With locations in London and Hong Kong, Tanya Baxter Contemporary exhibits international blue chip and mid career artists. Since opening the gallery in Hong Kong in 1995, we have developed a strong collection of our own mid career artists, and have established an art advisory service in both locations. Our art advisory service acts helps clients build eclectic collections, mixing international and mid-career artists in amongst serious investment works of art, post-war modern and contemporary, modern British and Chinese contemporary. Our client list mainly consists of private investment collectors, bank collections, foundation and public collections, and we work closely with designers from the beginning to create a dynamic curated collection. We are very excited about our recent collaboration with Helen Green Design and Heathrow VIP where we work together to provide private clients with a full service luxury art and design experience. For the evening of March 23rd we will be exhibiting three very different international artists, each with a strong global market.
Banksy, famous for his anonymity and randomly occurring, often controversial street art, has becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Taking his inspiration from the Bristol underground scene, where he began, today his work appears internationally and he has become one of the most sought after artists on the market. In 2008 his painting (a defaced Damien Hirst original) Keep it Spotless, 2007 sold at auction for $1.7m. His work has hung in London’s Tate Modern, The New York Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. His most recent venture is the highly controversial ‘Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem. In typical Banksy fashion, the entire hotel is a surreal, darkly comic commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and also the UK’s role in its tumultuous history. The hotel hopes to attract more tourists to the Palestinian city, where Banksy has been creating some of his most famous stencil work since 2005.
Bridget Riley, a pioneer of abstract art, is one of the most important figures in Post-War British art. Having created Op Art, Riley’s work has inspired a whole movement, not only in the world of art, but also in fashion and design. Riley’s work shows the dynamism of colour through contrast, repetition and juxtaposition, looking at the way colours fuse by being placed next to each other, and how those pairings alter our perception of that colour. Riley has had major exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, Tate Britain, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville, The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery London, and the National Gallery Prague. Her work is also held in the collections of The Dia Art Foundation New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Zeng Chuanxing, one of the contemporary Chinese artists to watch in the growing Chinese art market, has achieved record prices at auction since 2005. He is collected by notable collectors such as Sting and Trudie Styler, the Maritime Museum Hong Kong and the Gabr Foundation, and his work has been exhibited in the Beijing Yan-Huant Art Museum, The Hunan Museum in Changsha, The Central University of Nationalities, The Cultural Palace of Nationalities in Beijing, The Yu Feng Arts Gallery, The Budja Gallery in Germany and the Guangdong Art Museum. His quintessential Paper Bride series is an homage to classicism, and the bride a symbol of fragility that transcends culture.
After a year in the doldrums, the art market is looking up, with the major sales comfortably ahead of last year’s numbers. The combination of a devalued Sterling post Brexit and the adjustment in the global economy has led to a stronger market for Blue Chip works. People are investing in safe assets that are tangible and have an international currency. There has been a notable rise in demand for post-war Modern and Contemporary artists such as Warhol, Koons, Wesselmann and Lichtenstein, as well as fantastic growth in sales of Modern British art. After the recent Tate retrospective of Frank Auerbach’s work we saw extraordinary prices reached at auction: ‘Head of Gerda Boehm’ estimated 300-500,000 sold for £3.8m [part of the David Bowie collection sale]. The current David Hockney Tate retrospective has catalyzed already healthy figures for Hockney works globally, and the works of other artists such as Bridget Riley are also enjoying the effects of this trend. The ethos of Tanya Baxter Contemporary is to understand the busy lifestyle of our clients and how we can merge their personal aesthetic with a discerning and successful art collection.