the Asian arts “AAL proves that London is an important vein in the world of Asian art, be it antiques or contemporary pieces. I do not know another initiative in the art world that brings together the three major factions: dealers, auction house and the museum community, to celebrate and revere the arts.” She notes an interesting development though, “We’re noticing more and more modern Chinese and Indian works. It appears that the dealers are being attracted to the initiative and it’s not surprising, seeing the resurgence of contemporary arts in recent years. Pretty soon, London will be at the forefront of both antique and modern Asian art pieces.” EAST MEETS WEST When you really think about the West and East in terms of art, you start noticing how interwoven it is today. Asia has been an important inspiration for western artists for a long time, from the usage of silk in western fashion for centuries to the quintessentially British tea sets that come from China. The world has always been an “East meets West” combination. Thus, it’s only befitting that the artists and the art on display at Dorsett Shepherds Bush celebrate that.
An American currently residing in China, Jared Fitzgerald fell in love with Chinese art forms and set up Fitzgerald Fine Arts in New York. He also developed several art studios in Beijing and the southern town of Jingdezhen, regarded internationally as the world’s ‘porcelain capital’. Specialising in contemporary Chinese porcelain and ink painting, his gallery presents pieces of great artistic talent worked on traditional mediums. Not content in only dealing with art, Fitzgerald produces drawings and paintings – some of which were displayed at Dorsett Shepherds Bush. The incorporation of historical craftsmanship with a contemporary feel, along with the juxtaposition of soft brush strokes on the hard porcelain, is eye catching and serves as a talking point – as witnessed at the hotel where many of the guests spent a good amount of time contemplating the painted pieces.
Hong Kong-based German artist, Matthias Dathe, is another individual