“Human Suffering at Times of Crisis” Exhibition Private View

London, 3 October 2014 – Debut Contemporary

Debut Contemporary opened an incredibly special exhibition entitled ‘ Human Suffering at Times of Crisis’  on Wednesday, 1 October 2014, where the London art and business infleuneecers mingled with 30 partipating artists. The show was curated by a very established British artist Barry Martin and Samir Ceric, founder and CEO of Debut Contemporary.

The current exhibition running until 30 November2014 is a unique opportunity to witness a number of extraordinary works Debut artists have especially created  for this exhibition including 2 masterpieces by one and only Barry Martin himself. Other artists include Guy Portelli (an established artist  and the first artist who was ‘backed’ by 3 ‘Dragons, Peter Jones, James Caan and Theo Paphitis), Surbhi Modi, from Delhi and her work entitled ‘Pearl Harbour’ which talks about the effects of war on art and culture, Sassan Behnam Bahktiar whose work has recently been auctioned off with Sotheby’s in NY and sold for $15,000 for a limited edition photograph (a record for this promising Iranian artist whose next major solo exhibition takes him to Teheran and the Silk Road Gallery) and to name a few.

As with our Summer Exhibition, the night was complimented and enhanced by our resident DJ Rythmdoctor who took his decks to the streets of Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill and went on until 10pm. All visitors were also able to play a game of chess as a result of our on-going collaboration with Simon Purkis of Purling London and a specially created chess set on the theme of ‘Addictions’ by a very talented Daniela Raytchev whose recent involved with B-EAT charity is going to result in a very exciting new project on the subject of addiction in the forthcoming weeks and months. Granmaster Raymond Keene, and the Times newspaper chess critic was hugely impressed too.

Barry Martin says: ‘Human suffering and its remedy can create within the one image a way forward, albeit as a work of art. Perhaps, we as artists can express our outrage, concern and create works of art that give us expressive space and important ‘ voice speak’ that will be poignant, not just for us, but prick the conscience of those who view them, and as an ‘aide memoire’ to those human values of life and universal stations of high ethical and moral standing that world civilisation aspires to!’

But, perhaps the moment has arrived, and of necessity our consciousness demands a reaction. This proposal invited all participating artists to specially create a piece of work in response to the human predicaments that prevail across the world in areas of calamity, causing human strife and denial of life itself. It was suggested that the work should focus on the human condition as the subject of the work, rather as for example, with wars and the causal politics that creates them.

“When Barry approached me with the above proposal, if felt to me like he’d read my mind. I so wanted to do a special exhibition during the ‘Frieze’ month in London, something that goes deeper than just the commerciality of the art world, and something that is very current when it comes down to all challenges our society is going through at present. And having been reviewing the exhibition submissions, I have been blown away so far.”, says Samir Ceric, founder and CEO of Debut Contemporary.

The show runs until 21 October 2014 and will culminate in the Curator’s talk currebtly planned for Monday, 20 October 2014 from 7.30-9.30pm.

Note to Editors

Debut Contemporary recently won the prestigious h.Club 100 Industry award, being selected as one of the UK’s top 10 most influential, visionary and pioneering businesses in art and design, competing alongside the likes of TATE, V&A, the Fine Art Society and Turner Prize winners and nominees. Debut acts as an art incubator with the mission to enable and assist artists to turn their practice into a viable business and have a successful long term career. Debut equips artists with the business know–‐how, including how best to negotiate legal contracts with galleries and agents and how to approach their career more strategically.

Barry Martin studied at Goldsmiths’ College of Art, University of London 1961-66, St Martin’s School of Art 1966-67.  He has works in many public, corporate and private collections. Some Public and Corporate collections include: The Tate Gallery; Museum of Modern Art, Paris; Science Museum; British Museum; Arts Council of England; Northern Arts Association; National Portrait Gallery; to name a few. Martin has taught in many art colleges including: The Royal College of Art, London; The Slade School; The Royal Academy Schools; Goldsmiths’ College; St. Martins School of Art. Movement, both real and imaginery has formed the basis of much of the artist’s work. This has been realised in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works some of which are in major museum, corporate and private collections.  Barry Martin has also pursued ideas of movement and meaning in the activities of games, notably chess. He has written about art and given major lectures at the Tate Gallery to coincide with a number of their major exhibitions, for example Jackson Pollock; Piet Mondrian; John Singer Sargent, Hans Hofmann, and the Chess and Art Symposiums 1991, 1993.

Guy Portelli studied Interior Design and 3D Design at Medway College of Art and worked as a sculptor in the special effects dept. for the BBC TV before setting up his own studio in 1981, producing sculptures for the advertising market. His first opportunity in the world of fine art sculpture was the commission to sculpt 13, 9ft classical sculptures for The London Pavilion, in Piccadilly Circus, London. Having gained a reputation for Classical sculpture, Guy wanted to promote the more creative aspects of his work, setting on exhibition the abstract sculptures in galleries, sculpture parks, Manchester Art House, Sausmarez Manor in Guernsey, and a major London show with Andrew Logan. Elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998 and voted on to the council in 2000. Actively involved with the promotion of sculpture organising many group exhibitions. In 2005, the artist authored ‘Modern British Sculpture’ a comprehensive study of modern sculpture developments in Great Britain, followed by 2008 featuring on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, and secured investment backing to develop the ‘Pop Icon’ collection.

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