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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

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