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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 39 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

Current Exhibition

Tian Wei, Light, 2017.
Iridescent acrylic on canvas, 196 x 177 cm..

Tian Wei, Gold, 2017.
Iridescent acrylic on canvas, 174 x 220 cm.
TIAN WEI
1 November 2018 - 19 January 2019

Tian Wei was born in Xi’an, the first imperial capital of China. Tian Wei left China for Hawaii, in 1986 and in 1990, he completed his MFA in Hawaii.

 Tian Wei’s work constructs a bridge between things that appear as dyadic opposites or binary poles. This perspective of Yin and Yang is embedded in Chinese thinking, and the artist’s frequent reference to Classic texts such as the I Ching (The Book of Changes) and Tao Te Ching appear as quotations in minute script patterning the background upon which larger semi-abstract cursive shapes are drawn. Tian Wei features English words such as ‘Sexy’,‘Light’ and ‘Soul’ in his work, reflecting the artist’s experience of living in both Eastern and Western spheres.

Tian Wei has been the recipient of many prizes. His work has been exhibited both in solo and group shows around the world at institutions such as the Armory Center for the Arts, California; the Guangdong Museum of Art, Beijing and MOCA Shanghai.

Last year, Tian Wei was announced as Artist-in-Residence for the Getty Research Institute 2017 – 2018 residency.


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Most Recent Exhibitions

Aubrey Williams, Shostakovich 10th Symphony, Opus 93, 1981.
Oil on canvas, 163 x 245cm

Aubrey Williams, Carib Ritual IV
Acrylic on canvas, 1973. 103 x 120 cm.
AUBREY WILLIAMS
13 September - 27 October 2018
October Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Aubrey Williams, including works previously unseen.

Born in Guyana, in 1926, Aubrey Williams’ life and art cannot be defined to one location. This new exhibition at October Gallery will explore how Williams’ oeuvre not only crosses borders between abstract and figurative modes but also between physical and cultural geographies. Exhibiting Williams’ work in the 21st century awakens a new assessment of British art history and challenges the canon. During his lifetime, the British establishment seemingly never allowed artists, including Williams, to move beyond the label of a Caribbean artist. Today, Williams’ work still resists classification. Williams’ Modernist oeuvre is being reborn into a world now ready for his art.

Arriving in London in 1952, Williams enrolled to study at St Martin’s School of Art. Williams became aware of American Abstract Impressionism following two MOMA exhibitions at the Tate, in 1956 and in 1959. Works by artists such as Pollock, Gorky and Rothko excited Williams. Their explorations of technique, colour and scale were all aspects that he absorbed into his own richly allusive abstractions.

Williams died in London in 1990. In 1993, the Tate Britain acquired Shostakovich Symphony No 3 Opus 20 (1981) and Olmec-Maya, Now and Coming Time (1985).

As well as the Tate’s permanent collection, works by Williams are in the collections of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; National Collection of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; St Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK; University of Warwick, Coventry, UK and the Arts Council of Great Britain, UK.

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Rachid KoraÏchi, from
Les osties bleues series, 2018.
Acrylic on canvas..
Rachid Koraïchi
Les Maîtres du Temps
(Masters of Time)
21 June - 28 July 2018

The gallery announces its forthcoming exhibition of new works by Rachid Koraïchi. Following Ecstatic Flow held at October Gallery in 2010, this will be the artist’s third solo show with the gallery.

Born in Ain Beida, Algeria, in 1947, Rachid now lives and works in Tunisia and France. He studied at the Institute of Fine Arts and École supérieure des beaux-arts in Algiers, before continuing his studies in Paris at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, the Institut d’urbanisme and L'École supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris.

In 2011, Rachid Koraïchi won the prestigious Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, exhibiting seven large-scale banners from The Invisible Masters series.

Koraïchi’s impressive oeuvre includes silk hangings, ceramics, sculptures, as well as works on canvas and paper. For Rachid Koraïchi, art is an ancient path into the unknown. Signs and symbols from civilisation’s oldest languages are abstracted and deconstructed in Koraïchi’s work to create a new visual vocabulary.

In his new series of work titled the artist explores our connections to the earth as a source of life. The works are blue and white canvases (titled ‘Les osties bleues’ —  a reference to Sacramental bread) and wall mounted square ceramics (created by Rachid with a specialized atelier in Barcelona). Koraichi continues to use a limited palette emphasizing the graphics power of his inscriptions.

 
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