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TAKEFUMI HORI SARAH LEDERMAN JOAKIM ALLGULANDER


Orion Contemporary Presents Three Outstanding Artists

JOAKIM ALLGULANDER Sweden

TAKEFUMI HORI Japan

SARAH LEDERMAN Great Britain

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JOAKIM ALLGULANDER Joakim Allgulander’s oeuvre is characterised by a conceptual base, combined with the skill of craft and a passion for the process of creating. His work demonstrates a curiosity and desire to explore different media and techniques. There is existential content and a dynamic play with contrasts throughout Allgulander’s work. Everything from the natural and artificial, new and old, to more archetypical opposites such as light and darkness. This duality reverberates through recent works. Paintings of mountains and natural landscapes are modelled on details from photographs of snowcapped spruce trees. During the creation of these works a transformation occurs “whereby that which was snowy branches transform into something akin to an abstract surface.” The visually enticing paintings are imbued with an indelible depth of contrasts. In the torso paintings Allgulander invites the viewers instead to contemplate the pure natural beauty versus the artificially enhanced beauty of a tattooed body. Ultimately the viewer is drawn into a voyage through their own interpretation of the images that are painted on this torso.


TRICKSTER GOLDEN GREEN TAKE Oil on linen 170 x 155 cm


TORSO Acrylic on canvas 170 x 139 cm


TATTOOED TORSO Acrylic, charcoal and oil on canvas 170 x 139 cm


JOAKIM ALLGULANDER

b. 1965

Education: 2003 Art in new media’s, Uppsala University, Sweden 1989 Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden Selected 2013 2010 2005

Awards & Residencies: Langmanska. Publishing Grant: Trust Me – selected works 1992-2013 The Swedish Art Council 2-year Grant Artist in residence Shöppingen, Germany

Selected 2012 2011 2008

Public commissions: GODS TERMINAL, Region Gotland, The new harbour terminal, Gotland Bubble, World Trade Centre, Stockholm Circular, Visby Hospital, Gotland

Selected Public Collections: Swedish Arts council (Statens konstråd) Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Sweden Selected 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2008 2008 2007 2005 2000

Solo Shows: Dra Åt Skogen, Orion Contemporary & Fiumano Projects, London Down the Rabbit Hole, Grace Belgravia, London The Great Sleep, PS Gallery, Gothenburg To Conquer a Universe, The Art Museum of Gotland, Visby Konst och Folk, Stockholm Exploring the Mundane, IAC Berlin Gallery, Berlin Trust Me, Galleri 21, Malmo Utopia Delux, The Art Museum of Gotland, Visby Konstnärshuset, Stockholm Nacka konsthall, Stockholm

Selected 2017 2016 2016 2016 2015 2015 2015 2013 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2009 2008

Group Shows: With Orion Contemporary at Art Central, Hong Kong Print16, Mixer Gallery, Istanbul With Fiumano Projects at Scope, Basel EDITIONS, Orion Contemporary, King’s Cross, London TRUST ME, Orion Contemporary with Mrs Bohm and Mrs Cadogan, London The Original Print Fair, represented by Jealous Gallery, London Vårsalongen, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, Katarina Church, Stockholm Selected Swedish contemporary artists. Sven-Harry’s Art Museum, Stockholm Ausstellungshalle Hawerkamp, Power and Light, Münster Fear!, Vestfossen kunstlabratorie, Norway Supermarket Art Fair, represented by Gocart Gallery, Stockholm Art Anglais Contemporary Fair, represented by Sibirien lito, Stockholm Transformation, The Art Museum of Gotland, Bornholm and Faroe Islands Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden

2005

National Gallery, Stockholm


HEAVY BRANCHES CYAN Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm


TAKEFUMI HORI MIYABI 雅: A traditional Japanese aesthetic ideal. Today the word is usually translated as elegance and/or refinement. Takefumi Hori’s balanced and harmonious paintings can be best described as Miyabi. His fundamental understanding of composition and the way our eyes, and therefore our minds, ‘read’ results in works that are not only elegant and refined but also an expansion of the vocabulary of painting. The combination of the different Gold karat grades (eighteen, twenty-two and twenty-four) enables him to achieve a remarkable depth and variety of effects. Whereas Takefumi affixes no definitive prescribed meaning to gold he embraces its diverse historical and cultural associations; from Western wealth and opulence to the more East Asian allusions to enlightenment and inner peace. These are references all can share and they will each have a different degree of importance unique to the individual.


CIRCLE LXXXII Acrylic, gold and silver leaf on canvas 90 x 90 cm


GOLD & COLOUR XXVI Acrylic, gold and silver leaf on canvas 120 x 50 cm


GOLD & COLOUR XXIX Acrylic, gold and silver leaf on canvas 120 x 50 cm


TAKEFUMI HORI

b. 1978

Education: 1998 Suzuki Japanese Calligraphy School Awards: 2010 Selected 47 winners of Rogue Space January International Juried Show 2009 Second place of the NYAXE Gallery Autumn 2009 Exhibition Juried Show 1988 The Seiryu prize of Japanese Calligraphy Public Collections: SCM Hospitality, New York, NY ACTIV Financial, New York, NY ADK Soho Fund LP, New York, NY Bloomingdales, Chicago, IL Selected Recent Solo Shows: 2016 MIYABI 雅: Intransigent Elegance, Fiumano Projects, London 2016 Treasures, Long View Gallery, Washington DC 2014 “Shibui”: Scratching the Surface in Search of the Sublime, Fiumano Projects, London Selected 2017 2016 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012

Recent Group Shows: With Fiumano Projects, London Art Fair, UK With Fiumano Projects, START, Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London With Fiumano Projects, London Art Fair, UK Boston Art Inc, MA Chicago Art Source, IL With Fiumano Projects, START, Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London With Fiumano Projects, London Art Fair, UK Traveling exhibition with Fiumano Fine Art, New York & Hong Kong With Fiumano Projects, London Art Fair, UK With Fiumano Fine Art, Singapore HB Home, New York, NY HB Home, Wheatley Plaza, NY HB Home, Greenwich, CT HB Home, Westport, CT Boston Art Inc, Boston, MA Long View Gallery, Washington, DC Fiumano Fine Art, London Hubert Gallery, New York, NY HB Home, New York, NY HB Home, Wheatley Plaza, NY HB Home, Greenwich, CT HB Home, Westport, CT


GOLD & COLOUR XLIII Acrylic, gold and silver leaf on canvas 90 x 90 cm


SARAH LEDERMAN “I use paint to create a surface texture similar to that of skin. My canvas acts as an intermediate space between the body and the mind.” – Sarah Lederman Lederman’s work is often populated with figures inspired by Medieval Illuminated manuscripts and the erotic art of Japanese Shunga. These two seemingly opposed sources both draw on the physicality of the human body, on the one hand as a vehicle for worship and the other as a source of sexual pleasure. The space around the figures becomes a psychological metaphor, somewhere that the figures exist, experience sensation and achieve freedom. The characters become cartoonish, their outlines suggestive of the emotions and physical sensations that overwhelms them. During the highly emotional creative process, Lederman often rubs off surface paint, leaving hints and traces of what was the younger stage of each work. She does not want to “erase the disturbance on the surface of the canvas yet I still try to dissolve and distil it.” The inventive result is that the viewer can still see how the work began, the original marks beneath the layers, much like we can trace our own blood running through the veins under our skin.


TIC TAC TOE Oil and rabbit glue on canvas 210 x 110 cm


TWO COUPLES Oil, pastel and pencil on canvas 80 x 90 cm


SPRING Oil, pastel and paint on linen 121 x 100 cm


SARAH LEDERMAN

b. 1986

Education: 2014 Goldsmiths College, MA Fine Art 2008 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, BA (Hons) Fine Art 2005 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, Diploma in Foundation Studies Awards: 2009 The Catlin Art Prize Residencies: 2015 Hooper Projects, Quarter IV, Los Angeles 2013 Group Residency, Joya Arte + Ecologia, Alicante, Spain 2009-12 Resident Artist at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD), London 2010 Hatley Residency, Cambridge Public Collections & Commissions: Newhall Women’s Art Collection, University of Cambridge University Art Collection, University of the Arts, London David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), London Solo Shows: 2012 Sarah Lederman, Rollo Contemporary Art, London 2010 Sarah Lederman work in progress show, C4RD, London Selected 2016 2015 2015 2014 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2008

Group Shows: Responses: Great Tits (Parus Major), Orion Contemporary, London Straight up, Hooper Projects, Los Angeles Rosy Finger’s, C4RD, London The Griffin Art Prize 2014, The Griffin Gallery, London With Orion Contemporary, London Art Fair, London 3 X 3, Orion Contemporary, St James’s, London Migration, Proteus Gowanus Gallery, New York With Orion Contemporary at ArtHelsinki, Finland At Home’ Maddox Gallery, London Between Body and Gesture, Orion Contemporary, St James’s, London Anticipation, Selfridges, London


LADYBIRDS Mixed media on canvas 80 x 95 cm


Orion Contemporary evolved from Clase Contemporary and Clase Fine Art nearly ten years ago. Founder and owner, AndrĂŠs Olow Clase, has worked in the field of Fine Art for the last fifteen years. His interest in Old Master and 19th Century - paintings - is to some extent merged through a natural interest in Nordic Art. Orion Contemporary has, since 2010, been promoting the work of Nordic Artists and we now regularly exhibit new works by a group of Swedish artists. However, we seldom want to focus exhibitions on one particular nation or artistic sentiment. As we hope this highly portable catalogue demonstrates our goal is to create a stimulating conversation between artists and their works, critics and art collectors. The common thread for Allgulander, Hori and Lederman is their interest in the material, the painted structures in dialogue with the canvas as the supporting structure for their work. With highly divergent styles and practices it has been a great privilege to on occasion listen in to discussions between artists where they compare, contrast and seek inspiration from each other.


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