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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 38 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

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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Most Recent Exhibitions

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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Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Fragile 2, 2018.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 170 x 150 cm.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
Fragile Responsibility
10 May - 16 June 2018

October Gallery, London, announces its forthcoming exhibition of new works by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga. This will be the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery following his astonishing inaugural presentation in 2016.

For this new project, Kamuanga uses the history of the Kongo Kingdom to reveal the legacy of its leaders and examines the impact this has had on contemporary Congolese society. These new works feature objects such as porcelain used by early Portuguese traders as well as pottery, such as Toby jugs, which later entered the trade routes in the Kongo Kingdom for the trade of slaves. In this body of works, Eddy pays tribute to the slaves and ancestors who resisted this human trafficking by presenting a vision of the socio-political landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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Blue Brain Project, Digital Vistas Illuminate the Complexity of the Mind - Neurons, Astrocytes and Blood Vessels.
Science & algorithms - Eleftherios Zisis, visualisation research and design - Nicolas Antille.
© 2005-2018 Blue Brain Project / EPFL All rights reserved.
P O R T A L
8 March - 5 May 2018

An intriguing new exhibition of works by Greg Dunn,
Rafael Trelles, Rithika Merchant, Pablo Amaringo, Chewang Dorje Lama and Ralo Mayer. Recent findings in systems neuroscience seem to imply that the human brain itself creates – in a kind of controlled hallucination – the ‘reality’ within which it thinks it exists.  Using the twin prisms of art and science, Portal presents a gateway through which to examine how trances, visions and dreams manifest in human consciousness, becoming the raw material that both artists and scientists interpret.  Each exhibiting artist offers an invitation to re-open Blake’s ‘doors of perception’ and contemplate the infinite potential offered by the creativity of the human mind. 


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Brion Gysin, After Midnight in Marrekesh, 1968. Ink and paint on card, 18 x 25 cm.
TRANSVANGARDE
1 February - 3 March 2018

October Gallery presents Transvangarde, an exhibition of contemporary art by outstanding artists including: Tian Wei, Golnaz Fathi, Laila Shawa, Alexis Peskine, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoumè, Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, Genesis P-Orridge, Sylvie Franquet, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, James Barnor, Daniele Tamagni, Brion Gysin and Kenji Yoshida.


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Hassan Massoudy
‘Men build too many walls
and not enough bridges’
Joseph Fort Newton (1876-1950)
, 2016.
Water-based pigments on paper, 65 x 50 cm.
HASSAN MASSOUDY:
Breath, Gesture and Light
7 December 2017 - 27 January 2018
October Gallery presents a new solo exhibition by master artist-calligrapher, Hassan Massoudy. This will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery.
Hassan Massoudy is an artist for whom the word itself remains the most sublime creative force.  His work features the texts of a diverse range of writers, from poet, Charles Baudelaire and philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Virgil and Ibn ‘Arabi.  A sense of balance prevails in his work, whether between erudite discipline and artistic experimentation, or as played out through his understanding of the vigorous use of line, strength of gesture, abandon and grace.

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