The Peak (Malaysia) - - Expression -

GREGG BAKER ASIAN ART, 142 Kens­ing­ton Church Street, Lon­don, W8 4BN An homage not only to Ja­panese art, but cul­ture, a visit to Gregg Baker Asian Art is like a visit to some­one’s home. De­scend­ing into the base­ment, you’re pleas­antly sur­prised by the sight of stun­ning Ja­panese screens in what seems to be a Ja­panese liv­ing room. Tak­ing in the beauty of the space, you start imag­in­ing the pieces fit­ting in per­fectly in your own home as you’re of­fered a cup of tea. Of course, who would ex­pect less from a gallery that proudly car­ries one of the largest col­lec­tions of Ja­panese screens in Europe?

Opened in 1985, Gregg Baker Asian Art spe­cialises in Bud­dhist sculp­ture and Ja­panese pa­per fold­ing screens along with a se­lec­tion of Zen paint­ings, hang­ing scrolls and ob­jects not only from Ja­pan but also China and Korea. How­ever, with the avant­garde move­ment of the 60s and 70s in Ja­pan re­gain­ing a huge amount of in­ter­est, vis­i­tors can now find newer pieces from post-war Ja­pan. The gallery also has an im­pres­sive re­sume, par­tic­i­pat­ing in Asian Art in Lon­don and TEFAF Maas­tricht, as well as sup­ply­ing ad­di­tions to the col­lec­tions of mu­se­ums in Bri­tain, the Nether­lands, the United Arab Emi­rates and the United States.

Guided by his heart and nearly 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, each piece on dis­play is care­fully se­lected by owner Gregg Baker to show­case only the best ir­re­spec­tive of mon­e­tary value. As he says to his buy­ers, “Let’s fall in love first and worry about the bud­get se­cond.” While it may sound like a won­der­ful sales ploy, it’s an un­de­ni­able truth that you will never be sat­is­fied un­less you buy some­thing you truly care for.

Gregg Baker Asian Art is where one goes to find pieces im­mersed in the beauty, ver­sa­til­ity and free­dom of Ja­panese artis­tic ex­pres­sion. As it has been done in Asia for mil­len­nia, there’s a com­fort­able sat­is­fac­tion in en­joy­ing a cup of tea while look­ing at art. MARCHANT ASIAN ART, 120 Kens­ing­ton Church St, Lon­don W8 4BH

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