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