire Caillon
Alexis Chrun
Jean Claracq
Côme Clérino
Célia Coëtte
David Duvshani
Laura Garcia-Karras
Ségolène Haehnsen
Nathanaelle  Herbelin
Natasha Lacroix
Laureline Lê
Marina Le Gall
Bérénice Lefebvre
Betty Rose Manzetti
François Mark
Chelsea Mortenson
Théodore Parizet
Caroline Reveillaud
Alexander Sebag
Lise Stoufflet
Guillaume Valenti

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