POPULARISING CONTEMPORARY ART
I am especially passionate about helping new audiences to come to contemporary art – there is no big mystery behind conceptual art, video art or installation art. The same things that might turn you on in a sixteenth century fresco can also be found in new media today. Likewise, I want to take a modern art junkie to see the masters. To unravel stories of fascinating people, staggering art and how it is possible to connect with an object hundreds of years old in a really personal and meaningful way.
Working as an art dealer and curator in both Hong Kong and London, I have the enormous pleasure of working with hundreds of artists from around the world. They are all enormously creative, driven and often insecure and -sometimes – a bit odd. It’s a wonderful to see the world through their eyes. And there can be no artists without collectors and patrons, even Michelangelo got depressed without being paid. I have helped hundreds build collections over the past ten years, from those making their first acquisition for modest sums to private museum owners. In every case the art truly means something, and seeing art from the perspective of people who are its custodians for future generations is a striking thing.
Something I have been doing since I graduated which continues to thrill me is taking someone to see art in the flesh and opening it up for them. Whether in Rome in a tiny church to stand where Caravaggio stood as he worked out how to fill a space – not knowing he was about to change art forever – or in Tate Britain in front of Francis Bacon who just brings me to my knees every time.
I love bringing art to life for people. Doing that in person as an expert guide or on television, or by curating or writing about art is a true privilege.