HomeExhibitionsArtistsEventsEducationEducationEducationEducationAbout UsContact
Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

ARTISTS

Frantz Lamothe

Frantz Lamothe was born in Haiti in 1961, but left to join his parents in New York aged 4. Living on the streets by the age of sixteen, he began painting as the grafitti artist 'Frenchy' on the subway trains of New York. This way of life came to an end when, along with fellow grafitti artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lamothe was taken up by the New York art world.

Money and success proved as dangerous as life on the streets. After Basquiat's death from drug abuse, Lamothe decided to return to Haiti. Here, his work matured, combining its original urban, anarchic style with the vibrant colours of the Caribbean, and the sacred diagrams of Vodou. Now internationally acclaimed, he has worked in France, Germany, Japan and the USA

Frantz Lamothe's raw and visceral paintings reflect fragments of his varied past. Born in Haiti in 1961, he left at the age of four when his father was involved in an abortive coup against the dictator 'Papa Doc' Duvalier. He spent his childhood in Brooklyn, and by the age of sixteen, was living on the streets, and painting graffiti in the subways of New York. This way of life came to an end when, along with fellow grafitti artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lamothe was taken up by the New York gallery circuit. Following the death of Basquiat from a drug overdose, Lamothe decided to escape the excess and superficiality of the art scene, and return to Haiti. The combination of Haiti's vibrant artistic life and political instability (he was there for the coup against Aristide in 1991), gave a new edge to his work. Combining his original anarchic street style with the vibrant colours of the Caribbean, and the sacred diagrams of Vodou, his work garnered international acclaim, and has been shown across Europe, Japan and the USA. Through all this turbulent history, his work continues to reflect a wild and brutally honest vision of the world.

A Night In Castel in Senegal by Frantz Lamothe
A Night In Castel in Senegal
God Bless the Child That's Got a Dad by Frantz Lamothe
God Bless the Child That's Got a Dad
Lemonhead by Frantz Lamothe
Lemonhead
Lost in Sauce by Frantz Lamothe
Lost in Sauce


Pregnant Cat by Frantz Lamothe
Pregnant Cat
The Birth by Frantz Lamothe
The Birth
Solo Exhibitions
2004  The October Gallery, London
2000  Musée Halles St Pierre
2000  John Meiers Gallery - Stockholm, Sweden
1999  Group Show at Kunsthallen Brandts Klaede Fabrik - Nov. Denmark
1999  One Man Show at Teghmeire Gallery, Stockholm - Sept. (Sweden)
1998  One Man Show in Tokyo from Sept - Oct (Japan)
1998  One Man Show at Schrooten Gallery Duisberg, Germany
1997  Group Show at the October Gallery, London (England)
1996  One Man Show at gallery New World, Düsseldorf (Germany)
1996  Group Show at the Kunst Halle, Krems (Austria)
1996  One Man Show at Land-Gerichtesbaudes, Duisberg (Germany)
1995  One Man Show at gallery New World, Düsseldorf (Germany)
1995  Group Show at gallery New World, Düsseldorf (Germany)
1995  Group Show at the Newmann Gallery Boston (USA)
1995  Group Show at Centro Atlantico Barcelona (Spain)
1994  Group Show at Vitour & D'Syblerman Gallery (Paris)
1994  One Man Show at Vitour & D'Syblerman Gallery (Paris)
    
   
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 7367