Last Thursday after work I dashed into town to attend the Art Now launch at the LUMAS Gallery in South Molton Street, just along from Bond Street station. When I received the invite not only was I intrigued by what a London gallery could offer in affordable art, I was also keen to see some of this collection first hand.
When I got there I realised it's a gallery I've walked past many times before, but never been in - that changed last week. It had an inviting layout, with areas designed as "rooms" rather than a stark white box.
But back to this collection.
The Art Now collection are all postcard-sized and there's a variety of themes with seven different artist series featuring in the launch. There's the fun Animal House series by Catherine Ledner which are the pastel images to the right of the Lumas Art Now sign in the picture below. You'll not be surprised to learn my favourite was the pale yellow armadillo which looks as if it was burying itself into the skirting board.
Another set by David Eger titled Cloned Photos depicts some of the historic and iconic images, recreated by Storm Troopers. It was fun to guess the events in these photos. The Art Now collection follows LUMAS' mantra which is that "art should be seen" - and to make that easy with these pictures they come with built-in hooks and magnets, as well as an acrylic desk stand, which makes them easy to display. I don't know about you, but often it can take us a while to actually hang the pictures we've bought!
I was quite taken with the series above which show familiar scenes from iconic cities around the world. The bright colours against the cityscapes appealed. But it was the series below that was my firm favourite - all shots of Berlin by Michael Belhadi. The green and yellow Alexanderplatz shot both encouraging me to plan a trip to Berlin to recreate this myself, and leaving me plotting on where I could hang a couple of these!
With each costing £24 I think they're reasonable, and would make a great present for a friend or for myself!
You may have seen on my instagram the iced gems, and vanilla cakes by Konditor and Cook. There was in fact a whole table of sweet delights, that was just gorgeous.
* I was invited to the launch of Art Now by LUMAS, but was under no obligation to write this post and the views and opinions within it are my own.