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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


LR Vandy

Using a mixture of found and made objects the work aims to make new meaning from seemingly unrelated mediums forced together.

The current Hull series of sculptures takes model boat hulls and transforms them into masks adorned with fishing floats, porcupine quills, and acupuncture needles.

The hull forms allude to the transportation of commodities, the process of trade and movement, but as masks they represent a transformation of identity drawing upon the tradition of talisman, charms, or amulets. The fishing floats reference witchcraft/voodoo needles or nails, representing aggressive protection, creating a tension throughout the works. The overall forms draw together the opposing aesthetics of attraction and repulsion; alluring and seemingly decorative pieces that on closer inspection provoke a sense of danger in the larger context of the globe, creating a series of multi-layered ideas.

Top Brass

Black Carp

Pale Blue and Pink

Black and Cream

Red and Yellow




Cream Waggler


LR Vandy Biography

b.1958, Great Britain

LR Vandy (British of Nigerian/Irish descent) studied Graphic Design & Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts before completing her Master’s Degree in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art.

Solo exhibitions
2019   Lisa Vandy: Hidden (forthcoming), October Gallery, London, UK
Selected group exhibitions
2019   Dream No Small Dream: Celebrating 40 Years of the Transvangarde , October Gallery, London, UK
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
1-54 New York, Industria, New York, USA
2018   1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK with October Gallery, London, UK
2013   Bayjoo and Vandy, Londonewcastle Project Space, London, UK
The British Museum, London, UK

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