Affordable art for everyone: Leontia Gallery

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Leontia Reilly is keen to ensure that her newly opened gallery is accessible and affordable, without any of the snobbery that might traditionally be associated with buying art.

Leontia Reilly
Leontia Reilly

“The art world can be a bit cloak and dagger – it’s quite shadowy and not as transparent as some other businesses,” says Leontia, whose background working in galleries with similar ethoses has inspired her to do the same.

Alongside Israeli-born Dina Goldstein’s incredible conceptual photography series In the Dollhouse hangs original work from local artists Static, and surreal compositions that confront difficult modern subjects by Joe Webb.

Dina Goldstein: In the Dollhouse
Dina Goldstein: In the Dollhouse

Leontia Gallery recently launched as a pop-up for six months in Central Parade, Hoe Street. The space contains a good mix of local, national and international artists, with prices starting from around £25.

Louise McNaught
Louise McNaught

The gallery will feature cutting edge, contemporary and often controversial work. The summer show is currently exhibiting work by Magnus Gjoen, whose haunting 3D lenticular images depict mortality and life, and Louise McNaught’s detailed nature pieces are infused with shocking neon.

Magnus Gjoen: Dei Gratia
Magnus Gjoen: Dei Gratia

A large wooden plaque stencilled and painted with Static’s signature image of a helicopter carrying a chandelier is on sale for just £40.

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Leontia explains: “This was their street art tag, and these wooden boards would be nailed up around London, but a lot of them got taken down.”

Static
Static

“The galleries that I’ve worked in have always been quite affordable, so we would work a lot with first-time buyers and emerging artists. I think people can feel a bit intimidated by the art work and galleries can be quite sterile places. The manner in which people are treated when they enter a gallery can be quite elitist.

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“We do away with that elitism, because once people know a little bit of history and a story about the artwork then it helps to understand and appreciate it.”

The gallery will showcase monthly themed exhibitions, starting in September with Brave New World. This will feature artists’ interpretations of the future – the show was designed before Brexit happened – while October’s show Money Talks will delve into ideals and consumerism. Each month will feature art specially commissioned for the exhibition as well as pieces handpicked by Leontia.

Leontia Gallery is situated at 6-10 Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street, London E17 4RT. Closed Mondays.

 

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