From Gazelli Art House comes a group show titled Silver Lining, featuring works by three artists of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds — Pauline Boty, Niyaz Najafov, and Markus Martinovich. The show examines their use of art, ranging from socio-political tools to therapy, and the differences in generations and influences behind their work.
Pauline Boty, one of the few British women involved in the Pop Art scene, used art as a tool to rally against sexism during the “swinging sixties” in London. She studied at the Royal Art College, was a stage and television actress, and a dancer, in addition to her artistic accomplishments. However, she struggled to be taken seriously due to her looks and image. Her early art celebrated female sexuality from a women’s point of view, and later incorporated celebrities into her Pop Art style. After passing away in 1966 at the age of 28, much of her art was stored in a barn by her family, largely forgotten — until her work was rediscovered many years later.
Niyaz Najafov, a former solider in the Azerbaijan Army, is a self-taught painter who has been touted by the Huffington Post as the next Francis Bacon. He began experimenting in oil painting in 2003, and is known for his often disturbing and humorous depictions of everyday life in his art. He is one of the central leaders of budding Azeri artists, and has exhibited work throughout Europe, including London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, and Geneva.
Markus Martinovich was born in Moscow in 2006, and had his first solo exhibition at the age of 8. Markus lives with Autism and creates extraordinary works from his experiences. Because of his condition, Martinovich is often heavily medicated and can experience severe side effects, such as prolonged episodes of hallucinations and tremors and is unable to paint. However, he uses these experiences to create bold art that comments on life itself, through a mature lens that tackles the complex relationship between existence and meaning.
A private viewing of the exhibition will be held Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 8 pm, and will open to the public Friday, March 1 through Saturday, April 6.
Pauline Boty, Niyaz Najafov, Markus Martinovich
March 1 – April 6 2019 at Gazelli Art House
39 Dover Street, London W1S 4NN