Klein Gallery welcomes Lincoln Townley to show his original works to private collectors wishing to invest in select pieces before his next major show, at La Biennale in Venice 2019. Behind the Mask encapsulates Townley's meteoric rise through the art ranks over the past 5 years.
The self-taught artist has struggled against an established art market and is now collected across the world including America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.
Townley will use the Venice Biennale exhibition to unveil his Behind the Mask collection, valued at over £5million. The exhibition has been planned for eight months and will take place in May, 2019.
Sir Michael Caine recently described him as the new Andy Warhol, and others see a Francis Bacon-like quality in his work. The value of his work has risen 200% in the last two years alone.
About La Biennale: The Venice Biennale has been established for over 120 years and is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance of over 500,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition every year. The history of the La Biennale di Venezia dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organised. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival in history). In 1980 the first International Architecture Exhibition took place and in 1999 Dance made its debut at La Biennale.
La Biennale has hosted collections over the years including many British artists such as Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Tracey Erin, Sarah Lucas and Steve McQueen.